News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Victim collided with car
A Biloxi man is dead following a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 15 and Lamey Bridge Road in Harrison County Saturday.
According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, 45-year-old Nick Scales of Biloxi was traveling northbound on Highway 15 on a motorcycle shortly before 6 p.m., when a person driving a Toyota Camry headed southbound made a left turn, and the vehicles collided.
Scales was pronounced dead on the scene. He was wearing a helmet.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, no charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.
2 Wilkinson County escaped convicts caught
Two escaped convicts from a community work center in Wilkinson County have been arrested in Hattiesburg.
Corrections officials said inmates Robert Eugene Lee and Raymond Madison broke out of the facility on Thursday night. They were caught in Hattiesburg on Friday.
Lee was serving a seven-year sentence for burglary of a residence and burglary of a vehicle from Forrest County. Madison was serving a six-year sentence for two burglary convictions from Forrest County.
The two were found missing from the work center in Woodville about 11 p.m. Thursday. No other details of the escape have been released.
Bond set for man charged with molestation
Bond has been set for a Greenville man charged with child molestation. The Delta Democrat Times reports that 24-year-old Antonio Jefferson’s bond was set at $100,000 by Municipal Judge Michael L. Prewitt.
Police arrested Jefferson on May 27 after responding to a call that Jefferson allegedly tried to kiss and touch a teenage male.
2 men accused in home invasion-style robbery
Two men already arrested on felony charges are now facing an armed robbery charge in connection with a home invasion style robbery last month in Vancleave.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told The Sun Herald that 44-year-old Larry Dewayne Redmond and 22-year-old Nieko Demetrious Bing, both of Vancleave, were in custody on other charges when they were booked on the additional armed robbery charge.
Redmond was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property and Bing was charged with grand larceny.
Both men are being held at the Jackson County jail.
Murder suspect’s bond reduced to $250K
A Hancock County man has been released on a $250,000 bond on charges in the murder of 50-year-old Louis Matranga in April.
The Sea Coast Echo reported that Herman Johnson, 57, was released from the county jail after his bond was reduced from $1 million to $250,000 by Justice Court Judge Jay Lagasse.
Johnson’s attorney Donald Rafferty said Johnson waived a preliminary hearing and the case will be presented to a grand jury.
Johnson reportedly shot Matranga to death at Johnson’s home on April 7. Authorities say Matranga, who did not live at the home, was arguing with two other men on the porch of the home when the shooting occurred.
Littering arrests in Monroe County
Four people have each been charged with littering in Monroe County after they allegedly dumped debris along the roadside.
Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Tanya L. Powell told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the four were arrested on May 21.
Powell said the four: Develant McMillian, Anderson Lorenzo Ealy, Anderson Strong and McLathan Morrow – were hired to clean up and haul trash away from a house that was being remodeled.
Powell says they were supposed to take the debris to a dump but instead they allegedly dumped it in the roadway and the ditches.