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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - AUGUST 21, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - AUGUST 21, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - AUGUST 21, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - AUGUST 21, 2019

The sheriff saga in monroe county takes a couple of turns today.

Thanks for joing us tonight..

Less than a day after sheriff cecil cantrell abruptly resigns, the race for his seat now has only one candidate.

The republican candidate, former sheriff andy hood, dropped out this morning..

That leaves only justice court judge kevin crook in the race..

Crook beat incumbent cecilecil cantrell in the democratic primary.

Monroe county supervisors will meet friday to appoint a sheriff.... we are told they plan to appoint crook as the new sheriff... new information is coming to light about an investigation into former monroe county sheriff cecil cantrell// cantrell abruptly resigned yesterday..

Shortly before the primary election... a video showing what appears to be an inmate putting together a campaign sign with cantrell's name on it began circulating an affidavit from a state auditor special agent accuses cantrell of acting in his official capacity as sheriff, to authorize the use of inmate labor to construct political campaign signs// the findings were given to the county prosecutor// a spokesman for the auditor's office says quote, "ou understanding is the sheriff has resigned as a result."

En quote// at this time, it's unclear whether cantrell is facing any charges.

If he is charged and convicted, cantrell could face up to a one thousand dollar fine, six months in jail, or both punishments// "it sort of shocked me really.

Didn't expect anything like this to happen."

"i'm glad we have a chang which is what we need.

We have new ideas and we need honesty and integrity."

Former sheriff cecil cantrell, didn't want to go on camera, but did say he gave his all serving the people of monroe county// take developing story stinger in an update to a story we first brought you last night at ten, state and county officials brief the public on the investigation into the second in command at the pickens county sheriff's office..

Chief deputy jonathan gann is charged with theft of property in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence.

District attorney andy hamlin says pickens county sheriff todd hall brought up his concerns last week.

After further discussion they felt an investigation was need the alabama law enforcement agency state bureau of investigation took over as an independent department leading to the arrest.

"we are relentless in ou pursuit of justice this is a very fluid on going investigation so there is very limited details outside of the actual charges and what they imply that we will release at this time."

Gann was taken to the tuscaloosa county jail and has been released on bond.

Take vo off top a lowndes county grand jury does not indict a columbus policeman involved in a deadly officer- involved shooting.

The shooting happened in november 2017 outside of the premier lounge on 22nd street south.

Officer jared booth was called to the nightclub about a disturbance.

At that time, sources told wcbi that booth was talking with a security guard and heard two shots.

He ran toward the gunfire and saw some men fighting over a gun.

Our sources say as ray davis turned toward booth, the gun was pointed at the officer.

That is when booth fired.

Davis died a short time later.

The attorney general's office presented the case to the grand jury and confirmed the no bill results.

Five sex offenders face more trouble after investigators say they didn't live where they were registered.

Randy watkins, dallas burkholder, vernon simelton, and demasico hicks were all arrested.

Investigators say they're still searching for ormega smith for failure to report.

Watkins and burkholder are out on bond.

Simelton and hicks both has mdoc holds.

Over the last two weeks the lowndes county sheriff's department and u-s marshal service were doing address compliance checks.

These five men investigators say weren't living where they said they were leading to their arrests.

There are 125 registered sex offenders in lowndes county.

Wipe to gfx a columbus woman pleads to guilty to aggravated assault.

Rennie gibbs will spend four years in prison for cutting a man on the arm back in april 2018.

Prosecutors say broken glass was used in the crime.

Under the plea deal, she will receive credit for time served.

Gibbs will also be on probation for five years after being released from prison.

A water valley man is accused of not repairing a home in monroe county.

Steven baker was arrested today.

He's charged with one count of home repair fraud.

Monroe county investigators declined to release any information on the arrest, citing an on- going investigation.

In an affidavit, the victim says he and baker entered into an agreement on july 15th but no work was done on the home repair.

Baker remains in jail.

First look stinger first look summary: rain chances are going to be going up over the next few days as a weak cold front approaches the area and then stalls.

Some spots may get a good soaking while other spots may miss out on the heaviest amounts.

Some rain and storms are possible as high school football kicks off.

Wednesday night: scattered evening storms are possible but activity will diminish after midnight.

Lows will be in the low 70s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible.

A stray shower or two may redevelop late tonight.

Thursday-sunday: rain and storm chances go up as a cold front approaches the region and stalls out.

We're going to broad brush a 40-60% chance each day going through the weekend.

Temperatures cool more into the low 90s and 80s and that means the heat index won't be as extreme as it has been recently.

