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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)