Weather Update – 5:25 p.m. Saturday

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of West Tennessee including Benton, Carroll, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties until midnight.

Damaging winds are becoming increasingly likely tonight which could result in widespread power outages. We could see multiple waves of strong thunderstorms move through West Tennessee late this afternoon and evening. Stay weather aware and keep an eye out for more updates.

Tune in to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for details on updates to the risk for severe weather tonight, and keep in touch with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team on-air and online for more updates!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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JACKSON, Tenn– Channing is a 5-month-old Husky and Golden Retriever Mix. He loves everybody!

He is good with cats, kids, other dogs and people.

He’s pretty calm for a puppy and his favorite hobby is napping!

 

JACKSON, Tenn —  Matthew Nagy and the Jackson Police Department are teaming up to provide free fingerprinting for parents. Nagy says the idea came after he saw so many children go missing. He hopes the free event will help those in need. The Jackson Police Department will be providing the location for the fingerprint and the equipment. The kits provided will be kept by parents of the kids fingerprinted. The kit is free of charge. Nagy is doing this as apart of an Eagle Scout project.  The event takes place in the lobby of the Jackson Police Department June 3, 2017 starting at 10 am.

 

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Many people have plans to spend time near and in the water with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.

But after an 18-year-old recently drowned at Pickwick Lake earlier this month, officials want to remind people the dangers of swimming in our rivers, ponds and lakes.

Most local ponds and lakes will have signs posted with safety tips on them, and park rangers say the reminders are not to be taken lightly.

“You need to be aware of other activities that are going on around you in the water,” state park Ranger Chris Hill said. “Especially if you are in an area where motor boats are out and about, just assume that they don’t see you.”

The holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for Natchez Trace State Park, keeping park rangers like Hill, busy.

“We work extra personnel so we will have plenty people to respond if there is an emergency that goes on,” he said.

He said a lot of those emergencies can be prevented.

When it comes to swimming, Hill said using the ‘buddy system’ is crucial.

“Know what each others limitations are, don’t try to force them into something you’re not comfortable with and vice versa,” he said.

Hill said swimming in a pond or lake is more dangerous than in a swimming pool. Even if the water looks calm, there could be hidden dangers beneath.

So if a section is roped off, it is for a good reason.

“Even vegetation that could tangle up in your feet, and there could be sudden drop offs that you are not able to see,” he said.

But by following these safety rules, you can keep the fun going without a hitch.

Park rangers also want to remind you, if you are unable to swim always wear a life jacket before heading out on the water.

Natchez Trace State Park is hosting a water safety training day on July 1.

If you are interested in signing up, you can click here.

JACKSON, Tenn.-The Dream Center, is a non-profit, faith-based facility for women and children who find themselves in a crisis situation.
Nearly a year ago, they were facing a crisis of their own, but thanks to the generous donations from the community, they continue to be a beacon of hope for families in need.

“We were in the old Regional Hospital building for 13 years. Those people that owned it…made a business decision, they sold
the building and we had to leave,” said Gail Gustafson, director of The Dream Center.

She said she had to find shelter for dozens of families and quickly.

“That was in August, when they told us…and we needed to be out by December 1st and November 15th we had no idea what we
were going to do. In the meantime, we found housing for 45 families,” said Gustafson.

She said having shelter for the families was just the beginning.

“We moved in this building..at the end of November of last year and they have ever been so kindly donated to us…the houses and
the office,” said Gustafson.

She said there is a real need to help women and children spiritually, physically and emotionally.

“We serve approximately 30 to 40 women and children every month…and training them and they’re allowed to come to
classes here. First of all, we teach about Christ, ’cause this is his business, his house and he rules the house,” said Gustafson.

For Pamela Styles, a former resident at The Dream Center, her past life of substance abuse led her to become assistant director at the
center.

“If someone had told me that I’d be helping other women..I would have told them they were crazy, but now that’s exactly what I’m
doing,” said Styles.

She was not the only member of the support team at The Dream Center whose past is now helping women who have been abused.

“I was molested in the second grade…by a neighbor…repeatedly…over and over. My past is what gives me the relationship with these ladies,”
said Gustafson.

Because The Dream Center helps so many families, Gustafson said they are now looking to the future, with the donation of a piece of land to build a much larger facility.

“We are excited…I wanna see us breaking ground by August,” said Gustafson.

Women who need help, can call The Dream Center, Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (731) 512-0095.

If you would like to find out more about The Dream Center and how you can you help it to continue its ministry, just look for the link in the “Seen on 7” section.

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — A dormitory hall left in ruin will soon blossom into something new by the end of the year.

The Jackson-Madison County Historic Zoning Commission has given the approval for removing the University of Memphis-Lambuth’s Epworth Hall.

