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Charges dropped against homeowner in Mississippi boy’s death

Authorities in Mississippi dropped have neglect charges against the owner of a home where a 5-year-old boy was found dead in September. The boy’s caregiver remains charged with capital murder, and his mother with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The body of Jakie Toole was found Sept. 11, wrapped in a bag in the basement of Alicia Thames’ ...

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Parents sue Mississippi official over shared autopsy photos

Parents of a late 21-year-old Mississippi man are suing a city official they say invited the public to view autopsy photos of their son and discuss the case. The lawsuit by Todd and Rae Andreacchio filed Tuesday accuses the chief administrative officer of Meridian of invading their privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, according to The Meridian Star. Such efforts by Richie ...

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Meridian store owner sentenced for selling spice, counterfeit goods

A Meridian man will spend eight years in prison after being found guilty on numerous charges related to the sale of counterfeit goods and possessing more than 30 grams of spice, Attorney General Jim Hood announced. Abdulkhaliq Mohammed Murshid, 40, was sentenced Thursday by Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Charles Wright on one count of selling counterfeit goods, one count ...

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Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is cleaned, the Meridian Star reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and representatives of a Multistate Trust held public ...

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Anderson receives baby-friendly designation

Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian has been designated as a Baby-Friendly facility by Baby-Friendly, USA, Inc., the national authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Anderson joins 580 facilities across the United States that have achieved this honor, 12 of which are in Mississippi. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health ...

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Benefit helps raise money for sheriff’s daughter with cancer

By DREW KEREKES / Meridian Star MERIDIAN — Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie summed up his performance in the Caitlin’s Battle tactical course Saturday (Sept. 21) morning with a touch of irony. “With the pistol and rifle, I’m qualified. With the cardio, I was in pretty bad shape,” Sollie said with a slight chuckle. It was a brief lighthearted moment ...

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Mississippi autopsy confirms child’s body in garbage bags

An autopsy confirms that remains found in garbage bags in a Mississippi basement belonged to a small child. Meridian police Chief Benny Dubose told The Meridian Star that the Friday autopsy at the state crime lab found a badly decomposed body with a broken rib on one side and cracked ribs on the other. The autopsy also found burns on ...

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Hotel in historic skyscraper now set to open in 2020

Renovations converting a Mississippi city’s tallest building into a hotel are now scheduled to be complete in November 2020. Architect John Campo tells The Meridian Star that demolition of non-historic parts of the 16-story Threefoot Building are complete, with some mechanical, electrical, plumbing and safety systems installed. Developer John Tampa bought the building from the city in 2016 to construct ...

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Many causes, many concerns in a city battling homelessness

William Jeffrey Crane, known among homeless people as Turtle, wasn’t always homeless. Though his memory is faulty, he remembers living with his mom in Meridian, going to Crestwood Elementary School and learning to be a journeyman from his dad. Now, Crane, 54, is one of at least 67 homeless people living in Lauderdale County, according to Mississippi Continuum of Care ...

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Mississippi hall of fame adds 5 music and literary figures

Five more members have been added to a hall of fame that honors the arts and entertainment in Mississippi. The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience announced the additions Thursday of four musicians and one literary figure. Country singer Tammy Wynette of Tremont was lauded as the first lady of country music. Singer and guitarist Bo Diddley helped bridge the blues ...

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