Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield to report to prison for bribery

December 30, 2013 in News, The Buzz

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Paul Winfield seemed like a man on the rise, a young attorney who unseated a two-term incumbent when he was elected in 2009 as mayor of […]

Lawyer wants delay in ex-Vicksburg mayor’s trial

July 30, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A lawyer for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to postpone his trial because negotiations are ongoing with prosecutors to resolve the case.

Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Terris Harris mentioned the negotiations in a motion to continue the Aug. 5 trial.

FBI agents arrest Canton alderman

May 9, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

FBI spokesperson Deborah Madden confirmed Canton Alderman Louis Smith, who represents Ward 4, was arrested by agents at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, WLBT reported.

Sheila Wilbanks of the U.S. Attorney’s Office wouldn’t confirm the specific charges against Smith but said a court hearing is scheduled for 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

Coroner identifies pedestrian killed in Biloxi

March 22, 2013 in Top Stories

The pedestrian killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver in Biloxi over the weekend has been identified as 70-year-old David Honarka, of Greenback, Tenn.

The Sun Herald reported that Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove released his name Monday after locating his relatives.

Hargrove says Honarka would often visit Biloxi casinos while his wife was visiting with relatives.

Vicksburg mayor facing federal bribery charge

February 26, 2013 in Top Stories

Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield was granted bond Thursday after being arraigned on a federal bribery charge that says he was caught in an FBI investigation while seeking a $10,000 bribe for a city contract.

The 39-year-old Democrat wore an orange jail jumpsuit and shackles during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball ordered Winfield to be released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Winfield answered the judge’s questions in a strong, clear voice during the brief hearing but did not address the allegations against him. He did not enter a plea.