10/28/00 fire brief

Lee County

Firefighters respond to Cleveland St. house fire

Three fire trucks and a rescue vehicle responded to a Monday afternoon fire in Tupelo.

Tupelo Fire Department Captain Bill Wardlaw said a fire was reported at around 4 p.m. at 1010 Cleveland St.

“Most of the flames were in the kitchen area,” Wardlaw said. “There was smoke damage throughout the house.”

It took about an hour to get the flames under control. No one was at home at the time of the fire.

Clay county

Officials probe Friday shooting, robbery

A man was shot in the hip and thigh during an argument in a West Point hotel parking lot Friday.

According to the West Point Police Department, Robert Sykes, 33, of Route 4, Box. 167, West Point, was admitted to Clay County Medical Center. A spokesperson for the hospital declined to release any information.

Derrick Sykes, 24, of 1410 Bayless Drive, West Point, was arrested without incident around 9:40 p.m. Friday in connection with the shooting. He is being held in the Clay County Jail pending arraignment.

West Point authorities are also investigating an armed robbery that reportedly took place at around 9:20 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Ridgewood East Apartments in West Point.

A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver reported that a black male put a gun to his chest and demanded money.

The suspect was described as average build, wearing blue jeans and a Mississippi State University cap.

Washington County

Health officials monitor syphilis outbreak

GREENVILLE – Disease intervention specialists are concentrating their efforts in Greenville, where 15 cases of syphilis have been confirmed since June.

The specialists, working out of the district office of the Mississippi State Health Department in Greenwood, have teamed up with the Washington County Department of Human Services in the fight to halt further outbreaks of the sexually transmitted disease.

Health officials say 21 people are known to have been in contact with the 15 confirmed cases.

Jerome Winston, supervising the intervention effort, said the team hopes to prevent another syphilis epidemic, the likes of which gripped the city from 1987 to 1995.