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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - June 12, 2019

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Thanks for joing us.

Six months after webster county sheriff tim mitchell was arrested on multiple charges, he enters a guilty plea on four of those charges.

Mitchell appeared before judge joseph loper today in ackerman.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement and two counts of trafficking stolen firearms. prosecutors are recommending he be sentenced to 15 years on each count.

All the sentences would run concurrently, which means he would serve 15 years for all counts at the same time.

The plea deal was an agreement between district attorney doug evans, mitchell and his attorney.

After the plea, mitchell had to resign from office.

He will be sentenced july 30th.

I think it's a fair agreement anytime you've got and law- enforcement officer charged with a crime it's bad but at the same time the public hass to know that if a law- enforcement officer does something like this that they are not above the law.

Mitchell initially appeared before the judge asking for a continuance, but it was denied.

He entered the guilty plea after lunch.

,take vo in monitor the news of sheriff tim mitchell's guilty plea is spreading quickly through webster county.

Our quentin smith has been speaking with residents and joins us in the studio.

So quentin, what are people saying??

Scott... as you can imagine..

This is news residents hate to hear but they say...if he did the crime...then he must do the time... indicating that no one is above the law..

"he did the crime, he deserve what he gets."

It's a dark cloud that's been hanging over the webster county community for months..

"it causes questions to th integrity of the local government."

Their sheriff tim mitchell...finding himself on the other side of the law.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement and two counts of trafficking on wednesday, which doesn't come as a shock to some residents.

" i wasn't surprised because h did it.

Actually, he kind of sold to a couple of my buddies."

"he got drugs off the stree but honestly, in the long run, he was just lining his own pockets."

Mitchell is set to serve to 15 years behind bars.

However..

Some believe the sentence should've been longer..

"15 years for every count the said he did.

If he did four counts he should get 15 years for everything he does."

Residents admit, this fallout now leaves a bad taste in their mouth and casts a negative shadow over the sheriff's department .

"who ever becomes sherif next, people in this town don't know if they can trust them or not."

"i hate it for him.

I've known hi for a long time.

It hurts my feelings that the department has that record now, but it'll take a lot to come back from."

Residents say they're confident trust will eventually be restored back into the community in due time.

However, as far as their new sheriff.... residents want someone who's involved in the community and will show a commitment to running the department and county the right way.

"i wish that the nex administration would s more prudent in carrying out he justice and keeping things clean.

I realize that tracking down criminals and things like that is fairly difficult and you have to be a little dirty to catch them, yet at the same time, there is a line that you can not cross."

"whoever becomes the ful time sheriff when the election comes, they need to be able to do the opposite of what the sheriff did previously."

,take vo in monitor the chancery clerk says as of today... mitchell has not turned in his letter of resignation.

The former webster county chief investigator also in court.

Landon griffin and his attorney asked the judge for a continuance, but it was denied.

He didn't plea in court this morning.

Griffin's trial is set for this upcoming tuesday.

Tupelo police are searching for a driver that drove away from a traffic stop, which sparked a manhunt.

Investigators say brian austin robison was behind the wheel of a mitsubishi suv when he fled.

Officers pulled him over near main and broadway.

While speaking with tpd, robison drove away and eventually stopped in a wooded area north of the tupelo regional airport.

A rear passenger, shyan carey, was arrested there and charged with disorderly conduct.

Police searched the area around the airport but could not find robison.

He's wanted for felony fleeing and other traffic violations.

If you know where he is call crime stoppers of north east mississippi.

Take developing story stinger bond is set today for the man accused of dragging an amory police officer with his car.

Matthew crump of aberdeen was given a 50 thousand dollar bond.

He's charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and felony fleeing.

Amory officer matthew flippo responded to a call about a vehicle parked on private property.

Police chief ronnie bowen says flippo was talking to crump at pope street address when crump tried to speed away.

Flippo was dragged for about 100 yards.

Other law enforcement arrested crump after a short pursuit..

Flippo was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

First look stinger first look wednesday night: while a stray evening shower is possible the odds of it occurring are slim to done.

In general, expect scattered clouds with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Thursday: high pressure builds back into the area and that means a sunny sky and very low humidity for this time of year.

Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s are likely.

Breezy nw winds between 10 and 15 mph are possible during the day.

More money is coming to mississippi's special education scholarship accounts this year.

And the department of education is changing the way families are selected.

