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Melanie Ruberti

Position: Content producer (reporter)
E-Mail Address: mruberti@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 706-884-7311

Latest Stories by Melanie Ruberti

LaGrange police and fire departments responded to a single-car crash early Friday afternoon off Jordan's Way at the Tucker Cottages.
According to neighbors and witnesses at the scene, the black, newer-model Honda Accord was going fast around a curve in the back of the neighborhood, lost control, went over the curb, smashed through a fence and cras

Car crashes into retention pond

LaGrange police and fire departments responded to a single-car crash early Friday afternoon off Jordan's Way at the Tucker Cottages. According to neighbors and witnesses at the scene, the black, newer-model Honda Accord was going fast around a curve in the back of the neighborhood, lost control, went over the curb, smashed through a fence and cras

First in a two-part series.
Many know the name Dale Jackson from his role in politics, but to him and his family, Jackson's most important title is “dad.”
Jackson has three children, but it is his 6-year-old son, Colin, he is fighting for at the state capitol. Colin is autistic and according to Jackson, low functioning and nonverbal.

A father's love

First in a two-part series. Many know the name Dale Jackson from his role in politics, but to him and his family, Jackson's most important title is “dad.” Jackson has three children, but it is his 6-year-old son, Colin, he is fighting for at the state capitol. Colin is autistic and according to Jackson, low functioning and nonverbal.

Man dies in motorcycle crash

The Georgia State Patrol said one person was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night on Hamilton Pleasant Grove Road in Harris County. According to the GSP, Al Lashon Parks, 35, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was riding a motorcycle when he apparently lost control on a curve, was thrown from his bike and his head struck a tree. Troopers said h

It was a packed house as the LaGrange chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program cut the ribbon on their new office space.
Board members, city and county leaders, plus former and current volunteers joined in welcoming the organization to their new home inside the old Cannon Street Elementary School.
The group also has a new director at the h

A new beginning

It was a packed house as the LaGrange chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program cut the ribbon on their new office space. Board members, city and county leaders, plus former and current volunteers joined in welcoming the organization to their new home inside the old Cannon Street Elementary School. The group also has a new director at the h

It was a sea of red inside the Callaway Conference Center on Thursday as women learned the “heart” truth about heart disease.
Besides being the number one killer among women and men, it can sometimes strike with little to no warning.
“It's common and it's an underappreciated disease,” said Dr. Michael El-Chami, a cardiolog

The heart truth

It was a sea of red inside the Callaway Conference Center on Thursday as women learned the “heart” truth about heart disease. Besides being the number one killer among women and men, it can sometimes strike with little to no warning. “It's common and it's an underappreciated disease,” said Dr. Michael El-Chami, a cardiolog

LaGrange police still are investigating a shooting in the 100 block of McGee Street that occurred last week.
According to LPD, Marcel Cotton, 40, was shot multiple times in the legs and was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for treatment on Feb. 13.
Lt. Dale Strickland said Cotton is in stable condition and, according to his family, may be r

LPD 'Actively looking for suspects'

LaGrange police still are investigating a shooting in the 100 block of McGee Street that occurred last week. According to LPD, Marcel Cotton, 40, was shot multiple times in the legs and was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for treatment on Feb. 13. Lt. Dale Strickland said Cotton is in stable condition and, according to his family, may be r

After a 17-year-old girl falsely reported her own kidnapping, the repercussions of her actions were immediate.She was charged with falsely reporting a crime – a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia – and placed under arrest by LaGrange police investigators.LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar said the outcome is standard protocol for

Calculating cost of fake calls

After a 17-year-old girl falsely reported her own kidnapping, the repercussions of her actions were immediate.She was charged with falsely reporting a crime – a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia – and placed under arrest by LaGrange police investigators.LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar said the outcome is standard protocol for

The Camp Viola landscape will look very different when the staff officially opens its gates to campers this summer.

Camp Viola begins renovations

The Camp Viola landscape will look very different when the staff officially opens its gates to campers this summer.

Another cold snap is taking hold on LaGrange as temperatures at night dip well below freezing.
Fortunately, the Emmaus Women's Shelter warming center is open for business, and will remain open for the weekend – possibly into next week.
The shelter, located in the old LaGrange Fire Department station at the corner of Byron Hurst and Main str

Running out of time

Another cold snap is taking hold on LaGrange as temperatures at night dip well below freezing. Fortunately, the Emmaus Women's Shelter warming center is open for business, and will remain open for the weekend – possibly into next week. The shelter, located in the old LaGrange Fire Department station at the corner of Byron Hurst and Main str

A man was shot multiple times on McGee Street shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.
LaGrange police officers responded to a home in the 100 block of McGee Street and found one man shot multiple times. Investigators said the victim, identified as Marcell Cotton, had been shot in the legs and was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. His con

One man airlifted after shooting

A man was shot multiple times on McGee Street shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. LaGrange police officers responded to a home in the 100 block of McGee Street and found one man shot multiple times. Investigators said the victim, identified as Marcell Cotton, had been shot in the legs and was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. His con

