FUGITIVE CAPTURED 03-15-2011

WASHINGTON CO. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT 03-14-2011

LELAND CHIEF PROTEST 03-14-2011

FREE DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION CARD 3-13-2011

SHAWN O'HARA 3-13-2011

BILL LUCKETT REMAINS ON BALLOT 3-13-2011

WDSV RADIO PREMIERE 03-11-2011

SHELBY POLICE OFFICER SERVED PRISON SENTENCE 03-11-2011

DELTA STATE STUDENTS LOBBY 03-10-2011

STOP THE VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN 03-10-2011

NATION-WIDE MANHUNT 03-09-2011

ONLINE IDOL 03-09-2011

FREEDOM RIDERS CELEBRATION 03-09-2011

PATTERSON UPDATE 03-09-2011

LOWE'S HIRING 03-08-2011

WEBB TOWN HALL 03-08-2011

WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL 03-07-2011

GREENWOOD BODY FOUND 03-07-2011

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR TODDLER 03-06-2011

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED 03-06-2011

WDSV RADIO 03-04-2011

BELZONI CHECK PRESENTATION 03-04-2011

BABY ROBINSON AUTOPSY 03-04-2011

BRIDGE FATAL UPDATE 03-03-2011

ROBINSON BOND SET 03-03-2011

JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE 03-02-2011

GREENVILLE BRIDGE FATAL 03-02-2011

GREENVILLE BABY DEATH INVESTIGATION 03-02-2011

LELAND WILDLIFE MUSEUM 03-01-2011

VIKING EMPLOYEE 03-01-2011

GREENVILLE MURDER SUSPECT 03-01-2011

GREENWOOD DRUG BUST 02-28-2011

REDISTRICTING CHANGES 02-28-2011

SENATE SEAT RACE 02-28-2011

CLARKSDALE HOMICIDE 2-27-2011

MARCH OF DIMES 2-27-2011

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 12 ELECTION

STORM ROLLS THROUGH ITTA BENA 02-25-2011

HARLOWS CASINO STORM DAMAGE 02-25-2011

TOMATO SHORTAGE 02-24-2011

GREENVILLE COUPLE ARREST 02-24-2011

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 02-23-2011

HEARTLAND CATFISH 02-23-2011

RULEVILLE CHIEF 02-22-2011

MISS MISSISSIPPI VISIT 02-22-2011

BOLIVAR JUVENILE FACILITY 02-21-11

LEXINGTON TRIAL 2-21-2011

CLEVELAND COLLECTING FINES 2-20-2011

CARROLL COUNTY SHOOTING 2-20-2011

SHAW WATER PROBLEMS 2-20-2011

BLACK HISTORY IN SHAW 2-20-2011

SNOW DAY 02-18-2011

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST 02-18-2011

BLUE PRINT MISSISSIPPI MEETING 02-17-2011

JOHN LEE HOOKER BLUES MARKER 02-17-2011

GREENWOOD INFANT DEATH 02-17-2011

X-TEXT CAMPAIGN 2-15-11

INDINOLA SHOOTING 2-15-11

Parchman Arrest 2-15-11

GREENVILLE SHOOTING 2-14-2011

INDIANOLA SHOOTING 2-13-2011

GREENVILLE MURDER 2-13-2011

WALK IT OUT CLEVELAND 2-12-2011

BOND SET FOR GREENVILLE MURDER SUSPECT

GREENWOOD REMAINS IDENTIFIED

GREENVILLE DEATH 02-10-2011

GREENVILLLE MURDER 02-10-2011

MDOT OFFERS ADVICE FOR MOTORISTS 02-09-2011

AGRICULTURAL CENTER GRAND OPENING 02-09-2011

BLUES LEGEND PASSES AWAY 02-08-2011

BUS ACCIDENT LEAVES 3 KILLED AND 10 INJURED 02-08-2011

DIRECTOR OF SOUTH DELTA ARRESTED 02-07-2011

TWO CAR ACCIDENT WAS FATAL 02-07-2011

REEVES LAUNCHES HIS CAMPAIGN 02-07-2011

Two arrested for home invasion 02-01-2011

Hunting accident fatal 02-01-2011

Lawsuit dismissed over election results 02-01-2011

Search for missing person 02-01-2011

Two guilty verdicts for the murder of Roland Harris 01-26-2011

Fire victims receives helpful deed 01-26-2011

Lowe’s laying off to hire more 01-26-2011

Leflore county health center opening 01-26-2011

Man killed and wife behind bars 01-25-2011

Mourning mother looking for son’s killer 01-25-2011

Leland police looking for fugitives 01-24-2011

Justus charged with burglary and robbery 01-24-2011

Mississippi deer-breeding farm bill 01-24-2011

Mentoring group making positive impact 01-24-2011

Fire consumes apartment complex 01-20-2011

Southern grill damaged by fire 01-20-2011

“One came home” viewing 01-20-2011

Job creation gets national coverage 01-20-2011

Music was in the air in boyle 01-18-2011

Fatal accident on highway 82 01-18-2011

Execution date is still pending 01-18-2011

Missing vaiden teen 01-18-2011

Former county auditor ordered to pay back 01-12-2011

man arrested for burglary of library 01-12-2011

Escaped inmate captured 01-12-2011

Brainchild arrested for rash of robberies 01-12-2011

Jeffrey Jackson appeal denied 01-11-2011

Ymca holds its annual banquet 01-11-2011

Inmate escapes from sharkey-issaquena jail 01-11-2011

Fire in tchula destroys home 01-11-2011

Another fugitive joins manhunt Monday 01-10-2011

One child dies in weather related accident 01-10-2011

Suspect surrenders to authorities 01-10-2011

Statewide manhunt for convicted felon 01-07-2011

Indictment handed down for former official 01-07-2011

Request for dismissal of an election challenge 01-07-2011

Gallery opening at the E.E. Bass Cultural arts center 01-07-2011

Former police chief sues the city 01-07-2011

Verify all checks before cashing 01-06-2011

Arrest made in the robbery of high five night club 01-06-2011

Four men plead guilty for robberies 01-05-2011

Trucker charged with accident 01-05-2011

New director for the u.s. humane society 01-05-2011

M.V.S.U. is working on the campus 01-05-2011

Greenville city council supports sportsplex project 01-04-2011

McClure announces running for senate 01-04-2011

Simmons announces running for senate 01-04-2011

Lieutenant governor announces 01-04-2011

Sex charges for an Indianola police officer 01-04-2011

Eighty two soldiers deploying 01-03-2011

Judge walls joins the 11th district circuit court 01-03-2011

New fire station in Cleveland under construction 01-03-2011

Bomb threat at wal-mart 12-30-2010

Man arrested in greenwood for break in 12-30-2010

March for the release of sisters serving life 12-30-2010

Two teens arrested for relations with a minor 12-29-2010

Tracking all city vehicles in greenwood 12-29-2010

New judge in Leflore county 12-29-2010

Mississippi drug card available 12-29-2010

Arkansas parolee arrested for fatal beating 12-28-2010

Operation help civil rights 12-28-2010

Man kills brother in Cleveland 12-28-2010

Washington lobbyist contract ends 12-28-2010

Former Cleveland resident found dead 12-22-2010

Food mart robbery arrest 12-22-2010

Clinton man poses as a contractor 12-22-2010

Fight in classroom under investigation 12-20-2010

Warehouse fire on nelson street 12-20-2010

House fire in Grenada 12-20-2010

Cease and desist order issued 12-20-2010

Patterson files an appeal against the city 12-16-2010

Prevent drunk and drugged driving 12-16-2010

Allegations were false 12-16-2010

New traffic control tower in greenwood 12-15-2010

Arrest made in theft of copper 12-15-2010

Arrest made in Greenville stabbing 12-15-2010

Local Mississippian named the “biggest loser” 12-15-2010

House destroyed by fire in renova 12-14-2010

City of Greenville being sued 12-14-2010

Leflore county receives letter from federal gov’t 12-14-2010

Town of Gunnison in hot water 12-14-2010

Elementary student dies in house fire 12-13-2010

Elementary student dies in car crash 12-13-2010

Former fire chief sentenced 12-13-2010

GREENVILLE PARENT COLLEGE 12/12/2010

ROWBERSON RULING UPHELD 12/12/2010

HORSE SHOOTING 12-12-2010

SHARKEY COUNTY DRUG BUST 12/12/2010

HOLIDAY DUI'S 11/27/2010

BUNNIE AMOS & EVA WHITE FUNERAL 11/27/2010

yazoo city police officer shot 11-27-2010

Greenville man arrested for child abuse 11-24-2010

A GREENVILLE FATHER WILL BE SPENDING HIS THANKSGIVING BEHIND BARS, WHILE HIS TWO-Month-OLD SON FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE. COREY WILLIAMS, 19, WAS LED INTO THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION OF THE GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WEDNESDAY BY DETECTIVES DELANDO WILSON AND LAQUANNA MOORE. THE C.I.D. STARTED THE INVESTIGATION AFTER A SOCIAL WORKER FROM BLAIR E BATSON HOSPITAL IN JACKSON CONTACTED POLICE FRIDAY ABOUT A TWO-MONTH-OLD BOY THAT HAD TO BE PUT ON LIFE SUPPORT DUE TO SEVERE ABUSE HE HAD ENDURED. DETECTIVE MOORE WENT TO JACKSON TUESDAY TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE AND SAID THE INFANT IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. COREY WILLIAMS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF CHILD ABUSE AND WAS GIVEN A $150,000 BOND.

 

Pedestrian killed on highway 1 11-24-2010

A HIT-AND-RUN COLLISION CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A GREENVILLE PEDESTRIAN TUESDAY. GLORIA OUSELY DIED AROUND 10 P.M. TUESDAY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A 2005 FORD EXPEDITION AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 1 AND ALEXANDER STREET.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE DRIVER OF THE EXPEDITION WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 1, WHEN OUSLEY STEPPED IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. SHE REPORTEDLY WAS WEARING DARK CLOTHING, AND THE DRIVER OF THE EXPEDITION DID HAVE THE GREEN LIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, WHICH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

Manhunt Monday captures criminal 11-24-2010

ANOTHER FUGITIVE FEATURED ON MANHUNT MONDAY IS CAPTURED. INDIANOLA POLICE OFFICERS JOHNNIE BLAND AND IRISH JOHNSON ARRESTED ALFRED MCBRIDE, JR WEDNESDAY MORNING WITHOUT INCIDENT.  MCBRIDE WAS WANTED BY THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER AND/OR REPORT CURRENT INFORMATION AS REQUIRED BY LAW.  THE 41-YEAR OLD, CONVICTED FOR TOUCHING A CHILD FOR LUSTFUL PURPOSES, REMAINS JAILED WEDNESDAY.

 

Mayor arrested for embezzlement 11-24-2010

THE MAYOR OF FRIARS POINT HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES. JAMES WASHINGTON WAS BOOKED INTO THE COAHOMA COUNTY JAIL TUESDAY ON EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES. HIS ARREST COMES ON THE HEELS OF AN INDICTMENT HANDED DOWN BY THE COAHOMA COUNTY GRAND JURY. JUSTICE COURT JUDGE JESSIE BURTON RELEASED THE MAYOR ON AN OWN RECOGNIZANCE BOND.

 

Bond set for accused in Holmes county murder 11-24-2010

BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $2 MILLION EACH FOR TWO MEN CHARGED IN THE MURDER OF A HOLMES COUNTY MAN. MALCOLM MELTON, 22, AND ERIK ELLIS, 28, REMAINS JAILED WEDNESDAY ON CHARGES OF CAPITAL MURDER, ARSON AND ARMED ROBBERY. THE MURDER VICTIM, JIMMY SANDERS, 63, APPARENTLY WAS TRYING TO HELP THE MEN.  SHERIFF WILLIAM MARCH SAID ELLIS WENT TO SANDERS HOME SUNDAY CLAIMING TO HAVE CAR TROUBLE.  MARCH SAID AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER SANDERS WAS KILLED IN CARROLL COUNTY WHERE WITNESSES SAID THEY HEARD SHOTS AFTER SEEING SANDERS IN HIS TRUCK WITH TWO MEN. SANDERS BODY WAS FOUND MONDAY INSIDE HIS BURNING TRUCK IN HOLMES COUNTY.

 

Taser case under review 11-23-2010

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS EXPECTED TO GET THE CLEVELAND POLICE TASER CASE WEDNESDAY. JERMAINE WILLIAMS, 30, DIED AFTER BEING TASERED BY TWO CLEVELAND POLICE OFFICERS ON JULY 23. HIS DEATH LED TO AN INVESTIGATION BY THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS. MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SPOKESMAN JON KALAHAR SAYS THE REPORT WAS COMPLETED THIS MONTH AND TURNED OVER TO THE BOLIVAR COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.  CITING CONFLICT OF INTEREST, DISTRICT ATTORNEY BRENDA MITCHELL IS TURNING THE CASE OVER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.  THE TWO OFFICERS INVOLVED REMAIN ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AT THIS TIME.  BOTH MEN AND THE CITY OF CLEVELAND WERE NAMED IN A $25 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT IN WILLIAMS' DEATH.

 

Vigil held to honor women in Leland 11-23-2010

A TRAGEDY LAST SATURDAY THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO WOMEN HAS SPARKED HOPE FOR A CITY THAT SOME SAY IS IN NEED OF UNITY. A MESSAGE OF PERSEVERANCE AND A CALL FOR TOGETHERNESS WAS THE THEME OF A VIGIL HELD TUESDAY IN HONOR OF BERNADINE AMOS AND EVA WHITE. THE TWO PASSED AWAY FOLLOWING INJURIES FROM A COLLISION SATURDAY.  CITY OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ALL SHOWED UP TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AND CHALLENGE THE CITY TO USE THIS TRAGEDY AS A REMINDER TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. "AGAIN, THE TWO WOMEN, ALONG WITH LELAND ALDERWOMAN MALA BROOKS, FORMER MAYOR BARBARA BROOKS AND ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER, WERE TRAVELING BACK FROM A FUNERAL SATURDAY, WHEN THEY COLLIDED WITH A TOYOTA TACOMA," SAID LELAND MAYOR JAMES LOWE. DURING THE VIGIL, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TRUST FUND WILL BE CREATED IN THEIR HONOR. AS OF TUESDAY, BOTH MALA AND BARBARA BROOKS AND THE OTHER FAMILY MEMBER ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN HOME TO LELAND BY WEEK'S END.

