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  • Reward Increased to $25,000 in Ricky Saxton Murder Case

    Reward Increased to $25,000 in Ricky Saxton Murder Case

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:48:03 GMT
    Yazoo County authorities need your help solving a murder case
    Yazoo County authorities need your help solving a murder case

  • Operation Bunny Hop Kicks Off

    Operation Bunny Hop Kicks Off

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:06:06 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department will kick off its annual Easter-weekend operation. It's known as Operation Bunny Hop. Law enforcement will start Friday evening at 5. Law enforcement agenciesfrom across the area will join the departments efforts in fighting crime. Those agencies include Madison, Rankin, Clinton, Pearl, Utica, Edwards and the state. They'll gather at the Metro-Center Mall Friday evening.
    JACKSON, Miss. - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department will kick off its annual Easter-weekend operation. It's known as Operation Bunny Hop. Law enforcement will start Friday evening at 5. Law enforcement agenciesfrom across the area will join the departments efforts in fighting crime. Those agencies include Madison, Rankin, Clinton, Pearl, Utica, Edwards and the state. They'll gather at the Metro-Center Mall Friday evening.
  • Man Arrested on Rankin County Exploitation Charges

    Man Arrested on Rankin County Exploitation Charges

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:41:57 GMT
    Ralph Henson, 67, is charged with exploitation of an Elderly Person.Ralph Henson, 67, is charged with exploitation of an Elderly Person.
    The man responsible for taking advantage of an elderly Rankin County woman has been arrested.
    The man responsible for taking advantage of an elderly Rankin County woman has been arrested.
  • Troopers Needed for New Class

    Troopers Needed for New Class

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:12:47 GMT
    Highway Patrol spokesperson Trooper Eric Henry says starting May 1st, the Department of Public Safety will take applications for a trooper school.
    Highway Patrol spokesperson Trooper Eric Henry says starting May 1st, the Department of Public Safety will take applications for a trooper school.
  • Pearl River County Resident Headed to Prison for Fondling of Vulnerable Person

    Pearl River County Resident Headed to Prison for Fondling of Vulnerable Person

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:11:58 GMT
    A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
    A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
  • "OCULUS" Terrifies, Shocks

    "OCULUS" Terrifies, Shocks

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:59:20 GMT
    JACKSON, MS - The horror movie "Oculus" opened to low audience numbers but high reviews from critics, so Bret and Joe decided to see what all the fuss was about. BRET: The movie was terrifying, but I still say SKIP IT. I loved the story concept--it reminded me of John Cusack's "1408". And I'm a fan of the lead actress Karen Gillan (BBC's Dr. Who), but the gore was excessive and distracting, and the ending was just plain frustrating. JOE: I enjoyed this one. I say SEE IT. I liked how the story...
    JACKSON, MS - The horror movie "Oculus" opened to low audience numbers but high reviews from critics, so Bret and Joe decided to see what all the fuss was about. BRET: The movie was terrifying, but I still say SKIP IT. I loved the story concept--it reminded me of John Cusack's "1408". And I'm a fan of the lead actress Karen Gillan (BBC's Dr. Who), but the gore was excessive and distracting, and the ending was just plain frustrating. JOE: I enjoyed this one. I say SEE IT. I liked how the story...
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    Metairie Man Accused of Forcing Jackson Teen into Prostitution

    Metairie Man Accused of Forcing Jackson Teen into Prostitution

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:10:27 GMT
    On Friday (4-18-14) theUnited States Department of Justice returned a three countindictment for a Metairie, Louisiana man for offenses related to his involvement in the sex trafficking of a minor from the Jackson, Mississippi-area into the New Orleans area for the purposes of that minor engaging in prostitution.According to the Indictment, in November 2012,Torrey Ledell Davis, was contacted by an individual living in ...
    On Friday (4-18-14) theUnited States Department of Justice returned a three countindictment for a Metairie, Louisiana man for offenses related to his involvement in the sex trafficking of a minor from the Jackson, Mississippi-area into the New Orleans area for the purposes of that minor engaging in prostitution.According to the Indictment, in November 2012,Torrey Ledell Davis, was contacted by an individual living in ...
  • Earthquake Rocks Mexico City

    Earthquake Rocks Mexico City

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:03:02 GMT
    According to the Associated Press, a powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. An Associated Press reporter said it was felt strongly in the resort city but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The...
    According to the Associated Press, a powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. An Associated Press reporter said it was felt strongly in the resort city but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The...
  • Family Says Cannabis Oil Will Benefit Their Daughter

    Family Says Cannabis Oil Will Benefit Their Daughter

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:32:22 GMT
    Four-year-old Hollis Edwards has been suffering from seizures since she was four months old. Her family tells News Channel 12 neither medicine, therapy, nor a changed diet works, but they are hopeful this newly legal cannabis oil will.Governor Phil Bryant signed the new lawThursday. This makes cannabis oil legal throughout the state for medical purposes only. And theTHC level can't be more than 5-percent, meaning you can't get high off it. Even though the mar...
    Four-year-old Hollis Edwards has been suffering from seizures since she was four months old. Her family tells News Channel 12 neither medicine, therapy, nor a changed diet works, but they are hopeful this newly legal cannabis oil will.Governor Phil Bryant signed the new lawThursday. This makes cannabis oil legal throughout the state for medical purposes only. And theTHC level can't be more than 5-percent, meaning you can't get high off it. Even though the mar...
  • Ole Miss Fraternity Shut Down by National Chapter

    Ole Miss Fraternity Shut Down by National Chapter

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:38:02 GMT
    Sigma Phi Epsilon's chapter at the University of Mississippi has been closedSigma Phi Epsilon's chapter at the University of Mississippi has been closed
    By JEFF AMYAssociated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.Besides the noose, someone draped a pre-2003 Georgia state flag...
    By JEFF AMYAssociated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter.Besides the noose, someone draped a pre-2003 Georgia state flag...
  • Yazoo City High School Student Killed In Car Crash

    Yazoo City High School Student Killed In Car Crash

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:28:47 GMT
    Grief counselors spent the day at Yazoo city high school helping students cope with a tragedy that hit close to home. Senior Jasmand Johnson, about a month from graduation, was killed in a Thursday morning car crash. "It’s very tragic and unfortunate that this happened to her," said former student Terrance Freeman. The crash happened this morning on Highway 49 east North of Yazoo City. According to the Mississippi Hi...
    Grief counselors spent the day at Yazoo city high school helping students cope with a tragedy that hit close to home. Senior Jasmand Johnson, about a month from graduation, was killed in a Thursday morning car crash. "It’s very tragic and unfortunate that this happened to her," said former student Terrance Freeman. The crash happened this morning on Highway 49 east North of Yazoo City. According to the Mississippi Hi...
  • 11 Cars Stolen in One Night, Suspects on the Run

    11 Cars Stolen in One Night, Suspects on the Run

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:02:28 GMT
    One of eleven cars stolen from River City Auto Sales in VicksburgOne of eleven cars stolen from River City Auto Sales in Vicksburg
    VICKSBURG, Miss.- "I'm in awe that they could get that many vehicles." Connie Hall owns "Love at Second Sight" consignment shop. It's only a few feet away from River City Auto Sales and says she's shocked 11 cars could be stolen in one night."How did that happened it's just not normal for here, it's kind of surreal," saysHall.Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says the cars were stolen Monday night. Pace says they got the call the next morning."Investigators on the scene Tuesday morning found ...
    VICKSBURG, Miss.- "I'm in awe that they could get that many vehicles." Connie Hall owns "Love at Second Sight" consignment shop. It's only a few feet away from River City Auto Sales and says she's shocked 11 cars could be stolen in one night."How did that happened it's just not normal for here, it's kind of surreal," saysHall.Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says the cars were stolen Monday night. Pace says they got the call the next morning."Investigators on the scene Tuesday morning found ...
  • Ridgeland Police Release Surveillance Video of Knife-Wielding Robbery Suspect

    Ridgeland Police Release Surveillance Video of Knife-Wielding Robbery Suspect

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:51:16 GMT
    Ridgeland Police hope surveillance video will help them catch an armed robbery suspect. Police tell us a man robbed the QM Shell Gas Station on Old Canton Road early Monday morning. They say he walked into the store shirtless with a large crooked blade knife and approached the cashier. Police tell us he then demanded money from the clerk. According to Lt. John Neal with the Ridgeland Police Department, the suspec...
    Ridgeland Police hope surveillance video will help them catch an armed robbery suspect. Police tell us a man robbed the QM Shell Gas Station on Old Canton Road early Monday morning. They say he walked into the store shirtless with a large crooked blade knife and approached the cashier. Police tell us he then demanded money from the clerk. According to Lt. John Neal with the Ridgeland Police Department, the suspec...
  • Yazoo H.S. Student Killed in Morning Crash

    Yazoo H.S. Student Killed in Morning Crash

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:44:26 GMT
    A teenage girl is dead and another is recovering at a Jackson hospital after a single car crash this morning on U.S. 49 in Yazoo County around 8:30 Thursday morning.
    A teenage girl is dead and another is recovering at a Jackson hospital after a single car crash this morning on U.S. 49 in Yazoo County around 8:30 Thursday morning.
  • New Beer Ordinance Approved in Brookhaven

    New Beer Ordinance Approved in Brookhaven

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:42:11 GMT
    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – The city of Brookhaven is making it easier for businesses to get a permit to sell beer. The Daily Leader reports any establishment wishing to sell beer had to have been in operation for a year before being considered for a permit under the old ordinance. Aldermen this week removed that restriction. Alderman Terry Bates says the new ordinance clears up some c...
    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – The city of Brookhaven is making it easier for businesses to get a permit to sell beer. The Daily Leader reports any establishment wishing to sell beer had to have been in operation for a year before being considered for a permit under the old ordinance. Aldermen this week removed that restriction. Alderman Terry Bates says the new ordinance clears up some c...
  • Suspected Shooter, Victims Identified in Nettleton Shooting

    Suspected Shooter, Victims Identified in Nettleton Shooting

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:21:57 GMT
    The three people, who were shot and killed following a domestic dispute in North Mississippi, have been identified. Two, authorities say, are brothers. The officer-involved shooting happened Wednesday around noon on Main Street near the intersection of Mullins Street. Authorities tell us two individuals died on scene and a third victim died from his injuries at a Tupelo hospital. Lee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson, sa...
    The three people, who were shot and killed following a domestic dispute in North Mississippi, have been identified. Two, authorities say, are brothers. The officer-involved shooting happened Wednesday around noon on Main Street near the intersection of Mullins Street. Authorities tell us two individuals died on scene and a third victim died from his injuries at a Tupelo hospital. Lee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson, sa...
  • Jackson Man to Spend 18 Years in Prison for Forcible Rape

    Jackson Man to Spend 18 Years in Prison for Forcible Rape

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:40:59 GMT
    Jackson man headed to prison for raping a teenage girl
    Jackson man headed to prison for raping a teenage girl
  • Marijuana Extract Legalized in Mississippi

    Marijuana Extract Legalized in Mississippi

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:40:05 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) –Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. House Bill 1231 (http://bit.ly/1f0nwoX ) becomes law July 1. Republican Bryant says he signed it Thursday, only after Bureau of Narcotics officials assured him the oil can't be used to produce a high. The medicine is used to reduce seizures in children wi...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) –Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. House Bill 1231 (http://bit.ly/1f0nwoX ) becomes law July 1. Republican Bryant says he signed it Thursday, only after Bureau of Narcotics officials assured him the oil can't be used to produce a high. The medicine is used to reduce seizures in children wi...
  • Canton Police Make an Arrest in Deadly Shooting Case

    Canton Police Make an Arrest in Deadly Shooting Case

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:41:03 GMT
    Chrisuntay Haymon faces a murder charge in connection to a 2013 Deadly Shooting.Chrisuntay Haymon faces a murder charge in connection to a 2013 Deadly Shooting.
    The Canton Police Department makes an arrest in a November 2013 Deadly Shooting case. Police tell us 19-year old Chrisuntay Sherrod Haymon was taken into custody on Wednesday night. Investigators say Haymon faces a murder charge in connection to a shooting at the Myers convenience store off West Peace Street. Canton authorities say 35-year-old Charles Grayson was killed during the shooting in the convenience store...
    The Canton Police Department makes an arrest in a November 2013 Deadly Shooting case. Police tell us 19-year old Chrisuntay Sherrod Haymon was taken into custody on Wednesday night. Investigators say Haymon faces a murder charge in connection to a shooting at the Myers convenience store off West Peace Street. Canton authorities say 35-year-old Charles Grayson was killed during the shooting in the convenience store...
  • 2 Men Killed; Police Shoot, Kill Alleged Shooter

    2 Men Killed; Police Shoot, Kill Alleged Shooter

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:57:19 GMT
    NETTLETON, Miss. (AP) – Three people are dead after a shooting in Nettleton. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute that apparently started at United Furniture's manufacturing plant. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says four people were in a sports utility vehicle leaving the plant Wednesday. About 300 yards away, Johnson says one of the people in the SUV shot two of the vehicle's other passe...
    NETTLETON, Miss. (AP) – Three people are dead after a shooting in Nettleton. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute that apparently started at United Furniture's manufacturing plant. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says four people were in a sports utility vehicle leaving the plant Wednesday. About 300 yards away, Johnson says one of the people in the SUV shot two of the vehicle's other passe...
  • Jackson Police Needs Help Identifying a Burglary Suspect

    Jackson Police Needs Help Identifying a Burglary Suspect

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:27:14 GMT
    Jackson Police needs the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect. On March 29, two men broke into the End Zone Sports Bar on 3002 Terry Road. Police say they stole merchandise from the bar. The complainant in the case identified one of the suspects as 46-year old Theodus Lindsey. Lindsey was taken into custody on the scene and arrested later for the business burglary. The other unidentified suspect fled the sc...
    Jackson Police needs the public’s help identifying a burglary suspect. On March 29, two men broke into the End Zone Sports Bar on 3002 Terry Road. Police say they stole merchandise from the bar. The complainant in the case identified one of the suspects as 46-year old Theodus Lindsey. Lindsey was taken into custody on the scene and arrested later for the business burglary. The other unidentified suspect fled the sc...
  • Family Speaks Out After the Alleged Shooter is Out on Bond

    Family Speaks Out After the Alleged Shooter is Out on Bond

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:27:03 GMT
    Angelia Byrd out on bond after allegedly shooting her boyfriendAngelia Byrd out on bond after allegedly shooting her boyfriend
    49-year- old Angelia Byrd was arrested April 8th for allegedly shooting her boyfriend, 32-year-old AaronHarper.Jackson Police say Harper was shot five times during an argument.Now, eight days later, Byrd is out on bond.Police tell us she bonded out Monday on five thousand dollars which is 10-percent of her fifty thousand dollar bond. Harper's family is outraged that the person who is accused of shooting their loved one is a free woman."He had taught her how to shoot a gun and then she turns a...
    49-year- old Angelia Byrd was arrested April 8th for allegedly shooting her boyfriend, 32-year-old AaronHarper.Jackson Police say Harper was shot five times during an argument.Now, eight days later, Byrd is out on bond.Police tell us she bonded out Monday on five thousand dollars which is 10-percent of her fifty thousand dollar bond. Harper's family is outraged that the person who is accused of shooting their loved one is a free woman."He had taught her how to shoot a gun and then she turns a...
  • Simpson County Community Cleans Up After Dam Breach

    Simpson County Community Cleans Up After Dam Breach

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:13:31 GMT
    Clean up begins after Simpson County dam breachClean up begins after Simpson County dam breach
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - A Simpson County community is faced with a clean up after an issue at a lake off Hawkins Road Tuesday night."It was just a traumatic experience not knowing what was not knowing what was going to happen, just the roaring of the water coming through and you could see it," says Helen Wyatt, whose front yard was washed away in Harrisville.Wyatt says she received a call not too long before the water hit her front yard on Delancy Road warning her to be ready."I guess it was th...
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - A Simpson County community is faced with a clean up after an issue at a lake off Hawkins Road Tuesday night."It was just a traumatic experience not knowing what was not knowing what was going to happen, just the roaring of the water coming through and you could see it," says Helen Wyatt, whose front yard was washed away in Harrisville.Wyatt says she received a call not too long before the water hit her front yard on Delancy Road warning her to be ready."I guess it was th...
  • Silver Alert Issued for Macon Missing Man

    Silver Alert Issued for Macon Missing Man

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:29:34 GMT
    James "Sonny" McCleod, 71, missing since TuesdayJames "Sonny" McCleod, 71, missing since Tuesday
    The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for James “Sonny” McCleod of Macon, Mississippi on Wednesday. He was last seen Tuesday morning in Macon around 7:30. Mr. McCleod is described as a 6’ 1” black male. He weighs about 170 lbs and has black and gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jean jacket, flip-flops, and he may be wearing a black cap. Authorities say Mr. McCleod may suffer from a medical condition that limits his intellectual capacity. ...
    The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for James “Sonny” McCleod of Macon, Mississippi on Wednesday. He was last seen Tuesday morning in Macon around 7:30. Mr. McCleod is described as a 6’ 1” black male. He weighs about 170 lbs and has black and gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jean jacket, flip-flops, and he may be wearing a black cap. Authorities say Mr. McCleod may suffer from a medical condition that limits his intellectual capacity. ...
  • Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:24:17 GMT
    Two Long Island high school students have been suspended from school indefinitely for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to a sporting event at school. CBS 2 in New York has more on the controversy surrounding the students’ alleged actions.To read more on the story, follow this link: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/15/l-i-high-school-students-suspended-for-displaying-confederate-flag/
    Two Long Island high school students have been suspended from school indefinitely for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to a sporting event at school. CBS 2 in New York has more on the controversy surrounding the students’ alleged actions.To read more on the story, follow this link: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/15/l-i-high-school-students-suspended-for-displaying-confederate-flag/
  • Man Sets Record with 126-pound Fish in Mississippi

    Man Sets Record with 126-pound Fish in Mississippi

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:11:27 GMT
    Don Wheeler of Laurel caught a state record 126-pound greater amberjack in Mississippi on March 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources)Don Wheeler of Laurel caught a state record 126-pound greater amberjack in Mississippi on March 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources)
    The following is a press release from the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources:The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR) certified a Mississippi recreational saltwater conventional tackle record during its April 15 meeting. Don Wheeler of Laurel broke the state conventional record for greater amberjack with a 126-pound fish on March 22, 2014. The previous record was 124.4 pounds set in 2012. The Miss...
    The following is a press release from the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources:The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR) certified a Mississippi recreational saltwater conventional tackle record during its April 15 meeting. Don Wheeler of Laurel broke the state conventional record for greater amberjack with a 126-pound fish on March 22, 2014. The previous record was 124.4 pounds set in 2012. The Miss...
  • Jackson Woman Charged With Murder Out on Bond

    Jackson Woman Charged With Murder Out on Bond

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:41:41 GMT
    Bond granted for woman accused of killing her boyfriend
    Bond granted for woman accused of killing her boyfriend
  • Vicksburg Man Accused of Shoving Baby Down Steps

    Vicksburg Man Accused of Shoving Baby Down Steps

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:39:54 GMT
    Vicksburg Police: man charged with felony child abuse

    Vicksburg Police: man charged with felony child abuse

  • Simpson County Dam Bursts

    Simpson County Dam Bursts

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:47:41 GMT
    The Neely Lake Dam in Simpson County has burst. The informationcomes fromadispatcher attheSimpson County Sheriff's Department.It happened Tuesday (4-15-14)night around 10 o'clock. When our crew arrived, Delancy Road, near the dam,was flooded.Representatives from the Mississippi EmergencyManagementAgency were on the scene. There is no official word yet how many families could be affected by the flood waters.Recent heavy rains could have played a role, but nothing is confirmed yet. There is no...
    The Neely Lake Dam in Simpson County has burst. The informationcomes fromadispatcher attheSimpson County Sheriff's Department.It happened Tuesday (4-15-14)night around 10 o'clock. When our crew arrived, Delancy Road, near the dam,was flooded.Representatives from the Mississippi EmergencyManagementAgency were on the scene. There is no official word yet how many families could be affected by the flood waters.Recent heavy rains could have played a role, but nothing is confirmed yet. There is no...
  • We hope you covered your tomatoes on Tuesday night. The late cold-snap may have caught some gardeners unprepared.

