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Headlines for 16 May 2017

The Municipal Primary Runoff election is being held today.  Voter turnout is expected to be low since not all districts have races to be decided.  Polls close at 7:00 p.m.  After the votes are counted, executive committees will have until the middle of next week to certify the runoff results and determine which candidates will advance to the General Election June 6, 2017.

Ward Three Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes says there is a possible danger to the public posed by a Jackson business.  Stokes says he is concerned about the public health, safety, and welfare of citizens when it comes to Top Dollar Pawn.  There is a video of a worker at the business striking a man in the face.  Stokes says the business is accused of behavior that can put the general public at risk.

This is National Police Week, a time to honor the men and women who have lost their lives in service to protect us.  In addition to today's special ceremony at Mississippi Department of Public Safety Headquarters, the seventh Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Candlelight Vigil will take place tonight.  Attorney General Jim Hood will join the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police in hosting the event at the Fallen Officers Memorial in Jackson.  The names of five officers have been added to the memorial wall this year, including James Tartt of the Bureau of Narcotics who was killed last year.  Meanwhile, the Jackson portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run includes a roughly one mile route through the downtown area tomorrow and a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on the green space, just off High Street, between the Walter Sillers & Gartin Justice Buildings.

An arrest has been made in a case investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Authorities in Walthall County took 60 year old Mickey Luter, of Tylertown, into custody.  He is charged with exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.  If convicted, Luter faces up to 40 years in prison and fines ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.

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