WCBI NEWS AT SIX- July 5, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - July 5, 2019

WCBI NEWS AT SIX- July 5, 2019

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Three mississippi prisons are on lockdown after three inmates escape.

Benny blansett, jonathan blankenship, and christopher high escaped from the mississippi state penitentiary at parchman.

Blankenship is from alcorn county.

He and christopher high are considered to be armed and dangerous..

Visitation and other privileges have been suspended at parchman, central mississippi correctional facility and the south mississippi correctional facility until further notice..

Anyone with information on the location of any of the escapees should call their local law enforcement..

Take developing story stinger an update this evening on a story we first brought you yesterday.

A 27 year old columbus man has been released from a tupelo hospital after an accident between his bicycle and a car.

According to police reports, the cyclist ran a stop sign on taylor street.

He was struck by the driver of a suv headed west on highway 182, landing on the windshield according to witnesses.

The biker was taken to baptist memorial hospital in columbus via ambulance before being transferred by helicopter to tupelo.

No citations have been issued to either driver, although the police report does indicate the cyclist failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

Columbus police chief fred shelton says the rule of the road requires everyone on a bicycle to abide by the same laws as a motor vehicle.

It's been a busy couple of days on mississippi highways.

In north mississippi, troopers arrested more than a dozen drivers under the influence of alcohol - and even more who were not using their seat belts.

Some drivers were ticketed with not restraining children traveling in the vehicle.

The fourth of july enforcement period started at midnight on wednesday, july 3rd and ended at midnight on the fourth.

Throughout the state, mhp issued 3300 citations with 43 dui arrests.

A lowndes county man is injured in a fireworks accident.

34-year-old montrell turner received facial trauma while shooting fireworks at a home in crawford around 10 o'clock last night.

Turner is the nephew of crawford mayor deane parson.

She tells wcbi turner was doing a fireworks display for children in the neighborhood when a device fired and struck him in the face.

"when he went back outside h went back over to the road and i this explosion, i mean like a big bomb, canon had went off.

I turned and the only thing i could see was him going up.

He landed and then everybody started running towards him and when i got there, i work with the fire department too, district four, and i got there and i seen the laceration on his eye and i immediately started putting pressure on it so that it can stop bleeding, then we called 911 for him."

Parson says turner underwent surgery at a jackson hospital this morning to treat a gash in his eyeball and a broken bone near his eye.

Our quentin smith will have more reaction from family members coming up tonight on wcbi news at 9 and 10..

July 5th is often the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.

Fireworks displays scare pets and often send them running, looking for a safe place to hide.

Our rylie livingston takes a look at how local animals handled the celebration.

She joins us live in columbus.

Most pet owners try to keep their furry friends calm and safe when the fireworks start popping... but sometimes those precautions aren't enough... and on the áday afterá many pet owners find themselves looking for their furbabies.

Every year shelters get ready for the fourth of july aftermath.

Our four legged friends get spooked from the fireworks and take off.

Sometimes they can't find their way back home..

So far, this year is a little different "this year we've bee surprisingly thankful that we've only had like two so far and we've been checking the facebook pages and everything and there's only been a few that have been missing.

I'm hoping now with social media and everything you can put all the warnings out ahead of time and hopefully people are learning from past years."

Even if you take precautions, some fur babies still manage to run away.

Kennedy phillips is one of the owners out searching for her beloved dog.

"they scared her she wasn' expecting it because we had the screen open on the balcony just so we could let some of the heat from the cooking out and it was kind of cool last night so it was a nice little mixture in the house but when she heard them she, she took off."

When a pet gets spooked reaching out for extra help can make all the difference.

Columbus lowndes humane society director karen johnwick says social media can be a big help..

"there's a bunch of differen pet pages 'columbus pets lost and found' 'when it's rough' each county pretty much has their own facebook page but definitely post on there and also contact your local shelter and report with them so they will have it also listed in their book."

Phillips hopes her pup, also named kennedy, finds her way back home.

"i'm just gonna keep searching just have no choice it's my dog i'm not gonna give up on her i just keep calling her name and going by the fence and stuff where she was last was seen at, but she'll come home."

If you find a missing pet johnwick says to take it to your local humane society, post the pet to social media, or call animal control.

Reporting live in columbus, rylie livingston, wcbi news.

Columbus firefighters battle the heat and a fire at a scrap metal plant.

A fire broke out around 2:30 this afternoon at the columbus scrap material on island road.

A trucker getting ready to pull out spotted the blaze and called 9-1.

Fire crews rushed to put water on the fire and quickly had it contained.

There's no word on what sparked the the fire.

The good news is no one was injured.

First look stinger first look friday night: variably cloudy with any isolated storm fading away during the evening hours.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s with the wind going calm.

Saturday: highs should top out in the low to mid 90s again.

Heat index values between 100?

And 105?

Are likely.

There is a 40% chance of showers and storms, primarily during the heating of the day and evening hours.

Any storm this time of year may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential downpours.

Centred up a long-time activist and civil rights worker in starkville has passed away.

Dororthy isaac died thursday after an extended illness.

Isaac is a past president of the oktibbeha county branch of the n-double- a-c-p and also held an office on the state level.

A tireless community servant, she regularly attended and spoke at starkville board of aldermen meetings.

She ran for mayor in 2005.

A neighbor and fellow n-double- a-c-p member calls her a true "advocate fo justice."

If she felt it wasn't right, she was gonna let you know that she felt that way.

And you could count on her to work with you and if you showed her that she was wrong she would accept it and still continue to work.

