July 13 local headlines

posted by Kelly Bennett -

Joshua Peterman is being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the brutal murder of Tena Broadus 3 years ago.  Four others with Peterman the day Broadus was tied up, beaten, and eventually strangled have pleaded guilty to either second-degree murder or accessory after the fact for helping dispose of her body. 

Police have been looking for a Pearl River County man since the end of last month, when his wife’s skeletal remains were found on their property.  Charles Bowman was found north of Salt Lake City Utah and brought him in to face first-degree murder charges.

Federal authorities are once again probing the 1955 beating death of Emmett Till that sparked a civil rights movement across the U.S. The 14-year-old black Chicago boy was brutally murdered in Mississippi after he was accused of flirting and making advances on a young white woman.

Phil Bryant and Bennie Thompson are far apart politically -- but Mississippi's Republican governor and Democratic congressman agree that it's never too late for justice to be served. They're talking about the federal government's decision to reopen the Emmett Till investigation. The Justice Department apparently is using information from a book that was published last year to launch the new inquiry. The ex-wife of one of the men who killed the Chicago teenager in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 is quoted in the book as saying her testimony at his trial was a lie.

West Nile virus is back in Mississippi. State health officials announced yesterday that this year's first human case of the sometimes-fatal mosquito-borne disease has been reported in Hinds County. There were more than 60 West Nile cases last year in the Magnolia State resulting in two deaths.

 You’ve always had to be patient at the DMV, but a computer glitch from an update to the statewide computer system has folks across the coast and around the state waiting even longer than usual.  You can avoid the wait by renewing your license on the MS Dept of Public Safety’s website, or use the kiosks set up at most DMV locations.

Good news about all those dogs and cats rescued in an animal cruelty investigation in Jones County. None of them had to be put down. About a hundred animals were taken from some property southeast of Ellisville Wednesday and they have been getting some much-needed medical care. Eventually, they'll be headed for new homes. No charges have been filed yet against the two people who live on that property. The Humane Society says Mississippi needs a stronger animal cruelty law that would cover situations like the one in Jones County.

The wait is just about over for this year's annual Blues Over Biloxi Air Show. The main attraction of course will be performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The air show takes place next Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and 22nd, with admission free, unless you'd prefer a shaded VIP area. The expected tens of thousands of spectators can watch the show over the waterfront along the beach or from the Great Lawn at Harrah's Gulf Coast Casino with gates opening at 9 a.m. each day. 

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