News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Fire apparently started in storage room
Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack says Billy Murphy was trapped by flames in the house fire that started at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. Another man, whose name was not available, escaped without injury.
South Madison Fire Chief Henry Davis says the other man woke up and saw a fire in the home’s storage room, but wasn’t able to get Murphy out. Davis says the fire was fully involved when firefighters reached the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
One of three brothers to plead guilty in gun case
Court records say one of three brothers charged with conspiring to obstruct a weapons investigation will plead guilty.
A court filing Tuesday said Isaac Lee intends to plead guilty in a case that originated in Harrison County.
The indictment says Clarence Lee was in jail when he conspired with his brothers in November 2011 to have numerous guns and ammunition removed from his house in Harrison County. Clarence Lee was a felon and not supposed to have guns.
An indictment in U.S. District Court in Gulfport said Isaac and Michael Lee removed the guns from their brother’s house and concealed them from police.
Isaac and Michael Lee are also accused of lying to the grand jury that investigated the matter in March.
They have pleaded not guilty.
Laurel increases water, sewer, garbage rates
Residents in Laurel will see an increase in their water, sewer, and garbage rates effective Nov. 1.
WDAM TV reports the Laurel City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday in favor of increasing rates for the third straight year. City officials say the rate increase will go to helping repair the city’s dilapidated water sewer system.
The mayor said, although residents are paying higher rates, the city hasn’t raised taxes since 2001.
Man arrested in bomb threat hoax
An arrest has been made in connection with a bomb threat directed at Ole Miss football players.
The Clarion-Ledger reports 35-year-old Collin Jones, of Oxford, was arrested and charged Monday with false reporting of a bomb threat.
Bond was set at $10,000.
A 911 call early on Sept. 18 indicated that bombs had been placed under football players’ cars at Lexington Pointe apartments.
Police investigated the claim for several hours and found no credible threat.