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To fight crime, Hattiesburg mayor pushes for camera system

The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime. WDAM-TV reported that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also discussed a recent crime spree that has seen four shootings over the weekend. Specifically ...

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Mississippi upholds 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail

The Mississippi Supreme Court’s confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that while the sentence is legal, the prosecutor and trial judge could have ...

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Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

Mississippi will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that’s reckoning with a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with vacant jobs and damaged facilities. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce the group that will conduct the search. Reeves’ spokeswoman, Renae Eze, said the ...

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Search on for Mississippi man wanted in girlfriend’s death

Authorities in Mississippi are searching for the boyfriend of a woman found shot to death and dumped along the side of a road, a county sheriff told news outlets. Warrants for kidnapping and murder have been issued for 31-year-old Darion Hill, Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis told The Vicksburg Post. Hill is accused in the slaying of 21-year-old Quawanda Hicks. She was ...

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US attorney criticizes Jackson officials over crime

One of the top federal prosecutors in Mississippi had tough words for officials in Jackson over violent crime in the city. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said at a news conference Monday that local judges should stop releasing violent criminals “when there are facts to show they are a danger to our community,” the Clarion Ledger reported. And he told politicians to ...

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Mississippi Army sergeant charged with murder of wife

A U.S. Army sergeant in Mississippi has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, who was found shot to death in the home the couple shared with their three children. A child called 911 late Sunday to report that his parents were arguing, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel told The Hattiesburg American. The child met with deputies outside the ...

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Mississippi police search for missing Domino’s Pizza worker

Police in Mississippi are searching for a missing Domino’s Pizza employee whose car was found abandoned days after she left work and disappeared. Helerica “Latrice” Dortch, 31, was last seen Friday afternoon leaving the Canton Domino’s location where she works, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said. She was wearing Domino’s work clothes at the time, but the store’s owner declined ...

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Charges dropped against homeowner in Mississippi boy’s death

Authorities in Mississippi dropped have neglect charges against the owner of a home where a 5-year-old boy was found dead in September. The boy’s caregiver remains charged with capital murder, and his mother with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The body of Jakie Toole was found Sept. 11, wrapped in a bag in the basement of Alicia Thames’ ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi police sexually harassed teen girl

Police officers of a Mississippi city are accused of sexually harassing a teen girl during a traffic stop. The girl’s mother is now suing the city of Biloxi in the hopes of preventing other girls from suffering the same treatment, The Sun Herald reported. The lawsuit alleges that the the pajama-clad girl was driving to pick up her older sister from a ...

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Mississippi teenager fatally shot in head while driving

Paramedics responding to a crash on a Mississippi highway discovered the teenage driver of the car had been shot in the head. Jauan Tolbert, 19, died on Tuesday from wounds sustained after being shot while driving on Interstate 55, Sgt. Roderick Holmes said in a Jackson Police Department statement. Tolbert was driving northbound around 1 a.m. on Monday when he ...

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