 

Two arrested in Holmes’ murder 11-23-2010

TWO MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN THE SLAYING OF A HOLMES COUNTY MAN. SHERIFF WILLIE MARCH SAID THAT MALCOLM MELTON, 22, AND ERIK ELLIS, 28, HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER, KIDNAPPING AND ARSON.  AT THIS TIME, ROBBERY CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE INVESTIGATION. JIMMY SANDERS', 63, GOOD WILL AND DESIRE TO HELP LED TO HIS DEATH.  SHERIFF MARCH SAID AFTER RECEIVING A KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF HIS RESIDENCE AT 4 A.M. MONDAY MORNING, SANDERS RUSHED OUT TO ASSIST MELTON AND ELLIS WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN HAVING CAR TROUBLES.  SANDERS NEVER RETURNED HOME.  THE SHERIFF SAID HE WAS BURNED TO DEATH INSIDE HIS FORD PICKUP.  THE MOTIVE BEHIND SANDERS MURDER REMAINS UNKNOWN.

 

Two arrested for Holmes county murder 11-22-2010

TWO MEN ARE IN CUSTODY MONDAY AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A GRUESOME MURDER OF A HOLMES COUNTY MAN. MALCOLM MELTON, 22, AND ERIK ELLIS, 28, ARE BEING HELD IN THE HOLMES COUNTY REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY FOR QUESTIONING AS OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE THE DEATH OF JIMMY SANDERS, 63, WHOSE BURNED BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE HIS SEVERELY BURNED FORD PICKUP TRUCK ON A ROAD JUST OUTSIDE THE WEST EXIT ON I-55 NORTH. "SOME MORE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY - THEY DID SEE THE AUTOMOBILE THE TWO SUSPECTS WERE RIDING IN THAT AREA. ALSO THEY WITNESSED THEM TAKING SOME GAS TO THAT AREA, AND HIS AUTOMOBILE WAS BURNED WITH GAS," SAID HOLMES COUNTY SHERIFF WILLIE MARCH. THE MOTIVE FOR THE SLAYING REMAINS UNCLEAR AT THE TIME BUT THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

 

Car accident claims the life of Leland woman 11-22-2010

A SECOND LELAND WOMAN DIES AS A RESULT OF A VIOLENT WRECK IN FLOWOOD OVER THE WEEKEND. BERNADINE "BUNNIE" AMOS PASSED AWAY MONDAY AT A JACKSON AREA HOSPITAL FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A CAR ACCIDENT THAT ALSO CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 84-YEAR-OLD EVA WHITE. THE HONDA PASSPORT THE FIVE WOMEN WERE RIDING IN WAS DESTROYED FROM THE COLLISION WITH A TRUCK ON SATURDAY. BOTH DECEASED WOMEN, ALONG WITH LELAND ALDERWOMAN MALA BROOKS, FORMER MAYOR BARBARA BROOKS AND ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER, WERE TRAVELING BACK FROM A FUNERAL AROUND 3:30 P.M. SATURDAY ON HIGHWAY 475 JUST SOUTH OF FLOWOOD DRIVE WHEN THEY COLLIDED WITH A TOYOTA TACOMA IN THE SOUTH BOUND LANE.  FLOWOOD POLICE CHIEF JOHNNY DEWITT SAID IT IS UNCLEAR WHICH VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING NORTH AND CROSSED OVER THE MEDIAN.  MALA AND BARBARA BROOKS AND THE OTHER FAMILY MEMBER REMAIN IN SERIOUS CONDITION.

 

Two arrested in copper theft 11-22-2010

TWO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF COPPER WIRE LAST WEEK.  AS WE FIRST REPORTED LAST TUESDAY, A TIP LED THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND GREENVILLE POLICE TO A LOCATION NORTH OF THE CITY WHERE A LARGE AMOUNT OF COPPER WIRING HAD BEEN STOLEN. AUTHORITIES THEN FOUND SEVERAL BOXES OF HEAVY GAUGE COPPER WIRING DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP NORTH BROADWAY EXTENDED WHICH HAD APPARENTLY BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SCENE OF AN EARLIER BUSINESS BURGLARY. SOME OF THE COPPER WIRING HAD BEEN BURNED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO SELL. THE RECENT ARRESTS INCLUDE THOMAS WINSTEAD, 36, AND WARREN SWINDLE, 42, WHO WERE BOTH ARRESTED FRIDAY, AND CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY.

 

FOUNDER HONORED 11-19-2010

THE FOUNDER OF THE DELTA COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WAS HONORED FRIDAY IN GREENVILLE. THE COMMUNITY TURNED OUT TO CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF THE LATE DR. GILBERT MACVAUGH, WHO FOUNDED THE SERVICE IN 1971. THE EVENT FEATURED SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, MACVAUGH'S ENTIRE FAMILY, AND THE UNVEILING OF A PORTRAIT OF MACVAUGH. THE DELTA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER BUILDING WAS ALSO NAMED IN HIS HONOR. HE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR 25 YEARS PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ACROSS THE STATE WHILE BUILDING PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED THEM IN THE DELTA. ASIDE FROM BEING KNOWN FOR HIS GROUND-BREAKING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE DELTA REGION, MACVAUGH WAS ALSO A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR DELTA COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

 

THE DYNAMITER SELECTED FOR FILM FESTIVAL 11-19-2010

A MOVIE FILMED IN THE GLEN ALLEN AND CHATHAM AREA AS WELL AS AROUND GREENVILLE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR THE 2011 EDITION OF THE BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. MATT GORDON, INDEPENDENT MOVIE DIRECTOR FOR THE MOVIE "THE DYNAMITER", WAS INFORMED FRIDAY THAT HIS MOVIE FILMED HERE IN JULY, 2009, HAD BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD. MOST OF THE CAST MEMBERS WERE LOCAL AND MISSISSIPPI ACTORS, AND THE LEAD, WILLIAM PATRICK RUFFIN, IS FROM GREENVILLE. THE BERLIN FESTIVAL RUNS FROM FEBRUARY 10TH TO 20TH.  THE MOVIE IS PRODUCED BY ELYSIUM FILMS. NEXT UP, MATT GORDON AND THE CAST WILL KNOW BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK IF "THE DYNAMITER" HAS ALSO BEEN ACCEPTED FOR THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, THE NATION'S PREMIERE MOVIE FESTIVAL.

 

GUILTY VERDICTS HANDED DOWN 11-19-2010

GUILTY VERDICTS WERE HANDED DOWN FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE MARVIN STUCKETT MURDER TRIAL. DANNER FORD, 38, WAS ON TRIAL IN THE DEATH OF STUCKETT, WHO WAS KILLED FOLLOWING A FIGHT AT A LOCAL NIGHTCLUB IN SEPTEMBER OF 2008.  FOLLOWING LESS THAN TWO HOURS OF JURY DELIBERATION FORD WAS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER WITH A LIFE SENTENCE; GUILTY OF FIREARM ENHANCEMENT WITH A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE; AND GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON WITH 10 YEARS FOR THAT SENTENCE. THE FIVE AND 10-YEAR SENTENCES WILL RUN CONSECUTIVELY FOLLOWING THE LIFE SENTENCE. DANNER IS THE SECOND OF FOUR MEN TO GO ON TRIAL IN CONNECTION WITH STUCKETT'S DEATH. STEVE FORD WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER LAST YEAR AND SENTENCED TO LIFE. FREDDY HARRIS' TRIAL IS PENDING SINCE HE IS DOING TIME ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES, AND JONATHON ROBINSON'S TRIAL IS ALSO PENDING BECAUSE HE'S IN STATE PRISON ON UNRELATED CHARGES.

 

STUDENT HIT BY SCHOOL BUS 11-19-2010

A LEFLORE COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT IS IN THE HOSPITAL FRIDAY AFTER BEING HIT BY A SCHOOL BUS ON THURSDAY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RICKY BANKS THE CHILD'S PARENTS SAY THE BOY IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER IN JACKSON. ACCORDING TO THE BANKS THE BOY WAS RUNNING ALONGSIDE THE BUS WHEN HE FELL UNDER IT. THAT'S WHEN THE BACK TIRE RAN OVER THE BOY'S TORSO. THE LEFLORE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ALSO RELEASED A STATEMENT WHICH STATES: "AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30 P.M. THURSDAY AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD 3RD GRADE STUDENT WHO ATTENDS LEFLORE COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS INJURED BY A BUS. HE WAS AIR-LIFTED TO THE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI. HE WAS IN STABLE CONDITION WHEN WE LEFT THE HOSPITAL AROUND 10:30 LAST NIGHT. WE ARE DOING THE INVESTIGATION AT THIS TIME." THE BOY'S NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED AT THIS TIME. OFFICIALS SAY THE DRIVER WAS UNAWARE THAT THE BOY HAD BEEN RUN OVER UNTIL WITNESSES NOTIFIED HIM ON THE SCENE.

 

Energy drinks contribute to deaths 11-18-2010

THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS WARNING FOUR LOKO AND JOOSE ENERGY DRINK MAKERS TO TAKE OUT THE CAFFEINE IN THE ENERGY DRINK OR TAKE IT OFF THE MARKET. THE POPULAR CAFFEINATED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEATHS OF SEVERAL TEENS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITHIN THE LAST MONTH. MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD IS WORKING WITH OTHER STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS TO GET THE DRINK OFF THE MARKET.  THE FRUIT-FLAVORED DRINK IS APPEALING TO TEENS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS. THE F.D.A. IS CALLING IT "LIQUOR CRACK". IN SOME STATES THE FOUR LOKO DRINK CONTAIN ENOUGH CAFFEINE TO PUT IN TWO CUPS OF COFFEE AND ENOUGH ALCOHOL EQUIVALENT TO SIX BEERS. IN MOST STATES THE BEVERAGE HAS 12 PERCENT ALCOHOL BUT HERE IN MISSISSIPPI, BECAUSE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LAWS, THE DRINK CONTAINS SIX PERCENT ALCOHOL. OHIO IS THE LATEST STATE WHERE FOUR LOKO AND JOOSE MAKERS HAVE AGREED TO KEEP THESE DRINKS OFF THE STORE SHELVES.

 

Winona man freed from captures 11-18-2010

A WINONA MAN KIDNAPPED BY NIGERIAN PIRATES IS A FREE MAN ON THURSDAY. JEFF JAMES WAS ONE OF SEVEN OIL WORKERS HELD HOSTAGE OFF THE COAST OF NIGERIA. JAMES AND HIS GROUP WERE KIDNAPPED FROM AN OIL PLATFORM BACK ON NOVEMBER 8. THE GROUP WERE FREED THURSDAY AFTERNOON DURING A DARING MILITARY OPERATION.  THE RESCUE OF JAMES AND THE OTHER HOSTAGES CAME AFTER A RAID BY THE NIGERIAN MILITARY IN THE OIL-RICH SOUTHERN NIGERIAN DELTA. JEFF JAMES' WIFE, BETTY, SAYS SHE WILL NOT BE COMPLETELY HAPPY UNTIL SHE SEES HER HUSBAND'S FACE. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHEN HE WILL RETURN TO WINONA.

 

Kosciusko man sentenced to life 11-18-2010

A KOSCIUSKO MAN IS SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF JESSIE EARL HILL AT A STORE IN ATTALA COUNTY. THE STAR HERALD REPORTS BARRY LOVE WAS CONVICTED THIS WEEK BY A JURY IN GRENADA. LOVE SENTENCED BY CIRCUIT JUDGE C.E. MORGAN III TO 65 YEARS ON TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, ARMED ROBBERY AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ARMED ROBBERY. LOVE WAS ONE OF FOUR MEN ARRESTED FOR THE 2008 ROBBERY AT HILL BROTHERS LOGGING SHOP ON HIGHWAY 19 NORTH IN ATTALA COUNTY. THE THREE OTHERS WERE CONVICTED IN THE CASE. PROSECUTORS SAY HILL WAS FOUND DEAD AT THE SCENE WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE CHEST, AND TWO OTHER MEN IN THE SHOP WERE WOUNDED.

 

Bad facebook pages 11-17-2010

EVERYONE, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD SEEM, TO BE JOINING SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES, AND IN THIS STORY, IT SEEMS EVEN INFANTS. A CLEVELAND WOMAN HAS FOUND OUT FIRST HAND ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE FACEBOOK. JOYCE FRANKLIN IS FURIOUS THAT A FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE WITH DEROGATORY MESSAGES ABOUT HER SIX-MONTH-OLD GRANDSON IS STILL FLOATING AROUND ON THE WEB.  THE PAGE, CREATED BY AN UNIDENTIFIED PERSON, HAS BEEN UP FOR A LITTLE OVER A MONTH, AND HAS BEEN FREQUENTLY UPDATED WITH NASTY MESSAGES TARGETING SIX MONTH OLD JAWII FRANKLIN AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY. THE CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE CLEVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT. FRANKLIN SAID SHE HAS AT LEAST THREE SUSPECTS IN MIND, BUT A GUILTY PARTY HAS YET TO BE IDENTIFIED

 

40 people arrested for drug charges 11-17-2010

MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE WERE IN CUSTODY WEDNESDAY AND MORE COULD BE ARRESTED IN THE DAYS TO COME. THE GREENWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT TEAMED UP WITH SEVERAL STATE-WIDE AGENCIES WEDNESDAY TO ISSUE MORE THAN 60 WARRANTS IN THE CITY'S WAR ON DRUGS. GREENWOOD "OPERATION CORNER SWEEP" IS THE CITY'S INITIATIVE TO CLEANUP THE CITY STREETS AND RID THE COMMUNITY OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. SEVERAL VEHICLES AND AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH AND NARCOTICS WERE SEIZED DURING THE BUST BUT GREENWOOD POLICE CHIEF HENRY PURNELL SAID POLICE AREN'T GOING TO  STOP THERE. GREENWOOD'S "OPERATION CORNER SWEEP" HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS. PURNELL SAID THE OPERATION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE CITY IS RESTORED.

