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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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              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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