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Friday, August 22, 2014

Crime & Courts

OPD looks to future

City police department adopts five-year strategic plan that outlines goals and objectives. (August 18, 2014, Page 1, 12)

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    Drug court graduates 30

    The Third District Adult Drug Court graduated 30 participants Tuesday during its seventh graduation ceremony since established in 2008. (August 14, 2014, Page 3)

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      Plumber plunges out 8K from elderly woman

      The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department arrested a local man for taking advantage of an elderly woman by charging her almost $8K for a plumbing job that took four hours to complete. (August 7, 2014, Page 2)

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        City of Oxford owed $3.6 million in fines

        The city of Oxford is owed $3.6 million in unpaid fines.

        Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson announced the findings Friday during a Downtown Parking Advisory Commission Board meeting.

        “With the recent audit, we were surprised to learn we had that amount of unpaid fines in the court system,” Patterson said. “We are working with our auditors to try to determine the best way to proceed to collect any amounts possible, and it will be one of our focuses going forward.”

        City leaders said the findings were included in an 882-page report. They include parking violations and criminal fines, such as DUIs, that date back to 2007. (August 4, 2014, Page 1)

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          Crimes against kids fill up docket

          The grand jury handed down dozens of felony indictments in June including several for crimes against children. (July 24, 2014, Page 1, 9)

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            Summer can bring alarm sales scams

            As temperatures get warmer, door-to-door salespeople start popping up in Lafayette County neighborhoods. While many are just college students earning a few extra bucks during the summer, some are hard-core scammers. (July 10, 2014, Page 2)

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              Lafayette County Metro Narcotics investigation nets 31 felony arrests

              The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics, along with other local law enforcement agencies, conducted a drug sting and served more than 30 warrants Tuesday. (July 8, 2014, Page 2A)

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                Court upholds death sentence

                In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court rejected the appeal for Caleb Corrothers who was found guilty by a jury on two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death row for killing Frank and Taylor Clark over $5,000 in 2009. (June 27, 2014, Page 1A, 5A)

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                  Camera results in child abuse arrest

                  Grandfather charged with hitting 18-month-old. (June 24, 2014, Page 1, 14)

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                    Electric department warns of scams

                    The Oxford Electric Department is warning business customers against telephone scammers who are calling local businesses and threatening to discount their power if they aren’t paid within the hour.

                      (June 24, 2014, Page 2)

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