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Ware holds slim lead over DuPree for Hub City mayor

HATTIESBURG — Early returns show independent Dave Ware taking a very slim lead over Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree in a special election for Hattiesburg mayor with absentee votes still uncounted. The Hattiesburg American said Ware led 6,848 votes to 6,816 for DuPree with all 14 precincts reporting late last night. It said the race remained undecided with 1,055 absentee ballots ...

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Man to be arraigned for handling counterfeit goods

GULFPORT — A 27-year-old man accused of trafficking counterfeit designer goods in Gulfport is set to be arraigned in federal court. Ousainou Mahanera had more than 100 items with counterfeit labels identifying them as products made by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Burberry and Fendi, said an indictment unsealed after his arrest. The Sun Herald reports Mahanera will be arraigned today. ...

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Family blues — fight continues over Johnson's estate

Legendary blues musician Robert Johnson’s life was all too short; unfortunately, the in-family fight over his estate continues with all eyes now on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The state’s highest court heard arguments yesterday in a dispute over two photos of Johnson, who died in 1938 at the age of 28. When the justices might make a decision is still ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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Ex-teller gets eight years for stealing $200K-plus

WIGGINS — A former lead bank teller has been ordered to prison for eight years and must pay restitution of $201,000 for embezzling from the Bank of Wiggins. The Sun Herald reports Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced 38-yeaer-old Veronica Morse yesterday to 20 years and suspended 12, leaving eight to serve followed by five years of probation. Prosecutors say Morse ...

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Man's sentencing for role in contraband tobacco case delayed

ABERDEEN — The sentencing hearing has been postponed for a North Carolina man scheduled to be sentenced for his involvement in a multi-state scheme to avoid taxes and fees on tobacco sales. Calvin Phelps, who operated four tobacco sales businesses in Mocksville, N.C., pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud, contraband cigarette trafficking and money laundering in June 2012. ...

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District wants court to decide if county has to pay for waterparks

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine waterparks in the Pat Harrison ...

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Ex-city judge files lawsuit for damages, reinstatement

HATTIESBURG — A former Hattiesburg City Court judge has filed a lawsuit asking for unspecified damages and reinstatement to her former position as a City Court judge. The Hattiesburg American reports Vanessa Jones filed the lawsuit Sept. 6 in Forrest County Circuit Court, alleging slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. The suit alleges the city, along ...

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Authorities seek forfeiture of bar in cocaine-trade case

GULFPORT — Federal authorities in south Mississippi have filed court documents seeking the forfeiture of a Gulfport bar that investigators say a man tried to trade for a large quantity of cocaine. The documents filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport seek the forfeiture of the Eclipse Sports Bar, cars, cash and guns. Victor Darnell Williams was charged in August ...

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Judge blocks takeover of school system; second district asks for stay

LEFLORE COUNTY and CLAIBORNE COUNTY — A Hinds County judge has blocked the state takeover of the Leflore County school district, while the Claiborne County school district is asking another judge to reverse a takeover. Judge Winston Kidd signed a temporary order blocking the Leflore takeover Monday, the same day Gov. Phil Bryant declared emergencies there and in Claiborne County, ...

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