Archives for August 2018

Southaven Man Charged On Sexual Battery Of A 13-Year-Old

A minor victim was rescued from the care of an alleged producer of child porn. Rudolph Lurding, 56, was arrested Friday in Southaven on a warrant out of Louisiana, where the alleged crimes occurred. He was charged with three felony counts of production of porn involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and three felony counts of sexual battery under the age of 13. Lurding was booked into the DeSoto County jail before being extradited to Louisiana this week. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 372 years.

Labar Day Travel Enforcement

The Mississippi Highway Patrol began its 2018 Labor Day Travel Enforcement Period at 12:01 a.m. last night and will conclude Monday at midnight. Due to the anticipation of heavy traffic, troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat speeding, distracted driving and reckless driving.

Opening Weekend For College Football

Mississippi State’s season opener against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday, and coaches on both sides of the ball feel ready to go. The list of true freshmen on Ole Miss’ depth chart Monday went on for seven names in total. But if you ask them, they’re more than ready for Texas A & M and the start of the season!

Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law

After the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act (MIMA) was passed on Monday, Governor Phil Bryant signed it into law Wednesday. The funding strategy will use revenue from lottery, sports betting, internet sales tax and vehicle user fees to create $200 million for the state’s roads and bridges each year. As for the use tax, a portion of the funds will be delivered to cities and counties. Before the session began Governor Bryant said that 15% will go to cities, 15% will go to counties and 5% will go to state-aid roads.

A Kidnapping in Tupelo on Monday

A kidnapping led to a crash at a post office parking lot on Thomas Street in Tupelo. It started at Ballard Park after a fight, and then continued down Main Street, hitting multiple cars along the way, Deputy Chief Allan Gilbert said. Milton Rogers, 52, of Tupelo, has been charged in connection with the incident at the post office. He is charged with kidnapping and several misdemeanors. Tupelo police say the woman victim was treated at the emergency room and has been released. A witness that was working at the post office at the time said a scrappy white car came speeding through the parking lot, hitting multiple cars there as well, including his.

Lottery Bill Gets The OK From Legislature

In a do-over vote, the state House narrowly passed a lottery bill on Tuesday that it had killed on Monday night. The measure passed 58-54 in a bipartisan vote with no debate. It now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law. Officials said the Mississippi lottery could be up and running within about a year. The passage of the lottery and Monday’s passage of a major infrastructure funding bill mark the end of a three-year stalemate between House and Senate GOP leaders on providing more money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

ATV Accident Kills 9-Year-Old

A tragic ATV accident took the life of a 9-year-old boy Monday. Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphries reports that the accident took place off of County Road 82 in Coffeeville around supper time. The Sheriff identified the boy as Richard Taylor Campbell. The boy was a 3rd grader at Grenada Elementary School, and attended 1st Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

House Passes Amended Lottery Bill

In the Mississippi Legislature, the House has passed an amended version of the lottery bill, and it will now head back to the Senate for discussion. The Senate passed the “Mississippi Lottery Act”, and the bill would create the ability for Mississippi to collect revenue from a state lottery to aid Mississippi’s infrastructure. The Governor stated that the lottery could bring up to $80 million to Mississippi when it’s fully implemented with those dollars being put toward roads and bridges. Included in the new version of the bill is a clause that states that if proceeds exceed $80 million, the remaining funds will be put toward education.

Byhalia Footbal Player Dies

A Byhalia football player died after suffering from cardiac arrest during a game Friday night. According to multiple reports, sophomore Dennis Mitchell began vomiting after suffering an injury during a game against Coahoma County. He was removed from the game briefly but returned upon his request. He went into cardiac arrest when he started playing again and was rushed to a hospital where he had a seizure. Mitchell was later pronounced dead.

Ole Miss Technology Summit

Next Wednesday, the 29th, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and US Senator Roger Wicker, along with technology leaders, will participate in the 3rd annual University of Mississippi Technology Summit. Rob Carter, chief information officer for FedEx, will give the keynote address during the morning session. Guest speaker Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president at the White House Office of Science and Technology, will speak during the luncheon. Senator Wicker said he anticipates great outcomes based on the results of the two previous summits.