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Monday, July 16, 2018

School Year Approaching Fast - Supply List Available

The first day of school for students in the Louisville Municipal School District is August 6 with open house planned on August 2nd. Parents and students may want to get a headstart on supplies and preparations. LMSD has a complete supply list available for all schools and grades available on their website. To access the supply list page - click here.

To access the school calendar for the upcoming school year - click here.

Eiland Faces Capital Murder Charge

Fred Lee Eiland sat quietly this afternoon as Winston County Justice Court Judge Mike Fuller read the charges against him:  Capital murder, Arson and 3 counts of Aggravated Assault.

The charges relate to a fire over the weekend that took the life of Merredythe Eiland and severely injured a juvenile.

Bond was denied and Eiland was appointed a public defender. The date of a prelimnary hearing was set for August 22nd.

For more information, see our previous articles on WinstonWebNews:

Murder/Arson Suspect To be Arraigned Today

Arson on Gage Street in Louisville
The suspect in an arson that resulted in the death of a Louisville woman and the serious injury of a minor over the weekend will appear in a Winston County Courtroom this afternoon (Monday, 7/16/2019).

Forty nine year old Fred Lee Eiland is in custody at the Winston Choctaw Correctional Facility. Eiland is accused of starting a fire in the early morning hours of Saturday of a backyard apartment on Gage Street in Louisville. At the time, the structure was occupied by one adult and four juveniles.

Merredythe Eiland, the adult,  was killed in the fire. A seventeen year old juvenile was seriously injured as well. The juvenile was transported to Jackson by air. His current condition is unknown.

Fred Lee Eiland
Winston County Arson Investigator Keith Alexander indicated that there were witnesses who placed the suspect at the scene. It is believed that a window air conditioner was removed, an accelerant was tossed into the structure and set on fire.

The victim had a restraining order against Eiland at the time of the fire. Eiland's initial charges will include: murder, arson and aggravated assault.

After discussion with the District Attorney and the Louisville Police Department, the decision was made to charge Eiland in county court due to the various jurisdictions involved. Louisville Police, Winston County Sheriff and arson investigator and the state fire marshal's office were all involved in the investigation.

Eiland was captured on Saturday afternoon in rural Winston County after a short high speed chase by officers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WECARE Event Brings Attention to Local Needs

Approximately forty interested individuals attended the WECARE event  held recently at the World Outreach Christian Fellowship in Louisville. The event was a benefit for the local non-profit organization. WECARE stands for (Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprise) and was founded by Minister Carnette Hudson of Louisville, Mississippi.

WECARE serves many functions including:

  • Help to secure housing for the homeless and help them secure employment. 
  • Tutoring for children K-12 particularly in math and reading
  • WECARE also sponsors workshops to give needed information about entrepreneurship, surviving abuse, overcoming addiction etc.

Some of their past activities include helping supply water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan and helping to get needed items for the Salvation Army food pantry in Columbus, MS.

Donations are tax deductible. Contact Carnette Hudson at 662-705-1709 for more information.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Murder/Arson Suspect Now in Custody

Fred Eiland, a suspect in an early Saturday morning arson /murder was apprehended this evening at around 6:30 pm by a Winston County Sheriff's Deputy and a Winston County Constable on Mount Olive Road in rural Winston County.

According to Sheriff Jason Pugh, law enforcement spotted Eiland's vehicle in the area. Details are still unfolding but a pursuit followed and then the suspect stopped. As law enforcement approached with guns drawn, the suspect fled again and in the process set his own vehicle on fire. After a short chase the suspect ran off the road and was captured as he jumped from the vehicle.

Sheriff Pugh commended Deputy Leon Glenn and Constable Ed Hunt for their efforts and noted that there was no serious injuries or shots fired during the capture.

More details when available.

Murder/Arson Suspect Sought in Deadly Fire in Louisville

Fred Eiland - suspect in arson/murder
Winston County law enforcement is searching for Fred Lee Eiland as a suspect in a case of murder/arson/aggravated assault that occurred in Louisville last night.

First responders received a call concerning a fire at an apartment/storage building located just off Gage Street in Louisville. It has been determined that the fire was intentionally set with 4 individuals inside. Two individuals escaped, one received serious burns and a 4th individual died in the fire.

Arson investigator Keith Alexander and Sheriff Jason Pugh indicate that the primary suspect is Fred Lee Eiland, a fifty year old black male. It is believed that Eiland may be driving an older model white 4-door Chevrolet Cavalier with no hubcaps. He is believed to be dangerous and possibly armed. If you sight this individual or have information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or contact 911.

We will have more information as it becomes available.