The 1920’s dormitory, which has not been used in more than 40 years, will now be the location for a new garden area on campus.

“A lot of Lambuth University people will be sorry to see it go,” said Senior Lecturer of Biology Rebecca Cook, “But since it’s in such disrepair and is unusable it will be nice to get a new start on that corner.”

Lambuth will use several bricks from the building for walkways while putting together the project.

Epworth Hall is expected to be demolished by the end of this year after getting official approval from the Tennessee State Historical and Building Commission.

SELMER, Tenn —  Casey Lowery, 36, is suspected of killing two people and injuring a third in St. Louis, Thursday morning. He was spotted in Selmer just before 8 p.m., Thursday. Police said the man was walking around naked. Officers in St. Louis County had already issued a warrant for his arrest on a count of first degree murder.

Sgt. Shawn McGuire with the St. Louis County Police Department  said “When somebody’s armed and dangerous and has possibly killed 3 people in one day and on the move you just don’t know what their intentions are the rest of the way.

Sgt. Shawn McGuire said Lowery shot and killed 28-year-old Andre Jones.

“Suspect’s vehicle started shooting at the victim’s vehicle while in the parking lot of the gas station and then after the shooting both cars drove off.” Sgt. McGuire said.

McGuire said Lowery’s crime spree spread into the city of St. Louis.

“He killed at least 1 person and the other person may not survive so it might be a double murder that he did in the city before he did our shooting in the county,” said Sgt. McGuire.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, 29-year-old Keiva Jones sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other victim is a 52-year-old male, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was listed in critical/unstable condition.

Lowery was arrested after a scuffle with Selmer officers, that involved him being tased, under an overpass near West Cherry Ave. He faces counts of indecent exposure and resisting arrest in this incident.

According to the police report, Lowery made statements that were not making any sense which led officers to believe he was either having an emotional episode, or under the influence of drugs. Residents in the area said they are just glad Lowery is behind bars.

“Makes me feel a lot better with a wife and child in the house that it was dealt with quickly,” Charlie Horton said.

Lowery is in the McNairy County Jail awaiting extradition. According to the St. Louis County Police Department, it is unclear when Lowery will be extradited.

Selmer Police Chief, Neil Burks said he is not sure when Lowery will be officially charged with the counts from Thursday night.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.-U.S. Marshals are asking for help tracking down a man on the run for almost a month out of Humboldt.

30-year-old Brewston Cole is wanted on two counts probation violation, stemming from drug charges.
Marshals said on April 27, he was spotted near his home on East Mitchell Street, but took off running into the woods while carrying a small child. The child was later found unharmed, but Cole has not been seen since.

Officers said he is 5-feet-4 inches tall ,weighs 150 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have seen Cole, call the U.S. Marshals Office in Jackson at (731) 427 4661.

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Nearly 100 animals are rescued from three homes in just the past three days in Henderson County. The sheriff’s department describes the conditions as inhumane.

“There was dog feces, dog urine all over the house. The ammonia smell from the urine was very strong,” said Investigator Danny Crownover of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Inv. Crownover describes the conditions of a property, as he responded to an animal cruelty tip on Tuesday.

“According to the veterinarian with Animal Rescue Corps; she said it would be dangerous for any living thing to be breathing in that amount of ammonia,” Inv. Crownover said.

The sheriff’s department, along with Animal Rescue Corps, a non-profit organization, said from the two houses on the property, they rescued 30 dogs, 3 birds, and a cat. Residents Amanda Renfroe and her sister-in-law, Sherry Price surrendered the animals to law enforcement. The sheriff’s department said, they face a total of 34 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, but investigators said, they did not expect for it to get even worse.

“The gentleman that called me said that this house had several dogs tied up on chains all over in the yard,” said the investigator.

The sheriff’s department saids, this tip on Thursday led them to another home, this one in Reagan, where they rescued 48 dogs and 15 cats.

“She was an animal rescuer according to her,” said Inv. Crownover, “but the conditions of those animals; those animals were not being rescued.”

Resident Linda Cockey faces 64 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty. Animal Rescue Corps said the animals are now in an emergency shelter in Lebanon, in Middle Tennessee .

“All of the animals will get a thorough veterinary exam, and that’s part of our documentation process to provide evidence for criminal cases,” said Michael Cunningham, spokesman of Animal Rescue Corps.

Animal Rescue Corps also says each animal will undergo grooming as well as behavior assessment so they can eventually be adopted.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.-Officers in Humboldt need your help locating two people of interest.

Investigators say after a local business was broken into, with money stolen and a large amount of damage, officers determined that the possible suspect vehicle is a red Chrysler 300 with the tag number Y7675R. Police said the car was occupied by a man and a woman.

If you have any information, please call the Humboldt Police Department at (731) 784-1322.
 

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