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 >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 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."
Several communities in the area are still dealing with flooding after the weekend's heavy rainfall.
People in Ottawa are no strangers to flooding, but the extreme cold temperatures are making this flood a little harder to deal with. The cold temperatures make the dense ground harder for water to drain, and water is only receding about an inch per hour.
Putnam County Commissioner John Love is one of many affected by the flood. He owns Love Funeral Home, the basement of which is completely flooded. He has been forced to push back some funeral times.
"As of yesterday, all of the downtown businesses were in an area that was kind of like an island," Love said. "Nobody in the area could get to them."
Homes in the area have also been affected.
"They are witnessing some flooding in their basements, and of course there is no way to get anything out at this point. You just got to do it yourself, there is no help out there yet," Love said. "I know our fire department always stands in the ready, but again, they have other things like rescue work to do and actually evacuating people."
According to Putnam County EMA Director Steve Odenweller, this is the sixth worst flood for the area. Water has been freezing along the roads, adding to the cleanup process.
"With the amount of water we had, we are going to have to chip some of these areas out along the roads," he said. "And we have to get that cleared off so we can get traffic through and get them salted, but that is just extra work that takes a little longer. The water may be gone, but the ice is there."
Odenweller says it may be best for last-minute holiday shoppers to just stay home.
"I don't want to discourage anybody from doing their shopping, but it's really tough to get to downtown Ottawa right now, and just passing through Ottawa," he said. "The best thing to do is if you are not stopping through Ottawa is to bypass it altogether."
County officials say they don't know for sure when all the roads will be open.