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Man beaten to death

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the murder of a 69-year-old man who was allegedly beaten to death in the county at about 9 p.m. Thursday.
Derald “Pete” Connell, 69, died from injuries he received from an assault that took place off Highway 6 East, in the area of the county near the Brittany Woods subdivision, Investigator Scott Mills said. (April 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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    Taking calls that save lives

    Located inside the same building as the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center, E911 handles and dispatches all fire calls for both the city and county, police emergencies for the Sheriff’s Department and all medical emergency calls, dispatching ambulances from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, for both the city and county. (April 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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      Murder in Lafayette County

      The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the murder of a 69-year-old man who was allegedly beaten to death in the county at about 9 p.m. last night.

      Investigators are not releasing how the victim, Derald “Pete” Connell, was killed; only that he was the victim of an assault.

      Investigator Scott Mills said the assault took place off Highway 6 East near Oxford.

      “We have no motives at this time,” Mills said. “Although, we do have some suspects.” (April 2, 2010)

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        Burglars busy in county

        Burglaries in Lafayette County continue to keep investigators with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department busy. After a surge of residential burglaries in both the city of Oxford and county during the holidays, break-ins in the county continue at a steady rate. (March 31, 2010, Page 1)

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          Narcotics unit has change at top

          The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit will soon be under new leadership. Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said the narcotics unit will be headed up by OPD’s Capt. Kevin Stark on a temporary basis until a replacement for former commander Searn Lynch is hired. (March 30, 2010, Page 2)

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            Attorney faces cocaine charges

            Oxford attorney Michael R. Wall was arrested on felony drug charges around noon Friday at Lafayette County Justice Court, on warrants for possession of cocaine and delivery or transfer of cocaine. He was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center and later released on a $20,000 bond. (March 29, 2010, Page 2A)

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              Former restaurant owner opts for drug court over prison

              The former owner of the restaurant 208 arrested for possession of drugs last year has chosen drug court over jail time. (March 25, 2010, Page 2)

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                New DUI testing vehicles to help catch impaired drivers

                Impaired drivers on state highways could soon come face-to-face with a BAT mobile, but instead of a black cape and bat ears, it will be troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol who will be fighting crime and bringing drunk drivers to justice. (March 24, 2010, Page 1A)

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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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