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Police arrest 17-year-old, say shooting wasn’t by mistake

Police have arrested a central Mississippi 17-year-old, saying an initial story about an accidental shooting of a man mistaken for a burglar was untrue. Jackson police Sgt. Roderick Holmes said Monday that 17-year-old Curtis Sawyer has been charged with aggravated assault following the Thursday shooting inside a home. Officers were initially told that the 18-year-old victim had been shot entering ...

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Mother of abused boy sentenced to 30 years in prison

CANTON — A Mississippi mother has been sentenced in what a district attorney calls “one of the most horrible cases of child abuse I have ever seen.” News outlets report officials announced Thursday that 34-year-old Latasha Leonard was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A tip in 2017 led authorities to a Canton home where a 10-year-old boy was being ...

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Prosecutors say arrests hit northeast Mississippi drug ring

Federal prosecutors say arrests in recent days targeted a Mississippi drug trafficking ring under investigation since 2016. In a sworn statement, ATF Agent Frank B. Elliott says the group led by Jeremy Mairidith of Verona sold “a significant portion” of methamphetamine and marijuana distributed in northeast Mississippi. Mairidith pleaded not guilty on Monday to a four-count indictment on drug and ...

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Attorney, sheriff dispute how man was bloodied at roadblock

An attorney says his African American client was beaten by white law enforcement officers this month at a Mississippi roadblock, but a sheriff says officers told him the man appeared to be high on drugs and resisted arrest, injuring two officers. Attorney Carlos Moore said Monday that 28-year-old David Logan walked away from officers but wasn’t running July 18 in ...

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Slain Ole Miss student recalled as a ‘beautiful soul’

Friends of a slain University of Mississippi student say she was “beautiful soul” with a positive attitude during a vigil outside her former high school in suburban St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 100 people gathered Thursday outside Lindbergh High School where they passed around a microphone to share memories of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Friend Casey Hendrickson ...

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DA: Ole Miss slaying case to be sent to grand jury

Authorities say the case of a slain University of Mississippi student will be turned over to a grand jury. District Attorney Ben Creekmore told WREG-TV on Thursday that a motion has also been filed to withhold bail for the man charged in the case. Classmate Brandon A. Theesfeld, of Texas, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria ...

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Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out prison

A Mississippi woman convicted of tax crimes is out of federal prison. The Hattiesburg American reports 64-year-old Linda Bolton was released July 3 from a medium-security facility in Aliceville, Alabama. She was convicted in September 2016 of five counts of filing a false tax report and found not guilty on a tax evasion charge. The jury could not agree on ...

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Former deputy accused of sexually abusing female inmate

A former deputy sheriff has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a female Mississippi inmate four times in 2016. Charles Johnson, a 43-year-old Magee man, was indicted last week in federal court on four counts of depriving someone of their civil rights. The indictment says Johnson, then a Smith County deputy, abused the same woman four times from ...

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Kidnapped girl found, Mississippi man arrested in Alabama

A south Mississippi man has been arrested in Alabama after officials say he kidnapped his 6-year-old niece. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells local news outlets that 28-year-old Jared Slade was arrested in Birmingham on Thursday, apparently sleeping on the side of the road. The girl was discovered walking around the neighborhood and Rigel says her guardian will pick her ...

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Memphis police appeal for calm after marshals kill black man

Police appealed for calm Thursday in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car. Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks and bricks in the hours following the death of 20-year-old Brandon Webber, who was killed Wednesday evening ...

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