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Local officers honored for DUI arrests

Three Oxford police officers were honored recently for keeping the roads safer by getting drunk drivers off of them.

The awards were presented April 27 by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the state Office of Highway Safety to DUI officers David Sabin, Hildon Sessums and Chris Ray. (May 10, 2011, Page 2)

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    Judge considers motions to disqualify prosecutor

    After a full day of testimony and arguments Monday, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. said he will take up to 48 hours to rule on whether U.S. Assistant Attorney Bob Norman should be disqualified from testifying at any future hearings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

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      Zach Scruggs asks for father’s return

      Zach Scruggs is asking the U.S. District Court to allow his father, disgraced attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, to return to Oxford so he can testify on his son’s behalf. (May 6, 2011, Page 5A)

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        Sheriff reports looting in Pine Flat

        The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is patrolling the Pine Flat and Yocona areas in hopes to ward of looters after a tornado last week left dozens of homes unsecured and personal items scattered about yards. (May 4, 2011, Page 2)

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          Former sports media assistant files suit against Ole Miss

          Former Ole Miss sports media assistant Jason D’Abramo claims the University of Mississippi fired him because of a non-sexual relationship with a black female basketball player. D’Abramo filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss on April 26 in the federal court in Oxford. (May 4, 2011, Page 7)

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            State Appeals court upholds church dispute

            The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling that subdivision covenants will not prevent the Oxford Church of Christ from moving to a new site north of town in the Long Meadow subdivision. (April 28, 2011, Page 8)

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              Better luck next year

              Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)

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                Two plead guilty in beating death

                The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced  Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty  Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)

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                  Autry pleads guilty

                  Bilethon Autry pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers for shooting and killing his brother during a three-hour standoff with police in September 2009 in the Grand Oaks subdivision. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter with six years suspended and an additional 15 years for shooting at police. He will serve 24 years before being released. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Exchange Club honors local trooper

                    Highway Patrol Trooper Cory Burrow was given the Trooper of the Year Award by the Oxford Exchange Club on Thursday. Burrow leads the state with the most DUI and felony arrests in the last two years. (April 15, 2011, Page 2A)

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