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)
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)
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)
Among the dozens of indictments handed down by the grand jury at the end of June, three county residents indicted for allegedly manufacturing and/or possessing methamphetamine , and a local woman has been officially indicted in the murder. (July 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Chancery clerks from 60 counties in Mississippi will meet in Oxford this weekend. The annual conference will be held at the Inn at Ole Miss. Oxford has not hosted the conference since 2000. (July 13, 2010, Page 2A)
Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved a written response drafted by County Attorney David O’Donnell to a court order that instructed the board to cease and desist from interfering with business of the 3rd Circuit Drug Court. A copy of the letter has not been made available. (July 13, 2010, Page 2A)
Two men, Marco Antonio Mason, 30, and Melvin Dean Turner, 27, were booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center for attempting to burn down a house in Taylor. The two men have been charged with arson, but no motive has been released. (July 7, 2010, Page 2)
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin hopes the lack of any arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol during the four-day holiday weekend is a sign that people are getting the message to not drink and drive. (July 6, 2010, Page 1A)
Officers from several local law enforcement agencies responded to the Mississippi Federal Credit Union Bank on West Jackson Avenue on Wednesday to offer assistant to the Oxford Police Department in its pursuit of an alleged bank robber that resulted in the arrest of a Marks man. (July 1, 2010, Page 1A)
The suspect was apprehended without incident near the bank about 20 minutes after the call was dispatched.
A call came into 911 about 1:10 p.m. saying a black male, about 5-foot, 8-inches tall in a brown shirt with yellow stripes robbed the bank.
All entrances to the old mall and Malco were closed off.
How much money was taken or if a weapon was involved is unknown at this time.
Check the EAGLE for updates. (June 30, 2010)