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Circuit court goes online

Thanks to a partnership with Delta Computer Systems, Lafayette County Circuit Court has joined the 21st century. Now anyone can access criminal and civil court records online from the Third Circuit Court District, which includes Lafayette County. (March 1, 2010, Page 1)

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    Head Start lawsuit heads to trial

    A lawsuit against the governing organization of the local Head Start program is set for trial next month.
    Mary Luster-Johnson and her attorneys, Waide and Associates of Tupelo, filed the suit in the Lafayette County Circuit Court in 2008, claiming she was fired for complaining to the Institute of Community Services of Holly Springs — which operated the Head Start program in Oxford — that the director of the Oxford program, Linda McAdory, was misusing funds. (February 26, 2010, Page 2A)

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      FBI to hold citizens academy

      The FBI will hold a Citizen’s Academy in May for education, business, labor, media, minority, government, religious and community leaders in Oxford who are interested in federal law enforcement issues and challenges. (February 25, 2010, Page 1)

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        Family raises money for information on murder

        Willie Frank Bowie’s family has raised additional funds to add to the CrimeStoppers reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of his killer. According to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills, there is now a $2,000 reward being offered. (February 22, 2010, Page 1)

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          FBI agent pleads not guilty

          Local FBI special agent Philip Halbert “Hal” Neilson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he hid his ownership stake in the Oxford FBI building on University Avenue and lied to investigators. His trial has been set for Feb. 22 in Aberdeen. (February 2, 2010, Page 1)

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            Investigators still seeking information

            CONTINUING COVERAGE — Lafayette County Sheriff’s investigators are still seeking information from community members on the apparent homicide of county resident Willie Frank Bowie on Monday. (January 13, 2010, Page 2)

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              Graffiti on local buildings more annoyance than cause for concern

              Local business owners are more annoyed than concerned about the recent graffiti tags that have popped up on their outside walls, doors and electrical boxes lately. (January 13, 2010, Page 2)

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                County man killed in his car

                Willie Frank Bowie, 83, was apparently killed while in his vehicle which was parked just a few feet away from his home. Bowie’s body was discovered at about 7:25 Monday morning. Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department officials are investigating the death as a homicide. (January 12, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Oxford OKs horse patrols on Square

                  The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved a request to spend $4,360 to send Oxford Police Department officers and four horses to mounted officer training. But is this initiative a positive public safety and public relations move by the city, or could it harm Oxford’s reputation? (January 8, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Burglaries keep officers busy

                    CONTINUING COVERAGE — Burglaries continue to climb in Oxford and Lafayette County keeping police officers and investigators scrambling to try and solve the recent rash of home thefts and restore a sense of security to residents. Over the New Year’s holiday weekend, the Oxford Police Department investigated 15 burglaries within the city and eight in the county. (January 5, 2010, Page 1)

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