Jackson MS Baptist Medical Center Shooting Leaves 2 Dead Wednesday Morning

JACKSON, MS. (THECOUNT) — Two people were shot dead at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi Wednesday morning after a suspect opened fire on a vehicle.

The deadly shooting occurred Wednesday morning in a campus parking lot area.

Police say they are investigating following a double-fatal shooting at the hospital located on North State Street Wednesday.

A witness to the shooting says that a man fired into a black Toyota, and then fired shots at them.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census – Wikipedia.

World Famous Rodeo Clown Lecile Harris Dies Following Dixie National Performance

JACKSON, MS. (THECOUNT) — Iconic rodeo clown Lecile Harris, who appeared regularly on “Hee Haw” and had roles in several movies and TV shows, has passed away. He was 83.

Harris passed away shortly after the final performance of the 55th annual Dixie National Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo, according to Thursday reports.

Harris was born in Lake Cormorant, MS. His list of achievements include his induction into numerous Hall of Fames, including the Mississippi Rodeo Hall of Fame. Harris also starred in the television classic “Hee Haw” for five years and has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows.

“All of us involved at the Dixie National are truly saddened today. Everyone from the staff here at the Fairgrounds, to the staff of Harper Morgan Rodeo Company, to our tens of thousands of loyal supporters, sponsors and fans. We all send our love and wishes to Lecile’s family, friends, and adoring fans around the world,” said Steve Hutton, Executive Director of the Mississippi Fair Commission. “While none of us ever wanted this day to come, we can’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate his storied life. God gave us Lecile one more year here at the 55th Dixie National. One more year to laugh with him and laugh at him. He’s a legend. He’s not just a rodeo act, he’s a legend. I’ll cherish my last picture taken with him during his final performance ever.”

A cause of death was not provided.

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Geo quick facts: Clinton is a city in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi. The population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census – Wikipedia.

Evacuations Underway Friday After 18 Train Cars Derail Near Petal MS ‘Denatured Alcohol’

PETAL, MS. (THECOUNT) — A major train derailment involving at least 18 cars near Petal, Mississippi, has forced the evacuation of area residents Friday morning.

The derailment occurred around midnight.

Petal Police Chief Matthew Hiatt said 18 cars came off the tracks near the intersection of Central Avenue and U.S. Highway 11.

Hiatt said several of the cars overturned and are leaking denatured alcohol, reports WLOX.

While the chemical does not pose an immediate threat, according to Hiatt, several homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.

Petal Police Department has opened a temporary shelter the Petal Civic Center.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has been called in to assess the scene.

First responders have set up a perimeter around the derailment, closing Highway 11 and several roads in Petal.

Denatured alcohol is used as a solvent and as fuel for alcohol burners and camping stoves. Because of the diversity of industrial uses for denatured alcohol, hundreds of additives and denaturing methods have been used. The main additive has traditionally been 10% methanol, methyl alcohol, giving rise to the term “methylated spirits”. Other typical additives include isopropyl alcohol, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, and methyl isobutyl ketone, wikipedia.

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Geo quick facts: Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,454 in the 2010 census – Wikipedia.

MS Man Harold Walker Arrested Tuesday In Sunday Murder Of Jackson Man Bryant Lamone Robinson

JACKSON, MS. (THECOUNT) — Harold Walker has been arrested Tuesday in the Sunday murder of 29-year-old Bryant Lamone Robinson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Walker, 31, was taken into custody after Jackson police said he is responsible for shooting Robinson to death at a northeast Jackson intersection Sunday night.

Officials say the suspect got out of his white sedan and fired shots into Robinson’s car while he was stopped at an intersection on Colonial Circle near Old Canton Road in Jackson, reports WLBT.

A motive in the deadly incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with possible information on the shooting should contact police at 911.

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Geo quick facts: Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi. The statewide Mississippi Freedom Trail runs through the city, encompassing a number of historic sites that were significant in the civil rights movement. These include the Medgar Evers Home Museum and the landmark Mississippi State Capitol building. In leafy LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science includes an aquarium and nature trails – wikipedia.

MS Woman Shea Erica Parker ID’d As Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY, MS. (THECOUNT) — Shea Erica Parker, of Yazoo City, Mississippi, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle.

Parker, 39, was killed while on-foot after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 49 in Yazoo City.

The Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department say, officers responded to a call of a vehicle-versus-deer. When police arrived, they determined that it was instead a person that had been struck.

Officials believe that Parker was walking northbound in the right lane of Highway 49 when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, reports WLBT.

Parker was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma.

The incident remains under investigation by Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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Geo quick facts: Yazoo City is a U.S. city in Yazoo County, Mississippi. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as “Rivière des Yazous” in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river’s mouth – Wikipedia.

MS Man Erik Miller Jr ID’d As Victim In Hazelhurst Fatal Christmas Night Crash Involving Mercedes

COPIAH COUNTY, MS. (THECOUNT) — Erik G. Miller Jr., of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, has been identified as the victim in a fatal two-vehicle crash near Hazelhurst Christmas night.

Miller, 30, was killed in a crash on Wednesday night in Copiah County, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Police say, Miller was operating a Chevrolet Impala on Old Highway 51 near Hazelhurst, when he was sideswiped by a Mercedes who was attempting to pass around 9 p.m.

