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Man sentenced to 9 years for burning bar

Wayne Allen Stoker, 45, of Oxford was sentenced Monday by District Judge Neal B. Biggers to serve 108 months — or nine years — following his guilty plea in 2010 where he admitted to knowingly and maliciously damaging and destroying The Dam Bar by means of fire. He will be placed on three years of supervised release after his sentence in completed. Biggers also ordered Stoker to pay $211,000 in restitution. In court, Stoker admitted his motivation was racial hatred. (March 30, 2011, Page 1)

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    Judge moves hearing date for younger Scruggs

    A U.S. District Court judge has moved the hearing date for Zach Scruggs to attempt to vacate his conviction for his role in a judicial bribery scheme to May 23. (March 29, 2011, Page 2)

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      Trial for double murder slated for May

      The trial of Caleb Corrothers, who is  accused of killing a father and son in 2009, has been scheduled for May. Jurors will be selected from Lee County and the trial will be held in Lafayette County. (March 24, 2011, Page 2)

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        David J. Williams out on bond

        David Jackson Williams, 28, is at home in Olive Branch with family after posting a $100,000 bond at about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was convicted in 2008 in the stabbing death of Demetria Bracey of Jackson three years before. The Supreme Court granted him a new trial in December ruling that the trial judge erred by not giving the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. Since the conviction was overturned, the presumption of innocence returns to Williams and was granted bond. A new trial date has been set for Oct. 17. (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

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          Miss. bar drops Scruggs’ complaint against attorney

          The Mississippi Bar has dismissed a complaint filed against attorney Tony Farese by one of his former clients — Zach Scruggs, who was one of several local attorneys who served time in prison for their rolls in a judicial bribery attempt. (March 22, 2011, Page 2)

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            Lawsuit filed by dog owner against Humane Society

            An Oxford man is suing the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society for more than $4,000 saying his family was put under duress when his dog went missing and wound up at the animal shelter. (March 18, 2011, Page 2A)

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              Chancery Court records now free after ethics complaint

              Because of a complaint filed with the Mississippi Ethics Commission, searching online for Chancery Court records is now free for the public. (March 17, 2011, Page 2)

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                Man uses spit as weapon

                The February grand jury handed down more than 100 indictments in February including formally charging Willie Ronald Johnson, 49, of Oxford for allegedly spitting on two Oxford Police officers after telling them he was HIV positive. See this and all the indictments handed down last month in today’s EAGLE. (March 15, 2011, Page 1)

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                  More charged in drug bust

                  Additional arrests have been made in a 10-month-long drug investigation that involved a Mississippi high school football coach that include his daughter and three other University of Mississippi students. (March 15, 2011, Page 2)

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                    State prosecutors call foul on Scruggs’ request for depositions

                    State prosecutors called Zach Scruggs’ request to question key players in the judicial bribery scam that sent him and four others to prison in an attempt to vacate his conviction “reckless, speculative and legally ineffective” in a reply to a motion filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Oxford. (March 14, 2011, Page 3)

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