Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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 >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:13 GMT
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."
The City of Toledo, along with the Mayor's Coalition of Hope, is planning to host a cash-for-guns event in early June.
Deputy Mayor Shirley Green says details will be announced at a later date, but she believes the community discussion stirred up from such an event is priceless.
"The guns that come into these gun buybacks aren't the type of weapons we're truly looking for from criminals," she said. "However, it's always a good thing to talk about gun safety and it's always a good thing to get weapons off the street."
The last time Toledo held a gun buyback was in 2003, and in one day 131 weapons were turned in for $50 per working gun.
Councilman Joe McNamara, when holding a press conference to urge the administration to host a gun buyback, was pleased to find out it's in the works.
"That's great," he said. "This is not just about reducing violence and criminals that are using guns, it's also about reducing the number of unwanted guns and providing a service."
A recent report from the National Institute for Justice points to gun buybacks as being ineffective, but Former Block Watch Director Michael Dearth says you can point to cases where a crime was committed with a stolen gun.
"People who own guns that really don't want them or need them or plan on using them for anything, if they would sell these guns back, it's less likely someone can break into their house and steal that weapon and use it in another crime," Dearth said.