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WCBI News at Six - Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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WCBI News at Six - Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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A suspect is charged with murder after a woman is found dead in an apartment in tupelo.

30-year-old ambra zinn is charged with murder.

The victim was identified by lee county coroner carolyn green as 51-year-old kelly conway.

Green says initial autopsy results show a gunshot wound as the cause of death.

Conway was found dead monday morning in a small apartment attached to a home in the 1000 block of eisenhower drive.

The case remains under investigation.

A bond hearing is set is the murder case of a former university of mississippi student.

21 year old brandon theesfeld will receive a bond hearing thursday, august 22nd.

Theesfeld is charged with killing alexandria kostial.

The body of the ole miss student was found saturday, july 21st in harmontown near sardis lake.

Theesfeld, a native of fort worth, remains in the lafayette county jail.

He was officially charged with murder two days after kostial's body was found.

Lafayette county coroner rocky kennedy confirmed to hottytoddy.com that she died of multiple gunshot wounds, no motive has been established in the murder.

Theesfeld is represented by attorney tony farese.

A pickens county man is accused of trying to run over a lowndes county deputy during a high- speed chase.

44-year-old james michael prestridge is charged with attempted murder in pickens county.

Once he's brought to mississippi, prestridge be charged with felony fleeing.

A lowndes county deputy stopped prestridge on mt.

Vernon road about 9:30 last night but he drove away.

Prestridge stopped a second time near highway 182 and fled after an altercation with deputies.

Deputies originally tried to pull him over for possibly driving under the influence.

Investigators say the pursuit went into pickens county, where speeds reached over 90 miles per hour.

Prestridge is accused of attempting to run over a deputy on county road 30, just across the state line.

The deputy fired shots but prestridge continued to run for a short-time.

No word on when he will be brought to mississippi to face charges.

First look stinger first look summary: sunny, dry, and hot weather is here to stay through saturday.

Scattered storms are possible starting sunday continuing into most of next week.

No big weather maker is on the horizon at the current time.

Thursday night: clear, calm, and comfortable.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs in the mid 90s.

Heat indices mainly in the mid 90s to around 100.

Variably winds between 3-8 mph.

Lowndes county extends an inter- local agreement to keep using some ball fields and a concession stand.

Supervisors agree to a three year deal with the mississippi department of wildlife, fisheries, and parks.

Recreation director roger short says the lake lowndes facilities allow the county to keep its eye on a long-range goal of building a sportsplex.

This agreement allows leagues to keep playing until the sportsplex is built.

They could also be used to later on for practice fields.

The total for leasing the property, maintenance and utilities is about 25 thousand dollars.

North mississippi medical center in eupora is celebrating a big win, and its position in the community.

The hospital won the 20-19 outstanding mississippi small rural hospital award..

It has been a staple in eupora for more than 50 years.

Workers say rural hospitals are important because of their economic impact and convenience.

They allow patients to stay close to home and still receive quality healthcare.

Rural hospitals are vital to their local communities, generally in an economic impact way, and providing healthcare coverage, and providing emergency services and really saving lives every day."

"there's been a real emphasi in the government with medicare and with medicine in general to pull away from small hospitals.

Everybody migrates to the big hospital and then get better care, but the problem is they have to go off there and be sent to the big hospital, they don't know anybody, and the family, it's a hardship for them to take care of them there.

By keeping our local hospital we've been able to give them personal care at home and their personal doctors that they may have had for years."

The hospital competed with 60 medical facilities across state to win the award child abuse, it's something that many people don't think they'll run into when they're choosing a career..

But it's a problem that comes up in many areas..

Our rylie livingston takes a look at a new program dedicated to training not only social workers but professionals in many fields how to identify and deal with abuse.

She joins us in the studio with more.

Mississippi finds itself at the bottom many lists, but now it finds itself at the top of one for a good thing.... child advocacy studies.

Child advocacy studies... cast for short, is a new program designed to help professionals recognize and report possible child abuse cases, and it is quickly taking hold across the state..

