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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - JUNE 14, 2019

Doctors are the latest target of an extortion telephone scam with the callers posing as federal agents.

Thanks for joing us at ten courtney ann jackson explains how a mississippi doctor thought he was in jeopardy of going to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

It's rare that staff would call dr. justin turner out of an appointment like they did thursday.

But the call seemed urgent.

"someone basically sayin someone has been using your license number and it's very serious.

And that they're the dea which is the drug enforcement administration.

So, i'm a little concerned now with everything going on with the opioid epidemic."

The dea agent impersonator claimed dr. turner's information had become tied to a drug trafficking scheme.

"we have you and you prescription with your license number, with your dea number, with your signature.

He said are you sure you're not aware of it?

He was like you have to be honest.

There's actually a warrant out for your arrest."

Turner worries that it's a terrible yet plausible scenario for this reason.

"unfortunately, plenty o physicians have gotten in major major trouble because someone else took a prescription pad and went out and sold prescriptions, wrote prescriptions.

It's not uncommon."

The call goes on for more than an hour before the caller asks for money to help keep the news from going public.

The caller requests a 26 thousand dollar security deposit.

It was when turner asked for documentation that he was convinced it was a scam.

Another red flag---it was from a gmail address.

"i'm just trying to serv people and do god's will.

And wow, there's a lot of evil people out there."

He's since realized there was a dea alert about the scam and the agency is asking others to report any instances like this.

Courtney ann jackson wcbi news the mississippi department of public safety releases a bulletin advising law enforcement officers across the state to use caution and be on high alert when they are in public.

The warning comes days after an officer involved shooting in memphis.

The gangster disciples street gang have pledged to strike back against officers after the death of 20-year-old brandon webber who was shot by u.s. marshals earlier this week.

Monroe county sheriff cecil cantrell says his department is taking the threats very seriously.

"it makes you stop and think you know, what could happen.

That's what i tell the deputies.

To really be careful and be very vigilant about what they're doing...gang activity has always been around.

Usually, a gang is nothing but a hate group on a certain group of people."

The gangster disciples are one of the three largest street gangs in mississippi.

First look stinger summary: father's day weekend is shaping up to be a return to summer after recent fall-like conditions.

Dry weather should hold for our area on saturday but scattered showers and storms are possible on sunday.

Humidity levels will be going up drastically starting saturday morning.

Friday night: mainly clear to partly cloudy.

Temperatures will not be as cool but comfortable 60s can be expected one more night.

Saturday: southerly winds between 10 and 15 mph allow for deep tropical moisture to return to north ms and west al as the day wears on.

It'll feel a lot more humid during pickens county sheriff david abston resigns from office in disgrace after pleading guilty to two federal charges.

He made the plea deal in federal court.

Abston pled to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.

The long-time sheriff was originally indicted on nine total counts.

Federal prosecutors say between 2014 and 2018 abston ran the bank account for highland baptist church's food pantry in gordo.

In 2014, abston applied to the west alabama food bank to receive food for the church's food pantry and be a partner agency.

Investigators say abston used food meant for the food pantry to provide meals at the jail.

Meanwhile, as sheriff, abston received over 400 thousand dollars from the state and government enties to feed inmates.

Under an old alabama law, sheriff's could keep food allowance not used to feed inmates.

However, prosecutors allege abston never reported the additional income on his taxes.

Abston must repay or forfeit more than 57 thousand dollars but an exact total will not be determined until he's sentenced.

With abston out of office and a new sheriff taking the lead, his goal is to restore trust in the community.

Our rylie livingston talked with coroner, now sheriff, chad harless to find out how he plans to tackle his new responsibilities..

Former pickens county sheriff david abston resigned friday morning, and within a few minutes coroner chad harless was sworn-in.

"this is not something that i..

That anyone ever wanted of course and david abston is a friend of mine we've been here for many years."

Rumors about abston's arrest and the investigation have swirled around pickens county for at least a week.

Now, harless wants to lay them to rest.

"the first things that we'r going to do is call for an audit for financial read it records of course just to clear the air just to make sure there's nothing make sure the public knows there's nothing else going on and we're not trying to hide anything."

He will serve as sheriff and coroner, for the time being, and believes this will only be a temporary arrangement.

"it's a lot of responsibilit you're responsible for a lot of things whatever happens from this point until the governor appoints someone which hopefully it won't be that long i know there's a list that's been made of potential candidates and she will scrutinize those her staff and make the best choice for pickens county."

Abston served as sheriff for 32 years.

District attorney andy hamlin says no matter the amount of time, no one is above the law.

"i tell my staff this all the tim that no one person is bigger than the office of the service of the people that they serve.

The law-enforcement here are strong we are committed to public safety we are going to enforce the rule of law like we've always have and nothing will change in that regard."

Sheriff harless plans to speak with deputies and jail staff, getting back to business as usual as quickly as possible.

"we're in good hands i mea this is going to be a seamless transition again i want to reinforce to the citizens another or concerns and they are valid concerns there is not going to be any downtime we are business as usual and the walls will be enforced as they always have nothing is being compromised nor my going to allow it to be compromised."

We spoke several folks in carrollton.

Overall, not many people were surprised.

The few that talked with us say it was only a matter of time.

