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Six arrested for insurance fraud

The parents of several minors who allegedly faked a wreck have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, according to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
The staged “wreck” took place in August 2008 in Lafayette County, allegedly involving two vehicles and several minors. The minors have not been charged. (August 4, 2010, Page 2)

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    City eyes ban on fake pot

    On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors  banned the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana for the entire county, which included inside the city limits.
    Just to make sure the message is clear, the Oxford Board of Aldermen are also considering an ordinance banning the fake marijuana that’s known by several brand names, including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)

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      Scam artists targeting elderly diabetic patients

      Scammers are targeting elderly people with diabetes to get their credit card and other personal information.
      Consumers have called the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the American Diabetes Association to report they are receiving unsolicited requests from individuals purporting to be employees with those organizations. (July 29, 2010, Page 2)

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        Social media sites changing law

        Like many judges around the country, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth has had to start including warnings to jurors that as long as they are sitting on the jury, they can’t discuss the case on any social media outlet, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)

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          Killer on the loose in county shooting

          It’s been almost eight months and investigators with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department are still racking their brains to come up with new evidence in the murder of Frank Bowie. Investigator Scott Mills said, “we’re just not getting that many calls. We know there’s got to be someone in the community that will help us — it’s just finding the right way to extract it.” (July 23, 2010, Page 2A)

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            Court to hear killer’s appeal

            The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will grant convicted killer David Williams the opportunity to appeal his 2007 conviction when he was sentenced to life in prison for killing college student and former ex-girlfriend, Demetria Bracey of Jackson. Willams’ attorney, David Hill, said that his client did not have a fair trial and they feel confident that the court will correct a bad result. (July 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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              Attorney: Retire murder charges against Autry

              The attorney for Bilethon Autry is asking the Circuit Court to allow his client to be transferred to a state mental hospital for treatment. In a motion filed Tuesday, Ken Coghlan asked the court to consider retiring charges against Autry after a psychiatric evaluation. Despite a history of mental illness, Autry was released from the North Mississippi Medical Center and then shot and killed his brother during a three-hour standoff with police. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)

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                Tollison considered for U.S. Attorney post

                U.S. Rep. Travis Childers says he is asking President Barack Obama to nominate Oxford’s own Sen. Gray Tollison for the U.S. Attorney position in the Northern District. Tollison, 45, who works at the Tollison Law Firm in Oxford, currently serves as the attorney for the Layfayette County School Board and has served in the state Senate for 15 years. (July 20, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Student files complaint against UPD officer, alleging use of excessive force

                  A University of Mississippi student filed a complaint against a university police officer last week, accusing the officer of using excessive force. The off-duty UPD officer allegedly observed the student and a friend walking on campus smoking marijuana. During the arrest the student said that the officer “never identified himself as a police officer.” (July 14, 2010, Page 2)

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                    One pleads in theft ring

                    On Monday one of five men plead guilty in a theft ring that crossed several counties. Cheyenne Wayne Fine will serve 13 years with five years of probation. More have been sentenced as the court term continues through the month of July. (July 14, 2010, Page 1)

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