More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.
That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics United arrested three people recently for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of other area law enforcement agencies, particularly the University Police Department,” said Agent in Charge Keith Davis.
In the last two weeks, the Narcotics Unit, with the help of UPD officers, visited several local businesses suspected of selling the artificial marijuana, known by several brand names including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. The leafy material is marketed as an incense, although by smoking it, it is said to have similar effects to that of marijuana.
The UPD officers posed as undercover buyers at the establishments. According to Davis, three people were arrested for selling the now-illegal substance. (September 15, 2010, Page 2)
In Oxford, all reported crimes in 2009 are lower than they were in the 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.
The report tracks crime statistics from cities and counties all over the country.
While Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin is pleased with the numbers, he said he expects them to climb a bit when the 2010 numbers are released next year.
“As many burglars as we’ve locked up this year, we are still having burglaries,” Martin said. “We are working hard to be visible and keep this a safe place for our residents and visitors. But our crime has gone up this year. However, we are also recovering a lot of stolen property and making arrests which soothes that increase.”
Martin said thieves might blame the increase in burglaries and thefts on the economy.
“I blame it on these skinny televisions,” he said with a chuckle. “These things are so light, they can just pick up and carry them out the door with no effort.” (September 15, 2010, Page 1)
Richard Shivers, owner of Shivers Towing, is tossing his hat into the ring for the race of County Coroner. A paramedic since 1985, Shivers says he has wanted to run for the County Coroner office for a long time, but did not want to run against long-time friend Lonnie Weaver. Now that Weaver resigned from his post, Shivers announced that he was going to run for the position. (September 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Local law enforcement agencies reported a busy but typical game day weekend with more than 55 arrests in the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi combined.
OPD had four mounted police officers controlling crowds on the Square during the game weekend, along with eight officers who were on foot patrol. Around midnight, those officers were also joined by several patrol officers coming to help as the bars closed and masses of party-goers walked out onto the Square. (September 8, 2010, Page 2)
The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, with help from the Oxford Police Department, arrested four bartenders from The Lyric during the Oxford Music Festival on Friday night for allegedly serving alcohol to minors. The bar had hired Cobra Security Inc. to check identifications at the door. Somehow, two underage informants working with law enforcement were able to purchase drinks from four of the six bartenders working at The Lyric. (September 6, 2010, Page 2A)
Federal dollars will begin to improve drugs and fight cyber crime. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Pharmaceutical Processing and the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at Ole Miss. The operators of both programs can thank the federal government for much needed funding. With grants cutting-edge equipment will help with drug delivery systems and Internet crime training. (September 6, 2010, Page 1A)
Since July, a panty raider has been on the loose in the city of Oxford, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables. Now, the perpertrator has extended his unusual crime spree beyond the city by targeting Lafayette County women as well. (September 2, 2010, Page 1)
A man accused of killing Lafayette County father and son last year will get more time to prepare for his trial on two counts of capital murder. Caleb Corrothers, 27, was granted a March trial by Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth during a hearing last week. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)
Lafayette County no longer to serve as administrator: Despite a plea by the Lafayette County supervisors for a second chance to be the lead county for the 3rd District Drug Court, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth said Union County will take the responsibility for administering federal funds for the program. (September 1, 2010, Page 1)