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DOTD encourages travelers to use caution on roadways after Hurricane Delta

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Courtesy of LaDOTD

BATON ROUGE, La. – As the state begins recovery efforts from the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development encourages motorists to use caution when traveling on roadways.

With power outages across the state, motorists are reminded to treat traffic signals with no power as 4-way (all-way) stops.

Additionally, crews are working throughout the state to clear debris from roadways. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment, and refrain from driving around “road closed” barricades.

Motorists are also encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to traveling by using the following resources for the latest information regarding road conditions:

  • 511 Traveler Information: Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
  • MyDOTD: Motorists can receive automatic and up-to-date information on local projects, lane and road closures, and other DOTD activity by signing up for MyDOTD on the DOTD website.
  • Social media: Additional information can be found at DOTD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Mayor to hold news conference Friday on COVID-19

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at a news conference Oct. 8. (photo via video screen grab/Video by Thomas Parker)

 Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room regarding COVID-19.

The current proclamation expires Monday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.

Look for updated information and plan to watch the news conference live on the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page.

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Man drowns in Biloxi after filming Hurricane Zeta

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An Alabama man drowned Wednesday in Mississippi after attempting to get video on Hurricane Zeta.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed the man’s identity Thursday morning.

Leslie Richardson, 58, of Theodore, Alabama, was filming the effects of Zeta for his sister near the Broadwater Marina in Biloxi Wednesday night, the Sun Herald reports.

After filming, Richardson got into his car and attempted to leave the area.

“The deep water started to come around the vehicle,” Switzer told the paper. “He realized he was in trouble and called 911,” around 7:30 p.m.

By that time, it was too late. Water on U.S. Route 90 was already deeper than the military-style vehicles used by the police, and they could not reach him.

The last contact dispatchers had with Richardson, he said he thought his vehicle would float away. He then left the car in search of higher ground.

Around 9:30 p.m. a guest at a nearby hotel called 911 to report a body in the water. The guest attempted to revive Richardson without any luck. Switzer pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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(photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash)

Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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