Man found dead in pickup truck

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Victim was 31-years-old; autopsy pending

An autopsy will be conducted to determine how a man whose body was found in his vehicle in Itta Bena early Saturday morning died.

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that 31-year-old Christopher Cross of Itta Bena was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Chief Robert Kirklin says Cross’ body was found in his Chevrolet Tahoe, which was parked across the street from a convenience store in downtown Itta Bena.

Kirklin says a caller notified authorities that a male was inside his vehicle and he was unresponsive. Efforts to revive Cross were unsuccessful. No further details were released.

Woman released on $2 bond

If a Columbus woman doesn’t show up for her next court hearing, she’ll have to pay the price.

In fact, she’ll have to pay $2.

LaFreda Shante Williams

The Commercial Dispatch reports 28-year-old LaFreda Shante Williams was arrested last week and charged with two felony counts of uttering forgery.

Municipal Court Judge Nicole Clinkscales released Williams on a $2 bond, the lowest possible amount. The $2 charge represents a $1 bond for each charge she faces.

While there are guidelines set for bonds, judges do have some discretion on the amount of bonds they order. Clinkscales was reportedly going to release Williams on a recognizance bond. However, since the charges are felonies, a dollar amount had to be set for her bond.

Williams’ court date is set for Nov. 1.

Sentencing set for Meridian man in possession of child porn

Fred Ronald Adams, of Meridian, will be sentenced on Oct. 11, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, officials with the FBI said.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Adams admitted to possession of pornographic images that depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Adams agreed to forfeit to the government his computer and other electronic devices used to facilitate the illegal activity.

Adams faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Meridian Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Glenda R. Haynes.

MDOT gets millions for Hinds County projects

Congressman Thompson said the Mississippi Department of Transportation has been awarded $1 million to fund the Mill Street Bridge project on Woodrow Wilson Avenue in Jackson.

The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program (SAFETEA-LU Section 1117) provides funding for a comprehensive initiative including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationship among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships.

MDOT was also awarded $1,250,000 for the Byram-Clinton Corridor project.

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