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An unfortunate accident, a call to action and shocking car accident made this intense for Columbia Twitter users.
A 1-year-old Columbia infant fell from a Super 7 motel balcony last Friday. Mesiah Olney, whose first birthday is this Saturday, fell 10 to 12 feet from the balcony, according to the baby’s mother who witnessed the event. Part of the balcony’s railings was missing, violating the city’s building codes that require no greater than a 6 inch gap between balcony railings. The baby was released Monday after being treated over the weekend for two skull fractures and a compression fracture above his shoulder blade. Mesiah is expected to make a full recovery.
The world’s longest living quadriplegic 83-year-old Janet E. Barnes was hit by a car while crossing College Ave. in her motorized wheelchair. Barnes was thrown a reported three buildings beyond the point of the incident, and her daughter reported on her website heartspokenwords.com that every bone in her mother’s body was broken. She remains in the ICU, and she has as of Thursday afternoon completed two surgeries towards recovery. Last September, Barnes was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the longest living quadriplegic.
The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police, the union of the Columbia Police Department, on Wednesday submitted a letter to Mayor Bob McDavid and City Manager Mike Matthes asking for the resignation of Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton. The letter cited numerous policy violations of the police chief and included a ten-page document detailing the violations themselves. Thursday morning, Chief Burns released a statement that he was going to stand his ground as police chief and was not planning on resigning, but reiterated his commitment to Columbia’s police force.
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