Archives for May 2012

Laptop theft arrests

17 laptops were stolen from Threadgill Elementary School in Greenwood last Sunday and police say they’ve arrested the two people responsible. One is 21-year-old Alex Timothy Green, who is charged with commercial burglary; the other is a juvenile. One of the computers has been recovered and was heavily damaged. All told, the stolen laptops are worth an estimated 20-thousand dollars.

Hospital land purchase complete

The Oxford Eagle reports that the purchase of 160 acres of land by Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi has been completed. The land is just west of the current hospital and will be the site of a new medical center. No word on the price tag.

Gas cheaper statewide

Gas prices continue to fall. According to Triple-A’s Daily Fuel Gauge, the average price for a gallon of regular in Mississippi is three-dollars, 31-cents. That’s down nine cents from a week ago and down a whopping 36 cents from a month ago. In Grenada, gas-buddy-dot-com shows the price of regular is a little more expensive, ranging from three-42 to three-45 a gallon.

Specialty license plates

Lafayette and Oxford high schools in Lafayette County are among several dozen schools and organizations getting their own specialty Mississippi license plates. The new car tags were approved by the legislature and signed into law last week by Governor Phil Bryant. Most of them cost an extra 30 dollars a year.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Grenada, Carroll, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower and Webster counties. This afternoon and tonight, there is a chance of severe storms with damaging wind gusts, hail, locally heavy rainfall and the possibility of a tornado.

No holiday fatalities

Mississippi motorists drove the entire 78-hour Memorial Day Holiday weekend without one fatality occurring on state or federal highways. Last year, nine people were killed. Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol credit a combined effort of law enforcement, which included 51 new troopers, and good decisions made by drivers.

Switching to GOP

The Mississippi Republican Party says it will announce today the names of at least seven local elected officials that are switching to the GOP.

FBI to probe riot

The sheriff of Adams County says the FBI will lead the investigation into the riot earlier this month at a privately run prison that houses illegal immigrants. The riot resulted in the death of a guard; 20 people were injured.

Grenada Lake drowning

Grenada County authorities say a drowning at Grenada Lake was likely an accident. It happened Monday evening. The victim was identified as a Carollton man, 23-year-old Lacobi Clarazadia McCaskill.

2nd robbery arrest

Both suspects in the robbery of the Dollar General Store in Duck Hill have been arrested. The hold-up took place last Tuesday and 34-year-old Kunta Kintay Harbin was arrested a short while later walking along I-55. On Saturday night, 33-year-old Lakinta Goldman turned himself in at the Grenada County Sheriff’s Office.