    Late Spring Cold Snap Threatens Hinds County Plants

    Late Spring Cold Snap Threatens Hinds County Plants

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:47:48 GMT
    We hope you covered your tomatoes on Tuesday night. The late cold-snap may have caught some gardeners unprepared.In Edwards, Dan Shipp's Begonia's are under plastic. But that's to be expected: his yard is the the Bolton Edwards yard of the month."When the sun gone down I cover 'em," Shipp said. " It keeps the cold moisture from settling on them, they'll be alright and you can take 'em back off tomorrow.""This is a late cold season this year and you have to watch your plants and make sure they...
    We hope you covered your tomatoes on Tuesday night. The late cold-snap may have caught some gardeners unprepared.In Edwards, Dan Shipp's Begonia's are under plastic. But that's to be expected: his yard is the the Bolton Edwards yard of the month."When the sun gone down I cover 'em," Shipp said. " It keeps the cold moisture from settling on them, they'll be alright and you can take 'em back off tomorrow.""This is a late cold season this year and you have to watch your plants and make sure they...
  • Ferry Carrying About 470 People Sinking in South Korea

    Ferry Carrying About 470 People Sinking in South Korea

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:32:33 GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking. News reports say about 120 people have already been rescued. The Busan Regional Maritime Affairs Port Administration says in a statement that the ferry ...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking. News reports say about 120 people have already been rescued. The Busan Regional Maritime Affairs Port Administration says in a statement that the ferry ...
  • Suspect in Custody, Unattended Bag Left at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

    Suspect in Custody, Unattended Bag Left at Finish Line of Boston Marathon

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:19:11 GMT
    The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night after what are reported to be two unattended backpacks were found at the finish line. Police say they've taken a man into custody as the area around Boylston Street remains closed off. Trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area. There were reports of a man with the backpack while screaming before police cleared everyone from the area...
    The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night after what are reported to be two unattended backpacks were found at the finish line. Police say they've taken a man into custody as the area around Boylston Street remains closed off. Trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area. There were reports of a man with the backpack while screaming before police cleared everyone from the area...
  • Floodwaters Bring in Trash Along River Banks

    Floodwaters Bring in Trash Along River Banks

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:23:09 GMT
    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - "The flooding is washing all the debris off of the woodlands and farmlands." George Roach fishes at the Ross Barnett reservoir, hesays he's noticed trash piling up throughout the area because of recent flooding. "Just going to bring it down the river and it's really not good for fishing not good for the environment," says Roach.Marsha Hobson is the executive director for "Keep Jackson Beautiful" an organization that strives to keep this from happening. "It is truly frus...
    HINDS COUNTY, Miss. - "The flooding is washing all the debris off of the woodlands and farmlands." George Roach fishes at the Ross Barnett reservoir, hesays he's noticed trash piling up throughout the area because of recent flooding. "Just going to bring it down the river and it's really not good for fishing not good for the environment," says Roach.Marsha Hobson is the executive director for "Keep Jackson Beautiful" an organization that strives to keep this from happening. "It is truly frus...
  • New State Law To Cover Text Messages From Public Officials

    New State Law To Cover Text Messages From Public Officials

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:57:32 GMT
    The Mississippi Ethics Commission hands down a landmark opinion on public officials' text messages about government business. The unanimous decision states texts are public records, even if they are sent from a government official’s personal cell phone. The non-binding opinion came after a dispute between the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Tupelo mayor Jason Shelton. You see Mayor Shelton uses his personal ...
    The Mississippi Ethics Commission hands down a landmark opinion on public officials' text messages about government business. The unanimous decision states texts are public records, even if they are sent from a government official’s personal cell phone. The non-binding opinion came after a dispute between the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Tupelo mayor Jason Shelton. You see Mayor Shelton uses his personal ...
  • Pine Belt Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

    Pine Belt Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:31:09 GMT
    Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, pled guilty to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, pled guilty to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
    Hattiesburg, Miss –News Release: Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. Mitchell admitted producing a video of himself and a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct in Orange Beach, Alabama in 20...
    Hattiesburg, Miss –News Release: Grantham Armstrong Mitchell, 20, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. Mitchell admitted producing a video of himself and a minor child engaging in sexually explicit conduct in Orange Beach, Alabama in 20...
  • Damage, Injuries Reported at Gulf Coast RV Park Following Storm

    Damage, Injuries Reported at Gulf Coast RV Park Following Storm

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:48:51 GMT
    Straight line winds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast cause damage to several RVs at a local park. It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Santa Maria RV resort in Gautier. According to Michael Hill with the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, straight lines winds, as high as 50 mph, overturned 20 to 30 campers. He tells us those campers were not tied down. Two people did have to be pulled out of campers. No injuries were reported to the Slidell weather service as of 9 p...
    Straight line winds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast cause damage to several RVs at a local park. It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Santa Maria RV resort in Gautier. According to Michael Hill with the National Weather Service in Slidell, Louisiana, straight lines winds, as high as 50 mph, overturned 20 to 30 campers. He tells us those campers were not tied down. Two people did have to be pulled out of campers. No injuries were reported to the Slidell weather service as of 9 p...
  • Search for Suspects Using Stolen Credit Cards

    Search for Suspects Using Stolen Credit Cards

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:25:57 GMT
    Jackson Police need your help identifying two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards. Police tell us the suspects, an unidentified black male and female, entered several local businesses on Wednesday, April 2 and made purchases totaling around $6,000 using the credit cards. If you can identify the suspects, contact the Jackson Police Department at 601.960.2421 or Crimestoppers at 601.355.TIPS.
    Jackson Police need your help identifying two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards. Police tell us the suspects, an unidentified black male and female, entered several local businesses on Wednesday, April 2 and made purchases totaling around $6,000 using the credit cards. If you can identify the suspects, contact the Jackson Police Department at 601.960.2421 or Crimestoppers at 601.355.TIPS.
  • Bones Found Not From Missing Memphis Man

    Bones Found Not From Missing Memphis Man

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:39:01 GMT
    WALLS, Miss. (AP) – Bones discovered in the Walls, Miss., over the weekend have been identified as those of a deer. Searchers had hoped the bones found Saturday in an area along U.S. Highway 61 might offer the first break in finding out what became of James Irby Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., missing since he ran into a field following a traffic stop the morning of May 4, 2013. Master Sgt. Charles Hale of the Mississippi...
    WALLS, Miss. (AP) – Bones discovered in the Walls, Miss., over the weekend have been identified as those of a deer. Searchers had hoped the bones found Saturday in an area along U.S. Highway 61 might offer the first break in finding out what became of James Irby Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., missing since he ran into a field following a traffic stop the morning of May 4, 2013. Master Sgt. Charles Hale of the Mississippi...
  • Grenada Police: Man Shot, Looking for Suspect

    Grenada Police: Man Shot, Looking for Suspect

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:10:41 GMT
    Grenada Police are looking for answers in a shooting. Police tell us Shaun Hosey, 34 of Grenada was shot Monday night in the parking lot of Club Exclusive. According to police, after Hosey was shot he walked to his residence nearby. He was then taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. Police say preliminary investigation shows Hosey was shot once in the abdomen. At this time, police have not determined what type of weapon was used. If you can help police solve this shooting, please call Gr...
    Grenada Police are looking for answers in a shooting. Police tell us Shaun Hosey, 34 of Grenada was shot Monday night in the parking lot of Club Exclusive. According to police, after Hosey was shot he walked to his residence nearby. He was then taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. Police say preliminary investigation shows Hosey was shot once in the abdomen. At this time, police have not determined what type of weapon was used. If you can help police solve this shooting, please call Gr...
  • Police Search for Robbery Suspect

    Police Search for Robbery Suspect

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:10:24 GMT
    Joseph McDougle is charged with kidnapping, rape, auto theft, and armed robberyJoseph McDougle is charged with kidnapping, rape, auto theft, and armed robbery
    Jackson Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after an armed robbery and a rape at a local apartment complex.
    Jackson Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after an armed robbery and a rape at a local apartment complex.
  • Streets in Canton Affected By Flooding

    Streets in Canton Affected By Flooding

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:38:25 GMT
    Flooding in CantonFlooding in Canton
    According to officials, 18 people were evacuated from 7 homes following flooding in Canton today. Madison County EOC Director Butch Hammack tells us the following streets in Canton are affected by flooding. Cameron Street Jewell Williams Boulevard Lee Street Thornhill Drive Union StreetHammack also tells us officials with the city are helping those were displaced tonight by providing shelter at a community center in Canton.
    According to officials, 18 people were evacuated from 7 homes following flooding in Canton today. Madison County EOC Director Butch Hammack tells us the following streets in Canton are affected by flooding. Cameron Street Jewell Williams Boulevard Lee Street Thornhill Drive Union StreetHammack also tells us officials with the city are helping those were displaced tonight by providing shelter at a community center in Canton.
  • "The first thing they'd like to know is 'Who is it made by? Is it Ford? Chevrolet? Oldsmobile?' And I say 'No, it's made by Willie Morrow'," Johnny Morrow said.

    MYSTERY MONDAY: VIN of the Georgetown-born "Morrowmobile"

    MYSTERY MONDAY: VIN of the Georgetown-born "Morrowmobile"

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:10 AM EDT2014-04-15 05:10:04 GMT
    Vehicle Identifications Numbers (or "VINs") can tell you a lot of information but the most basic of it is the type of car.Run one - it's a Toyota Corolla.Run another - it's a Ford F-150.But there's a VIN in Hinds County that when you put it in the system it only comes back as "Morrowmobile".If you're asking yourself how that's legal, Jacob Kittilstad drives-through the bureaucracy this MYSTERY MONDAY.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in MarriageWhen Johnny...
    Vehicle Identifications Numbers (or "VINs") can tell you a lot of information but the most basic of it is the type of car.Run one - it's a Toyota Corolla.Run another - it's a Ford F-150.But there's a VIN in Hinds County that when you put it in the system it only comes back as "Morrowmobile".If you're asking yourself how that's legal, Jacob Kittilstad drives-through the bureaucracy this MYSTERY MONDAY.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in MarriageWhen Johnny...
  • The entire block including South Hickory Street and Dinkins Street was threatened.

    18 People Evacuated During Canton Flooding Event

    18 People Evacuated During Canton Flooding Event

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:38:35 GMT
    Crews that helped to evacuated people from flooded areas of Canton were still at work Monday evening.Madison County E.O.C. Director Butch Hammack said 18 people from 7 house were evacuated as waters around the city rose.One area near the end of Cameron street was completely flooded as rain flowed downhill.Neighbors tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 it was the older folks - seniors with mobility problems - who were help out of their homes by emergency crews.The entire block including South Hickory Street a...
    Crews that helped to evacuated people from flooded areas of Canton were still at work Monday evening.Madison County E.O.C. Director Butch Hammack said 18 people from 7 house were evacuated as waters around the city rose.One area near the end of Cameron street was completely flooded as rain flowed downhill.Neighbors tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 it was the older folks - seniors with mobility problems - who were help out of their homes by emergency crews.The entire block including South Hickory Street a...
  • Storm Team 12 Futurecast 4/14/2014

    Storm Team 12 Futurecast 4/14/2014

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-04-15 02:11:49 GMT
    Heavy rain will continue to move into east Mississippi during the late Monday evening hours. The threat of severe weather will be over by 9pm. The rain will completely taper off by the midnight hour with skies clearing overnight.
    Heavy rain will continue to move into east Mississippi during the late Monday evening hours. The threat of severe weather will be over by 9pm. The rain will completely taper off by the midnight hour with skies clearing overnight.
  • Jackson Cold Case: Daffany Tullos Still Missing 25 Years Later

    Jackson Cold Case: Daffany Tullos Still Missing 25 Years Later

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:12:20 GMT
    An age progression photo from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows how Daffany Tullos might look today, almost 26 years after the 7 year-old Jackson girl disappeared from the front yard of her home on Azalea Circle, in the summer of 1988. "She left home because she was a little upset", said former Jackson police detective Edna Drake, who says the case has haunted her for years. "Sometimes you ...
    An age progression photo from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows how Daffany Tullos might look today, almost 26 years after the 7 year-old Jackson girl disappeared from the front yard of her home on Azalea Circle, in the summer of 1988. "She left home because she was a little upset", said former Jackson police detective Edna Drake, who says the case has haunted her for years. "Sometimes you ...
  • Meth Arrest in Attala County

    Meth Arrest in Attala County

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:20:06 GMT
    Terry W. Parks, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substanceTerry W. Parks, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance
    Officials in Attala County arrest one person after meth is found at a home in the Zama community. According to the Attala County Sheriff’s Office, Terry Wayne Parks, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. After executing a search warrant, authorities recovered five grams of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” from a home in the 2300 block of Attala Road on Thursday. Parks has since been released on a $5,000 bond.
    Officials in Attala County arrest one person after meth is found at a home in the Zama community. According to the Attala County Sheriff’s Office, Terry Wayne Parks, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. After executing a search warrant, authorities recovered five grams of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” from a home in the 2300 block of Attala Road on Thursday. Parks has since been released on a $5,000 bond.
  • Madison Police Investigate Deadly Crash

    Madison Police Investigate Deadly Crash

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:54:56 GMT
    1 person killed in 2 vehicle crash in Madison
    1 person killed in 2 vehicle crash in Madison

  • City Of Picayune Public Works Employee Indicted

    City Of Picayune Public Works Employee Indicted

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:58:40 GMT
    A former employee with the City of Picayune Public Works department has been arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office
    A former employee with the City of Picayune Public Works department has been arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office
  • Second Round of Storms Headed to Mississippi

    Second Round of Storms Headed to Mississippi

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-14 17:53:17 GMT
    Meteorologists with the NWS say that thunderstorms will continue across much of the state this afternoon through tonight. 
     
    Meteorologists with the NWS say that thunderstorms will continue across much of the state this afternoon through tonight. 
     
  • Report Finds City of Jackson Spent Thousands on Mayor's Obituary

    Report Finds City of Jackson Spent Thousands on Mayor's Obituary

    Monday, April 14 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-04-14 16:35:52 GMT
    City expenses topped $2,000 For Mayor Lumumba's Funeral, a report findsCity expenses topped $2,000 For Mayor Lumumba's Funeral, a report finds
    More than $2,000 dollars of taxpayer money was used to pay for obituary printing for the funeral of the Late Mayor Chokwe Luumba. That’s according to a public record News Channel 12 requested and received from the City of Jackson. The document shows that the late mayor’s 12-page obituary was printed 3,000 times, and with the use of paper, ink, and binding, the price tag read $2,332.68. Other documents drove the price up even more, including printed programs for the “Hour of Remembrance” pro...
    More than $2,000 dollars of taxpayer money was used to pay for obituary printing for the funeral of the Late Mayor Chokwe Luumba. That’s according to a public record News Channel 12 requested and received from the City of Jackson. The document shows that the late mayor’s 12-page obituary was printed 3,000 times, and with the use of paper, ink, and binding, the price tag read $2,332.68. Other documents drove the price up even more, including printed programs for the “Hour of Remembrance” pro...
  • Area & National Gas Prices Rising

    Area & National Gas Prices Rising

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:10:01 GMT
    Gas prices are going up. They’re up 6.6 cents per gallon higher in the past week, according to GasBuddy. The average prices in the area are hovering around $3.42/gallon on Sunday, April 13. That’s still lower than the lower average of $3.59/gallon. The national average has increased 3.4 cents per gallon from April 6 to April 13. Including the change in gas prices in Jackson during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 22.5 ce...
    Gas prices are going up. They’re up 6.6 cents per gallon higher in the past week, according to GasBuddy. The average prices in the area are hovering around $3.42/gallon on Sunday, April 13. That’s still lower than the lower average of $3.59/gallon. The national average has increased 3.4 cents per gallon from April 6 to April 13. Including the change in gas prices in Jackson during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 22.5 ce...
  • Husband Shoots Wife During Fight

    Husband Shoots Wife During Fight

    Sunday, April 13 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-04-13 20:58:48 GMT
    Sedrick Lyles Sedrick Lyles
    A family fight in Copiah CountyFriday nightends with a shooting. Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones tells News Channel 12 a family argument took place on Martin Circle near Barlow Road. Jones says 72-year-old Ed Martin shot and killed his wife, 66-year-old Allean Martin in their home.Allean was shot once in her chest and her husband, Ed martin was arrested shortly after. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
    A family fight in Copiah CountyFriday nightends with a shooting. Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones tells News Channel 12 a family argument took place on Martin Circle near Barlow Road. Jones says 72-year-old Ed Martin shot and killed his wife, 66-year-old Allean Martin in their home.Allean was shot once in her chest and her husband, Ed martin was arrested shortly after. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
  • 18-Wheeler Overturns on I-55

    18-Wheeler Overturns on I-55

    Sunday, April 13 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-13 20:51:34 GMT
    18-wheeler overturns on I-55 shutting down lanes for 5 hours18-wheeler overturns on I-55 shutting down lanes for 5 hours
    A flatbed trailer was traveling southbound on I-55 when it went off the left hand lane into the median and overturned around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Daniel Hughes with Mississippi Highway Patrol. The trailer was carrying oil field equipment that came off during the accident. However, Hughes says the equipment didn't block the roadways. The left lanes were blocked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Trooper Boyd. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Boyd tells News C...
    A flatbed trailer was traveling southbound on I-55 when it went off the left hand lane into the median and overturned around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Daniel Hughes with Mississippi Highway Patrol. The trailer was carrying oil field equipment that came off during the accident. However, Hughes says the equipment didn't block the roadways. The left lanes were blocked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Trooper Boyd. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Boyd tells News C...
  • Their small church building is almost as old as 96-year-old Palmetta Lott. She said she joined 'Mt. Zion MB' partway through her life but still remembers the early days of coming for Sunday service.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: 146th Anniversary for Puckett Church Founded by Freed Slaves

    FAITH IN FOCUS: 146th Anniversary for Puckett Church Founded by Freed Slaves

    Sunday, April 13 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-04-13 12:47:22 GMT
    Sunday morning we asked our viewers 'How many people at home are in their 80s? 90's? More than 100-years-old?Those are long lives but in this week's FAITH IN FOCUS we're reaching back - 146 years to be exact - at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the Puckett area.Their small church building is almost as old as 96-year-old Palmetta Lott. She said she joined 'Mt. Zion MB' partway through her life but still remembers the early days of coming for Sunday service. "Two miles through the woods c...
    Sunday morning we asked our viewers 'How many people at home are in their 80s? 90's? More than 100-years-old?Those are long lives but in this week's FAITH IN FOCUS we're reaching back - 146 years to be exact - at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the Puckett area.Their small church building is almost as old as 96-year-old Palmetta Lott. She said she joined 'Mt. Zion MB' partway through her life but still remembers the early days of coming for Sunday service. "Two miles through the woods c...
  • Suspicious Letters Sentencing

