The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
Bilethon Autry pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers for shooting and killing his brother during a three-hour standoff with police in September 2009 in the Grand Oaks subdivision. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter with six years suspended and an additional 15 years for shooting at police. He will serve 24 years before being released. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)
The Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi is sponsoring “Jeans for Justice Day,” a campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and funds to support programs for the victims of such crimes locally. It will be held April 28 on National Sexual Assault Awareness Day.
For a donation of $5 or more, employees “buy” the right to wear jeans to work as a way to recognize rape survivors, as well as other victims of crimes. (April 20, 2011, Page 7A)
When State Rep. Warner McBride announced Tuesday he was not seeking re-election this summer, he joined two other House incumbents who have been serving Lafayette County in choosing not to return to Jackson.
In other words, three of Lafayette County’s four lawmakers will be leaving the state House. As a result, Lafayette County’s political pull in Jackson could be weaker for a while. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)
If city and county officials sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an improved intersection at Highway 6 and West Jackson Avenue could still be three years out.
But whether that MOU will be signed anytime soon is still under debate by city and county officials. Both sides have admitted in public meetings to having “issues” with the MOU. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
During Oxford’s Green Week, area restaurants are presenting foods that are considered “green” because are bought locally and/or are grown organically. Eating green is being highlighted as part of the Green Week activities. Read about “green” food in today’s EAGLE. (April 18, 2011, Page 1A)
The community worked together to bring the Mississippi State Veterans Home to Oxford in 1996 – four years after the State Veteran’s Affairs Board announced its intent to build three homes around Mississippi. Today, the community’s support of the home is just as important as it was 15 years ago. To help show support of our veterans, the Oxford EAGLE will be running a weekly profile of several veterans living at the home today. (April 18, 2011, Page 1A)
Journalists Elise Jordan and Michael Hasting spoke at the University of Mississippi Thursday evening on their experiences covering the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (April 15, 2011, Page 10A)
At 3:30 p.m. on County Road 220, about five miles outside of the Water Valley city limits, the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department responded to a the one-vehicle wreck where they found Joyce Bardo, 51, laying outside of her vehicle. She was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi where she later died from her injuries. (April 15, 2011, Page 2A)
Highway Patrol Trooper Cory Burrow was given the Trooper of the Year Award by the Oxford Exchange Club on Thursday. Burrow leads the state with the most DUI and felony arrests in the last two years. (April 15, 2011, Page 2A)