Gary Burton, WJTV 12 News

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WJTV 12 News

Jackson, MS, United States

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Past articles by Gary:

Jackson police investigate deadly shooting on Ellis Avenue

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on Ellis Avenue Thursday afternoon. Police said they received a call about the shooting just after 3:00 p.m. They have not released any additional details about this case. In a separate incident, police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at the […] → Read More

Jackson police chief says the city needs virtual policing

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Crime is already leaving its mark in Jackson for 2022, and leaders are already discussing how to solve the problem. Jackson Police Chief James Davis and Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) Commissioner Sean Tindell spoke to the Hinds County legislators about what the city needs. Davis said the department needs […] → Read More

Teen dedicated to feeding the homeless in Jackson honored

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – PNH is a rare blood disorder that Abraham Olagbegi was diagnosed with at 12 years old. “My suffering was peaceful, so I just wanted to help somebody else out,” he said. Olagbegi has always been dedicated to feeding the homeless. Upon finding out about his diagnosis, his mother, Miriam, said his […] → Read More

Jackson neighbors outraged by illegal dumping of Clarion Ledger newspapers

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Shocked and outraged are the emotions Pastor PJ Williams of Cornerstone Baptist Church felt after seeing this pile of Clarion Ledger newspapers dumped at an abandoned home on Camilla Drive– a street that he has lived on for more than 30 years. “Just a pull-up in the driveway and don’t newspapers […] → Read More

WATCH: WJTV 12 News hosts Hinds County Sheriff Debate

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Marshand Crisler and Tyree Jones are hoping to gain the people’s vote on Tuesday, November 23– to do so, they talked about crime. Crisler has formed a gun suppression unit to get guns and weapons off the streets and jails “One of the things that we have been dedicated to doing […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

New medical marijuana organization wants Mississippi governor to call special sessions

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Another organization wants Governor Tate Reeves to call a special session over medical marijuana. State Supreme Court justices overturned the medical marijuana in… → Read More

Jackson Councilman Banks addresses lawsuit filed against him over trash pickup

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson City Councilman Aaron Banks addressed the lawsuit filed against him regarding a contract dealing with the city’s garbage. Pastor Dwayne Pickett of New Jerusalem Church recently sued Banks and City Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay. He accused them of bribery. Pickett said they supported the National Waste United bid to service the […] → Read More

Mother of two reported missing in Jackson found safe

UPDATE: JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Silver Alert issued for Kyla Barnett has been canceled, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI). She has been located and is safe. JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are searching for 22-year-old Kyla Barnett who was last seen on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Billie Barnett, Kyla’s father, […] → Read More

Jackson police investigate deadly shooting at gas station

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Thursday night. Police said the shooting happened at the One Stop gas station at the intersection of Raymond Road and Shady Lane. The Hinds County coroner identified the victim as Eric Damante Jackson, 21. He was shot multiple times. Police said an […] → Read More

Mississippi governor says there isn’t enough law enforcement in downtown Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) addressed crime in Jackson after a shooting in downtown Jackson. The shooting happened on Capitol Street at Farish Street, right outside of the Walthall Lofts. The area is close to the Governor’s Mansion, and Reeves said he heard the gunshots. The governor, along with Department […] → Read More

Mississippi Valley State student competes on Food Network’s Halloween Wars

CLEVELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – The word ‘Goat’ has been used as an acronym, which means “Greatest of all time.” The word is often used to describe professional sports players, but Mississippi Valley State student Corterrius Allen calls himself ‘DaCakeGoat.’ He displayed his baking talents on the national stage while competing on Food Network’s ‘Halloween Wars.’ […] → Read More

Jackson family competes for $20,000 on Family Feud

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Jackson family got the chance to compete for $20,000 on Family Feud. The Parker family said the show is one of their favorites. They said the opportunity to compete was surreal. “Watching it on TV is one thing, but it’s a whole different feeling when you see the names on […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More

MSDH leaders: Mississippi leads in COVID deaths per capita

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will hold a news conference on Thursday, September 16 to discuss COVID-19 in the state. At this time, Mississippi is a leader in monoclonal antibody treatment. Hover, the state is also number on in COVID-19 deaths per capita. Health leaders are expected to discuss […] → Read More

1,000 year-old artifacts found inside massive alligator killed at Eagle Lake

WARREN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Four men won the battle against a 13-foot alligator that weighed more than 750 pounds. The gator was discovered to have swallowed some artifacts that could be more than 1,000 years old. On September 2, Todd Hollingsworth, along with his brother, father-in-law and a friend, killed the massive alligator at Eagle […] → Read More

Mississippi health leaders report another pediatric death due to COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will hold a news conference on Wednesday, September 8, to discuss COVID-19 in the state. They will talk about another pediatric death, increasing deaths in pregnant women and a lack of ICU beds. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Epidemiologist Dr. […] → Read More

Mississippi governor provides update as Ida moves through state

PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves will hold a news conference on Monday, August 30, to discuss Hurricane Ida. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression. Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, which was the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Before Ida made landfall, Reeves declared a State of […] → Read More

Man shot, killed at Best Value Inn in Jackson

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating after a man was shot and killed Monday afternoon. The shooting happened at the Best Value Inn off of I-55 around 4:30 p.m. According to Deputy Chief Deric Hearn, the unidentified victim was shot multiple times. So far, no arrests have been made. One officer said the […] → Read More

Jackson mayor discusses COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Wednesday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba signed a COVID-19 executive order that requires city employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The new COVID Executive Order requires all city employees to receive their first vaccine shot by August 31, and they must be able to provide proof. Within 30 days, they […] → Read More

Leaders with Clinton Public Schools discuss COVID policy for upcoming school year

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) – School districts in the Jackson-metro area are working on plans to keep their students safe amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. When students return to campus for the 2021-2022 school year in Clinton, leaders said the air they breathe will be intentionally cleaner thanks to cutting edge technology. During the summer, […] → Read More

Lawyer encourages vaccinations after two clients die from COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise again in Mississippi. For one local lawyer, this hits close to home. Felisha Sheppard is the owner of FASLaw firm. She found out on Monday that one of her clients died from COVID-19 at 38-years old. She said this was […]. Local Mississippi Breaking News Story from CBS 12 New WJTV, your Jackson, MS news leader → Read More