News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Child assaulted at church summer camp
A Lowndes County jury has convicted a man of sexual assault of a minor. Court officials say the verdict was handed down Thursday against Benny Shelton. Authorities say the incident happened at a church summer camp in 2008 with a 17-year-old.
Lowndes County investigators arrested Shelton in 2009. They say he was a youth leader at the camp.
Shelton will be sentenced Friday morning.
Hattiesburg names new fire marshal
The Hattiesburg Fire Department now has a new fire marshal. The Hattiesburg American reports Johnny Jackson was promoted to the rank of battalion chief and affirmed as the fire marshal by the Hattiesburg Civil Service Commission on Aug. 13.
Fire Chief David Webster says Jackson’s selection as fire marshal follows the June retirement of Andy Cartlidge, who held the position for almost six years.
Webster said Jackson was selected from a list of current battalion chiefs and battalion chief candidates for his personal skill set and what Webster described as Jackson’s likely overall ability to grasp the nuances of the position.
Accident claims Hamilton man’s life
Authorities say a 62-year-old Hamilton man died in a tractor-18 wheeler crash. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Danny Clardy was driving a tractor with a bush hog attached southbound on U.S. Highway 45 Monday when he was struck by an 18-wheeler.
Clardy was pronounced dead at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Moss Point goes completely smoke free
The Sun Herald reports on Tuesday the ordinance applies to all indoor public places.
Program director Kellie Lamb says that includes bars, restaurants and gas stations. Lamb says Moss Point is the only Coast city to have passed the comprehensive tobacco-free law.
Other cities, including Gulfport, mandate only restaurants be completely smoke-free.