 

Winona man is one of the hostages 11-17-2010

A WINONA MAN HAS BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE BY NIGERIAN PIRATES. JEFF JAMES OF WINONA WAS AMONG THE SEVEN TRANSOCEAN OIL RIG WORKERS ABDUCTED NOVEMBER 8 OFF THE COAST OF NIGERIA.  WINONA MAYOR JAMES FLOWERS TOLD THE CLARION LEDGER THAT IT'S A HORRIBLE THING FOR THE FAMILY.  JAMES' WIFE, BETTY JAMES, WOULD NOT COMMENT.  BUT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SAID A GOOD NUMBER OF RESIDENTS WORK ON OFFSHORE OIL RIGS.  THE HOSTAGE SITUATION IS BEING HANDLED, IN PART, BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION'S COUNTER-TERRORISM UNIT.

 

Man arrested in Pace shooting 11-16-2010

BOLIVAR COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS CAPTURE THE GUNMAN WHO SHOT A PACE WOMAN ON TUESDAY.  CHIEF INVESTIGATOR CHARLIE GRIFFIN SAID THE WOMAN WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST WITH A 9-MILLIMETER PISTOL. SHE WAS RUSHED TO BOLIVAR MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE GRIFFIN SAID SHE IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM HER WOUND.  THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX IN PACE BEFORE 5 P.M. TUESDAY.

 

Man arrested in copper wiring theft 11-16-2010

ONE MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY AS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO THE THEFT OF COPPER WIRING IN AREA BUSINESSES. A TIP PASSED ALONG TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT MONDAY NIGHT LED DEPUTIES AND GREENVILLE POLICE TO A LOCATION TUESDAY NORTH OF THE CITY WHERE A LARGE AMOUNT OF COPPER WIRING HAD BEEN STOLEN. DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP ON NORTH BROADWAY EXTENDED AROUND 11 A.M. TUESDAY, AUTHORITIES FOUND SEVERAL BOXES OF HEAVY GAUGE COPPER WIRING WHICH HAD APPARENTLY BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SCENE OF AN EARLIER BUSINESS BURGLARY. SOME OF THE COPPER WIRING HAD BEEN BURNED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO SELL. THE MAN UNDER ARREST AT THIS TIME HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED YET BUT LT. EDWARD CROCKETT WITH THE GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT EXPECTS CHARGES TO BE FILED ON WEDNESDAY. ALSO AUTHORITIES EXPECT SEVERAL MORE ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE.

 

Jury seated in rapper’s murder trial 11-16-2010

A JURY IS SEATED IN A RAPPER'S MURDER TRIAL. MARVIN STUCKETT WAS A MEMBER OF THE RAP DUO, "NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK", A GROUP WHICH TOURED THE SOUTHEAST AND RECORDED A SONG FOR N.F.L. CORNERBACK ASANTE SAMUEL OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES.  DANNER FORD IS ON TRIAL IN THE DEATH OF STUCKETT, KILLED FOLLOWING A FIGHT AT A LOCAL NIGHTCLUB IN SEPTEMBER, 2008.  OFFICIALS SAY THE STUCKETT, 29, WAS SHOT TWICE NEAR HIS STOCKTON DRIVE HOME, LATER DYING AT DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. DANNER IS THE SECOND OF FOUR MEN TO GO ON TRIAL IN CONNECTION WITH STUCKETT'S DEATH. WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DEWAYNE RICHARDSON SAID STEVE FORD WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER LAST YEAR AND SENTENCED TO LIFE, FREDDY HARRIS' TRIAL IS PENDING SINCE HE IS DOING FEDERAL TIME ON DRUG CHARGES. JONATHON ROBINSON'S TRIAL IS ALSO PENDING BECAUSE HE'S IN A STATE PRISON ON UNRELATED CHARGES.

 

Arkansas man missing 11-15-2010

THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING ARKANSAS MAN PRESUMED DROWNED IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL RESUME TUESDAY MORNING NEAR PHILLIPS COUNTY, ARKANSAS, WHERE AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HIS BODY MAY BE LOCATED. DAVIS LAWSON, 50, OF ARKANSAS WENT MISSING SATURDAY AFTER A DAY OF FISHING. THE U.S. COAST GUARD FOUND HIS BOAT FLOATING DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, AROUND 5 P.M. SUNDAY, AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED THE COAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS BEGAN LOOKING FOR LAWSON AT QUAPAW LANDING, WHICH IS THE LOCATION OF AN ABANDONED TRUCK BELIEVE TO BELONG TO LAWSON. "WE CONTACTED OUR LOCAL RESCUE UNIT HERE IN COAHOMA COUNTY, BOLIVAR COUNTY, AND ALSO WE HAVE THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE HERE ALSO TO TRY TO LOCATE THIS INDIVIDUAL," SAID CHARLES JONES, COAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF. LEE TEDDER, BOLIVAR COUNTY E.O.C. DIRECTOR, TOLD ABC SIX NEWS MONDAY NIGHT, THAT LAWSON WENT FISHING AND BROUGHT HIS BOAT UP TO A SANDBAR. WHEN LAWSON WENT ON SHORE, HIS BOAT WENT INTO THE RIVER. TEDDER SAID YOU CAN SEE LAWSON'S FOOTPRINTS AS HE RAN TO RETRIEVE HIS BOAT AND SOME HOW FELL INTO THE RIVER. TEDDER SAID LAWSON RECENTLY HAD HEART SURGERY.

 

House fire in Indianola 11-15-2010

A GAS WALL HEATER MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF A DEADLY HOUSE FIRE IN INDIANOLA ON SUNDAY WHERE ONE WOMAN DIED IN THE BLAZE. INDIANOLA  FIRE OFFICIALS SAID THEY WERE CALLED TO 44 ROOSEVELT STREET JUST BEFORE 7 A.M. SUNDAY MORNING, AND FOUND JACKIE THOMPSON, 59, DEAD IN THE KITCHEN. FIREMEN HAD TO KICK IN THE BACK DOOR IN ORDER TO PULL HER OUT. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE APPEARS TO BE A GAS WALL HEATER THAT CAUGHT A COUCH IN THE LIVING ROOM ON FIRE. NO SMOKE DETECTORS WERE FOUND INSIDE THE HOME.

 

House fire in Leland 11-15-2010

LELAND POLICE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER A WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE WAS AN ACCIDENT OR THE WORK OF AN ANGRY EX-BOYFRIEND. THE HOME IS OCCUPIED BY ANTHONY GRAY THE CURRENT BOYFRIEND OF DEIDRA SIMMONS. THE COUPLE CLAIMS THAT SOMETIME BETWEEN FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING, SIMMON'S EX-BOYFRIEND BROKE INTO HER HOME WHERE THEY WERE STAYING, TOOK CAR KEYS FROM THE PREMISES, STOLE BOTH OF THEIR CARS AND THEN SET GRAY'S HOUSE ON FIRE. LELAND POLICE INVESTIGATOR JUAN OVERTON SAID AT THIS TIME THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY SUSPECTS. AUTHORITIES ARE WAITING A DETERMINATION BY THE LELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE. BY THE LELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT. "WE CAN'T GO ON SPECULATION RIGHT NOW. WE'RE GOING TO WAIT FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT AND ONCE THEY MAKE THEIR DECISION, WE WILL GO FROM THERE," LELAND POLICE INVESTIGATOR JUAN OVERTON. LELAND POLICE ARE ALSO INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED AUTO THEFT. OVERTON SAID THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A GREEN 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY AND A GREEN 1992 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE.

 

Changes at north sunflower medical center 11-15-2010

ON MONDAY A KICKOFF CEREMONY TOOK PLACE TO CELEBRATE A NEW CHANGE FOR THE NORTH SUNFLOWER MEDICAL CENTER. THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE EVENT WERE GIVEN DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT CRUCIAL UPDATES UNDERTAKEN BY THE HOSPITAL, WHICH INCLUDES MOVING TOWARD AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM. THE NEW ELECTRONIC SYSTEM WILL GIVE PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS EASIER ACCESS TO DATA, WHICH WILL HELP BETTER SERVE THE COMMUNITY. THE EVENT ALSO SHOWCASED A MILESTONE GUITAR THAT WILL BE PLACED IN THE HOSPITAL. EVERY TIME A GOAL IS MET, A MARK WILL BE MADE ON THE GUTIAR. THE EVENT TOOK PLACE AT THE LIONS DEN IN DOWNTOWN RULEVILLE. IT WAS ATTENDED BY SUNFLOWER HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES, MENDEL KEMP WITH THE MISSISSIPPI HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MCKESSON AND COKER GROUPS.

 

Stop smoking cold turkey 11-15-2010

GREENWOOD LEFLORE HOSPITAL IS going to stop SMOKING, COLD TURKEY, ON JANUARY 1, 2011. NO TOBACCO USE OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED ON HOSPITAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE MAIN CAMPUS, CLINICS, BUSINESS OFFICE, WELLNESS CENTER AND PARKING LOTS. CURRENTLY SMOKING IS ALLOWED ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL. THOSE SPACES WILL BE ELIMINATED. JIM JACKSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT GREENWOOD LEFLORE HOSPITAL, SAID THE HOSPITAL'S SMOKE-FREE POLICY IS PART OF A STATEWIDE EFFORT ENDORSED BY THE MISSISSIPPI HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION AND BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD OF MISSISSIPPI.

 

INDIANOLA FIRE 11-14-2010

CAR WRECK IN ELIZABETH 11-14-2010

NEW BUSINESS PROGRAM 11-15-2010

 

Veteran’s memorial marker place 11-11-2010

A MEMORIAL MARKER WAS PLACED IN GREENVILLE THURSDAY TO HONOR VETERANS. THE "BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER" WAS PLACED AT THE CORNER OF SOUTH MAIN STREET AND HIGHWAY 82 IN THE HISTORIC FANNIE ARNOLD PARK. THE THURSDAY DEDICATION WAS TO HONOR ALL SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. THE DEDICATION WAS ATTENDED BY LOCAL DIGNITARIES, AND FEATURED MUSICAL TRIBUTES AND A SPECIAL ACCEPTANCE BY PAUL WATSON, PRESIDENT OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND THE AMERICAN LEGION WAS ON HAND, TOO, FOR THE SPECIAL OCCASION. THE NATION-WIDE BLUE STAR MARKER PROGRAM ORIGINATED IN 1945 BY THE NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, INC.

 

Bolivar county veteran’s day 11-11-2010

VETERANS WERE NOT FORGOTTEN THURSDAY IN BOLIVAR COUNTY. A NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED THURSDAY MORNING AT THE BOLIVAR COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN CLEVELAND.  THE STRUCTURE IS MADE UP OF BRICKS FEATURING THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THE NATION, BOTH LIVING AND DECEASED. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO PURCHASE A BRICK ON THE WALKWAY IN HONOR OF A SOLDIER. THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BRICK SALES WILL GO TOWARDS FUNDING FOR THE IRAQ-AFGHANISTAN WAR MEMORIAL LOCATED IN THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. AS OF NOW THERE ARE 74 BRICKS, WITH A GOAL OF ADDING AN ADDITIONAL 34 BRICKS TO THE MEMORIAL.

 

Delta council held mid-year meeting 11-11-2010

DELTA COUNCIL HELD ITS MID-YEAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING THURSDAY AT STONEVILLE. HUNDREDS GATHERED AT THE CHARLES W. CAPPS ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER. THE DAY BEGAN WITH COMMITTEE MEETINGS, FOLLOWED BY A GENERAL SESSION FOR ALL THOSE IN ATTENDANCE. "THIS EVENT IS THE COMING TOGETHER OF DELTA COUNCIL MEMBERS TO PUSH FORWARD THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE DELTA," SAID DELTA COUNCIL PRESIDENT DR. CASS PENNINGTON. "WE'RE HERE TO REACH CONSENSUS ON, AND MOVE FORWARD, TO TRY AND GET RESULTS TO MEET NEEDS IN THE DELTA LIKE FLOOD CONTROL, EDUCATION, HIGHWAYS, HEALTH CARE, AND ALL THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE DELTA." THURSDAY'S MEETING COVERED TOPICS RELATIVE TO THE BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC SIDE OF AGRICULTURE. "AGRICULTURE HAS A LOT OF CHALLENGES AND, TODAY, WITH THE WORLD ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS AND THE COMPETITION WE FACE ON AGRICULTURE, WE HAVE TO BE PARTICULARLY FRUGGLE ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND THE WAY WE CONDUCT OUR BUSINESS," SAID TRAVIS SATTERFIELD, WITH SATTERFIELD FARMS AND PAST PRESIDENT OF DELTA COUNCIL. KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. MARK KEENUM.

 

FIVE ARRESTED FOR RANDOM SHOOTINGS 11-10-2010

NEW DETAILS EMERGED WEDNESDAY ON THE RANDOM SHOOTING THAT SENT TWO GREENWOOD CITIZENS TO THE HOSPITAL. SHERIFF RICKY BANKS REPORTED THAT AS OF WEDNESDAY EVENING FIVE MEN HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE. THE TWO GREENWOOD RESIDENTS ARE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER AFTER SUFFERING GUNSHOT WOUNDS. THE VICTIMS ARE THREE-YEAR-OLD NAMED RAPHAEL WHO WAS SHOT IN THE SHOULDER, AND 15-YEAR-OLD KYANA RAMSEY WHO TOOK A BULLET IN THE BACK. THE SHOOTING INCIDENT OCCURRED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT NEAR THE BISHOP APARTMENTS IN GREENWOOD. THE CAR THE VICTIMS WERE RIDING IN HAD BEEN FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER VEHICLE CARRYING THREE UNKNOWN MEN. THE INVESTIGATION AS TO A MOTIVE IN THE SHOOTING CONTINUES. THE FIVE MEN HAVE NOT BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED AT THIS TIME. MEANWHILE, BANKS SAYS THE THREE-YEAR OLD IS IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION AT THE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IN JACKSON, BUT THE 15-YEAR-OLD REMAINS IN SERIOUS CONDITION. THE SHOOTING MAY BE A PART OF ANOTHER INCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED EARLIER AND A POSSIBLE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

 

SUNFLOWER’S BOARD OF ALDERMEN SERVED 11-10-2010

THE TOWN OF SUNFLOWER BOARD OF ALDERMEN WAS SERVED WITH A LAWSUIT AT TUESDAY NIGHT'S BOARD MEETING. ATTORNEY ELLIS PITTMAN SAYS EACH MEMBER OF THE BOARD WAS SERVED WITH A LAWSUIT TUESDAY. HIS CLIENT, MARKIUS HIBBLER, FILED A WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE TOWN AND EACH MEMBER OF THE BOARD. THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THAT HIBBLER WAS TERMINATED BECAUSE HE ARRESTED ALDERMAN PAUL J. HALEY FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED IN 2009. THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN HAS 30 DAYS TO RESPOND TO THE LAWSUIT, WHICH SEEKS $500,000 IN DAMAGES FROM THE TOWN AND $10,000 FROM EACH MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN.  SUNFLOWER MAYOR MICHAEL T. PEMBLETON WAS NOT SERVED PAPERS BECAUSE HE WAS NOT NAMED IN THE LAWSUIT, AND MAY BE CALLED AS A WITNESS.  HIBBLER SERVED AS SUNFLOWER POLICE CHIEF FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 UNTIL HE WAS TERMINATED IN DECEMBER 2009.  JUDGE ASHLEY HINES HAS BEEN ASSIGNED THE CASE.

