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Swift Mill fire, Nasty cell phones

Swift Mill fire, Nasty cell phones


Here's what we're working on for News Leader Nine at Noon:

Kareem Lane murder trial

The murder trial for a man accused of killing a Muscogee County school official nearly 20 years ago was supposed to start today but has now been pushed back. Kareem Lane is charged in connection with the 1992 murder of former Muscogee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Burns. The trial will now be held at a later date as attorneys await DNA evidence. According to court documents, Lane stabbed Burns with a knife during a burglary in Burns' home. At the time of the stabbing, Lane was a 17-year-old student at Shaw High School.

Two sentenced for cruelty to children

Sentencing is expected today in the case of a mother and her boyfriend who were accused of giving a baby alcohol and smothering the child with a pillow. Tonia Parker and Michael Escobedo previously pleaded guilty to cruelty to children and aggravated assault. The baby was three months old at the time.

Swift Mill fire

Firefighters who battled a massive weekend blaze at the vacant Swift Mill in Columbus say hot spots could burn for weeks. Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says there are no reported injuries or reports of other buildings being damaged. The mill caught fire Saturday evening with flames shooting more than four stories high.

Nasty cell phones

A recent study showed one in six mobile phones had fecal matter on them. Researchers say you can unknowingly contaminate your phone, at all times of the day. So News Leader Nine decided to put some phones to the test. Fecal matter can survive for several hours on surfaces, setting up an easy transfer for whatever you don't flush or wash away to settle on everything you touch. News Leader Nine's Katherine Kington will have the full report tonight at 11.

We hope you'll spend part of your lunch break with us.

Cheryl Renee 


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