"we have 27 schools that hav joined the cast program and have begun implementing that curriculum even as an option or minors for undergrad and graduate programs so we are super excited the leader in the state for number of colleges that have jumped on board with that."

Brand says the cast program gives students a chance to move out of the classroom, network with the community, and get a hands on learning experience.

"without that collaboratio they wouldn't have an idea of what day today looks like in the field that they are looking at entering as their career choice so it's really important that they are just kind of broaden their awareness i'm not only having the issues facing children but then who all is involved in finding a solution for them."

And it's not just social workers who benefit from cast.

"it's really touching the law enforcement field, first responder fields, the medical professions, teachers.

It takes all of us to recognize child abuse cases report those and then jointly investigate those for the best possible outcome is for the kids that are involved in those traumatic experiences."

The program also has the potential to serve as a national model..

"there are states that ar trying to mic what mississippi is doing and our executive director of children's advocacy center in mississippi is meeting with people in washington dc talking about how this program has really taken shape in our state and yes i do you think it will be about a program that all across the country which is very exciting."

Some of the schools offering cast include mississippi state, mississippi university of women, and east mississippi community college.

Stinger it's been a rough year for an area furniture company... but they're coming back strong..

We take a a northeast mississippi furniture company is coming back strong in more ways than one after a devastating fire nearly a year ago.

Allie martin tells us how "behold washington" furniture is making a bigger impact at the tupelo furniture market.

For a brief moment, executives at "behold washington furniture took a break to officially open a new, expanded showroom at the tupelo furniture market.

Nats the company moved from a 6 thousand square foot space, to a 19 thousand square foot showroom.

"the time was right to expan our footprint."

The company has been through a lot this past year.

Last september, a massive fire destroyed a warehouse and damaged production lines at its pontotoc plant.

Weeks later, the company was making furniture again.

And earlier this summer, work began on a 400 thousand square foot warehouse replacing the one destroyed in the blaze.

Jim youngblood owns delta furniture company out of clarksdale and is a longtime customer of behold- washington.

He is glad to see the furniture maker rebound, bigger and better after last year's fire.

"i knew it put them down fo awhile, but in a year they have pretty much rebounded on it, had to wait for awhile to get product, but now they're flowing it in."

Standup bridge while some companies may have scaled back after a massive fire at their manufacturing plant, executives at behond- washington felt it was good business sense to more than triple their space at the tupelo furniture market, while the rebuild at their factory is ongoing.

"it is important for us t support our retailers and what better way than for us to provide a big presence here in tupelo so they can shop and have a good experience while at tupelo furniture market."

Beard says business was brisk the first official day of the tupelo market .

Behold washington should be in its new warehouse by december.

Allie martin, wcbi news behold washington also has a smithville plant.

The company employs around 300 people.

Stinger weather open summary: sunny, dry, and hot weather is here to stay through saturday.

Scattered storms are possible starting sunday continuing into most of next week.

No big weather maker is on the horizon at the current time.

Thursday night: clear, calm, and comfortable.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs in the mid 90s.

Heat indices mainly in the mid 90s to around 100.

Variably winds between 3-8 mph.

Friday night: mainly clear a quiet.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Saturday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs top out in the mid to possibly upper 90s with heat indices pushing back into the low 100s.

It'll be a good day to hip up a poor or perhaps a movie theater if you want to stay cool.

Lows in the low 70s saturday night.

Sunday-thursday: scattered showers and storms return to the region.

Most of whatever develops will do so during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the lower 90s are likely with lows staying in the 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram storms are possible starting sunday continuing into most of next week.

No big weather maker is on the horizon at the current time.

Thursday night: clear, calm, and comfortable.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs in the mid 90s.

Heat indices mainly in the mid 90s to around 100.

Variably winds between 3-8 mph.

Friday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Saturday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs top out in the mid to possibly upper 90s with heat indices pushing back into the low 100s.

