Cascilla, MS

Former warden pleads guilty to assaulting Parchman inmate

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary — commonly known as Parchman — pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting an inmate in 2016, the Department of Justice announced. Melvin Hilson, 49, was charged with violating an inmate’s civil rights by repeatedly striking him and knocking him to the ground. Authorities say the […]
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Former deputy warden pleads guilty to assaulting inmate at Parchman Prison

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Melvin Hilson, 49, a former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman, pleaded guilty Thursday to violating an inmate’s civil rights in 2016. Hilson was charged with violating the inmate’s civil rights by repeatedly striking him and knocking him to the ground, which resulted in the inmate suffering a ruptured eardrum, abrasions to his ear and neck and prolonged headaches.

Doug Evans, prosecutor who tried Curtis Flowers six times, seeking circuit judge post

TUPELO • Doug Evans, the prosecutor who took Curtis Flowers to trial six times without winning a durable conviction, is now running to be a circuit court judge. Evans most recently prosecuted Flowers in 2010 for the 1996 killing of four people and won a conviction that was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court after the majority found that Evans unconstitutionally discriminated against Black juror candidates.
Jackson Free Press

Remembering Emmett Till: A Boy Who Changed America

"That's Bobo's ring," 12-year-old Simeon Wright said. He was standing next to his father, Moses, who went by "Mose," in their front yard in east Money—a small town in the Mississippi Delta. The county sheriff had brought the ring by their house to confirm Mose's nephew's identity on Sept. 1, 1955, the day after Emmett Till's body was pulled out of the Tallahatchie River.

Bond set for accused Springfest shooter; another Grenada man arrested

The investigation into the shooting that injured a juvenile on Lomax Street just as Springfest 2022 was wrapping up on the Batesville Square continued Wednesday with the arrest of another suspect and the first appearance of an alleged gunman who was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Chief of Police Kerry Pittman said...

Missing Grenada man found, is safe

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Grenada man who was the subject of a Silver Alert has been found and is safe, the state of Mississippi announced on Wednesday. The state issued an alert for Brandon Hubbard, 29, on Tuesday, May 24. He was last seen on Saturday, May 16 in...

Suspect in MS music festival shooting turns himself in

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A suspect wanted for questioning in the shooting at a music festival in Mississippi on Saturday has turned himself into the police. Police said 18-year-old D’vontae Journey of Grenada was taken into custody Tuesday. He was wanted in connection with the shooting that sent thousands of Springfest attendees scrambling for cover. Investigators […]

Silver Alert canceled for 29-year-old Grenada man

GRENADA CO., Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has canceled a Silver Alert for 29-year-old Brandon Keith Hubbard of Grenada. He has been located and is safe. Want more WLBT news in your inbox? Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Silver Alerts issued for two Mississippi men

UPDATE: JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Silver Alert for Brandon Hubbard has been canceled. JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) issued Silver Alerts for two Mississippi men. Clarence Bo Bates, 75, of Hattiesburg, was last seen on Monday, May 16 around 9:00 a.m. in the 200 block of Mary Magdalene Road. […]

Rone nominated for Junior Angus board

Elizabeth Rone of Courtland was nominated to be a National Junior Angus Board candidate at the 2022 Mississippi Angus Association Meeting and Banquet held May 6 in Raymond, Miss. She will run in the election at this year’s National Junior Angus Show held this July in Kansas City, MO. (Will Harsh)

Springfest shooting suspect surrenders to police; charges filed

A suspect wanted for questioning in the shooting on Lomax Street near the end of the Jameson Rodgers concert at Springfest 2022 turned himself into authorities at the Batesville Police Department Tuesday afternoon. D’vontae D’Sean Journey, 18, of Grenada, was wanted in connection with the shooting Saturday night, May 21,...

Skilled to Work: Milwaukee Tool

GRENADA, Miss. (WTVA) - People will soon be able to work with a company, once again expanding in Mississippi. Milwaukee Tool announced its expansion will bring jobs to more than a thousand people across the state of Mississippi. The power tool manufacturer is based out of Wisconsin. The new facility...
Atlanta Magazine

A father and daughter consider the past—and the future—on a road trip through the Mississippi Delta

Drive north on Money Road out of Greenwood, Mississippi, and the town gives way in a hurry to cotton and corn, an occasional house set back from the road. Another few miles and the Little Zion M.B. Church appears, white clapboard, gravestones scattered beneath the trees, many of the stones so old the lettering is worn away. Here is the final resting place of fabled bluesman Robert Johnson, littered with mini bottles of bourbon left as tribute. Not much farther down the road, you’ll find the country store where 14-year-old Emmett Till was accused of whistling at a white woman in the summer of 1955. A few days later, he was abducted, beaten, and shot. His mother insisted on an open casket to show the world how he’d suffered at the hands of racists in the South.

The Dollars & Sense of Second Chance Hiring: MS Employer Engagement Forum

Join Right On Crime, Mississippi Department of Corrections, and the City of Greenwood for The Dollars & Sense of Second Chance Hiring: an employer-focused ReEntry engagement forum. Labor shortage? Supply chain chaos? Businesses around the nation face workforce shortages and often fail to retain the people they hire. Across the...

GLH at Risk of Shutting Down

The Greenwood Leflore Hospital is at risk of shutting down due to a loss in revenue. According to financial reports, the hospital lost $2.5 million in March and lost $1.9 million in April. The hospital expenses exceed its revenue. This led to the recent dismissal of 30 employees. The hospital board met with City and County leaders to discuss their current situation and how to move forward but little progress was made.

John Gibson, 79

John Gibson, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Courtland Tuesday, May 24, 2022. He was the husband of Mabel Gibson. Funeral arrangements will be posted by Wells Funeral Home when finalized.