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Chief: Officer fired for using racial slur, captain demoted

An officer accused of using a racial slur has been fired from a Mississippi police department. Joey Lawn, a K-9 supervisor who had been with the department for more than 10 years, was fired June 3, Meridian Police Interim Chief Charles Coleman told news outlets this week. Coleman said Lawn was determined to have used a racial slur against a ...

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Meridian interim police chief resigns; 4 seek long-term job

A longtime law enforcement officer has stepped down as interim police chief in a Mississippi city. Lewis Robbins had served in the position in Meridian since February. His 90-day appointment was set to expire May 4, but Mayor Percy Bland said Tuesday that Robbins resigned Monday. Benny Dubose resigned as the city’s police chief in January. Bland told the Meridian Star that ...

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Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded near courthouse

A judge has been shot and critically wounded outside a courthouse in Mississippi, police said. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot Monday morning in the parking lot outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian, WTOK-TV reported. Smith was getting out of truck to go inside the courthouse when the gunfire happened, Meridian Police Lt. Rita Jack said. Investigators had ...

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Mississippi city gets new chief administrative officer

A Mississippi city has a new chief administrative officer after the mayor terminated the person who previously held the position. The Meridian Star reports that Eddie Kelly was appointed to the post on Tuesday. He succeeds Richie McAlister, who was asked to resign by Mayor Percy Bland last week. McAlister had been in a long-running dispute involving a member of the city ...

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Street repairs: Study, then borrow? Or borrow, then study?

Leaders of a city in eastern Mississippi are debating how to pay for street paving and other infrastructure projects. Meridian public works director Hugh Smith is looking for city leaders to approve $12 million in bonds, the Meridian Star reported.. “Right now, we don’t have funds in place to do any paving next year,” Smith said Tuesday. Leaders have discussed conducting a ...

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Mississippi funding fence to keep animals off runways

Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base. A Navy official said the state’s job-creation agency, Mississippi Development Authority, has offered a grant to pay for the barrier at Naval Air Station Meridian. The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom ...

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School clinic offers health and dental services in Meridian

A new clinic on a school campus is providing health care for students, teachers and others in east Mississippi. The clinic was unveiled Dec. 11 at Carver Middle school in Meridian. It is open to students, faculty and the community, the Meridian Star reported. The clinic is the second to open under a partnership between the Greater Meridian Health Clinic and the ...

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Agency had previous contact with family of child who died

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services says it received seven calls between 2014 and 2017 about the family of a Meridian boy with special medical needs. But the agency says it had no contact with the family after 2017 until the boy was reported missing this year. The 5-year-old boy, Jakie Toole, was found dead in a basement in ...

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Mississippi city council confirms new school board member

A Mississippi city council confirmed a new school board member on Tuesday. The Meridian City Council voted 4-1 to appoint Ron Turner to the Meridian Public School District Board, news outlets reported. Turner currently serves as the executive director of the city’s housing authority. Ward 4 Councilwoman Kim Houston voted against the appointment. Houston said she knew Turner would do ...

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Burst of attention after antique store worker finds grenade

One old object is attracting an explosion of interest at a Mississippi antique store. Emergency personnel swarmed the Meridian store Tuesday after an employee found a hand grenade inside a box. Officials told local news outlets that they weren’t sure of the origin of the device or if it was real, but were treating it as if it were explosive. ...

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