Mississippi man charged in death of missing woman
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a missing woman whose body was found near the Homochitto National Forest last month.
Woman’s body found near national forest in Mississippi
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi are investigating whether an unidentified body is that of a missing 60-year-old woman.
News outlets report someone located a female body...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A judge is setting bail for three men charged in the shooting death of a Mississippi woman who officials say walked in on a burglary.
WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man wanted in a woman's death was killed Monday in a shootout with officers trying to arrest him.
Shawan Allen died after he opened fire on officers...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has set bond at $2 million for a man charged with murder in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was struck by a bullet that pierced a wall in his...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Jurors will be allowed to hear what a Mississippi man told a reporter on video as he was arrested in the shooting deaths of eight people.
Lawyers want evidence excluded in killings of 8
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Defense attorneys are asking a judge to exclude videos and other evidence against a Mississippi man charged with killing a deputy, his mother-in-law and six others in May...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has denied bond for a man charged in the shooting death of a 7-year-old boy.
The Daily Leader reports 24-year-old John Weathersby of Wesson...
Man arrested in shooting that killed 7-year-old boy
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — U.S. marshals have arrested a man wanted for a shooting that killed a 7-year-old boy in Brookhaven, Mississippi.
The Daily Leader reports 24-year-old John Weathersby...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A 7-year-old child in Mississippi has died after being struck by at least one bullet when somebody shot into his father's home.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the death of an Arkansas man who fell from a radio tower in southwest Mississippi.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man clasped his hands in prayer and raised them to the sky as a jury found him not guilty of shooting a man to death outside a nightclub.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi communities are remembering law enforcement officers who lost their lives while protecting others.
A candlelight ceremony near the state Supreme Court...
MONTICELLO, Miss. (AP) — More feud-driven gunplay is punctuating the quiet of a remote southwest Mississippi community.
Lawrence County Sheriff Lessie Butler tells The Daily Leader of...
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Voters have endorsed a $9 million bond issue for a northern Mississippi school district.
WREG-TV reports the proposal in the Marshall County School District was...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters are giving permission to a south Mississippi school district to borrow $8 million for improvements to security and facilities.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law erases personal debt that some county supervisors were facing for insurance coverage.
House Bill 1249 became law when Gov. Phil Bryant signed...
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters will decide whether a south Mississippi school district will borrow $8 million to pay for improvements to security and facilities.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A local emergency director says nobody was hurt by an explosion inside a silo at a milling company in south Mississippi.
Former Mississippi state Sen. Rayborn dies at 83
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A funeral has been held for former Mississippi state Sen. W.L. Rayborn of Brookhaven.
The Daily Leader reports Rayborn was 83 when he died Friday. Services were held...
Mississippi school district sets $8 million referendum
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Voters in one southwest Mississippi school district will be asked this spring to borrow $8 million.
The Daily Leader reports that Brookhaven school board members...
Distant jurors to hear trial for 8 killings in Mississippi
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A judge has set a February 2020 trial for a Mississippi man charged with killing eight people in May 2017.
Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong on Friday...
Judge: Man accused in 8 deaths can’t get fair trial at home
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A judge says a man accused of killing eight people in south Mississippi can't get a fair trial in his home county.
The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reports Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong made the remarks Tuesday during a pretrial hearing for Willie Cory Godbolt.
Strong hasn't yet ordered the trial be moved or jurors selected from elsewhere.
Band director’s firing reversed, suspended instead
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school band director fired after a questionable halftime show last fall following the slayings of two police officers has had his termination reversed.
House votes to earmark $11M to Mississippi tourism ads
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi House members are pushing for the state to spend more on tourism advertising.
The House voted 111-5 Wednesday for House Bill 1102 , which would earmark 3 cents worth of sales tax collections from hotels and restaurants for tourism advertising spending.
Investigator: Camera footage shows man shooting 2 officers
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A body camera recording shows a Mississippi man shot two small-town police officers at close range, an investigator testified Tuesday, with the suspect later saying "the cops were caught in my crossfire."
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Agent Luke Harrington testified in a preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Marquis Flowers, who is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Brookhaven Cpl. Zach Moak and Patrolman James White on Sept. 29.
Wesson to vote on sales of wine and beer
WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi town of nearly 1,900 will vote Jan. 15 on whether to allow beer and wine sales.
Wesson has lost $2,000 to $3,000 a month in tax revenues since Brookhaven legalized beer and liquor sales in June 2013, officials told The Daily Leader of Brookhaven.
Sheriff says fires and shootings appear to be part of feud
MONTICELLO, Miss. (AP) — A southwest Mississippi sheriff says a family feud appears to have spurred multiple shootings and two fires over the last week.
No one's been reported injured, but Lawrence County Sheriff Lessie Butler told The Daily Leader of Brookhaven that he fears violence will lead to someone dying.
"It's kind of like a family feud," he said. "A group of kin people that's got problems within the family somehow or another."
Mississippi man charged months after 2 officers were killed
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been charged with capital murder in the September shooting deaths of two police officers.
Auditor demands more than $200,000 from chancery clerk
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor is demanding that a southwest Mississippi official repay more than $200,000 to county government.
State Auditor Shad White on Thursday released a report saying Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop needs to repay the money, The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reported.
Cindy Hyde-Smith casts vote in MS Senate race
Mississippi college worker no longer has job after remarks
WESSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi community college employee no longer has her job after racist remarks on social media.
The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reports that Copiah-Lincoln Community College no longer employs library clerk Dana Ladner. College President Jane Hulon won't say if Ladner was fired or resigned.
