On August 17, 2019, around 7 pm, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to 20623 Hwy 63, in the Wade community, for a report of an armed carjacking. The victim said he picked up a white man, later identified as Clinton Haas Pierce, and a white woman, later identified as Frances Elizabeth McCoy, whose vehicle broke down in Vancleave. He gave them a ride to Wade, where Pierce brandished a firearm and assaulted the victim. The suspects then stole the vehicle.Approximately an hour later, a patrol deputy spotted the car in Vancleave and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspects refused to stop and led the deputy on a brief pursuit to Antioch Road in Vancleave. The suspects got out of the car and ran, but McCoy was located and arrested. Pierce is still at large and possibly armed. Both suspects are being charged with armed carjacking. If you have any information of Pierce’s location, contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at (228) 769-3063 or call Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.
Since the ICE raids in Mississippi two weeks ago, charges have been filed in federal court accusing more than 40 immigrants, of being in the United States illegally. However, there have been no records of any companies or officials in Mississippi, who have been charged with knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Legal experts say there have been relatively few prosecutions anywhere of employers over the hiring of undocumented workers. They also say documents, computers and other items seized during immigration raids take time to sift through.
Investigations in New Jersey and Mississippi could lead to charges against parents of children who died in hot cars. A 22-month-old girl died after she was found unresponsive in a van outside a commuter rail station in Lindenwold, New Jersey, not far from Philadelphia. The little girl was discovered Friday afternoon. And police in Booneville, Mississippi might decide today whether to file charges in the death of a child left in a hot car. The child was found Friday and investigators believe the car might have been parked outside a day care center all day.
Much of north Mississippi will be back under a heat advisory later today. The heat index is forecast to climb to around 105 or higher this afternoon and more of the same is expected tomorrow and Wednesday. The National Weather Service is holding off on a heat advisory farther south but says much of the Delta may have to be added by tomorrow.
Six people were injured in an ATV accident on the Bailey Community. First responders say it happened on private property just off Windsor Road near highway 493 late Saturday night. Bailey Fire Chief Stanley Lucky says a total of eight people were treated at the scene for a variety of injuries, two of them were children. He says all were riding the same ATV. Three of the victims were airlifted to a Jackson hospital. No word on their condition.
A bond hearing is scheduled this week for the man charged with the murder of a University of Mississippi student last month. The Northeast Mississippi Daily reports the hearing will take place Wednesday, August 22nd for Brandon Theesfeld in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria "Ally" Kostial. Her body was found near a lake about 30 minutes from the school's campus on July 20th.
More helicopters are being built in Mississippi for border security missions. The Airbus plant near Columbus has been awarded a 59-million dollar contract for the construction of nine Light Enforcement Helicopters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Mississippi National Guard continues to fly missions out of Laredo, Texas in support of the Border Patrol also using choppers that are built in Mississippi. The 1st Battalion of the 114th Aviation Regiment from Tupelo has assisted the Border Patrol in the detection and apprehension of thousands of people and drugs crossing into the U.S. illegally and it's conducted over a dozen rescues since the mission began last year.
The Jackson City Council is expected to take a vote tomorrow on whether or not to sue the Mississippi Department of Transportation for not using federal funds to repair parts of Medgar Evers Boulevard. Some members of the council claim that the repairs are not the responsibility of the city, because the street is still technically state highway 49, and thereby the state's financial responsibility. City Councilmember Kenneth Stokes says the state is discriminating against the City of Jackson.
The Lee County chapter of the NAACP is now calling for an official reprimand of Sheriff Jim Johnson for making racist remarks. Chapter president Chris Taylor said, in addition to an apology, the NAACP wants the board that appropriates the sheriff's office budget to reprimand Johnson. This comes after the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that Johnson, in a text conversation with another white elected official, said that Latino lawmaker, Rep. Shane Aquirre of Tupelo, is "worse than a black person." The 2017 conversation took place between Johnson and Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan about building a new jail.
Want to read more or exercise more, but say you have no time? There’s something called the Omni Calculator, which can let you know exactly how many books you could read or how fit you could become … in the time you spend on social media. You just put in the number of times you go on social media during the day, and the average time of each visit. The calculator then tells you how long you're spending on social media, and then translates those hours to all of the other things you could have done instead – like how many calories you could have burned, or how many books you could have read, or how could have learned a new hobby or skill. (Bustle)
768 MILLION VACATION DAYS WENT UNUSED LAST YEAR
Workers in the United States didn’t use a staggering 768 million vacation days last year, which was up 9 percent from just a year before.Of those 768 million days that went unused, 236 million were lost forever – which comes out to $65.5 billion in lost benefits.Business insiders say the biggest reason for this increase in unused vacation days is that the number of earned days off is increasing faster than workers are using them. (WXIN-TV)
Researchers in New Zealand say bones found there show there once were man-sized penguins in the region. The news published last week in the paleontology journal Alcheringa says the feet and leg bones were found last year in the Waipara River near Christchurch. The paper's co-author, Paul Scofield says the discovery shows the penguin species stood around five-feet-two inches tall and lived some 60-million-years ago during the Paleocene Epoch several million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
A Wisconsin family might avoid eating salads for a long time. The Allens posted a video on Twitter showing the discovery of a live frog in a package of Simple Truth organic greens. That package was bought from a Glendale Pick 'n Save, who refunded the family after viewing the video. However, the frog ended up escaping from the product overnight. Parent company Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. said in a statement that the organic nature of the product, free from additives and certain pesticides, means that sometimes insects and small animals may sneak into the fresh produce items. Simple Truth apologized for the mishap, asking for more information to follow up with suppliers. One of the Allens said they don't plan on eating any more salads thanks to the odd find in the greens which are supposed to be " triple washed and organic and healthy."
Getting her money’s worth … A woman in the UK got married last month – and she’s pretty much been wearing her wedding dress ever since. “I have cooked, cleaned and even done a bit of carpentry in it,” says Dawn Winfield-Hunt. “Usually you only get to wear your dress once and then you put it in a box and forget about it,” she says. “But I liked mine and decided to wear it the following day for a BBQ with friends and everyone loved it.” Since then she’s worn it to a bar, a festival and even while paddle boarding. Dawn says she even has a “bucket list” of activities she wants to do while wearing her dress. (NY Post)
For their unique take on the days top local and national stories, here's the Aug. 19th edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":