Melton Taken to Hospital

A neighbor of embattled Jackson Mayor Frank Melton says the mayor was taken from his home in an ambulance.

An Associated Press photographer saw the ambulance leave the home Tuesday night, the same day Melton had faced nine challengers in the Democratic primary.

Neighbor A.D. Lewis says Melton was coherent when he was put into the ambulance.

The 59-year-old first-term mayor has a serious heart condition that has sent him to the hospital several times in recent years.

The primary comes a week before Melton's second federal trial on civil rights violation charges related to a sledgehammer attack on a duplex that the mayor said was a crackhouse.

Melton's primary challengers include the mayor he defeated four years ago, a state senator and city council member.

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