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Headlines for 19 May 2017

Three teenagers have been arrested in the killing of a boy who was found shot in the back of the head.  The suspects will appear before a judge next week.  They are in the Madison County Jail.  Charged with capital murder are Byron McBride, Dwan Wakefield, and DeAllen Washington who were taken into custody Thursday after police found the body of Kingston Fraizer.  He was left alone in a car that was stolen from the parking lot of Kroger on the Interstate 55 Frontage Road in north Jackson.  When his mother came out of the grocery store and discovered the crime she told a deputy about the auto theft.  It is unclear why she failed to reveal her son was in the car at that time which delayed the issuance of an amber alert.  The car, with the deceased child inside, was found abandoned on the side of a road in Gluckstadt.  

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day, a time to recognize the contributions of America's military.  Thousands are expected to converge on this area this weekend for the salute to veterans known as the Trail of Honor.  The annual event is taking place at Harley Davidson of Jackson on the Interstate 55 Frontage Road at Daniel Lake Boulevard.  The trail, utilizing living history reenactors, opens tomorrow.  Visitors who walk or ride through it are given insight on every U.S. military campaign, and on hand inside the Harley dealership will be recipients of the Medal of Honor, Tuskegee Airmen, Pearl Harbor survivors, Navajo Code Talkers, and others.  Also, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a part of the trail.  Monday, Run for the Wall riders will be welcomed at the event as they have been since 2003.  Once again this year, there will be an expanded Aviation Trail of Honor at Bruce Campbell Field in Madison presented by the Mississippi Wing of the Commemorative Air Force which will have on display artifacts, static & flying aircraft from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.   

The Vicksburg water outage could be for an extended period.  A large main has ruptured causing a loss of service to an estimated 29,000 people.  Officials say repairs are complicated by flooding from the Mississippi River.  Those needing water have been obtaining it from the nearby Culkin System.  Emergency plans have been implemented and anyone requiring assistance during the outage is asked to contact either the Vicksburg Police or Warren County Sheriff's Departments. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal one car crash that occurred in Clinton Wednesday.  It happened on the Interstate 20 North Frontage Road near the entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway.  The vehicle was observed at a gas station on Springridge Road and took off when a police officer approached.  Authorities say it was travelling at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck a tree.  Two people were killed.  The victims are identified as 21 year old Jonathan Thomas and 19 Year old Skylar Liddell.  Both were students enrolled at Jackson State University.

Greekfest is taking place on the grounds of St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church located at 5725 Pear Orchard Road in Jackson.  The event showcases Greek culture in Mississippi through music, dance, and food.  The menu will feature a variety of vendors supplying traditional options from gyros to pastries.  Also, visitors will have an opportunity to shop for handmade items and experience the atmosphere of a typical Greek restaurant with outdoor seating where they can enjoy the food and socialize.  Last year more than 5,000 people attended and it could be bigger this year with the addition of Corinee Olympios, Greek finalist from the most recent season of ABC's The Bachelor.  She will be on hand tomorrow.  Greekfest will continue through Sunday.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Old Trace Dog Park located on the Barnett Reservoir took place Thursday.  The park has watering stations, seating, and two separate "off leash" sections, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs.  Also at the reservoir last night, musicians Barry Leach of Brandon & Andrew Pates of Madison performed at Lakeshore Park.  The final show of the Sunset Concert Series will be by Chris Gill and Lisa Mills June 1, 2017.

 

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