    Suspicious Letters Sentencing

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-12 01:01:58 GMT
    James Everett Dutschke's sentencing date is May 14James Everett Dutschke's sentencing date is May 14
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen. Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year sentence. It could run concurrently with the recommended ...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen. Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year sentence. It could run concurrently with the recommended ...
  • Jackson Man Allegedly Stole Millions From His Bankrupt Business

    Jackson Man Allegedly Stole Millions From His Bankrupt Business

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:51:57 GMT
    Jackson man indicted on charges that he allegedly stole millions from his bankrupt businessJackson man indicted on charges that he allegedly stole millions from his bankrupt business
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson man has been indicted on charges that he allegedly stole more than $9 million from his bankrupt business. William "Butch" Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court. Authorities allege that after Community Home Financial Services filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Dickson wired nearly $9.1 million from the mortgage company's accounts, mostly to a bank in Panama. Court papers say the bankruptcy trustee in charge of protecting funds for the mortgage...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson man has been indicted on charges that he allegedly stole more than $9 million from his bankrupt business. William "Butch" Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court. Authorities allege that after Community Home Financial Services filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Dickson wired nearly $9.1 million from the mortgage company's accounts, mostly to a bank in Panama. Court papers say the bankruptcy trustee in charge of protecting funds for the mortgage...
  • Release Of Jail Riot Incident Report Sparks Controversy

    Release Of Jail Riot Incident Report Sparks Controversy

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:48:17 GMT
    Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis accuses supervisor Kenneth Stokes of violating the law after Stokes made public an incident report that apparently details what caused the deadly jail riot at the Raymond detention center last month. "It appears that he's interfering with an investigation and obstructing justice as well as witness tampering," Lewis said. The sheriff told us he can't comment on the details of the rep...
    Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis accuses supervisor Kenneth Stokes of violating the law after Stokes made public an incident report that apparently details what caused the deadly jail riot at the Raymond detention center last month. "It appears that he's interfering with an investigation and obstructing justice as well as witness tampering," Lewis said. The sheriff told us he can't comment on the details of the rep...
  • Pit Bulls Put Down After 4-year-old Attacked

    Pit Bulls Put Down After 4-year-old Attacked

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:27:03 GMT
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - A four-year-old is recovering tonight after being mauled by a group of pit bulls. The attack happened Wednesday night at a home in Harrisville in Simpson County. Now we have learned that other dogs housed where the attack happened have now been put down.Donald Mullins says his pit bulls attacked his four-year-old granddaughter. He says she lost an eye and was left with a broken jaw and a couple of broken ribs.Mullins tells us he shotthreeof his dogs who attacked his grand...
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - A four-year-old is recovering tonight after being mauled by a group of pit bulls. The attack happened Wednesday night at a home in Harrisville in Simpson County. Now we have learned that other dogs housed where the attack happened have now been put down.Donald Mullins says his pit bulls attacked his four-year-old granddaughter. He says she lost an eye and was left with a broken jaw and a couple of broken ribs.Mullins tells us he shotthreeof his dogs who attacked his grand...
  • Documents Released in Wake of Deadly Riot at the Raymond Detention Center

    Documents Released in Wake of Deadly Riot at the Raymond Detention Center

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:22:25 GMT
    Newly released documents detail what may have led to a deadly riot last month at the Raymond Detention Center
    Newly released documents detail what may have led to a deadly riot last month at the Raymond Detention Center
  • Child Attacked by Pit Bulls, Grandfather Arrested

    Child Attacked by Pit Bulls, Grandfather Arrested

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:32:46 GMT
    3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - "The fight was right here. I tried to get in this closet trying to cover her up where they were getting to her butI couldn't get to her in there. They pulled me down. They drug me, her and the baby slam out the yard," Donald Mullinstells News Channel 12his four-year-old granddaughter was attacked by three of his pit bulls.He saysshe was walking through a hallway in his home in Harrisville when the dogs attacked. He says he normally keeps this door closed off where his dog...
    HARRISVILLE, Miss. - "The fight was right here. I tried to get in this closet trying to cover her up where they were getting to her butI couldn't get to her in there. They pulled me down. They drug me, her and the baby slam out the yard," Donald Mullinstells News Channel 12his four-year-old granddaughter was attacked by three of his pit bulls.He saysshe was walking through a hallway in his home in Harrisville when the dogs attacked. He says he normally keeps this door closed off where his dog...
  • Drug Investigation Leads to Police Chase in Ridgeland

    Drug Investigation Leads to Police Chase in Ridgeland

    Friday, April 11 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-11 19:52:35 GMT
    Narcostics investigation leads to police chaseNarcostics investigation leads to police chase
    Lt. John Neal with the Ridgeland Police Department tells us a narcotics transaction was taking place at the Lowes on County Line Rd with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.This is an ongoing narcotics investigation with the sheriff's department.Neal says the sheriff's department called for backupfrom Ridgeland policeafterdeputies tried to make an arrest.The suspect got in the car and tried hitting the deputies on...
    Lt. John Neal with the Ridgeland Police Department tells us a narcotics transaction was taking place at the Lowes on County Line Rd with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.This is an ongoing narcotics investigation with the sheriff's department.Neal says the sheriff's department called for backupfrom Ridgeland policeafterdeputies tried to make an arrest.The suspect got in the car and tried hitting the deputies on...
  • MDOC Makes Good Use of Contraband CellPhones

    MDOC Makes Good Use of Contraband CellPhones

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:09:48 GMT
    MEDIA RELEASE:JACKSON – Crime victims, soldiers and their families are benefiting from a contraband that the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is eager to find and get rid of - - Cellphones. “People will use any means to get cell phones into prisons,” said Corrections Commissioner and American Correctional Association President Christopher B. Epps. “And MDOC will continue to distribute those confiscated dev...
    MEDIA RELEASE:JACKSON – Crime victims, soldiers and their families are benefiting from a contraband that the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is eager to find and get rid of - - Cellphones. “People will use any means to get cell phones into prisons,” said Corrections Commissioner and American Correctional Association President Christopher B. Epps. “And MDOC will continue to distribute those confiscated dev...
  • Train Crashes into Tanker in Rankin County

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-04-11 03:35:13 GMT
    Train crashes into tanker in Rankin County Train crashes into tanker in Rankin County
    The driver of a tanker truck is now in the hospital after a train clipped the end of the tank. Rankin County Emergency Operations Coordinator, Brett Ishee says the driver tried to beat the train coming over the tracks.This happened around 7 p.m. in Star in Rankin County on Dixie Road. The driver was carrying Carbon Dioxide in the tank that ended up leaking for hours after it was hit. This was not hazardous and Ishee says the public was never in danger. Crews pulled the tanker on its side befo...
    The driver of a tanker truck is now in the hospital after a train clipped the end of the tank. Rankin County Emergency Operations Coordinator, Brett Ishee says the driver tried to beat the train coming over the tracks.This happened around 7 p.m. in Star in Rankin County on Dixie Road. The driver was carrying Carbon Dioxide in the tank that ended up leaking for hours after it was hit. This was not hazardous and Ishee says the public was never in danger. Crews pulled the tanker on its side befo...
  • Nine Killed in Three Vehicle Crash

    Nine Killed in Three Vehicle Crash

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-04-11 03:25:27 GMT
    Nine killed in three vehicle collisionNine killed in three vehicle collision
    Nine people are dead after a three-vehicle crash in Orland, California, according to authorities. The accident has shut down north and south bound lanes on Interstate 5.California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says the first report of the crash came in around 5:40 p.m. Thursday night.Pahlka says the crash involved a tour bus, FedEx truckand Nissan Altima.Officialsdon't know what caused the crash on Interstate 5.The names of the nine people killed have not been released.
    Nine people are dead after a three-vehicle crash in Orland, California, according to authorities. The accident has shut down north and south bound lanes on Interstate 5.California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says the first report of the crash came in around 5:40 p.m. Thursday night.Pahlka says the crash involved a tour bus, FedEx truckand Nissan Altima.Officialsdon't know what caused the crash on Interstate 5.The names of the nine people killed have not been released.
  • Search Continues For Missing Toddler Myra Lewis

    Search Continues For Missing Toddler Myra Lewis

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:33:05 GMT
    Myra Lewis, 2-year-old Missing Since March 1stMyra Lewis, 2-year-old Missing Since March 1st
    The search for missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis continues. Madison County authorities held a news conference on Thursday to discuss the latest on the investigation to find Little Myra. Madison County Sheriff, Randy Tucker, tells us they have no new developments, but the search for the missing 2-year-old is still active. He also said he believes she’s still alive. Authorities have received calls from 10 dif...
    The search for missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis continues. Madison County authorities held a news conference on Thursday to discuss the latest on the investigation to find Little Myra. Madison County Sheriff, Randy Tucker, tells us they have no new developments, but the search for the missing 2-year-old is still active. He also said he believes she’s still alive. Authorities have received calls from 10 dif...
  • Second Death Reported From Monday's Severe Weather

    Second Death Reported From Monday's Severe Weather

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:10:49 GMT
    MEDIA RELEASEPEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report of a second severe weather related death. A Coahoma County man died as a result of injuries sustained from the storm. A child was also killed in Yazoo County after being swept away by flood waters. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Covington County, north of the City of Collins, around 2 a...
    MEDIA RELEASEPEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report of a second severe weather related death. A Coahoma County man died as a result of injuries sustained from the storm. A child was also killed in Yazoo County after being swept away by flood waters. The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Covington County, north of the City of Collins, around 2 a...
  • Restaurant Armed Robbery Investigation

    Restaurant Armed Robbery Investigation

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:48:03 GMT
    Jackson Police have one person in custody in connection to an armed robbery where one employee was injured. On Wednesday, officers responded to the Popeye’s on Clinton Blvd in reference to an armed robbery of a business. When the officers arrived, they spoke with a witness who said two suspects with handguns walked into the store wearing all black. Police tell us one of the suspects jumped the counter and escorted the manager to the safe at the back of the restaurant. According to police,...
    Jackson Police have one person in custody in connection to an armed robbery where one employee was injured. On Wednesday, officers responded to the Popeye’s on Clinton Blvd in reference to an armed robbery of a business. When the officers arrived, they spoke with a witness who said two suspects with handguns walked into the store wearing all black. Police tell us one of the suspects jumped the counter and escorted the manager to the safe at the back of the restaurant. According to police,...
  • Bond Reduced for Arson Suspect

    Bond Reduced for Arson Suspect

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:43:39 GMT
    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – A judge has reduced the bond from $2 million to $200,000 for a woman accused of setting a D'Iberville apartment building on fire. Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark issued the order Thursday. Krystal Gonzalez is charged with first-degree arson. The 26-year-old Gonzalez is accused of starting a fire on Mardi Gras night that destroyed a 20-unit building at Arbor View apartments and displ...
    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – A judge has reduced the bond from $2 million to $200,000 for a woman accused of setting a D'Iberville apartment building on fire. Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark issued the order Thursday. Krystal Gonzalez is charged with first-degree arson. The 26-year-old Gonzalez is accused of starting a fire on Mardi Gras night that destroyed a 20-unit building at Arbor View apartments and displ...
  • Nevada Governor Blasts Federal Cattle Roundup

    Nevada Governor Blasts Federal Cattle Roundup

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-04-10 18:47:44 GMT
    The governor of Nevada is blasting a cattle roundup by the feds, calling it "intimidation". Governor Brian Sandoval wants the Federal Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to reconsider its dispute with a rancher who claims he has an inherent right to graze his cattle on an open range outside of Las Vegas.Rancher Cliven Bundy, of Bunkerville,claims he's a descendant of Mormans who first settled the area in the 1800's. Bundy says he's grazed his cattle on land about 80 miles nort...
    The governor of Nevada is blasting a cattle roundup by the feds, calling it "intimidation". Governor Brian Sandoval wants the Federal Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to reconsider its dispute with a rancher who claims he has an inherent right to graze his cattle on an open range outside of Las Vegas.Rancher Cliven Bundy, of Bunkerville,claims he's a descendant of Mormans who first settled the area in the 1800's. Bundy says he's grazed his cattle on land about 80 miles nort...
  • Colbert to Succeed Letterman

    Colbert to Succeed Letterman

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:56:07 GMT
    Stephen Colbert to Take Over for LettermanStephen Colbert to Take Over for Letterman
    **THE FOLLOWING IS A RELEASE FROM CBS NETWORK** The CBS Television Networktoday announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced byLeslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. L...
    **THE FOLLOWING IS A RELEASE FROM CBS NETWORK** The CBS Television Networktoday announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced byLeslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. L...
  • Madison County Man Gets Maximum Sex-Crime Sentence

    Madison County Man Gets Maximum Sex-Crime Sentence

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:41:01 GMT
    Lester Williams will spend 15 years in prisonLester Williams will spend 15 years in prison
    A former Canton police officer is now behind bars on a sex crimes charge. Lester Williams, 66, will spend 15 years in prison, without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release. That’s the maximum sentence for the gratification of lust charge that landed him in jail. Madison Police say Williams was arrested in 2013 after a girl’s mother contacted Madison police and reported that her daughter had been molested. Police also say follow-up investigations revealed that Williams allege...
    A former Canton police officer is now behind bars on a sex crimes charge. Lester Williams, 66, will spend 15 years in prison, without the possibility of probation, parole, or early release. That’s the maximum sentence for the gratification of lust charge that landed him in jail. Madison Police say Williams was arrested in 2013 after a girl’s mother contacted Madison police and reported that her daughter had been molested. Police also say follow-up investigations revealed that Williams allege...
  • Double Amputee Dies in House Fire

    Double Amputee Dies in House Fire

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-04-10 05:28:12 GMT
    The Jackson Fire Department responded to a house fire on Powers Avenue Monday afternoon around 1p.m.That was when firefighters found the body of a woman inside the house in the back room. She has been identified as 59-year-old Wilma Jean Luckett. Luckett was a double amputee and neighbors tell us she used a wheelchair to get around. Fire officials say the fire started in the bedroom, and Luckett was at home alone. The coroner has performed a preliminary autopsy. She tells us there's no ext...
    The Jackson Fire Department responded to a house fire on Powers Avenue Monday afternoon around 1p.m.That was when firefighters found the body of a woman inside the house in the back room. She has been identified as 59-year-old Wilma Jean Luckett. Luckett was a double amputee and neighbors tell us she used a wheelchair to get around. Fire officials say the fire started in the bedroom, and Luckett was at home alone. The coroner has performed a preliminary autopsy. She tells us there's no ext...
  • Search Crews Look For Missing Elderly Terry Woman

    Search Crews Look For Missing Elderly Terry Woman

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:57 AM EDT2014-04-10 04:57:22 GMT
    Dozens of law enforcement officers searching for a missing elderly Terry woman have come up empty handed. Family members say 78-year-old hazel Bozeman Williams walked away from her home on Bozeman Road late Monday night. She’s about 5-7 and has short salt and pepper hair. She suffers from Alzheimer’s. "She’s a great lady, a hard working lady a Christian lady and she believes in doing the right thing in life… it's jus...
    Dozens of law enforcement officers searching for a missing elderly Terry woman have come up empty handed. Family members say 78-year-old hazel Bozeman Williams walked away from her home on Bozeman Road late Monday night. She’s about 5-7 and has short salt and pepper hair. She suffers from Alzheimer’s. "She’s a great lady, a hard working lady a Christian lady and she believes in doing the right thing in life… it's jus...
  • Drugs, Cash and a Handgun Seized During Jackson Drug Bust

    Drugs, Cash and a Handgun Seized During Jackson Drug Bust

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-04-10 04:50:32 GMT
    Walter Mayberry, 36Walter Mayberry, 36
    A man is in police custody after a Tuesday night drug bust. Jackson Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics along with the Direct Action Response Team completed the operation. According to officials, police received a tip about criminal activity on Bishop Street. During the operation, officers arrested Walter Mayberry, 36. Police tell us Mayberry had approximately $21,000 in cash, 13 grams of cocaine, a scale and a h...
    A man is in police custody after a Tuesday night drug bust. Jackson Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics along with the Direct Action Response Team completed the operation. According to officials, police received a tip about criminal activity on Bishop Street. During the operation, officers arrested Walter Mayberry, 36. Police tell us Mayberry had approximately $21,000 in cash, 13 grams of cocaine, a scale and a h...
  • Jackson Roads Begin to Flood Because of Pearl River

    Jackson Roads Begin to Flood Because of Pearl River

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-04-10 00:05:18 GMT
    Pearl River overflowing to Jackson RoadsPearl River overflowing to Jackson Roads
    JACKSON, Miss. - As of 10:30 Wednesday morning the Pearl River was at 33.9 feet. According to officials with the National Weather Service, they're predicting the river to crest at 35.5 feet on Friday. Governor Phil Bryant held a press conference at MEMA headquarters in Pearl Wednesday morning. Bryant is urging residents to stay out of floodwaters. According to the Mississippi Department of Health these floodwaters could be contaminated. Officials are warning those who haven't had a tetanus sh...
    JACKSON, Miss. - As of 10:30 Wednesday morning the Pearl River was at 33.9 feet. According to officials with the National Weather Service, they're predicting the river to crest at 35.5 feet on Friday. Governor Phil Bryant held a press conference at MEMA headquarters in Pearl Wednesday morning. Bryant is urging residents to stay out of floodwaters. According to the Mississippi Department of Health these floodwaters could be contaminated. Officials are warning those who haven't had a tetanus sh...
  • 7 Women Appear in Court on Prostitution Charges

    7 Women Appear in Court on Prostitution Charges

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:56:56 GMT
    Pearl, MS – The Pearl Police Department arrested seven adult females during an undercover operation on the night of April 3, 2014. The Narcotics Division of the Pearl Police Department obtained information from a previous case thata websitewas being utilized by the offenders that were arrested to facilitate Prostitution within the City of Pearl, MS. In an effort to be proactive an undercover operation was initiate...
    Pearl, MS – The Pearl Police Department arrested seven adult females during an undercover operation on the night of April 3, 2014. The Narcotics Division of the Pearl Police Department obtained information from a previous case thata websitewas being utilized by the offenders that were arrested to facilitate Prostitution within the City of Pearl, MS. In an effort to be proactive an undercover operation was initiate...
  • Myra Lewis Still Missing, News Conference Scheduled

    Myra Lewis Still Missing, News Conference Scheduled

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-09 19:53:36 GMT
    Myra Lewis, 2-year-old Missing Since March 1stMyra Lewis, 2-year-old Missing Since March 1st
    Over a month has passed, and there’s still no sign of missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis. Madison County authorities are holding press conference Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. to discuss the latest on the search for her. Myra was last seen at her family’s home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden April 1. Law enforcement began the search for her that Saturday afternoon. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the 2-year-old, including the FBI, the Madison County...
    Over a month has passed, and there’s still no sign of missing Madison County toddler Myra Lewis. Madison County authorities are holding press conference Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. to discuss the latest on the search for her. Myra was last seen at her family’s home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden April 1. Law enforcement began the search for her that Saturday afternoon. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the 2-year-old, including the FBI, the Madison County...
  • Governor Bryant Wants Mississippians to be Aware of Ongoing Flooding

    Governor Bryant Wants Mississippians to be Aware of Ongoing Flooding

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-09 17:08:44 GMT
    Governor Bryant declares a State of Emergency for 12 counties on April 8, 2014.
    Governor Bryant declares a State of Emergency for 12 counties on April 8, 2014.
  • Man Killed in Northeast Jackson, Woman in Custody

