News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Aunt hit accelerator by mistake
A 2-year-old girl died Sunday after being hit by a car at a family gathering.
Huskey says no autopsy has been ordered.
Police Chief Walter Armstrong says the child was struck by a car driven by her aunt, 27-year-old Ebonay Brown, just before 7 p.m.
Armstrong says Brown was apparently trying to move the car to be washed when her foot slipped off the brake, hit the accelerator and crashed into the porch.
Armstrong said when police arrived the child’s grandmother was performing CPR.
No charges have been filed.
3 fatalities over holiday weekend
The Mississippi Highway Patrol says it worked 129 accidents, including three traffic fatalities – who were not wearing seatbelts, over the holiday weekend.
Patrol spokesman Lt. Johnny Poulos says troopers also wrote 7,380 citations, including 177 DUIs.
The Highway Patrol used about $93,000 of federal grants to put an additional 252 troopers on the road during the Memorial Day holiday period, which began Friday evening and ended at midnight Monday.
WCBI reported that two of the fatal accidents occurred Saturday, one in Lamar County on I-59, involving two vehicles. One caught fire, killing 58-year-old Ellen Fitch of Hattiesburg.
A one vehicle accident the same day in George County killed 24-year-old Joseph Waltman. The third fatality occurred Sunday in Quitman County. That was a one-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.
MHP also handed out 177 DUI citations and 780 seat belt tickets statewide and made five felony arrests and five drug arrests. Of the 129 accidents, only three were alcohol related.
Last year, troopers issued 8,367 tickets, investigated 101 crashes and made 246 DUI arrests over the period. There were no deaths investigated by troopers during the 2012 holiday weekend.
19 apply for McComb schools superintendent
There’s a lot of interest in the vacancy for school superintendent in McComb.
The Enterprise-Journal reports that 19 people have applied to replace Therese Palmertree, who is retiring.
The school board met Saturday, going into secret session to discuss the candidates. Resumes were presented by Mike Waldrop and Harold Fisher of the Mississippi School Boards Association, which had a search contract.
The applicants include two superintendents, three former superintendents, three assistant superintendents and five directors and coordinators of various district school administrative positions. Also applying are three school principals and three independent consultants.
Eleven have a doctorate, eight are women, and 16 are from Mississippi. There’s one each from Arkansas, Indiana and Oklahoma.
The school board will discuss the search again on June 6.