Courtney ann jackson has the story of how one family says it will impact their children.

The ware family has three children.

Their youngest two- both diagnosed with autism.

And public school wasn't meeting their needs.

But the alternative isn't cheap.

"when you hear 8 years t hear your child call you ma, it's worth anything."

They've been waitlisted for the education scholarship accounts for the last two and half years.

But luck will soon be taken out of the equation.

And priority will go to waitlisted families like the wares.

"we knew as of march tha there was more money available but at that point we were still being told it was a lottery process.

So, to hear yesterday it wasn't a lottery process and we were prioritized....it was unbelievable."

The department of education anticipates there will be 280 additional special needs scholarships available this year.

"it's a life changer for us.

I takes a lot of financial stress off of our family."

Lawmakers voted in the 11th hour of the legislative session to add two million dollars for the special education scholarship accounts.

Critics say it's taking needed money away from public schools.

Stacy ware is glad some lawmakers fought the controversy.

"for them not to understan and not to want our kids and other kids like ours to have this opportunity is sad.

Because why wouldn't you want to put a child in an opportunity where they can grow?

And why wouldn't you want to put them somewhere where they can flourish?"

The program is set to expire after next year unless lawmakers renew it.

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news it's fear many people have as their loved ones grow older.

Are they taking care of themselves?

Are they being taken advantage of?

Our rylie livingston takes a look at the challenges seniors face and what they can do to protect themselves.

As people age, staying independent is important, but sometimes you have to lean on others.

"as they get older in life the are looking for help and not everybody kind of wants to do honest thing," and those dishonest people can come from anywhere.

They can be someone they know... "there is abuse where ther are bruises maybe broken bones things like that there's neglect where maybe they can't take care of themselves they don't have anybody really to take care of them."

Or someone they've never met... like scammers.

"generally the ones that fal prey to it or most they are elderly and what happens is because they are afraid of going to jail they threaten them with going to jail they threaten them with taking their life work and their life savings."

That's what drove this team of concerned business and civic leaders to come together and equip seasoned community members with the tools to protect themselves and direction in finding people they can trust.

One of the key topics, end of life decisions and power of attorney.

"probably the biggest proble is that they never name any person so than you're having to figure out who is that person going to be but there are times and occasions where someone ends up making these decisions not because they are the person has been designated but because there are the person that speaks the loudest or makes the most commotion and then that causes everybody to kind a say oh well whatever they say that's really what were most interested in honoring the patient's wishes."

John bauer hopes the event empowers seniors and encourages loved ones to take action and help where they can.

"unfortunately the elderl population are being forgotten it seems like people say well they're not a benefit to society they're not working they're not working right now they're retired and they're not really doing anything but there still important that's where all of our wisdom.

So it's is important that we take care of them."

Bancorpsouth and the columbus housing authority put on the event.

Stinger wx open wednesday night: while a stray evening shower is possible the odds of it occurring are slim to done.

In general, expect scattered clouds with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Thursday: high pressure builds back into the area and that means a sunny sky and very low humidity for this time of year.

Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s are likely.

Breezy nw winds between 10 and 15 mph are possible during the day.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and chilly for june.

Look for widespread slows in the mid to low 50s.

The old record low for friday, june 14th is 52 in columbus, tupelo, and starkville and we may very well tie or break that number.

Friday: mostly sunny and pleasant.

Humidity is expected to remain low as temperatures warm into the mid 80s.

Lows in the 60s are more likely friday night.

Saturday: a partly cloudy day is on track but warmer highs in the low 90s should return to the region.

Noticeably higher humidity values will be present as well.

You'll need a fan or air conditioner saturday night with lows in the 70s.

Sunday-wednesday: typical summer weather for the deep south returns.

That means a daily 30-50% chance of pop-up showers and storms with most coverage during the heating of the day.

Highs should remain seasonable in the upper 80s while overnight lows dip back only in the low 70s.

Occurring are slim to done.

In general, expect scattered clouds with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Thursday: high pressure builds back into the area and that means a sunny sky and very low humidity for this time of year.

Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s are likely.

Breezy nw winds between 10 and 15 mph are possible during the day.

Thursday night: clear, quiet, and chilly for june.

Look for widespread slows in the mid to low 50s.

The old record low for friday, june 14th is 52 in columbus, tupelo, and starkville and we may very well tie or break that number.

Friday: mostly sunny and pleasant.