    Man Killed in Northeast Jackson, Woman in Custody

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:58:10 GMT
    A man is dead after being shot at a home on Libby Lane in Jackson.Jackson police say a 32-year old man was shot several times in the torso by a 49-year old woman.We're told the two lived together at the home.Jackson policesay the woman has been taken into custody for questioning.She has not been charged at this time.
    A man is dead after being shot at a home on Libby Lane in Jackson.Jackson police say a 32-year old man was shot several times in the torso by a 49-year old woman.We're told the two lived together at the home.Jackson policesay the woman has been taken into custody for questioning.She has not been charged at this time.
  • Mississippians in Flood Zones Should be Prepared To Boil Water if Necessary

    Mississippians in Flood Zones Should be Prepared To Boil Water if Necessary

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:40:47 GMT
    The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) urges residents in flood zones and low-lying areas to continue to follow flood safety precautions and be prepared to boil drinking water if necessary.
    The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) urges residents in flood zones and low-lying areas to continue to follow flood safety precautions and be prepared to boil drinking water if necessary.
  • MEMA, State Agencies talk Flooding

    MEMA, State Agencies talk Flooding

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:13:46 GMT
    Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and four other state agencies will come together to talk about what to do during the ongoing floods in Mississippi. This comes after Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Tuesday in the midst of severe weather situations in Covington, Simpson, Lincoln, Warren, and Hinds counties. Residents in those and other areas had to deal with severe weather effects such as flash flooding, mudslides, falling trees, and more. More rain is expected...
    Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and four other state agencies will come together to talk about what to do during the ongoing floods in Mississippi. This comes after Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Tuesday in the midst of severe weather situations in Covington, Simpson, Lincoln, Warren, and Hinds counties. Residents in those and other areas had to deal with severe weather effects such as flash flooding, mudslides, falling trees, and more. More rain is expected...
  • Copiah County Damage

    Copiah County Damage

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:41:31 GMT
    Copiah County storm damage Copiah County storm damage
    Two families in Copiah County are dealing with roof damage after Sunday and Monday's storms. Both house are located on Timberlane Road in Wesson. The family in the front house describe the wind as howling before it ripped off their tin roof."I heard my grandma screaming and we all ran into the bathroom," says Demarkeyus Combs, resident. Combs tells us a tree fell in the middle ofTimberlane road and crews came and cleaned it up Monday afternoon.A tree also split in half on the side of the hous...
    Two families in Copiah County are dealing with roof damage after Sunday and Monday's storms. Both house are located on Timberlane Road in Wesson. The family in the front house describe the wind as howling before it ripped off their tin roof."I heard my grandma screaming and we all ran into the bathroom," says Demarkeyus Combs, resident. Combs tells us a tree fell in the middle ofTimberlane road and crews came and cleaned it up Monday afternoon.A tree also split in half on the side of the hous...
  • Silver Alert Issued for Missing Hinds County Woman

    Silver Alert Issued for Missing Hinds County Woman

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:25:52 GMT
    Elderly Hinds County woman missing
    Elderly Hinds County woman missing
  • Lumumba and Yarber Head to Mayoral Runoff Election

    Lumumba and Yarber Head to Mayoral Runoff Election

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 02:40:04 GMT
    Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba & Jackson City Councilman Tony YarberAttorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba & Jackson City Councilman Tony Yarber
    …And then there were two. The list of candidates for Jackson’s next mayor narrowed down in a matter of hours after Tuesday’special election to fill the seat. The two candidates: Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Councilman Tony Yarber. Both of them announced plans to run for mayor in March, weeks after the capital city’s top spot was left vacant after the unexpected death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the late mayor’s son, and Councilman Yarber worked alongside the late ma...
    …And then there were two. The list of candidates for Jackson’s next mayor narrowed down in a matter of hours after Tuesday’special election to fill the seat. The two candidates: Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Councilman Tony Yarber. Both of them announced plans to run for mayor in March, weeks after the capital city’s top spot was left vacant after the unexpected death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Chokwe Antar Lumumba is the late mayor’s son, and Councilman Yarber worked alongside the late ma...
  • State of Emergency Declared as Pearl River Rises

    State of Emergency Declared as Pearl River Rises

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:42:38 GMT
    Emergency officials are standing by as the Pearl River continues to rise. At 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties, including Hinds. Hinds County Emergency Management Director, Ricky Moore, says they are trying to lower the water level by releasing 40,000 cubic feet of water every second at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. By 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, the river should stand at 35 feet. That’s not a record high, though. In 1...
    Emergency officials are standing by as the Pearl River continues to rise. At 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties, including Hinds. Hinds County Emergency Management Director, Ricky Moore, says they are trying to lower the water level by releasing 40,000 cubic feet of water every second at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. By 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, the river should stand at 35 feet. That’s not a record high, though. In 1...
  • Gov. Phil Bryant Declares State of Emergency Following Flooding and Severe Storms

    Gov. Phil Bryant Declares State of Emergency Following Flooding and Severe Storms

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:31:27 GMT
    MEDIA RELEASE JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant today declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton...
    MEDIA RELEASE JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant today declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton...
  • Two Employees Shot During Attempted Robbery, Suspect At Large

    Two Employees Shot During Attempted Robbery, Suspect At Large

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:29:32 GMT
    Waynesboro Armed Robbery Suspect At LargeWaynesboro Armed Robbery Suspect At Large
    Waynesboro Police are looking for the suspect accused of shooting two people during an attempted robbery. The incident happened around 11 p.m. on Monday night at a Waynesboro business. Authorities say two employees were making a night deposit when the suspect tried to rob them at gunpoint. When the pair realized what was happening, the driver attempted to leave the scene. That’s when the suspect shot them. The dr...
    Waynesboro Police are looking for the suspect accused of shooting two people during an attempted robbery. The incident happened around 11 p.m. on Monday night at a Waynesboro business. Authorities say two employees were making a night deposit when the suspect tried to rob them at gunpoint. When the pair realized what was happening, the driver attempted to leave the scene. That’s when the suspect shot them. The dr...
  • Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles

    Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:14:30 GMT
    Ford issues 2 recalls
    Ford issues 2 recalls
  • Delay in Sentencing for Ricin Letter Case

    Delay in Sentencing for Ricin Letter Case

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:46:15 GMT
    James Everett DutschkeJames Everett Dutschke
    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has granted a request to provide the attorney for a 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials more time to review a pre-sentencing report. James Everett Dutschke entered guilty pleas in January to manufacturing ricin, mailing threatening communications and threatening the president. Local media reports no s...
    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has granted a request to provide the attorney for a 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials more time to review a pre-sentencing report. James Everett Dutschke entered guilty pleas in January to manufacturing ricin, mailing threatening communications and threatening the president. Local media reports no s...
  • Woman Convicted in Stiletto Stabbing Case

    Woman Convicted in Stiletto Stabbing Case

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:15:53 GMT
    HOUSTON (AP) – A jury has convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Ana Trujillo was found guilty Tuesday in the death of 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson. Prosecutors said Trujillo struck him at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument at his Houston condominium in June. Trujillo's attorney had argued the 45-year-old woman was defend...
    HOUSTON (AP) – A jury has convicted a Houston woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Ana Trujillo was found guilty Tuesday in the death of 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson. Prosecutors said Trujillo struck him at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument at his Houston condominium in June. Trujillo's attorney had argued the 45-year-old woman was defend...
  • Rankin County Boil Water Alert

    Rankin County Boil Water Alert

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:06:23 GMT
    The Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the SW Rankin Water Association # 2 [0610040] water supply located in Rankin County. This affects approximately 2,246 customers in the area. Sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. This precaution will last at least two f...
    The Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the SW Rankin Water Association # 2 [0610040] water supply located in Rankin County. This affects approximately 2,246 customers in the area. Sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. This precaution will last at least two f...
  • Pearl River Rises, Hinds County Streets May Flood

    Pearl River Rises, Hinds County Streets May Flood

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:42:07 GMT
    Water levels are extremely high across Central Mississippi due to recent torrential rains. Hinds County EMA Director, Ricky Moore, tells us the following streets in Hinds County may flood if the Pearl River rises. Annie Street Beasley Street Cypress Trail Deer Trail Foxboro Drive Galilee Street - low areas only Greenwood at Hardy Creek Harrow Drive and Riverwood - intersection Hudson Street - East End Julienne Street - low areas only Martin Street McNutt Street Moncure Road - Hinds Count...
    Water levels are extremely high across Central Mississippi due to recent torrential rains. Hinds County EMA Director, Ricky Moore, tells us the following streets in Hinds County may flood if the Pearl River rises. Annie Street Beasley Street Cypress Trail Deer Trail Foxboro Drive Galilee Street - low areas only Greenwood at Hardy Creek Harrow Drive and Riverwood - intersection Hudson Street - East End Julienne Street - low areas only Martin Street McNutt Street Moncure Road - Hinds Count...
  • Fake Job Scam Warning

    Fake Job Scam Warning

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-08 18:50:32 GMT
    The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers of scams that are on the rise in the area. In a statement by the BBB, they tell us the following: A Jackson business owner contacted BBB serving Mississippi saying that someone has been using her company's information. Eternity Real Estate LLC, located in Jackson, has been contacted by several job seekers attempting to verify the company's information before they filled out an application. An Alabama man told BBB that he had posted his resu...
    The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers of scams that are on the rise in the area. In a statement by the BBB, they tell us the following: A Jackson business owner contacted BBB serving Mississippi saying that someone has been using her company's information. Eternity Real Estate LLC, located in Jackson, has been contacted by several job seekers attempting to verify the company's information before they filled out an application. An Alabama man told BBB that he had posted his resu...
  • Rivers Rise, Flood Problems Continue Around Mississippi

    Rivers Rise, Flood Problems Continue Around Mississippi

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-08 17:52:49 GMT
    Hinds Co. EMA Dir. discusses floodingHinds Co. EMA Dir. discusses flooding
    Flood warnings are being issued across central Mississippi and the Delta
    Flood warnings are being issued across central Mississippi and the Delta
  • Missing Yazoo County Girl Found

    Missing Yazoo County Girl Found

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-04-08 04:50:53 GMT
    Patrauna Hudson's body found in Yazoo CityPatrauna Hudson's body found in Yazoo City
    YAZOO CITY, Miss. - Yazoo County EMA Director Joey Ward confirms the body of nine-year-old Patrauna Hudson was recovered today. Around 6:00 p.m. authorities were winding down the search for Patrauna who's been missing since Sunday night. Authorities say the child was playing in her back yard of her home, onSeventh Street in Yazoo City,when floodwaters pulled her in to a nearby culvert and sucked her into a drainage pipe. Ward says the current that took the girl under was moving between 15 and...
    YAZOO CITY, Miss. - Yazoo County EMA Director Joey Ward confirms the body of nine-year-old Patrauna Hudson was recovered today. Around 6:00 p.m. authorities were winding down the search for Patrauna who's been missing since Sunday night. Authorities say the child was playing in her back yard of her home, onSeventh Street in Yazoo City,when floodwaters pulled her in to a nearby culvert and sucked her into a drainage pipe. Ward says the current that took the girl under was moving between 15 and...
  • Fugate Quadruplets Growing, Three Enjoying First Bottles

    Fugate Quadruplets Growing, Three Enjoying First Bottles

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-04-08 04:38:44 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. – Media Release: Eight weeks after their premature birth, two of Kimberly and Craig Fugate’s identical quadruplets popped a celebratory bottle. Not of champagne, but their very first one-ounce bottles of formula specially blended for preemies. Kayleigh and Kristen on Friday joined sister Kenleigh in graduating to a bottle, right after Kenleigh topped off her third of the day. Kelsey’s not quite read...
    JACKSON, Miss. – Media Release: Eight weeks after their premature birth, two of Kimberly and Craig Fugate’s identical quadruplets popped a celebratory bottle. Not of champagne, but their very first one-ounce bottles of formula specially blended for preemies. Kayleigh and Kristen on Friday joined sister Kenleigh in graduating to a bottle, right after Kenleigh topped off her third of the day. Kelsey’s not quite read...
  • Water rushes over Jones Street but it's over on Bud Street that the flooding has caused evacuations.

    Richland Neighborhood Underwater after Heavy Rainfall

    Richland Neighborhood Underwater after Heavy Rainfall

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-04-08 03:42:45 GMT
    Part of Old Highway 49 is closed. On Monday authorities blocked off a portion in Richland where one neighborhood's streets have been turned into canals.Two dozen people have been displaced, neighbors estimate.Water rushes over Jones Street but it's over on Bud Street that the flooding has caused evacuations."This is a dead-end street: Bud Street," homeowner Bradley Adcock said."We got this creek down back here. That's where a lot of the water's coming from - that creek right on the end," Adco...
    Part of Old Highway 49 is closed. On Monday authorities blocked off a portion in Richland where one neighborhood's streets have been turned into canals.Two dozen people have been displaced, neighbors estimate.Water rushes over Jones Street but it's over on Bud Street that the flooding has caused evacuations."This is a dead-end street: Bud Street," homeowner Bradley Adcock said."We got this creek down back here. That's where a lot of the water's coming from - that creek right on the end," Adco...
  • MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in Marriage

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in Marriage

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Kosciusko Missing Hand in Marriage

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:14:32 GMT
    At age 38 she died. The man who took her hand in marriage, a rich Attala county banker, ordered the finest statue to be made both in her honor and in her image.That was in 1890.But in 2011 a piece of that image was broken and taken.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Where's the Sofa? MS Governor's Mansion Missing Original FurnitureBeauty in marble - her name is Lara Kelly.Imaginary lace runs below her stone dress fitting her hips in Scarlett O'Hara proportions. Delicate fingers c...
    At age 38 she died. The man who took her hand in marriage, a rich Attala county banker, ordered the finest statue to be made both in her honor and in her image.That was in 1890.But in 2011 a piece of that image was broken and taken.Click here to watch last week's MYSTERY MONDAY: Where's the Sofa? MS Governor's Mansion Missing Original FurnitureBeauty in marble - her name is Lara Kelly.Imaginary lace runs below her stone dress fitting her hips in Scarlett O'Hara proportions. Delicate fingers c...
  • Damage Reports From Mississippi Severe Weather

    Damage Reports From Mississippi Severe Weather

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:49:33 GMT
    Storm Damage ReportsStorm Damage Reports
    Media Release: PEARL, MS – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage to more than 70 homes and seven minor injuries from severe weather Sunday and Monday morning. The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed a tornado touched down in Covington County where an estimated 61 homes were damaged. The NWS Survey team preliminary findings show it was an EF-2 with 125 mph winds and pa...
    Media Release: PEARL, MS – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage to more than 70 homes and seven minor injuries from severe weather Sunday and Monday morning. The National Weather Service in Jackson confirmed a tornado touched down in Covington County where an estimated 61 homes were damaged. The NWS Survey team preliminary findings show it was an EF-2 with 125 mph winds and pa...
  • Suspect Arrested in USM Fraternity Stabbing

    Suspect Arrested in USM Fraternity Stabbing

    Monday, April 7 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-04-07 20:18:58 GMT
    Elijah Dollar charged with aggravated assaultElijah Dollar charged with aggravated assault
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a University of Southern Mississippi student has been released from a Hattiesburg hospital after being stabbed at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Sunday. Detective Captain Rusty Keyes says university police arrested fraternity member Elijah Dollar after responding to a fight call at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Dollar is charged with aggravated assault. Keyes says the st...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a University of Southern Mississippi student has been released from a Hattiesburg hospital after being stabbed at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Sunday. Detective Captain Rusty Keyes says university police arrested fraternity member Elijah Dollar after responding to a fight call at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Dollar is charged with aggravated assault. Keyes says the st...
  • Inmate Found Hanging in Cell

    Inmate Found Hanging in Cell

    Monday, April 7 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-07 19:47:21 GMT
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Jackson County inmate found hanging from a window bar in his cell is in critical condition at Singing River Hospital. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cherie Ward tells The Sun-Herald that deputies making rounds at the jail just before midnight Friday found the inmate hanging. Ward says the inmate had a blanket around his neck. Warren Strain with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which is l...
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Jackson County inmate found hanging from a window bar in his cell is in critical condition at Singing River Hospital. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cherie Ward tells The Sun-Herald that deputies making rounds at the jail just before midnight Friday found the inmate hanging. Ward says the inmate had a blanket around his neck. Warren Strain with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which is l...
  • Jackson Street Project: Future Help, Present Pain

    Jackson Street Project: Future Help, Present Pain

    Monday, April 7 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-04-07 19:45:00 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Work on a major thoroughfare in Jackson will improve its appearance, but it's providing a headache for area businesses. Chuck Odom, of The Elite Restaurant on Capitol Street, says business at the landmark eatery has sharply declined since the Capital Street reconstruction project began. The Clarion-Ledger reports construction on Capitol Street in front of The Elite has reduced customer parki...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Work on a major thoroughfare in Jackson will improve its appearance, but it's providing a headache for area businesses. Chuck Odom, of The Elite Restaurant on Capitol Street, says business at the landmark eatery has sharply declined since the Capital Street reconstruction project began. The Clarion-Ledger reports construction on Capitol Street in front of The Elite has reduced customer parki...
  • Simpson County Drivers to Detour from U.S. 49

    Simpson County Drivers to Detour from U.S. 49

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:21:23 GMT
    MDOT warns drivers in Simpson County to drive cautiously. The recent weather conditions have prompted a detour. Drivers usually headed up U.S. 49 should take Highway 18 to Highway 18. Officials say this will put drivers on the interstate.
    MDOT warns drivers in Simpson County to drive cautiously. The recent weather conditions have prompted a detour. Drivers usually headed up U.S. 49 should take Highway 18 to Highway 18. Officials say this will put drivers on the interstate.
  • Pedestrian Hit, Killed in Byram

    Pedestrian Hit, Killed in Byram

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:28:54 GMT
    Police have identified the man who was hit and killed on April 6.Officers say 51-year-old Russell Lloyd Conley of Pearl was walking around near Interstate 55 and Siwell Road early Sunday morning. A moving truck was traveling north and struck Conley as he was walking in the lane for traffic. The crash occurred in the construction zone where there were no emergency lanes. It is believed that Conley was walking from his disabled vehicle on Siwell Road to possibly get gas. An autopsy and toxi...
    Police have identified the man who was hit and killed on April 6.Officers say 51-year-old Russell Lloyd Conley of Pearl was walking around near Interstate 55 and Siwell Road early Sunday morning. A moving truck was traveling north and struck Conley as he was walking in the lane for traffic. The crash occurred in the construction zone where there were no emergency lanes. It is believed that Conley was walking from his disabled vehicle on Siwell Road to possibly get gas. An autopsy and toxi...
  • Still No Sign of Missing Yazoo County Child

    Still No Sign of Missing Yazoo County Child

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:25:11 GMT
    Authorities are searching for a 9 year old girl who is believed to have drowned in Yazoo City SundayAuthorities are searching for a 9 year old girl who is believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday
    Emergency crews, a dive team, and volunteers searched rain-swollen drainage ditches for a 9 year old girl believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday. Authorities on the scene tell News Channel 12's Danielle Avitable...
    Emergency crews, a dive team, and volunteers searched rain-swollen drainage ditches for a 9 year old girl believed to have drowned in Yazoo City Sunday. Authorities on the scene tell News Channel 12's Danielle Avitable...
  • NCAA Championship Game Tonight

