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WCBI News at Ten - Thursday, December 5th, 2019
Thank you for joining us tonight, better, faster internet is on the way to parts of west alabama.
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Tombigbee communications is a subsidiary of tombigbee electric cooperative// take developing story stinger columbus police share some new statistics when it comes to the city's crime rate// one highlight is a steady drop in felony arrests from 2015 to 2019.
Scott martin breaks down the numbers for us and shares what police think is the reason for the downturn.
Murder...armed robbery..and assaults.
These are crimes that have seen a steady decline in the last half decade.
"my officers are out there doing their job, they have integrity, they're doing the right thing, they're making things happen and the statistics show it."
When chief shelton took over as the top cop he said his plans were to make the department more effective, efficient, and proactive.
One way that's happened shelton says is having more eyes on the city.
"our officers our more visible.
They're doing foot patrols, business checks.
They're coming in contact with the community more.
And what's happening there is information is being shared that helps us solve a crime or can help prevent a crime."
In 2016 columbus had ten murders.
That number has dropped down to two this year.
Armed robberies have went down from it's highest of 50 to seven this year.
Another perk on the downward trend police believe is the city having it's own crime lab.
"just the face that you're not waiting a year to get results back, your finger print identification back.
You're waiting two or three weeks then you're getting that individual off the street and hopefully preventing them from committing whatever crime they're inclined to commit."
Crime lab director austin shepherd says they're working on a regional database that in the long run could have a bigger impact in solving crimes.
"criminals, people who commit crimes typically aren't locked in to one area.
They're going to move from city to city, place to place.
In this instance it's good to be able to search a database of individuals from say starkville, west point, aberdeen, or tuscaloosa."
Community involvement has also played a major factor.
The old "see something, say something" we hear chief shelton preach..he says had paid off in a big way.
The downfall in crime is something both shelton and shepherd say is something that the entire friendly city should be proud of.
"it's the officers, but it's the community.
The community is standing up and getting behind the department and working with us."
"everyone's taking a part.
They're interacting with law enforcement, we're leveraging technology, we're learning new way to solve and prevent crime.
It's really an achievement for the entire city and county."
Police did see an increase in auto burglaries.
They would like to remind everyone, especially during the christmas shopping season, to lock those car doors..
First look stinger summary: we're watching 2 disturbances over the next week that will give our area the chance of more rain and even a few storms. the first one comes friday with the second one coming late monday into tuesday.
At this time no strong or severe weather is expected.
Thursday night: variably cloudy during the evening with overcast conditions taking over late.
Showers are possible by sunrise.
Lows in the 40s.
Winds se 2-5 mph.
Friday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain.
A few embedded storms are also possible.
Rainfall totals between 1/4" and 3/4" christmas officially comes to the city of columbus tonight..
With a flip of the switch the city came alive and christmas was in the air... many came to see the christmas tree lighting, but the real stars of the show were from the north pole... we asked experts what they thought about tonights events and what they wanted for christmas... "well to be with my friends and play" "i want a hamster, a hover board, and to be with my family" molly munson "seeing him pop that thing......having those glasses that momma passed out" the tree will brighten up downtown columbus every night until christmas.
Wipe to vo the sights and sounds of the christmas season were on full display in macon tonight as floats and marchers carried this year's theme "all i want for christmas" down jefferson street.
Noxubee county's annual christmas parade also featured marching bands and special guests, including wcbi's very own ronny smith and jacob dickey.
Wipe to vo the christmas spirit is also being felt in vernon, alabama..
Tonight, hundreds made their way out for this year's christmas parade... colorful floats filled the streets.... and local marching bands filled the air with holiday tunes... before the parade kicked off, there was a tree lighting on the courthouse lawn..
Each tree tells a story or brings awareness to a cause that's important to those who decorated them.
Of course, everything was capped off with a grand appearance from old saint nick... and we hear the winner of tonight's parade was "that little store somewhere" ..
Christmas came a few weeks early for some elementary students in tupelo.
The second annual "shop with a cop" allowed kids to roam the aisles of wal mart, filling up their shopping baskets, accompanied by a tupelo police officer.
Wcbi's allie martin was there and has more.
Nats open sirens the shopping adventure began with a police escort to the north gloster wal mart.
Nats kids get off bus sixteen students from several elementary schools in tupelo were chosen by counselors/ principals and teachers to take part in "shop with a cop" "it is a great experience and also for our students to get to see our tupelo police officers in a different role, friends of the community and that support they have for our school and our district.
" after greetings from the mayor, police chief and wal mart associates, students were paired with an officer.
Nats trinity and tristian leggon are twins, and both had their sights set on the toy section.
"a lol, a little doll, with a bg ole house."
You like paw patrol?
Mighty lookout tower?
What else do you want, any idea?
Their mother, bobbi anne says shop with a cop is a huge help this christmas "we been through a lot with their dad, he had stroke after stroke , it's just a blessing they even got chosen to do this."
It was also a blessing for those assisting the young shoppers.
This is the second year raelee bell has helped at shop with a cop.
"i really like doing this because it's a humbling experience, you see these kids out here so excited to get anything and everything they could possibly want with this certain amount of money, last year we had kids buying stuff for other members of their family and siblings, you see how selfless these kids are."
Stanudp close all the fun doesn't end with the shopping excursion, students wrap up their adventure with lunch at the police headquarters.
In tupelo, allie martin, wcbi news wal-mart, along with other sponsors funded shop with a cop.
