Latest Meridian News

Family: Man turned away by dozens of COVID-filled hospitals

Sep. 13, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As hundreds of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients filled Alabama intensive care units, hospital staff in north Alabama contacted 43 hospitals in three states to find a specialty cardiac ICU bed for Ray Martin DeMonia, his family wrote in his obituary. ...

Longtime officer is 1st woman to be Meridian police chief

Sep. 04, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A city in eastern Mississippi has sworn in a longtime officer as its new police chief. Deborah Naylor-Young is the first woman to lead the Meridian Police Department. “I’m just Chief,” Naylor-Young told WTOK-TV after she...

Jesse Palmer, ex-Mississippi councilman, educator dies at 93

Aug. 28, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A longtime educator in eastern Mississippi who also was a former Meridian City Councilman has died. A public viewing was held Friday for Jesse Palmer, who died Tuesday, The Meridian Star reported. He was 93. Palmer was...

Reward offered for info in killing of Mississippi child

Aug. 21, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A $12,000 reward is being offered for information about a drive-by shooting that killed a 5-year-old boy in Mississippi. The family of the child, Zy’ Kerioun Brown, raised $10,000, and East Mississippi Crimestoppers is offering $2,000, the...

Lauderdale County sheriff under review for reaccreditation

Aug. 17, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department in Meridian is up for a regular review to determine whether it's complying with state standards. A team from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission was scheduled to visit on Tuesday as...

Shots fired into home kill 5-year-old boy in Mississippi

Aug. 10, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi are trying to find the person who shot into a home last weekend, killing a 5-year-old boy who was inside with his family. “I’m lost without my baby. That was my best friend,” Lydia Brown told WTOK-TV about the death of...

Ex-Mississippi officer pleads to excessive force charge

Jul. 28, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi police officer has pleaded guilty to using excessive force against a man during a 2018 vehicle stop and arrest, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Starks, of Meridian, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court. He was accused of...

Meridian inaugurates its 1st Black municipal judge

Jul. 18, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A city in eastern Mississippi has sworn in its first Black municipal judge. Dustin Markham took the oath of office Friday in Meridian, WTOK-TV reported. The City-County on Tuesday approved him as the successor for former Judge Robbie Jones. ...

Runway at Meridian Regional Airport to get facelift

Jul. 04, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The main runway at Meridian Regional Airport is in line to get a makeover. The project is needed to keep the runway in top condition because it is the longest public runway in the state and was last refurbished a little more than 20 years ago,...