JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – If you missed some of the most important titles and need to catch up, no worries. WLBT has collected some of the best stories from our website to bring you up to date.
1. Governor Reeves vetoes the first bill of the 2022 legislative session
Governor Tate Reeves informed lawmakers Thursday that he had vetoed Bill 980. The author of Bill 980 said the intent was simple: if the federal government declassifies a drug from the controlled substances, the state health officer would be authorized to declassify it. at the state level. But that would only be until the legislature returns to session to decide what to do with it. The governor’s veto message said the state calendar should not automatically mirror the federal version. The House Judiciary Committee voted to uphold the veto with plans to revisit the issue in the next session. See the full story here.
2. Mississippi inmate who beheaded his mother, killed 2 others, and dies of illness in hospital
An MDOC inmate serving two life sentences for two murders has died. In 1997, 43-year-old Phillip Walker was convicted of murdering 59-year-old Crysteen Peek and his caretaker, 47-year-old Lucia Pippin, after Peek refused to give him prescription medication. Their bodies were found on January 8, 1996 at the home on Peek’s Belvedere Drive in Jackson. Both women had been shot in the head and beaten with a claw hammer and a metal mobility device. Prior to these murders, Walker had served nearly five years in prison for beheading his mother. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth confirms Walker, a CMCF inmate, died of an undisclosed illness at a local hospital around midnight. He will go to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
3. Mississippi parents in jail after 4-month-old child was airlifted to hospital in Memphis
A baby Tupelo is in a Memphis hospital and the parents are in Lee County Jail. On Saturday, police were notified that a 4-month-old baby had been taken to the emergency room at North Mississippi Medical Center. The child had to be airlifted to LeBonheur in Memphis. Tupelo police traveled to Memphis to continue the investigation. This investigation led them to the child’s parents: Megan Riley and Janson Nabors, both of Tupelo. Riley and Nabors were arrested and charged with child abuse. A judge set their bond at $1 million each. Lee County Juvenile Court and Mississippi Child Protective Services joined the TPD in the investigation. The child’s condition is reportedly improving, but remains critical.
4. The first group of dogs seized from the Pass Christian home are now available for adoption
A week ago, they were living in horrific conditions in a house in Pass Christian. Now, the first group of dogs seized in a recent hoarding case are available for adoption from the Humane Society of South Mississippi. In a Facebook post on Thursday evening, the Humane Society provided an update on the animals, saying they have now been officially legally surrendered to HSSM. But some animals are still “unwinding” and not yet ready to move into new homes. The animals featured in the post are ready and have all been vaccinated, examined and put on medication for fleas, ticks and heartworms. They will also be neutered/neutered and microchipped as part of the adoption process. “These dogs came to us terrified,” the Humane Society said. See the full story here.
5. Two Arrested, Charged with Capital Murder in Meridian Triple Homicide
The Meridian Police Department announced a triple homicide case Thursday dating back to October 2021. Jyquan Radcliff and Tavion Radcliff have been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault in the deaths of Kodi Davidson, 22, Jacoby Jones, 19 years old, and Hunter Card, 24 years old. A one-year-old child was also injured in the incident in the 2000 block of 17th Street. Read the story here.
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