Update: Columbus Crime Lab

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Mayor pitched a short-term plan to keep the Columbus Crime Lab open.

And, officials are hopeful for a long term solution.

Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington wants the 19 area counties that use the lab will band together to keep the facility open.

He tells News Leader Nine that he has been talking with the Lt. Governor who believes the crime lab has a bright future.  "He said he was 99.9% sure that the lab will be funded in 2011. So, we will pick up the remaining 3 months of this year," says Mayor Wetherington.

Budget Shortfalls forced the State to plan to close the lab.

The last three months will cost up to $66,000.  Mayor Wetherington hopes other counties that use the lab will chip in.

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