Archives for November 2011

Former governor dies

A former governor of Mississippi has died. William Waller Senior passed away Wednesday, according to his law office, but no other details were released. Waller ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1967 but came back to win in 1971. He served from 1972 to 1976, back when governors were limited to one term. William Waller was 85.

Mitt in Mississippi

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Mississippi today looking for money. Romney is scheduled to attend a private fundraising luncheon at the northeast Jackson home of businessman Randy James, a Romney supporter.

Lafayette bank robbery

A bank robbery in Lafayette County Tuesday morning. Witnesses say two men approached the Abbeville Bank and one went inside. He had a gun and demanded cash from bank employees. The gunman is described as a black male, 5-7 to 5-10, medium build and wearing dark clothes possibly overalls. No description is available for the second suspect.

Batesville pot bust

A Panola County hit and run turned into something more. On Saturday, Batesville policle caught up with a damaged gold Buick that had reportedly fled the scene of a wreck. Officers say they found a loaded pistol and 70 bags of marijuana. They arrested the driver, Keith C. Thompson of Marks, and the passenger, Mark Allan Wesley of Greenville.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Sunflower, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster counties. A mixture of light rain and snow will gradually taper off from the west this morning. There could be a light dusting of snow on elevated surfaces and on grassy areas along and north of a Grenada to Macon line where a few areas could receive up to one inch of snow.

Lawmaker guilty

A two-term Mississippi lawmaker was found guilty last week of a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. A judge in Quitman County fined Democratic Senator Robert Jackson of Marks 638 dolllars. Back in August, a man accused Jackson of pulling a gun and threatening him. The man worked for a political opponent of Jackson’s wife, who was running for Quitman County tax assessor.

Holiday traffic toll

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is out with the numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers issued more than 49-hundred citations, investigated 196 traffic collisions, and made 113 DUI arrests. There were three alcohol-related accidents. Two fatalities were reported, the same number as last year.

Laptop theft arrest

More than 20 laptops were stolen from Leflore County High School earlier this month and one of at least four suspects is in custody. Itta Bena police say 19-year-old Dylan Dunlap was arrested last week and charged with commercial burglary. The suspects, who allegedly broke windows to enter the school and took the laptops out in athletic equipment bags, were caught on a school security camera.

Prison sentence continues

The state Court of Appeals has denied a Grenada County man’s attempt to have his prison sentence thrown out. Randall K. Dickerson pleaded guilty to aggrated assault and armed robbery in 2007 and was originally sentenced to one year in prison and 19 years’ probation. But after later testing positive for cocaine, a judge ordered him back to prison to serve the rest of those 19 years.

Levata bomb threat arrest

Bomb threats were called into Levata’s facility on Highway 51 between September 30th and October 3rd and, last week, Grenada County sheriff’s deputies made an arrest. Sheriff Alton Strider says a woman identified as Teresa Adams was taken into custody at her home in Grenada last Tuesday. Adams was being held on bond of 250-thousand dollars.