    NCAA Championship Game Tonight

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:17:09 GMT
    And then there were two - two teams left in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tonight in the playing home of the Dallas Cowboys, ATT Stadium, the Kentucky Wildcats are playing the Connecticut Huskies for the national championship. Kentucky advanced with a win over Wisconsin Saturday while UConn qualified for the title game with a win over Florida.
    And then there were two - two teams left in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tonight in the playing home of the Dallas Cowboys, ATT Stadium, the Kentucky Wildcats are playing the Connecticut Huskies for the national championship. Kentucky advanced with a win over Wisconsin Saturday while UConn qualified for the title game with a win over Florida.
  • Trees Down, High Water Reported During Strong Storms in Mississippi

    Trees Down, High Water Reported During Strong Storms in Mississippi

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:06:55 GMT
     Crews are assessing the damage from severe weather
     Crews are assessing the damage from severe weather

  • Severe Weather Coverage - Tornado Damages Covington County

    Severe Weather Coverage - Tornado Damages Covington County

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-04-07 12:51:08 GMT
    A tornado touched down early Monday morning in Covington County, north of the City of Collins. Officials said it hit around 2 a.m. and thatthere were seven minor injuries reported. Crews cut through trees in the area as the damage to the area was assessed.The New Hopewell Church was damaged during the tornado, along with several homes in Covington County. The tornado damaged the roofof the church.According to EMA officials, some of the areas in Covington Countywith the most damage include:- N...
    A tornado touched down early Monday morning in Covington County, north of the City of Collins. Officials said it hit around 2 a.m. and thatthere were seven minor injuries reported. Crews cut through trees in the area as the damage to the area was assessed.The New Hopewell Church was damaged during the tornado, along with several homes in Covington County. The tornado damaged the roofof the church.According to EMA officials, some of the areas in Covington Countywith the most damage include:- N...
  • Salvation Army's Evening with Angels

    Salvation Army's Evening with Angels

    Sunday, April 6 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-04-06 21:53:07 GMT
    News Channel 12's Melanie Christopher and Byron Brown with Salvation Army Capt. Ken ChapmanNews Channel 12's Melanie Christopher and Byron Brown with Salvation Army Capt. Ken Chapman
    The Salvation Army took some time to recognize people and organizations who help them throughout the year. News Channel 12 and our "Caring for Mississippi" campaign were honored for our dedication to the community. This is the fifth year for Evening with Angels. The Salvation Army honors groups for helping them serve throughout the year. Duck Dynasty's Alan Robertson welcomed everyone to the event Saturday night and shared his thoughts on faith, family and giving back to the community. Th...
    The Salvation Army took some time to recognize people and organizations who help them throughout the year. News Channel 12 and our "Caring for Mississippi" campaign were honored for our dedication to the community. This is the fifth year for Evening with Angels. The Salvation Army honors groups for helping them serve throughout the year. Duck Dynasty's Alan Robertson welcomed everyone to the event Saturday night and shared his thoughts on faith, family and giving back to the community. Th...
  • Car lands in ravine following I-220 crash

    Car lands in ravine following I-220 crash

    Sunday, April 6 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-04-06 21:38:07 GMT
    At least one person was taken away in an ambulance following a two-vehicle crash on I-220 Sunday morning. It happened in the northbound lanes just north of the Medgar Evers Boulevard exit. The two vehicles collided. One ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. The other ended up in the swampy ravine below. No word on what caused the crash orthe extent of injuries.
    At least one person was taken away in an ambulance following a two-vehicle crash on I-220 Sunday morning. It happened in the northbound lanes just north of the Medgar Evers Boulevard exit. The two vehicles collided. One ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. The other ended up in the swampy ravine below. No word on what caused the crash orthe extent of injuries.
  • Warren County Fatal Crash

    Warren County Fatal Crash

    Sunday, April 6 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-04-06 20:15:39 GMT
    Warren County Fatal CrashWarren County Fatal Crash
    One person is dead and three people are in the hospital after a two car accident Saturday night in Warren County. Trooper Eric Henry tells us a Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on US 80 near BucksRoadwhen the driver, 25-year-old Willie McCoy crossed over the center line and struck a Chrysler 200 that was traveling westbound head on around 11 p.m. Saturday night. The Toyota had two passengers in the vehicle, 26- year- old Danny Stevenson and 27-year-old Rico Stevenson. Both were transport...
    One person is dead and three people are in the hospital after a two car accident Saturday night in Warren County. Trooper Eric Henry tells us a Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on US 80 near BucksRoadwhen the driver, 25-year-old Willie McCoy crossed over the center line and struck a Chrysler 200 that was traveling westbound head on around 11 p.m. Saturday night. The Toyota had two passengers in the vehicle, 26- year- old Danny Stevenson and 27-year-old Rico Stevenson. Both were transport...
  • As the world watched as 95-year-old Billy Graham's health dipped last year, church and community leader in the Clinton/Jackson area were already working with Will.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: One-on-One with Will Graham During Clinton Celebration

    FAITH IN FOCUS: One-on-One with Will Graham During Clinton Celebration

    Sunday, April 6 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-04-06 12:45:37 GMT
    Imagine your grandfather is one of the most - if not the most - iconic evangelist in the world.Now imagine you decide that you also want to be a preacher.What would keep you from living off that established name? Or from getting cocky?For Will Graham, grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, the answer is simple: it is his family who have kept him grounded and it is God's word that he's used for guidance.So how do these personal messages apply on a grand-scale with thousands of people visiting hi...
    Imagine your grandfather is one of the most - if not the most - iconic evangelist in the world.Now imagine you decide that you also want to be a preacher.What would keep you from living off that established name? Or from getting cocky?For Will Graham, grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham, the answer is simple: it is his family who have kept him grounded and it is God's word that he's used for guidance.So how do these personal messages apply on a grand-scale with thousands of people visiting hi...
  • 5 People arrested following Jackson shootout

    5 People arrested following Jackson shootout

    Saturday, April 5 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-04-06 03:52:41 GMT
    5 Arrrested following Jackson shootout5 Arrrested following Jackson shootout
    Five people are in custody following a Saturday night shootout in Jackson. It happened near Mosley Avenue. Officer Colendula Green with JPD confirms one man was shot twice, then taken to UMC with non-life-threatening injuries. "We were all in the house, it was just a rapid gunfire like Vietnam. Like war time," says General Bolls, who heard the gunfire. "It liked to gave me a heart attack, because I didn't know what was going on," says Bonnie Nichols, who heard the gunfire. "And I was running....
    Five people are in custody following a Saturday night shootout in Jackson. It happened near Mosley Avenue. Officer Colendula Green with JPD confirms one man was shot twice, then taken to UMC with non-life-threatening injuries. "We were all in the house, it was just a rapid gunfire like Vietnam. Like war time," says General Bolls, who heard the gunfire. "It liked to gave me a heart attack, because I didn't know what was going on," says Bonnie Nichols, who heard the gunfire. "And I was running....
  • Fire forces Copiah County family from home

    Fire forces Copiah County family from home

    Friday, April 4 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-05 02:34:34 GMT
    Fire forces Copiah County family from homeFire forces Copiah County family from home
    A Copiah County family needs to find a new place to live after fire damages their home. It took firefighters from four volunteer fire departments to control the Friday evening fire at Botishia Mazie's Copiah County home. Mazie's daughter, Nyesha Turner, says she was there when the fire started. "I was in there cooking, and then before I knew it, the whole stove had just caught on fire," says Turner. She called the fire department and ran to safety at a neighbor's house. "I didn't know what to...
    A Copiah County family needs to find a new place to live after fire damages their home. It took firefighters from four volunteer fire departments to control the Friday evening fire at Botishia Mazie's Copiah County home. Mazie's daughter, Nyesha Turner, says she was there when the fire started. "I was in there cooking, and then before I knew it, the whole stove had just caught on fire," says Turner. She called the fire department and ran to safety at a neighbor's house. "I didn't know what to...
  • One Month In, Still no Sign of Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane

    One Month In, Still no Sign of Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:58:50 GMT
    (AP) Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have just a few days left before pings from the plane's two data recorders could stop transmitting. A black box's batteries last about a month after a plane crash. Today two ships with sophisticated equipment began searching underwater in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean. One ship has a pinger locator from the U.S. Navy.
    (AP) Crews searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have just a few days left before pings from the plane's two data recorders could stop transmitting. A black box's batteries last about a month after a plane crash. Today two ships with sophisticated equipment began searching underwater in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean. One ship has a pinger locator from the U.S. Navy.
  • Child in Stolen Car Found Safe in Jackson

    Child in Stolen Car Found Safe in Jackson

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:41:01 GMT
    A young girl in the backseat of a car stolen this morning in Jackson is now safe.A young girl in the backseat of a car stolen this morning in Jackson is now safe.
    Ayoung girl, who was in a car when it was stolen this morning in Jackson, has been found safe.Jackson Police say the suspect took the 2007 Nissan Sentra from Delaware Avenue around 9:00 a.m. The girl was in the back seat. The car was located on Moss Avenueapproximately 30 minutes later.The girl is the granddaughter of a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy.The suspect isstill on the run.We will havemore details on this story coming up on News Channel 12 at Noon.
    Ayoung girl, who was in a car when it was stolen this morning in Jackson, has been found safe.Jackson Police say the suspect took the 2007 Nissan Sentra from Delaware Avenue around 9:00 a.m. The girl was in the back seat. The car was located on Moss Avenueapproximately 30 minutes later.The girl is the granddaughter of a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy.The suspect isstill on the run.We will havemore details on this story coming up on News Channel 12 at Noon.
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER Best Yet

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER Best Yet

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:24:11 GMT
    JACKSON, MS- Marvel kicks off the 2014 Summer Movie Season with the latest in the Avengers series, Captain America: Winter Soldier. We sent Bret and Joe to take a sneak peek at the film to let us know whether we should SEE IT or SKIP IT. BRET: I definitely say "See It." Heck, see it twice! "Captain America" is great writing, great acting, and incredible fights from beginning to end, and as a story, it may even be better than THE AVENGERS. Yeah, that's right. I said it. JOE: I agree, this is a...
    JACKSON, MS- Marvel kicks off the 2014 Summer Movie Season with the latest in the Avengers series, Captain America: Winter Soldier. We sent Bret and Joe to take a sneak peek at the film to let us know whether we should SEE IT or SKIP IT. BRET: I definitely say "See It." Heck, see it twice! "Captain America" is great writing, great acting, and incredible fights from beginning to end, and as a story, it may even be better than THE AVENGERS. Yeah, that's right. I said it. JOE: I agree, this is a...
  • Lil' Boosie will not perform in Jackson County

    Lil' Boosie will not perform in Jackson County

    Friday, April 4 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-04 19:40:00 GMT
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -Rapper Lil' Boosie will not be performing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on April 18 during Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.County officials broke off discussions Thursday with the promoter of the event.They say negotiations with promoter Keith Brown fell through when the appearance by the rap artist could not be guaranteed because of his parole in Louisiana.The rapper, whose real name i...
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -Rapper Lil' Boosie will not be performing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on April 18 during Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.County officials broke off discussions Thursday with the promoter of the event.They say negotiations with promoter Keith Brown fell through when the appearance by the rap artist could not be guaranteed because of his parole in Louisiana.The rapper, whose real name i...
  • In his own words, soldier shot at Fort Hood shares story

    In his own words, soldier shot at Fort Hood shares story

    Thursday, April 3 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-04-04 03:29:57 GMT
    Sgt. Jonathan WestbrookSgt. Jonathan Westbrook
    Four people were killed, 16 others injured Wednesday in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. One of the 16 surviving victims is from right here in Pike County. By his own admission, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook is lucky to be alive. He tells us he was in his office Wednesday afternoon, where he says the shootingsuspect had been for a meeting. Sgt. Westbrook says he believes something about that meeting caused Ivan Lopez to snap. "He didn't like the information that was told to him, so he became irate,"...
    Four people were killed, 16 others injured Wednesday in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. One of the 16 surviving victims is from right here in Pike County. By his own admission, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook is lucky to be alive. He tells us he was in his office Wednesday afternoon, where he says the shootingsuspect had been for a meeting. Sgt. Westbrook says he believes something about that meeting caused Ivan Lopez to snap. "He didn't like the information that was told to him, so he became irate,"...
  • Supervisor Stokes Calls For No Confidence Vote On Sheriff Lewis

    Supervisor Stokes Calls For No Confidence Vote On Sheriff Lewis

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:02 PM EDT2014-04-04 01:02:37 GMT
    After this week's deadly riot at the Hinds county detention center, one supervisor is raising questions about how the jail is being run and he's taking direct aim at the sheriff. The Monday night violence was sparked by a fight between members of two rival gangs. The disturbance left 21 year–old inmate Markuieze Bennett dead. And at least 6 others were injured. Now supervisor Kenneth Stokes is calling for a no confidence vote in Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and jail admi...
    After this week's deadly riot at the Hinds county detention center, one supervisor is raising questions about how the jail is being run and he's taking direct aim at the sheriff. The Monday night violence was sparked by a fight between members of two rival gangs. The disturbance left 21 year–old inmate Markuieze Bennett dead. And at least 6 others were injured. Now supervisor Kenneth Stokes is calling for a no confidence vote in Sheriff Tyrone Lewis and jail admi...
  • Religious Freedom Bill Signed Despite Opponents Protest

    Religious Freedom Bill Signed Despite Opponents Protest

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-03 23:56:34 GMT
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. Set to become law on July 1, the bill sparked emotional debate in the Legislature about possible anti-gay discrimination. Supporters say 18 other states have similar laws that mirror a federal law President Bill Clinton signed in 1993. An early version of the Mississippi bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Br...
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. Set to become law on July 1, the bill sparked emotional debate in the Legislature about possible anti-gay discrimination. Supporters say 18 other states have similar laws that mirror a federal law President Bill Clinton signed in 1993. An early version of the Mississippi bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Br...
  • Majority of Rankin County Tornado Sirens Not Working

    Majority of Rankin County Tornado Sirens Not Working

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-03 23:39:40 GMT
    The majority of Rankin County tornado sirens not workingThe majority of Rankin County tornado sirens not working
    The entire state of Mississippi is under a severe weather risk for Thursday night, but many tornado sirens are not working. Thirty nine of the sixty seven sirens are out of service and will not be sounding Thursday night if a tornado forms.Rankin County Director of Emergency Operation Center, Bob Wedgeworth, tells us a lightning struck the operation center during the last severe thunderstorm. Each siren covers a mile radius. Wedgeworth says everyone living in the county should seek a differen...
    The entire state of Mississippi is under a severe weather risk for Thursday night, but many tornado sirens are not working. Thirty nine of the sixty seven sirens are out of service and will not be sounding Thursday night if a tornado forms.Rankin County Director of Emergency Operation Center, Bob Wedgeworth, tells us a lightning struck the operation center during the last severe thunderstorm. Each siren covers a mile radius. Wedgeworth says everyone living in the county should seek a differen...
  • Bandits Rob Pine Belt Bank

    Bandits Rob Pine Belt Bank

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-03 23:22:37 GMT
    PETAL, Miss. (AP) – Police say two men wearing motorcycle jackets and helmets robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday in Petal. Investigators say the robbery happened shortly after noon at a branch of Trustmark Bank. They say the suspects got away with a bank bag and an undetermined amount of cash, but a dye pack exploded inside the bag and police later found it nearby. No injuries were reported. Petal police, FBI a...
    PETAL, Miss. (AP) – Police say two men wearing motorcycle jackets and helmets robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday in Petal. Investigators say the robbery happened shortly after noon at a branch of Trustmark Bank. They say the suspects got away with a bank bag and an undetermined amount of cash, but a dye pack exploded inside the bag and police later found it nearby. No injuries were reported. Petal police, FBI a...
  • Man Charged in Death of Elderly Woman

    Man Charged in Death of Elderly Woman

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:55:18 GMT
    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A Laurel man has been charged with capital murder in the death of an 85-year-old woman at a trailer park where they both lived. Police Chief Tyrone Stewart tells The Chronicle 48-year-old William E. Dean was charged Tuesday with capital murder. The body of 85-year-old Nora L. Peters was found in her home Monday at the Twin Pines Trailer Park. Authorities say Peters worked for the trailer park, ...
    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A Laurel man has been charged with capital murder in the death of an 85-year-old woman at a trailer park where they both lived. Police Chief Tyrone Stewart tells The Chronicle 48-year-old William E. Dean was charged Tuesday with capital murder. The body of 85-year-old Nora L. Peters was found in her home Monday at the Twin Pines Trailer Park. Authorities say Peters worked for the trailer park, ...
  • 'Late Show' Host David Letterman to Retire in 2015

    'Late Show' Host David Letterman to Retire in 2015

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:40:34 GMT
    Late-night TV legend, David Letterman, has announced his retirement from television. According to the Hollywood trade magazine, Variety, Letterman will step down from his show on CBS in 2015. The article in Variety states that Letterman will address his retirement during Thursday night's show. He has hosted the "Late Show" on CBS for the past 22 years. Before that, Letterman spent over a decade as host of NBC's, "L...
    Late-night TV legend, David Letterman, has announced his retirement from television. According to the Hollywood trade magazine, Variety, Letterman will step down from his show on CBS in 2015. The article in Variety states that Letterman will address his retirement during Thursday night's show. He has hosted the "Late Show" on CBS for the past 22 years. Before that, Letterman spent over a decade as host of NBC's, "L...
  • Nissan Settles Worker's Labor Practice Charge

    Nissan Settles Worker's Labor Practice Charge

    Thursday, April 3 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-04-03 20:31:56 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The charge focused on a dispute over when and where Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson. Nissan spokesman Justin Saia said Thursday that Wells remains an employee at Nis...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The charge focused on a dispute over when and where Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson. Nissan spokesman Justin Saia said Thursday that Wells remains an employee at Nis...
  • Lauderdale County Officials Looking for Flasher

    Lauderdale County Officials Looking for Flasher

    Thursday, April 3 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-03 19:39:18 GMT
    We are covering a developing story out of Lauderdale county. Investigators confirm to WJTV News Channel 12 that they are looking for a flasher who has exposed himself to at least three women.According to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, the first incident took place on March 10th in the Russell-area. Investigators say that is where a man in a vehicle followed a 21-year-old woman to a gas station, got out of his vehicle and flashed her. We are told he was completely nude in that ins...
    We are covering a developing story out of Lauderdale county. Investigators confirm to WJTV News Channel 12 that they are looking for a flasher who has exposed himself to at least three women.According to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, the first incident took place on March 10th in the Russell-area. Investigators say that is where a man in a vehicle followed a 21-year-old woman to a gas station, got out of his vehicle and flashed her. We are told he was completely nude in that ins...
  • Subway Robbery Investigation

    Subway Robbery Investigation

    Thursday, April 3 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-03 17:41:12 GMT
    Jackson Police are investigating an Armed Robbery at Subway on Clinton BlvdJackson Police are investigating an Armed Robbery at Subway on Clinton Blvd
    Jackson Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Subway on Clinton Blvd.A Subway employee tells News Channel 12 that they were robbed at gunpoint by a male.We’ve also learned that police were holding people inside the restaurant who were there when the robbery happened.We will continue to update this story as more information comes in on WJTV.com, Twitter and Facebook.
    Jackson Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Subway on Clinton Blvd.A Subway employee tells News Channel 12 that they were robbed at gunpoint by a male.We’ve also learned that police were holding people inside the restaurant who were there when the robbery happened.We will continue to update this story as more information comes in on WJTV.com, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Sanderson Farms Championship to Move to Jackson

