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Former USM employee charged with stalking ex-colleagues

HATTIESBURG — Police at the University of Southern Mississippi say a former campus employee is charged with seven misdemeanor counts each of stalking and disturbing the peace. Investigators say 31-year-old Quandom Benn was arrested after turning himself in to university police yesterday. Capt. Rusty Keys says Benn was a computer technician on the Hattiesburg campus before resigning early in the ...

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Ex-USM student accused of email threat, stalking faculty

CARRIERE — A former student at the University of Southern Mississippi has been arrested on charges alleging he stalked two faculty members and posted an email threat against the school’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The university says 40-year-old Joshua H. Scarabin, of Carriere, has been charged with two counts of cyberstalking and one count of posing a threat ...

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Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Ex-director of MVLP pleads guilty to stealing federal money

JACKSON — The former executive director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project has pleaded guilty to the theft of federal funds. Prospectors say 47-year-old Shirley Mae Williams of Jackson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal information alleges that from January 2009 through December 2012, Williams used less $1,000 in federal funds from the organization to ...

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Ex-mayor disbarred by the Supreme Court following bribery conviction

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disbarred former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield who is serving a two-year sentence for a federal bribery conviction. Winfield, an attorney, pleaded guilty in September of 2013 to seeking $10,000 in cash from a confidential FBI informant in exchange for a city contract. The Mississippi Bar filed a formal complaint against Winfield in December ...

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Investigators: Dog fighting sentences send strong message

MONTGOMERY, Alabama  — Investigators in the nation’s second-largest dog fighting bust said defendants’ stiff sentences should send a message that the cruel spectacles will not be tolerated. Those punishments include an eight-year prison sentence to a man who organized fights where up to a $100,000 was routinely wagered on a single match. Prosecutors say that is the longest federal sentence ...

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Ziegler's sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will begin making payments of $1,000 ...

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Firefighters await ruling in controversy over pay

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge will determine if the city of Gautier is violating state law by paying its firefighters for only 8 hours of holiday pay, as are other city employees, even though firefighters work 24-hour shifts. Attorneys for Gautier and the local firefighters’ union argued the case yesterday before Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson. Jackson did not ...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in dispute over bailiffs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Ellis’ dispute with a local trial judge over the assignment of bailiffs to the courts. The case is on the Supreme Court’s docket for November and December. The court will not hear oral argument in the case. Ellis is challenging an order from Circuit Judge Tomie Green that ...

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