It'll be a good day to hip up a poor or perhaps a movie theater if you want to stay cool.

Lows in the low 70s saturday night.

Sunday-thursday: scattered showers and storms return to the region.

Most of whatever develops will do so during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs in the lower 90s are likely with lows storms are possible starting sunday continuing into most of next week.

No big weather maker is on the horizon at the current time.

Thursday night: clear, calm, and comfortable.

Lows in the mid to upper 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and hot.

Highs in the mid 90s.

Heat indices mainly in the mid 90s to around 100.

Variably winds the town of sturgis will soon be bursting at the seams..

The sturgis south motorcycle rally starts today and our tyler hull is in the thick of it..

He joins us live with what visitors can expect this weekend..

Thanks aundrea..

Diane jackson memorial park is starting to fill up with bikers and vendors as sturgis prepares for the 20th anniversary of the rally..

There will be food, and fun starting tonight and running all weekend... things are about to officially get started with a free concert in the park tonight... "we like the environment, w like the people.

It's a good family oriented type rally.

It's just a good time in a great location the natchez trace is awsome to ride on.

Just friendly, good people to hang out with."

"every year you make ne friends.

That's what cool coming to an event and meeting good people."

The rally is open to the public and runs through sunday..

Reporting live in sturgis - i'm tyler hull - wcbi news... stinger the high school football tour continues in winston county more spx open another visit with a reigning state champion...stop number 53 checks in with the louisville wildcats.... the new look wildcats may have some changes....but the championship mindset is always here to stay ááábillboardáá the grind for nine is complete...a storybook 2018 to send mc miller out a state champion..

Fast forward 7 months....it's a new era in louisville, mississippi.

Former noxubee county head coach tyrone shorter takes over the wildcats football program...and with a new era comes a new message....locked in for 10 "what i told these guys th very first time i met them, there's no reason why louisville shouldn't be leading the state in state championships.

I told them in two years, we're going to be tied with south panola for the top of football in mississippi."

"we've been working reall hard this offseason.

It's been intense compared to last year.

Last year we worked hard, but we're the hunted this season.

We're trying to defend what we earned.

So we had to work that much harder, because we realized we've got a target on our backs."

"it motivated us to stay at th top, and keep moving forward to make ourselves big in 4a."

14 wildcats from the state championship squad signed to play college football...so new and eager talent will have step in to key spots..

The offense will be lead by senior dre shumaker, surrounded by plenty of playmakers to keep up the wildcats up-tempo style "i got two big time receivers that's kirk and david, we're going to make some plays, make something happen so we can send our players to another state championship.

If we keep working like we've been working this offseason, we're going to make it somewhere."

"they have that winnin they have that mentality of next man up.

It's been easy getting these guys, you know, they're stepping up, and they're really doing a great job for us."

áánat pop big hitááá if there's one thing to count on in louisville...it's a fast, hard-hitting defense... shorter says this year will be no different..and the powercats plan to continue its reign as one of the state's top defenses..

"we have speed.

I've alway built my defenses off speed.

We don't have to be really big on defense as long as you can run.

That's what we're building this defense on.

We feel really good about this year."

"we have a lot of guy returning, and the younger guys, they're coming up.

They're hungry.

They've been working really hard this offseason, this spring, and we've got a lot of faith in our defense to keep it rolling."

Louisville begins 2019 with a major rivalry matchup with noxubee county.

With the wildcats on the high school football tour, tom eble, wcbi sports.

áábillboardáááá here's a look at the upcoming stops!

Friday there's stop #54 with lafayette.

Stop #55 features the oxford chargers on saturday and the weekend closes out for stop #56 with saltillo on sunday then monday stop #57 features a preview of another reigning state champion..the west point green wave.

Make sure you check out any stops you may have missed on our website at wcbi.com warm or hot and sunny friday and saturday you may be some relatively low gears so toasty yesterday that overly oppressive one this week i storms returns on the face




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