    Sanderson Farms Championship to Move to Jackson

    Thursday, April 3 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-03 14:15:31 GMT
    Sanderson FarmsSanderson Farms
    JACKSON, Miss. - Century Club Charities has approved the move of the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship to the Country Club of Jackson, pending PGA TOUR Policy Board approval on Tuesday. For nearly 20 years the charity golf tournament was held at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison. In a statement from Century Club Charities it says the decision to move the tournament to the Country Club of Jackson was "rooted in our mission and our desire to raise more money than ever for Friends of Children's...
    JACKSON, Miss. - Century Club Charities has approved the move of the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship to the Country Club of Jackson, pending PGA TOUR Policy Board approval on Tuesday. For nearly 20 years the charity golf tournament was held at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison. In a statement from Century Club Charities it says the decision to move the tournament to the Country Club of Jackson was "rooted in our mission and our desire to raise more money than ever for Friends of Children's...
  • Pearl woman's family safe at Fort Hood

    Pearl woman's family safe at Fort Hood

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-03 03:26:31 GMT
    Pearl woman's family safe at Fort HoodPearl woman's family safe at Fort Hood
    A local woman is breathing a sigh of relief knowing her daughter and granddaughter are safe. Kathleen Hoffland's loved ones were not injured in Thursday's Fort Hood shooting. An Army veteran herself, she's hoping for an end to the violence. She's been through a lot the past few years, most recently winning her second battle with cancer. "Right now, I'm very weak, but I'm very strong-minded," says Hoffland "I try to stay positive. I have a really good sense of humor. I try not to let things ge...
    A local woman is breathing a sigh of relief knowing her daughter and granddaughter are safe. Kathleen Hoffland's loved ones were not injured in Thursday's Fort Hood shooting. An Army veteran herself, she's hoping for an end to the violence. She's been through a lot the past few years, most recently winning her second battle with cancer. "Right now, I'm very weak, but I'm very strong-minded," says Hoffland "I try to stay positive. I have a really good sense of humor. I try not to let things ge...
  • 2 Correctional Officers Charged after Contraband found in Food

    2 Correctional Officers Charged after Contraband found in Food

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-04-03 00:17:14 GMT
    JACKSON-Contraband items found in fast food have led to two correctional officers being charged, following separate searches at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County within a week. Erling Gresham, 26, and Tamikta Russell, 34, both of Jackson, have been recommended for termination. Gresham was charged Sunday, the same day he bought a 12-inch bread only sandwich, filled it with 2.80 ounces of tob...
    JACKSON-Contraband items found in fast food have led to two correctional officers being charged, following separate searches at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County within a week. Erling Gresham, 26, and Tamikta Russell, 34, both of Jackson, have been recommended for termination. Gresham was charged Sunday, the same day he bought a 12-inch bread only sandwich, filled it with 2.80 ounces of tob...
  • One Dead, 14 Injured Following Fort Hood Shooting

    One Dead, 14 Injured Following Fort Hood Shooting

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:55:14 GMT
    Fort Hood ShootingFort Hood Shooting
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Fort Hood has ordered everyone at the Texas Army base to "shelter in place." The order was sent Wednesday on the base's Twitter feed and posted on its Facebook page. A spokesperson for the base declined to comment. The base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Fort Hood has ordered everyone at the Texas Army base to "shelter in place." The order was sent Wednesday on the base's Twitter feed and posted on its Facebook page. A spokesperson for the base declined to comment. The base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
  • Worker Fired After Being Shot

    Worker Fired After Being Shot

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:36:38 GMT
    JPD confirm that the manager of a Car Care Clinic was shot.JPD confirm that the manager of a Car Care Clinic was shot.
    A man is saying his employee rights are being violated. He was shot on the job while trying to close up shop, and says he's being unfairly punished.
    A man is saying his employee rights are being violated. He was shot on the job while trying to close up shop, and says he's being unfairly punished.
  • Terry Mayor Speaks Out About Auditor's Investigation

    Terry Mayor Speaks Out About Auditor's Investigation

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:33:18 GMT
    Terry mayor Roderick Nicholson is speaking out one day after the state auditor's office acknowledged its investigating him. “We cannot comment any further than that,” said spokesman Brett Kittregde. Nicholson was just re-elected to a second term last year. Many in the town of about a thousand say they're not surprised to hear that he’s under scrutiny. "What do you think this investigation is all about? Money, money, ...
    Terry mayor Roderick Nicholson is speaking out one day after the state auditor's office acknowledged its investigating him. “We cannot comment any further than that,” said spokesman Brett Kittregde. Nicholson was just re-elected to a second term last year. Many in the town of about a thousand say they're not surprised to hear that he’s under scrutiny. "What do you think this investigation is all about? Money, money, ...
  • Father Speaks Out After Losing His Son in DUI Crash

    Father Speaks Out After Losing His Son in DUI Crash

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-04-02 23:30:15 GMT
    Father speaks out after losing his son in a DUI crash. Father speaks out after losing his son in a DUI crash.
    Crosses now stand on the side of Highway 18 in memory of 21-year-old Josh Hardin. He was thrown from an SUV in a crash early Sunday morning at the intersection of Highway 18 and TV road."There's no pain like this pain," says Mark Hardin, the crash victim's father.Hardin tells us he had plans for his son to take over the family business."Plans to have grandchildren andI wanted him to have a house and a wife and a family; what everybody else wants in life," saysHardin.Howeevr, Josh's plans and...
    Crosses now stand on the side of Highway 18 in memory of 21-year-old Josh Hardin. He was thrown from an SUV in a crash early Sunday morning at the intersection of Highway 18 and TV road."There's no pain like this pain," says Mark Hardin, the crash victim's father.Hardin tells us he had plans for his son to take over the family business."Plans to have grandchildren andI wanted him to have a house and a wife and a family; what everybody else wants in life," saysHardin.Howeevr, Josh's plans and...
  • Sales Tax Holiday for Sportsmen Approved

    Sales Tax Holiday for Sportsmen Approved

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:57:36 GMT
    Media Release:Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law Senate Bill 2425, giving Mississippi sportsmen an annual tax free holiday in September. The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend holiday will include sales tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies. The annual holiday will occur on the first Friday of each September until midnight on the following Sunday. During State Fiscal Year 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, ...
    Media Release:Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law Senate Bill 2425, giving Mississippi sportsmen an annual tax free holiday in September. The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend holiday will include sales tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies. The annual holiday will occur on the first Friday of each September until midnight on the following Sunday. During State Fiscal Year 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, ...
  • Jackson Police Need Help Finding a Missing Man

    Jackson Police Need Help Finding a Missing Man

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:24:19 GMT
    Jackson Police need your help finding a missing man. Robert Ross, 29 was last seen on Friday, March 28th at Domino’s Pizza on 616 Jefferson Street in Jackson. According to the manager of the restaurant, Mr. Ross went to Arkansas to pick up his girlfriend. On April 1st, Jackson Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit was contacted by the Chico County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas. Authorities located Mr. Ross’ vehicle on the side of the road south of Lake Village, but he was not there. The...
    Jackson Police need your help finding a missing man. Robert Ross, 29 was last seen on Friday, March 28th at Domino’s Pizza on 616 Jefferson Street in Jackson. According to the manager of the restaurant, Mr. Ross went to Arkansas to pick up his girlfriend. On April 1st, Jackson Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit was contacted by the Chico County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas. Authorities located Mr. Ross’ vehicle on the side of the road south of Lake Village, but he was not there. The...
  • Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness

    Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:47:51 GMT
    Media Release: The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi State Capitol will “Light it Up Blue” from 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, until 12 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in observance of World Autism Awareness Day. Weather permitting, the Mansion and the Capitol will also be lighted from 7 p.m. on April 3 until 12 a.m. on April 4. The Centers for Disease Control report about 1 in 68 children has b...
    Media Release: The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi State Capitol will “Light it Up Blue” from 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, until 12 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in observance of World Autism Awareness Day. Weather permitting, the Mansion and the Capitol will also be lighted from 7 p.m. on April 3 until 12 a.m. on April 4. The Centers for Disease Control report about 1 in 68 children has b...
  • Gas Line Break in Jackson Snarls Traffic, Forces Evacuation

    Gas Line Break in Jackson Snarls Traffic, Forces Evacuation

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:21:28 GMT
    A gas line break in downtown Jackson, which backed up traffic and forced some to evacuate, is under control.News Channel 12's Perrise Thomas saysthe city was working on water lines on N. State St. when workers accidentally cut two gas service lines. The gas line break happened nearthe Milsaps College area around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.A spokesperson for ATMOSEnergyconfirms to News Channel 12 the city workersbroke the gas line, andtwo houseswere affected. Both houses were evacuated.
    A gas line break in downtown Jackson, which backed up traffic and forced some to evacuate, is under control.News Channel 12's Perrise Thomas saysthe city was working on water lines on N. State St. when workers accidentally cut two gas service lines. The gas line break happened nearthe Milsaps College area around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.A spokesperson for ATMOSEnergyconfirms to News Channel 12 the city workersbroke the gas line, andtwo houseswere affected. Both houses were evacuated.
  • Senators Accuse General Motors of Covering Up Defective Switch

    Senators Accuse General Motors of Covering Up Defective Switch

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:16:42 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of a Senate panel are accusing General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths. At a hearing Wednesday, senators tried to get GM CEO Mary Barra to promise that anyone involved in such a cover-up would be punished. They also said GM should tell owners to stop driving all of the 2.6 million cars that are now being recalled for the faulty s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of a Senate panel are accusing General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths. At a hearing Wednesday, senators tried to get GM CEO Mary Barra to promise that anyone involved in such a cover-up would be punished. They also said GM should tell owners to stop driving all of the 2.6 million cars that are now being recalled for the faulty s...
  • Texting and Driving Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

    Texting and Driving Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:02:07 GMT
    Texting and driving bill goes to governor's officeTexting and driving bill goes to governor's office
    JACKSON, Miss.- House Bill 484 will go before Governor Phil Bryant. If passed, the bill will ban texting, emailing and posting to social media sites while driving. Reading, writing and sending texts will also be banned. The bill states that a person texting while driving could face a fine of $25 until July 1, 2015. After that date, the fine will go up to $100. Republican Senator Sally Doty says that the bill is the first of its kind to make it to the governor's desk banning all drivers from t...
    JACKSON, Miss.- House Bill 484 will go before Governor Phil Bryant. If passed, the bill will ban texting, emailing and posting to social media sites while driving. Reading, writing and sending texts will also be banned. The bill states that a person texting while driving could face a fine of $25 until July 1, 2015. After that date, the fine will go up to $100. Republican Senator Sally Doty says that the bill is the first of its kind to make it to the governor's desk banning all drivers from t...
  • State Senator Hospitalized

    State Senator Hospitalized

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:58:31 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – State Sen. Videt Carmichael is hospitalized in Jackson for a head injury after falling at his apartment. Carmichael, a Republican from Meridian, has served 14 years in the Senate from Lauderdale and Clarke counties. Carmichael's son, Fredie Carmichael, says his father is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A neurosurgica...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – State Sen. Videt Carmichael is hospitalized in Jackson for a head injury after falling at his apartment. Carmichael, a Republican from Meridian, has served 14 years in the Senate from Lauderdale and Clarke counties. Carmichael's son, Fredie Carmichael, says his father is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A neurosurgica...
  • FBI Searching for Sex Crimes Suspect

    FBI Searching for Sex Crimes Suspect

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:56:10 GMT
    The FBI needs your help finding a man who’s suspected of sexually exploiting a child. A statement from the FBI says pictures were first recorded of the man in November 2012. They enhanced the photos and say the pictures could have several clues leading to the identification of this man. For right now, the agency is referring to the suspect as John Doe 28. John Doe 28 is a white man, possibly in his 30's or 40's, with a receding hairline. He’s wearing wire framed glasses and a burgundy t-shir...
    The FBI needs your help finding a man who’s suspected of sexually exploiting a child. A statement from the FBI says pictures were first recorded of the man in November 2012. They enhanced the photos and say the pictures could have several clues leading to the identification of this man. For right now, the agency is referring to the suspect as John Doe 28. John Doe 28 is a white man, possibly in his 30's or 40's, with a receding hairline. He’s wearing wire framed glasses and a burgundy t-shir...
  • JPS Board President Responds To Bus Privatization

    JPS Board President Responds To Bus Privatization

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-04-02 04:18:31 GMT
    Jackson Public Schools is considering privatizing school buses.
    Jackson Public Schools is considering privatizing school buses.
  • Religious Practices Bill Headed to Governor Bryant

    Religious Practices Bill Headed to Governor Bryant

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-02 01:52:11 GMT
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers have passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. Senate Bill 2681 passed the House and Senate on Tuesday after debates about whether it could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups. The bill goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It also would add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as Bryant requested. Supporters say the bill, called the Missi...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers have passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. Senate Bill 2681 passed the House and Senate on Tuesday after debates about whether it could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups. The bill goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It also would add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as Bryant requested. Supporters say the bill, called the Missi...
  • Hinds Supervisors Declare Emergency At Raymond Jail After Deadly Riot

    Hinds Supervisors Declare Emergency At Raymond Jail After Deadly Riot

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-04-02 00:45:56 GMT
    Hinds county supervisors declare an emergency for the Raymond detention center after Monday night's deadly riot. The board voted to begin emergency spending to make repairs to pod A, where the incident happened. They also voted to petition a judge to immediately reopen pod C, which prisoners destroyed in a 2012 riot. And board members agreed to purchase new radios for detention officers, and install cameras throughou...
    Hinds county supervisors declare an emergency for the Raymond detention center after Monday night's deadly riot. The board voted to begin emergency spending to make repairs to pod A, where the incident happened. They also voted to petition a judge to immediately reopen pod C, which prisoners destroyed in a 2012 riot. And board members agreed to purchase new radios for detention officers, and install cameras throughou...
  • Magnitude-8.0 quake strikes northern Chile

    Magnitude-8.0 quake strikes northern Chile

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-02 00:25:36 GMT
    Magnitude-8.0 quake strikes northern ChileMagnitude-8.0 quake strikes northern Chile
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has...
  • Attorney General Seeks Answers Following Michelle Byrom Ruling

    Attorney General Seeks Answers Following Michelle Byrom Ruling

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:37:51 GMT
    Michelle ByromMichelle Byrom
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to explain why it threw out the conviction of death row inmate Michelle Byrom. The court on Monday overturned Byrom's capital murder conviction and ordered Tishomingo County to hold a new trial. The court did not elaborate on its decision. Hood, in a document filed Tuesday with the court, says justices owe an explanation to the...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to explain why it threw out the conviction of death row inmate Michelle Byrom. The court on Monday overturned Byrom's capital murder conviction and ordered Tishomingo County to hold a new trial. The court did not elaborate on its decision. Hood, in a document filed Tuesday with the court, says justices owe an explanation to the...
  • Bill With 20-week Abortion Ban Goes to Mississippi Governor

    Bill With 20-week Abortion Ban Goes to Mississippi Governor

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:04:44 GMT
    Bill with 20-week abortion ban goes to Mississippi GovernorBill with 20-week abortion ban goes to Mississippi Governor
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are sending Republican Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Bryant says he wants to end abortion in the state. House Bill 1400 (http://bit.ly/1guNDDZ ) has exceptions. Abortion would still be allowed at or after 20 weeks if the pregnant woman could die or face permanent injury, or in cases of severe fetal abno...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are sending Republican Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Bryant says he wants to end abortion in the state. House Bill 1400 (http://bit.ly/1guNDDZ ) has exceptions. Abortion would still be allowed at or after 20 weeks if the pregnant woman could die or face permanent injury, or in cases of severe fetal abno...
  • Pinwheels for Prevention Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Pinwheels for Prevention Brings Attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:54:24 GMT
    Volunteers planted more than 1,000 pinwheels near UMMC on April 1 in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.Volunteers planted more than 1,000 pinwheels near UMMC on April 1 in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    Media Release: Blue pinwheels, signifying April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are popping up across the map, both virtually and at a busy Jackson intersection, to promote education, awareness and prevention. Volunteers planted 1,200 blue pinwheels on Tuesday morning near the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus at the corner of Woodrow Wilson Avenue and State Street to mark the event. As well, Prevent Child Abuse Mississippi, a partner wit...
    Media Release: Blue pinwheels, signifying April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are popping up across the map, both virtually and at a busy Jackson intersection, to promote education, awareness and prevention. Volunteers planted 1,200 blue pinwheels on Tuesday morning near the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus at the corner of Woodrow Wilson Avenue and State Street to mark the event. As well, Prevent Child Abuse Mississippi, a partner wit...
  • Former Alderman Candidate Sentenced for Voter Fraud

    Former Alderman Candidate Sentenced for Voter Fraud

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-04-01 19:59:17 GMT
    Cobby Williams Sentenced to Five YearsCobby Williams Sentenced to Five Years
    Media Release:Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Cobby Williams was sentenced to five years in prison for his participation in knowingly registering a convicted felon to vote. In May, 2013, the City of Canton was conducting the Municipal elections for Mayor and Aldermen. Williams was a candidate for one of the Alderman posts. He had previously been a candidate for Congres...
    Media Release:Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Cobby Williams was sentenced to five years in prison for his participation in knowingly registering a convicted felon to vote. In May, 2013, the City of Canton was conducting the Municipal elections for Mayor and Aldermen. Williams was a candidate for one of the Alderman posts. He had previously been a candidate for Congres...
  • Teacher Pay Plan Heads to Governor's Desk

    Teacher Pay Plan Heads to Governor's Desk

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-04-01 19:34:05 GMT
    Teacher Pay Plan Heads to Governor's DeskTeacher Pay Plan Heads to Governor's Desk
    Today, the MS House of Representatives adopted the conference report on House Bill 504 (HB504) providing for a teacher pay raise by a vote of 117-2. The bill heads to Governor Bryant’s desk. “House Republicans have been focused on providing hard-working teachers a pay raise,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “We have gone back and forth with the Senate to work out the details on this greatly needed relief for our teachers. It has taken a lot of hard work, but I am proud to say we have a...
    Today, the MS House of Representatives adopted the conference report on House Bill 504 (HB504) providing for a teacher pay raise by a vote of 117-2. The bill heads to Governor Bryant’s desk. “House Republicans have been focused on providing hard-working teachers a pay raise,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “We have gone back and forth with the Senate to work out the details on this greatly needed relief for our teachers. It has taken a lot of hard work, but I am proud to say we have a...
  • 3-Year Old Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

    3-Year Old Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-04-01 19:28:01 GMT
    3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack3-Year Old Boy is killed in a Pit Bull Attack
    The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deadly Pit bull attack where a 3-year-old boy was killed. The unidentified boy was attacked around 4:30 Monday afternoon, by 2 Pit bulls in the Thornton Community. He died on the scene. Sheriff Willie March says it appears the dogs were in a pin and got out. He continues on by saying that the dogs were owned by family members. News Channel 12 will contin...
    The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deadly Pit bull attack where a 3-year-old boy was killed. The unidentified boy was attacked around 4:30 Monday afternoon, by 2 Pit bulls in the Thornton Community. He died on the scene. Sheriff Willie March says it appears the dogs were in a pin and got out. He continues on by saying that the dogs were owned by family members. News Channel 12 will contin...
  • Tips From Citizens Help Jackson Police Nab Burglary Suspects

    Tips From Citizens Help Jackson Police Nab Burglary Suspects

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-04-01 17:09:12 GMT
    Suspect injured while resisting arrest in Crystal SpringsSuspect injured while resisting arrest in Crystal Springs
    JPD: additional arrests pending in Magnolia Mini Storage Burglary
    JPD: additional arrests pending in Magnolia Mini Storage Burglary

  • Mississippi Supreme Court Grants Death Row Inmate A New Trial

    Mississippi Supreme Court Grants Death Row Inmate A New Trial

    Monday, March 31 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-01 01:03:21 GMT
    A Mississippi woman on death row for hiring a hit man to kill her husband is getting a new trial. In a ruling that stunned her attorneys and the legal community, the state Supreme Court Monday issued an order reversing Michelle Byrom's murder conviction. "Michelle Byrom's conviction for capital murder should be reversed and the case remanded to the circuit court for a new trial," said the two page decision. The cour...
    A Mississippi woman on death row for hiring a hit man to kill her husband is getting a new trial. In a ruling that stunned her attorneys and the legal community, the state Supreme Court Monday issued an order reversing Michelle Byrom's murder conviction. "Michelle Byrom's conviction for capital murder should be reversed and the case remanded to the circuit court for a new trial," said the two page decision. The cour...
  • State Supreme Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Michelle Byrom

    State Supreme Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Michelle Byrom

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:17:53 GMT
    Mississippi’s Supreme Court has reversed Michelle Byrom’s capital murder conviction.
    Mississippi’s Supreme Court has reversed Michelle Byrom’s capital murder conviction.
  • Where Is Myra Lewis?

