The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision to deny a motion to suppress evidence discovered by Oxford Police Department officers during a malicious mischief investigation in 2007.
OPD officers pulled over a vehicle seen leaving the area where someone had thrown something at a window in an apartment complex. Drugs and a firearm were found in the vehicle and Cahafer Benjamin and Kao Wokoma were indicted on drug and firearm charges.
The two men filed a motion with the U.S. District Court to suppress the evidence, claiming the officer has no reasonable suspicious to stop the vehicle. The lower court denied the motion, however, on Monday the Court of Appeals reversed their conviction and overturned the denial to suppress the evidence. (November 30, 2010, Page 2)
A strong storm cell that wreaked havoc in some parts of Mississippi took it easier on Lafayette County, according to emergency management officials.
No local reports have been made of damage due to the high winds associated with Monday night’s storm, said Oxford Emergency Coordinator Jimmy Allgood.
In Lafayette County, Emergency Coordinator David Shaw said his office received a few reports of some trees being blown down. (November 30, 2010, Page 1)
After the local unemployment rate dropped for a couple of months late this summer, the percentage of jobless workers In Lafayette County has been inching up the past two months. For October, the county recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, or two-tenths of a percentage point higher than September’s jobless rate of 7.1 percent. (November 29, 2010, Page 6A)
Oxford Living columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about spending time with a local Girl Scout troop as they tour Oxford and the University of Mississippi on the Double Decker bus. (November 19, 2010, Page 3B)
Two local Hispanic grocery and convenience stores were searched recently during a year-long federal, state and local investigation that resulted in about 30 federal search warrants being issued across Mississippi. Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Agent in Charge Keith Davis said counterfeit pharmaceuticals were recovered at both locations. (November 19, 2010, Page 1A)
The United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County wants all of the LOU community to come out Wednesday and help celebrate the organizations 40th birthday.
The birthday party will be begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with a walk around the Square, escorted by the Oxford Police Department. After the walk, everyone is invited to gather on the front lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse where representatives from the United Way, city of Oxford and Lafayette County will speak briefly before everyone will be invited to share in some birthday cake. (November 16, 2010, Page 3A)
Sitting on a horse for eight to 10 hours can create a sore situation, even for experienced riders.
An anonymous donor has allowed to Oxford Police Department to buy new, more comfortable saddles for the members of OPD’s Mounted Patrol. (November 12, 2010, Page 1A)
While the country gradually bounces back from the recession, local community members have proven that the needs of the many sometimes do outweigh the needs of the few. (November 10, 2010, Page 3)
When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
Several Veterans Day events are planned in the community to honor those who served their country. Read about these events in today’s Oxford EAGLE.