3 arrests made in shooting of 76-year-old woman

By Monica Land

News Briefs From Across The State

Woman was shot during robbery

Copiah County Deputies have arrested Jermaine Benson, Ashley Dollar, and Juan Catchings, all of Crystal Springs, in connection with a shooting last week.

WLBT reports that the trio was charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. Undersheriff Derrick Cubit says Catchings turned himself in, and Benson and Dollar were arrested that Saturday morning.

Just before 8 p.m., on April 25, Lillian Castleberry, 76, was shot twice in the upper back. She was inside her home on Raymond Road at the time. The sheriff’s department says money was stolen from the home.

Despite her wounds, Castleberry drove to a friend’s house a mile and a half away. That friend alerted authorities.

Castleberry is recovering at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The suspects were being held in the Copiah County Jail.

1 dead in north Miss. meth lab explosion

One man has died from injuries suffered in what Tishomingo County authorities are saying was an explosion in a methamphetamine lab located in a trailer near Burnsville in north Mississippi.

Chief Deputy Mike Kemp says the trailer was parked next to an abandoned home. Kemp says firefighters were already on the scene when deputies arrived about 2 a.m. Thursday, April 26.

Kemp says 32-year-old Russell Bond died later at an Iuka hospital from third degree burns suffered in the incident.

Kemp says 40-year-old Allen Skinner, who drove Bond to the hospital, was arrested and charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine. Skinner was being held without bond pending an initial court appearance.

Kemp says the investigation is continuing.

Osyka man dies after vehicle wreck

An Osyka man has died from injuries he suffered in a single vehicle accident.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Enterprise Journal that 22-year-old Justin Brown died Wednesday, April 25, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Pike County Deputy Sheriff Steve Rushing said Brown’s car ran off a county road near Osyka Tuesday afternoon and flipped, ejecting Brown.

He was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and airlifted from there to UMC on Wednesday.

Jackson State gets $400k for nuclear funding

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) said that the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded $413,766 to the Development of Radiochemistry Education and research Program at Jackson State University.

Funding under this opportunity includes support for education in nuclear science, engineering, and related trades to develop a workforce capable of the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials.

Thompson also said the Mississippi State Department of Health received a $14,133,348 award for the Ryan White Care Act Title II. Title II provides funding to states and is used for such services as: HIV testing; education and prevention; home and community based health care; HIV medications through the State AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP); local agencies that assess the needs of the HIV population and assist in implementation of services to meet those needs and direct health support services.

2 charged with armed robber of Jackson gas station

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green said two men are in custody after the allegedly held up a local gas station at gunpoint.

Green said on March 9, 24-year-old Arrow Jefferson and 21-year-old Samuel Jackson walked into the Shell Gas Station at 455 Daniel Lake Blvd.

“They entered the business acting like they wanted to use the restroom,” Green said. “One subject walked behind the county with a handgun, while the other suspect stood in front of the counter with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.”

Green said the two men left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers responded to the scene about 8:22 a.m., and Jefferson and Jackson were taken into custody a short distance from the store.

Both were charged with armed robbery of a business.

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