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Crime & Courts

Lynch’s Lawyer asks court for new date for sentencing

Tony Farese, lawyer of former narcotics officer Searn Lynch, filed a motion Wednesday to delay Lynch’s June 24 sentence due to its conflict with another case the lawyer is involved with. Lynch was charged with obtaining prescription medicines by using deception in April. (June 7, 2013, Page 8A)

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    Couple on Most Wanted list in death of 2-year-old

    During a press conference in Oxford Monday, U.S. Marshal Dennis Erby of the North Mississippi District announced  Janet Barreto has been added to the U.S. Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list and that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest and conviction. Barreto and her husband, Ramon, are wanted in connection with the death of a 2-year-old in 2008 in New Albany. (June 4, 2013, Page 2)

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      Man appeals guilty plea

      A Florida man is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn his guilty plea in an aggravated DUI case where he was involved in a wreck in 2011 that injured a female based on ineffectiveness of his attorney. Read about this and other cases handled during the April court term in the Lafayette County District Court. (May 15, 2013, Page 1, 6)

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        Memorial service to honor fallen officers set Wednesday

        The Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will join other agencies across the nation in honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall Wednesday to honor all officers who died in the line of duty in the last year. (May 14, 2013, Page 2)

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          Oxford building inspector found not guilty

          An Oxford building inspector charged with simple assault last year has been found not guilty. (May 9, 2013, Page 2A)

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            Accused ricin writer back in court

            The man accused of sending letters laced with ricin is due to appear in court today for a continuation of a preliminary and detention hearing that started on Friday. (April 22, 2013, Page 1, 14)

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              Lynch pleads guilty to drug charges

              Former narcotics agent Searn Lynch pleaded guilty Monday before a federal judge to charges of obtaining prescription drugs by deception. His sentencing was deferred pending a presentencing report done by the U.S. Probation Department. (April 16, 2013, Page 1, 14)

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                Lynch to change plea

                The former head of the Lafayette County Narcotics Unit and his attorney have filed a motion to cancel the upcoming trial later this month and instead have a change of plea hearing. (April 4, 2013, Page 2)

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                  Man charged in cousin’s death

                  The February grand jury handed down many indictments including one for George Serrico Williams, charged with culpable negligence manslaughter for allegedly unintentionally running over his cousin last August in Taylor. See the complete listing of indictments. (April 4, 2013, Page 1, 10)

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                    Oxford Police Department K9 takes home top honor

                    Oxford Police Officer Mark Hodges and his K9 partner, Bo, took home top honors last month after placing first in state-wide narcotics detection in Parchman. Officer Jacob Abel and his dog, Baraka, also attended the event. (April 3, 2013, Page 5)

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