News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Victim was on her way to church
Authorities said a man has been sentenced to 40 years for causing a fatal accident while fleeing from police after stealing groceries.
Madison and Rankin counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest said Robert Williams, also known as Robert Gene Byrd, was convicted of felony evasion causing the death of another.
Williams must serve that sentence day-for-day and without the possibility of parole because he was convicted as a habitual offender.
Guest says Williams and his accomplice stole $600 in groceries from the Kroger in Ridgeland and crashed at the intersection of Grants Ferry and Lakeland in Flowood.
The accident killed 36-year-old Milinda Clark, a mother of two teens, who was on her way to Pinelake Church to pick up her children from Sunday school.
Gulfport police: 1 dead in late night shooting
Gulfport police are investigating a fatal shooting.
Authorities said they received a call about shots fired at a Gulfport location around 8:20 p.m. Monday, March 4. When officers arrived, they found one man dead. He was identified as 31-year-old Damien Thompson.
No other details about the case have been released.
Ecru police to get new vehicle
A police department in north Mississippi will soon have a brand new Dodge Charger at its disposal, WTVA reported.
The town of Ecru is adding the new vehicle to its fleet of police cars.
Currently, the town has two used Dodge Chargers and two Crown Victorias that each have over 160,000 miles.
The town’s police chief says the Dodge Charger works perfectly for the terrain and layout of Ecru.
“The Dodge Charger has the power to catch someone if we need to,” said Police Chief Gary Chisholm. “It’s economical for the small streets, getting in and out of the backroads and behind the apartments and stores and stuff.”
The new Dodge Charger should be in service by the end of March.
Man sues Oktibbeha Co. deputies, alleges brutality
A Jackson man has filed a lawsuit alleging police brutality by two Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s deputies.
The lawsuit was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court last month on behalf of Maurice Washington, a member of the Marine Corps Reserves.
The lawsuit alleges police brutality and excessive force. It says Washington was shocked with a stun gun while handcuffed.
Attorney Carlos Moore says a video shows the incident. The lawsuit says deputies stormed an apartment and demanded identification. It says deputies attacked Washington when he reached for his wallet.
The sheriff’s office referred questions to the lawyer for the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, who declined to comment on pending litigation.