 

FORMER SHELBY OFFICER SENTENCED 11-10-2010

A FEDERAL JUDGE SENTENCED A FORMER SHELBY POLICE OFFICER TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION AND ALMOST $6,000 IN RESTITUTION. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY ABC SIX NEWS, BARRY SMITH PLED GUILTY TO COUNT ONE OF INFORMATION, WHICH CHARGES HIM WITH CONSPIRACY TO MALICIOUSLY DAMAGE AND DESTROY BY MEANS OF FIRE A VEHICLE BELONGING TO SHELBY ALDERMAN HAROLD BILLINGS. U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SHARION AYCOCK SENTENCED BARRY SMITH LAST MONTH TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION AND ORDERED SMITH TO PAY HAROLD BILLINGS $4,000 AND ALDERMAN DAN HARRIS $1,615 IN RESTITUTION. BILLINGS AND HARRIS' CARS WERE TORCHED IN SHELBY BACK IN JULY, 2009

 

PRE-VETERAN’S DAY AT WASHINGTON SCHOOL 11-10-2010

THE REALITY OF THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS BROUGHT HOME WEDNESDAY FOR SOME STUDENTS AT WASHINGTON SCHOOL IN A SPECIAL PRE-VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM. CAPTAIN MARTIN MITCHELL WITH THE MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL GUARD SHARED HIS EXPERIENCES IN IRAQ FROM HIS LATEST TOUR OF DUTY WHICH INCLUDED TIME IN THE MOSUL AREA, HABUR GATE AND IN THE CAPITAL OF BAGHDAD. MITCHELL, WHO IS FROM GREENVILLE, HAS BEEN IN THE NATIONAL GUARD SINCE HE WAS 17 AND NOW HAS SERVED SEVERAL TOURS OF DUTY OVER THE PAST 23 YEARS. THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC PRESENTATION STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO SEE MANY OF THE SIGHTS OF WAR FROM IRAQ INCLUDING CAPTURED WEAPONS, I-U-D BOMBS, COMBAT AREAS, AS WELL AS SLIDES OF SEVERAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN'S PALACES BUILT ALONG THE TIGRES RIVER AND THE PEOPLE WHO BOTH SUPPORT THE AMERICAN EFFORT AND THOSE THAT DON'T. HE ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE NECESSITY OF THE MISSION IN IRAQ, WHICH WILL NOW BE SHIFTING TO AFGHANISTAN.

 

AGREEMENT WITH DISH NETWORK REACHED 11-08-2010

DISH NETWORK CUSTOMERS ARE ENJOYING ABC SIX AND DELTAFOX10 TODAY. DISH NETWORK AND COMMONWEALTH BROADCASTING REACHED AN AGREEMENT, AND WITH A FLIP OF THE SWITCH DISH NETWORK VIEWERS BEGAN ENJOYING ALL OF THEIR FAVORITE NETWORK AND LOCAL PROGRAMMING ON BOTH WABG AND DELTA FOX TEN MONDAY. GENERAL MANAGER SHERRY NELSON SAYS LOCAL CHANNELS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DISH NETWORK EXPERIENCE. THE NEW LOCAL NBC STATION, WNBD-NBC 33, WILL BE ON DISH NETWORK NEXT WEEK BECAUSE ECHOSTAR IS STILL MONITORING THE CHANNEL.  ALSO, COMMONWEALTH BROADCASTING IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH LOCAL CABLE PROVIDERS FOR CARRIAGE OF THE NEW LOCAL NBC STATION. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WILL BE COMING SOON.

 

WHY PHYSICIANS SHOULD CARE PROGRAM 11-08-2010

DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HOSTED A CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM MONDAY ON "WHY PHYSICIANS SHOULD CARE - A CULTURE OF QUALITY." VINCE'S RESTAURANT IN LELAND WAS THE SITE FOR THE D.R.M.C. SESSION FOCUSING ON HOW TO EDUCATE PHYSICIANS, NURSE PRACTITIONERS, AND OTHER ALLIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF MEDICINE TO A CULTURE OF QUALITY, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR FUTURE MEDICAL PRACTICES.  DR. DALE W. BRATZLER, PRESIDENT AND C.E.O. OF THE OKLAHOMA FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL QUALITY, PRESENTED UPDATED INFORMATION ON CORE MEASURES, AN OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLICLY REPORTED PROCESS MEASURES AND A REVIEW OF PAYMENT INCENTIVES FOR QUALITY HEALTHCARE WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE OVERALL PATIENT AND QUALITY CONTROLS REPORTING SYSTEMS ALREADY IN PLACE AND COMING DUE TO THE 2009 HEALTHCARE BILL PASSED BY CONGRESS. MANY OF THE REPORTING MEASURES ARE VOLUNTARY AT PRESENT BUT WITH THE NEW HEALTHCARE LAW, MOST OF THE QUALITY CONTROL REPORTING FROM PHYSICIANS, HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND OTHER HEALTHCARE FACILITIES WILL BE COME MANDATORY OR THEY COULD LOSE REIMBURSEMENT FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

 

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT 11-08-2010

AN INVESTIGATION IS STILL UNDERWAY MONDAY AFTER A PEDESTRIAN IS STRUCK AND KILLED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. MICHAEL DAVID TODD, JR., 23, OF LELAND, DIED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A KIA VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH. DEPUTY CORONER AL CREATH SAID TODD GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND INSIDE A VEHICLE. HE STATED HE WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND WALK HOME.  WHEN TODD, WHO AUTHORITIES SAY WAS WEARING DARK COLORED CLOTHING, BEGAN WALKING NORTH ON HIGHWAY 1 AROUND 12:18 SUNDAY MORNING, HE WAS STRUCK BY THE KIA. CREATH SAYS THE DRIVER OF THE KIA CALLED 911 AND STAYED ON THE SCENE AFTER STRIKING TODD.  HOWEVER, HE DIED AT THE SCENE FROM BLUNT FORCE INJURIES. THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING THE FATAL ACCIDENT.

 

LAWSUIT FILED BY SUPERVALU 11-08-2010

A LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED BY SUPERVALU HOLDINGS DISPUTING THE ESTIMATED VALUE OF THEIR INDIANOLA PROPERTY AS ASSESSED AND APPROVED BY THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. THE COMPANY SAYS THE VALUE OF ITS PROPERTY WAS "GROSSLY OVER VALUED" BY THE 2010 PROPERTY ASSESSMENT. THE SUIT FILED OCTOBER 27, SAYS THE FAIR APPRAISAL VALUE IS AROUND $3.99 MILLION, BUT THE COUNTY ASSESSED THE PROPERTY AT $9.05 MILLION. THE DIFFERENCE RESULTS IN NEARLY $600,000 IN AD VALOREM TAXES. SUPERVALU IS ASKING THE COUNTY AND CITY TO REASSESS THE PROPERTY.

 

MEETING HELD REGARDING 2011 COMMUNITY COLLEGES 11-08-2010

A REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE MEETING WAS HELD MONDAY AT THE GREENVILLE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER TO PROMOTE A 2011 FISCAL AGENDA FOR THE STATE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM. THE MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES MEETING, HOSTED BY MISSISSIPPI DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND COAHOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PRESENTED A FISCAL YEAR 2011 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO INVITED LEGISLATORS. DR. ERIC CLARK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES, WAS ALSO ON HAND. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE SESSION WAS TO LET LEGISLATORS KNOW BEFORE THE START OF THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION JUST WHAT THE NEEDS ARE FOR THE STATE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGES. DR. CLYDE MUSE, PRESIDENT OF HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PRESENTED THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. CLARK ALSO OFFERED THOUGHTS AND INSIGHTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FULLY FUNDING A COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM IN THE STATE WHICH HAS GROWN BY ALMOST 54 PERCENT SINCE 2000. THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN PRESENTED HAS A PRICE TAG OF NEARLY $186-MILLION. FOLLOWING THE SESSION ATTENDED BY STAFF WITH MDCC AND COAHOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND LEGISLATORS, STUDENTS IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM PROVIDED REFRESHMENTS THAT SHOWED OFF SOME OF THE SKILLS OF ONE OF MDCC'S MORE SUCCESSFUL CURRICULUM PROGRAMS.

 

Greenville shooting 11-06-2010

NEW TRAIL MARKER IN HOLLANDALE 11-04-2010

A NEW MISSISSIPPI COUNTRY MUSIC TRIAL MARKER WAS UNVEILED THURSDAY IN HOLLANDALE. SINGER-SONGWRITER LEGEND BEN PETERS IS NOW A PERMANENT FIXTURE ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI COUNTRY MUSIC TRAIL. PETERS WAS RAISED IN HOLLANDALE WHERE HE DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR MUSIC. HE BEGAN PLAYING THE SAXOPHONE AT AGE 13, AND WOULD EVENTUALLY, BEGIN A MUSICAL JOURNEY THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO 14 NUMBER-ONE HITS FOR ARTISTS SUCH AS EDDY ARNOLD, CHARLEY PRIDE, FREDDY FENDER, AND KENNY ROGERS. "HE WROTE MANY HOT SONGS, KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNING," SAID PAUL OTT, STORYTELLER AND RADIO AND TV HOST.  "I BET MANY FOLKS IN THE DELTA NEVER KNEW THAT A LITTLE BOY GROWING UP IN HOLLANDALE, MISSISSIPPI IN THE 1940'S AND A LITTLE BOY GROWING UP IN SLEDGE, MISSISSIPPI IN THE 1940'S, CHARLIE PRIDE AND BEN PETERS, WOULD MAKE SUCH A HIT ACROSS THE COUNTY. IT'S PART OF THE GREAT TALENT IN MISSISSIPPI." "BEN WROTE SO MANY WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL SONGS. YOU KNOW BEN WASN'T JUST A COUNTRY WRITER," SAID HIS WIFE JACKIE PETERS. "HIS SONGS HAVE BEEN POP BLUES, GOSPEL AND REGGAE. HE REALLY WROTE GREAT STANDARD SONGS. THAT'S WHEN YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT A CLASSIC, WHEN YOU CAN DO IT IN ALL THOSE DIFFERENT VERSIONS. YOU KNOW, AND BEN WAS ABLE TO DO THAT." PETERS PASSED AWAY 5 YEARS AGO AT AGE 72, BUT HIS MUSIC AND LEGACY LIVES ON. "HE WAS A BOY WHO GREW UP IN A SHARECROPPERS WORLD. A MAN WHO WENT FROM PICKING COTTON AND WALKING THE COTTON FIELDS HERE IN THE DELTA TO GREAT SUCCESS, AND WITH SO MUCH FAMILY RIGHT NOW, TODAY, IT'S JUST THE EMOTIONS ARE OFF THE CHAIN FOR ME TODAY, " SAID JUSTIN PETERS. "TO BE HONEST, THERE'S LIKE MEMORIES FROM HIS PAST THAT I HAVEN'T EVEN HEARD THAT I NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO HEAR FROM HIM THAT I'M HEARING TODAY. IT'S AMAZING THE PEOPLE THAT MY FATHER KNEW AND LOVED." THE MARKER IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE SUNFLOWER GROCERY STORE IN DOWNTOWN HOLLANDALE. THE MISSISSIPPI COUNTRY MUSIC TRAIL PROGRAM IS THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

 

ACCUSED RAPIST CAUGHT 11-04-2010

AN ACCUSED KIDNAPPER AND RAPIST WAS CAUGHT IN GREENWOOD THURSDAY. TONY CARROLL, 42, REMAINS IN THE LEFLORE COUNTY JAIL TONIGHT AWAITING HIS INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE.  CHIEF HENRY PURNELL CARROLL PUSHED A WOMAN ON MAY 24 INTO A SMALL WHITE CAR FROM CHURCH'S CHICKEN LOCATED ON HIGHWAY 82 AND SYCAMORE STREET, THEN DROVE DOWN HIGHWAY 49 SOUTH TO THE HOOVER SANDERS BRIDGE OVER THE YAZOO RIVER, WHERE HE RAPED HER.  AFTER THE ATTACK, PURNELL SAID CARROLL PUT HIS VICTIM BACK IN THE CAR AND DROPPED HER OFF NEAR A TRAILER PARK ON COUNTY ROAD 512, WHERE THE VICTIM CALLED HER MOTHER.  PURNELL SAID THE VICTIM'S 911 CALL CAME INTO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SINCE THE ATTACK HAPPENED OUT IN THE COUNTY, BUT HIS INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN WORKING THE CASE.  CARROLL FACES KIDNAPPING AND RAPE CHARGES.

 

FLU SHOTS AT WALGREEN’S 11-04-2010

WALGREEN'S IN GREENVILLE TOOK TIME THURSDAY TO OFFER FREE FLU SHOTS TO HELP SOME PEOPLE GET OUT AHEAD OF THE FLU SEASON. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL, PEOPLE NEEDING FLU SHOTS CAME TO THE STORE STARTING AT 4 P.M. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFER OF FREE FLU SHOTS TO THE UNINSURED. THE EVENT WAS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH WALGREEN'S FIRST ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MISSISSIPPI FOOD NETWORK OUT OF JACKSON.  A FLU SHOT NORMALLY COSTS $29.99 BUT THURSDAY THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP AND WANTED A SHOT RECEIVED ONE. BY THE TIME THE PROGRAM ENDED AT 7 P.M., ALL 200 SHOTS HAD BEEN GIVEN OUT.  FREE SODA AND CHIPS WERE ALSO OFFERED TO THOSE WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE PROGRAM. AND PEOPLE COULD ALSO DROP BY THE STORE WITH CANNED GOODS THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE MISSISSIPPI FOOD NETWORK. THE FLU SHOTS WERE ONLY OFFERED THURSDAY. STORE OFFICIALS WERE PLEASED WITH THE TURNOUT. THEY ADVISE THE PUBLIC TO CHECK WITH THE STORE FOR OTHER SUCH OFFERINGS IN THE FUTURE.

