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WCBI News at Six - September 9, 2019

Thanks for joining us..

It can be a dangerous mix - alcohol - heat and tempers.

Over the weekend, a disturbing video of a fight near the msu campus surfaced on twitter.

Starkville police make an arrest late this afternoon in the case..

They say more are expected as the investigation continues.

But, some people are questioning whether the department has enough staff to handle the crowds coming in for large events.

Our cash matlock joins us live from starkville with more on the community's reaction..

Joey, right behind me is the scene of saturday night's melee.

We have decided not to show you that video.

I spoke with several members of the starkville community and students at msu..

Some say the city needs more officers on duty, others seem to think of this as an isolated incident.

Jeff artiguez is a deacon at st.

Joseph's catholic church in starkville... the scene of the now viral fight video.

Artiguez says he learned of the fight early monday morning, he actually watched the video for the first time during our interview.

"i guess sad and frustrated that something like that would happen."

The church is located in the middle of the cotton district, but artiguez says this is the first time anything like this has happened on the church property...but church leaders aren't very concerned.

"probably more so of an isolated incident.

I think the starkville police department is already doing all that they can, but they just might need to be more visible."

Backing up that statement, starkville mayor lynn spruill says the video is simply a sign of the times.

"i have told others, this bad behavior has been going on for decades, for hundreds of years, we just now have cell phones that we can record it."

Going forward, some students are concerned about safety when having a night out.

"i think there should be a little more security out there, especially for game days, because like i said, they're intoxicated, and you never know what's going to happen."

The city is already planning for future big events like bulldog bash.

"we've got all hands on deck from the starkville police department as well as the university.

The campus police are going to help us.

I'm sure that the sheriff's department and anyone else that we feel we need will be available."

On the whole, spruill says residents of starkville should feel safe.

"i want us to react responsibly and not over- react anytime that we get those kinds of viral videos.

I think the knee-jerk reaction is never the right one.

It is a considered and contemplated response from our police department whom i trust thoroughly as to how they are going to handle that, and i fully anticipate that they will be ready for any of the event that we have coming."

Sources close to wcbi tell us that a lead instigator behind the fight has been identified and is a student at mississippi state... police are discussing the investigation into the death of an inmate at the lowndes county adult detention center continues tonight.

Sheriff mike arledge says the 39-year-old was found unresponsive inside his cell about 7:42 this morning.

Corrections officers started cpr and medics responded to the jail but the unidentified inmate could not be resuscitated.

The mississippi bureau of investigation is investigating the death.

Coroner greg merchant has not released the name of the inmate, pending the notification of the next of kin.

Wipe to gfx a missing man is found dead.

Oxford police say investigators were called to the yocona river on highway 7 south, saturday afternoon, after receiving a report of a dead body.

Family members identified the man as homer myers..

Myers body has been taken to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy..

More information is expected after the autopsy has been conducted.

Wipe to gfx a suspicious person call in amory leads to 3 arrests..

Amory police say they were called to a 7th avenue home on sunday afternoon..

Once they arrived, they say drugs were found.

Luneal dobbs is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Charles hadaway is charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

John humphries is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Humphries has a 7th avenue address.

All three men are out on bond.

A columbus police officer just cleared by a lowndes county grand jury resigns.

City officials confirm jared booth resigned from the force, effective today.

Sources tell wcbi that booth was set to return to work today.

He had been on paid leave after a deadly 2017 officer-involved shooting.

Booth could not return to work until the case was presented to the grand jury, which chose not to indict him.

Back in march, the civil service commission upheld the city council's decision to suspend booth for violating the city's social media policy.

First look stinger first look monday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in in the upper 60s to around 70 with light wind.

Tuesday's heat index forecast tuesday-friday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot.

Highs stay in the mid 90s, which is well above normal for this time of year.

Heat indices may surpass 100 at times during peak heating.

While a few stray showers or storms can't be ruled out each day most spots in our area will not experience any rain or natural relief from the heat.

Lows should remain near 70 each morning.

