Settlement reached in death of Mississippi player

July 16, 2013 in Local Sports, National Sports, News, Sports, Statewide News, Top Stories

The family of a Mississippi football player who died following a workout in 2010 has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.

Bennie Abram III, a 20-year-old non-scholarship player from Southaven, collapsed during an offseason workout and later died at a hospital in Oxford. An autopsy determined Abram’s death was caused by complications from sickle cell trait, which can alter red blood cells after strenuous exercise.

According to settlement documents, the family will receive $50,000 from the insurance company for the university’s athletic foundation. The Abrams’ attorney, Gene Egdorf of Houston, Texas, says the family also will receive $275,000 from the NCAA’s insurance policy.

Earthquake felt in Mississippi Monday – 3.9 on Richter Scale

October 30, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

An earthquake that occurred eight miles underground Monday was strong enough to rumble the Memphis area and big enough to be felt in north Mississippi.

The U.S. Geological Survey, the government agency that keeps data on quakes, says the epicenter was about six miles southwest of Parkin, Arkansas, which is about 40 miles west of Memphis. The quake was 23 kilometers below the surface and measured 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Teen charged with statutory rape

September 25, 2012 in News, Police Report, Statewide News

A 15-year-old teen from Columbus is facing a statutory rape charge, WTVA reported.

According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified teen is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Woman gets 3 years for “slip and fall” scam

September 11, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Southaven woman is going to jail for three years for faking a “slip and fall” accident at a local business in order to collect insurance money.

Tracey Leigh Davidson, 36, of Southaven pleaded guilty to the insurance fraud charges on Sept. 5, after an investigation by the attorney general’s office showed that she received a $3,440 payment from Nationwide Insurance Company by fraudulent means.

Woman arrested, accused of faking slip-and-fall

August 20, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Southaven woman has been arrested for fraud and charged as a habitual offender. Authorities have accused her of faking a fall at the Ramada Inn in Horn Lake to collect insurance money.

A news release from the Mississippi attorney general’s office says 36-year-old Tracey Leigh Davidson was indicted as a habitual offender for three prior convictions in Louisiana. If convicted of this charge, it would mean a mandatory maximum sentence of three years.