News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Victim hospitalized

(from l to r) David Goff, Lorenzo Goff, Jeremy Elzy and John Minter have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the beating of Jairus King.

A 19-year-old Gulfport man was severely beaten after authorities said he tried to break up a fight between two females.

Gulfport police said Jairus King was allegedly assaulted on June 2 at the Magnolia State Apartments in the 1000 block of West Birch Drive. Reportedly, King was trying to stop the fight when the four alleged assailants misunderstood what he was doing.

King was kicked and knocked unconscious, The Sun Herald reported. Gulfport police said his injuries required surgery.

The suspects Jeremy Elzy, David Goff, John Minter and Lorenzo Goff were later arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Bond for each man was set at $100,000.

Ocean Springs HS receives $200K grant

Officials said Ocean Springs High School has been selected as one of five schools in the state to receive a $200,000 grant to establish a robotics program. Superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter told The Mississippi Press the grant, funded by the Mississippi Department of Education, will allow the school to purchase the equipment needed to start the program, as well as upgrade technology and fund student participation in robotics competitions.

The program will be implemented for the coming school year and will be a part of the Career & Technical Center.

Although student will engage in some building of robots, the program’s primary function is to serve as a pre-engineering curriculum with an emphasis on mechanical engineering.

Bomb threat empties Moss Point building

The Sun Herald is reporting that about 200 people were evacuated from the Jackson County Services Complex because of a bomb threat Tuesday, Police Chief Keith Davis said.

Officers from the Biloxi Police Department bomb squad and the New Orleans Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the building on Jefferson Street just after 3 p.m. but found no traces of any explosives, Biloxi Sgt. John Campbell said.

Davis said a person was seen in the building with a bag that aroused suspicions, and police evacuated the building. Biloxi’s bomb squad arrived, and a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in from New Orleans.

Police are still searching for the person who had the bag.

Civic Action, a justice court and the Department of Human Services are housed in the building.

2 Lowndes County men arrested on meth charges

WCBI reported that two men are in custody after allegedly trying to distribute methamphetamine.

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop Friday on a white Ford truck on North Lehmberg Road in Columbus. Fifty-six-year-old Rickey Harrison – the driver – allegedly had methamphetamine in his mouth.

David Keating, 37, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Deputies said a search of the vehicle resulted in seizure of approximately nine grams of meth with an estimated street value of $1,100. Harrison was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Keating was charged with attempt to possess or obtain methamphetamine. Bond has not been set for either man.

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