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Mayor Davis' civil trial to be heard next week in Jackson

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis will be in Jackson next week for the civil trial where Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is trying to recover funds that the state says the Southaven mayor owes the city. In November 2011, Pickering ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 for the mayor’s unsubstantiated expenses for trips, personal counseling, expensive dinners and entertainment. Through ...

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Mayor's embezzlement trial set for April

SOUTHAVEN — An April trial date has been set for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, who is accused of embezzlement and false pretense. A DeSoto County grand jury indicted Davis last month. The Commercial Appeal reports the three-count indictment accuses the 46-year-old Davis of embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in his personal ...

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U.S. Supreme Court weighing appeal of Scruggs, Minor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The conference will also make a decision in the case of former attorney Paul Minor, who ...

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Former casino in disrepair while bankruptcy case continues

VICKSBURG — More than nine months after the Grand Station Casino closed amid bankruptcy, the property near Vicksburg’s City Front is in disrepair as several issues are settled in court. In October, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack awarded the casino to M Street Inc. after it bid $400,000 for the 36,000-square-foot facility in a Chapter 11 proceeding. The casino ...

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Mental exam ordered for doctor in murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Judge Breland Hilburn this past week granted a prosecution request to send Dr. Arnold Smith to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the ...

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Doctor's murder-for-hire trial date rescheduled

GREENWOOD — A federal court hearing for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder has been rescheduled for Jan. 25 for U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Dr. Arnold Smith was scheduled to be in court yesterday to argue prosecutors had no evidence to support bringing charges against him. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of ...

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Court rules with city in zoning dispute with developer

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sided with the city of Natchez in a zoning dispute with a developer. The dispute stemmed from the city’s denial of a request from Dallas-based Roundstone Development, LLC to rezone 25 acres for single-family homes. The company planned to build 65 single-family homes on nine acres, leaving the remaining 17 acres open land. ...

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City taking mental health clinic fight to high court

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs is taking a fight over a location for a mental health clinic to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs ruled Dec. 21 that the city erred in denying a use permit to the Psycamore mental health clinic. The Mississippi Press reports the board of aldermen voted to appeal ...

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Supreme Court declines to hear forester's appeal

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen ...

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Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse. The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9 Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed ...

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