Judge tries to speed up trial for man accused of killing 8
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A judge wants to speed up a trial for a man accused of killing eight people in south Mississippi.
Local news outlets report Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong on Tuesday set a Feb. 22 hearing to decide pretrial motions for Willie Cory Godbolt.
Godbolt is accused of killing a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy, his mother-in-law and six others at three separate houses in May 2017.
State, coroner blame each other on Mississippi autopsy delay
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi coroner and the state's crime lab are blaming each other for delays in completing an autopsy report in a year-old murder case.
Former principal says she did not drag autistic student
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A former elementary school principal in Mississippi is denying an accusation that she dragged an autistic child down a hallway.
The Daily Leader reports that Shelley Riley lost her job at Brookhaven Elementary School when the superintendent did not renew her contract in March. The accusation about dragging a student was the most serious issue cited in the job decision.
After 22 months, charges dropped so man can get treatment
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man who spent nearly two years stuck in a southwest Mississippi jail awaiting mental health treatment has now been sent to a state hospital after prosecutors agreed to drop criminal charges.
Sanctions upheld against band after questionable program
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sanctions against a Mississippi high school band were upheld Tuesday after a halftime program depicting police officers held at gunpoint was performed in a town where two officers were shot to death.
City: Don’t punish kids over show with police at gunpoint
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — After initially expressing outrage, leaders in one Mississippi city now say high school band students should not be punished for a performance that depicted police officers being held at gunpoint.
Parole revoked, murder charges await police killing suspect
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Officials plan to charge a man accused of killing two police officers with capital murder once he's released from the hospital.
However, Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Grace Fisher tells The Daily Leader that 25-year-old Marquis Flowers also had his parole revoked last week.
Band halftime show depicts police at gunpoint, stirs anger
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A high school band's halftime performance depicting police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city where two police officers were recently slain.
In Mississippi, 3 funerals in 2 days for slain law officers
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mourners gathered in two Mississippi communities Thursday at funerals for two law enforcement officers who were shot to death, a day after services were held for another slain officer.
In the southern Mississippi city of Brookhaven, the police chief said a mortally wounded officer called out with his dying breath: "Brookhaven, I'm going down."
The Latest: Funeral held for slain Mississippi trooper
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on funerals of law enforcement officers in Mississippi (all times local):
Colleagues are remembering a slain Mississippi trooper as a brave man who loved family and enjoyed laughing at jokes.
Governor gives medal as Mississippi city mourns dead officer
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor on Wednesday awarded a state medal to a slain police officer, as relatives and law enforcement personnel mourned his death.
Gov. Phil Bryant awarded the Mississippi Medal of Valor posthumously to Brookhaven police officer James White at his funeral Wednesday in the southwest Mississippi city.
White and 31-year-old Cpl. Zach Moak died from gunshot wounds Saturday after responding to a call. Police say that 25-year-old Marquis Flowers shot the men.
Funerals set for 2 Mississippi officers killed last week
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Funerals are now scheduled for two police officers in Mississippi who were shot and killed last week.
Two Brookhaven police officers were shot and killed early Saturday when they responded to a report of shots fired.
News outlets reported the service for 35-year-old Patrolman James White will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Easthaven Baptist Church in Brookhaven.
Mississippi city: Vigil for 2 officers killed in shootout
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Residents mourning two officers killed in a weekend shootout in a small Mississippi city left roses, balloons and American flags at police headquarters Sunday and held an evening vigil in their memory.
2 Mississippi officers die in shooting; suspect in custody
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Two police officers were shot and killed following an early Saturday morning confrontation in Mississippi, authorities said.
Warren Strain of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said at a news conference that the officers were called to a house in the city of Brookhaven at about 5 a.m. for a report of shots fired.
Chemical blaze prompts cleanup along Mississippi interstate
SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — State officials are cleaning up after a truck carrying a chlorine-based chemical burned in southwest Mississippi.
The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reports that the truck caught fire Thursday morning while headed southbound on Interstate 55 near Summit.
Police: Man kills wife, father-in-law before shooting self
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi police say a man has killed his wife and her father before fatally shooting himself.
Brookhaven police Capt. Clint Earls tells The Clarion Ledger 19-year-old Taylor Nicole Kelly and her father, 61-year-old J.T. Miller, died Sunday. Police say Taylor Kelly argued with her husband, 29-year-old Byron Kelly, at the couple's home and called her father to pick her up.
Mississippi House roll call vote to pass a lottery bill
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House voted Tuesday to pass a bill to create a state lottery, with 58 members voting yes and 54 voting no. A yes vote was to pass the bill, while a no vote was to defeat the bill.
Democrats voting yes (18)
Banks, Jackson; Blackmon, Canton; Burnett, Tunica; Calhoun, Jackson; Clarke, Jackson; Cockerham, Magnolia; Denton, Vicksburg; Dixon, Raymond; M. Evans, Preston; D. Gibbs, Jackson;
Mississippi House roll call vote on creating state lottery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House voted Monday to reject a bill to create a state lottery, with 60 members voting no and 54 voting yes. A yes vote was to pass the bill, while a no vote was to defeat the bill.
Democrats voting yes (18)
Anderson, Escatawpa; Banks, Jackson; Burnett, Tunica; Calhoun, Jackson; Clarke, Jackson; Cockerham, Magnolia; Denton, Vicksburg; Dixon, Raymond; M. Evans, Preston; K. Gibbs, West Point;