News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Alleged shooter in custody
One man is dead and another in custody after a shooting in Bude. Franklin County Sheriff James Newman tells The Natchez Democrat deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
Newman says an apparent argument in the street escalated into gunfire. He says the shooting resulted in the death of 40-year-old Juan Middleton.
The sheriff says the alleged shooter, 26-year-old Brian Middleton, was taken into custody.
Newman said that though the two men have the same last name, at this time it is unclear if they were related.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Pinola man killed when vehicle crashes into tree
Authorities are trying to determine why a Simpson County man's vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree.
WLBT reports the fatal accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4 on Highway 28 south of Mendenhall.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Corporal Odis Easterling identified the victim as 20-year-old Charvis Coleman of Pinola.
Investigators say Coleman's car was traveling east near the Strong River when he ran off the road and collided into some trees.
Easterling says Coleman was wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tupelo's mayor won't seek re-election next year
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. says he won't run for a second term.
He announced his decision not to run next year in a full-page ad in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Reed says his reasons include wanting more time with his family and returning to work at his family business, Reed's Department Store.
Since taking office in July 2009, Reed has made many changes in city government. His ad mentioned some, including Sunday alcohol sales and a recurring neighborhood revitalization fund.
During his first year, he was criticized after police rehired Assistant Chief Robert Hall, who had resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to misdemeanors. Reed denied having any direct part in that decision. The state refused to reinstate Hall's police certification, and he resigned again.