Authorities in Harrison County have issued a warning to residents to be on the lookout for telephone scammers posing as someone from the sheriff's office. The alert was issued after several complaints came in last week of a person threatening arrests unless overdue fines are paid. The caller also demands that payments be made with a debit or credit card.
Friends, family and first responders gathered at a church Monday night to offer prayers for a sheriff's deputy who was wounded in the line of duty last week. Deputy Brad Sullivan was shot in the head last Thursday following a high speed chase that ended in an exchange of gunfire with officers. He remains in critical condition at a local hospital. The prayer vigil was held at the Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison.
Governor Phil Bryant has signed extradition papers requesting the return of the so-called Walmart shooter back to Mississippi from Tennessee to stand trial for murder. Thirty-nine-year-old Martez Abram is being held in a Memphis hospital facing capital murder charges. He is accused in the shooting death of a manager and a co-worker at a Walmart store in Southaven on July 30th. A Southaven police officer was also shot and wounded. A second extradition hearing is set for September 13th.
It didn't take long for the injury bug to have an impact on the football teams at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels' top defensive player will miss most of the season after suffering a broken ankle and torn ligament in the Arkansas game. Linebacker Momo Sanogo was the team's leading tackler last year. And at State, the status of quarterback Tommy Stevens this weekend is uncertain after he suffered a shoulder injury in the Southern Miss game.
A tenth case of West Nile virus is being reported in Mississippi now. And like many of the others, it's in the Pine Belt. The State Health Department says Forrest County is reporting its third case of the summer. Jones and Lamar counties have each had one case. The other five have been scattered around central Mississippi.
It's being called an example of what's happening in too many small towns in Mississippi. A Justice Court clerk in Waynesboro is accused of embezzling almost 40-thousand dollars. State Auditor Shad White says when people who handle public funds don't have proper oversight, this kind of crime can occur. White says he understands that small communities don't have the money to hire large staffs but he says it's the responsibility of elected officials to keep tabs on how public funds are being handled. In the Wayne County case, former clerk Christy James faces up to 20 years in prison if she's convicted on the embezzlement charge.
The early numbers look good for this year's alligator season in Mississippi. Hunters have until tomorrow to file their reports but the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says based on their preliminary figures, more than 770 gators were harvested -- higher than the last two years. Although the numbers were up, it doesn't look like any records were broken- although the record for the longest female gator, a ten-footer, was tied.
And for more of the days news, and their unique take on those stories, here's behind-the-scenes video of this Sep 10th edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":