MILAN, Tenn —  Local law enforcement rallied together Thursday night to bring children holiday joy just in time for Christmas.

Milan police along with other agencies put children in the holiday spirit with their 12th annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event.

“We’re excited about going to shop with a cop,” Shopper, Jakhya Walker said. “We did this 2 years ago I’m so excited.”

Milan Police Chief, Bobby Sellers said “It’s grown so much over the years that we’ve had to solicit officers from other departments we got them from Carroll county, Gibson county, sheriff’s departments.”


The children selected to shop with a cop were treated to a free dinner from the National Association of Junior Auxiliary, a service based organization, before being escorted to Walmart. The kids then wandered the aisles with an officer, picking out gifts for themselves and their family.

“I’m so excited going shop with a cop,” Shopper, Kash Kimble said. “I love this and I’m going to buy me a hover board.”

The Milan Police department collects donations all year long to make the event possible.

“I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart because they help me,” parent, Leticia Kimble said.

Another parent, Jimmy Detton said. “Thought it was going to be a little stressful this year I’m the only one working right now my wife is about to have our 5th kid.”

Some parents said watching their kids smile was the best part. “I think it’s just great provides services for the kids they get joy out of it so we get joy out of it,” Detton said.

Chief Sellers said it’s a rewarding experience for both children and law enforcement.

“It allows them to have contact with a young person who may someday grow up and want to be a police officer themselves and make a difference,” Chief Sellers said.

The ‘Shop with a Cop’ program has benefited more than 200 kids.

JACKSON, Tenn.–Members of the Jackson-Madison County School Board met Thursday evening for their monthly meeting.

On the agenda, several items to discuss, including this month’s financial report, however nothing was voted by members.

There’s was also holiday entertainment provided by the South Elementary Holiday Chorus, under the direction of Sheila Houston.
The meeting was brief as members adjoured looking forward to next week’s holiday break.

School board members will reconvene in January.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Union University took down Concordia College, 93-81.

JACKSON, Tenn.–Jackson Police say at 7:15, Thursday night, they rushed to the 100 block of Idlewild Street on reports of a shooting.
Police say a woman was shot and airlifted to Regional One in Memphis. She is in serious condition.

Police are investigating this as a drive-by shooting. They found shell-casings on the ground in front of the home.  At this point, they do not have a suspect and say the suspect is on the loose.

Investigators say do not have any information on the suspect and also no witnesses. Police cleared the scene just before 9 p.m., Thursday.


JACKSON, Tenn. — An 18-year-old man accused of robbing and sexually assaulting two women in November was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Earlier this month, Chriteris Allen was arrested for charges of aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery, two counts of aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping.

The Murfreesboro Police Department said that Allen was a suspect in a rape that was reported there in November.

Instead of appearing in court Thursday in Jackson, Allen was extradited to Murfreesboro to face those charges.

His Jackson court date is rescheduled for Jan. 25.

MILAN, Tenn. — Back on Dec. 7 around 8 p.m., the Milan Police Department says Immanual Stewart broke in through the window of his estranged wife’s home and attacked her.

“A scuffle ensued and she was able to get to her firearm and fired shots at him, and it caused the attack on her to stop,” said Chief Bobby Sellers of the Milan Police Department.

The woman fired six rounds at Stewart, with one striking him in the shoulder area. The next day, he turned himself in. Chief Sellers says, this decision could have been what saved her life.

“When you’re in your home, you have every right to protect yourself, your property and your family, which includes deadly force,” Sellers said.

However, he reminds people there are things you need to remember when keeping a firearm in your home for protection.

“The decision to use it, once it’s made, can’t be taken back,” said Chief Sellers.

Experts say it is important to know the consequences of pulling a trigger.

“You can’t just go buy a gun and the bullets and put it in a nightstand and not ever use it. You need to practice and know all the safety rules,” the chief said.

It may seem obvious, but police say always know what you’re shooting at.

“There have been times when people that live in the household come in unexpectedly, and there’s been times when they’ve been shot,” said Sellers.

