July 24 Local Headlines:

posted by Kelly Bennett - 

The search for the man accused of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend over 3 days at his home in Jackson County is over.  Paul Heathcoe was arrested yesterday in Pascagoula.  The victim managed to escape Saturday morning. 

In another disturbing case, one of 3 suspects charged in the abduction and murder of a 6 year old from Jackson is headed to prison.  D’Allen Washington was sentenced to 15 years as an accessory after the fact to kidnapping.  The man accused of killing Kingston Frazier after stealing the car he was in—Byron McBride--will face a possible death sentence when his case goes to trial this fall. 

Make sure you’re using bug spray and removing standing water from your property.  A second human case of West Nile—which is transmitted by mosquitoes—is being reported in Pearl River County. 

Pepperidge Farm is recalling three-point-three million packages of Goldfish Crackers because of a possible salmonella risk. The company said it discovered some of the powder used to season the crackers cold be tainted. The recall includes Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar and Pretzel.

Our state’s Sales Tax Holiday will start a minute after 12 Friday morning, and end at midnight Saturday.  During that time, the 7% sales tax won’t be collected on items of clothing and footwear priced at less than $100-dollars. 

Fishermen are hitting the water in hope of hooking some red snapper. The season for the Gulf's most popular fish was abruptly closed earlier in the month after the catch quota of 137-thousand pounds was reached. But, it reopened yesterday with the opening of the recreational fishing season. However, anglers in search of red snapper have to register their trips with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources' "Tails n' Scales" program and abide by all the rules.

Two people are dead following a wreck involving two pickup trucks in Jackson County. The crash happened late yesterday afternoon as a Ford Ranger was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Mississippi 63 to head east on Polktown Road. That's when it was struck on the passenger side by a Dodge Ram driven by a Lucedale man. The 89-year-old driver of the Ford and his passenger were killed.

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