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1. EXCLUSIVE: Hinds DA threatened man with gun, unredacted report says
An incident report claims Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens threatened a man with a gun and alleges a love triangle may have led to the confrontation, though law enforcement have redacted some of these details to the public. Joshua Towns told Capitol police that Owens pulled a gun on him while at his girlfriend’s apartment at Electric 308 on September 3. See the report here.
2. Hundreds of people line up to get new passes for JSU football games
With Jackson State’s first home game days away, hundreds of Tigers fans are expected to return to the box office to receive a new pass to enter the game after having already paid and obtained tickets online. “People are frustrated because they don’t know what’s going on,” said JSU fan Lydia Harris. “We have elderly people who have been queuing since 7 p.m. They haven’t gone to the window and don’t know what’s going on. So, I think it’s going to be a headache on Saturday. Some Jackson State ticket holders say they are upset they had to wait hours for these new passes. They claim the university changed ticket sellers and they were told via social media that they would need to get a new pass for Saturday’s football match.
3. Cracker Barrel on I-55N Temporarily Closes Due to Jackson Water Crisis
The ongoing water crisis in Jackson has caused the temporary closure of a popular southern food chain. The Cracker Barrel on I-55 North told WLBT it was a tough call to make. “Due to the ongoing water crisis in the area, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our store located on I-55 North in Jackson, Mississippi,” said Jessica Mancuso of Media Relations for Cracker Barrel. “During this time, we are focused on supporting our employees and will continue to monitor the situation to understand when it is in the best interests of our team members and the community to reopen our doors safely,” said continued Mancuso. This does not affect Cracker Barrel’s locations in Pearl or Vicksburg, Mancuso said.
4. Former Governor Phil Bryant Helped Brett Favre Get Social Funding For USM Volleyball Stadium, Texts Reveal
Text messages entered Monday into the state’s ongoing civil lawsuit over the welfare scandal reveal former Governor Phil Bryant pushed NFL legend Brett Favre’s volleyball idea a reality. The texts show that the then-governor even guided Favre on how to write a funding proposal so it could be accepted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services – even after Bryant ousted the former director of the John Davis welfare agency for alleged fraud. “I just left Brett Favre,” Bryant later emailed nonprofit founder Nancy New in July 2019, weeks after Davis left. “Can we help him with his project? We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your plans on track. When Favre asked Bryant how the agency’s new manager might affect their volleyball stadium funding plans, Bryant assured him, “I’m going to handle this…long story but I had to make a change.” But I’ll call Nancy and see what it takes,” according to the filing and a text Favre passed on to New. Learn more here.
5. Pelahatchie man arrested after double shooting at Rankin Co.
A Pelahatchie man is behind bars in connection with a double shooting on Monday. The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office said 20-year-old Tristan McNair is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. A 911 call first led deputies to Barker Road in Pelahatchie. After arriving, they discovered two gunshot victims. One victim was shot in the chest while the other was shot in the leg. One of the victims had to be taken to hospital by AirCare. RCSO Captain Paul Holley said witnesses claimed the suspect, Tristan McNair, had just left the scene in a van. Holley said investigators later determined that McNair fled to Jackson in Capitol Police jurisdiction. Capitol Police then joined the effort along with the Richland Police Department, which reportedly had a previous relationship with McNair, the RCSO said. McNair was finally arrested in Jackson on Monday night. His first appearance before Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow is Wednesday.
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