For Kelley Mitchell, becoming the new director of the LaGrange chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was a natural transition.
Mitchell is a long-time marketing and public relations professional, most recently working as the marketing director of the LaGrange Mall and Village Mall in Auburn, Alabama. While there, she executed hundreds of

New year, fresh start

For Kelley Mitchell, becoming the new director of the LaGrange chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was a natural transition. Mitchell is a long-time marketing and public relations professional, most recently working as the marketing director of the LaGrange Mall and Village Mall in Auburn, Alabama. While there, she executed hundreds of

First Presbyterian Child Care received top honors from the state of Georgia.
The center received two out of three stars after voluntarily participating in Quality Rated, a new program designed to enhance the quality of early care and education provided in child-care centers.
“We were very excited,” said First Presbyterian director Kim

State recognizes local child care center for top rating

First Presbyterian Child Care received top honors from the state of Georgia. The center received two out of three stars after voluntarily participating in Quality Rated, a new program designed to enhance the quality of early care and education provided in child-care centers. “We were very excited,” said First Presbyterian director Kim

A 17-year-old Troup County girl will face charges after law enforcement officers said she lied about being kidnapped from the Walmart parking lot on New Franklin Road.
The teen was arrested and charged with false report of a crime, a misdemeanor.
LaGrange police investigators said the girl called her mom from Pyne Road Park and said she had been

Police: Alleged kidnapping a hoax

A 17-year-old Troup County girl will face charges after law enforcement officers said she lied about being kidnapped from the Walmart parking lot on New Franklin Road. The teen was arrested and charged with false report of a crime, a misdemeanor. LaGrange police investigators said the girl called her mom from Pyne Road Park and said she had been

Murder suspect Thomas J. Lee, 26, made his first appearance in Troup County Magistrate Court early Wednesday morning at the government center on Ridley Avenue.

Murder suspect makes first appearance

Murder suspect Thomas J. Lee, 26, made his first appearance in Troup County Magistrate Court early Wednesday morning at the government center on Ridley Avenue.

Bright eyes, sweet smiles and bubbly personalities is how staff and students at Troup High School remember Bailey Burtron, 16, and Iiaonna Green, 18.
The girls' passion for music helps their classmates and teachers through the grieving process as they try to make sense of their deaths and celebrate their lives.
Burtron and Green were two of five

'She was so bright, happy'

Bright eyes, sweet smiles and bubbly personalities is how staff and students at Troup High School remember Bailey Burtron, 16, and Iiaonna Green, 18. The girls' passion for music helps their classmates and teachers through the grieving process as they try to make sense of their deaths and celebrate their lives. Burtron and Green were two of five

Thomas J. Lee, 26, was escorted into Troup County Jail about 7:30 tonight after being extradited from Mississippi earlier today.
Lee arrived in shackles surrounded by Troup County sheriff's deputies and members of the media. He didn't speak and showed little emotion as he was escorted into the jail from a sheriff's SUV.
Lee currently has warrants

Murder suspect arrives at Troup County Jail

Thomas J. Lee, 26, was escorted into Troup County Jail about 7:30 tonight after being extradited from Mississippi earlier today. Lee arrived in shackles surrounded by Troup County sheriff's deputies and members of the media. He didn't speak and showed little emotion as he was escorted into the jail from a sheriff's SUV. Lee currently has warrants

Reporter's Note: This is the second part in a two-part series on the controversies swirling around the potential legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. Part 1 introduced the Sievert family, whose daughter Miranda now lives in Colorado so she can have access to medicinal marijuana. The drug helps control seizures brought on by ep

A prescription for disaster? Part 2

Reporter's Note: This is the second part in a two-part series on the controversies swirling around the potential legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. Part 1 introduced the Sievert family, whose daughter Miranda now lives in Colorado so she can have access to medicinal marijuana. The drug helps control seizures brought on by ep

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Troup County man suspected of murdering five people last week whose bodies were found in a home on Woodstream Trail Saturday evening.
Thomas J. Lee, 26, of Troup County, is wanted for the murders of four of his family members and a family friend that may have occurred around Wednesday, according to Troup Coun

National manhunt underway

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Troup County man suspected of murdering five people last week whose bodies were found in a home on Woodstream Trail Saturday evening. Thomas J. Lee, 26, of Troup County, is wanted for the murders of four of his family members and a family friend that may have occurred around Wednesday, according to Troup Coun

Five people were found dead inside a home in the 100 block of Woodstream Trail after sheriff's deputies came to the home just after 10 p.m. Saturday night and law enforcement officials this morning were seeking a man in connection to the case.

Man sought in connection to deaths

Five people were found dead inside a home in the 100 block of Woodstream Trail after sheriff's deputies came to the home just after 10 p.m. Saturday night and law enforcement officials this morning were seeking a man in connection to the case.

Five people were found dead in an apparent homicide at a home on Woodstream Trail in unincorporated Troup County on Saturday night.

5 found slain after welfare check

Five people were found dead in an apparent homicide at a home on Woodstream Trail in unincorporated Troup County on Saturday night.





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