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Lauderdale County jury finds Leroy Lewis not guilty of murder or assault

Bill Graham / The Meridian Star Leroy Lewis is escorted from the Lauderdale County Courthouse after a jury on Wednesday acquitted him of murder and aggravated assault. Leroy Lewis Bill Graham / The Meridian Star Leroy Lewis is escorted from the Lauderdale County Courthouse after a jury on Wednesda

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-21 21:15:00

Law enforcement report: March 20-21

The Meridian Police Department reported the following arrests between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday: None Incident Reports The Meridian Police Department reported the following incidents from Tuesday to Wednesday: Auto burglary 500 block of Hwy. 19 S. at 6 p.m. Shooting 1800 block of 39th P

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-21 21:15:40

Meridian Public School District seeks to end desegregation order

Meridian Public School District attorney John Compton plans to soon file court papers to start the process of removing the district from a 1967 desegregation order from the federal government. After months of public discussions and closed session meetings to discuss the order, the Meridian Public S

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-21 23:45:00

DHS making headway on Meridian school-to-prison court order

The state of Mississippi has improved with meeting a federal Department of Justice plan to send fewer Meridian youth to juvenile prison in the Jackson area. State officials with the Department of Human Services' division of youth services reported during a community meeting Thursday improvements in

MERIDIAN STAR - 2018-03-23 11:01:00

Teen injured in Friday Collinsville shooting

An argument between a juvenile and an 18 year old ended with shots fired, injuring the 18 year old's hand. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Friday on the 8700 block of Highway 19 North, according to Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. Calhoun said the case would be presented to the


Lincoln County School Board to begin superintendent search

The Lincoln County School Board has to start shopping for an appointed leader fast, because the price of superintendents is going up. Mississippi School Boards Association Executive Director Michael Waldrop told board members Monday time would be a critical factor in their selection of an appointed

DAILY LEADER - 2018-03-21 23:59:59

Defendant to testify in Meridian murder trial

Leroy Lewis, the man accused in the December 2014 death of Reondricus Rogers, said in court Tuesday he wanted to testify Wednesday in the expected final day of his trial. Rogers died from a gunshot wound on 25th Avenue between 8th and 9th Street in Meridian on Dec. 15, 2014. Police arrested Lewis,


New clinic soon to open for Meridian Public School students

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- Students in the Meridian Public School District will soon have another option for health care. In a partnership with Greater Meridian Health Clinic, the district will have the first student-centered clinic opening next month at 4000 10th Street, in the neighborhood around

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-22 01:39:00

Boil water notice issued for two Lauderdale Co. roads

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) A boil water notice has been issued for people who live in the extreme northern part of Lauderdale County. The Porterville Water Association has issued that notice for all customers on Seth Cobb Road and York Road in Lauderdale County. It's been issued due to a valve

WTOK-TV - 2018-03-22 01:49:00

The Latest: Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold

The Latest on the Bank of England's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The Bank of England has kept its interest rates on hold but appeared to issue another hint that it may hike them in May to get inflation back down to its target. The minutes to the meeting showed that two of th

BILOXI SUN HERALD - 2018-03-22 12:08:00

Mississippi warden testifies on private prison conditions

In its lawsuit against Mississippi, the American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center argue that the state has been aware of East Mississippi Correctional Facility's unconstitutionally abusive conditions. Special to Clarion Ledger A warden testified Tuesday that he saw reports that

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2018-03-21 15:42:41

Collinsville shooting case to go to grand jury

Two bullet holes in the windshield were a cause of concern for James Spann, whose grandson suffered injuries after a fight with another juvenile.Whitney Downard/The Meridian Star A grand jury will determine whether an argument between two Collinsville teenagers over the weekend warrants criminal ch


Day two of murder trial in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Testimony continued Tuesday in a murder trial in Meridian. Leroy Lewis is being tried for the December 15, 2014 death of Reondricus Rogers. Rogers was shot near 9th Street and 25th Avenue. Lewis was taken into custody in Montgomery after the shooting, along with Payton Bai


MFD responds to house fire

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Fire Department responded to a house fire around 6:30 Sunday evening. It happened in the 2100 block of 44th Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find flame and heavy smoke coming from the home. People nearby said the home was vacant at the time of the fire. Fire inve


The mile that could use a miracle

The stretch of 22nd Avenue between Interstate 20 and Front Street in Meridian is nine-tenths of a mile. Although that's a relatively short distance, the road is far from being ready to serve as the gateway to the City of Meridian - especially with the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience op


Meridian police search for fleeing suspect

The Meridian Police Department is asking the community to assist in locating a suspect wanted for felony fleeing in Meridian Friday. Sgt. Dareall Thompson identified Semaj D. Hall as the man wanted following a vehicle chase in city limits. Thompson said Hall abanoned his vehicle and bailed out on


Staying prepared for severe weather

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The spring severe weather season is the most active season across the twin states. "That's usually the time most people are really weather aware because that's when it impacts us the most," says Storm Team 11 chief meteorologist Brian Hutton, Jr. Spring is almost upon us and


Russia's United Kingdom diplomat expulsion 'doesn't change facts of matter' says May

The Prime Minster began by responding to Russia's decision kick-out 23 British diplomats. Russia is preparing to expel 23 British diplomats and halt the activities of the British Council in response to London's "provocative" measures over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daught


Bogue Chitto woman arrested for felony bad check; arrest reports

Arrest reports The Lincoln County Jail Docket for Tuesday was as follows: Jadarius Blackwell, 09/10/1997, of 2581 SE Old Hwy. 51 Road, Bogue Chitto - arrested for felony possession of controlled substance enhanced by firearm. Kolby Joe Hart, 03/20/1999, of 244 Brumfield Road, Summit - arrested for


Local church puts on Teen Summit

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Fifth Street Baptist Church is creating ways for teens to positively get out and be active in the community. Saturday it kicked off its Teen Summit, just one of many events church leaders are planning. Teens and other community members were able to ask city officials questi