A log truck crash in columbus stalls traffic this afternoon on highway 82.

The accident happened near the 18th avenue eastbound on- ramp.

Logs were scattered across the highway and down the hill.

Crews shutdown the eastbound lanes and one westbound lane, while the scene was being cleared.

No word on any injuries.

Columbus police are investigating the accident.

Take developing story stinger wipe to vo an oil spill forces the jamie whitten lock and dam to shut down.

The u-s army corps.

Of engineers in the mobile district says sunday a merchant vessel loaded with two barges of crude oil was locking southbound through the lock and dam when a collision happened, causing oil to spill into the lock chamber..

The jamie whitten lock and dam in prentiss county is a part of the tenn-tom waterway// mays says it'll be closed until further notice// the u-s coast guard, mississippi department of environmental quality and the u-s army corps of engineers are all assessing the spill// the cdc is warning people to stop using vaping products while they investigate the cause of a mystery lung condition that has caused at least five deaths.

So called "vape lung" is described by the centers for disease control and prevention as severe unexplained respiratory symptoms after reported vaping, or e cigarette use.

However, vape shop owners in north mississippi stress their products are a safe alternative to tobacco.

Vapers say those reporting the lung disease used thc, the active chemical in marijuana.

Still, there is division over the safety of vaping.

"the illnesses you see, lung issues, deaths solely are accredited to illicit black market drugs, you see thc cartridges that are currently flooding our entire country and those are causing major damage in people, what we are here for is tobacco harm reduction."

"i think anytime you heat something that's not supposed to be heated and inhale it in your lungs you should be concerned about it, the lungs are one of the quickest ways to get anything in your body is to breathe it, so that's the problem."

It is against the law to sell vaping and e cigarette products to minors.

Vape shop owners also say people who don't smoke should not start vaping.

They're not ?giving away the stores?

- they're closing them down..

Memphis-based retail chain, fred's says it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, and begun liquidation sales at its remaining locations.

The company said it expects to continue fulfilling prescriptions, at most of its pharmacy locations, while pursuing the sale of its pharmacies.

Fred's has filed a motion with u.s. bankruptcy court, seeking up to 35 million dollars, for a financing agreement with some lenders.

Earlier this year, fred's announced it was closing more than 280 under- performing stores, in 13 states.

Wipe to vo mississippi university for women is being recognized nationwide as a top university in the south.

Among southern public regional universities, u-s news and world report ranks m- u-w as the number five university for best value.

The publication also reports the w as having the lowest median amount of debt at graduation.

Washington monthly magazine ranks the w as the 53rd for best bang for your buck school.

Stinger an area disaster relief group is gearing up for an ?

International ?

Mission..

We look at their preparations when we come back... welcome back..

A tupelo based disaster relief ministry is collecting items to help victims of hurricane dorian .

Eight days of hope collected generators, ty vek suits, chainsaws, dust masks, as well as oil and gas for equipment..

The items will be shipped to hurricane victims on the east coast of the u.

S.

And to the bahamas.

"we're just thankful that we get to be the hands and feet of jesus christ and the community gets to be part of it through us and we are thankful the lord has placed us strategically here in tupelo and the northeast to be able to send supplies and allow the community to be part of the relief efforts."

8 days of hope representatives will visit the bahamas soon, in preparation for a volunteer trip.

Hundreds of tupelo high school students start their day praying for a classmate, injured during friday night's football game.

Tre hall plays running back and receiver, and was tackled during a kickoff, suffering a broken leg.

Hall developed complications during surgery and was taken to uab, where he was put on a ventilator.

Reports say hall is off the ventilator and doing much better.

His classmates, friends and coaches say they wanted to come together to show their support.

"showing support and showing we care about him and showing faith in god's ability to help heal, without a doubt showing supporting him , willingness to come here and hope for a speedy recovery."

"we just wanted to show our support for tre and his family and show we're all with him, but even more that, that god is with him and we trust him through this whole situation."

The prayer rally for tre was organized by tupelo high school's fellowship of christian athletes.

