Inmate escapes from Jefferson County facility

May 28, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials at the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said an inmate remains at large after leaving the facility around 6 a.m. Sunday. Melvin Toney, 32, was last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants and a white MDOC shirt with “MDOC Convict” printed on the back.

Toney is a black male with brown eyes. He is 5’11, weighs 280 pounds and has a tattoo on his upper right arm that says “Alexis”.

Escaped inmate found dead in jail cell

March 29, 2013 in Top Stories

An escaped Rankin County inmate was discovered dead in his jail cell one day after being found in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said 27-year-old Bryan Owens was found hanging from his cell late Tuesday afternoon.

MDOC Spokesperson Tara Booth said officers were serving dinner when they found Owens hanging from a sheet in his cell.

Owens was housed alone, Booth said, and he was pronounced dead at 5:09 p.m.

Owens escaped on Sunday, March 24.

Escaped inmate caught in Wal-Mart parking lot in Ark.

March 27, 2013 in Top Stories

A state inmate who escaped from a community work center in Yazoo City was arrested Monday in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Tara Booth, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said in a news release that authorities had been looking for the 27-year-old Bryan Owens since he went missing from the Yazoo County Community Work Center on Sunday.

Owens was serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, vehicle theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from Harrison County.

Former teacher gets 5 years for sex with student

December 7, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A 42-year-old former educator will spend the next five years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery in a Jackson County courtroom.

Robert Frank Griffin plead guilty before Judge Kathy King in circuit court on Friday, Nov. 30. Griffin, who is a former St. Martin teacher, admitted to having sex with a student back in 2010.

2 Miss. inmates wanted for murder captured in La. bar

October 26, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Two Mississippi inmates suspected of fatally stabbing a 95-year-old woman after escaping from a prison were captured Tuesday in a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.

Richard Griffin, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jackson, Miss., said information from confidential sources led authorities to the Razoo bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans., where James Robert Martin, 22, and David Bass, 26, were taken into custody by members of the task force.

MDOC: ‘Two inmates at large’

October 22, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said two inmates from the Forrest County Community Worker Center went missing Saturday evening about 5 p.m.

MDOC Spokesperson Tara Booth said 26-year-old David Bass and 22-year-old James Robert Martin walked off a work detail at the Forrest County facility in Hattiesburg and were last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants and white MDOC shirts with “MDOC Convict” printed on the back.

Mom leaves infant in car to smoke meth

June 15, 2012 in News, Statewide News

News Briefs From Across The State By Monica Land 7-month-old taken from the home A Jones County woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly left her 7-month-old son inside her […]