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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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Ex-missing woman to be arraigned for embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — Linda Gale Reed will be arraigned tomorrow before Copiah County Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard on three counts of embezzlement. Reed was served with an indictment June 7 at the county jail. The court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Hazlehurst. The 65-year-old Reed was reported missing in April 2012. Her status changed from missing to wanted ...

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Ex-housing director pleading guilty to conspiracy to embezzle

SHELBY — The former director of a nonprofit housing agency has agreed to plead guilty to charges against her and testify against an ex-state employee. Linda Balducci of Shelby pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Michael Mills to one count of conspiracy to embezzle money. Court papers show that Balducci also will testify against codefendant Connie Lewis, a ...

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Supreme Court to start e-filing in July; Appeals to follow

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will begin accepting electronic filing of briefs and motions July 1. The Supreme Court authorized implementation of e-filing in an order filed June 6. Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said in a statement, “This is a milestone for the judiciary. E-filing will be more efficient. It will save time and money for ...

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Pair charged with operating bogus shipping company

BILOXI — Two people charged with running a fraudulent shipping company in south Mississippi are scheduled for arraignment next week in federal court. Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on fraud charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. The indictment doesn’t describe the relationship between the two. Court records didn’t list an attorney for ...

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Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday and entered not guilty pleas ...

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