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Rep. Aldridge, family plead not guilty to grand larceny

TUPELO — State Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents pleaded not guilty to charges that they took property from a relative and converted it to their personal use. Brian Aldridge, a 36-year-old Republican from Tupelo, has been charged with one count of grand larceny. Aldridge’s father, Louis Aldridge, 64, is charged with three counts embezzlement and his mother Janice Aldridge, ...

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Store owners face sentencing for selling counterfeit clothing

HOUSTON — A Chickasaw County couple pleaded guilty this week to selling counterfeit goods. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 46-year-old Willie McMillian and his wife, 47-year-old Sophia Hill McMillian, pleaded guilty to sale and possession with intent to sell goods bearing counterfeit labels or trade-marks. McMillian owned and operated Urban Wear with Hill, where the couple sold a high ...

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Deadline nears to file claims at troubled cemetery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenlawn Memorial Gardens owner Steve Ragland was laid to rest in the late 1990s. His successors’ clients haven’t rested since. After Ragland died, those who took control of the cemetery collected tens of thousands of dollars from people who prepaid for burial plots, grave markers, crypts and related items and services. According to court records, the cemetery’s ...

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Real estate developer gets 10 days in prison for bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts will serve 10 days in a federal prison in September for his role in a bank fraud scheme involving a Southaven subdivision his company was planning to build. The Commercial Appeal reports the 46-year-old Roberts said during yesterday’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford that his actions were not indicative of ...

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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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New mayor says new ordinace on nightclubs 'too broad'

TUPELO — Questions about Tupelo’s new nightclub ordinance have prompted the city council to hold another public meeting on the regulations on Friday. City officials, including Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton, have said enforcement will be “complaint driven.” Mayor-elect Jason Shelton, who will take office Monday, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the ordinance appears too broad and he wants ...

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Ex-missing woman pleads not guilty to embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — Linda Gale Reed has pleaded not guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Reed entered the plea Friday in Copiah County Circuit Court in Hazlehurst. Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard denied bail for Reed and set her trial for July 23. The 65-year-old Reed was first reported missing in April 2012 by her daughter after Reed’s car was found abandoned ...

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