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WCBI News at Ten - Monday, December 16th, 2019

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WCBI News at Ten - Monday, December 16th, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - Monday, December 16th, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - Monday, December 16th, 2019

Thank you for joining us tonight..

Things are calming down tonight, but the work week got off to a rough start for many across the viewing area.

Several reported tornadoes roar through parts of mississippi// one of those reports coming out of guntown in lee county// emergency crews say more than two dozen homes were damaged some severely damaged after a tornado barreled through town.

One of the hardest hit areas was the neighborhood on colt lane// emergency crews also say lighthouse baptist church was destroyed by the storm.

"one blessing we can count out of this is it hit before the 5 oclock crowd started getting home and that saved lots and lots of injuries.

So we're blessed in that it didn't t after they all got home and were in their own homes because there's fifty to sixty homes that got damage."

Smith says they will not be able to totally assess the damage until the morning.

A shelter is being open at the guntown community center for those displaced by the tornado// wipe to gfx police in guntown have put a curfew in place for the guntown hills subdivision.

The curfew went into effect at 7 this evening and will remain in place until 7a-m.

No one will be allowed in.

Guntown police will evaluate the situation in the morning and consider an extension.

First look stinger summary: the threat of strong to severe storms will end by mid evening.

Much colder air settles in for tuesday with highs only in the 40s under mainly cloudy skies.

We'll have bright sunshine for the middle of the week with another chance of a few showers by friday and saturday.

The early outlook for christmas eve & day suggests lots of sunshine and seasonably mild 60s.

Monday pm & eve: unseasonably warm and humid.

Highs in the low 70s.

Batches of strong to severe storms are possible with wind, hail, and isolated tornadoes all possible.

Stay weather aware through mid evening.

Monday night: strong to severe evening storms end by 9 p.m.

Mainly cloudy with temperatures tumbling into the low 40s and upper 30s by sunrise tuesday.

Winds become wnw 10-20 mph.

Tuesday: mainly cloudy, breezy, and chilly.

Highs in the low to mid 40s.

Winds nw 10-20 mph.

Take developing story stinger take vo in monitor we have new developments in a quadruple murder case out of winona.

Today, circuit court judge joseph loper granted bail for curtis flowers... the bond amount is set at 250 thousand dollars.

Flowers was charged with the 1996 deaths of four people at tardy furniture..

Our quentin smith was there as flowers was released.

Quentin what was his reaction to being released?

Scott, excited and lost for words... that's how curtis flower says he felt after being released on bond today.

Family members are excited to have him back home.... and for some of them this is their first time being able to physically touch or hug flowers since he was arrested more than 20 years ago "i'm excited, i don't know what to say, i can't think straight."

Curtis flowers walked out of the winston county correctional facility monday evening locked arm in arm with family members and attorneys behind him.

While the winona man is happy to be out and with his family, there is one supporter he wishes could share this moment with - his mother - who passed away while he was behind bars..

" she would probably be doing flips right now.

She looked forward to this.

She always knew it would come, she said she didn't know if she would be here or not."

Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime...the deaths of four employees at tardy furniture in 1996.... two of those trials ended in mistrials, and his 4 convictions have been overturned..

His most recent conviction was overturned by the u-s supreme court on the grounds that african- americans were unfairly kept off of the jury..

"it's been rough, it's been rough.

I've been taking it one day as a and a time, keeping god first., i think that's how i got through it.

I just want to thank all of my supporters and everything."

For the first time in more than 20 years flowers will be able to spend the christmas holidays with his family and friends... he said it's been a long time coming and he already has plans on what he wants to do as soon as he gets home.

"i'm going to get something to eat."

Nat "we're going to go home and fry him some fish."

Take vo in monitor flowers is required to wear an ankle monitor while he's out on bond.

His attorneys are maintaining his innocence... and said they will pursue having all charges dropped against the winona man in 2020 wcbi reached out to the victims families..

They declined to give a comment... two teenagers have been arrested in louisville for vandalism.

A 13 and 14 year old were taken into police custody for allegedly spray painting cars and city property.

Now, the louisville police department is stepping up patrols..

Our stephanie poole has more on the story.

"it really hurt my feelings.

Emotions were all over the place, you know.

But i have to deal with it the best way i know how to deal with it."

Gloria jones is shocked and disgusted after finding racially charged graffiti on her car...the offensive message spray painted on her car door.

Jones discovered the vandalism when was getting ready to leave for work.

" it's very heartbreaking to know that people will target you and it's just unreal the things people will do to each other."

Louisville police chief sean holdiness says investigators were able to quickly track down the alleged vandals.

The can of spray paint used led officers to two juveniles.

" there was a report of kids spray painting a street here in a residential area here in louisville.

Our officers responded then apprehended or detained two juveniles with cans of spray paint.

After a brief interview with the two juveniles a confession was made that they had done all the vandalism including the cars and the street."

Holdiness says this crime is just one in a string of incidents throughout the town involving minors.

"we just have a rash of vandalism, burglaries, and other misdemeanor type crimes going on here in louisville.

It seems as though the majority of the crimes are being committed by juvenile offenders."

Holdiness is also asking for help from parents and guardians.

"we're a police business, not the parenting business and we'll appreciate the parents try to be more mindful of where their children are at all hours of the evening because majority of these crimes are occuring when most children should be asleep."

Meanwhile, jones hopes the teens accused of vandalizing her car will be forced to cover the cost of the damages.

