Mississippi in state of emergency after severe weekend storms
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency and met the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on Sunday to report on the damage across the state.
Officials say that 17 counties are dealing with damage from the storm. The worst damage was seen in Monroe and Warren counties.
At least eight people are dead, including two children, after severe weather, including tornadoes, slammed communities across the South this past weekend, according to the Associated Press.
At least one person was killed and several more injured in Monroe County, Mississippi, after a large tornado swept through on Saturday night.
One man was killed in Hamilton when a tree was brought down onto his trailer. A total of 19 people were taken to hospitals for treatment. The Monroe County coroner reports that multiple other homes were damaged in Hamilton.
Preliminary reports show an EF2 tornado hit Hamilton, Mississippi with winds of 130 mph. Another tornado track in northern Monroe County near Greenwood Springs, Mississippi, is still being investigated.
Debris covering roads hindered rescue crews from reaching some areas. About 30 people who escaped the tornado without injuries are now staying at a shelter set up in the town. More than a dozen people were injured, but there were no fatalities in this town. Vicksburg was also affected by a confirmed tornado in the evening hours.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Apolice report reveals shocking new details about the moments leading up to the shooting death of a Memphis pastor inside his Collierville home.
The shooting happened on April 4 at the Meridian Park Apartments in Collierville. Police were called to the area around 10:30 p.m. Officers said a man and woman were shot in what appeared to be a “domestic situation.” Brodes Perry, the associate pastor at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, was killed. His wife was also injured in the shooting. Police arrested Latoshia Daniels and charged her with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
Investigators said Daniels arrived at the apartment Thursday evening. Perry’s wife told police she allowed Daniels inside the apartment because she was an acquaintance that the couple knew while they were living in Little Rock. The woman said she spoke with Daniels for about 30 minutes before her husband arrived at the apartment. Daniels talked with the couple for about ten minutes before she reportedly started to leave the apartment.
While the couple was escorting Daniels to the front door, she removed a handgun from her jacket and began to shoot Mr. Perry several times, according to the arrest affidavit. Perry’s wife told investigators Daniels repeatedly said “you broke my heart” while she was shooting.
Sources say Mrs. Perry then started to scream for help and bang on the neighbors’ door to call the police. Daniels was allegedly walking towards the kitchen when she re-entered the apartment. As the pastor’s wife knelt down to check on her husband, Daniels shot her in the shoulder and told her to “get out the way,” according to police.
South Dakota woman killed in fall from Hawksbill Crag
JASPER — Authorities say a 20-year-old South Dakota woman has died after falling off a cliff in northwestern Arkansas.
Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says Andrea Norton was fatally injured on Saturday when she accidentally fell from a rock formation near Jasper, about 101 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Wheeler says Norton was with a group of college students from Sioux City, Iowa, and was reportedly re-positioning herself for a photo when she fell about 100 feet off the Hawksbill Crag, a popular hiking destination within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. Norton was a student at Briar Cliff University and a member of the Women’s Volleyball team.
Wheeler says the crag is widely considered one of Arkansas’ most-photographed hiking areas, and several people have died in falls there in recent years. Also known as Whitaker Point, the rocky outcrop gets its name because it resembles a hawk’s bill.