Itta Bena mayor won’t run again

January 24, 2013 in News, Statewide News

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Former mayor Thelma Collins to run

Former Itta Bena Mayor Thelma Collins

Itta Bena Mayor Walter Parker says he won’t run for another term.

Parker tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that it is time to do something else. The 49-year-old Parker was elected mayor in 2009. Parker works at Mississippi Valley State University.

The filing deadline for city elections is March 8. Party primaries will be held on May 7, and the general election is June 4.

Former Mayor Thelma Collins tells the newspaper that she plans to run again.

Collins started serving as mayor in 1996, serving the last year of Dennis Barlow’s four-year term. She was then elected to a full four-year term.

Collins was defeated in 2001 by J.D. Brasel Jr. and won the mayorship back in 2005. Parker defeated her in 2009.

Mississippi couple arrested in La. meth case

A Mississippi couple is facing felony drug charges in St. Tammany Parish after Covington Police found crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in their SUV during a traffic stop.

The Times-Picayune reports police pulled over a red SUV on Monday about 1:30 a.m. because it was swerving. Capt. Jack West said the officer found three used syringes, a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine inside and ingredients used to make meth inside the SUV.

Nicholas Floyd Ates, of Moss Point, Miss., was booked with improper lane use, driving under suspension, possession of schedule II methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dawn R. Booker, of Lucedale, Miss., faces charges of possession of schedule II methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Booneville man charged with molestation

Prentiss County authorities have arrested Ronald Benjamin Clements, 24, of Highway 4 West in Booneville, and charged him with Fondling/Touching a Child for lustful purposes/Molesting.

The charge stems from an incident that detectives have been investigating for several weeks that allegedly occurred in October 2012.

Clements’ bond was set at $25,000. He remains in custody.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is assisting with this case.

Clay County deputy injured in accident

A Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped serious injury in a car accident during a routine call.

Deputy John Lephicer was responding to a disturbance call in West Clay County around 11:0 p.m. when he hydroplaned on the wet road and hit a tree. The accident happened near the intersection of highways 50 and 47.

Lephicer was treated for a slight concussion at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

The patrol car sustained extensive damage.

Fla. couple arrested with 244 pounds of spice

Mississippi authorities said police arrested a Florida couple on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after they were found with several garbage bags filled with synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice.

Biloxi police investigator David Elliott tells The Sun Herald 24-year-old James Dakota Edgar and 22-year-old Emily RaeJean Davidson were stopped on Interstate 10.

During a search of the vehicle, Elliott said officers found seven large black garbage bags containing several types of the illegal drug.

The drugs weighed about 244 pounds and had a street value of about $1 million.