Woman stabbed in grocery store parking lot

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By Monica Land

Woman stabbed in the throat

Authorities are now saying what they believed to be an incident of road rage in the parking lot of a grocery store may have been the result of an ongoing dispute.

Police said a woman was slashed in the throat and neck multiple times outside a Kroger at Crosstown in Lee County on Saturday.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital and her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

Police said a female suspect who fled the scene in a white cargo van with another passenger inside, has been taken into custody. The suspect is being questioned, but another suspect remains at large, officials said.

Detectives said the two women reportedly got into an argument on the roadway while driving in two separate vehicles when they pulled into the parking lot and the incident escalated.

Police said the women knew each other, but a motive in the attack has not been disclosed.

One dead, two hurt in head-on crash

One person is dead, and two others were seriously injured in a head-on crash between a car and a sport utility vehicle early Friday in Starkville.

The accident occurred around 2 a.m., Feb. 8, at Louisville Street and Boxwood Lane in Starkville.

Investigators said a Jeep Wrangler driven by Christopher James, 22, of Madison, collided head-on with a car drive by Jeree Blackwell, 25, of Starkville.

The car burst into flames following the accident.

A passenger in the car, Deseane K. Robinson, 23, of Starkville died in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

Liquor store rules could change in Southaven

The city of Southaven is looking at requiring liquor stores to be farther apart and farther from churches and schools.

WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn., reports that Southaven officials propose widening the buffer between schools, churches, parks and liquor stores. It would change the distance from those family-type atmospheres to liquor stores from 250 feet to 1,500 feet.

The new rules would require a half mile distance between liquor stores. Liquor stores that are already standing will be grandfathered in.

The city’s board of aldermen expects to take up the issue when it meets Feb. 19.

Former carpet mill to be demolished

The city of Greenville will tear down the old US Axminister Carpet Mills plant and convert the site into green space.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city approved a demolition contract with Huntington Machinery Inc. and Gentry Demolition LLC. The companies will tear down the building, which has been empty for about a decade.

Under the contract, the contractor agreed to pay the city $150,000 for demolition services in exchange for any steel, copper, wire, concrete, piping, iron and other salvageable materials inside the building.

City officials say contractors expect the demolition to be completed within 10 months.

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