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Mosquito design removed from contention for new Mississippi state flag



Despite the rumors, the mosquito will not be featured on the new Mississippi state flag.

In an embarrassing moment that may be locked in an unnamed family’s lore closet forever, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History announced Tuesday that one flag’s entry into the round two selections was all a mistake.

“The mosquito flag advanced to Round Two due to a typo in a list of flag numbers submitted by one commissioner,” the agency said in a statement. “That commissioner has requested that the flag be removed from the Round Two gallery, and MDAH staff has complied.”

When Mississippi decided to retire its 1894 flag containing the Confederate battle icon, it passed a law designating a nine-member commission to come up with a new design. Estimates vary as to how many designs were considered, but out of at least 1,800 submissions, the commission narrowed its choices to 147 Monday, and the MDAH published an online gallery for all to see.

The design with the monster blood-sucking mosquito stood out immediately, drawing all kinds of commentary from the national media.

“One unexpected entrant that did appear in round two was a real beaut that featured a giant mosquito capable of sucking 12 gallons of blood per hour (probably),” Slate reported.

The commission will further narrow its selections to five finalists and then select one to put on the Nov. 3 ballot where Mississippians will give the winning design an up or down vote. If voters reject the design, the commission gets to start the process over to present another design to voters in 2021.


Single vehicle accident on I-20 westbound



Photo by Thomas Parker

Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, a woman left the roadway and crashed her vehicle near the 14 mile marker on Interstate 20 westbound.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Merit Health River Region for treatment.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation of the crash.

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Two killed and multiple injured in Friday’s six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20



On Friday, Oct. 16, at around 8:40 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 eastbound west of the village of Delta.

This crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles.

Troopers have been working since yesterday evening to identify victims and determine the events of the crash with many factors remaining under investigation at this time.

Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved.

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno of Dallas, TX, and the driver of the Trailblazer, whose name is being withheld pending notification, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Four additional vehicle occupants from both the passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate/severe injuries.

Interstate 20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths.

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Mangham police officer in critical condition; suspect in custody



Officer Marshall Waters (courtesy of Mangham Police Department)

Mangham Police Officer Marshall Waters is in critical yet stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m., Waters executed a traffic stop heading southbound on LA 425 near the Franklin / Richland parish line. Officer Waters was shot by a subject who fled the scene of the stop southbound on US 425 into Franklin Parish.

Waters was transported to Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Rapides Hospital via helicopter.

At approximately 2:30 pm, the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crashed vehicle on LA Highway 562 near Fort Necessity that matched the description of the subject’s vehicle.

The suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, of Ville Platte, LA, was apprehended and placed into custody by the Franklin Parish Sheriffs Office.

Hermandus Dashanski Semien (courtesy of Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming expressed his gratitude on Facebook to all who have called, texted and prayed for Officer Marshall Waters and to the many responding officers who assisted.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb also took to social media to thank the many law enforcement agencies whom responded and assisted in the ultimate apprehension of Semien and extended his thoughts and prayers to Officer Waters, Chief Perry Fleming, Sheriff Gary Gilley and the law enforcement community of Richland Parish.

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