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WCBI News at Six - July 30, 2019

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WCBI News at Six - July 30, 2019
WCBI News at Six - July 30, 2019
WCBI News at Six - July 30, 2019

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It's been over half a year since former webster county sheriff tim mitchell was arrested and charged with 12 felonies..

Now he is heading to prison.

Mitchell appeared in court today after pleading guilty to 2 counts of embezzlement and 2 counts of trafficking stolen firearms. judge joseph loper sentenced mitchell to 15 years with 5 years additional probation for one count of embezzlement,.

He was also sentenced to 15 years per additional charge that will run concurrent to his first sentencing.

His former chief investigator landon griffin also appeared in court after pleading guilty to 2 of his 6 charges.

He will serve 10 years in prison and 5 years of probation.

All other charges against mitchell and griffin have been dropped.

Both have been transported by mdoc to prison in rankin county.

The arrests of mitchell and griffin left all of webster county shaken up..

Now residents are getting some closure.

Our rylie livngston took to the streets to find out more about the mood in the community..

She joins us live in the studio with more.

Aundrea, reactions are mixed.

Some people are happy about the sentencing while others are upset.

But overall people agree it's time to move on.

For months the families of tim mitchell and landon griffin have been stuck in a state a limbo now with the ruling finalized they can start the steps to move forward.

"i think mr. mitchell is ready t get on with his next phase of his life and move on and get this past him i think there's a little bit of relief in the family."

"it is the starting of a ne chapter landon is taking responsibility for what he was accused of doing and he is not willing to put the blame on anyone but him so he has stepped up and i've done what i've accused of i'm ready to pay my price to society and that's what began today."

Webster county residents have been in limbo as well.

The sentencing was the news some people had been waiting for.

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"he done the crime he deserve the time just like anybody else would.he knows the law he should've abided by the book" while others are upset about the ruling.

"very upset because i reall like tim i've been knowing tim practically all my life.

If you do wrong you gonna have to serve your time i mean i understand that but i just i just i hate it you know what i'm saying."

With this behind them, many residents are looking ahead, and hoping the county can change for the better.

"i just hope the town become a better town because i lost two sons in my town too.

I think the prison system, the law, and all of it something should be done about it all.

It's not just dealing with tim it's a lot to be done."

One thing is for certain, in november, webster county will elect a new sheriff.

And many are hoping that means a new direction..

Take vo in monitor a caledonia native is one of the people killed in a shooting at the southaven walmart this morning.

The second victim is from hernando.

The desoto county coroner identified the victims as walmart employees - 40 year old anthony brown and 38 year old brandon gales.

Brown, a graduate of caledonia high school, was the manager of the southaven walmart.

Gales was a department manager.

Witnesses say the alleged shooter was a former employee who had recently been fired from that store.

A southaven police officer was shot when he and another officer approached the suspect in parking lot.

One of our officers was shot at this time.

He was saved by his vest.

Our officer is currently in the hospital recovering with his family.

At this point the suspect was engaged by another officer.

He was struck twice by gunfire from our officers.

He was taken into custody.

He has been transported to regional one medical center where it is my understanding he is currently in surgery."

The second officer was not injured.

The suspect is identified as martez abram.

He is charged with 2 counts of murder.

The store is located near i-55 and goodman road, a busy section of southaven.

A teenager is injured after a brick crashes through his windshield in a suspected road rage incident.

It monday night when the teen was driving on the natchez trace parkway, near the highway 6 overpass in tupelo.

The young driver has a large cut on the top of his head, but it is expected to recover.

The suspect is driving a tan or gray late 19-90's or early 2000's sedan.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the natchez trace emergency line.

Police continue to search for the second person involved in a weekend shooting incident that injured a 14-year- old girl.

Columbus police arrested 29- year-old desi john harris junior and charged him with accessory after the face of aggravated assault.

Police say they were called to the 15-hundred block of 12th avenue south saturday after an argument between two people that ended in gunfire.

One of the bullets struck a teenage girl, not involved in the incident, in the ankle.

She's expected to be okay.

Police haven't identified the second suspect they're looking for but say he's still at large.

First look stinger first look tuesday night: variably cloudy.

A few isolated showers and storms are possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Some patch fog is possible in areas that have had recent rain.

Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s with calm wind.

Wednesday: partly cloudy and seasonably warm.

Highs near 90 with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s.

There is a 30% chance of a few pop-up showers and storms. lows wednesday night will be in the upper 60s to around 70.

Take vo in monitor if you've ever lived in student housing or had a child who did, you know this time of year can be difficult.

