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California firm sentenced for mishandling hazardous materials at Delta airport

GREENVILLE — Leading Edge Aviation Services Inc., a corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Glen Davidson, in Aberdeen following a guilty plea to one felony count of treating, storing or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit at Leading Edge’s now shuttered Greenville facility. Leading Edge operated a commercial aircraft painting facility ...

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Ex-circuit clerk Palmertree gets 10 years for embezzlement

VICKSBURG — A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey. Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run ...

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Ex-Canton alderman gets 66 months for accepting bribe

CANTON — A former Canton alderman has been sentenced to 66 months in prison on a bribery conviction. Fifty-eight-year-old Calvin Louis Smith was indicted in April and charged with one count of bribery involving federal programs. The indictment says he sought bribes valued at more than $5,000 from May to October in 2012 in connection with a series of transactions ...

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Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison time, Reeves ordered Zebert to ...

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Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw ...

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Coast man gets prison time for counterfeiting

WAVELAND — A 39-year-old Waveland man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on charges of making and passing counterfeit money. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that Alton Emerson Morgan was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. He also was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and to pay $760 in restitution. Morgan previously pleaded ...

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Ex-Delta housing authority leader's conviction upheld

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Ann Jefferson was convicted in 2012 in federal court in Aberdeen of embezzlement, ...

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Ex-contractor to be sentenced for bank fraud this month

SOUTHAVEN — Sentencing for James M. Harris, a former contractor with the city of Southaven who pleaded guilty last year to a federal bank fraud charge, is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Aberdeen. The Commercial Appeal reports the 54-year-old Harris pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to one count of loan and credit application fraud in federal court. He admitted during ...

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