Caledonia Man Faces 11 Charges After 3-County Pursuit

A suspect in a vehicle theft, burglary, arson and pursuit has been charged with 11 crimes in Lowndes County, according to Sheriff Mike Arledge. Jacob Ray Conn, 25, of 231 Tanneyhill Road, Caledonia, allegedly led authorities on a three-county chase the morning of Dec. 31. The chase began in Hamilton when Monroe County deputies attempted to question him. Conn led deputies out of Monroe County, through Caledonia and eventually into Lamar County, Ala., where he abandoned the stolen truck he was driving. He was captured later that day. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that Conn will...

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Law Enforcement Plans New Year’s Eve Checkpoints

The Columbus Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Columbus-Lowndes Drug Task Force will team up for several Safety-Sobriety Checkpoints on New Year’s Eve. The exact locations of the checkpoints will not be announced in advance, and neither will the exact times of the additional enforcement. “Our purpose is simple,” said Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton. “Follow the law and don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is illegal and unsafe for everyone on the road.” Shelton said the officers will have zero tolerance for violations of driving under the...

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Sheriff Seeks Burglary Suspect

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in the early morning burglary of J.R.’s Texaco, located at 65 Industrial Park Road, in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. The suspect gained entry by breaking a window at the back of the store.  The suspect’s picture was captured on surveillance video inside the store and he appeared to take a few assorted items from inventory. Anyone who may recognize or know this individual is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 328-1136 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers...

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Teens Injured in Rollover

Two teenagers were sent to the hospital after an SUV rolled over on Yorkville Road Wednesday morning. According to a spokesman for the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area near Garden Hill Assisted Living shortly before noon on Dec. 19. When they arrived they found a 2004 GMC Envoy that had rolled over and struck a light pole, snapping it in two. The Envoy was apparently traveling west when the driver lost control. The 16-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger were taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. A 14-year-old who was also in the...

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Davidson Reflects on 12 Years on the Bench

He knew it when he was elected to the Chancery Court judgeship 12 years ago. Now, as he serves out his final days on the bench, Jim Davidson is more convinced than ever that domestic relations cases, especially child custody matters, deserve every ounce of attention a judge and the attorneys involved can give. “Every case needs to be 110 percent,” Davidson said Dec. 5 after going through a relatively light docket in Clay County. It was the last official visit in that county, one of the six he’s served in District 14 since being elected in 2006 and...

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