1 killed, 1 injured in Bude gas station shooting

One person is dead and another is recovering after being shot in Franklin County Thursday morning, WLBT reported.

According to Franklin County Sheriff James Newman, 54-year-old James William Wallace walked into the Gas Lane Shell station in Bude at the intersection of 184 and Highway 98 around 5:20 a.m.

Wallace then pulled out a small caliber handgun and fatally shot Bruce Anthony Lofton, 49, according to Newman. A second victim, 45-year-old Christopher Allen Shell, was shot in the arm. […]


Three arrested for car insurance fraud in Chickasaw County

Three people have been indicted and arrested in Chickasaw County for insurance fraud.
Attorney General Jim Hood said Robert Polk, 46, of Tupelo, was arrested following indictment by the Chickasaw Grand Jury on one count of fraudulent use of an insurance card. 

Polk is accused of presenting a fraudulent insurance card to the Chickasaw County Justice Court Clerk stating he had car insurance at the time he was cited for not having insurance.  Polk is accused of presenting a card belonging to another individual. If convicted, Polk faces up to five years in prison. […]


10-year-old boy shot in the head while playing video game; brother charged

Police said a 10-year-old boy was shot in the head last Monday night while playing a video game and his older brother has been charged in his death. Captain Bobby Stewart said Jerald Tucker Jr. died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, two days after being shot at his residence in the 2900 block of Park Avenue in Vicksburg.

Stewart said several other people were in the house when Jerald was shot just before 10 p.m., including his older brother, 20-year-old Willie Willis and another man, 21-year-old Joshua Ryan Coffee.

“Jerald was sitting on a coffee table playing a video game,“ Stewart said. [And] according to statements by witnesses, Coffee and Willis were handling a small caliber weapon in the living room where Jerald was…and the weapon discharged striking the child in the back of the head.” […]


Senate confirms McGrath as MDOT executive director

The Mississippi Senate has approved the appointment of Melinda McGrath, P.E. to remain executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Senate approved McGrath’s appointment began April 1 and will end April 1, 2017, unless it is further extended.  
Senate Transportation Commission Chairman Willie Simmons said, “I recommend her. She has done a good job.”  […]


FBI: Traces of Ricin found at Tupelo busines

During the FBI’s ongoing investigation into letters containing ricin addressed to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judicial official – Sadie Holland – evidence collected by the FBI from the former business, Tupelo Taekwondo Plus, located on Rankin Boulevard Ext. in Tupelo, Mississippi, tested positive for trace levels of ricin.

Because public safety is always the FBI’s first priority in any investigation, that location was immediately sealed off and appropriate public health authorities were notified. The FBI is now conducting further forensic examination for the purpose of identifying trace evidence, residues, and signatures of production that could provide evidence to support the investigation.

Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. Ricin poisoning can occur when the substance enters the body through ingestion, inhalation, or injection. To date, the FBI is not aware of any illness as a result of exposure to these letters. […]

Family Medicine

UMMC liver transplant program revived

As cameras and microphones edged in and the room grew quiet, University of Mississippi Medical Center transplant surgeon Christopher Anderson turned to face Karen Battle and her new liver.

“All right,” he said. “It’s your show.”

It was a spotlight moment 22 years in the making. When Battle, a lifelong south Jackson resident, got a new liver in March, it signaled new life not just for the 36-year-old mom, but for UMMC’s long-dormant liver transplant program.

In late February, Battle and two members of her transplant team – Anderson, associate professor of surgery and division chief of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, and associate professor of medicine and hepatologist Dr. Brian Borg – shared their stories before Battle got to go home, just 10 days after surgery.

“I feel like I’ve won the lottery,” said Battle, sitting in a wheelchair, her hands folded and a soft smile on her face. “I feel like my life is a new adventure.” […]


Rentech asking $8.5M for 478 acres

Adams County officials are continuing talks on buying the former International Paper site from Rentech.

The Natchez Democrat reports that supervisors met Monday and board attorney Scott Slover said no decision has been made.

The IP mill was once home to the area’s biggest employer but was shuttered in 2003.

Rentech purchased the property in 2008 with plans to build a coal-to-liquids fuel plant on the site. Rentech announced late last year that it had scrapped its plans and put the site up for sale in mid-March. […]