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Gautier man admits stealing business databases

GULFPORT — A 28-yearold Gautier man has admitted he stole the computer databases of two companies after he was fired from a credit-card processing job. The Sun Herald reports Thomas Anthony Wotring pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent activities with computers. He remains free on bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker will sentence Wotring on Jan. ...

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Court delays Saltillo bank robbery trial

ABERDEEN — A 57-year-old Saltillo man will have a couple of more months to prepare for his federal bank robbery trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chris Cosner was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen for the robbery of First American Bank in Saltillo. This week, the court granted a continuance, delaying ...

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Mississippi woman indicted on 19 counts in Ponzi scheme

JACKSON — Six families gave a woman over $1 million in a Ponzi scheme based in Mississippi and California, according to federal indictments returned in Jackson, Mississippi. Gina Palasini, already serving a 10-year prison sentence on related state charges, has been indicted on 19 federal counts of fraud and money laundering. The indictments allege Palasini used victims’ life savings to ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved. The man was last ...

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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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Mississippi woman accused in prescription pill conspiracy

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a South Mississippi woman on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice. The Sun Herald reports Patricia Maria Leavens is accused of conspiring to distribute and dispense the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax from as early as 2011 ...

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