Local Rescue Teams Save ‘Treed’ Flood Victim in Hinds County

Firefighters from West Point and Columbus helped rescue a Hinds County man Monday afternoon from rain-swollen Big Black River along Old Highway 80 in Hinds County. The 54-year-old man and a friend had been on the river patrolling the areas around flooded camphouses when it hit a limb, flipping the boat and throwing the two men into the river, which is part of the water system which has experienced near-record flooding during the weekend and into this week. The friend was able to get to safety but the victim was only able to grab hold of a limb and...

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Sheriff’s Office Seeking Man for Questioning

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding Austin Ray Hines. Hines is being sought for questioning in several felony stolen property cases in Lowndes County. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 328-6788 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at...

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Missing Man’s Body Found

A missing 59-year-old Clay County man was found dead Thursday morning. David Lee Box was found in about two feet of water near where his car had been found a week earlier, Sheriff Eddie Scott said. He was found by a West Point firefighter who was a member of the regional emergency response team made up of firefighters from West Point, Columbus and Starkville. Box had been missing since about 1 a.m. New Year’s Day. First responders mounted a large search effort Thursday to scour flooded areas along Bill Dexter Road in what is known as McLemore Bottom between...

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Searchers Plan ‘Big Push’ For Missing Man

Clay County emergency responders are planning a major push today in the search for 59-year-old David Lee Box who has been missing since early New Year’s Day. According to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott and Emergency Management Director Torrey Williams, a large rescue team has been assembled to scour flooded areas along Bill Dexter Road in what is known as McLemore Bottom between Lake Grove and Lake Lillie roads in the northern part of the county. The area often is flooded along Houlka and Chuquatonchee creeks and their tributaries. Those high waters have made it difficult, even with boats...

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Wanted Man Arrested

A suspect wanted for “accessory after the fact” in a Columbus homicide case has been captured. Damorio Sanchez Price-Ewing is in custody and being held without bail. Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said Price-Ewing was taken into custody in Monroe County without incident and is being held in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. “We will not be releasing any other details on this case at this time other than saying he is in custody. He was arrested near 7 p.m. Jan. 2,” said...

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