After being open for two days, 18 storm victims have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville, according to FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. About 13 have also registered for emergency relief services online, Bafalis said. Federal and state programs have been made available for those who have registered. (May 20, 2010, Page 1)
A Lexus, owned by Jaby and Jennie Denton of Oxford, was stolen right behind Jennie’s back on Monday in front of the Lafayette County Chancery Building. Guantrell Burt of Oxford was caught driving the car in Alabama during a high-speed chase. He lost control of the Lexus, crashing it into a tree. (May 20, 2010, Page 2)
The trial date for Oxford restaurant owner David Moore, who is accused of drugging a female customer before sexually battering her, has been continued pending blood tests. (May 19, 2010, Page 2)
A fight between two female Oxford High School students led to a trip to the emergency room and Youth Court for both girls. (May 19, 2010, Page 2)
A fifth suspect in the beating death of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Douglas Wayne Jones, 21, of Oxford was picked up by U.S. Marshals in Lousiana on Monday afternoon. (May 18, 2010, Page 1)
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law freezing the number of representatives in the U.S. House will be able to argue their case before three U.S. federal judges in Oxford later this month. (May 18, 2010, Page 2)
With President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration for several north Mississippi counties on Friday, disaster assistance is now available for those who suffered damages or losses due to the severe weather and tornado outbreak on May 2 that left six dead, including an Abbeville woman. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A)
With the approval of its reorganization plan, Belk Properties LLC can now partner with an investment company to help finish Phase 1 of the Vieux Carré project, located on the corner of North Lamar Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue on the Square. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A)
During a memorial service Friday, representatives from local law enforcement agencies reported no police officers had died in the line of duty in 2009 in the community.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Anthony Granderson, unfortunately, could not do the same.
“Master Sgt. Steve Hood died in the line of duty on May 29, 2009, during a high speed chase,” Granderson reported. (May 17, 2010, Page 8A)
President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for Lafayette County and five other northern Mississippi counties hit by severe weather earlier this month that killed six people, including an Abbeville woman.
A Disaster Recovery Center will be open at 8 a.m., Monday at Abbeville Baptist Church for residents to register for federal assistance.
“They need to come by and register and then they can find out what type of assistance they may be eligible for,” said Lafayette County Emergency Management Coordinator David Shaw.
Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday the declaration gives residents access to federal government assistance programs in Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. (May 14, 2010)