 

HELPING MISSISSIPPI VETERANS 11-04-2010

A COMMITMENT TO HELPING MISSISSIPPI VETERANS LIVE SECURE AND HAPPY LIVES HELPED PLANTERS BANK WIN AN IMPORTANT HONOR THURSDAY. PLANTERS BANK, ALONGSIDE THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION, IS ENSURING THAT 45,000 VETERANS IN 160 STATEWIDE NURSING HOMES HAVE QUALITY LIVING, FREE FROM ABUSE, CRIME AND NEGLECT. GEORGE CLINARD, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SENIOR HOUSING CRIME PREVENTION FOUNDATION, PRESENTED THE BANK WITH A PLAQUE. THE COMPANY IS ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO BE HONORED BY THE SENIOR HOUSING CRIME PREVENTION FOUNDATION WITH THE "VETERANS SUPPORT AWARD." THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT THE INDIANOLA BRANCH OFFICE.

 

ALLEGED ASSAULTED BY HOSPICE WORKER 11-04-2010

AN ELDERLY WOMAN WAS ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED BY A HOSPICE WORKER IN GUNNISON ON WEDNESDAY. BOLIVAR COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THE VICTIM IN THE CASE IS AN 86-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND HER SISTER, 84-YEARS-OLD. WEDNESDAY MORNING, A HOSPICE WORKER BEGAN ATTACKING HER 86-YEAR-OLD CLIENT, WHO SUFFERS FROM HEART CONDITIONS.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE VICTIM'S 84-YEAR-OLD SISTER TRIED TO STOP THE ATTACK BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.  WHEN THE HOSPICE WORKER LEFT THE HOME, THE VICTIM IMMEDIATELY CALLED HER RELATIVES, WHO GOT HER MEDICAL ATTENTION.  AUTHORITIES SAY CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THE HOSPICE WORKER WHO THEY SAY IS EMPLOYED AT ANGEL OF MERCY HOSPICE IN ROSEDALE. WABG HAS SPOKEN WITH THE ATTORNEY OF ANGEL OF MERCY HOSPICE WHO SAYS THAT THE EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF OF THE WORK SCHEDULE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE INVESTIGATION.

 

TRIAL SET FOR ILLEGAL DUCK HUNTERS 11-03-2010

THE TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR SEVEN AREA HUNTERS ON FEDERAL HUNTING CHARGES. SEVEN MISSISSIPPI HUNTERS WILL STAND TRIAL NOVEMBER 15 IN GREENVILLE ON FEDERAL CHARGES THAT THEY KILLED MANY MORE DUCKS THAN ALLOWED EARLIER THIS YEAR.  PROSECUTORS SAY THE MEN ARE ACCUSED OF KILLING AS MANY AS TWICE THEIR DAILY LEGAL LIMIT OF DUCKS DURING JANUARY NEAR CROWDER IN TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY. AN INDICTMENT ALLEGES THE MEN KILLED ABOUT 70 GAME BIRDS INCLUDING 62 MALLARDS. THE SEVEN HAVE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES. IF CONVICTED, THEY EACH FACE UP TO SIX MONTHS IN PRISON ON EACH COUNT AND SOME ARE ACCUSED OF AS MANY AS 11 COUNTS.

 

Fight breaks out at Parchman 11-01-2010

A FIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT IN UNIT 29 AT THE PARCHMAN STATE PRISON LEAVES THE FACILITY STILL ON LOCK DOWN. MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER CHRISTOPHER EPPS SAYS THE STATE PRISON WILL REMAIN ON LOCK DOWN UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION INTO SATURDAY NIGHT'S BRAWL IS CONCLUDED. LENNIS HILL WAS AMONG SEVERAL INMATES INJURED SATURDAY NIGHT.  HILL, INCARCERATED FOR HOMICIDE IN HARRISON COUNTY, WAS STABBED MULTIPLE TIMES AND IS CURRENTLY RECOVERING AT AN AREA HOSPITAL. MEANWHILE COMMISSIONER EPPS SAYS ANOTHER INMATE WAS BEATEN IN THE HEAD AND FACE WITH A LOCK INSIDE A SOCK AND ANOTHER WAS HIT IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD WITH AN UNKNOWN OBJECT. BOTH MEN ARE BEING TREATED AT LOCAL HOSPITALS.  EPPS WANTS IT KNOWN THAT HE WILL NOT TOLERATE INMATES WHO ARE CONVICTED FELONS MISBEHAVING ON PARCHMAN GROUNDS AND THAT ALL INMATES INVOLVED IN SATURDAY'S FIGHT WILL BE PUNISHED FOR RULE VIOLATIONS AND WILL BE LOOKING AT SERVING ADDITIONAL TIME.

 

The new director goes to work 11-01-2010

A NEW DIRECTOR TAKES OVER MONDAY AT THE DELTA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER. A WELCOMING AND OPEN HOUSE WAS HELD MONDAY TO INTRODUCE NEWLY HIRED DIRECTOR, LARRY JONES, TO THE COMMUNITY. JONES COMES TO THE DELTA FROM JACKSON, WHERE HE SERVED IN A SIMILAR CAPACITY ASSISTING THE CITY IN A VARIETY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS. "WE'RE VISITING WITH FOLKS TODAY. TODAY'S MY FIRST OFFICIAL DAY ON THE JOB, AND GETTING SOME IDEAS FROM COMMUNITY LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS AND LOOKS FORWARD TO MOVING FORWARD FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY," SAID LARRY JONES. JONES REPLACES FORMER DIRECTOR ED JOHNSON, WHO SERVED IN THE POST FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS.

 

Atv trail is now open 11-01-2010

WASHINGTON COUNTY'S WARFIELD PARK A-T-V TRAIL IS NOW OPEN. THAT'S THE WORD FROM A-T-V TRAIL ORGANIZER WALLEY MORSE AND THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. A "FREE DAY" WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, WHEN THE ATV TRAIL WILL BE OPEN FREE OF CHARGE TO RIDERS. IN THE MEAN TIME, RIDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TRAILS. "IT IS IN PRIME SHAPE. I WAS ON IT THIS WEEKEND AND BOTH TRAILS ARE OPEN, CLEAN, AND A LOT OF FUN. BEING AN OLD MAN, AND I HADN'T BEEN OUT THERE IN A YEAR TO GET ON THE TRAIL. I REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH FUN IT IS. IT REALLY IS A JOY," SAID MORSE. WARFIELD PLANNERS ARE ALSO WORKING WITH KEITH TARVER OF GREENVILLE MOTOR SPORTS TO SCHEDULE A-T-V DEMOS, AND ADDITIONAL EVENTS THAT WILL BUILD AWARENESS OF THE PARK ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

 

leland shooting 10-31-2010

 

The duct tape bandits 10-25-2010

THIS WEEK'S MANHUNT MONDAY TARGETS ARE IDENTIFIED AS BANK ROBBERS DUBBED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AS "THE DUCT TAPE BANDITS". THEIR NICKNAME CAME ABOUT BECAUSE BANK EMPLOYEES WERE RESTRAINED BY THESE ROBBERS WHO BOUND THEM WITH DUCT TAPE. SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS PROVIDED BY AUTHORITIES FROM EACH OF THE BANKS THE ROBBERS REPORTEDLY HIT SHOW THE ROBBERS IN VARIOUS KINDS OF DRESS. THE FIRST ARMED ROBBERY OCCURRED AT REGIONS BANK IN KOSCIUSKO ON FEBRUARY 22, 2006. THEN, THE BANDITS STRUCK AGAIN THIS TIME AT THE OMNI BANK IN JACKSON ON JULY 25, 2009. THEN, TWICE THIS YEAR, THE BANDITS ALLEGEDLY HELD UP TRUSTMARK BANK AND OMNI BANK IN JACKSON.  IN EACH OF THESE BANK ROBBERIES, MORE THAN ONE INDIVIDUAL WAS INVOLVED, AND FIREARMS WERE USED TO THREATEN BANK EMPLOYEES. AND AGAIN, THE BANK EMPLOYEES WERE RESTRAINED BY THE ROBBERS WHO BOUND THEM WITH DUCT TAPE.  BECAUSE OF THESE AND OTHER SIMILARITIES, THE F.B.I. AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY TWO OR MORE INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ROBBERIES. THE SUSPECTS ARE DESCRIBED AS BLACK MALES, BOTH BETWEEN FIVE EIGHT AND SIX FEET, ONE INCH TALL, AND OF SLENDER TO AVERAGE BUILD. THEY TYPICALLY DISGUISE THEIR FEATURES BY USING WIGS, MASKS, SUNGLASSES OR HOODS.  THESE ROBBERS HAVE DISPLAYED WEAPONS IN ALL THE ROBBERIES AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE F.B.I. AT 601-948-5000.  CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A $50,000 REWARD IF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED LEADS TO THE IDENTIFICATION, ARREST AND CONVICTIONS APPREHENSION OF THE INDIVIDUALS FEATURED.

 

Damage from storm 10-25-2010

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM BLEW OVER THE CITY OF SHAW SUNDAY NIGHT BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED. THE STORM LEFT BEHIND A PATH OF DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION. SEVERAL POWER AND PHONE LINES WERE KNOCKED OUT, A FEW LARGE TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN AND SOME DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES SUFFERED SOME DAMAGE. SEVERAL RESIDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY SPENT THE DAY CLEANING UP DEBRIS. CREWS ALSO CAME OUT TO REPAIR UTILITY LINES AND CLEAR ROADS.

 

Another fugitive brought to justice 10-25-2010

 THE U.S. MARSHALS HAVE CAPTURED ANOTHER FUGITIVE FEATURED ON A PRIOR MANHUNT MONDAY. JASON WEBB WAS CAPTURED IN INDIANOLA ON MONDAY AROUND 4 P.M. JASON WEBB OF INDIANOLA REMAINS IN THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY JAIL. HE WAS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A GANG-RELATED SHOOTING ON APRIL 22 IN THE CITY OF INDIANOLA. U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL RICHARD UPCHURCH FOUND WEBB HIDING OUT IN SOME APARTMENTS BEHIND THE SUNFLOWER GROCERY STORE.

 

Wrongful termination lawsuit filed 10-25-2010

THE FORMER SUNFLOWER POLICE CHIEF FILES A WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE TOWN AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN. MARKICUS HIBBLER SERVED AS SUNFLOWER POLICE CHIEF FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 UNTIL HE WAS TERMINATED IN DECEMBER 2009. CLARKSDALE ATTORNEY W. ELLIS PITTMAN FILED THE LAWSUIT ON HIBBLER'S BEHALF LAST THURSDAY IN SUNFLOWER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. THE LAWSUIT SEEKS $500,000 IN DAMAGES FROM THE TOWN AND $10,000 FROM EACH MEMBER OF BOARD OF ALDERMEN. THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THAT HIBBLER WAS TERMINATED BECAUSE HE ARRESTED ALDERMAN PAUL J. HALEY IN 2009 FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. SUNFLOWER MAYOR MICHAEL T. PEMBLETON WAS NOT NAMED IN THE LAWSUIT BECAUSE HE MAY BE A WITNESS. HIBBLER'S ATTORNEY HAS PEMBLETON ON TAPE TELLING SOMEONE THAT HIBBLER WAS FIRED FOR MAKING THE D.U.I.

ARREST.

 

Biggest loser contestant in Cleveland 10-25-2010

 NBC'S BIGGEST LOSER CONTESTANT PATRICK HOUSE IS IN CLEVELAND THIS WEEK TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF OBESITY.  THE WELCOME MAT IS OUT AT DELTA STATE FOR THEIR FAMOUS ALUMNI.  HOUSE IS A VICKSBURG NATIVE AND FORMER DELTA STATESMEN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. HE IS CURRENTLY ON THE SHOW "THE BIGGEST LOSER", WHICH CHALLENGES OVERWEIGHT CONTESTANTS TO LOSE WEIGHT. HOUSE WILL BE MAKING SEVERAL APPEARANCES ON THE D.S.U. CAMPUS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING. THE UNIVERSITY HOPES THAT HIS VISIT WILL INSPIRE THE COMMUNITY TO RE-EVALUATE THEIR LIFESTYLES AND MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES. HOUSE WILL BE ON THE "HEY COACH SHOW" AT HEY JOE'S RESTAURANT MONDAY NIGHT, AND WILL BE ON THE D-S-U CAMPUS ALL DAY TUESDAY. ON WEDNESDAY, HOUSE WILL TAKE A ONE-MILE WALK WITH THE COMMUNITY AT 7:15 A-M AT THE DSU WALKING TRAIL.

 

 

eminent domain 10-23-2010

INDIAN BURIAL DISCOVER 10-23-2010

CAry murder update10-23-2010

Delta state 1.1 million dollar access route

daughters elk tasters choice tea

 

New control tower at greenwood airport 10-21-2010

A CEREMONIAL GROUND BREAKING TOOK PLACE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE GREENWOOD-LEFLORE AIRPORT. THE OCCASION WAS TO START WORK ON THE ABOVE GROUND PORTION OF A NEW NINE-STORY AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER COSTING AROUND $2.3 MILLION. ALREADY 60 FEET OF CONCRETE HAS BEEN POURED AS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE NEW TOWER WHICH WILL REPLACE THE ONE THAT'S CURRENTLY ONLY 14 FEET TALL, AND HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 1989. OFFICIALS EXPECT THE NEW TOWER TO HELP SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE AIRPORT WHICH BOASTS STATE-OF-THE ART EQUIPMENT AND DESIGN.  MANY ELECTED OFFICIALS WERE ON HAND FOR THE CEREMONY INCLUDING CONGRESSMAN BENNIE THOMPSON WHO WAS ONE OF SEVERAL FEDERAL OFFICIALS THAT HELPED GET FEDERAL MONEY FOR THE MUCH-NEEDED PROJECT. THE TOWER WILL BE CONSTRUCTED OF 10-INCH THICK PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS ON A 25 BY 25 FOOT PRINT AT THE BASE. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE SUMMER OF 2011.

