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TOP STORIES ON 9: week in review

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This week has seen a wide range of events from severe weather to a decapitated alligator to graduations galore. Let's take a look back at some of the week's top stories.

Columbus police are on the hunt for a man who was last seen May 13.

49-year-old Samuel Hewitt, Jr. is believed to be driving a black 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. Anyone with information on Hewitt’s whereabouts is asked to call CPD.

Several bridges in Smiths Station collapsed after severe weather and heavy rain took its toll in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

One bridge off Lee Rd. 319 in Smiths Station, gave way while a car was driving across. Across the bridge is more than ten homes with the bridge as their one way in and one way out, leaving several residents trapped.

A decapitated alligator was found at Lake Oliver earlier this week. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has begun a continuing investigation after discovering the male alligator had been shot in the head.

A gunman opened fire on officers in Panama City, Florida Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were responding to a report of the smell of gasoline coming from an apartment when 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd who was wanted in connection with the death of another man in a nearby county.

A woman who exited an apartment at the complex was grazed by a bullet, suffering the only injury.

Holroyd was later found dead in the gasoline-soaked apartment.

Tuesday, May 22 was primary election day for the state of Georgia.

In particular, the citizens of Columbus elected a new mayor, re-elected and elected some Columbus City Council and Muscogee County School Board members, as well as requiring a run-off in other races.

We’ve got all the election results here. Run-off elections will be held July 24.

A Harris County High School senior graduated last Saturday, May 19, even though doctors said there was no way she would graduate on time.

Morgan Tripp was involved in a serious car accident in 2016 that nearly claimed her life. Doctors told her that because of her accident, there was no way she would be able to finish high school at the same time as everyone else in grade, even saying she should not return to school immediately.

Morgan decided that not graduating on time was not an option for her and set out to prove the doctors wrong and prove them wrong she did as she walked across the stage happy and healthy.

A body has been found in Lake Eufaula near Georgetown, Georgia in Quitman County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is in the beginning stages of an investigation and is working to identify the body since no one has been reported missing in the area.

A South Carolina high school graduate had a not-so-sweet surprise on his graduation cake.

He graduated Saturday with the highest honors from a Christian-based homeschooling program, so his mom ordered a cake, but the Publix grocery store thought the summa cum laude honor was inappropriate. The middle Latin word was omitted and replaced with hyphens.

A Brewer Elementary School student is Columbus really enjoyed her kindergarten graduation ceremony.

During another class’ routine at the ceremony, UrMajesty Carter could be seen dancing and jamming out to the “rules song.” UrMajesty’s grandmother said the teacher thought about stopping her but decided to let her have her fun.

Watch the super cute video here!

A Hardaway High School student could not attend his graduation ceremony May 25 because he had been hospitalized at Piedmont Columbus Regional, so, with the help of hospital staff, family and school administrators, the graduation came to him.

Hardaway High School Principal Matt Bell, Muscogee County School District’s Regional Chief James Wilson and Hardaway’s basketball coach and graduation name caller Kendall Mills came to the hospital in full regalia to present senior Brian Griffith with his diploma.

Superintendent Dr. David Lewis was able to attend the special ceremony via telephone.

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