" there are those of us that work jobs to have what we need, we should not be targeted for vandalism."

Reporting in winston county, stephanie poole, wcbi news.

Both teenagers have been released to their parent's custody.

Chief holdiness says if you see any suspicious activity to please call your law enforcement officer immediately.

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 the cold front passes, rain will exit and temperatures will cool once again with highs back into the upper 60s to near 70.

We should be in for a beautiful few days with a good stinger bowl games, women's basketball, and baseball preseason.

Courtney robb has all of that coming up a little as you get ready to hit the road this holiday season you might want to think twice before getting behind the wheel if you've had too much to drink// we learn more tonight in our health talk with baptist// hi.

I'm lee richardson, a physician in the emergency room at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

Tonight i want to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving.

Drunk driving is a serious problem in the united states.

Getting behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle after consuming alcohol is a serious crime.

According to the cdc, there is a drunk driving related death every 51 minutes in the united states.

Driving under the influence involves operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of at least .08 percent.

However, even a small amount of alcohol can lead to harmful situations.

It takes about 30 minutes to two hours for alcohol to be absorbed into your bloodstream.

During this time, your breathing may slow down and your cognitive skills may be delayed.

Because of this it is always dangerous to drink and drive.

Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability.

Here are the main ways alcohol impairs your driving skills: ?

Slows reaction time - alcohol affects how quickly you're able to respond to different situations such as someone slamming on their brakes suddenly in front of you.


Reduces coordination - drinking affects motor skills such as eye, hand and foot coordination so you may not be able to avoid an impending harmful situation.


Reduces concentration - alcohol no matter the amount, dramatically reduces your attention span, making it hard to control your speed, traffic signals and staying in the correct lane.


Inhibits judgement - alcohol can affect your ability to foresee potential problems and make clear decisions.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss the dangers of distracted driving.

Stinger preparations are underway for the mississippi state bulldogs with the music city bowl re on the bulldogs when we come back spx open by the time the mississippi state bulldogs take the field for the music city bowl, it will have been a grand total of 33 days since state has played a football game there's two ways to look at the time off...either it's a good thing or a bad thing..

Msu head coach joe moorhead saying the extra time off falls more on the beneficial side of the spectrum..the 30- plus days allow the bulldogs to do more than just prepare for louisville..take a listen it's great because you can have a two-fold focus where you want to get the work of the young kids, developing them, but the same time concentrating on bowl preparation.

Today and tomorrow are just going to be strictly developmental practices.

We will game plan tomorrow and all day sunday.

Monday, when we come in, it will be a first and second down day for louisville also in conjunction with developmental stuff.

We talked about changing up the practice schedule a little bit.

A week ago, head coach lane kiffin was officially introduced at ole miss as of today, kiffin adds two more coaches to his staff ole miss athletics announcing the additions of offensive line coach randy clements and special teams coordinator blake gideon clements joins kiffins staff after spending one year as an offensive line coach at florida state and gideon comes to oxford after a year as houston's special teams coordinator it might still feel as if baseball season is forever away, however with mississippi state's first match-up on february 14th, the 2020 season is just around the corner which means its not to early to start talking about preseason rankings... under 2nd year head coach chris lemonis, the diamond dawgs tabbed as the 6th ranked squad in the nation according to collegiate baseball's preseason poll it marks the highest preseason ranking for the bulldogs since being the 2nd ranked team in 2014 again, missisippi state begins the 2020 season february 14th at dudy noble field against wright state after suffering two straight losses for the first time since 2017, mississippi state head coach vic schaefer called out his team's immaturity coach schaefer also saying that the bulldogs next few games would come down to this past week of practice and simply if his team could make the corrections and stop losing one possession games first up of the road stretch..

The bulldogs beginning in lafayette louisiana..taking on the rajun cajuns 1st quarter, 2 and a half to go...guard jordan danberry in transition...pulls up...drains it...msu up 8-6... a minute yemiyah morris in the paint...gets it to go...10-9 bulldogs 2nd quarter..forwar d jessika carter..down the glass...tied at 15 3 minutes in the half...forward rickea jackson fighting for the rebound..gets it...msu up 23-18 few seconds in the half..forward chloe bibby with the offensive rebound to guard andra- espinoza hunter...bottoms !

Missisippi state leads 30-25 at halftime about midway through the 3rd...guard myah taylor drives...lays it in off the glass...bulldogs leading 34-27 minute in the 3rd...espinoza hunter from downtown..nothi ng but net....msu up 46-35 4th quarter...under 7 remaining...bibby pulls up...drains it...48-40 bulldogs 3 and a half the inbounds pass...carter with the short j...msu up 55-46 2 minutes to go...bibby from the corner for three....bottoms..


Mississippi state snaps its two game losing streak with a 64- 48 win against louisiana next up, the bulldogs head to las vegas for the duel in the desert tournament...fir st matchup is to south florida on thursday some more women's basketball action from this afternoon...whil e mississippi state was snapping a two game losing streak, ole miss was snapping a three game losing streak the rebels get the win over georgia southern in overtime, 69-66 guard valerie nesbitt leading the way for ole miss 16 pts, 5 rebs and six assists next up for the rebels, ole miss plays host to the louisiana team we just say against missisippi state this afternoon on friday december 20th still to come..

Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.

Body cooler tomorrow 30 cooler for them to go license on wednesday and thursday so as possible and to chicago, i will