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Attorneys of woman accused of fatal buttocks injections look to undermine testimony

JACKSON — Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections tried yesterday to undermine the testimony of the lead investigator, who acknowledged under cross-examination that investigators have not matched silicone seized from the defendant’s house to that found in the victim’s body. Defense lawyer John Colette also cited information provided ...

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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire plot hits another legal snag

A Greenwood doctor accused of attempting to have his ex-wife’s divorce attorney murdered has hit another roadblock in his efforts to have the charges dismissed. A judge has denied renewed arguments by Dr. Arnold Smith that all investigative and police actions carried out by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office are unconstitutional. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn ...

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Fire that destroyed city shop ruled an accident

JACKSON — Fire authorities in Jackson have ruled that a fire that destroyed the city’s maintenance shop Jan. 9 started by accident. Investigators tell WAPT-TV they believe the fire at the Jefferson Street building began in the electrical wiring of an exhaust fan, then was fueled by paint and other materials stored there. No one was in the building when ...

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Investigators continue to probe debris found in bay

BILOXI — The state Department of Marine Resources plans to further investigate the debris field just north of the Biloxi Bay Bridge on the Biloxi side of the bay that is a threat to boaters. They investigated last week and found large pieces of concrete with rebar embedded in it. But workers were unable to clearly determine what and how ...

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FAA looking into crash of medical helicopter; pilot injured

CANTON — Federal authorities are investigating the emergency landing of a medical helicopter. The MedStat EMS Inc. helicopter was damaged while landing east of Canton Thursday night, reports WJTV-T. The pilot injured his back in the crash and was transported by a University of Mississippi Medical Center helicopter. The CEO of Winona-based MedStat says another of his company’s helicopters picked ...

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Investigastors looking into cause of fall that killed two workers

COPIAH COUNTY — Federal and local investigators are trying to determine the cause of an accident in which two workers fell to their deaths from a cellphone tower in Copiah County. The accident happened yesterday afternoon at a tower on Mississippi Highway 27. The Copiah County coroner says the men were climbing up the 300-foot tower and were about halfway ...

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Investigator: Mayor double-billed, pocketed $461K

SOUTHAVEN — An investigator with the Mississippi auditor’s office has testified in court that Southaven Mayor Greg Davis submitted duplicate charges to the city and the Chamber of Commerce, and was reimbursed a total of $461,000. Davis’ attorney denied the claim. Karen Swain, an investigator with the state auditor’s office, said the city and the chamber both routinely reimbursed Davis ...

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Lab owner wants evidence tossed because of lack of coffee

WATER VALLEY — A laboratory owner charged with faking wastewater samples wants a judge to dismiss evidence taken from her computer because she claims she was stressed, “without coffee” and intimidated when she gave it to federal agents. Tennie White, owner of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., faces trial tomorrow on charges of faking wastewater samples that she was hired ...

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Family of murdered mayoral candidate wants federal investigation

CLARKSDALE — Relatives of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate are renewing their push for a federal investigation amid their complaints that local officials are withholding information about the case. Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian’s nude and battered body was found Feb. 27 near a Mississippi River levee. The case drew national attention after his campaign said he was the first ...

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No injuries in Hub City bar fire; investigation underway

HATTIESBURG — A fire gutted the Frat House bar early yesterday but authorities say there were no injuries. The Hattiesburg American reports no one was in the bar on South 37th Avenue when the fire was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. Fire Investigator Geneva Morgan says the building was a total loss. No one was in the bar when the ...

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