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October 10, 2018 - 12:00 am

TROOPER KILLED

Coroner offers a few details in shooting death of trooper

(Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com)

RIPLEY, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says an off-duty Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper appears to have been standing outside a vehicle on Sept. 30, while the person who shot him was sitting inside the vehicle's passenger side.

Tippah County Coroner Chris McCallister tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that trooper Josh Smith of Walnut was shot one time in the face.

Officials have charged 43-year-old Troy Anthony Eaton of Rienzi (REYE'-in-zee) with murder and aggravated assault. The second charge relates to the nonfatal shooting of Smith's 38-year-old brother-in-law, Rickie Dale Vick of Michigan City.

The shooting occurred in the Hatchie River bottom, an area that people sometimes frequent to ride all-terrain vehicles. Officials have yet to explain why they believe Eaton came to shoot Smith and Vick.

Eaton is jailed without bail.

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BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

The Latest: Hurricane Michael to push Carolinas storm surge

PANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Michael is still getting stronger as it closes in on Florida's Gulf Coast, with top winds growing to nearly 150 mph (240 kph).

The National Hurricane Center says data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicates that the minimum pressure inside the eye of the hurricane is still dropping, down to 923 millibars.

Hurricane Michael's center is now less than 50 miles off the coast, with hurricane-force gusts reaching the shore.

AP-US-MISSISSIPPI-POLICE-KILLED

Parole revoked, murder charges await police killing suspect

(Information from: The Daily Leader, http://www.dailyleader.com)

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Officials plan to charge a man accused of killing two police officers with capital murder once he's released from the hospital.

However, Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Grace Fisher tells The Daily Leader that 25-year-old Marquis Flowers also had his parole revoked last week.

Fisher says Flowers will return to prison on convictions for conspiracy and multiple counts of vehicle burglary. Flowers was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 but was released in 2017. At the time of the shooting he was wanted in Natchez for failing to appear on charges after being released on bail.

Flowers is accused of shooting and killing Brookhaven Police Patrolman James White and Cpl. Zach Moak when the two responded to reported gunfire on Sept. 29.

Flowers himself was shot and wounded.

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SCHOOL OFFICERS

County won't get federal funds for armed deputies in schools

(Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com)

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county that plans to increase the number of armed deputies at its schools has learned it won't be getting any federal grants to help cover the costs.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Tuesday that Lee County Schools officials learned about the lack of federal grant funding last week. The newspaper says the development has made uncertain the county's plan to place six new law enforcement officers at district schools.

The county sheriff and superintendent proposed earlier this year that the district and county split the costs, and the county sought grant funding to cover its half of expenses. The district increased tax rates to boost revenue and earmarked about $280,000 for the officers. The school district says it's now waiting to see what the county does next.

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TROPICAL WEATHER-MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi sending assets to help Florida as Michael nears

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The State of Mississippi has deployed two search-and-rescue teams to Florida, to assist with potential emergency response efforts, ahead of Hurricane Michael.

The deployment, announced Tuesday, was provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests by Florida. Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Director Jay Ledbetter says Florida has a long history of helping Mississippi and they're glad to return the favor.

The state is sending 42 personnel to serve as two swift water rescue teams. The teams are scheduled to remain in Florida for two weeks to conduct search and rescue operations if necessary.

The expenses for all the deployments will be reimbursed to the State of Florida.

TROPICAL WEATHER-NEW YORK

New York sends National Guard to help with Hurricane Michael

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is dispatching National Guard personnel and aircraft to Florida and Mississippi to assist with the response to Hurricane Michael.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 75 airmen with the Long Island-based 106th Rescue Wing are leaving for Gulfport, Mississippi on Thursday, along with a search and rescue airplane and helicopter and two inflatable rescue boats.

Meanwhile, the New York Army National Guard is preparing to dispatch two Chinook helicopters to Tallahassee, Florida. along with up to 20 Guard members.

The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida's panhandle later Wednesday.

Cuomo says New York stands "ready, willing and able" to assist southern states as the region responds to and recovers from the storm.

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