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)
Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi is ready to move forward with their new $300 million dollar facility but continues to wait for word from the city and county that they will agree to changes before moving out of their current location. (November 30, 2010, Page 1)
- Roberts completes Russian program
- Walking Wednesdays Continue
- OMS Chorus fundraiser continues
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Gives a Helping Hand
Oxford High School students are now on the air with the new broadcast journalism program that began this year. The program is an initiative by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association and the UM Meek School of Journalism and New Media. (November 30, 2010, Page 6)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at motives and how they’re often influenced by self-interest, and suggests that we turn to love and understanding before we make decisions and comments. (November 30, 2010, Page 4)
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)
The Dramatic Reading Series organized by the SonEdna Foundation will kick off on Saturday with a reading of “Some Sing, Some Cry.” Among the cast included is Alfre Woodard, Hattie Winston, Richard Lawson, Nambi Kelley and Gilbert Glenn Brown. To purchase tickets, visit the UM Box office. (November 29, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford will host its annual Hazardous Waste Day on April 16 after the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality provided a $60,000 grant last week to make it happen. (November 29, 2010, Page 1A)
The question is to be expected about this time of the year: Have you come up with a list of things for people to get you for Christmas? It’s an easy question to answer when you’re talking about youngsters, but a bit more difficult when you get to older folks. Editor Don Whitten discusses the problems shopping for middle-aged males and others in the hard-to-shop-for category. (November 29, 2010, Page 4A)