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)
Alyssa Schnugg takes a behind the scenes look at what it takes to travel for away football games. Head equipment manager Ken Crain and various student workers discuss the days of work involved. (November 25, 2010, Page 1B)
Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)
In an effort to clear backlog, the Mississippi Department of Revenue has filed 2,500 notices of tax liens in Lafayette County in the last several weeks. (November 19, 2010, Page 2A)
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)
At least three cases involving crimes against children have been retired to the files during the October court term.
Third Circuit District Attorney Ben Creekmore said he could not comment on the individual cases but that in general, sexual-based crimes are prosecuted like any other crimes, however, just because there’s been an arrest, doesn’t necessarily mean there is always a conviction.
See these cases and other results from the October Court Term in today’s EAGLE. (November 18, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Tree Board, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Forestry Commission, is helping homeowners learn how to plant trees on their property by providing free workshops and even free trees to plant.
The Tree Board received a $1,500 grant to purchase trees of a wide variety. They picked two subdivisions — Eagle Point and Community Green to begin their new project. (November 17, 2010, Page 1)
With his big eyes, surrounded by the kind of eye lashes most girls would envy, and his big dimpled smile, Jeremy Michael Barber earned the nickname “Gerber Baby,” during his years at Water Valley High School.
Barber, who went by his middle name Michael, died on Sunday after losing control of his vehicle while driving home from a party Saturday night on Highway 32 in Water Valley. He was 19 years old. (November 16, 2010, Page 2A)
State Rep. Warner McBride has announced his intent to fill the position of Transportation Commissioner for the Northern District of Mississippi in a special election to be held on January 11. The position was opened after the late Bill Minor, who was elected Transportation Commissioner in 2003, died on Nov. 1. (November 16, 2010, Page 1A)