Leah Williams, WJTV 12 News

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WJTV 12 News

Jackson, MS, United States

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Friends of University of Mississippi graduate react after his accused killer was released on bond

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – The man charged with the murder of University of Mississippi graduate Jimmie “Jay” Lee was released on a $250,000 bond. Lee was last seen leaving the Campus Walk Apartments in Oxford, Mississippi on July 8. Police believe Lee was visiting someone at the Molly Barr Trails Apartments around the time he […] → Read More

Friends of University of Mississippi graduate react after his accused killer is released on bond

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – The man charged with the murder of University of Mississippi graduate Jimmie “Jay” Lee was released on a $250,000 bond. Lee was last seen leaving the Campus Walk Apartments in Oxford on July 8. Police believe Lee was visiting someone at the Molly Barr Trails Apartments around the time he disappeared. […] → Read More

Police investigate possible shooting at Jackson apartment complex

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating a possible shooting in north Jackson on Tuesday, November, 22. The incident was at the Trails at Northpointe Apartments on Northpointe Parkway near East County Line. It’s unclear if there were any injuries as details are limited at this time. → Read More

Jackson approves temporary contract for water treatment plant

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – More water operators are on their way to Jackson after the city council unanimously voted to approve a temporary contract on Thursday, November 10. Under a new contract with a California-based company, four Class A operators are expected to be in place at the city’s water treatment facilities before federal help […] → Read More

Person accused of stealing, crashing Jackson police car

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A person allegedly stole a Jackson Police Department (JPD) patrol vehicle on Thursday, November 10. Police said the person, who has not been identified, was apprehended on Woodrow Wilson Avenue near Bailey Avenue after the patrol car crashed. Officer Sam Brown said the vehicle was initially stolen by the person near […] → Read More

Balloon release held for Jackson police officer killed in crash

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Thursday, family, friends, and police officers celebrated the life of Corporal Michael Tarrio. He’s the Jackson police officer who was killed last week in an accident. One week ago, Tarrio, 36, was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Highway 80 near Battlefield Park. Police said a white pickup truck […] → Read More

Medical marijuana expected to hit Mississippi shelves in 2023

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi’s new medical cannabis program is closer to getting product out to licensed customers. Officials at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) had 180 days to prepare for the program, which they said was much less time than other states who had to set up similar programs. “This is an […] → Read More

New Jackson garbage contract depends on ruling

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson city leaders are closer to resolving the garbage contract dispute that’s been tied up in court for months. The city council’s attorney, Deshun Martin, said a complete resolution from a federal judge is expected soon in the case between the mayor and city council. As part of the resolution, Martin […] → Read More

Greyhound searching for new Jackson location

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Greyhound Station in downtown Jackson moved once again, and there are no upcoming trips out of the capital city on the company’s website. Dr. Scott Crawford is a member of the City of Jackson’s Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council and was set to take a business trip to Birmingham […] → Read More

Neighbors get free coffee for JPD’s “Coffee with the Cops”

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police started off their day by giving out free coffee to members of the community at the McDonald’s on Highway 80. “We just wanted to touch them with a cup of coffee and have a conversation. A meet-and-greet to let them know that we are involved in the community. It […] → Read More

Man accused of running over, killing girlfriend in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating after a woman was killed during a domestic dispute. Deputy Police Chief Deric Hearn said the 23-year-old woman was run over by a vehicle that was being driven by her 23-year-old boyfriend. The incident happened on Creston Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Hearn said the boyfriend was arrested. The […] → Read More

Jackson neighbors concerned about recent Capitol Police-involved shootings

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes held a community meeting on Thursday where Jackson neighbors were able to voice their concerns about the Capitol Police. Many people said they’re glad to have more officers on the streets, but they are also questioning the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police, their training and their […] → Read More

Jackson mayor says city hasn’t received funds for repairs

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility has maintained a steady pressure of about 88 PSI over the last 24 hours, but more work still needs to be done to put an end to the water crisis. Tuesday night, the mayor of Jackson updated the public on how the city is working […] → Read More

Jackson neighbors wary after boil water notice lifted

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson neighbors can safely use their tap water without boiling it first for the first time since July. The City of Jackson had been under the most recent boil water notice for nearly seven weeks. “We’ve got some big infrastructure problems in the city. It’s a fire need for the City […] → Read More

Jackson mayor proposes referendum on garbage service

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba spoke out about the city’s garbage collection dispute. The mayor and city council have been at odds over the garbage collection contract for months, with no clear resolution in sight. On Monday, the mayor said he wants to let the people decide who will pick up […] → Read More

Neighbors glad to see water crisis being addressed

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mount Helm Baptist Church held a water distribution near Downtown Jackson. Families were able to get two cases of water per case until all of the nearly 700 cases were gone. Community members say they’re tired of having to live like this and hope the water crisis will be resolved soon […] → Read More

Neighbors line up for water at Jackson church

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Another local church gave out water in Northwest Jackson. Several groups partnered with the Greater Fairview Missionary Baptist Church for the event. Cars started pulling over an hour early to make sure they didn’t get caught in the long lines they’ve become used to seeing at water distribution sites. People said […] → Read More

National Guard to distribute water in Jackson starting Thursday

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) announced the super sites for water distribution in Jackson will be up and running on Thursday, August 31. The Mississippi National Guard will help distribute the water at the locations, which will be released soon. Six-hundred guardsmen and 123 vehicles will help distribute water and […] → Read More

MEMA to distribute water in Jackson this week

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) provided an update to Jackson’s water crisis on Tuesday. According to the governor, the situation at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility was not significantly worse or better on Tuesday. Reeves said an emergency declaration was sent to the Biden Administration for a federal emergency to be […] → Read More

Jackson mayor welcomes state help with water crisis

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – After Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) declared a state of emergency due to Jackson’s water crisis, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba welcomed the state to the table. This week, there was an issue at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility, which led to little to no water pressure for thousands of residents in the city. […] → Read More