Police arrest 17-year-old in Jackson motel slaying of bass fisherman

October 17, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Jackson police have arrested a teenager in the slaying of 56-year-old bass fisherman James “Jimmy” Johnson on Sunday at a local motel.

Police say in a news release Wednesday that the 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with capital murder. The teenager is being held in jail pending an initial court appearance….

Another doctor sought for mental evaluation of Mississippi doctor accused in murder-for-hire plot

October 10, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, Statewide News, The Buzz, Top Stories

GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s mental evaluation…

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear petition of man convicted in Jackson County double murder

October 8, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a post-conviction petition from a Mississippi man convicted in 2005 in a double homicide in Jackson County.

The Supreme Court let stand Monday, without comment, the dismissal of the petition filed by James Paul Dahl. Dahl’s arguments for seeking approval for a post-conviction appeal were denied by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January.

Dahl was convicted of two counts of capital murder for the 2003 deaths of Harold Neal and Sheryl Sellers. He was sentenced to life without parole on both counts…

Jackson man who helped video sexual assault of 4-year-old sentenced to 23 years in prison

October 2, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A man was sentenced Monday to more than 23 years in prison for a sexual assault on a 4-year-old girl and making a video of the attack with another man who was also convicted in the case.

Jemery Atral Hodges, 26, pleaded guilty in June to two counts. He was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

The child’s mother wept, describing to the court the harm that came to her daughter…

Man to plead guilty in Hattiesburg court to human trafficking

September 24, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) — Court records say a man arrested as part of a kidnapping investigation will plead guilty to transporting a woman for prostitution.

Ruperto Moncillo Flores and Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco were arrested June 27 after a woman walked into a police department in Hattiesburg and said she’d been abducted in Panama City Beach, Fla…

Police seek help to find suspects who stole tablets

September 5, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

News Briefs From Across The State
By Lonnie Ross

Tablets stolen from Pearl Walmart
PEARL, MS – WLBT reports the Pearl Police Department is asking for help in identifying two suspects accused of stealing several tablets from Walmart.

Police say the thefts happened Monday at approximately 11:44 p.m. The Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets were worth $2,160.

The suspects and their vehicle were captured on surveillance video and shown in the following photos….

State inmate is beaten to death

September 3, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

Pearl, Miss. – (AP) –An inmate fatally beat another prisoner at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, state prison officials said Monday.

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps said “breaches in security” at the prison allowed 20-year-old Tyler Smith to fatally beat the other inmate, 35-year-old Clifton Majors, about 8 p.m. Sunday….

Protests against President Obama re-election: Ole Miss and Donald Trump

November 7, 2012 in Buzz Report, News, The Buzz, Top Stories

By Lonnie Ross

Not all Americans were happy about the re-election of President Barack Obama, the first African American president in the history of the United States and the first African American to be re-elected to the same office.

Some citizens decided to express their disgust with the election results publicly on social media and on the streets.

Donald Trump, the outspoken businessman and reality TV star told his Twitter followers Tuesday night he wants Americans to march on Washington to protest the “great and disgusting injustice” of Barack Obama being re-elected as U.S. president….