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November 30, 2018 - 12:00 am


Police chase results in 1 death, 2 in custody

(Information from: WREG-TV,

BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman is dead and two Florida women are in custody after a police chase across north Mississippi led to a fatal wreck.

WREG-TV reports the Mississippi Highway Patrol says Lisa Gay of Batesville, Mississippi was killed in the crash in Byhalia.

Tae'ona Edmonson of Cape Coral, Florida and Tanairy Portal of Miami are in custody. MHP says the women face a variety of charges from multiple jurisdictions. Details were not released. It was unknown if they have attorneys.

It began at 1 p.m. Thursday, when DeSoto County authorities attempted to stop a vehicle on U.S. 78, which turns into Interstate 22. Edmonson led deputies on a brief chase until they crossed into Marshall County, where she crashed the car, killing Gay. Edmondson then got into another vehicle with Portal and fled. They crossed into Union County, before the car hit a MHP vehicle head-on.

The women and the trooper were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.



Police: 2 children shot in car near Mississippi hospital

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say two children have been shot in a car being driven by their mother near the University Of Mississippi Medical Center.

Jackson Police Chief James Davis says a 1-year-old was shot in the leg and a 3-year-old was shot in the chest Thursday afternoon. Davis says the woman grabbed her children and ran into the emergency room.

Medical center spokesman Marc Rolph says the injuries don't appear life-threatening.

Davis says the mother told police the shooter "put the window down, reached out and fired." A search was underway.

Employees and students at the hospital and medical school received a text alert at about 4:40 p.m. Thursday saying there was an active shooter in a parking garage. A text about a half hour later said no shooter was on campus.


3 face charges in Mississippi in death of man found in well

(Information from: WTVA-TV,

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — Three people face murder charges in the death of a Mississippi man whose body was found in a well.

Deputies were called to a home in the Elliott community of Grenada County about 5 a.m. Sunday after a shooting and found blood and shell casings, but no body. WTVA-TV reports Montgomery County Sheriff Alton Strider says about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 37-year-old Willie Hooper's body was found in a well in the Duck Hill area. Officials had to drain it before they could retrieve the remains.

Strider says an autopsy will determine how he died.

Meanwhile, authorities say 31-year-old Monique Lott, her brother, 32-year-old Mark Lott, and 27-year-old Marquize Tillmon are being held without bond on capital murder charges.

Strider says Monique Lott was dating Hooper's ex-girlfriend who shared a child with Hooper.



Judge rules Mississippi county is liable for jailing woman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says a county is liable for damages to a Mississippi woman who was jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, setting a jury trial in March to determine the amount.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock made the ruling Tuesday in the case of Jessica Jauch, who is suing Choctaw County and Sheriff Cloyd Halford.

Aycock had originally denied Jauch's lawsuit claiming violations of her constitutional rights, but an appeals court reinstated the lawsuit last year, calling Jauch's detention "unjust and unfair."

The ruling comes as the county asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court or at least find the county doesn't have to pay.

Jauch was jailed in 2012 and eventually cleared after video didn't show her committing a crime.


Suspected serial killer confesses to 5 Mississippi deaths

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Five Mississippi homicides are linked to a man suspected in dozens of deaths.

The FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program says Samuel Little has confessed to killings in Gulfport, Jackson and Pascagoula.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says Little is charged with killing Alice Taylor and Tracy Johnson, friends found strangled to death in 1992. Taylor was found Gulfport, while Johnson was found three weeks later in Saucier.

Peterson says Little is also charged with killing 36-year-old Julia Critchfield, found strangled in 1978 in a Saucier dirt pit.

Little has also confessed to killing Melinda Lapree of Pascagoula, found dead in a Gautier cemetery ditch in 1982.

Finally, Little confessed to killing a 16-year-old male in Jackson in 1984, but authorities have yet to match a name to that confession.


Mississippi capital gets $1M for art focusing on food access

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city is receiving a $1 million grant for public art focusing on access to fresh food.

The money comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, run by billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba jokingly welcomed the former New York mayor "to the deep-fried South" as they appeared together Thursday for the grant announcement.

Bloomberg says 200 cities competed for a public art grant, and Jackson is one of 14 winners. He says the art could generate discussion about nutrition.

Lumumba says a goal to draw attention to communities where people don't have access to fresh food or "don't make the proper choices in the things that they eat."

Artists, chefs, farmers, landscape architects and others will work on art installations and programs for the "Fertile Ground" project.

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