Humidity is expected to remain low as temperatures warm into the mid 80s.

Lows in the 60s are more likely friday night.

Saturday: a partly cloudy day is on track but warmer highs in the low 90s should return to the region.

Noticeably higher humidity values will be present as well.

You'll need a fan or air conditioner saturday night with lows in the 70s.

Sunday-wednesday: typical summer weather for the deep south returns.

That means a daily 30-50% chance of pop-up showers and storms with most coverage during the heating of the day.

Highs should remain seasonable in the upper 80s while overnight lows dip back only in the low 70s.

For 2 teams, the first round of the college world series looks like a regular season weekend series... chris takes a look at the match-up welcome back everyone.

Parents are always on high alert when you've got a sick kid.

Tonight in our health talk with baptist, when your childs fever is high enough, you need to make a trip to the e-r.

Hi, i'm doctor pam sykes, a pediatrician on staff at baptist memorial hospital - golden triangle.

Tonight i want to talk to you about fever.

Fever is a temperature greater than 100.4 taken rectally.

And while fever may be very alarming, it is actually our body doing its job to fight off infection.

So really fever is our friend.

The age of the child determines whether fever should be a cause for alarm.

In a baby younger than 2 months, fever can indicate a serious infection such as meningitis, urinary tract infection or pneumonia.

So a baby younger than 2 months old with fever should be taken to their pediatrician or the er immediately.

For a baby older than 2 months, fever can be viewed as a symptom or sign of infection and treated as follows: in an infant 2-6 months old, fever can be treated with acetaminophen .

In a child older than six months, fever can be treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen .

When to seek medical care in a child this age depends on other symptoms and does not require being seen immediately.

So as long as a child is able to drink enough fluids to remain hydrated, and is not lethargic or inconsolable, fever can be treated at home and the patient can wait to see their regular pediatrician.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist.

Stinger mississippi state and auburn meet again... in the s-e-c, i guess it really does mean more!

More on the sunday matchup in omaha...next in sports... the diamond dawgs and the tigers meet again...this time in omaha mississippi state and auburn...a part of 4 sec teams in the final eight spots...really important game one set for sunday the bulldogs won the season series against auburn, two games to three after the bulldogs blew game one of the series, the bats came alive...msu winning 15-2 before a football game broke out for game three, msu winning 20-15 southpaw jack owen will start for auburn in game one..owen didn't face msu...but anything unpredictable will be hard to find sunday "ya hard to beat a team tha many times, play that many times.

They know what we do, we know what they do.

They're an sec team, we've played them, we know how good they are.

They're on a roll right now, they really competed in the regional and super regional.

We're going to have to bring our a game.

We're going to have to play our best baseball to beat them."

"i think every team, i wa telling somebody this morning, we feel hot.

I think everyone feels hot right now, and everybody is ready to go."

"that was one of the mos offensive series i've ever seen.

I remember after the first game it was a salty taste in our mouth, losing that close game.

But then we had that, i mean, i didn't even feel like there was pitching, it was like hitting a pitching machine where you're hitting all day.

I know they're going to come out swinging.

We're going to come out swinging, one pitch at a time, ready to roll."

The stage in omaha for the college world series has officially been set the team's that will be in attendance first and foremost, missisppi state, texas tech, michigan, arkansas, florida state, auburn, vanderbilt, louisville saturday featuring texas tech vs michigan at 1, arkansas vs florida state at 6:30 vanderbilt and louisville set to face off at 1 pm sunday, and mississippi state gets the primetime slot sunday, facing auburn at 6:30 pm.

The game will be broadcasted on espn 2 the bulldogs ace and starter for game one ethan small continues to bring in the awards small being named the college baseball foundation national pitcher of the year, becoming the first bulldog to win the award jt ginn also named national freshman of the year, for more on a big awards day for msu, go to our website wcbi dot com some good news for ole miss as their season comes to a close ole miss junior grae kessinger earns the 2019 brooks wallace award...which is given to the best collegiate shortstop in the country kessinger led the team with a 330 batting avg...scoring 67 runs last week, kessinger was drafted in the second round of the mlb draft to the houston astros a pair of ole miss juniors choosing the big leagues over their final season..

Thomas dillard and zack phillips announcing today they'll forgo their senior seasons to go professional the oxford native dillard was drafted in the 5th round by the milwaukee brewers, and phillips will head to kansas city royals farm system after being drafted in tehe 27th round




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