The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision to deny a motion to suppress evidence discovered by Oxford Police Department officers during a malicious mischief investigation in 2007.
OPD officers pulled over a vehicle seen leaving the area where someone had thrown something at a window in an apartment complex. Drugs and a firearm were found in the vehicle and Cahafer Benjamin and Kao Wokoma were indicted on drug and firearm charges.
The two men filed a motion with the U.S. District Court to suppress the evidence, claiming the officer has no reasonable suspicious to stop the vehicle. The lower court denied the motion, however, on Monday the Court of Appeals reversed their conviction and overturned the denial to suppress the evidence. (November 30, 2010, Page 2)
A strong storm cell that wreaked havoc in some parts of Mississippi took it easier on Lafayette County, according to emergency management officials.
No local reports have been made of damage due to the high winds associated with Monday night’s storm, said Oxford Emergency Coordinator Jimmy Allgood.
In Lafayette County, Emergency Coordinator David Shaw said his office received a few reports of some trees being blown down. (November 30, 2010, Page 1)
Alyssa Schnugg takes a behind the scenes look at what it takes to travel for away football games. Head equipment manager Ken Crain and various student workers discuss the days of work involved. (November 25, 2010, Page 1B)
Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)
Buying presents for your loved ones during the holidays doesn’t mean you have max out credit cards or spend the rent money.
Thoughtful and creative and gifts can be found in Oxford’s second-hand thrift stores. (November 24, 2010, Page 10B)
Responding to rumors that its doors may be closing in Oxford, officials from Roseburg Forest Products have stated they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. (November 22, 2010, Page 3A)
Scammers are always looking for ways to attack victims throughout the U.S. Either by mail, e-mail or phone, they prey on the uninformed and love to play deceptive games with people. Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department investigator are warning people to be on the lookout for scammers during this holiday season. (November 22, 2010, Page 2A)
Kaylee Merritt, 16, is a second year student in the Allied Health program which is offered to students from Oxford and Lafayette high schools. Once a week for six weeks, the students shadow at local health-related businesses or clinics. They also attend class once a week for about an hour and a half. The course is taught by Sandi Allen, a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Last week she shadowed at Klepzig Pharmacy. (November 19, 2010, Page 1B)
In an effort to clear backlog, the Mississippi Department of Revenue has filed 2,500 notices of tax liens in Lafayette County in the last several weeks. (November 19, 2010, Page 2A)
Two local Hispanic grocery and convenience stores were searched recently during a year-long federal, state and local investigation that resulted in about 30 federal search warrants being issued across Mississippi. Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Agent in Charge Keith Davis said counterfeit pharmaceuticals were recovered at both locations. (November 19, 2010, Page 1A)