Each child had 300 dollars to spend.
Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.
Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.
Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.
Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.
Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.
A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.
Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.
Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.
We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.
Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.
Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.
Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.
Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon hours.
Tuesday- wednesday: once stinger a disease we usually think about in the summer is lingering late into the year..
We have the latest when we come being a parent can sometimes get scary// especially when your child gets sick// but when is it an appropriate time to take your child to the emergency room?
We learn more in our health talk with baptist// when to go to the er?
I'm dr pam sykes, a pediatrician at baptist memorial hospital-golden triangle.
One of the most common questions i get from parents is "when do i need to take my child to the emergency room?"
We need to remember that er stands for emergency room which means it is for life or death emergencies.
This would means health concerns that cannot wait till the morning when a patient could see their regular pediatrician.
The definition of an emergency can be subdivided by age and today we will discuss recommendations for infants over 2 months old.
In a child over 2 months old the concern of fever is not significant enough to cause immediate hospitalization but still an important sign that tells us there is an infection.
So in an infant this age, should be taken to the er if: they have trouble breathing appear dehydrated suffer trauma or toxic ingestion have a seizure or have a significant change in level of consciousness.
I frequently remind my patients that er doctors are trained for life and death emergencies and are not trained for routine infant/child care.
Just as i am trained to care for children, if an adult came into my clinic for me to treat their heart attack and i did not have a phone to call 911 they would be in big trouble.
All that to say a runny nose, cough, cold, congestion, constipation, pink eye&these are symptoms that are not generally life threatening and are best managed by your child's regular physician.
Take vo off top the mississippi state department of health is reporting new cases of west nile virus in two local counties.
The two new cases were found in clay and calhoun county.
The state total for 20-19 is now at 15 cases.
In 20-18, mississippi had 50 reported cases of the virus, but no deaths.
A spokesperson m-s-d-h says while the state is out of peak season, the threat of getting the virus is still possible.
Stinger msu back in action for the first time in ten days...highlights from the game with louisiana tech when we come spx open mississippi state head coach ben howland saying earlier this week he likes how physical and big his team is right now even with the size advantage, louisiana tech, coming into the humphrey coliseum and dominating from beyond the arc...shooting 56 percent from three three point buckets, the story of the first half between msu and la tech 1st half...under 20 seconds in...guard robert woodard 3 pt...msu 3-0 hot start msu, under 18 to go, forward reggie perry fights inside for 2....10-2 lead msu midway 1st..la tech...guard kalob ledoux...3 pt bucket, cuts lead 17-16 msu under 7...forward isaiah crawford....3 pt..27-24 la tech..
2 left in 1st...forward abdul ado...3 left on shot clock...floater... tied at 36 2 seconds!
Guard daquan bracey heaves three shot in...39-36 at halftime 2nd half...carter from way downtown...gets the three bucket to go...tied at 49 6 remaining in the game..guard amorie archibald with the trey...caps off a 10-0 run for the bulldogs under a minute to go...guard dj steward from beyond the arc...cuts la techs lead 71-64... mississippi state's offense might have played well however la tech played even better msu falls to la tech 74-67...la tech shooting 63% from three... the difference coming down to free throw shooting..msu only 50% at the line next up for msu, the bulldogs play kansas state in new jersey on saturday our state championship previews continue with the big boys...previewing the 5a and 6a title games... starting with the áthree-timeá defending champion, the west point green wave, looking to make it four straight it'll come down to the two best teams in 5a all year...west point and picayune the maroon tide are undefeated, having dominated from the start...and boasting the top offense in the state....averagin g almost á500á a game head coach chris chambless says ball control will be the difference "they do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage.
I think the key to the game is, its going to be nip and tuck.
I think the team with the fewest turnovers, the team that takes advantage of its opportunities with turnovers or controlling the line of scrimmage up front on both sides of the ball.
That's going to be huge in this game, its going to be a key."
"for me its emotional because its my last game, since i've ben in high school i've been watching the team going to the state championship, so it ain't nothing new.
Since we've been little, we've been talking about going to the state championship in high school and now we're here.
It's a big accomplishment and a good feeling."
One more chance / for oxford to bring home its first ever state championship oxford coming off a win over rival starkville in the north half final.....looking to put another losing streak to bed the chargers have competed for 3 championships this decade, coming up short in three straight they'll have to go through a talented oak grove team that is fresh off a title loss in 2018 head coach chris cutcliff says his team will have to match the energy of a hungry oak grove squad "playing a team that's been in this situation a good bit.
A really good program in 6a.
One of the best ones that have been in this situation a lot even last year.
They probably have a little bit more experience in a championship game than we do.
We got to try to match their intensity and energy."
"oxford is known for being able to go state and not finish so this year our main goal is to just finish.
It's a big step especially for coach cut.
He knew and had faith in us.
He always told us each year that he wasn't going to feel differently from the team.
He's always going to push us to be great and keep going."
4.14.143 20still to come..
Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.
You are watching wcbi news our own aundrea self opened tonight's show of "disney on ice presents "celebrate memories."
Mickey mouse is joined by minnie mouse, donald duck and goofy on a journey to discover his favorite memory of all time.
The interactive show features a special "mouse pad" that brings fans into the action as they encounter favorite characters like moana, and anna and elsa from frozen.
The fun filled show runs through sunday at the bancorpsouth arena in tupelo.
Allie martin will be live with cast members for some production numbers and other surprises tomorrow morning on sunrise..
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