2 killed in Madison County wreck

January 9, 2013 in News, Statewide News

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

7-year-old dead; 4-year-old critically injured

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesperson Cpl. Odis Easterling confirmed two people were killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Madison County Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at Highway 51 and Highway 17 south of Pickens.

According to the highway patrol a white Chevrolet pickup traveling north on Highway 51 collided head on with a beige Chevrolet pickup attempting to turn onto Highway 17 from southbound Highway 51.

The driver of the white pickup, 30-year-old Michael Tucker of Canton, was traveling with three passengers. Adrian Crayton, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. Quinton Journigan, 7, was pronounced dead at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Traveon Harris, 4, is listed in critical condition at UMMC.

The driver of the beige truck, 56-year-old Walter Simpson of Pickens, was transported to Madison River Oaks Hospital with minor injuries.

No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing.

Helena brother, sister charged with growing pot

A Helena community brother and sister have been charged with growing marijuana after authorities found more than 100 plants in the house they shared. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says deputies received a tip about plants.

Byrd says 37-year-old Lee Edward Holloman and 39-year-old Amanda Laree James were arrested Thursday. Each is charged with cultivating marijuana. They remained in the local jail Friday pending an initial court appearance.

Byrd says the plants varied in height, but most were about 3 feet tall.

He says the garage had both hydroponic and traditional growing systems. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without soil.

Cultivating marijuana carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Moss Point plans new $4.5M police headquarters

Moss Point officials hope a new police headquarters will ease overcrowded and rundown conditions in the current building.

Construction on the $4.5 million complex could begin as early as January 2013, and be complete in about 18 months, WLOX reported.

Among the benefits, officials say would be a new jail, a larger courtroom to handle overflowing crowds, and separate area to shield dispatchers from the public. Detectives will have more office space, including a conference room.

The roof leaks on the current building, wiring is exposed, hallways are cramped and ceiling tiles are falling in.

Quilt exhibit coming to Amory in 2013

The Amory Regional Museum is preparing for its annual three-month quilt exhibit.

Museum director Bo Miller tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the popular exhibit will be January through March.

He says display has been an annual event for about 30 years and is the museum’s most popular exhibit.

Miller says about 40 quilts were in the 2012 exhibit.

A quilt from the 1850s is included in the museum’s collection. Some of the types of quilts that have been on display are a quilt made out of ties and also t-shirts. Miller says the museum is looking for any style quilt to include in the exhibit. Miller says the quilts don’t have to be old but could be recently completed.