Woman held without bond in toddler’s death

August 2, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Hinds County woman is being held without bond after being charged with capital murder in the death of her 1-year-old son. Tiffany Michelle Menifield remains behind bars at the Hinds County Detention Center after appearing in court on Saturday, July 27.

Menfield, 25, who lives in the 600 block of Hampton Circle in Jackson, was charged after her son, Tyree McDonald, died on Sunday, July 18 at UMC Hospital.

Jackson police officer hit by car on I-55

July 23, 2013 in News, Police Report, Statewide News, The Buzz, Top Stories

Police Chief Lindsey Horton has confirmed the death of a Jackson Police Officer, his first since being named to his new post earlier this month. Horton said 35-year Bruce Jacob was killed Saturday afternoon after being hit by a motorist in the southbound lanes of I-55 and Northside Drive.

Jacob, a Precinct Four officer, and a five year veteran of the police force, received a call about debris on the roadway of I-55 south about 1:30 p.m. He had reportedly retrieved a barbecue grill that had fallen off a truck and was putting it in the trunk of his cruiser when another vehicle came from behind and hit him.

Jacob was taken to UMC where he died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said.

Police charge boyfriend in death of pregnant teen

June 19, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Jackson police have charged 20-year-old Octavious Morrison with capital murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

He is being held without bond.

Police say 17-year-old Octavia Love was seven months pregnant and the unborn fetus did not survive.

Detectives said Love was in a back bedroom at a residence in the 1500 block of Wood Glen Drive, Saturday afternoon, June 8, with her Morrison when the rifle was discharged.

Man accused in couple’s killing owed them money

June 19, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A man who allegedly murdered an 89-year-old man and his ailing 86-year-old wife worked for them in the past and owed them money, police said.

Interim Clinton Police Chief Mike Warren told The Clarion-Ledger that 47-year-old Willie Williams owed money to Arthur and Maxine Hodge but hadn’t worked for them in the past year.

Stephanie Henderson, a niece of the couple, says her uncle had made small loans over time to Williams totaling $1,300.

Coroner: Man shot self twice after killing officer

April 12, 2013 in Top Stories

The murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi’s capital city last week shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer four times, the coroner said Tuesday.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said 23-year-old Jeremy Powell shot himself once in the side of the head and once under the chin after shooting veteran Jackson Police Detective Eric Smith four times on Thursday, April 4. Grisham-Stewart said last week that Powell had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“It is unusual, but the first shot didn’t kill him,” the coroner said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Powell was being questioned about a stabbing death when he grabbed Smith’s gun during an interview on the third floor of the department and shot the 40-year-old detective twice in the arm and twice in the chest, authorities say.

Man charged with killing pregnant girlfriend

January 23, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A 50-year-old Jackson man has been charged with two counts of murder after he allegedly strangled his pregnant girlfriend killing her and her unborn child.

Ben Hawkins was arrested on Jan. 17 after police said he reportedly killed 31-year-old Darlene Day.

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green said officers responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Teresa Drive on Jan. 11 in reference to an “unresponsive individual.” When officers arrived, they discovered Day in the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Victim identified in Jackson fatal fire

January 7, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart has identified the victim in Saturday’s fatal house fire in Jackson, WLBT reported.

Grisham-Stewart said a preliminary investigation shows 58-year-old Oscar Scott died of smoke inhalation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

A call came in about 4:15 p.m. Saturday at 1777 Southaven Circle. When crews arrived, flames could be seen shooting from the side of the home along with heavy smoke.

Worker who fell 5 floors dies

October 23, 2012 in News, Statewide News

A 43-year-old construction worker who survived for nearly a week in the hospital after falling from a five-story building in Belhaven has died.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Clarion-Ledger that Stacey Andrew Washington died Wednesday night about 8:30 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from multiple blunt force injuries associated with the fall.