They also urge you to take a shooting class to improve your confidence and skills, and learn when you can and can not use deadly force.

Stewart is being charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault, vandalism and violation of an order of protection in this incident. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Gibson County.

If you are interested in learning more on how to take a shooting class or a self defense course, you can call Marty Clements, the Jackson-Madison County EMA Director, at 731-467-0155.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. — A day after a fire completely destroys a trailer in Halls, a sister is thankful because she says it could have been worse.

“Them not being here and knowing my niece is safe. That’s a blessing,” China Maltvy said.

Halls Fire Department say they got the call Wednesday around 12:20 p.m. afternoon about a fire on Steelman Road in Halls.

“We looked at our cameras and saw smoke rolling. We ran to the back door and there wasn’t anything there and we went to the front door and saw the shed on fire and called 911,” Maltvy said.

China Maltvy lives just next door to the home, she says it belongs to her sister Megan and husband Josh Kolwyck and their three and seven-year-old daughters.

“I went in with the trailer on fire me and another individual, not sure of her name, she came up here. Just ran from the road. We went inside and saved two dogs,” Maltvy described.

Officials say no one was injured but three dogs died in the fire.

Neighbors say they believe the fire started from a nearby trash pile. It got so bad it hit the house and even spread to a nearby field.

Amelia Greene lives nearby and says the family moved in just two months ago and the news of the animals hurts her.

“Oh, it kills me because I have two of my own. They’re dogs, but they aren’t dogs to me. They are my kids,” Greene said.

She says the community is stepping up to help.

“Our town of Halls is small, but it’s a well-knitted family,” Greene said.

As for China, she says having to see the damage each and everyday is tough.

“It definitely hurts. It’s hard to see it,” Maltvy said.

If you want to donate to the family, they have a go-fund me set up. Click here to help the family.

JACKSON, Tenn. — “We have zero tolerance,” Sergeant T.J. King with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cyberbullying is using the internet or mobile devices to send or post harmful or cruel messages about other people.  According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about half of young people have experienced cyberbullying.

“We do not tolerate that in our schools and in our communities,” King said.

In Tennessee there are laws that protect anyone from cyberbullying.  According to Frontier Communications, Tennessee is among the top 10 states addressing the issue of cyberbullying head on.

“It has no age boundary, it can be adults, it can be teens, it can be 10 and 12 year olds,” King said.

Sergeant King says that just because you said something as a joke doesn’t mean someone else will think it’s funny.  And make sure you have the proof to show authorities.

“Screen shot it,” King said.  “Whatever you need to do to make that available to us.”

King says that if you or someone you know is being cyberbullied, say something. It could save a life.

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms one person is dead and one injured following an afternoon crash on interstate 40.

The THP says it happened around 1:45 p.m. at mile marker 125 in Decatur County.
Troopers said William Giannini, 49, of Mt. Juliet was killed.
Investigators said he was traveling east on I-40 when he drove through the median and into the westbound lanes, hitting another car head-on before ending up on the north side of the interstate.

Troopers said the driver of the westbound car was injured.
Traffic on the interstate was moving slowly due to the crash while troopers cleared the scene.


Weather Update – 10:00 p.m. – Thursday

Getting chilly out there! After warming up to the middle and upper 40s today, skies remain partly to mostly cloudy in some spots. Temperatures are already cooling down to the 20s this evening for a freezing start to Friday morning. The main focus in our forecast tonight is the dry weather until we get to Sunday when we could get some much needed rainfall. Parts of West Tennessee are currently abnormally dry or in a moderate drought.

Expect a cold night as skies gradually clear out with overnight lows in the middle and upper 20s to start Friday. After starting out freezing, we’ll warm up to the middle and upper 40s again tomorrow and skies will look a lot like they did today – partly cloudy but with periods of sunshine too. Rain won’t return until this coming weekend when we could get a quarter to a half inch of rain. Temperatures will be much warmer next week too with highs in the 60s possible on Monday and Tuesday.

Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and keep up with Storm Team weather online for more updates!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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