Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:06:15 GMT
New details are emerging on the suspect and device found at Marion General Hospital Thursday. Columbia Police, Marion County investigators, ATF, MBI, and the highway patrol responded to a possible explosiveMore >>
Investigators from Columbia, Marion County, ATF, MBI, and the Highway patrol responded to a possible explosive device at Marion General Hospital on Thursday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:24 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:24:53 GMT
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General, Jim Hood. Hood released a document in anticipation of the law that starts July 1 withMore >>
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General Jim Hood.More >>
A Jackson County family desperately wants some closure in the murder of their loved one.
It happened on Thanksgiving Day in Pascagoula, 12 years ago. That's when 56 year old Horace Jones was found beaten to death inside his home.
Jones was an impressive figure. At six-foot, nine, he was easily recognizable in the neighborhood.
A police detective and family members say there are definitely people out there who could help solve this murder.
"I remember it perfect. It was Thanksgiving day, 12 years ago. I went to his house on Thanksgiving to wish him a happy Thanksgiving," said his daughter, Carla Woodson.
But she never delivered that holiday greeting. She opened her daddy's front door and walked in on a murder scene.
"I went in. And when I went in, I found a tragedy. He was laying on the floor with his head busted wide open. And I went into a shock. I was scared to move 'cause I didn't know if there was anybody else in the house that would do anything to hurt me," Woodson recalled.
Alma Jones is the victim's granddaughter. She was just 13 years old on that tragic Thanksgiving.
"I think about my granddaddy all the time. And it's always puzzled me ever since I was a child," she said.
Jones and her family are convinced there are people out there who know what happened.
"I wish they would come forward and go ahead and speak. And, you know, have some sympathy at least for the family, so we can get past this, instead of holding it as a secret for so many years. It's just wrong," said Jones.
"There is hope. There's always hope on these cold cases," said Pascagoula police detective, Darren Versiga.
He is doing all he can to cultivate new leads. Versiga is driven by the challenge of "cold case" files, and has several such challenges hanging in his second floor office.
He says the family is right: There are people who know exactly what happened.
"When you have this kind of crime, it's in a residential neighborhood. People saw what happened. They saw people coming and going. They know his friends. Sometimes they are just unwilling, or we have not talked to the right people," said the detective.
As time marches on, the cold case grows colder. Memories fade. Even the landscape changes.
In fact, the residence where Horace Jones was found dead no longer exists. It was demolished post-Katrina and replaced with a new housing development.
"Every Thanksgiving, they have to think about Horace. And I would like for them to wake up next Thanksgiving and say, we got him, we put him in jail. And they'll have that satisfaction," said the investigator.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:45:53 GMT
With the possibility of a special legislative session on Medicaid just around the corner, the head of a Jackson-based, non-partisan think tank is reiterating his opposition to expanding that program. ForestMore >>
Forest Thigpen, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act would be a costly mistake for Mississippi.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:32:20 GMT
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. The 4000-square-foot facility has five quarantine areas and a medical emergency treatmentMore >>
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. More >>