Posts Tagged ‘illegal’

Animal rights group want cockfighting made a felony

JACKSON — Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States. John Goodwin, HSUS’ director of animal cruelty policy, said Mississippi lawmakers should make the illegal, underground sport a felony. “This cruel blood sport is wide and pervasive in various nooks […] [...]

Reward offered for leads on gun-shot water tower

BROOKHAVEN — Officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to vandalism at a Brookhaven water tower. The Daily Leader reports two gunshots pierced the tank near the end of December and water was leaking from the tower. The tower was drained Tuesday and repairs have begun. Officials […] [...]

Trial date set for fatal buttocks implant case

JACKSON — A suspect charged in Mississippi with the cosmetic buttocks injection blamed in the death of a Georgia woman has been set for trial in April. WLBT-TV reports Tracey Lynn Garner, also known as Morris Garner, is set for trial April 8 in Hinds County Circuit Court. Garner is one of two people have […] [...]

Another charged with murder in illegal buttocks implant case

JACKSON — A second person faces a charge of murdering a Georgia woman who died from an illegal buttocks implant in Mississippi in March, authorities said. The Mississippi attorney general’s office said in a news release that 39-year-old Natasha Stewart of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested Jan. 3. The release said she waived extradition and will […] [...]

Feds accuse Alabama man of illegal wetlands activites

HANCOCK COUNTY — William R. “Rusty” Miller, a real estate developer from Fairhope, Ala., has been indicted on federal charges of illegal filling in wetlands near Bay St. Louis. Prosecutors say Miller is charged with violating the Clean Water Act. The indictment alleges that Miller excavated and filled in wetlands on 1,710 acres of undeveloped […] [...]

Man gets three years in prison for contraband cigarettes

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes. James B. Trosper, of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty in 2011 to three counts involving the scheme. WTVA-TV reports Trosper was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Prosecutors said Trosper and others were involved […] [...]

Man convicted of kickback-bribery asks for freedom during appeal

TUPELO — Businessman Ray Shoemaker wants to be free on bail while his federal conviction in a kickback-bribery scheme is on appeal. Shoemaker was sentenced in September to 55 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine and three years’ post-release supervision on six counts related to a kickback conspiracy. He is scheduled to report to […] [...]

Governor joins lawsuit against White House over immigration plan

JACKSON — Gov. Phi Bryant has joined in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its plan to stop deporting many young illegal immigrants and grant them work permits. Bryant’s action drew swift criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in August in federal court in Dallas on behalf […] [...]

Man charged with transporting illegal Chinese immigrants

JACKSON — A naturalized U.S. citizen has been charged in Mississippi with transporting two illegal Chinese immigrants who came to the U.S. through Mexico. A criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Jackson, said the illegal immigrants went from China to Hong Kong to Honduras. The complaint says they traveled through Mexico and crossed the […] [...]

Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi physician who wrote fake prescriptions that helped defraud Medicare of more than $5 million lost her medical license and has been ordered in Baton Rouge, La., federal court to repay the insurer $1.6 million. Dr. Jo A. Francis, of Natchez, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care […] [...]

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