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Ridgeland officials approve new police chief


RIDGELAND — Ridgeland police Lt. John Neal has been named chief of police. Mayor Gene McGee made the announcement Thursday in a news release. Neal will take over July 1 after the retirement of current Chief Randy Tyler. McGee says Neal has worked for the city for 26 years. Neal has served as an investigator and a public information officer, ...

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Colleagues from around US attend funeral for slain officer

Several hundred motorcycle police officers await the passing of a hearse bearing the body of slain Hattiesburg police officer Benjamin Deen, following his funeral service Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The outpouring of support for the family of Patrolman Benjamin J. Deen has come from across the country, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Deen and fellow officer Liquori Tate were gunned down Saturday evening during a traffic stop.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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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2 more sought for questioning in Mississippi police shooting

  JACKSON — Authorities said late Tuesday that they want to question two more people in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend. Surveillance video from Saturday night, hours after the shooting, shows a man and a woman getting out of a Cadillac Escalade at the motel where police later arrested Marvin Banks, said Mississippi ...

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Subway employee fired for posts celebrating police deaths

LAUREL — A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg. Multiple news outlets report Sierra McCurdy, who worked at a Subway in Laurel, wrote “GOT EM” in reference to the Hattiesburg officers on a post accompanied by emojis ...

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Tupelo leaders break ground on new police headquarters

TUPELO — Tupelo city and community leaders have broken ground for a new headquarters for the Tupelo Police Department. Officials braved the rain Monday to gather under a canopy for the ceremony. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports work on the project began eight years and three city administrations ago. Police Chief Bart Aguirre says the reason for the extended ...

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Judge rules for city in dispute over bonds for church

DIAMONDHEAD — A judge has ruled Diamondhead officials can issue a $1.28 million public bond to buy the former church building they have has been using as city hall. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Chancellor Carter Bise ruled in the city’s favor. The Diamondhead Taxpayers Association has objected to the bond issue. The city has been renting space at ...

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Ben Dedwylder named police chief at USM Gulf Coast

Ben Dedwylder, a veteran Gulf Coast law enforcement officer, has been chosen to lead the police department at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dedwylder, who was the assistant superintendent of security at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was promoted to lieutenant and head of the Gulf Coast division of University Police. He will manage operations at Gulf Park, Point ...

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Plans unveiled for large shooting range on Coast

GULFPORT — Businessman David Comstock is planning to transform part of the Seaway Marine Center in the Bernard Bayou Industrial Park in Gulfport into a multi-million dollar gun range. “There’s a demand all over the country for this type of venue,” Comstock said yesterday after the city council amended local zoning rules to allow shooting ranges in the area. “And ...

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City repeals gun ordinance, will follow state law

CORINTH — The city of Corinth has repealed its local gun ordinance. Mayor Tommy Irwin says the city will follow the state gun law to enforce violations. Irwin says he and aldermen took the action Tuesday after being lobbied by Second Amendment activists to make the change. Police Chief David Lancaster told the city board that making the change would ...

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City cracking down on non-licensed taxicabs

VICKSBURG — Complaints from Vicksburg residents and taxi companies have moved police to crack down on bootleg cabs operating in violation of a local ordinance. Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Vicksburg Post that police have received calls from some city residents complaining about the cabs, adding one resident has made several complaints about the illegal, unmarked vehicles driven by ...

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