Preliminary reports indicated that a Mercedes sedan traveling northbound attempted to pass a Chevrolet Impala that was traveling in the same direction when the Mercedes sideswiped the Chevrolet, reports ClarionLedger.

Miller lost control of the Impala and collided with a substantial tree.

He was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma at the scene.

An autopsy has been requested in the investigation.

No further information on the Mercedes driver was provided.

It is unclear if anyone was cited at the scene.

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Geo quick facts: Copiah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,449. The county seat is Hazlehurst. With an eastern border formed by the Pearl River, Copiah County is part of the Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

MS Domino’s Pizza Driver ‘Latrice Dortch’ Reported Missing After Delivery Vehicle Found Abandoned

MADISON COUNTY, MS. (THECOUNT) — The search is on for Canton, Mississippi Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, Helerica “Latrice” Dortch, who was reported missing after her delivery vehicle was found abandoned in Madison County Sunday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s office is asking the public to help them find 31-year-old Dortch.

Dortch was last seen Friday around 2 p.m. leaving the Domino’s Pizza on East Peace Street in Canton, Madison County, MS.

She is 5′07″ and about 165 pounds. She was wearing Domino’s employee attire and driving a 2015 maroon Chevrolet Malibu. That car has since been found abandoned, reports WLBT.

If you have any information on where Dortch could be, please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 601-859-2345.

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Geo quick facts: Madison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,203. The county seat is Canton. The county is named for U.S. President James Madison. Madison County is part of the Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

Active Shooter Reported Jackson State University On Lockdown Wednesday ‘Seek Shelter Immediately’

JACKSON, MS. (THECOUNT) — Jackson State University officials are reporting an active shooter situation on its campus Wednesday.

School officials said the shooter is operating in a black Honda Accord with license plate MAC-0214.

The campus was placed on lockdown and officials say everyone should seek shelter immediately.

At this point, it’s unclear if anyone has been shot, reports WLBT.

The school is located at, 1400 John R. Lynch St in Jackson, MS.

Jackson State U. via Twitter:

@JacksonStateU We have an active shooter on campus. The suspected shooter is in a black Honda Accord, license plate number MAC 0214. The entire campus community should take shelter immediately. The campus is currently on lock down. We will notify you when the situation is resolved.

No further information was immediately made available.

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Geo quick facts: Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi. The statewide Mississippi Freedom Trail runs through the city, encompassing a number of historic sites that were significant in the civil rights movement. These include the Medgar Evers Home Museum and the landmark Mississippi State Capitol building. In leafy LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science includes an aquarium and nature trails – wikipedia.

Family Says Missing AL Man Cory Baughn Found Dead In Vehicle Crash ‘Never Left Vehicle’

STARKVILLE, MS. (THECOUNT) — Missing Alabama man Richard “Cory” Baughn has been found dead in an apparent vehicle crash, according to family members. He had been missing for two weeks.

A family member told local reporters that the 31-year-old man who had been missing for two weeks was found dead this morning by Starkville police.

Baughn wrecked his car in some undergrowth in Mississippi and never left the vehicle, according to officials.

Baughn’s sister divulged the sad news of her brother discovery

Last weekend 85 people searched the 3.5 mile radius around the last location where Baughn’s phone pinged, but their search came up empty-handed, reports ABC3340.

Phone records showed Baughn stopped at an intersection near East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Temple Campus in Mayhew. There was a google search on the phone for rehab facilities. But there were no reported sightings of Baughn.

Baughn was seen leaving an apartment in Starkville, Mississippi on November 12. Authorities said he was presumed to be driving his white Nissan 350-Z east on Highway 82 toward his father’s house in Lynn, Alabama.

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Geo quick facts: Starkville is a city in, and the county seat of, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, United States. Mississippi State University, the state’s land-grant institution and a public flagship university – Wikipedia.

Bobby Mahoney On Monday Mary Mahoney’s Federal Raid ‘It’s About Fish’

BILOXI, MS. (THECOUNT) — Federal agents raided historic Biloxi, Mississippi, restaurant Mary Mahoney’s Old French House early Monday morning, forcing a shuttering of their doors while authorities “inspected” the business, according to multiple reports.

While the reason for the fed’s visit is unclear, Bobby Mahoney, who owns the famous coast eatery, would only say “it’s about fish,” reports WLOX.

The investigation is being conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. The agents came from the FDA’s Criminal Office of Investigations out of Georgia. They have been inside the restaurant since around 8 a.m.

The eatery is located at, 110 Rue Magnolia in Biloxi, MS.

A sign on the door of the restaurant advised people that Mary Mahoney’s will be closed for lunch on Monday. It’s unclear how long the search will last and whether the restaurant will open in time for dinner.

According to the FDA’s website, the agency is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s seafood supply, both domestic and imported, is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled.

The FDA oversees 80 percent of the country’s food supply, which includes everything sold at the grocery store that isn’t raw meat, poultry, and eggs. Other food, including fish and pre-packaged foods, fall under the FDA’s jurisdiction.

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Geo quick facts: Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos. Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boatbuilding and seafood-processing. The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader. Offshore, Deer Island shelters pelicans and loggerhead turtles – wikipedia.