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Crime & Courts

Suspect arrested in beating death

A fifth suspect in the beating death of Lafayette County resident Derald “Pete” Connell has been arrested and charged with his murder.

Douglas Wayne Jones, 21, of Oxford was picked up by U.S. Marshals in Lousiana on Monday afternoon. (May 18, 2010, Page 1)

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    Court to hear arguments in congressional size lawsuit

    Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law freezing the number of representatives in the U.S. House will be able to argue their case before three U.S. federal judges in Oxford later this month. (May 18, 2010, Page 2)

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      Memorial service pays respect for fallen officers

      During a memorial service Friday, representatives from local law enforcement agencies reported no police officers had died in the line of duty in 2009 in the community.
      Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Anthony Granderson, unfortunately, could not do the same.
      “Master Sgt. Steve Hood died in the line of duty on May 29, 2009, during a high speed chase,” Granderson reported. (May 17, 2010, Page 8A)

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        Headlighting appeal wins

        A man found guilty of headlighting deer won an appeal in the Lafayette County Circuit Court during the April court term. See his story and the entire court term results. (May 12, 2010, Page 1)

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          Officer memorial Friday to honor fallen heroes

          To honor all law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday in front of Oxford City Hall on the Square. (May 12, 2010, Page 2)

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            Candidates for judicial races set

            With the deadline to qualify for the 2010 election over, voters now know who will be competing in the judicial races this fall. (May 11, 2010, Page 2)

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              Mental health bills improve care

              New legislation recently signed by Gov. Haley Barbour in regards to mental health will make some small changes in how mental health services are delivered in Mississippi and even smaller changes in Lafayette County. (May 10, 2010, Page 5A)

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                Men convicted of rape appealing verdict

                The three men charged with having sex with a 4-year-old girl are asking the Mississippi District 4 Court of Appeals to overturn the verdict that sent them all to jail for the rest of their lives. (May 4, 2010, Page 2)

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                  City swats litter bugs

                  On Wednesday, an Oxford Police Department officer issued a citation to the residents of a house on Beanland Drive that has had several complaints about leaving beer cans and other garbage laying around outside. City and county officials are seeing less intentional trash but uncovered garbage bags are wreaking havoc. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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                    New laws to help domestic violence victims

                    When there’s a domestic assault involving the use of hands — smacking, kicking or hitting — the abuser is generally charged with simple assault. When a weapon of any kind is involved, the abuser can be charged with aggravated assault which is a felony offense.
                    A  new bill signed by Gov. Haley Barbour now allows strangulation to be considered an aggravated assault. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)

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