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Folks singing the blues over missing B.B. King marker

One of the most important markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail appears to have been stolen. A marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing. It was located in front of a small clump of trees at the dusty intersection of County Roads 305 and 513 just west of Itta Bena. All ...

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Five arrested in cattle theft investigation in Madison and Yazoo counties

On Oct. 22, the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, arrested five individuals for two counts of conspiracy to commit livestock theft, in conjunction with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. One suspect turned himself in to Yazoo County authorities, and all suspects will be charged in both ...

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New business accused of stealing from cemeteries to build inventory

CORINTH — Three people who authorities say planned to open a florist shop with items stolen from a local cemeteries have been arrested by Alcorn County deputies. Sheriff’s department investigator Reggie Anderson tells the Daily Corinthian that the three were arrested after a tip from the public. Each was charged this past week with destroying public property. The three are ...

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Now they're stealing buses in the Capital City

It’s not uncommon to hear the city of Jackson called to as “Jacktown” in reference to its volume of auto thefts. Now, the Capital City thieves have raised the bar — they stole a city bus. According to a report from the Clarion-Ledger, the Jatran bus was taken last night from the bus yard on Terry Road and was later ...

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Ex-teller pleads guilty to stealing more than $200K

WIGGINS — The former lead teller of the Bank of Wiggins has admitted embezzling more than $200,000. The Sun Herald reports 38-year-old Veronica Morse pleaded guilty yesterday before Judge Larry Bourgeois in Stone County Circuit Court. Bourgeois ordered Morse returned to jail pending sentencing on Thursday. Bank employees began noticing suspicious activity in late 2012. Morse was charged with skimming ...

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The anatomy of a scam

I thought it sounded too good to be true when mere minutes after putting a couple of items for sale online I got a bite. Turns out I was right, and it gave me an up-close-and-personal look at the sheer nerve and ingenuity of today’s online scammers. I recently placed two items on the Jackson area Craigslist. It was the ...

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Ex-plant worker accused of stealing thousands of dollars

BOONEVILLE — A former employee of a Booneville plant has been charged with embezzlement. Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that 48-year-old Stephen Blake Hobson of Tupelo worked in the business department of Heartland Siding, a division of ProVia, an Ohio company. Ramey says Hobson is accused of embezzling $43,556 from the company. Ramey says ...

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BBB warns of scammers targeting Entergy customers

BRANDON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi is warning of a utility scam targeting Entergy customers in the state of Louisiana. John O’Hara, CEO of BBB in Mississippi, says these types of scams “are like the weather, they start out in one area and spread out.” These scams will also move from utility company to utility company throughout ...

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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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Two-dozen former IRS workers charged with theft

SOUTHAVEN — Twenty-four current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits, federal prosecutors said today. The IRS employees were indicted on charges that they illegally received more than $250,000 in benefits including unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said in a news release. Prosecutors say ...

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