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Meridian police catch burglar in the act

A midnight burglary-in-progress call to a home in the 600 block of 64th Avenue led police to arrest James Parker Jr., 18, and charge him for the burglary. The incident, around midnight on Wednesday, started with a 911 call from a neighbor and responding officers noticing that a window had been ope

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-23 20:45:00

Teenager charged with burglary in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- A Meridian teenager has been arrested after he was caught in the act trying to burglarize a home. Sergeant Dareall Thompson with the Meridian Police Department said James Parker, Jr. was taken into custody and charged with burglary. The incident happened in the 600 block of

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-24 01:39:00

Volunteers needed for Meridian playground project!

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Calling all volunteers! More are needed for a playground project in Meridian. Work on it started Friday morning. Over a 2 1/2 day period a playground like the one at James Chaney Park is being installed next to the new Velma Young Community Center in the East End Community.

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-23 18:39:00

San's grand opening draws customers to downtown Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Downtown Meridian shoppers have a new store open for business. Saturday was the grand opening for San's. Casandra Sloan has always been a creative person with an eye for design, so she put her background in floral design to work, opening up business for herself. San's has e

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-24 18:38:00

Law enforcement reports: March 22-23

The Meridian Police Department reported the following arrests between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday: Burglary/dwelling house - James Parker, Jr. 18, 5607 Cooper Circle, Meridian. Incident Reports The Meridian Police Department reported the following incidents from Thursday to Friday: Meridian

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-23 22:15:30

DHS making headway on Meridian school-to-prison court order

The state of Mississippi has improved with meeting a federal Department of Justice plan to send fewer Meridian youth to juvenile prison in the Jackson area. State officials with the Department of Human Services' division of youth services reported during a community meeting Thursday improvements in

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-23 11:01:00

Meridian climbing list of safest cities in Mississippi

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- The city of Meridian appears to be getting safer, at least according to one study. The National Council for Home Safety ranked Meridian as the 16th safest city in Mississippi. In the same study last year, Meridian ranked 19th. The ranking is based off statistics from the mo

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-24 02:03:00

Meridian Public School District seeks to end desegregation order

Meridian Public School District attorney John Compton plans to soon file court papers to start the process of removing the district from a 1967 desegregation order from the federal government. After months of public discussions and closed session meetings to discuss the order, the Meridian Public S


Defendant to testify in Meridian murder trial

Leroy Lewis, the man accused in the December 2014 death of Reondricus Rogers, said in court Tuesday he wanted to testify Wednesday in the expected final day of his trial. Rogers died from a gunshot wound on 25th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street in Meridian on Dec. 15, 2014. Police arrested Lewis,


Lauderdale County jury finds Leroy Lewis not guilty of murder or assault

Bill Graham / The Meridian Star Leroy Lewis is escorted from the Lauderdale County Courthouse after a jury on Wednesday acquitted him of murder and aggravated assault. Leroy Lewis Bill Graham / The Meridian Star Leroy Lewis is escorted from the Lauderdale County Courthouse after a jury on Wednesda


New clinic soon to open for Meridian Public School students

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- Students in the Meridian Public School District will soon have another option for health care. In a partnership with Greater Meridian Health Clinic, the district will have the first student-centered clinic opening next month at 4000 10th Street, in the neighborhood around


Law enforcement report: March 20-21

The Meridian Police Department reported the following arrests between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday: None Incident Reports The Meridian Police Department reported the following incidents from Tuesday to Wednesday: Auto burglary 500 block of Hwy. 19 S. at 6 p.m. Shooting 1800 block of 39th P


Boil water notice issued for two Lauderdale Co. roads

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) A boil water notice has been issued for people who live in the extreme northern part of Lauderdale County. The Porterville Water Association has issued that notice for all customers on Seth Cobb Road and York Road in Lauderdale County. It's been issued due to a valve


Day two of murder trial in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Testimony continued Tuesday in a murder trial in Meridian. Leroy Lewis is being tried for the December 15, 2014 death of Reondricus Rogers. Rogers was shot near 9th Street and 25th Avenue. Lewis was taken into custody in Montgomery after the shooting, along with Payton Bai


School-to-prison forum Thursday in Meridian

A community forum Thursday evening in Meridian will update the public on the settlement with the state of Mississippi and U.S. government related to a 2012 lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice related to a "school-to-prison pipeline." The forum at 31st Missionary Baptist Church, 3411 20th St.


Temple Theater in Meridian to host 'Hidden Figures'

A free showing of the film "Hidden Figures" Sunday at the downtown Meridian Temple Theater will showcase the historic achievements of two women mathematicians and a woman engineer for NASA in the 1960s and are credited with helping launch astronaut John Glenn into space. The screening of the the 20


Vacant Meridian house 'moderately' damaged by fire

The Meridian Fire Department responded to a fire on Sunday that damaged a 44th Avenue house just after 6 p.m. Fire Marshal Jason Collier said the house, in the 2000th block of 44th Avenue, was vacant and no injuries were reported. "It is a suspicious cause and it is under investigation," Collier


Witness testifies about murder victim's final day

Though more than three years had passed since the death of his friend, Kaddaifi Gray said he clearly remembered Reondricus Rogers' final moments. On Dec. 15, 2014, Rogers, known as "Reon," died from a gunshot wound to the chest on 25th Avenue, between 8th and 9th Street, just across the street fro


Teen injured in Friday Collinsville shooting

An argument between a juvenile and an 18 year old ended with shots fired, injuring the 18 year old's hand. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Friday on the 8700 block of Highway 19 North, according to Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. Calhoun said the case would be presented to the


New Meridian city park plans expected to proceed

Plans for Meridian's next downtown green space appear ready to advance headed to the next City Council meeting Tuesday. The 3,000-square-foot city-owned land on Seventh Street across from Meridian Museum of Art is expected to receive approval from the majority of the City Council, clearing the way