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Accused in 2015 Mississippi courthouse shooting found guilty

CANTON — A former firefighter accused of fatally shooting a defendant outside a Canton, Mississippi, courthouse was found guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday. William Wells, 24, will serve life in prison for the Aug. 3, 2015 shooting of Kendrick Brown, 37. That morning Wells drove his truck to the Madison County Courthouse parking lot where Brown stood outside awaiting trial ...

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Gautier man admits stealing business databases

GULFPORT — A 28-yearold Gautier man has admitted he stole the computer databases of two companies after he was fired from a credit-card processing job. The Sun Herald reports Thomas Anthony Wotring pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent activities with computers. He remains free on bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker will sentence Wotring on Jan. ...

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Court delays Saltillo bank robbery trial

ABERDEEN — A 57-year-old Saltillo man will have a couple of more months to prepare for his federal bank robbery trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chris Cosner was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen for the robbery of First American Bank in Saltillo. This week, the court granted a continuance, delaying ...

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Mississippi woman indicted on 19 counts in Ponzi scheme

JACKSON — Six families gave a woman over $1 million in a Ponzi scheme based in Mississippi and California, according to federal indictments returned in Jackson, Mississippi. Gina Palasini, already serving a 10-year prison sentence on related state charges, has been indicted on 19 federal counts of fraud and money laundering. The indictments allege Palasini used victims’ life savings to ...

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Jury finds man guilty in death of Mississippi business man

BAY ST. LOUIS — A Hancock County jury has convicted a man of murder in the 2012 death of a Bay St. Louis businessman. The jury returned a unanimous verdict Tuesday after deliberating for about two hours. The Sun Herald reports Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Glen Davis, a habitual offender, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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Feds: No evidence that black man’s hanging was homicide

JACKSON — Investigators have found no evidence that the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi was a homicide, and the civil rights probe into the death has been closed, the Justice Department said Friday. The agency said in a news release Friday that it had met with the family of Otis Byrd about its decision. The release suggested ...

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Colleagues from around US attend funeral for slain officer

HATTIESBURG — Several hundred law enforcement officers, including several from as far away as New York City, paid their respects Thursday to the family of a slain Mississippi police officer. The outpouring of support for the family of Patrolman Benjamin J. Deen has come from across the country, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Services were being held at Temple Baptist ...

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FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved. The man was last ...

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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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