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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
A newly-formed, multi-agency SWAT team has been busy deploying to several high-stakes crime scenes.
The Northern Region SWAT Team was formed last June to serve northern Wood County. Previously, the entire county was served by a multi-agency team out of the sheriff's office in Bowling Green. The new team cuts response times in half.
"A SWAT team's role is to respond to situations that are outside of the scope of normal police capabilities," said Officer Joe Ball of the Perrysburg Township Police and the Northern Region SWAT Team. "Basically, when police have to call 911, they call the SWAT team."
The Northern Region SWAT Team is made up of 18 members from six departments in northern Wood County – villages and townships that some would consider quiet.
"Evil-doers of the world don't know jurisdictional boundaries," said Chief Mark Hummer, of the Lake Township Police. "So we have to be as prepared as our larger counterparts in the urban areas to deal with the exact same type of situations that they do."
In the last six months, the team has helped apprehend a pair of brothers wanted in connection with the murder of a Perrysburg Heights woman, assisted the DEA on high-risk narcotics busts, and helped Lake Township with an armed gunman who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, their son, and then himself.
Chief Hummer said he hopes to do more.
"I envision growing this team to do more than just response," Hummer said. "I'd like to see them work together in drug interdiction, and tactical patrol. So if we're having an issue in one area, they can work together."
The team started with a shoestring budget of $18,000. Each year, departments pay $1,000 per officer they have on the force. That pays for body armor, helmets, ammunition, and other necessities.