Lows remain in the 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram a water outage continues to affect many starkville residents after a water main was broken this afternoon near locksley way and montgomery street.

Equipment problems and the discovery that the pipe was larger than first thought have slowed repairs.

Several businesses in the area reportedly shut down early due to the outage.

Once the problem is fixed, the affected area will be under a boil water notice for at least 2 days..

Video in monitor north mississippi is no stranger to tornadoes.

Now, towns and counties are teaming up and using the knowledge they learn to help each other during a recovery.

It's happening in columbus and chickasaw county.

Our stephanie poole tells us why this partnership could save lives.

If you're ever caught in severe weather, chickasaw county has you covered.

There are over 30 storm shelters in the county.

Ema director linda griffin says the shelters benefit first responders and residents.

"instead of one large locatio for everyone to try and rush to, we spread them out all over chickasaw county and that gives citizens and first responders a chance of getting to a safe location quicker ."

Chickasaw county received grant money to build the shelters after a deadly 2011 tornado outbreak.

Each location can hold around 35 people and can withstand 250 mph winds.

The shelters are built next to a fire station, to also help first responders.

" we wanted a safe locatio for them, besides that metal building if in the event of a tornado.

Especially since law enforcement is out helping us watch the weather, watch the skies, and reporting back to 911 if they see anything.

We gotta have a place for them to go to immediately so that's why we're widespread all over."

Columbus public information officer joe dillon says the city working a similar plan, using chickasaw county as a model.

" we've turned in what's calle a notice of intent to tell the state that we would like to be put on the list to build up to 20 storm shelters.

We learned in our february storm that our first responders are the ones out in the field rescuing people, pulling trees off of people.

They're responding to these emergency needs and right now we don't have a storm shelter for them."

Some of the shelters will be at the city's five fire stations and others throughout the city at a cost of about 96- thousand dollars.

Griffin and dillon agree, cost is not an issue when it comes to the safety of citizens and first responders.

" a lot of times you don't kno until we go under a warning or even have severe weather and that gives you a better location since they are widespread and saves driving time.

" centred up columbus has applied for a disaster grant to pay for the shelters.

If the city is approved, construction will begin immediately.

Stinger wx open first look summary: going to be going up over the next few days as a weak cold front approaches the area and then stalls.

Some spots may get a good soaking while other spots may miss out on the heaviest amounts.

Some rain and storms are possible as high school football kicks off.

Wednesday night: scattered evening storms are possible but activity will diminish after midnight.

Lows will be in the low 70s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible.

A stray shower or two may redevelop late tonight.

Thursday-sunday: rain and storm chances go up as a cold front approaches the region and stalls out.

We're going to broad brush a 40-60% chance each day going through the weekend.

Temperatures cool more into the low 90s and 80s and that means the heat index won't be as extreme as it has been recently.

Lows remain in the 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram going to be going up over the next few days as a weak cold front approaches the area and then stalls.

Some spots may get a good soaking while other spots may miss out on the heaviest amounts.

Some rain and storms are possible as high school football kicks off.

Wednesday night: scattered evening storms are possible but activity will diminish after midnight.

Lows will be in the low 70s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible.

A stray shower or two may redevelop late tonight.

Thursday-sunday: rain and storm chances go up as a cold front approaches the region and stalls out.

We're going to broad brush a 40-60% chance each day going through the weekend.

Temperatures cool more into the low 90s and 80s and that means the heat index won't be as extreme as it has been recently.

Lows remain in the 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram going to be going up over the next few days as a weak cold front approaches the area and then stalls.

Some spots may get a good soaking while other spots may miss out on the heaviest amounts.

Some rain and storms are possible as high school football kicks off.

Wednesday night: scattered evening storms are possible but activity will diminish after midnight.

Lows will be in the low 70s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible.

A stray shower or two may redevelop late tonight.

Thursday-sunday: rain and storm chances go up as a cold front approaches the region and stalls out.

We're going to broad brush a 40-60% chance each day going through the weekend.

Temperatures cool more into the low 90s and 80s and that means the heat index won't be as extreme as it has been recently.

Lows remain in the 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram going to be going up over the next few days as a weak cold front approaches the area and then stalls.

Some spots teachers' assistants are often the back bone of the classroom, and help keep things running smoothly..

Geneva rowe, our educator of the week..does that and more everyday!

Rowe is a teacher's assistant at belle shivers middle school.

And her school year is off to a busy start, helping 5th graders with multiplication, division, and using decimals.

Sot: geneva rowe/eow--"if child is struggling in a certain area then that teacher's assistant is able to pull that child, one on one and work with that child" butted sot sot--geneva row/eow: "the want that hug everyday and i'm looking forward to getting that hug everyday...i just love kids and i just love being around kids."

