Chuck Williams, WRBL News 3

Chuck Williams

WRBL News 3

Columbus, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Chuck:

Columbus resident indicted for allegedly helping FBI shooting suspect evade police

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A Columbus woman is under a multi-count federal indictment for her alleged role in helping a suspect accused of shooting at an FBI agent evade capture. Derijuana Porter, 20, of Columbus, was indicted on Sept. 14 on one count of possession of a stolen firearm for which she faces a maximum […] → Read More

Columbus police investigating multi-vehicle crash with injuries on South Lumpkin Road

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Columbus Police Department is investigating a multiple-vehicle crash on South Lumpkin Road near Walker Street. The crash happened sometime after 8 a.m. It involved at least two vehicles. A gray sedan was in the middle of the road with significant damage to the driver’s side. A red vehicle was flipped […] → Read More

A month out, Warnock-Walker debate drawing a lot of attention

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — One month from today, the Georgia Senate candidates will meet on a debate stage in Savannah. The Oct. 14th debate will be sponsored by Nexstar Media Inc. – WRBL’s parent company. It will be televised statewide, including right here on News 3. The focus has shifted from wondering if Senator Raphael […] → Read More

Attorney General’s Gang Prosecution Unit picks up three conflict cases in Muscogee County

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Georgia Attorney General’s Office has stepped in and picked up three Muscogee County murder cases. The cases were conflicted out of the local District Attorney’s Office because DA Stacey Jackson had been involved previously as a criminal defense attorney. Attorney General Chris Carr talked exclusively with WRBL about the situation. […] → Read More

GBI investigating officer involved shooting on 43rd Street and Gilbert Avenue, CPD officer injured suspect killed

UPDATE: COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on scene at an incident at 43rd Street and Gilbert Avenue. GBI Agent Jeremy Dockings confirms to WRBL that the incident is an officer involved shooting. Chief Freddie Blackmon has confirmed that an officer has been shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The officer has […] → Read More

Emergency crew responding to possible sulfur dioxide leak Phenix City waste water treatment plant

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – Emergency crews from Phenix City and Columbus are on the scene of what is believed to be a potential sulfur dioxide leak at the Phenix City waste water treatment plant on State Docks Road. One of the first responder on scene tells WRBL they are sending a team into the […] → Read More

Monday night Sen. Warnock delivered this campaign speech in downtown Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA. (WRBL) — This week Sen. Raphael Warnock kicked his re-election campaign into high gear with a bus tour. He is being challenged by Republican Herschel Walker. Monday and Tuesday, he stopped in Albany, Americus, Columbus, Newnan, and Union City. The stops included old-style stump speeches by Warnock. The link above is the speech […] → Read More

University System Chancellor Sonny Perdue talks about wide range of topics in this exclusive WRBL interview

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A former governor and member of the Trump cabinet, Sonny Perdue is now the chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In this wide-ranging conversation, Perdue talks about Columbus State University and its search for a new president, the West Point Kia plant he brought to Georgia, and the 2022 Republican […] → Read More

Columbus attorney lead counsel in $1.7 billion product liability verdict against Ford Motor Company

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A Columbus attorney was at the center of a landmark product liability verdict in Gwinnett County against Fort Motor Co., on Aug. 19. Trial lawyer Jim Butler was lead counsel when a Gwinnett County State Court jury awarded $1.7 billion dollars to the two children of a Macon County, Georgia couple […] → Read More

Superior Court Clerk Danielle F. Forté issues statement on WRBL reporting of delays in inmates’ releases

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Here is the statement of Superior and State Court Clerk Danielle F. Forté in full. PRESS STATEMENT In response to recent matters misrepresented in the media, the Muscogee County SuperiorCourt Clerk’s Office provides this statement of clarification. On August 17 and August 18,2022, a media source misrepresented our office’s duties in […] → Read More

Sunday Conversation: WRBL sits down with Congressman Sanford Bishop (D) to discuss his race against Chris West (R)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Second Congressional District covers a large section of southwest and middle Georgia. The district has been represented by Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop for 30 years. He’s back on the ballot this November seeking his 16th term. Bishop is being challenged by Thomasville Republican Chris West, a developer and attorney. […] → Read More

Blind veteran kayaker shares his passion this week during Columbus film festival

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — If you are looking for a feel-good story this Friday, we got you one. Lonnie Bedwell is a 57-year-old blind veteran from Indiana. He was in the Chattahoochee River Friday morning as part of the Nature Now Environmental Film Festival. To learn more about the film festival, click here. The festival […] → Read More

Man spends 18 extra days in Muscogee County jail despite being ordered for release

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Curtis Lee Fletcher, 50, was arrested in January 2018 and charged with burglary. Fletcher got out on probation in 2019 after pleading guilty to one count of criminal damage. He ended up back in jail last year on a probation violation. Last month, a judge terminated the balance of his probation […] → Read More

Russell County Sheriff warns of phone scam impersonating sheriff’s office, asking for Green Dot cards

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Russell County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a new twist on an old scam making the rounds in Russell County. This scam uses an automated phone system claiming to be the sheriff’s office non-emergency line, which sounds very authentic, according to Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor. The phone number […] → Read More

Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff takes victory lap touting benefits of insulin price gap in Inflation Reduction Act

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A U.S. Senator took a victory lap Monday morning as he made stops in Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Augusta. Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff was at a South Columbus Rec Center touting one aspect of the historic Inflation Reduction Act that passed Congress on Friday. One part of the legislation will cap […] → Read More

Sunday conversation: Paige Swift, executive director of Nature Now

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — This week WRBL’s Chuck Williams sits down with Paige Swift for the Sunday Conversation. Swift is executive director of Columbus-based non-profit, Nature Now. The group is sponsoring an environmental film festival in Columbus beginning Aug. 18. → Read More

Man accused of shooting at FBI agent ‘felt pressure from manhunt’ to turn himself in

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A man wanted for allegedly shooting at an FBI agent in Columbus turned himself into authorities on Wednesday, according to the agency. According to the FBI, Joshuia Johnathon Luke Brown turned himself into the agents at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Columbus. He reportedly felt pressure from the multi-day manhunt. There […] → Read More

Could deal to bring Missouri company, 100 new jobs to Columbus jumpstart city’s economic development?

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — This week, the city of Columbus scored a big economic development victory when it landed a Missouri-based pet food flavoring company that will bring 100 new high-paying jobs and a new manufacturing facility that will approach $80 million. Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced on Thursday that Applied Food Biotechnology will build […] → Read More

Burn pit legislation passes, Sen. Ossoff says it’s the nation’s obligation to take care of veterans

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — There is some medical relief in sight for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits. The U.S. Senate passed legislation late Tuesday that will allow those veterans to more easily receive the healthcare they need. A couple of months ago when Sen. Jon Ossoff was in […] → Read More

City of Columbus gets the keys to downtown Synovus property, renovation underway

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The city of Columbus now owns a prime piece of downtown real estate. And the redevelopment started Monday. Back in September, plans surfaced for the city to purchase 250,000 square feet of Synovus office space and a 634-space parking deck. The $25 million purchase deal was signed last year and completed […] → Read More