WLBT’s things to know 10/13/21: A suicide case turns into a homicide investigation, Gov. Reeves responds to gun violence, and misspent welfare
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - If you missed a few of the most important headlines and need to play catch up, no worries. WLBT has gathered some of the top stories from our website to get you up to speed.
The death of one Crystal Springs man is garnering a lot of attention on social media. The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office initially ruled Alex Rosamond’s death a suicide until yesterday when they announced the man’s autopsy results proved it was a homicide. Those closest to Rosamond said they knew he was murdered from the very beginning. Rosamond was shot and killed in his sleep at his home off Earl Knight Road on August 11th — just five days before his 40th birthday. Copiah County Sheriff Byron Swilley said when he got the call that night, his dispatcher told him it was a suicide.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he was close enough to hear gunshots during a drive-by shooting on Capitol Street on Monday evening. Jackson Police Department is still investigating the shooting, which happened near 10 p.m. No arrests have been made. He says it is fortunate that he and his family were not outside, but said there have been times in the past where they have heard them when outside.
Auditor Shad White’s office has served demands for more than $77 million of misspent TANF money, one of those demands going to Favre Enterprises. What the Auditor’s Office uncovered was the largest public embezzlement scheme in state history. Two nonprofits, the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and the Family Resource Center (FRC), also either misspent or improperly dispersed portions of that $77 million. As a result, the board and leadership of MCEC were served with a demand for $68.159 million. Auditors issued additional demands to vendors who received part of the $77 million in welfare spending but did not completely fulfill the terms of their contracts. On the list is Favre Enterprises, along with Brett Favre and Robert Culumber. They owe $828,000. According to White, the board members, nonprofit executives, and individuals who were served are liable jointly and severally for the demands. This means the individuals share responsibility for repaying portions of the total amount with John Davis. If the demanded amounts are not repaid within 30 days, the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for enforcing the demands in court.
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