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Insurance agent says guilty plea coerced

Ken Nowlin, the former insurance agent of record for Lafayette County, has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Oxford claiming his attorney forced him to plead guilty in an insurance scam case from 2007. (March 23, 2010, Page 1)

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    Former ICS employee wins suit

    A former teacher, Mary Luster-Johnson, won her case against HeadStart and was awarded $750,000 by a local jury Friday. Luster-Johnson claimed she was fired for complaining about the director’s misuse of funds. Luster-Johnson, formerly second-in-command of the Oxford center, sued the Institute of Community Services Inc. of Holly Springs, which operates the HeadStart schools in Oxford and Holly Springs.

     (March 15, 2010, Page 1)

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      Autry indicted for murder

      The grand jury handed down its February indictments that included Bilethon Autry, who was indicted for murder after allegedly shooting and killing his brother in September during a three-hour stand-off in Grand Oaks with local police. See his and other indictments in today’s EAGLE. (March 12, 2010, Page 1A)

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        Property owners put up $9K reward

        The owners of The Gin, that burned down Saturday night, are offering $9,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with the fire. (March 12, 2010, Page 2A)

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          Gin fire ruled suspicious

          Fire marshals with the state of Mississippi and Oxford Fire Department have ruled the fire that ravaged the former popular night spot The Gin over the weekend was suspicious in nature — although there’s not enough evidence to rule it arson. (March 11, 2010, Page 2A)

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            Former UM employee indicted for embezzlement

            Ben Williams, a former employee of the University of Mississippi has been indicted for embezzling more than $67,000 while working in the Dean of Students office as assistant dean of students for Greek Life and Student Organizations. (March 10, 2010, Page 1)

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              Fire rips through old Gin

              Oxford firefighters battled a blaze that ripped through The Gin Saturday night.

              Customers at Frank and Marlee’s Restaurant and Piano Bar smelled smoke at about 9:15 p.m. Soon, flames began to shoot out of The Gin, which is adjacent to Frank and Marlee’s just off the Square. The two establishments shared a common wood patio up until Thursday, according to co-owner Erin Smith.

              (more…) (March 8, 2010, Page 1A)

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                Rewards offered in suspected arson cases

                CrimeStoppers and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal are collectively offering $1,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected arsonists in connection with recent fires at Wellsgate and at the old Galilee Church on County Road 108. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Three more qualify for regional judge race

                  The race for Third District Circuit Court is heating up with three more attorneys qualifying for the November election: John A. Gregory, Dave Rozier and Kent A. Smith. Local voters will decide who will get a judicial seat in the Third District Circuit Court, which covers seven counties — Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah and Union. Currently there are three seats for the Third Circuit. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Purple toilet stolen again

                    For the second time in little more than a month, the Relay for Life purple toilet has been stolen. The toilet is part of a fundraising project for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life. (March 2, 2010, Page 2)

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