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WCBI News at Six - September 30, 2019

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WCBI News at Six - September 30, 2019
WCBI News at Six - September 30, 2019

Good evening, everyone.

Thanks for joining us.

We begin with a story from columbus.

An elementary school teacher is charged with attempted murder after allegedly driving her vehicle and her child into columbus lake.she is expected to appear in court in moment.

34-year-old cari cullum was arrested over the weekend.

She is appearing before a judge right now.

Columbus police say the incident happened september 21st at the east bank landing boat ramp on wilkins- wise road.

Investigators believe cullum drove her vehicle into the water with her toddler in backseat of the car.

Cullum did teach at hamilton elementary.

Take vo off top what investigators describe as a domestic dispute in monroe county leaves one man dead and another person injured.

Deputies responded to a home on splunge road in greenwood springs around 6:30pm after a family member called to report a shooting.

When they got there, they found 28-year- old eddie hester dead.

Another person at the scene, a family member, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Monroe county coroner alan gurley says hester's body will be sent to the state medical examiner in pearl for an autopsy.

It happens far more often than you may think.

Physical abuse.

Verbal abuse.

Arguments between family members.

The national coalition against domestic violence reports that on a typical day domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls.

That's about 15 calls every minute our stephanie poole looks at how that affects law enforcement - and families.

It happened in lowndes county.

And again last week in lee county.

Family problems that turn deadly.

Domestic violence is devastating for a family.

It can also be a powder keg for sheriff's deputies.

Monroe county interim sheriff curtis knight says his department has a specialized training to help diffuse the stress.

" those are some of the most dangerous calls we actually go and leave again, like you said there are emotions are high and it may involve children, spouses.

The main to our concern is the weapons.

We have to be prepared for anything and often times it does end in violence."

Monroe county chief deputy kevin crook says officers must stay alert.

" it's just alot for an officer to think about when he's on that kind of scene.

Usually situations just continue to escalate like it doesn't end without somebody changing, or somebody getting the counseling or help that they need.

So the situation we had most recently it's just a progressive situation that ended up in tragedy."

Talking to someone about it can help... christian changes counseling and recovery center julia stephenson says victims usually show signs of toxic relationships.

" watch for somebody who's losing interest in relationships, friendships, things that they've enjoyed.

And also physical signs of abuse such as bruising and other things on the body.

" stephenson says reaching out to a friend or family member in a challenging domestic situation must be handled carefully.

" helping somebody is a domestic violence situation can be dangerous for everybody involved.

It's important not to ask somebody to just simply to leave, be just providing them support in doing that."

Reporting in monroe county, stephanie poole, wcbi news.

If you need help, there are local shelters that work with families in crisis.

Call the national domestic violence hotline.

Take developing story stinger wipe to gfx two men charged in separate capital murder cases appear in an oxford courtroom today.

22-year old brandon theesfeld pled not guilty in the death of classmate aly kostial.

Theesfeld faces a capital murder after kostial's body was found shot several times near sardis lake in july.

Cbs affiliate wreg reports theesfeld remained silent when asked if he killed kostial.

Former oxford police officer matthew kinne also pled not guilty to capital murder today.

Kinne is charged in connection with the death of dominique clayton.

According to the indictment, kinne broke into clayton's oxford home on suncrest drive in may and shot her while she slept.

Clayton was found with a gunshot wound to the back of her head, according to her mother and sister.

She was found by her 8-year-old son.

Further investigation led oxford officers to believe kinne and the mother of four were involved with each other in some way.

Wipe to gfx an amory man is behind bars again facing a felony charge after being accused of exposing himself.

65-year-old orlanda "sugar pie" kimble is charged with indecent exposure -- 3rd offense within 5 years.

His bond is set at 10-thousand dollars.

Kimble remains in the monroe county detention center with a hold from the mississippi department of corrections.

First look stinger first look summary: extremely hot and dry weather is going to continue for the first few days of october.

We are watching 2 cold fronts, the first of which will pass on thursday.

Moisture potential is quite low with the first one but it will cool us down into the upper 80s going into the weekend.

The second front will be more significant next monday.

It has the potential to provide much needed moisture to the region in addition to significantly cooler air.

Monday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly embers still burn and smoke continues to fill the air almost ?48 hours?

After a sunday morning fire that swept through the town of big creek.

The flames didn't just take a few old buildings.

They took away pieces of community history as well as one family's primary source of income.

Our cash matlock has more on the story.

"it's not just us losing our business.

It's everyone losing a place to come and be a family."

Kim mitchell has lost everything.

Less than 48 hours ago paisley's boardwalk steak house was serving the regulars.

Today mitchell walks through the ashestrying to find anything salvageable.

"my mind is just wondering right now what we're going to do next, where our business is going to go from here.

We've been here 13 years.

It's not just a steakhouse.

It's a famil.

" kim says she and her husband got a call from their security system around 2:20 sunday morning.

Unable to see anything on their cameras, they immediately went to check things out.

"when he turned out of our driveway, he saw the glow, and he knew that the steak house was on fire."

Like many of the buildings on big creek's main street, paisley's was nearly one hundred years old... and mitchell says it had the original electrical wiring... which is what they assume caused the fire.

"it's so emotional right now.

It's just... i've cried so much that i can't cry anymore.

We don't know where we're going from here."