Most apartment complexes are going through what's known as "turn" whe units are made ready for new residents.

Our cash matlock gets an inside look at this process.

He joins us in the studio with more.

Aundrea, it's a busy time of year for those in the student housing business.

The folks at helix apartments in starkville say they're in the middle of fixing up 450 different bed spaces.

And they only have 2 weeks to do it... employees at the helix starkville student apartments are busy.

The end of july marks the beginning of turn-- a process each student housing complex must go through to prepare for new residents.

"student housing is a littl different from what we call conventional housing.

So we're going to have 450 people move out one day and 450 people move in within three days."

For the next two weeks, all 12 helix employees will be working day in and day out to make sure the units are ready for move-in day.

"once everyone moves out we'll have our maintenance team go and punch the units, which means they're doing the maintenance work on them.

They're fixing doors, little things around the apartments making sure things are ready."

"they're going to go in an paint, then clean, and then carpet clean."

"i actually helped wit inspections.

I get here at 8 o'clock, i usually check my emails, get with my partner mary, she helps me do the move-out inspections.

We go floor by floor.

We start on the fourth floor and have to make our way all the way to the first floor."

And on top of all of this, the office workers are still trying to get new leases.

"i still have to stop an approved leases like after i finish working and keys and stuff.

We still have to be functional because we want to get to a hundred percent.

We want to get as close to that as possible."

"it's just one big giant jugglin game, like she said, we've got to keep doing everyday stuff and then also add all of this craziness on top of it."

"it's a very calculated proces because we have to do it in such a small time frame."

Move-in day marks the official end of turn... and employees are finally able to get back to their normal schedule.

"it's a major relief.

It's a majo relief because usually we work anywhere from three to four weeks non-stop.

So, it's a relief to be at the finish line, to have everything done, to be welcoming our new tenants in.

Everybody is pretty much just getting settled."

"when it's all over and we ge to meet new students that come from different countries that move in.

That's my favorite part-- to meet the new kids."

"i know we love out jobs.

It ca definitely be stressful, but without our staff, you all the way around, everybody on board, we couldn't do it."

"teamwork.

Teamwork make the dream work.

" take vo in monitor employees say they start preparing for turn as early as january.

Many of those who have graduated college and are now finding it hard to adjusting to real world finances..

46% of millennials rely on financial assistance form their parents.

While it may be difficult to juggle all the expenses by yourself, there are some strategies to help make it easier.

Financial planner, like scott ferguson, say the sooner you start thinking about your future the sooner you can save money to afford it.

" think of it as like a 70/30 split you want to take 10 percent of that to go do something you want to do.

We want to save some, so set 10 percent aside for your future, and put 10 percent aside if you want to build up that rainy day or emergency fund start putting it into there.

The other 70 percent is going to be allocated to things you have fixed expenses for.

Ferguson also suggests setting up automatic payments helps to pay bills on time and not using the designated money for others things.

We are one week away from primary elections in mississippi.

Next tuesday, august 6th, voters will be choosing leaders for statewide and local county offices.

If you plan to vote absentee, the last day to do that áin- personá is saturday.

Circuit clerk's offices will be open from 8 a.m.

To 12 p.m.

The deadline to vote by mail is monday.

Polls will be open on election day from 7am to 7pm.

And remember, you must have photo i-d to vote.

Stinger the bad news - school starts back next week.

The good news - some kids are already geared up.

We take a look when we come back... that back to school feeling is in the air.

Today dozens of backpacks full of school supplies were packed and given out at the early childhood academy on e-m- c-c's mayhew campus.

100 brightly colored backpacks were packed with paper, pencils, glue, and all sorts of items kids need for the first day of school.

Many of the kids who came in to pick out their new bag had the biggest smiles on their faces as they gear up for the next weeks first day of school.

Teachers even had their own bags of supplies to help them get started.

Parents say with supply lists getting longer, any help is appreciated.

"you know it takes a littl stress off of us as far as having to pay for everything, trying to keep up with the bills and everything.

It's very beneficial and we appreciate it a lot."

Butted too "we want to equip children t have the best possible year and it really starts with having that foundation, their supplies on the first."

Not only did the kids get stocked up with school goodies, there were even several treats at the giveaway.

The school supplies for students in kindergarten through third grades..

Stinger weather open tuesday night: variably cloudy.

A few isolated showers and storms are possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Some patch fog is possible in areas that have had recent rain.

Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s with calm wind.

Wednesday: partly cloudy and seasonably warm.

Highs near 90 with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s.