    Where Is Myra Lewis?

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:16:32 GMT
    Almost everyday someone calls, emails, or messages us asking the same question: Where does the Myra Lewis investigation stand?The two-year-old went missing from her family's home in Camden nearly a month ago.The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are working to find the toddler.Officials tell us, they continue to work on the case on a daily basis.They say they're actively following leads as they come in.Family and friends tell us Myra has not been forgotten."You're still sleepless, y...
    Almost everyday someone calls, emails, or messages us asking the same question: Where does the Myra Lewis investigation stand?The two-year-old went missing from her family's home in Camden nearly a month ago.The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are working to find the toddler.Officials tell us, they continue to work on the case on a daily basis.They say they're actively following leads as they come in.Family and friends tell us Myra has not been forgotten."You're still sleepless, y...
  • Homeowner Shoots, Kills Alleged Burglar

    Homeowner Shoots, Kills Alleged Burglar

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:17:43 GMT
    Jackson Police are investigating a deadly shooting.Ithappened Monday afternoon at home in the 1100 block of McDowell Road. Jackson Police Spokesperson Ofc. Colendula Green tells us a 19-year-old victim was shot in the head. Authorities tell us the homeowner shot an alleged burglar. The homeowner was taken into police custody for questioning. Ofc. Green tells us the shooting appears to be justifiable.
    Jackson Police are investigating a deadly shooting.Ithappened Monday afternoon at home in the 1100 block of McDowell Road. Jackson Police Spokesperson Ofc. Colendula Green tells us a 19-year-old victim was shot in the head. Authorities tell us the homeowner shot an alleged burglar. The homeowner was taken into police custody for questioning. Ofc. Green tells us the shooting appears to be justifiable.
  • One Killed in Hwy 18 Accident, Bond Set for Suspected Drunk Driver

    One Killed in Hwy 18 Accident, Bond Set for Suspected Drunk Driver

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:54:23 GMT
    Joshua Hardin killed by suspected drunk driverJoshua Hardin killed by suspected drunk driver
    JACKSON, Miss. - "They were on the way home. They got hit from behind and he got thrown out." Linda Cook clings to her grandson's portrait while standing outside the steps of Jackson Police headquarters. Authorities say 21-year-old Joshua Hardin was killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning at the intersection of Highway 18 and TV Road in Jackson.Family members tell us Joshua and three other friends were headed back from a Hal and Mal's concert. "He was just starting his life. I...
    JACKSON, Miss. - "They were on the way home. They got hit from behind and he got thrown out." Linda Cook clings to her grandson's portrait while standing outside the steps of Jackson Police headquarters. Authorities say 21-year-old Joshua Hardin was killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning at the intersection of Highway 18 and TV Road in Jackson.Family members tell us Joshua and three other friends were headed back from a Hal and Mal's concert. "He was just starting his life. I...
  • Man Accused of Killing Child Gets New Trial

    Man Accused of Killing Child Gets New Trial

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:30:29 GMT
    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – Justin Blakeney, who is charged with capital murder in the 2010 death of a 2-year-old girl, will go to trial a second time on July 7th. The Chronicle reports Jones County Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum scheduled the trial this past week. Landrum also ordered jury selection would take place in Greene County. Jurors will be brought back to Jones County for the trial. Blakeney's first trial end...
    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – Justin Blakeney, who is charged with capital murder in the 2010 death of a 2-year-old girl, will go to trial a second time on July 7th. The Chronicle reports Jones County Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum scheduled the trial this past week. Landrum also ordered jury selection would take place in Greene County. Jurors will be brought back to Jones County for the trial. Blakeney's first trial end...
  • JPS Considering Privatizing School Buses

    JPS Considering Privatizing School Buses

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:01:47 GMT
    Will Jackson Public Schools go to a private bus contractor to transport children to and from school? News Channel 12 has learned JPS is soliciting fora company tosubmit bidsfor a four-year contract for student transportation services. According the the JPS website, the school system regularly reaches out "for qualified services and solutions as needed." The proposal says the contractor "shall employ a qualified full-time staff to supervise the provision of transportation services under the co...
    Will Jackson Public Schools go to a private bus contractor to transport children to and from school? News Channel 12 has learned JPS is soliciting fora company tosubmit bidsfor a four-year contract for student transportation services. According the the JPS website, the school system regularly reaches out "for qualified services and solutions as needed." The proposal says the contractor "shall employ a qualified full-time staff to supervise the provision of transportation services under the co...
  • Attorney General Hood, Others Settle Regarding Four Loko

    Attorney General Hood, Others Settle Regarding Four Loko

    Monday, March 31 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-03-31 20:00:29 GMT
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that he and 19 other Attorneys General and the City Attorney of San Francisco have reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding Four Loko.
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that he and 19 other Attorneys General and the City Attorney of San Francisco have reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding Four Loko.
  • Five Injured in Nightclub Shooting

    Five Injured in Nightclub Shooting

    Monday, March 31 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:48:25 GMT
    Five people injured in nightclub shooting in North MississippiFive people injured in nightclub shooting in North Mississippi
    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – No arrests have been made in a shooting outside a nightclub near Starkville that left five people wounded. The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Club Rock north of Starkville. Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney says one of the shooting victims was flown to a Jackson hospital and is listed in critical condition. Gladney says it's unclear what the motive w...
    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – No arrests have been made in a shooting outside a nightclub near Starkville that left five people wounded. The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Club Rock north of Starkville. Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney says one of the shooting victims was flown to a Jackson hospital and is listed in critical condition. Gladney says it's unclear what the motive w...
  • BBB: Couple scammed out of thousands by company claiming to be in Jackson

    BBB: Couple scammed out of thousands by company claiming to be in Jackson

    Monday, March 31 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-03-31 19:47:43 GMT
    Company claims to be on Capitol Street in JacksonCompany claims to be on Capitol Street in Jackson
    A possible scam cost an elderly couple from Colorado $4,500 after they tried to sell their time-share in Mexico. The company they say scammed them claims to bea Jackson company.It's a dream retirement for many people: buy a time-share and retire on the beach. That's what Catherine Reuter and her husband did five years ago. Then, they say, their health started to fail. They couldn't travel as much. So they decided to sell. "Within two days, they got a call back that said 'Hey, good news! We've...
    A possible scam cost an elderly couple from Colorado $4,500 after they tried to sell their time-share in Mexico. The company they say scammed them claims to bea Jackson company.It's a dream retirement for many people: buy a time-share and retire on the beach. That's what Catherine Reuter and her husband did five years ago. Then, they say, their health started to fail. They couldn't travel as much. So they decided to sell. "Within two days, they got a call back that said 'Hey, good news! We've...
  • Residents Return Home After Reservoir Gas Leak

    Residents Return Home After Reservoir Gas Leak

    Mar 28, 2014 11:59 PM2014-03-31 19:22:49 GMT
    Reservoir Gas LeakReservoir Gas Leak
    Residents in several Reservoir subdivisions were evacuated Friday evening but have since been allowed to return to their homes following a gas leak. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells us a malfunction of a relief valve caused the leak around 9:00. Tune into News Channel 12 after the game for the latest.
    Residents in several Reservoir subdivisions were evacuated Friday evening but have since been allowed to return to their homes following a gas leak. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells us a malfunction of a relief valve caused the leak around 9:00. Tune into News Channel 12 after the game for the latest.
  • Police: Man Beaten to Death with Shovel

    Police: Man Beaten to Death with Shovel

    Sunday, March 30 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 02:36:22 GMT
    Man beaten to death with shovel in Yazoo CityMan beaten to death with shovel in Yazoo City
    Yazoo County Sheriff, Jacob Sheriff tells us 25-year-old Demarcus Jones was found dead on the scene after being beaten with a shovel. This happened Saturday night around 6 p.m. in Yazoo City in Jonestown on Perkins Street. Sheriff says 42-year-old Michael Marshall allegedly struck Jones with the shovel. Marshall was taken to UMC with a gunshot wound to the chest.However,Sheriff tells us there could be a chance there are multiple gun shot wounds on Marshall.Investigators believe Jermaine Jones...
    Yazoo County Sheriff, Jacob Sheriff tells us 25-year-old Demarcus Jones was found dead on the scene after being beaten with a shovel. This happened Saturday night around 6 p.m. in Yazoo City in Jonestown on Perkins Street. Sheriff says 42-year-old Michael Marshall allegedly struck Jones with the shovel. Marshall was taken to UMC with a gunshot wound to the chest.However,Sheriff tells us there could be a chance there are multiple gun shot wounds on Marshall.Investigators believe Jermaine Jones...
  • JPS students sing in All-City Music Festival

    JPS students sing in All-City Music Festival

    Sunday, March 30 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-03-31 00:41:32 GMT
    All-City Choral Music FestivalAll-City Choral Music Festival
    At least 500 students from Jackson middle and high schools came together Sunday for a musical performance. The All-City Choral Music Festival is an annual event. Students of all ages have rehearsed for two days to learn the same songs and participate in singing workshops. Middle school and high school students are split up into different divisions to perform. Choir teacher, Kenneth Coger from Chastain Middle School says students learn valuable lessons from each other while going through the w...
    At least 500 students from Jackson middle and high schools came together Sunday for a musical performance. The All-City Choral Music Festival is an annual event. Students of all ages have rehearsed for two days to learn the same songs and participate in singing workshops. Middle school and high school students are split up into different divisions to perform. Choir teacher, Kenneth Coger from Chastain Middle School says students learn valuable lessons from each other while going through the w...
  • Jackson Zoo keeps accreditation, hosts party

    Jackson Zoo keeps accreditation, hosts party

    Sunday, March 30 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-03-31 00:18:21 GMT
    Zoo keeps accreditationZoo keeps accreditation
    The Jackson Zoo is celebrating this weekend. They've secured their accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Since last summer, the zoo's accreditation has been up in the air. It was pulled, then the zoo petitioned to get it back, and they won. It's good news for the zoo, and it's good news for the people that visit. " Accreditation just lets folks know that not only do we have good animal care, but we do good programming, we have good vet care, we do educational programming. ...
    The Jackson Zoo is celebrating this weekend. They've secured their accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Since last summer, the zoo's accreditation has been up in the air. It was pulled, then the zoo petitioned to get it back, and they won. It's good news for the zoo, and it's good news for the people that visit. " Accreditation just lets folks know that not only do we have good animal care, but we do good programming, we have good vet care, we do educational programming. ...
  • Suspect Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash

    Suspect Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:52:22 GMT
    Makeshift memorial at site of deadly crashMakeshift memorial at site of deadly crash
    Authorities are investigating an early morning crash.Jackson police tell us it happened around 2:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of TV Road and Highway 18 in Jackson.According to police, 33-year old Tiffini Martin, the driver of a Ford F-150 crashed into a Toyota Forerunner carrying four passengers.They tell us the two backseat passengers werethrown from the vehicle,one of those passengers, a 21-year old male passed away at the scene.The other passenger, a 22-year old male suffered majo...
    Authorities are investigating an early morning crash.Jackson police tell us it happened around 2:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of TV Road and Highway 18 in Jackson.According to police, 33-year old Tiffini Martin, the driver of a Ford F-150 crashed into a Toyota Forerunner carrying four passengers.They tell us the two backseat passengers werethrown from the vehicle,one of those passengers, a 21-year old male passed away at the scene.The other passenger, a 22-year old male suffered majo...
  • Rolling Fork man murdered, police search for suspect

    Rolling Fork man murdered, police search for suspect

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:36:03 GMT
    Eric Williams, murdered Saturday in Rolling ForkEric Williams, murdered Saturday in Rolling Fork
    Rolling Fork Police are investigating this weekend after a man is shot and killed at his own home. Police Chief Cordell Hughes tells us 37-year-old Eric Williams was shot once in the head. Chief Hughes says the murder happened between 8:00 and 9:00 Saturday evening at Williams' home on Southern Avenue in Rolling Fork. According to family members, Williams was shot in the driveway. They also tell us the suspect beat Williams' girlfriend and then searched their home. Now they want justice for t...
    Rolling Fork Police are investigating this weekend after a man is shot and killed at his own home. Police Chief Cordell Hughes tells us 37-year-old Eric Williams was shot once in the head. Chief Hughes says the murder happened between 8:00 and 9:00 Saturday evening at Williams' home on Southern Avenue in Rolling Fork. According to family members, Williams was shot in the driveway. They also tell us the suspect beat Williams' girlfriend and then searched their home. Now they want justice for t...
  • Fatal Accident in Holmes County

    Fatal Accident in Holmes County

    Sunday, March 30 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-03-30 16:07:01 GMT
    Two children thrown from car in Holmes CountyTwo children thrown from car in Holmes County
    Holmes County officials are investigating an early morning accident.Sheriff Willie March confirms the one car accident happened around 6:00 Sunday morning.March tells us the driver of the vehicle lost control and hit a pine tree.The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene.The driver was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.Marchsaysspeed may have been a factor.
    Holmes County officials are investigating an early morning accident.Sheriff Willie March confirms the one car accident happened around 6:00 Sunday morning.March tells us the driver of the vehicle lost control and hit a pine tree.The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene.The driver was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.Marchsaysspeed may have been a factor.
  • Ty Garvey and the Breakthru Band played at the early afternoon event to a group of about 200 people. In the crowd sat 17-year-old Kaylyn Arnold. She was also there to deliver her testimony.

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Prayer Rally Welcomes Will Graham to Clinton

    FAITH IN FOCUS: Prayer Rally Welcomes Will Graham to Clinton

    Sunday, March 30 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-03-30 12:51:38 GMT
    This weekend Will Graham, grandson of iconic preacher Billy Graham, held a celebration on campus at Mississippi College including three large-scale gathering.But - this morning - let's pull-back just seven days as the community prepared for the visit with a prayer rally at A.E. Wood Coliseum.Ty Garvey and the Breakthru Band played at the early afternoon event to a group of about 200 people. In the crowd sat 17-year-old Kaylyn Arnold. She was also there to deliver her testimony."My heart would...
    This weekend Will Graham, grandson of iconic preacher Billy Graham, held a celebration on campus at Mississippi College including three large-scale gathering.But - this morning - let's pull-back just seven days as the community prepared for the visit with a prayer rally at A.E. Wood Coliseum.Ty Garvey and the Breakthru Band played at the early afternoon event to a group of about 200 people. In the crowd sat 17-year-old Kaylyn Arnold. She was also there to deliver her testimony."My heart would...
  • Vietnam veterans honored in Walthall County

    Vietnam veterans honored in Walthall County

    Sunday, March 30 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-03-30 04:12:49 GMT
    Vietnam veterans honored in Walthall CountyVietnam veterans honored in Walthall County
    We traveled to Walthall County Saturday morning to attend a welcome home celebration for veterans of the Vietnam War. "This welcome today means a whole lot," says Vietnam Veteran, Demson Williams. "It means very much to me." Mississippi Vietnam veterans now have a day of their own: March 29. "It's kind of a Vietnam veterans recognition and appreciation day," explains Colonel Joel Hinson, a Vietnam veteran. Saturday, veterans and members of the community gathered in Walthall County for a welco...
    We traveled to Walthall County Saturday morning to attend a welcome home celebration for veterans of the Vietnam War. "This welcome today means a whole lot," says Vietnam Veteran, Demson Williams. "It means very much to me." Mississippi Vietnam veterans now have a day of their own: March 29. "It's kind of a Vietnam veterans recognition and appreciation day," explains Colonel Joel Hinson, a Vietnam veteran. Saturday, veterans and members of the community gathered in Walthall County for a welco...
  • Two Children Thrown From a Car in Holmes County

    Two Children Thrown From a Car in Holmes County

    Sunday, March 30 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-03-30 04:03:46 GMT
    Two children thrown from car in Holmes CountyTwo children thrown from car in Holmes County
    Sheriff Willie March tells us four people were traveling in a car around 6 p.m. Saturday night when losing control going around a curve on a county road. That was when two children under the age of ten were thrown from the car in Holmes County. One of the children was airlifted to a Jackson hospital, the other child was taken to a Jackson hospital by ambulance. The mother was also taken to a hospital in Jackson. The driver of the vehicle is being treated at a Lexington hospital. All four peop...
    Sheriff Willie March tells us four people were traveling in a car around 6 p.m. Saturday night when losing control going around a curve on a county road. That was when two children under the age of ten were thrown from the car in Holmes County. One of the children was airlifted to a Jackson hospital, the other child was taken to a Jackson hospital by ambulance. The mother was also taken to a hospital in Jackson. The driver of the vehicle is being treated at a Lexington hospital. All four peop...
  • Lawmaker: Miss. spending to rise by $168 million

    Lawmaker: Miss. spending to rise by $168 million

    Saturday, March 29 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-03-30 01:29:18 GMT
    Mississippi House of RepresentativesMississippi House of Representatives
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A top Mississippi budget writer says lawmakers will agree to spend $168 million more than previous estimates called for in the year beginning July 1. House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson, a Poplarville Republican, says money has been set aside for a $1,500 pay raise for all teachers and a $1,000 pay raise for some state employees who make less than $30,000 a year. Negotiators continued meeting Saturday, agreeing to file placeholder bills to technically meet an 8...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A top Mississippi budget writer says lawmakers will agree to spend $168 million more than previous estimates called for in the year beginning July 1. House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson, a Poplarville Republican, says money has been set aside for a $1,500 pay raise for all teachers and a $1,000 pay raise for some state employees who make less than $30,000 a year. Negotiators continued meeting Saturday, agreeing to file placeholder bills to technically meet an 8...
  • Hundreds of homes along miles of Highway 84 in Adams, Franklin, and Lincoln Counties went dark early Saturday morning. Entergy Crews on-scene said that lightning strikes near powerlines could be the reason for the outages..