To nominate an educator...visit wcbi dot com.

Stinger the high school football tour is nearing an end... the next to the last stop is áthe hiveá..

Tom has more later in sports... take educator of the week billboard we're just over 30 days away from fall// we look ahead at fall allergies in our health talk with baptist// in addition to ragweed, what are some other triggers for fall allergies?

The fall can be in addition to ragweed, what are some other triggers for fall allergies?

The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen.

These seasonal elements aren't the only triggers that can make symptoms worse at this time of year.

Unseasonably warm temperatures can prolong hay fever symptoms. while ragweed is the most common trigger, in some parts of the country goldenrod english plantain, lamb's quarters pigweed and others can all trigger fall allergies.

Mold is another fall trigger.

You may think of mold growing in your basement, bathroom or damp areas of your house, but mold spores love wet spots outside.

Piles of damp leaves, compost piles and damp soil are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Mold spores are light, very small and easily inhaled.

Raking leaves agitates pollen and mold spores.

Don't forget dust mites.

While they're common in the summer months, they can get stirred in the air the first time you turn on the heater in the fall months.

Dust mites can trigger sneezing, wheezing and runny noses.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss how to protect yourself against fall allergies.

Mail your topic suggestions to health talk at wcbi dot com.

Health talk has been brought to you by baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

Stinger the expectations are high yet again in starkville...but, then again, they're always high in jacket country stop number 59 on the high school football tour, next in sports... spx open it's the most wonderful time of year....and time yet again to announce our game of the week..

To kick off the 2019..we had to do it big....and the only way to do that is to feature one of the best rivalries in the state of mississippi... new era.

New name.

It's the highway 14 bowl..two of the top football programs in the state 35 miles apart, directly east west on highway 14 ...the louisville wildcats taking on the noxubee county tigers a new version of master vs apprentice..tyr one shorter and the wildcats will face teddy young at the tigers inside the tiger-den 14 state championships combined...starti ng the season with a bang....we'll be live from noxubee county at 5 & 6 to kick off the new season two more stops left on the high school football tour..saving some of the best for last... stop number 59 features one of the favorites in 6a..the starkville yellowjackets starkville will have to replace a ton of division talent from a year ago..but it's always next man up in jacket country ááábillboardááá it's state championship or bust when you suit up in the black and yellow.

Starkville fell short of it's goal in 2018, falling to eventual state champ horn lake in the second round.

So what did head coach chris jones do?

Surrounded himself with winners.

The jackets adding coordinators randal montgomery and rashaun westerfield from 4a champion louisville.

D-c charles herron brings championship pedigree from west point....jones' hoping their winning ways can bring a gold ball back to starkville "winning is contagious, and i you get the right guys around you, i feel like you're always going to have a chance.

Winners just know how to do things the right way.

They're going to prepare, they're going to work hard, and they're going to lead their kids the right way.

I feel like we have a pretty good staff, and it'll pay off in the long run."

Starkville returns plenty of talent in 2019, lead by the lethal connection between luke altmeyer and rufus harvey.

Another year of a loaded skill group for starkville has the jackets feeling the sky is the limit offensively.

"i feel very confident with hi back there.

We've been working on our connection for a couple years now, and i feel like we've got it down pat now."

"it's good to have those guy around, they help me tremendously.

They're great players, they're great leaders as well.

They come out every day and they practice hard, they show it out on friday night."

"everybody knows ever league is quarterback driven.

Whether it's peewee league, college ball, or nfl, if you've got a quarterback, you've got a chance.

I feel like we've got a pretty good quarterback and he's got some good toys to play with around him.

We've got players who can make plays.

His job is to be a point guard.

Distribute the ball, get the ball to his guys in space, and make the right decision."

Most of the starters returning in 2019 know what it takes to reach a state championship, playing as freshman and sophomore on the 2017 team.

Last season's disappointing end has yellowjackets re- focused on another deep playoff run.

"we know what it takes to b great.

We have a bunch of coaches who lead us to be great.

That's what it takes.

After practice and the offseason, the cold weather in january and february, you have to get together with your guys, work."

"that year everybody cam together.

It was like all the pieces were filled up.

We need to finish strong.

This year, we're going to finish strong.

Do what we gotta do to bring home a gold ball."

Starkville's season begins on the road at brandon this friday.

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

One stop left on our 60 in 60 marathon and then closing the tour out on thursday brings it back to columbus for stop #60 with the falcons watch any stops you may have missed this summer on our website at wcbi.com

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