I could always count on her to do the right thing.

Funeral services for dorothy isaac will be thursday at 11am at second baptist church in starkville.

West memorial funeral home is handling arrangements.

Isaac was 60 years old.

Fade welcome back..

In the days before integration henderson high school was the academic home for african american students in starkville.

This weekend, former students from across the country are catching up with old friends to reminisce... and as our tyler hull finds out, the alumni of henderson high are using the bonds they formed in the past to help build a brighter future... henderson high school alumni are coming back home to meet with old friends and give back to their hometown..

The former students have created a scholarship fund.

And president charles ware says this year they have given out over 11-thousand dollars..

Tonight they are connecting those students with the people who made the scholarships possible..

"over the last five years we'v given out 56-thousand 500 dollars to graduate of starkville high school and other schools in oktibbeha county" dr. shirley james hanshaw says the reunion is not only about rembering the past, but also improving the community's future..

"not only does it inspire th current and future generations of young scholars to continue their education to matriculate i should say at institutions of higher learning but it also serves to honor those open shoulders we stand" ware wants everyone to know the any student can apply for the scholarship.

"we apart of this communit this entire community so the young men and women that the 4th of july might be over the 4th of july might be over but the celebration continues in aberdeen... the taste of aberdeen family reunion is bringing food and music together.

The event encourages the community to reflect on aberdeens history and culture.

Vendors like jasmine davis are excited to see what the weekend has to offer.

We expect a good crowd a lot of people out and just hoping for a good time the event continues tomorrow with a dance at aberdeen high school stinger weather open friday night: variably cloudy with any isolated storm fading away during the evening hours.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s with the wind going calm.

Saturday: highs should top out in the low to mid 90s again.

Heat index values between 100?

And 105?

Are likely.

There is a 40% chance of showers and storms, primarily during the heating of the day and evening hours.

Any storm this time of year may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential downpours.

Saturday night: most storm activity should subside during the evening once again.

Lows stay in the 70s.

Sunday: look for highs in the low 90s with a continuing 40% chance of showers and storms. next week: the overall weather pattern isn't going to be changing too much.

Highs should be in the low to mid 90s each day with heat index values in the 100s.

Lows stay in the 70s.

Daily storm chances in the 30-40% range continue as well.

We may have to watch the northeastern gulf of mexico for some kind of tropical development late in the week but it's still up in the air.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram hours.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s with the wind going calm.

Saturday: highs should top out in the low to mid 90s again.

Heat index values between 100?

And 105?

Are likely.

There is a 40% chance of showers and storms, primarily during the heating of the day and evening hours.

Any storm this time of year may produce lots of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential downpours.

Saturday night: most storm activity sd bsulide during the evening once again.

Lows stay in the 70s.

Sunday: look for highs in the low 90s with a continuing 40% chance of showers and storms. next week: the overall weather pattern isn't going to be changing too much.

Highs should be in the low to mid 90s each day with heat index values in the 100s.

Lows stay in the 70s.

Daily storm chances in the 30-40% range continue as well.

We may have to watch the northeastern gulf of mexico for some kind of tropical development late in the week but it's still up in the air.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger the high school football tour makes its way to east union.

More on the urchins coming up after the break.

The next stop in the high school football tour checks in with the east union urchins.

Led by head coach kevin walton, the urchins are excited for what's in store this upcoming season.

East union is stop #12 on the high school football tour.

The east union urchins come into 2019 ready to pick up where they left off last season.

The reigning division champs return 8 starters on both sides of the ball giving the urchins rare experience heading into the fall.

"experience will be ou strength this year.

We started 7 freshmen on offense last year so their experience should carry over well this coming season.

We had a great spring.

The first half of the summer has been really good.

We've had good attendance.

Our kids have worked really hard in the weight room.

I've seen an increase in strength and speed so we're looking forward to the next half of the summer and preparing for the upcoming season.'

"we've definitely worke harder than we did last season.

We're really focusing on our first game.

We know we plan on winning a division title again."

"we're getting stronger an faster.

We're getting better individually which will help on the field."

"we have to execute our ne offense we just installed and try to do our best at that."

The new offense will be key in their success as the urchins look to replace running back joel wilkinson.

"it's hard to replace a kid lik joel.

We built our offense around him the past 4 seasons, but he was such a good leader.

His legacy he left with these guys with being tough and always there.

You could count on him.

I think it rubbed off on a lot of the younger guys.

He set a good example so i think they'll carry on what he left for our program."

"well all of us have to step up anybody can be like that guy like joel so it's up to anybody who steps up."

"we're trying to fill that voi with our passing game.

I think our running backs can get the job done."

With the new season comes new competion but east union continues to have their eyes set on another region crown.

"one game a time.

Our har work we hope.

We lost baldwyn and bruce in our division.

We have mantachie and potts camp coming in.

We just hope that our hard work and effort that these guys give as great kids will carry through the season."

"we just gotta stay tough fight hard and execute our new offense."

Reporting in east union, chris bolton, wcbi sports.

Billboard... for those keeping track at home, go to our twitter and facebook accounts at wcbiendzone to see the schedule... and if you miss any stops along the way you can always go watch them on our website at wcbi.com hail state hoops continues its international dominance....usin g another big game from jessika carter and rickea jackson to well..beat the brakes off slovakia...by a final of 92 to 52.

Rickea jackson continues to get buckets with a solid performance scoring 16 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Mississippi state advances to the medal bracket to play china sunday at 1pm

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