    "Miracle" Baby Shower Goes On Without Eddiston Electricity

    "Miracle" Baby Shower Goes On Without Eddiston Electricity

    Saturday, March 29 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-03-29 18:37:25 GMT
    At its worst more than 2,000 homes were without power and Entergy reports that in some areas effected by Friday night's severe weather they're still working to get the lights back on.Hundreds of homes along miles of Highway 84 in Adams, Franklin, and Lincoln Counties went dark early Saturday morning. Entergy Crews on-scene said that lightning strikes near powerlines could be the reason for the outages..But in the Eddiston Community - East of Meadville - squishy gravel soaked up the rainwater ...
    At its worst more than 2,000 homes were without power and Entergy reports that in some areas effected by Friday night's severe weather they're still working to get the lights back on.Hundreds of homes along miles of Highway 84 in Adams, Franklin, and Lincoln Counties went dark early Saturday morning. Entergy Crews on-scene said that lightning strikes near powerlines could be the reason for the outages..But in the Eddiston Community - East of Meadville - squishy gravel soaked up the rainwater ...
  • Missing Toddler: Myra Lewis

    Missing Toddler: Myra Lewis

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:05:42 GMT
    Myra Lewis was last seen March 1st in Madison County, MSMyra Lewis was last seen March 1st in Madison County, MS
    Myra Lewis, the missing Madison County toddler,was last seen on March 1st at her home in Camden. Since then, there's been no trace of the 2 year old.She was last seen wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, and pink tennis shoes. She stands 3' 1", and weighs 27 pounds. The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to her location.




    Myra Lewis, the missing Madison County toddler,was last seen on March 1st at her home in Camden. Since then, there's been no trace of the 2 year old.She was last seen wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, and pink tennis shoes. She stands 3' 1", and weighs 27 pounds. The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to her location.





  • Wilkinson County Residents Escape Flood

    Wilkinson County Residents Escape Flood

    Friday, March 28 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-03-29 01:18:14 GMT
    Flood Damage in Wilkinson CountyFlood Damage in Wilkinson County
    CROSBY, Miss. - Residents in Wilkinson County woke up to flooded homes and roads Friday morning after a heavy thunderstorm made it's way through across the state. According to the county's emergency management director Thomas Tolliver 26 homes and 16 apartments were damaged. The city of Crosby is home to nearly 300 residents. Tolliver says it was the hardest hit portion of the county. Reports show that over five inches of rain fell in that area. Crosby is surrounded by two creeks which overfl...
    CROSBY, Miss. - Residents in Wilkinson County woke up to flooded homes and roads Friday morning after a heavy thunderstorm made it's way through across the state. According to the county's emergency management director Thomas Tolliver 26 homes and 16 apartments were damaged. The city of Crosby is home to nearly 300 residents. Tolliver says it was the hardest hit portion of the county. Reports show that over five inches of rain fell in that area. Crosby is surrounded by two creeks which overfl...
  • NOAH Movie Review - Classic or Controversy?

    NOAH Movie Review - Classic or Controversy?

    Friday, March 28 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-03-28 23:22:14 GMT
    JACKSON, MS - Russell Crowe's adaptation of Noah's Ark has been stirring up quite a lot of controversial since its release this weekend, and News Channel 12 sent Bret and Joe to find out whether the film was worth seeing, or whether it should be skipped. BRET: As a big fan of the original book, I have to go with SKIP IT. The movie replaces "miracle" with "mysticism", turning Noah into Jack Torrance from "The Shining" and replacing God with rock creatures straight out of "The Never Ending Stor...
    JACKSON, MS - Russell Crowe's adaptation of Noah's Ark has been stirring up quite a lot of controversial since its release this weekend, and News Channel 12 sent Bret and Joe to find out whether the film was worth seeing, or whether it should be skipped. BRET: As a big fan of the original book, I have to go with SKIP IT. The movie replaces "miracle" with "mysticism", turning Noah into Jack Torrance from "The Shining" and replacing God with rock creatures straight out of "The Never Ending Stor...
  • GM Adds 824,000 Small Cars to Recall

    GM Adds 824,000 Small Cars to Recall

    Friday, March 28 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-03-28 22:21:42 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches. The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year. The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall. GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding ...
    DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches. The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year. The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall. GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding ...
  • Medical Marijuana Oil Proposal Heads to Governor's Desk

    Medical Marijuana Oil Proposal Heads to Governor's Desk

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:58:48 GMT
    Medical Marijuana Oil Proposal Heads to Governor's DeskMedical Marijuana Oil Proposal Heads to Governor's Desk
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Mississippi's House of Representatives has passed a bill to make a marijuana oil legal in Mississippi under tightly controlled circumstances. The House approved a conference report working out differences with the Senate on House Bill 1231 Thursday. The Senate still must approve the agreement before it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. The oil, which supporters say doesn't produce...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Mississippi's House of Representatives has passed a bill to make a marijuana oil legal in Mississippi under tightly controlled circumstances. The House approved a conference report working out differences with the Senate on House Bill 1231 Thursday. The Senate still must approve the agreement before it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. The oil, which supporters say doesn't produce...
  • Mississippi Death Row Inmates Say Lethal Injection Drugs Unconstitutional

    Mississippi Death Row Inmates Say Lethal Injection Drugs Unconstitutional

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:53:40 GMT
    Michelle ByromMichelle Byrom
    Convicted murderer, Michelle Byrom, will not die by lethal injection Thursday. Wednesday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood requested Byrom be executed Thursday. Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied that request. The Order by the Supreme Court reads: "Now before the Court en banc is the State's Motion to Reset Execution Date. Having duly considered the motion and Byrom's response, the court finds that the Motion to Reset Execution Date is not well taken and should be denied. It ...
    Convicted murderer, Michelle Byrom, will not die by lethal injection Thursday. Wednesday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood requested Byrom be executed Thursday. Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied that request. The Order by the Supreme Court reads: "Now before the Court en banc is the State's Motion to Reset Execution Date. Having duly considered the motion and Byrom's response, the court finds that the Motion to Reset Execution Date is not well taken and should be denied. It ...
  • Ridgeland Police Search for Vehicle Theft Suspect

    Ridgeland Police Search for Vehicle Theft Suspect

    Friday, March 28 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-03-28 20:37:15 GMT
    Tarence Wade is wanted by Ridgeland Police on charges of auto burglary and receiving stolen propertyTarence Wade is wanted by Ridgeland Police on charges of auto burglary and receiving stolen property
    Media Release: The Ridgeland Police Department needs your help locating Tarence Earl Wade, 28. He has active arrest warrants for one count of Motor Vehicle Theft. Wade is also under investigation for additional crimes of auto burglary and receiving stolen property. Sunday, March 16th several vehicles were burglarized and a Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a local restaurant in Ridgeland. The stolen Jeep was later recovered off Hanging Moss Drive in Jackson and evidence recovered led to arrest ...
    Media Release: The Ridgeland Police Department needs your help locating Tarence Earl Wade, 28. He has active arrest warrants for one count of Motor Vehicle Theft. Wade is also under investigation for additional crimes of auto burglary and receiving stolen property. Sunday, March 16th several vehicles were burglarized and a Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a local restaurant in Ridgeland. The stolen Jeep was later recovered off Hanging Moss Drive in Jackson and evidence recovered led to arrest ...
  • Train Derails in Jones County

    Train Derails in Jones County

    Friday, March 28 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-03-28 18:14:01 GMT
    A train derailed early Friday (3-28-14) morning in Jones County. The accident happened around 4:15 a.m.under the Highway 590overpass. That's near Jones Community College in Ellisville. Heavy machinery has been brought in to tryto clear the scene. It could take a while. The train is more than 100cars long. About 20 cars came off the track. Two cars are completely off. It's not clear what caused the accident. First responders have been working on the accident since well before dawn.There is no ...
    A train derailed early Friday (3-28-14) morning in Jones County. The accident happened around 4:15 a.m.under the Highway 590overpass. That's near Jones Community College in Ellisville. Heavy machinery has been brought in to tryto clear the scene. It could take a while. The train is more than 100cars long. About 20 cars came off the track. Two cars are completely off. It's not clear what caused the accident. First responders have been working on the accident since well before dawn.There is no ...
  • Jackson Police Need Help with Cold Case

    Jackson Police Need Help with Cold Case

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:44:22 GMT
    Jackson Police need help solving 2012 Double MurderJackson Police need help solving 2012 Double Murder
    Jackson Police needs the public’s help in solving a 2012 Double Homicide, where no arrests have been made. On March 28, 2012, 32-year old Anthony Davis and 33- year-old Kendrick Singleton were found inside a car, shot to death at “Club Hall of Fame” on Highway 80 near Westhaven Blvd. They were sitting in the driver and passenger seats of the vehicle. Witnesses on the scene say they saw a white van with a maroon st...
    Jackson Police needs the public’s help in solving a 2012 Double Homicide, where no arrests have been made. On March 28, 2012, 32-year old Anthony Davis and 33- year-old Kendrick Singleton were found inside a car, shot to death at “Club Hall of Fame” on Highway 80 near Westhaven Blvd. They were sitting in the driver and passenger seats of the vehicle. Witnesses on the scene say they saw a white van with a maroon st...
  • Roads Flooded, Crews Responding in Crosby, Jones Co., Etc.

    Roads Flooded, Crews Responding in Crosby, Jones Co., Etc.

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:32:26 GMT
    Several roads are flooded in Jones and Wilkinson counties at this time, after severe weather dumped rain and winds blew through the area. The worst damage reported from sources is in Crosby, Miss. Dozens of homes have water damage, several apartments sustained water damage, and one Crosby police car suffered water damage. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to one Silver Creek family whose home was washed away. Responders near Highway 33 say seven homes are flooded and five famil...
    Several roads are flooded in Jones and Wilkinson counties at this time, after severe weather dumped rain and winds blew through the area. The worst damage reported from sources is in Crosby, Miss. Dozens of homes have water damage, several apartments sustained water damage, and one Crosby police car suffered water damage. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to one Silver Creek family whose home was washed away. Responders near Highway 33 say seven homes are flooded and five famil...
  • Infant Rescued from Washington Mudslide Debris

    Infant Rescued from Washington Mudslide Debris

    Friday, March 28 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-03-28 17:10:12 GMT
      Kody Wesson rescued a 6-month old baby boy from the debris on Saturday, just minutes after a mudslide wiped out an entire community in Washington. Officials say the boy’s mother was also trapped in the mud and severely injured.
      Kody Wesson rescued a 6-month old baby boy from the debris on Saturday, just minutes after a mudslide wiped out an entire community in Washington. Officials say the boy’s mother was also trapped in the mud and severely injured.
  • Northside Terrace Apartments Shooting

    Northside Terrace Apartments Shooting

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-03-28 15:58:06 GMT
    Jackson Police are on the trail of two suspects after an officer involvedshooting.Ithappened around 4:30 Friday (3-28-14) morning at Terrace Gardens Apartments. The complex is located on Northside Drive. Nobody was hit, but several vehicles sustained heavy damage. We believe 2 men fled the scene in a stolen, silver, 2012 Ford F-250 pick-up truck.A resident at Terrace Gardens says gunshots woke him up. When he looked out his window, he saw a pick-up truck hit his car and at least 2 others. At ...
    Jackson Police are on the trail of two suspects after an officer involvedshooting.Ithappened around 4:30 Friday (3-28-14) morning at Terrace Gardens Apartments. The complex is located on Northside Drive. Nobody was hit, but several vehicles sustained heavy damage. We believe 2 men fled the scene in a stolen, silver, 2012 Ford F-250 pick-up truck.A resident at Terrace Gardens says gunshots woke him up. When he looked out his window, he saw a pick-up truck hit his car and at least 2 others. At ...
  • McDonalds to Offer Free Coffee

    McDonalds to Offer Free Coffee

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-03-28 15:06:59 GMT
    McDonald’s says it will give breakfast customers a free 12-ounce coffee for the next two weeks. The promotion starts today (which puts the ending date at April 11), and immediately follows a competitors breakfast rollout. The fast food giant also says it’s considering expanding breakfast hours. Right now, breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m. daily. The company’s president, Jeff Straton, says they “know that breakfast on the weekend cut off at 10:30 doesn't go very well.” According to a CNN Money Rep...
    McDonald’s says it will give breakfast customers a free 12-ounce coffee for the next two weeks. The promotion starts today (which puts the ending date at April 11), and immediately follows a competitors breakfast rollout. The fast food giant also says it’s considering expanding breakfast hours. Right now, breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m. daily. The company’s president, Jeff Straton, says they “know that breakfast on the weekend cut off at 10:30 doesn't go very well.” According to a CNN Money Rep...
  • Jackson Lot Turns Into a Swamp After a Two-Year Water Leak

    Jackson Lot Turns Into a Swamp After a Two-Year Water Leak

    Thursday, March 27 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-03-27 23:39:09 GMT
    A soggy and overgrown lot; it's owner, Glenn Hubbard, says he's been complaining to the city of Jacksonfor nearly two years ofa leak that he thinks is from the fire hydrant. Hubbard has owned the lot at the intersection of Truman and Turner street for thirteen years. "They need to do something because we have to pay taxes on this every year and if you don't keep your property clean they give you a citation for it," says Hubbard.Although, no citation has been issued to Hubbard for his propert...
    A soggy and overgrown lot; it's owner, Glenn Hubbard, says he's been complaining to the city of Jacksonfor nearly two years ofa leak that he thinks is from the fire hydrant. Hubbard has owned the lot at the intersection of Truman and Turner street for thirteen years. "They need to do something because we have to pay taxes on this every year and if you don't keep your property clean they give you a citation for it," says Hubbard.Although, no citation has been issued to Hubbard for his propert...
  • Possible Pay Raise for Mississippi Teachers

    Possible Pay Raise for Mississippi Teachers

    Thursday, March 27 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-03-27 23:02:53 GMT
    "Every teacher will receive a raise in whatever plan comes forward." A confident Representative John Moore (R) District60 says that every Mississippi teacher can expect a little higher income within the next fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee is at work trying to finalize a state budget. How much that teacher pay raise will be, is still in question. "We can't give them a 10 thousand dollar raise that's just unheard of or a five thousand dollar across the board raise," says Moore...
    "Every teacher will receive a raise in whatever plan comes forward." A confident Representative John Moore (R) District60 says that every Mississippi teacher can expect a little higher income within the next fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee is at work trying to finalize a state budget. How much that teacher pay raise will be, is still in question. "We can't give them a 10 thousand dollar raise that's just unheard of or a five thousand dollar across the board raise," says Moore...
  • Montana Newlywed Gets 30 Years For Husband's Death

    Montana Newlywed Gets 30 Years For Husband's Death

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-03-27 21:27:07 GMT
    Jordan Graham with Husband Cody JohnsonJordan Graham with Husband Cody Johnson
    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana newlywed who pleaded guilty to charges she pushed her husband to his death in Glacier National Park has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced 22-year-old Jordan Graham of Kalispell on Thursday. She had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.Prosecutors alleged Graham was having second thoughts ...
    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana newlywed who pleaded guilty to charges she pushed her husband to his death in Glacier National Park has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced 22-year-old Jordan Graham of Kalispell on Thursday. She had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.Prosecutors alleged Graham was having second thoughts ...
  • $25,000 Worth of Items Stolen From Vicksburg Construction Site

    $25,000 Worth of Items Stolen From Vicksburg Construction Site

    Thursday, March 27 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-03-27 17:11:02 GMT
    Vicksburg Police Dept.: Items stolen from construction site
    Vicksburg Police Dept.: Items stolen from construction site
  • Large turnout expected for Amnesty Days in Jackson

    Large turnout expected for Amnesty Days in Jackson

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:56:27 GMT
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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police say they are expecting a large turnout for the city's Amnesty Days. The city's Municipal Court Services will hold the annual event Thursday and Friday at the Jackson Police Department Headquarters. City officials say residents will be able to pay tickets, court-imposed fines and court costs while waiving warrant and administration fees for each violation. Traffic cases and misdemeanors, with the exception of DUI, domestic violence, crimes involving weapons...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police say they are expecting a large turnout for the city's Amnesty Days. The city's Municipal Court Services will hold the annual event Thursday and Friday at the Jackson Police Department Headquarters. City officials say residents will be able to pay tickets, court-imposed fines and court costs while waiving warrant and administration fees for each violation. Traffic cases and misdemeanors, with the exception of DUI, domestic violence, crimes involving weapons...
  • Clinton Burglary Arrest

    Clinton Burglary Arrest

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:24:39 GMT
    After sharing the video on Social media and with local media multiple calls came in identifying potential suspects. Investigators followed the tips and have issued an arrest warrant for Georgire Benard of Vicksburg.
    After sharing the video on Social media and with local media multiple calls came in identifying potential suspects. Investigators followed the tips and have issued an arrest warrant for Georgire Benard of Vicksburg.
  • Teen Recovering From Gunshot Wound to the Head

    Teen Recovering From Gunshot Wound to the Head

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:08:11 GMT
    Vicksburg teen recovers after police say he accidentally shot himself in the head
    Vicksburg teen recovers after police say he accidentally shot himself in the head
  • Smith County wildfire contained, now investigation begins

    Smith County wildfire contained, now investigation begins

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-03-27 03:36:17 GMT
    Smith County wildfire in Bienville National ForestSmith County wildfire in Bienville National Forest
    A fire inBienville National Forest burned as much as 1,000 acres according to officials. The fireis under control. Now the investigation begins. "Sometime last night, somebody came down this road and set fire in multiple places," says Mark Jamieson, Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer with the US Forest Service. Early Wednesday, firefighters began to battle the fire threatening a large area of Bienville National Forest. "We decided to connect all the separate fires into one large fire," ...
    A fire inBienville National Forest burned as much as 1,000 acres according to officials. The fireis under control. Now the investigation begins. "Sometime last night, somebody came down this road and set fire in multiple places," says Mark Jamieson, Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer with the US Forest Service. Early Wednesday, firefighters began to battle the fire threatening a large area of Bienville National Forest. "We decided to connect all the separate fires into one large fire," ...
  • Did Mississippi Woman On Death Row Get A Fair Trial?

    Did Mississippi Woman On Death Row Get A Fair Trial?

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-03-27 00:58:57 GMT
    Convicted murderer Michelle Byrom could be the first woman in 70 years executed in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood had requested that 56 year-old Byrom be put to death by lethal injection tomorrow. But her fate is now in limbo. The state supreme court could hear an appeal in the case. Legal experts and her supporters believe Byrom didn't get a fair trial and she didn’t have effective legal counsel. Reporter ...
    Convicted murderer Michelle Byrom could be the first woman in 70 years executed in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood had requested that 56 year-old Byrom be put to death by lethal injection tomorrow. But her fate is now in limbo. The state supreme court could hear an appeal in the case. Legal experts and her supporters believe Byrom didn't get a fair trial and she didn’t have effective legal counsel. Reporter ...
  • Two Car Accident on I-20 East

    Two Car Accident on I-20 East

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-03-27 00:14:41 GMT
    Two car accident on I-20 EastTwo car accident on I-20 East
    Traffic was restricted to two lanes on I-20 East around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Two cars were involved and an 18-wheeler got over to prevent from hitting one of the cars. The driver told News Channel 12 both cars were traveling in the left lanes before exit 46. One of the cars got over and the other car followed. The driver of the 18-wheeler says one of the cars quickly cut off the other car causing it to spin into oncoming traffic. That was when the driver of the tanker got over on the side ...
    Traffic was restricted to two lanes on I-20 East around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Two cars were involved and an 18-wheeler got over to prevent from hitting one of the cars. The driver told News Channel 12 both cars were traveling in the left lanes before exit 46. One of the cars got over and the other car followed. The driver of the 18-wheeler says one of the cars quickly cut off the other car causing it to spin into oncoming traffic. That was when the driver of the tanker got over on the side ...
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