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a starkville man is given an armed escort to his preliminary a starkville man is given an armed escort to his preliminary court hearing... what did he do? we have the story plus ... its a historic day for mississippi politics... as the governor announces the state's first female u-s senator good evening im madison heil. those stories are ahead but first... earlier this month reports of a columbus police officer pulled over in starkville while under the influence while driving.....surfaced. that officer was then let go without charges. today, the starkville police department addressed the issue in a news conference, saying it will not happen again. "..need to wear that badge ." ""the decision to release mr.alexander whoexhibitedsigns of being under the influence of alcohol was a bad judgement call and is notindicativeof the type of service that the starkville police department strives to render." this is dash cam video showing columbus office sgt. louis alexander getting pulled over for driving under the influence after swerving. the call to letthe fellow officerproceed with no charges is one chief nichols says is common among the police community, not just in starkville. the officer conducted a field sobriety test which proved alexander to under the influence and columbus police were called. "if an officer is going to put himself and the publicin danger by driving under the influence, he doesn't need to wear that badge." today's acting policy will require officers to charge those under the influence...and not left up to the officer's discretion. now tuesday columbus police confirmed during the city council meetinga city employee was suspended for 30 days but that name has not been released. a good breeze across much of the viewing area today... lets check in with john dolusic for a first look at the forecast as we go through the evening and overnight hours we will continue to see high pressure dominate our weather forecast. we will see skies generally on the clear to mostly clear side and some frosty temperatures as the rule across most of the area. hence, we have some frost advisories and freeze warnings for our overnight hours. we will see most of the overnight low temperatures drop off down into the unseasonably chilly upper 20s to middle 30s. today in oktibbeha county... a municipal court judge rules there is enough evidence for a local man to go before a grand jury to face not one... but two counts of kidnapping... the suspect...45-year old john arnold was escorted into the courtroom today by armed officers. in court...the mother of one child testified how arnold tried to take her child out of school twice.... once at starkville academy and then sudduth elementary. she and arnold had been in a relationship but that arrangement had ended. arnold is also charged with two attempted jail escapes.. his case has been bound over to the grand jury also in oktibbeha county.. a starkville woman accused of starving her child went before a judge this afternoon, 26 year old april triplett is now facing abuse and neglect charges. tripplet was given a $10,000 bond for herfelony charge plus a $2,000 bond for the misdemeanor charge in chickasaw county a family is demanding justice for their deadhorses after a grand jury is unable to return indictments for the four suspected of the crime. the grand jury convened last wednesday, hearing the evidence of the shooting that left 9 animals dead and two severely wounded. a van vleet family last september discovered the animals dead on a neighboring property. anyone with any information on the investigation is asked to contact the chickasaw county sheriff's department. in alcorn county.. the sheriff's office has arrested a corinth man charged with a variety of drug offenses. this happened after a traffic stop on highway 72. arrested is steven anthony king. deputies seized nearly a pound of marijuana and a some prescription drugs... he's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, in prentiss county.... the mother of a booneville shooting suspect now faces gun charges of her own.. tina marie irvin was picked up on tuesday she's charged with possession two firearms while being a convicted felon. the charges stem from the investigation into sunday's shooting near elm street and magnolia drive. her bond was set at 50 thousand dollars. we continue to follow the story of a 14-year old fatally shot...her brother accused of pulling the trigger. dijonae white will be laid to rest this weekend but there has been a change of venue. the 14 year old died over the weekend after being shot in the head by her 9-year old brother who was upset over a video game controller. the monroe county sheriff's office is working with the district attorney's office on the case. dijonae's visitation will be held this coming saturday at williams memorial funeral home in okolona from 4- 7pm. her funeral will be sunday at the st. paul united methodist church life center in tupelo on front street. well...its a done deal... mississippi now has its first female serving as a senator in washington.. this morning gov. phil bryantannounced the appointment ofstate agriculture commissioner cindy hyde-smith to replace retiring sen. thad cochran. mississippi is one of two states never to electa woman to congress, which could change if hyde-smith were to winthe special election innovember . in tupelo contour airlines will continue to provide service to the tupelo regional airport through september of 20-20. the u. s. department of transportation approved the contract contour will be paid just over 10-million dollars over the next 31 months. contour is providing the service under the alternate essential air service program.. in clay county... falling enrollment in the west point consolidated school district has forced school leaders to cut some teaching positions. the district is eliminating six teaching positions. the school board approved the cuts earlier this week. eliminating the positions will save the district about 300- thousand dollars a year there's been a change of plans forhouston school district superintendent tony cook..... who now says he will not be leaving his current job. yesterday....the tupelo christian preparatory school announced that cook would be joining the school's staff for the next school year as its high schoolprincipal. today,cookconfirmedwith wtva that he has reconsidered and will still in houston... he says he received a lot of supportivefeedback from the houston community... and decided to staywith the houston hilltoppers