 

Uncle held in cary double murder 10-21-2010

MOVING ON TO THE CRIMEBEAT, THE UNCLE HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATHS OF A CARY MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER IS OUT ON A $5,000 BOND. A RANKIN COUNTY MUNICIPAL JUDGE GAVE TONY STAMPS A BOND LATE THIS AFTERNOON.  THE LINE OF QUESTIONING OF STAMPS MONDAY NIGHT BY SHARKEY COUNTY INVESTIGATORS AND MBI,  LED TO HIS ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2009 MURDERS OF KARITHA CARROLL, 31, AND HER 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER JAMAYA. KARITHA AND HER DAUGHTER WERE FOUND WITH THEIR THROATS SLASHED INSIDE THEIR HOME ON SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2009. STAMPS WAS THE FIRST TO DISCOVER THE BODIES AT THE HOME ON HIGHWAY 61 IN CARY.  HE IS MARRIED TO KARITHA CARROLL'S AUNT.  SHARKEY COUNTY SHERIFF LINDSEY ADAMS SAID STAMPS MOVED TO ARIZONA ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER THE DEATHS.  HE RETURNED TO MISSISSIPPI THIS MONTH. STAMPS WAS CHARGED WEDNESDAY WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE.

 

Family dollar in Greenville robbed 10-21-2010

A MASKED GUNMAN ROBS A FAMILY DOLLAR STORE IN GREENVILLE. INVESTIGATORS SAY A BLACK MALE ENTERED THE FAMILY DOLLAR LOCATED AT 2101 HIGHWAY 82 EAST AROUND 8:37 WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WITNESSES SAY HE WAS WEARING A BLACK HOOD, BLACK GLOVES, AND A BLACK MASK. UPON ENTERING THE STORE, THE MAN APPROACHED THE CHECK OUT COUNTER, POINTING A HAND GUN AT AN EMPLOYEE, DEMANDING CASH. HE FLED THE STORE WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT COULD LEAD TO THIS MAN'S ARREST, CONTACT THE GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 662-378-1515 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 662-378-8477.

 

anniversary held at the Indianola promise project 10-21-2010

AFTER ONE YEAR, AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WAS HELD THURSDAY NIGHT FOR THE INDIANOLA PROMISE PROJECT SUPPORTED BY THE DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE. A COMMUNITY RECEPTION WAS HELD THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE B.B. KING MUSEUM CELEBRATING THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY FOR THE INDIANOLA PROMISE COMMUNITY WITH A THEME OF "DELIVER ON OUR PROMISE." THE RECEPTION INCLUDED CATERED FOOD, MUSIC AND EVEN A PRESENTATION BY SOME YOUTH WHO STEPPED AND STOMPED THEIR WAY THROUGH A HEALTHY NARRATIVE. SEVERAL PROJECTS THROUGH THE INDIANOLA PROMISE COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON INDIANOLA. THE COMMUNITY CONSIDERS THIS A MILESTONE EVENT AS WELL AS THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE, HEADQUARTERED IN STONEVILLE.

 

Greenwood officer charged with soliciting a minor 10-21-2010

A GREENWOOD POLICE OFFICER FACES A SEX CHARGE. POLICE SERGEANT ROBERT LEWIS HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO SOLICIT A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL FOR SEX. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD FOR A LUSTFUL PURPOSE. HE SURRENDERED TO AUTHORITIES ON WEDNESDAY AND HAS BEEN RELEASED AFTER POSTING A $10,000 BOND.  DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF HUNTLEY NEVELS SAID LEWIS, WHO WORKED WITH THE GREENWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 YEARS, IS ON LEAVE.  THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS ASSISTING IN THE INVESTIGATION, WHICH IS ONGOING. THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPENED WHILE THE OFFICER WAS OFF-DUTY.

 

18 WHEELER COLLIDES WITH TRAIN 10-20-2010

TRAFFIC WAS REROUTED WEDNESDAY ON HIGHWAY 49 SOUTH IN INDIANOLA AFTER AN 18-WHEELER CRASHED INTO A TRAIN NEAR THE SUPERVALU DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE. SMOKE BILLOWED FROM THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE 18-WHEELEER AND THE TRAIN SHORTY AFTER 2 P.M.  SUNFLOWER COUNTY SHERIFF JAMES HAYWOOD SAID THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK TRIED TO MAKE IT ACROSS THE TRACK BEFORE THE TRAIN CROSSED ITS PATH ON HIGHWAY 49 SOUTH.  THE ACCIDENT CAUSED SEVERAL UTILITY POLES TO SNAP AND FALL. ENTERGY AND DELTA ELECTRIC CREWS WERE ON THE SCENE TRYING TO RESTORE POWER.  FIRE CREWS ALSO RACED TO THE SCENE TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE CAUSED BY THE CRASH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE ACCIDENT. AT ONE POINT, AT LEAST HALF OF THE CITY OF INDIANOLA WAS OUT OF POWER DUE TO THE ACCIDENT. POWER WAS LATER RESTORED TO MOST OF TH CITY BY LATER WEDNESDAY EVENING.

 

ARREST MADE IN CARY DOUBLE MURDER 10-20-2010

AN ARREST IS MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CARY DOUBLE-MURDER. SHARKEY COUNTY SHERIFF LINDSEY ADAMS SAID TONY STAMPS HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE. HOWEVER, STAMPS HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH THE MURDERS OF KARITHA CARROLL, 31, AND HER 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER JAMAYA. STAMPS WAS THE RELATIVE ABC SIX NEWS FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT TUESDAY, WHO AUTHORITIES RE-INTERVIEWED MONDAY NIGHT. ADAMS SAID STAMPS DISCOVERED THE BODIES OF KARITHA AND HER DAUGHTER ON SEPTEMBER 23RD OF LAST YEAR, THEN LEFT TOWN TWO DAYS LATER.  STAMPS TRIED TO RELOCATE IN ARIZONA, BUT RECENTLY RETURNED TO SHARKEY COUNTY.  STAMPS IS BEING HELD AT THE RANKIN COUNTY JAIL.  DESPITE HIS ARREST, SHERIFF ADAMS SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS FAR FROM OVER, AND THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND SHARKEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARE COMMITTED TO BRINGING CLOSURE TO THIS CASE.

 

COAHOMA COUNTY INMATE ARRESTED IN FLORIDA 10-20-2010

THE U.S. MARSHALS CAPTURE AN ESCAPED COAHOMA COUNTY INMATE ON FLORIDA'S TREASURE COAST. RODERICK JOHNSON SITS INSIDE THE MARTIN COUNTY JAIL WEDNESDAY AFTER HIS ARREST WITHOUT INCIDENT BY MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MARSHALS FLORIDA REGIONAL FUGITIVE TASK FORCE ARRESTED JOHNSON IN STUART, FLORIDA.  HIS ARREST COMES NINE DAYS AFTER JOHNSON ESCAPED FROM THE COAHOMA COUNTY JAIL LAST MONDAY, OCTOBER 11.  CHRIS FELIX, SUPERVISORY INSPECTOR OF THE U.S. MARSHALS GULF COAST REGIONAL FUGITIVE TASK FORCE, SAYS TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC AND IMPRESSIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. MARSHALS AND COAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT LED TO JOHNSON'S CAPTURE TODAY.  JOHNSON HAD BEEN IN JAIL ON BURGLARY CHARGES, AND NOW FACES FELONY CHARGES FOR ESCAPING INCARCERATION.

 

No action taken at council meeting 10-19-2010

DESPITE AN OVER TWO HOUR EXECUTIVE SESSION THE GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TOOK NO ACTION TUESDAY NIGHT ON THE STATUS OF GREENVILLE'S SUSPENDED POLICE CHIEF. THE ISSUE OF CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON WAS ON TUESDAY NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL AGENDA AS AN EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEM IN THE PERSONNEL AREA. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE COUNCIL HAD TAKEN UP MATTER SINCE PATTERSON WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK AND THEN RELEASED ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE. ON MONDAY, PATTERSON, THROUGH HIS GREENVILLE ATTORNEY JOHNNY WALLS, ENTERED NOT-GUILTY PLEAS IN GREENVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT, TO THREE SIMPLE ASSAULT THREATENING MISDEMEANOR CHARGES STEMMING FROM A SEPTEMBER 4TH INCIDENT IN WHICH PATTERSON ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO SHOOT DOWN THREE WOMEN IN GREENVILLE. A TRIAL IN THE CASE IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2ND OF NEXT YEAR. THE COUNCIL WILL REVISIT THE MATTER AT A LATER DATE.

 

First impressions program 10-19-2010

SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPRESSIONS FIRST TIME VISITORS TO GREENVILLE GET WHEN THEY VISIT GREENVILLE FOR THE FIRST TIME? THAT WAS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS ANSWERED TUESDAY NIGHT IN A PUBLIC MEETING. MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY'S "FIRST IMPRESSIONS" PROGRAM OFFERED SOME PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF A SURVEY FROM A RECENT MULTI-DAY VISIT TO GREENVILLE. THE UNIVERSITY'S COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM BROUGHT IN A TEAM OF VISITORS TO OBSERVE GREENVILLE FROM A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES INCLUDING SUCH AREAS AS CITY ENTRANCES, THE DOWNTOWN, HEALTH CARE, RETAIL STORES AND RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC GATHERING PLACES. THE MEETING WAS HELD AT THE DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S PAVILION FACILITY ON FAIRGROUNDS ROAD. GREENVILLE IS THE LARGEST MISSISSIPPI CITY THE TEAM HAS UNDERTAKEN OUT OF 90 SURVEYS CONDUCTED SO FAR SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN. THE MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY "FIRST IMPRESSIONS" TEAM WAS HERE AT THE REQUEST OF THE DELTA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF WASHINGTON COUNTY IN THE HOPES OF PROVIDING THE COMMUNITY WITH AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING WHERE A FINAL REPORT WILL BE PRESENTED.

 

Arrest made in accidental shooting 10-19-2010

THE INCIDENT INVOLVING AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING DEATH OF A GREENWOOD MAN LEADS TO MORE ARRESTS IN THE CASE. GREENWOOD POLICE CHIEF HENRY PURNELL SAID NICHOLAS WALLS, 17, AND XAVIER STRONG, 22, WERE ARRESTED TUESDAY AND CHARGED WITH ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT.  THE MEN WERE RIDING IN A CAR SUNDAY NIGHT WHEN A GUN DISCHARGED FROM THE BACK SEAT AND STRUCK THE DRIVER, ANTRON MCGEE, 22, IN THE LOWER BACK.  MCGEE WAS RUSHED TO GREENWOOD-LEFLORE HOSPITAL WHERE HE DIED.  ACCORDING TO PURNELL, STRONG AND WALLS TRIED TO DITCH THE NINE MILOMETER PISTOL NEAR THE HOSPITAL BUT POLICE WERE ABLE TO RECOVER IT. TYSHUN LUCAS, 17, WAS HOLDING THE GUN WHEN IT FIRED IN THE CAR AND HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE. BONDS FOR STRONG AND WALLS BONDS HAVE BEEN SET AT $7,000 WHILE LUCAS' BOND IS SET AT $25,000. THE THREE MEN REMAIN LOCKED UP TUESDAY IN THE LEFLORE COUNTY JAIL.

 

Double homicide investigation 10-19-2010

A RELATIVE IN A 2009 DOUBLE HOMICIDE IS RE-INTERVIEWED BY SHARKEY COUNTY AUTHORITIES. KARITHA CARROLL, 31, AND HER DAUGHTER JAMAYA, 3, WERE FOUND WITH THEIR THROATS SLASHED INSIDE THEIR CARY HOME ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2009. SHERIFF LINDSEY ADAMS SAID A RELATIVE WHO FOUND THEIR BODIES, WAS QUESTIONED AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT AT THE SHARKEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. ADAMS SAYS THE RELATIVE LEFT TOWN DAYS AFTER THE DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND TRIED TO RELOCATE IN ANOTHER STATE, BUT RECENTLY RETURNED TO SHARKEY COUNTY. ADAMS DOES NOT CONSIDER THE RELATIVE A SUSPECT AT THIS TIME. THE SHERIFF SAID NO STRONG LEADS OR SUSPECTS HAVE EMERGED IN THE MURDERS OF KARITHA AND HER DAUGHTER, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION WHICH CAN SOLVE THIS CASE, CALL THE SHARKEY COUNTY CRIMESTOPPERS AT 662-873-2652.

 

Construction continues AT WABG 10-18-2010

CONSTRUCTION WAS STILL GOING ON MONDAY AT THE WABG STATION IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE. MORE SATELLITE DISHES ARRIVED AT THE WASHINGTON AVENUE STUDIOS MONDAY MORNING.  ENGINEERS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK AS WABG CONTINUES TO MAKE TECHNICAL ENHANCEMENTS TO ABC AND DELTA FOX 10. THE WORK IS ALSO PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATION'S NEW AND UPCOMING NBC 33.  UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THIS PROJECT, WABG WILL CONTINUE TO BROADCAST NETWORK PROGRAMMING IN STANDARD DEFINITION, WHICH SHOULD ONLY BE FOR A FEW MORE DAYS. WABG WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE VIEWING PUBLIC FOR THEIR PATIENCE DURING THIS TIME BECAUSE MANY VIEWERS EXPERIENCED INTERRUPTED PROGRAMMING ON BOTH WABG ABC SIX AND DELTA FOX TEN FOR MOST OF MONDAY.

 

SHOOTING IN GREENWOOD 10-18-2010

A GUN ACCIDENTALLY GOES OFF KILLING A GREENWOOD MAN AND LANDING HIS FRIEND BEHIND BARS ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES. GREENWOOD POLICE CHIEF HENRY PURNELL SAID ANTRON MAGEE, 22, DIED FROM A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE LOWER BACK AROUND 11 P.M. SUNDAY NIGHT. MAGEE WAS DRIVING A CAR WITH THREE MALE PASSENGERS WHEN A HANDGUN WENT OFF IN THE BACK SEAT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE. "HE WAS LOADING A .9 MM PISTOL AND DURING THAT TIME THE GUN JAMMED AND HE PULLED THE TRIGGER AND IT WENT OFF," SAID CHIEF PURNELL. TYSHAUN LUCAS, 17, WHO WAS HOLDING THE GUN RUSHED MAGEE TO GREENWOOD LEFLORE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD MINUTES AFTER ARRIVING. THE OTHER TWO MEN THAT WERE IN THE CAR TRIED TO DITCH THE GUN NEAR THE HOSPITAL, BUT POLICE WERE ABLE TO RECOVER IT. PURNELL SAYS THE LUCAS HAS BEEN CHARGED AS AN ADULT WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND THE OTHER TWO MEN WILL ALSO FACE CHARGES.

