Archives for October 2018


A man is facing a charge of capital murder in connection with the death of a three-year-old girl in DeSoto County. 30 year old Christopher Waldrop was taken into custody Monday, and charged with the death of three-year-old Baylee Allen. Waldrop is being held in the DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility with no bond.


Two Memphis men were arrested and are now charged in connection with the shooting of a 66 year old woman in a car, with a 9 year old child in the backseat. Officers found the woman dead in her car. The child was unharmed. 23 year old Alfonzo Kennedy and 30 year old Cortez Graham are each now charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Both are in the Shelby County Jail.

Wall Man Charged in the Death of a Toddler.

The DeSoto County Sherriff’s Department arrested 30-year-old Christopher Walddrop for the death of a three-year-old girl, Baylee Allen. Following a forensic examination the Mississippi Medical Examiners office ruled the child died on October 19 as a reslut of head trauma consistant with shaken baby syndrome. Waldrop is currently being held in the DeSoto County Adult Detention Facility with no bond.

Medical Facilities End Medicare Benefits

Not all is well for subscribers to at least a couple of Medicare Advantage plans being offered in Mississippi. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says Southwest Health System in Pike County is ending its relationship with Wellcare Medicare Advantage, meaning visits by policyholders will be considered out-of-network resulting in reduced benefits. Chaney says, at this point, that will also be the case at North Mississippi Health System in Tupelo beginning on January 1st when the hospital ends its multi-year relationship with Humana’s Medicare Advantage plans.

Bomb Threat in Ecru

Bond is set at 200-thousand-dollars for the man suspected of calling in a bomb threat against the Ashley Furniture manufacturing facility in Ecru. Authorities say 26-year-old Gavin McWilliams of New Albany had been working for the firm for only about a week when he allegedly made the threat on Friday. The facility was evacuated but searchers found no suspicious devices. McWilliams was arrested Saturday and made his first court appearance yesterday.

Flags at Half-Staff

U.S. and state flags are being flown at half-staff in the state. Governor Bryant made the request of Mississippians yesterday following Saturday’s massacre at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue. Authorities say the shooting was carried out by Robert Bowers, a professed anti-Semite who said he wanted to “kill all Jews” and opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue killing at least eleven people and wounding several others. Flags are to remain lowered in Mississippi until sunset tomorrow.


A crowd of more than 700 gathered underneath a highway overpass on Friday, to mark the final completed segment of the nation’s newest superhighway, I-269. The new highway was officially opened from Interstate 55 in DeSoto County to State Route 305 in Marshall County after a ribbon cutting at the Getwell Road interchange. When fully completed, I-69/I-269 will run between Mexico and Canada.


Two years in prison on child pornography charges…. that’s what 52 year old James Williams of Walls has to look forward to, following his sentencing last week in DeSoto County Circuit Court. Williams was accused of possessing pornograhic images of children between the ages of five and eight. When he finally regains his freedom, he will still have to serve 10 years of supervision. Williams will also be prohibited from owning or possessing any electronic device capable of accessing the internet for 10 years, he must pay a $1,000 fine, pay $1,000 to the Children’s Trust Fund, investigative costs, and court costs, fees, and assessments, and he will have to register as a sex offender and complete a therapy program for child pornography.

Women Killed, by Mistake, In Front of Her Grandson

23 year old Alfonzo Kennedy, and 30 year old Cortez Graham, gunned down a 66 year old women by mistake while 9 hear old grandson was sitting in the back seat. It is being reported they were reatliating to gang related incident. The person they were targeting had the same color car. The suspects were captured along with 51 people wanted in Hickory Hill and southeast Shelby County, in a joint effort between Memphis Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Lottery To Launch Next Summer

Mississippians can expect to start playing the state lottery next summer. The first $80M from the lottery will go toward the state highway fund, anything over that goes to the education enhancement fund. Mississippis new lottery law requires the corporation to work with the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services to recover money from a winner who owes child support. Once delquints are caught up they can start collecting their lottery winnings.