Woman killed in busy highway intersection crash

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By Monica Land

Victim was 21-years-old

A Jefferson County woman was killed when investigators said she failed to stop at a major intersection crossing into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Boyd said the crash occurred around 1:15 Sunday afternoon in Fayette at the intersection of Highway 61 and Sunny Side Drive.

The fatal crash victim has been identified as 21 year old Kiara L. Short of Fayette. According to authorities, Short was traveling westbound on Sunny Side Drive.

Her Buick Century did not yield at the highway and was struck by a Ford F-150 traveling northbound.

The oncoming truck slammed into the driver’s side of Short’s car.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck’s driver, 18 year old Benjamin C. Skidmore, of Natchez, suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention.

Both were wearing seat belts.

Treasurer gives out unclaimed money

After just 45 days in office, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch is putting more than $3 million back in the hands of Mississippians. Fitch kicked off a three-stop tour across the state in downtown Jackson, handing out money from the state’s unclaimed property account.

The money typically comes from uncashed checks, security deposits, utility refunds, estates and lost refunds. The largest payment was more than $278,000. An estimated one in five people in the state has unclaimed assets. To find out if you’re one of them, click http://www.treasury.state.ms.us/Unclaimed/

Moss Point man accused of pulling gun on dog’s doc

A 59-year-old Moss Point man allegedly pulled a gun on his veterinarian because he felt he had to wait too long to pick up his dog, Police Chief Keith Davis said.

Stephen Martinez remained jailed Sunday on an aggravated assault charge, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Martinez allegedly got angry with the staff of Animal Clinic in Escatawpa on Thursday, Davis told The Mississippi Press on Saturday.

“He felt he was waiting longer than other customers,” Davis said.

When Martinez became belligerent, two veterinarians escorted him outside, Davis said.

Davis said, “Martinez pulled a weapon, pointed it at one of the veterinarians and pulled the trigger; according to the victim. However, the weapon did not fire.”

Martinez was arrested later Thursday at his home, Davis said. Martinez’ bond was set at $5,000.

Mississippi’s Kendrick apologizes for argument

Mississippi has released a statement from freshman Jelan Kendrick, apologizing for his role in Thursday night’s postgame argument with teammate Reginald Buckner in the tunnel outside the locker room.

Kendrick said Friday that “I want to apologize for my behavior after the game (Thursday) night. It was a frustrating night, and I let my emotions get the best of me.”

He says his “language was unacceptable” and that as a team, “we have put this behind us and are ready to finish the season strong.”

Kendrick and Buckner had to be separated by the coaching staff after a 102-76 home loss to Vanderbilt. Ole Miss didn’t announce any discipline measures for either player.

The Rebels (15-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) travel to face No. 1 Kentucky (25-1, 11-0) on Saturday.

SMSA proposes 17 wayfinding signs

The Starkville Main Street Association is promoting the placing of wayfinding signs to directing visitors from main highways to city landmarks or from one city landmark to others.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the association will make its proposal for 17 signs to the board of alderman in March.

SMSA Manager Jennifer Gregory says the association would like the signs installed by the weekend of April 20 for the Cotton District Arts Festival and Super Bulldog Weekend.

Alderman Jeremiah Dumas said there few wayfinding signs in the city now. He says one of the few exceptions is the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation-placed signs in historic neighborhoods.

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