 

Patterson plea – not guilty 10-18-2010

A NOT-GUILTY PLEA WAS ENTERED MONDAY BY THE ATTORNEY FOR SUSPENDED GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON. GREENVILLE ATTORNEY JOHNNY WALLS ENTERED NOT-GUILTY PLEAS TO THREE SIMPLE ASSAULT THREATENING MISDEMEANOR CHARGES STEMMING FROM A SEPTEMBER 4 INCIDENT IN WHICH PATTERSON ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO SHOOT THREE WOMEN DOWN IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE.  WALLS SAID PATTERSON APPEARED AT MONDAY'S HEARING IN GREENVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT AS PATTERSON WAS NOT REQUIRED TO DO SO.  WALLS ONLY SERVED AS PATTERSON'S APPEARANCE ATTORNEY.  A TRIAL IN THE CASE IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2 OF NEXT YEAR.  PATTERSON REMAINS FREE ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE BOND.

 

Larry jones named D.E.D.C. Director 10-18-2010

THE DELTA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS HIRED A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. LARRY JONES HAS BEEN NAMED TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION AND WILL START HIS POST IN NOVEMBER AS THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE DELTA E.D.C. "I'M CURRENTLY WORKING FOR THE CITY OF JACKSON, HEADING UP THEIR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. AND MY PLANS FOR GREENVILLE AND WASHINGTON COUNTY ARE TO GET WITH STAKE HOLDERS AND VISIT WITH THEM AND GET THEIR IDEAS ON WHAT THEY THINK WE SHOULD DO AS WELL AS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF RETAIL AND MANUFACTURING OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY," SAID JONES. JONES IS REPLACING ED JOHNSON WHO WAS THE FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE E.D.C.

 

Manhunt of Tyrone Davis 10-18-2010

MANHUNT MONDAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK WHERE THE TARGET IS TYRONE DAVIS, 29, IDENTIFIED BY GREENWOOD POLICE, AS A "PEEPING TOM".  TYRONE DAVIS WAS IDENTIFIED BY A FEMALE OCCUPANT OF A RESIDENCE IN GREENWOOD AFTER SHE CAUGHT HIM LOOKING INTO HER BEDROOM WINDOW LATE AT NIGHT ON AUGUST 25TH. AT THE TIME OF THIS INCIDENT, LIEUTENANT MICHAEL JOHNSON SAID DAVIS HAD EXPOSED AND WAS FONDLING HIMSELF WHILE LOOKING IN THE WINDOW.  JOHNSON IS WANTED FOR VOYEURISM. GREENWOOD DETECTIVES ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO HELP THEM GET THIS "PERVERTED SEXUAL PREDATOR" OFF THE STREETS.  IF ANYONE HAS SEEN OR HAS ANY INFORMATION AS TO THE WHEREABOUTS OF TYRONE DAVIS, PLEASE CONTACT THE GREENWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 662-453-3311 OR GREENWOOD-LEFLORE-CARROLL CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-TIPS OR 8477 CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REWARD IF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED LEADS TO THE APPREHENSION OF THE INDIVIDUALS FEATURED.

 

Two car accident kills one injures one 10-14-2010

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND OTHER CRITICALLY INJURED FOLLOWING AN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN GREENVILLE. ACCORDING TO GREENVILLE POLICE, JEREMY JOHNSON WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON BROADWAY AT AROUND 7 A.M. THURSDAY. APPARENTLY JOHNSON'S HONDA SEDAN CROSSED INTO THE NORTH BOUND LANE, CRASHING INTO A 1997 FORD TAURUS, KILLING GREENVILLE RESIDENT JOHNNIE HOLLIMAN. THE GREENVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASED A STATEMENT THURSDAY, EXTENDING ITS CONDOLENCES, SAYING HOLLIMAN WAS AN INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THE GREENVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE WEDDINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEAM. JEREMY JOHNSON IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

31 graduates from MDCC Training academy 10-14-2010

IT A JOYFUL AND PROUD OCCASION AT MISSISSIPPI DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE THURSDAY MORNING WHERE 31 CADETS GRADUATED FROM M.D.C.C'S LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY. THE CLASS WAS A PART OF THE 10-B-37 CLASS.  FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS CROWDED THE THARP AUDITORIUM ON THE MOORHEAD CAMPUS TO WITNESS THE GRADUATION CEREMONY. GUEST SPEAKER WAS CHIEF L.M. CLAIBORNE FROM THE LOUISVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AFTER THE CADETS WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES THEY TOOK THE OATH OF HONOR BEFORE BEING DISMISSED BACK TO THEIR RESPECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

 

Narcotics task force receives grant 10-14-2010

THE NORTH CENTRAL NARCOTICS TASK FORCE RECEIVES A $500,000 GRANT TO FIGHT METH. THE LEFLORE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE $500,000 GRANT FOR THE TASK FORCE, WHICH OPERATES IN EIGHT COUNTIES INCLUDING LEFLORE AND CARROLL.  TASK FORCE DIRECTOR CHUCK HARRIS SAID THE MONEY FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL BE USED TO HIRE TWO NEW OFFICERS AND PURCHASE EQUIPMENT. HARRIS SAID METH ACTIVITY HAD DECLINED IN PREVIOUS YEARS, BUT METH ACTIVITY IS INCREASING AGAIN.

 

Patterson’s issue on city meeting agenda 10-14-2010

SOME ACTION COULD BE TAKEN AT NEXT TUESDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING REGARDING SUSPENDED GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON. ABC SIX NEWS HAS LEARNED CITY COUNCILWOMAN CAROLYN WEATHERS HAS REQUESTED THE ISSUE WITH PATTERSON BE PUT ON THE CITY COUNCIL'S AGENDA. MAYOR HEATHER HUDSON TELLS ABC SIX ON THURSDAY, THE PATTERSON ISSUE HAS ALREADY BEEN PUT ON THE AGENDA BASED ON THE CHIEF'S ARREST. PATTERSON SURRENDERED WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER WASHINGTON COUNTY JUDGE ASHLEY HINES ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOLLOWING A HEARING TUESDAY AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE HEARING FOCUSED ON ALLEGATIONS FROM THREE WOMEN WHO CLAIM THAT PATTERSON THREATENED TO SHOOT THEM.  PATTERSON IS EXPECTED TO BE IN GREENVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT MONDAY FOR HIS ARRAIGNMENT.  THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO SUSPEND PATTERSON WITHOUT PAY PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE.

 

Patterson booked then released 10-13-2010

SUSPENDED GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON IS BOOKED THEN RELEASED WEDNESDAY AFTER SURRENDERING AT THE GREENVILLE CITY JAIL. PATTERSON ARRIVED AT THE POLICE STATION BY A SIDE DOOR AND LEFT BY THE SAME SIDE DOOR WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ANOTHER GREENVILLE POLICE OFFICER. HE WAS BOOKED AND PROCESSED, THEN LET GO. AN ARREST WARRANT HAD BEEN ISSUED BY WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE ASHLEY HINES FOLLOWING A HEARING TUESDAY AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE HEARING FOCUSED ON ALLEGATIONS FROM THREE WOMEN WHO CLAIM THAT PATTERSON THREATENED TO SHOOT THEM. KELA MILLER, NE'CURA SWILLEY AND KIARA RICHARDSON SIGNED AFFIDAVITS CLAIMING PATTERSON THREATENED THEM. THEY SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHO PATTERSON WAS UNTIL HE IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS THE CHIEF OF POLICE DURING AN INCIDENT LAST MONTH NEAR WALNUT STREET.  MEANWHILE, GREENVILLE'S MAYOR RELEASED A STATEMENT REGARDING CHIEF PATTERSON'S EMPLOYMENT STATUS: " AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE CHANGE TO CHIEF PATTERSON'S STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF GREENVILLE. PATTERSON WILL REMAIN ON SUSPENSION UNTIL FURTHER ACTION BY THE GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL. THOUGH THIS PORTION OF THE PROCEEDING IS NOW COMPLETE, THERE STILL REMAINS A HEARING ON THE CHARGES. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THIS ENTIRE ORDEAL IS NOT HEALTHY FOR OUR CITY. IT'S NOT HEALTHY FOR BUSINESS. ULTIMATELY, WE (THE COUNCIL) WILL HAVE TO MAKE A FINAL DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT PATTERSON WILL RETAIN EMPLOYMENT AS CHIEF OF POLICE IN GREENVILLE."

 

Alleged student abduction at Leland middle school 10-13-2010

LELAND POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED STUDENT ABDUCTION WEDNESDAY MORNING. A 15-YEAR-OLD LELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SAYS SHE WAS ABDUCTED WEDNESDAY WHILE ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL. LELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATORS ARE FOLLOWING UP ON THE STORY THE GIRL TOLD THEM, DESPITE SOME INCONSISTENCIES IN HER STORY.  THE STUDENT SAYS SHE WAS WALKING ALONG BROAD STREET WHEN A SILVER OR GRAY VEHICLE WITH A TEXAS TAG PASSED THE STUDENT, THEN TURNED AROUND AND STOPPED HER BY THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. THE DRIVER ASKED THE GIRL WHERE SHE WAS GOING AND IF SHE WANTED A RIDE. THE GIRL INITIALLY DECLINED BUT SAYS SHE GOT IN THE CAR AFTER SEEING TWO GUNS IN THE VEHICLE. THE DRIVER THEN WENT ON SOUTH EAST DEER CREEK DRIVE WITH THE GIRL. BUT WHEN THEY REACHED THE VO-TECH CENTER, SHE JUMPED OUT OF THE CAR AND RAN TO HER MOTHER WHO WAS STAYING AT A NEARBY MOTEL. THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

Former U.S. ambassador guest speaker 10-13-2010

FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA MICHAEL RETZER WAS THE GUEST SPEAKER WEDNESDAY FOR AN AFTERNOON TEA AND LECTURE HOSTED BY MONTAGE MARKETPLACE IN THE ROGER D. MALKIN GALLERY OF THE E. E. BASS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER. RETZER, C.E.O. OF RETZER RESOURCES IN GREENVILLE, SHARED STORIES OF HIS TWO-YEAR EXPERIENCE AS AMBASSADOR TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATION OF EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE. SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF RETZER'S TENURE IN TANZANIA WAS THE U.S. PROGRAM TO HELP RID THE NATION OF MALARIA AND TARGETED PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF HIV/AIDS WHICH AFFECTS ONE OF EVERY SEVEN PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. RETZER IS WELL-KNOWN ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL HAVING SERVED AS THE NATIONAL TREASURER FOR THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE.

 

Each Sunday Greenville parks is family day 10-13-2010

AN INITIATIVE TO HELP KEEP GREENVILLE PARKS SAFE WAS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY BY GREENVILLE MAYOR HEATHER HUDSON. THE MAYOR IS TAKING ACTION TO ENSURE THE PARKS ARE SAFE FOR FAMILIES AFTER A RECENT STRING OF INCIDENTS IN SEVERAL PORT CITY PARKS. IN RESPONSE, HUDSON'S DECLARED EACH SUNDAY AS FAMILY DAY. "WE ARE DECLARING SUNDAYS AS FAMILY DAY IN THE PARKS FOR ALL OF OUR CITY OF GREENVILLE PARKS. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THERE ARE ONLY GOING TO BE ACTIVITIES ALLOWED IN THE PARK THAT ARE RELATED TO PARK ACTIVITIES, SO PICNICS, FOOTBALL GAMES, PLAYING ON THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, EXERCISING, THERE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS AS FAMILY DAY," SAID MAYOR HUDSON. THE MAYOR HOPES TO REDUCE PARK LOITERING AND ACTIVITIES THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.

 

Reforesting Yazoo national wildlife refuge 10-13-2010

A MAJOR EFFORT IS UNDERWAY TO REFOREST MORE THAN 500 ACRES IN THE YAZOO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. THE ENTERGY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED A $250,000 GRANT TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY TO PLANT 400,000 TREES IN THE YAZOO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE GOAL IS TO RESTORE THE NATURAL HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS AND GAME. "THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND MISSISSIPPI FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVE TO HELP HARDWOOD TREES HERE," SAID HALEY FISACKERLY, PRESIDENT SND C.E.O. OF ENTERGY MISSISSIPPI. "THIS WILL HELP REFOREST THIS AREA TO HELP WILDLIFE, TO HELP THE CLIMATE, TO HELP WITH CLEAN WATER, SO ENTERGY TODAY WILL ANNOUNCE A $250,000 GRANT TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY TO BE USED TO PLANT ABOUT 500 ACRES. THAT WILL BE MATCHED WITH OTHER DOLLARS WITH THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, SO TO HAVE A TOTAL IMPACT OF SOME 900 ACRES AND 400,000 TREES." EDUCATION IS ALSO A FOCUS. PROJECT LEADERS HOPE STUDENTS WILL GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF FLOODPLAIN FORESTS, AND THE BENEFITS CREATED THROUGH CONSERVATION. "FOR ALL OF US, IT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. FOR ONE, IT CAPTURES CARBON, AND IT MAKES IT A BETTER PLACE, IT HELPS PRESERVE GOOD AIR, IT GIVES US BETTER WATER," SAID MARSHA BARBOUR, FIRST LADY OF MISSISSIPPI. "SO ALL THESE THINGS WE NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE ABOUT AND CARING ABOUT BECAUSE WE HAVE FUTURE GENERATIONS THAT NEED TO ENJOY ALL THE RESOURCES THAT WE'VE HAD AT OUR FINGER TIPS. AND THE BEST THING THAT WE CAN DO IS TRY TO PRESERVE THEM AND TAKE CARE OF THEM." THE TREES ARE ALREADY BEING PLANTED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE PLANTED IN THE COMING MONTHS.

