An FBI agent in Oxford claims a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger made false statements against him in a book they wrote about the judicial bribery scandal involving former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
Oxford attorney Christi McCoy filed the suit on Dec. 2 in Lafayette County Circuit Court on behalf of her client, Philip Halbert “Hal” Neilson.
The suit names authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and the publishing company, The Pediment Group, and claims in the book, “King of Torts,” Dawson, a retired U.S. assistant attorney, lied and made slanderous statements about Neilson in his book in retaliation for Neilson filing an official complaint against Dawson in 2001. (December 10, 2010, Page 2A)
Convicted killer Anthony Jenkins is up for parole for the third time. In July 1985, he shot and killed 4-year-old James Neal Freeman, son of Bobby and Debi Freeman of the College Hill area. The Freeman’s are protesting his release and are asking others to send letters protesting his release to the Mississippi Parole Board. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
‘Kringle’s Window’ opens tonight at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Tickets are available for $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
It’s cold out but some tips can help keep your home and yard safe this weekend. National Weather Service expects to see a low of 17 on Sunday and 100 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday. (December 10, 2010, Page 1A)
A benefit concert at the Foxfire Ranch at 6 tonight will help to pay for funeral costs for Junior Burnside who died on Saturday, three weeks after his wife. Foxfire Ranch is at 1465 Old Oxford Road in Waterford, 10 miles outside Oxford off Highway 7 North heading towards Holly Springs. Donations may be accepted if unable to attend by e-mailing Sara Brown at email@example.com (December 10, 2010, Page 12A)
Remember Peggy – the dog that came home after being missing for several years? News Editor Jonathan Scott has been asked about the wirehaired terrier numerous times since relating that story a year ago, and today he updates all of those concerned on Peggy’s progress in the Scott home. (December 10, 2010, Page 4A)
Scott Owens writes to take issue with one alderman’s reason – keeping “the Sabbath Day holy” – for opposing Sunday sales of alcohol in Oxford. (December 10, 2010, Page 4A)
The Plus One Program run through the Salvation Army allows for people to donate a dollar or two that they pay with their Oxford Electric bill to service families or individuals who have an emergency month and can’t make their payments. For more information, call 232-2373. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
Due to rising costs, the Oxford University Transit system will cut back hours on the red and blue route in October 2011 and in May will discontinue the orange route that currrently runs on Thacker Road and through the Links Apartments. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)