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September 17, 2018 - 12:00 am


Police: A man in wheelchair charged with killing 3 relatives

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man in a wheelchair has been charged with killing three female relatives at a home in Mississippi's capital city.

The Jackson Police Department said Sunday that 22-year-old Maurice Forte has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his mother, grandmother and sister.

Police went to a Jackson home after receiving a call about someone being held against their will. They said they found Forte and that he told officers he shot someone. Three women were found fatally shot in the back of the home.

The victims are identified as Forte's 67-year-old grandmother Eddie Mae Wofford, his 49-year-old mother Miyuki Wofford and 26-year-old sister Kyisha Wofford

Police said Forte is being held without bond. It's not known if he has a lawyer.


Budget woes may force cuts to Tunica County fire department

(Information from: WMC-TV,

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The fire district that protects Tunica County's casinos is again at risk of having its number of firefighters cut in half.

North Tunica Fire spokesman Dennis Doughty tells WMC-TV that Tunica County supervisors are considering cutting their subsidy, which could leave the fire department with only two firefighters per shift.

Four firefighters are required before anyone can enter a scene. That means firefighters will have to wait for backup. It's also likely to make fire insurance premiums jump.

The North Tunica Fire District dropped to two firefighters per shift earlier this year, but returned to four after supervisors began subsidizing operations. The district faced a shortfall because property taxes in the district have declined, in part because a casino closed.

Supervisor James Dunn says he expects a decision next month.



Demolition work starts this month on long-abandoned hospital

(Information from: The Vicksburg Post,

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Work is supposed to start this month on demolishing an abandoned hospital.

The Vicksburg Post reports a Jackson company is supposed to remove asbestos and tear down the two buildings of the former Kuhn Hospital within six months.

Vicksburg is paying M&M Services $750,000 for the work, with $460,000 coming from state grants and the city paying the rest.

Mayor George Flaggs says he wants a brick as a souvenir of the city's long struggle to clear the property.

Kuhn started as a city hospital and became a state charity hospital in 1956. Mississippi closed its three charity hospitals in 1989.

Owners abandoned the property and Vicksburg officials sought cleanup for more than a decade. An abducted woman's murder on the property in 2015 brought new urgency to efforts.



Police chief fired at Mississippi Valley State

(Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Valley State University has fired its police chief after he had worked for the university for 18 years.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Alex Granderson is one of several high-ranking officials fired in recent weeks.

The university had two non-fatal shootings this year, but Granderson said he thinks the firing was unfair, saying he'd never been disciplined.

Spokeswoman Brittany Davis-Green says she's not allowed to comment on personnel matters.

Granderson says he plans to appeal through the university's grievance process.

The former chief, who had led the campus force since 2017, says he was fired by Vice President of Student Affairs Jacqueline Gibson.

An anonymous flyer circulating on campus complains about Gibson. She couldn't be reached for comment and Davis-Green says she was unaware of the flyer until asked.



US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roared ashore the same day half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

Storms in the western Pacific generally hit with much higher winds and the people who live in their way are often poorer and more vulnerable. Princeton University hurricane scientist Gabriel Vecchi said Saturday that differences in the storms also are likely to determine the type of destruction.

Mangkhut made landfall Friday in the Philippines with 165 mph (265 kph) winds. Florence had 90 mph (145 kph) winds on reaching North Carolina. Fast-moving Magnkhut quickly turn back out to sea, heading toward China. Meanwhile, Florence plodded across the Carolinas slower than a normal person walks, dumping heavy rains and causing severe flooding.


The Latest: 3-month-old dies when tree falls on home

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence and its remnants has risen to 17 as officials say a 3-month-old died in North Carolina when a tree landed on a mobile home.

Gaston County manager Earl Mathers said in an email to commissioners the tree fell on a mobile home Sunday in Dallas, about 240 miles (386 kilometers) west of where Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach.

County spokesman James McConnell confirmed to The Associated Press that officials believe the tree fell because of the rain and wind from the storm's remnants.

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