Stinger summary: a big ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere will keep our weather mainly hot and dry for the rest of the work week.

Slightly better odds of moisture may return by the end of the weekend and early next week.

Monday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in in the upper 60s to around 70 with light wind.

Tuesday's heat index forecast tuesday-friday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot.

Highs stay in the mid 90s, which is well above normal for this time of year.

Heat indices may surpass 100 at times during peak heating.

While a few stray showers or storms can't be ruled out each day most spots in our area will not experience any rain or natural relief from the heat.

Lows should remain near 70 each morning.

Heat dome weekend: there could a be a few isolated storms and showers saturday but the chance of moisture may be higher sunday into monday as a disturbance moves across the region.

If we're lucky this scenario will pan out since it would cool temperatures back down to more september- like levels.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram our weather mainly hot and dry for the rest of the work week.

Slightly better odds of moisture may return by the end of the weekend and early next week.

Monday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in in the upper 60s to around 70 with light wind.

Tuesday's heat index forecast tuesday-friday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot.

Highs stay in the mid 90s, which is well above normal for this time of year.

Heat indices may surpass 100 at times during peak heating.

While a few stray showers or storms can't be ruled out each day most spots in our area will not experience any rain or natural relief from the heat.

Lows should remain near 70 each morning.

Heat dome weekend: there could a be a few isolated storms and showers saturday but the chance of moisture may be higher sunday into monday as a disturbance moves across the region.

If we're lucky this scenario will pan out since it would cool temperatures back down to more september- like levels.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, our weather mainly hot and dry for the rest of the work week.

Slightly better odds of moisture may return by the end of the weekend and early next week.

Monday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in in the upper 60s to around 70 with light wind.

Ole miss will have to move forward without one it's top defenders and leaders... the latest heading into week 3 of the college football season, next the monday after it's first victory isn't as sweet for ole miss....as the rebels will be without one it's top defenders for the majority of the season head coach matt luke says starting middle linebacker mohammad sanogo will miss ten weeks due to a broken ankle he suffered early in the ball game against arkansas sanogo led the rebels in tackles a year, and defensive coordinator mike macintrye says it'll be a big hole to fill "it is a big loss to us.

Not ony as a player but emotionally for the kids.

The positive side of it, coach coons has done such a good job with our backups and jacquez jones was ready to go."

"it just reiterates what we're always talking about being ready to play.

Jacquez wasn't getting that many snaps but he kept preparing.

It can happen at any position.

You're always a play away from having to step in there, and he was prepared.

He stepped in and was our leading tackler so i think that's a good lesson to every position on the football team."

Rebels qb matt corral named sec freshman of the week for his performance in the 31-17 win over arkansas corral completed 67 percent of his passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another 46 yards on the ground corral set career highs in attempts, completions, yards, and rushing attempts in the win the biggest question for mississippi state defensively was how to replace three nfl first rounders... through two games, the answer to that question has been relentlessly taking to football the bulldogs rank tied for second in the country in turnover margin through two games, forcing 7 combined turnovers... head coach joe moorhead says this year's group will need to continue hunting for turnovers to make up for the personnel changes "the fabric of this defense is woven differently, where you lose some of those key components.

I use the terms erasers where you can make a call, they're going to make it right, even maybe if it wasn't the right call.

Our sum has to be greater than our parts, as an entire team this year, and the defense as well.

I think for us, we're maybe not creating as many three and outs, or hold a team and force them to punt.

We're, bend but break, i don't want to use that, but our calling card could be creating turnovers, and if we continue to do that, i think itl benefit us throughout the season."

Moorhead also says starting qb tommy stevens remains day to day with a shoulder injury transfer running back kareem walker has been cleared by the ncaa, and has enrolled at mississippi state ---mississippi jucos in the national football polls northwest #4 mississippi gulf coast jumps emcc in the latest poll, gulf coast 5, emcc six co lin at 11, hinds at 12, jones at 18... last look stinger last look




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