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Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended the Memphis meeting along with ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud

JACKSON — A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William “Butch” Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The 58-year-old is being held without bond in Mississippi, and a court appearance was set for Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that after Dickson’s company, Community Home Financial Services, ...

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Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ fees. “Today’s ruling is a ...

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Manslaughter convict can get workers' comp

JACKSON — A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the homicide case and is now serving a 12-year prison sentence. Smith, ...

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States reach settlement with Phusion over 'Four Loko'

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood reports he and 19 other attorneys general and the city attorney of San Francisco have reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding Four Loko. As part of the settlement, Phusion has agreed to pay the plantiffs $400,000. Mississippi’s portion of this settlement is $14,047.62. The settlement resolves allegations that Phusion marketed and sold ...

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Ex-alderman candidate sentenced for voter fraud

CANTON — A former candidate for alderman in Canton has been given a five-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to submitting a false voter registration application on behalf of a convicted felon. District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release Cobby Williams allegedly was going door-to-door in March of 2013 and registering people to vote and then turning in ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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Nurse accused of turning off patient's life support

PETAL — A registered nurse in South Mississippi is facing charges of depraved heart murder. According to Attorney General Jim Hood, April Renae Grissom, 28, of Petal, turned herself in to investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by a Lamar County Grand Jury. Grissom is accused in the indictment of turning off the machines that ...

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