There is a 30% chance of a few pop-up showers and storms. lows wednesday night will be in the upper 60s to around 70.

Thursday-friday: partly cloudy and reasonably quiet.

We're going to maintain a 20% chance of pop-up showers and storms both days but most places will probably not have rain.

Lows stay in the upper 60s to around 70.

Weekend: scattered showers and storm opportunities will continue with the chance of rain 30-40%.

Highs either side of 90?

Should continue along with lows near 70?.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Some patch fog is possible in areas that have had recent rain.

Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s with calm wind.

Wednesday: partly cloudy and seasonably warm.

Highs near 90 with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s.

There is a 30% chance of a few pop-up showers and storms. lows wednesday night will be in the upper 60s to around 70.

Thursday-friday: partly cloudy and reasonably quiet.

We're going to maintain a 20% chance of pop-up showers and storms both days but most places will probably not have rain.

Lows stay in the upper 60s to around 70.

Weekend: scattered showers and storm opportunities will continue with the chance of rain 30-40%.

Highs either side of 90?

Should continue along with lows near 70?.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram possible but the chance of rain is 20% or less.

Some patch fog is possible in areas that have had recent rain.

Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s with calm wind.

Wednesday: partly cloudy and seasonably warm.

Highs near 90 with heat indices in the mid to upper 90s.

There is a 30% chance of a few pop-up showers and storms. lows wednesday night will be in the upper 60s to around 70.

Thursday-friday: partly cloudy and reasonably quiet.

We're going to maintain a 20% chance of pop-up showers and storms both days but most places will probably not have rain.

Lows stay in the upper 60s to around 70.

Weekend: scattered showers and storm opportunities will continue with the chance of a busy road in northern lowndes county will be temporarily closed tomorrow..

Cal - steens road will be closed to all through traffic from from highway 12 to anderson grove road from 8 - 30 in the morning until 12 - 30 tomorrow afternoon..

Drivers who normally travel that stretch of cal-steens will need to find an alternate route.

Stinger the high school football tour checks in with the winston academy patriots... see the preview coming up next in sports... spx open the high school football tour rolls along with the academy week...heading to winston county..

The patriots of winston academy are ready to hit the ground running but are also focused on taking it day by day winston academy is stop #37 on the high school football tour winston academy is keeping it simple.

The patriots are looking to improve.

Pat byrd, head coach: "thi year what i've seen is kids finding a way.

Something bad happens instead of ducking your head and letting it go and letting it slide finding a way to make things work."

That's the biggest change byrd has seen since taking over as head coach last season.

Byrd saying that mentality is necessary to continuously compete.

Byrd: "it has to be an us versu the world mentality.

I think its been since maybe '07, eight to ten years since they've made the playoffs and had success.

You need to find success in other areas right now and build off of it."

Jackson joiner, sr rb/s: "we'r just trying to change the work ethic and we've had a tough schedule the past few years but we can't use that as an excuse anymore.

We just have to work harder.

We've worked really hard this summer."

The patriots are aware of the reputation they've made with opponents in years past.

This year's team is determined to teach a lesson when they step out on the field: to expect the unexpected.

Luke dempsey, senior qb: "o we love it.

We want to be the underdog.

We're just ready to show up and prove them wrong."

Joiner: "we've struggled wit offense in years past and everyone receivers, running backs, lineman all are trying to learn the offense and buy into it."

Byrd: "you're going to have of nights.

The thing is you have to deal with it.

You have to respond to it and don't let it break you down.

It has to build you.

That's tough for young people.

That's tough for old people.

That's something you just have to work through and count on the people next to you."

Going into 2019, winston academy is keeping its confidence high knowing if they believe they can accomplish good things.

Dempsey: "we're hoping t come out and show everybody what we've been working on this summer."

Byrd: "football is football these kids want to be successful.

They've worked as hard as any group i've been around.

They listen, they want success and they just need some good things to happen to them early."

ááábillboardááá academy week continues all through this week..

Oak hill academy coming up on wednesday the winona christian stars hit the tour on thursday... wrapping academy week with columbus christian and victory christian check out any stops you may have missed on our website wcbi.com, or on our social media accounts on twitter and facebook, at wcbi endzone another day, another bulldog named among the nfl's best... houston-native chris jones was named to the top 40 by his nfl peers....another former msu defensive lineman makes it higher up the list philadelphia eagles and yazoo city-native fletcher cox named the 28th best player in the big leagues....on the nfl network's top 100 players named by his peers cox has been a pro bowler the past four seasons....and racked up a career high 10.5 sacks in 2018 in his first-team all-pro season

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