 

Preliminary cause of death for sunflower inmate 10-12-2010

HEART AND LUNG DISEASE ARE THE PRELIMINARY CAUSES OF DEATH IN A SUNFLOWER COUNTY INMATE'S DEATH, PENDING A TOXICOLOGY REPORT. JOE HOWARD THORNTON, 46, COLLAPSED AT THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY JAIL AROUND 10:30 P.M. SATURDAY. THORNTON WAS RUSHED BY AMBULANCE TO THE SOUTH SUNFLOWER COUNTY HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 12:02 A.M. SUNDAY.  THORNTON WAS BEING HELD AT THE JAIL BY THE INDIANOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES.  AT THE REQUEST OF THE SHERIFF, THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS CONDUCTING A DEATH INVESTIGATION OF THORNTON'S DEATH.  NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED AT THIS TIME.

 

Chief patterson’s case is underway 10-12-2010

THE CASE AGAINST SUSPENDED GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON MOVED FORWARD TODAY WHERE A PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING WAS HELD IN CIRCUIT COURT. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ASHLEY HINES HEARD BOTH SIDES ON TUESDAY.  THREE YOUNG WOMEN PRESSED MISDEMEANOR SIMPLE ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST PATTERSON LAST MONTH. THE CHARGES STEM FROM A SEPTEMBER 4 INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ON WALNUT STREET. THE WOMEN TESTIFIED PATTERSON ACTED IN A FORCEFUL MANNER, THREATENING TO SHOOT IF THEY DID NOT STOP WHEN HE REQUESTED THEM TO DO SO. THE WOMEN ALSO CLAIM PATTERSON SMELLED OF ALCOHOL BUT DIDN'T APPEAR DRUNK. PATTERSON TOOK THE STAND IN HIS OWN DEFENSE, AND TOLD THE COURT THE WOMEN APPEARED TO LOOK LIKE JUVENILES. SINCE IT WAS AFTER CURFEW, HE ASKED THEM TO STOP, BUT THEY KEPT ON WALKING AND WERE GIGGLING AT THE SAME TIME. HE WASN'T SURE IF THEY WERE DRUNK.  HE ALSO TOLD THE COURT THAT HE CALLED THE POLICE STATION TO HAVE AN OFFICER COME TO WALNUT STREET TO RUN THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE WHICH IS COMMON IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. ONCE AN OFFICER ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, PATTERSON THEN WALKED AWAY.  PATTERSON TESTIFIED HE WAS NOT DRINKING AT ALL THAT NIGHT.  THE OFFICER WHO RAN THE WOMEN'S LICENSES TESTIFIED THE WOMEN DID LOOK LIKE JUVENILES. JUDGE ASHLEY HINES WILL HAND DOWN HIS WRITTEN RULING SOMETIME WEDNESDAY ON WHETHER OR NOT CHIEF CHARLES PATTERSON SHOULD BE ARRESTED ON THE MISDEMEANOR SIMPLE ASSAULT CHARGES.

 

180 degrees alternative program 10-12-2010

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COURT HOUSE WAS THE SITE TUESDAY NIGHT FOR THE KICK OFF OF THE NEW "180-DEGREES" ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM. STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FACILITATORS GATHERED TUESDAY IN THE YOUTH COURTROOM FOR THE KICK OFF SESSION. THE PROGRAM WAS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO FIND OUT FINAL DETAILS BEFORE THE PROGRAM OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY. FACILITATORS WERE ON HAND TO MEET THE STUDENTS. THE PROGRAM STARTS OFF WITH TWO SITES AT CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF WASHINGTON COUNTY WITH ANOTHER FOUR POSSIBLE SITES COMING IN JANUARY. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE LIVES OF REFERRED STUDENTS BY ACCEPTING PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACHIEVING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL WHILE REDUCING COURT INVOLVEMENT. THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM IS A COMBINED EFFORT AMONG FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS AND THE YOUTH COURT.

 

U.s. supreme court declines to hear case 10-12-2010

THROUGH A COURT ORDER ISSUED TUESDAY, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HAS DECLINED TO HEAR AN APPEAL FROM CONVICTED MISSISSIPPI DRUG DEALER LORENZO TARVER. TARVER WAS SENTENCED IN 2006 IN LEFLORE COUNTY TO 60 YEARS FOR POSSESSION OF MORE THAN 81 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE. THE MISSISSIPPI COURT OF APPEALS UPHELD HIS CONVICTION IN 2009. GREENWOOD POLICE SEIZED THE POT WHILE EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT AT A HOME IN 2004. UNDER STATE LAW, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR POSSESSION OF MORE THAN A KILOGRAM OF MARIJUANA IS 30 YEARS IN PRISON. A KILOGRAM IS 2.2 POUNDS. THE TRIAL JUDGE DOUBLED THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 YEARS BECAUSE TARVER'S HOUSE WAS WITHIN 1,500 FEET OF A DAY CARE CENTER.

 

New domestic abuse court in Washington county 10-11-2010

PLANNING BEGAN MONDAY NIGHT FOR A NEW DOMESTIC ABUSE COURT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. THE HONORABLE MARIE WILSON CHANCELLOR WITH THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CHANCERY COURT HOSTED A PLANNING MEETING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DOMESTIC ABUSE COURT. THE SESSION WAS HELD IN THE FIRST FLOOR CHANCERY COURTROOM IN THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. JUDGE WILSON AND THE ASSEMBLED PLANNERS, WHICH INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL LEVELS OF PARTICIPATING COURTS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, THE BAR AND CLERGY, ALL GATHERED TO LISTEN TO THE PROCESS AND HOW THE NEW COURT IS EXPECTED TO WORK. THE COURT IS EXPECTED TO COORDINATE A PROGRAM WHICH WILL ACCEPT REFERRALS OF VICTIMS AND DEFENDANTS FROM MUNICIPAL, JUSTICE, COUNTY AND CIRCUIT COURTS.  THE PLANNING SESSION INCLUDED A SERIES OF VIDEOS ALONG WITH A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION. THE DOMESTIC ABUSE COURT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY IS THE FIRST SUCH COURT IN THE STATE AND IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

 

Manhunt underway for Coahoma county inmate 10-11-2010

A MANHUNT WAS UNDERWAY Monday NIGHT FOR AN INMATE WHO ESCAPED FROM THE COAHOMA COUNTY JAIL. SHERIFF CHARLES JONES SAID RODERICK JOHNSON ESCAPED SOMETIME MONDAY MORNING FROM THE JAIL IN CLARKSDALE.  THE SHERIFF CONSIDERS JOHNSON TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS.  DEPUTIES, THE U.S. MARSHALS, CLARKSDALE POLICE AND THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CANINE DOGS HAVE BEEN COMBING THE COUNTY LOOKING FOR RODERICK JOHNSON, WHO WAS JAILED ON BURGLARY CHARGES.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON JOHNSON'S WHEREABOUTS, CALL THE COAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 662-624-2411.

 

Shelby officer may cut deal with authorities 10-11-2010

ONE FORMER SHELBY POLICE OFFICER MAY BE CONTEMPLATING CUTTING A DEAL WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. RONNIE WALTERS IS ACCUSED OF TAKING PART IN THE ARSON OF TWO CITY ALDERMEN'S VEHICLES IN JULY 2009. BACK IN MAY TWO GOVERNMENT WITNESSES TESTIFIED ABOUT WALTERS ROLE SERVING AS THE LOOKOUT PERSON AND PAYING OFF THE ARSONIST WITH MONEY AND DRUGS.  WALTERS DEFENSE ATTORNEY ELLIS PITTMAN TOLD ABC SIX THAT HE DID FILE A MOTION TO ENTER A PLEA AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENT RONNIE WALTERS. HOWEVER, THE MOTION HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN OXFORD OR THE FEDERAL COURTS. WALTERS REMAINS LOCKED UP IN A FEDERAL HOLDING FACILITY.

 

Inmate dies in sunflower county jail 10-11-2010

AUTHORITIES REPORT THAT AN INMATE DIES AFTER COLLAPSING AT THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY JAIL. NOW A STATE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE DEATH OF JOE HOWARD THORNTON.  SHERIFF JAMES HAYWOOD SAID THORNTON, 46, COLLAPSED AT APPROXIMATELY 10:30 P.M. SATURDAY AT THE SUNFLOWER COUNTY JAIL.  THORNTON WAS RUSHED BY AMBULANCE TO THE SOUTH SUNFLOWER COUNTY HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD TWO MINUTES AFTER MIDNIGHT SUNDAY.  THORTON WAS BEING HELD AT THE JAIL ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES FOR THE INDIANOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT. SHERIFF HAYWOOD SAID THORNTON COLLAPSED AT THE JAIL ON THURSDAY AND WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. AT THE REQUEST OF THE SHERIFF, THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS CONDUCTING A DEATH INVESTIGATION OF THORNTON'S DEATH.  NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED AT THIS TIME.  THORNTON'S BODY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE CRIME LAB FOR AN AUTOPSY.

 

The whistlestop theater burned down 10-11-2010

A HISTORIC CLEVELAND THEATER BUILDING BURNED TO THE GROUND OVER THE WEEKEND. THE WHISTLESTOP THEATER BURNED AROUND 11:30 P.M. SUNDAY. THE BLAZE DESTROYED THE HISTORIC THEATER LOCATED IN THE 600 BLOCK OF NORTH BAYOU AVENUE. IT TOOK 30 CLEVELAND FIREFIGHTERS MORE THAN AN HOUR TO GET THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL. WHILE THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, CLEVELAND FIRE INSPECTOR GENE BISHOP SUSPECTS THAT ARSON MAY HAVE BEEN TO BLAME.  NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE FIRE. THE THEATRE IS OWNED BY JORDAN PROPERTIES. THE FINAL PERFORMANCE AT THE THEATRE TOOK PLACE BACK IN 2001.

 

Children in poverty rising 10-05-2010

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU REPORTS THE RATE OF CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IS ON THE RISE, AND MISSISSIPPI IS NOT IMMUNE.  THE CENSUS BUREAU SHOWS THAT IN 2009, OVER 46 MILLION AMERICANS LIVED IN POVERTY, AN INCREASE FROM 2008 WHERE POVERTY LEVELS WERE AT 39.8 MILLION. FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, THIS MEANS THEY MAKE NO MORE THAN $22,050 ANNUALLY.  REGIONAL PROGRAM OFFICER LATISHA LATIKER FROM THE CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND SAYS LACK OF STATE ASSISTED CHILD CARE OR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE OFTEN LEAVES FAMILIES WITHOUT THE MEANS TO WORK AND CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.  LATIKER ALSO SAYS THE SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS NEED JUST TO GET AN INITIAL START IN THE ECONOMY ARE SORELY LACKING IN THE STATE, SAYING A STATE-FUNDED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WILL HELP PREVENT FURTHER LONG-TERM POVERTY ISSUES IN MISSISSIPPI.  HOWEVER, LATIKER ADDS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN ALL CHILDREN'S LIVES, NOT JUST THOSE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.

 

Homicide in attala county 10-05-2010

THE DEATH OF AN 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN KOSCIUSKO IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHO CONSIDER HER DEATH A HOMICIDE. ATTALA COUNTY CORONER SAM BELL SAYS CORA MAE ROBINSON WAS FOUND INSIDE HER HOME IN THE 400 BLOCK OF PEACHTREE STREET IN KOSCIUSKO. THE MISSISSIPPI BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS AND KOSCIUSKO POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE CONDUCTING THE PROBE INTO HER MURDER. BELL SAYS INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE IT IS A CASE OF BREAKING AND ENTERING. THE CORONER, WHO PRONOUNCED HER DEATH AROUND 3:30 SUNDAY AFTERNOON, WOULD NOT SAY HOW ROBINSON WAS KILLED, BUT DID SAY THAT SHE LIVED ALONE. NO OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION IS BEING RELEASED AT THIS TIME. ROBINSON'S BODY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE STATE CRIME LAB FOR AN AUTOPSY. IN THE MEANTIME ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRIME IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE ATTALA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

 

Breast cancer detection and treatment at drmc 10-05-2010

DELTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS DOING ITS PART TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE NEED FOR EARLY BREAST CANCER DETECTION AND TREATMENT AS PART OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. THIS IS D.R.M.C.'S THIRD ANNUAL "THINK PINK" PACKAGE PROGRAM AS A PART OF THE OCTOBER CELEBRATION. THIS PROGRAM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN TO FOCUS ON BREAST CANCER WITH A MAMMOGRAM AND SUPPORTING ASSISTANCE. IT WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD BETTER PEACE OF MIND ABOUT A WOMAN'S HEALTH.  APPOINTMENTS MUST BE SCHEDULED BY OCTOBER 15. WOMEN CAN CONTACT THEIR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE "THINK PINK" PACKAGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 662-725-3790.

 

Freshen up Eudora Arkansas 10-05-2010

IN EUDORA, ARKANSAS A CLEANUP EFFORT IS UNDERWAY TO FRESHEN UP THE CITY. THE CITY IS CLEANING UP WHILE PROVIDING JOBS FOR SOME RESIDENTS THROUGH AN N.C.B.A. FEDERAL AID PROGRAM. THE CITY HAS HIRED FIVE RESIDENTS TO WORK IN THE PROGRAM, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS ALSO PREPARING THE JOHN'S CAMPUS FOR FUTURE RENOVATIONS. THE PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 17 MONTHS WITH RESULTS SHOWING RIGHT AWAY.

 

Haywood turns himself in to authorities 10-05-2010

A MEMPHIS FUGITIVE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO BOLIVAR COUNTY AUTHORITIES ON TUESDAY. MONTAVIUS HAYWOOD, 25, WAS WANTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER. HE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE BOLIVAR COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AROUND 5 P.M. TUESDAY. HAYWOOD HAD BEEN WANTED BY THE SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FUGITIVE BUREAU. HAYWOOD HAD FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THE CLEVELAND AREA, WHICH IS WHY AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HAYWOOD WAS IN CLEVELAND AT THE TIME HE TURNED HIMSELF IN. AN EXTRADITION HEARING WILL BE HELD FOR HAYWOOD. THE MEMPHIS FUGITIVE TASK FORCE WILL BE COMING TO CLEVELAND TO PICK UP HAYWOOD.