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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crime & Courts

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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                Deputy city clerk arrested for embezzlement

                Former Oxford deputy city clerk Alisa Liggins was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor. (June 18, 2014, Page 2A)

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                  Former insurance salesman wants court to clear his name

                  A former insurance agent of record for Lafayette County is asking a federal court to help him clear his name after serving time for conspiring to scam the county. (June 11, 2014, Page 2)

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                    Pita Pit assault nets 16-year prison sentence for Oxford man

                    The Lafayette County Circuit Court settled more than 70 cases during the April court term including a case where a man was convicted by a jury for beating a woman while she was working at Pita Pit this summer. Read about this and all cases handled during the April court term in today’s EAGLE. (May 14, 2014, Page 1, 10)

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