Reese shows off her gold medal on Twitter

Gulfport's Brittney Reese shows off her gold medal. (Photo source: Twitter)
Gulfport's Brittney Reese shows off her gold medal. (Photo source: Twitter)

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.  Gautier authorities say they've linked Steven Brown Senior to that truck fire on Highway 57.  They arrested the Alabama man and charged him with capital murder.  Brown allegedly murdered Jack Markowitz during a Wednesday morning robbery attempt, and then set the truck on fire.

We're also learning new details about a body discovered in Hancock County.  The autopsy to determine how that person died still hasn't been completed.  However, we're told by Hancock County investigators his death is suspicious.  On Wednesday night, authorities told WLOX News the body may be David Paul Copping.  The 52-year-old Waveland man was reported missing last week.

We expect to hear a lot more debate tonight about the Port of Gulfport expansion project.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing about the potential impacts of the port's future expansion.   Tonight's hearing starts at 6:00 at the Westside Community Center.  Jeff Lawson is covering that hearing.  He'll tell you what was said on WLOX News at 10:00.

We have a great story on and the WLOX Facebook wall about a Pass Christian war hero who received a new purple heart medal.  Navy veteran Michael Risley lost his original purple heart during Hurricane Katrina.  Check it out on Facebook, and be sure to "like" it.

I love the Twitter message Brittney Reese posted shortly after winning the women's long jump.  "I am a Olympic GOLD medalist .. WOW !!!" she tweeted to her followers. And this afternoon, she tweeted a picture of her medal! I wonder if Reese's accomplishment will inspire others in south Mississippi to go for the gold.  At Gulfport High today, Trang Pham Bui met a track star who's already looking for ways to use Reese to her advantage.  Check out the story on WLOX News at 6:00.

And don't forget, the public is invited to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Saturday night to welcome home our gold medal star.  Brittney Reese's plane lands at 6:30.  There to greet here will be local dignitaries, the Gulfport band, and we hope plenty of you.  If you can't make it, watch WLOX News Weekend.  We'll cover the homecoming celebration.  And Dave Schroeder will talk with Brittney Reese about her golden moment in London.

Have a great night.