"it's very shocking to kno that someone in his position has resigned.

Allegations has always been made when it comes to law enforcement here in pickens county it is just like this here in pickens county."

"well really i'm not surprise i'm just not surprised.

If elected official won't abide by the rules how do you expect the general public to."

A judge has not set a date for abston's sentencing.

He faces up to 23 years in prison and a possible $350,000 fine.

As of this morning, the former sheriff's wife, debra abston, remained an employee of the sheriff's department.

Stinger wx open summary: father's day weekend is shaping up to be a return to summer after recent fall-like conditions.

Dry weather should hold for our area on saturday but scattered showers and storms are possible on sunday.

Humidity levels will be going up drastically starting saturday morning.

Friday night: mainly clear to partly cloudy.

Temperatures will not be as cool but comfortable 60s can be expected one more night.

Saturday: southerly winds between 10 and 15 mph allow for deep tropical moisture to return to north ms and west al as the day wears on.

It'll feel a lot more humid during the afternoon as compared to the first part of the day.

We'll have a mix of sun and clouds but and isolated rain/storm activity should remain focused across central and southern ms. daytime highs should get back into the low 90s with heat indices around 93?.

Saturday night: partly cloudy, warm, and humid.

Lows drop to the low 70s.

Sunday: it'll be a warm and humid day with highs around 90?

Plus or minus.

Heat index values should push back up towards 96?.

Pop-up showers and storms are possible during the afternoon and evening but we're going to cap the chance of rain at 30% for now.

Any drop of rain is welcome due to recent dry conditions.

Next week: a typical summer weather pattern is setting up for our region.

The combination of a stalled front, upper disturbances, and tropical moisture should give rise to scattered showers and storms each day.

At times there may be a few strong to severe storms around the region with gusty winds, hail, heavy rain, and lightning but that's not too unusual this time of year.

Plan on highs in the mid to upper 80s, lows in the low 70s, and plenty of humidity.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram columbus' recent fall-like conditions.

Dry weather should hold for our area on saturday but scattered showers and storms are possible on sunday.

Humidity levels will be going up drastically starting saturday morning.

Friday night: mainly clear to partly cloudy.

Temperatures will not be as cool but comfortable 60s can be expected one more night.

Saturday: southerly winds between 10 and 15 mph allow for deep tropical moisture to return to north ms and west columbus' annual juneteenth celebration is officially underway.

The two day event features live music and lots of good food..

Tonights festivities are wrapping it up..

But you still have tomorrow..

Things crank back up tomorrow at 3 p- m.

Juneteeth celebrates the day african americans got word of the end of the civil war, and the abolition of slavery in the u-s.

Stinger a camp in tupelo is showing kids how far they can go if they ádareá to make the right choices..

We have more when we a summer camp in tupelo is teaching kids lessons about self respect, healthy lifestyles and making friends with law enforcement.

Our allie martin checks in on tupelo pd's dare camp..

For the past two weeks nats students from four elementary schools have been meeting everyday, for dare camp.

Nats they are all graduates of the 10 week dare class.

"we talk about making goo healthy choices for themselves, how to stay out of sticky situations, people using alcohol, drugs or tobacco so they can make a good healthy choice for themselves, not to choose to do that and we talk about bullying."

Campers also get to take part in activities and field trips.

They visited the tupelo aquatic center and the oren dunn museum, they went bowling and had a trip to bay springs lake and also learned about the history of the natchez trace parkway.

Nats standup bridge dare camp is also an opportunity for police to continue building bridges with young people in the community.

Corporal franklin says the soon to be sixth graders learn they can trust law officers.

"it's important young peopl realize we are fathers ourselves, we have families and we care about people, safety of people, their safety, we try to encourage them if they see a crime being committed, someone being abused , they can come and talk to us without any reprimand or without having to feel scared of the police.

" students say the camp was a fun way to spend part of their summer break.

"what i like about dare camp, i how we get to go on field trips, get to meet old friends and get to meet new friends.

" "i like when all of us, we pla basketball and mr franklin teaches us to play basketball, because some of us really don't know how."

All of the dare camp supervisors are also school resource officers.

In tupelo, allie martin wcbi news.

And parents heads up..the camps is free.

Stinger the bulldogs are in omaha, and so is our sports team... we catch up with them, and check in on practice, fans, and all things omaha when we come back... rebecca hall >> you will a cold one or 244 was arrested for ch withdrawal will consider as compassionate or will you will you will do this weekend will close sports, but you can or will you pursuing national championship is stretching enjoying the for her experience as a championship series was on since 20 was as pristine as john: is this for the will be sent to you want to watch the games and all of our offices is good time we didn't have any pitching left it in a big league was huge players that have already been here before tanner allen jake made them small is almost the same solution we saw a year ago their competent drink made him said that to get through the experience part and knows that baseball comes first is easy to get caught up in the moment of omaha is taking a deep breath no other word that we put in plan were displayed baseball we love the pressure we go out and fight for what another pressure aside state we do best to make it bad i were good enough team to make it back to the wall that was a role since day one now clearly was surprised that were here right now last year was a while this year's let's play ball to stay in auburn will have to wait for sunday patients to see them play to 1 pm and is




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