Mitchell says the fire is a huge financial loss but it's also a major historical loss for the entire community.

"big creek had a school here, and they had their class reunion here every year.

We had all of their from 1944 on, you know, had all of their pictures of their classmates and their graduation.

It was all hung in here... there was a whiskey steel in here that was just absolutely gorgeous, and you'll never be able... there's no price to put on the historical stuff that was in here."

The next few months are sure to be challenging for mitchell and her family, but in spite of it all, she's optimistic about the future.

"and we want to continue the family tradition, and we're going to try to rebuild and make it somewhat like it was, but it will never be like it was because it was just a historical site."

Reporting in big creek, cash matlock, wcbi news.

Take vo in monitor mitchell say's there's no word yet on if paisley's boardwalk steak house will reopen at a temporary location.

Take vo off top a man severely burned in a recent oktibbeha county fire has died.

The blaze happened in the early morning hours of september 21st at a home on hickory grove road.

Coroner michael hunt says 47- year-old britt newby died at the central mississippi burn center in jackson on sunday.

Investigators believe newby made it out of the house but went back inside for some clothes.

That's when he was burned.

Newby's death has been ruled accidental.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Stinger the dry - hot weather is causing some county leaders to take action..

We take a look at how that could affect your outdoor plans a little later in the show..

The military is making a long- term investment in starkville.

Today, a 10 million dollar contract was awarded to trans - 4 - fed out of purvis to build a new army reserve center..

The new facility will replace the aging center which sits just off of highway 12..

The project is expected to be completed in may of 2021... wipe to vo as many high school seniors and juniors are checking out college and career fairs in the area, some already have their post graduation courses set..

Students like tupelo high school senior joe rea will be headed from graduation to boot camp..

Rea plans on maintaining apache helicopters for the u-s army.'

Area recruiter staff sergeant joshua sulkers, says for the first time in years, the army is meeting its recruitment goals..

"attribute that to a number of things, first off having access to schools, being able to actually talk to students and answer any questions they may have, there are a number of misconceptions about the army and military as a whole and it is our duty to answer those questions."

Education benefits are also a big recruiting tool.

Soldiers can get up to full tuition through scholarships or other financial aid programs. it is estimated that only one percent of americans choose to serve in the military.

Stinger days of october.

We are watching 2 cold fronts, the first of which will pass on thursday.

Moisture potential is quite low with the first one but it will cool us down into summary: extremely hot and dry weather is going to continue for the first few days of october.

We are watching 2 cold fronts, the first of which will pass on thursday.

Moisture potential is quite low with the first one but it will cool us down into the upper 80s going into the weekend.

The second front will be more significant next monday.

It has the potential to provide much needed moisture to the region in addition to significantly cooler air.

Monday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Continued very hot with highs in the mid to upper 90s.

Additional new record highs are likely around the region.

Overnight lows are going to stay in the upper 60s to around 70.

Thursday: we're adding a 10% chance of a shower or storm as a weak cold front moves through.

Look for highs to remain in the 90s.

Friday-sunday: cooler upper 80s are more likely but that's still well above average for this time of year.

Some showers are possible sunday afternoon but we're keeping the chance of rain at 20%.

Next monday: data suggest the potential for a significant cold front!

Highs may only top out in the 70s with widespread rain and storms a distinct possibility.

It's stia long way out so keep your fingers crossed.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram days of october.

We are watching 2 cold fronts, the first of which will pass on thursday.

Moisture potential is quite low with the first one but it will cool us down into the upper 80s going into the weekend.

The second front will be more significant next monday.

It has the potential to provide much needed moisture to the region in addition to significantly cooler air.

Monday night: clear and quiet.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Tuesday-wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Continued very hot with highs in the mid to upper 90s.

Additional new record highs are likely around the region.

Overnight lows are going to stay in the upper 60s to around 70.

Thursday: we're adding a 10% chance of a shower or storm as a weak cold front moves through.

Look for highs to remain in the 90s.

Friday-sunday: cooler upper 80s are more likely but that's still well above average for this time of year.

Some showers are possible sunday 24 counties in mississippi are now officially under a burn ban.

The latest is itawamba county.

It was added late this afternoon.

The ban will continue until november 4th.

Monroe county was also added to the list.

Clay, webster, montgomery, lee, pontotoc and prentiss counties also have burn bans in place.

Camp fires, bonfires, fire pits, burn barrels, debris burning, and field burning are all banned in those at counties.

You can be fined up to five hundred dollars for a violation.

Stinger ole miss has officially jumped on the quarterback carousel.....who will start for the rebels on saturday?

The latest from oxford, next in sports... spx the rebels will look to bounce back after the loss to alabama....but ole miss has officially entered quarterback watch 2019 as matt corral nurses a rib injury he suffered against cal, john rhy plumlee stepped in and led the offense to 31 points agaisnt the #2 team in the country... head coach matt luke says regardless of what happens, the freshman from oak grove has earned playing time, but it's too early to make a move "he definitely did enough.

You're going to see him no matter what happens.

But again, you got to see matt go out there and do it before you start making decisions."

"unless matt, ooh jesus, there's absolutely zero chances of me telling you anything about the quarterback situation till post game saturday.

We hope matt can get healthy.

John rhys as a true freshman in a tough environment did some good things.

Even grant when he went in there did some good things.

Beyond that, i'll see you saturday."

Take breaking news stinger




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