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Law enforcement reports: Aug. 16-17
• Public drunk - John D. Oliver, born in 1978, 3452 Yachtsman Dr. Toomsuba. Oliver is also charged with possession of paraphernalia.
House fire in Union deemed suspicious
Dana Bumgardner, with the Jones County Fire Service, says Union, Ovett, and Moselle Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a fire around 4:30 a.m.
East Miss. Drug Task Force nets big haul
Drugs, guns and money were all seized thanks to some quick police work. Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says a Meridian patrol officer noticed people acting suspiciously at a home in the 1200 block of 30th Avenue. They called in the drug task force, who recovered everything pictured.
AP News - Sheriff: Girl, 12, stole mother's car, ran over deputy
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a 12-year-old girl stole her mother's car and ran over a deputy trying to stop her.Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie tells news outlets Sgt. Kris Cokel was released from a hospital after being treated for a fractured wrist and other injuries. He
Head-on collision on West Lauderdale Road
Emergency crews from the Lauderdale County Volunteer Fire Department, LEMA, and the sheriff's department responded to the scene.
Union hopes to improve from last year
“I try not to beat a dead horse, but we are trying to use last year as motivation and hopefully have a comeback year,” veteran coach Brad Breland said. “We have a lot of pieces to the puzzle to be successful, but to do that, we have to work hard as a group. We have to be unified and work together. I
Evans hoping to flip 3rd District seat
Michael Ted Evans is running as a Democrat in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, a 22-county area stretching from Starkville to Woodville whose territory tends to favor Republicans.But Evans, a self-described moderate Democrat whose thick drawl lends credence to his nickname “Big Country,” sa
Girl steals car and leads police on chase, endangering nearby kids
Witnesses said the 12-year-old girl endangered many children in a Meridian, Mississippi, neighborhood as she drove in circles at high speeds.
Women charged after pursuit at lake
Tabitha Cantell, 43, of 401 County Road 1282, Tupelo, was charged with felony fleeing, disorderly conduct, drinking in public, false ID, possession of paraphernalia, reckless driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The 43-year-old passenger was charged with possession of paraphernalia and disorde
Suspect arrested for fatal shooting in Meridian
Meridian police spokesman, Sgt. Dareall Thompson, says 32-year-old Alfonzo Lashawn McDonald has been charged with capital murder. He was already in custody after being arrested for a home invasion in July.
In year three of the MAAP, most of Mississippi's test scores continue to rise
Cindy Wilkins, an Algebra 1 teacher at Guntown Middle School, helps eighth grade students Jalen Priest, Brik Griggs and Luke Timmons with their exponents as the class moves to different stations for their Thursday morning class work.Adam Robison | BUY AT PHOTOS.DJOURNAL.COM
Meridian Police Department charges suspect in October murder
Alfonzo Lashawn McDonald,who was sought for the October 13, 2017 shooting death of Tony Maurice Wilson,was charged with capital murder on Thursday, according to MPD Sgt. Dareall Thompson.
Thompson convicted in 2017 muder of Jamarcus Townsend
Ashton Thompson was found guilty of accessory after the fact of murder and could face up to 20 years in prison. Thompson will be sentenced August 30. That gang-related murder happened in March 2017 at a house on Tillman Street where Jamarcus Townsend, 21, was found shot to death. District Attorney S
Shots fired after child steals car, hits deputy
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Authorities say a child led police on a chase around Meridian Wednesday night before hitting a deputy. Authorities say a little before 8 p.m., a 12-year-old girl stole her mother's car at Southern Estates on Valley Road. When sheriff's deputies responded, she led them on a
Law enforcement reports: Aug. 15-16
• Petit larceny - Dominic Neal, born in 1995, 4501 Manning St., Meridian.
Fall sports will be going full speed in a week
Another fall sports season is about to be going full speed in about a week as cross country is set to join volleyball, football and softball with a host of local athletes competing in their respective sports. Then, the Tuesday after Labor Day, Ingomar Swim will hit the pool in a competition at Tupel
Second person sentenced in Gatlin murder
A second defendant has been sentenced in the 2016 slaying of Cort Gatlin, 29, of McComb, who was shot in the head and dumped in the Bogue Chitto River, according to Pike County Circuit Court records.Anthony Dauden, 27, 8271⁄2 Earl St., McComb, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after being indic
Conference focuses on the growing problem of sex trafficking
Bianca Moorman/ The Meridian StarLeslie Payne, executive director of the Care Lodge, speaks during a conference on human trafficking Thursday morning at the MSU Riley Center.
Chunky River Harley Davidson blood drive postponed
The Mississippi Blood Services blood drive with Chunky River Harley Davidson, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, has been postponed.
Law enforcement reports: Aug. 13-14
• No driver’s license - Francisco Hernandez, 43, 1921 Russell/Mt. Gilead Road, Meridian.