Worker who fell 5 floors dies

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Harness supporting worker broke

A 43-year-old construction worker who survived for nearly a week in the hospital after falling from a five-story building in Belhaven has died.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells The Clarion-Ledger that Stacey Andrew Washington died Wednesday night about 8:30 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from multiple blunt force injuries associated with the fall.

Washington was admitted to UMC Oct. 12 after falling from a construction site at the Baptist Health System, located across from the Baptist Medical Center. Washington, who was a subcontractor for Harrell Construction, was reportedly wearing a harness, which broke.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the accident.

Woman accused of stealing from bank to buy drugs

A former bank employee has been indicted on a federal charge of stealing more than $80,000 from a Hancock Bank branch in Biloxi to support her drug habit.

Ashley Keel was indicted this week, but she had been charged in a criminal complaint in September.

A complaint in U.S. District Court in Gulfport said Keel was the vault teller and admitted to FBI agents that she took the money to support an addiction to Oxycodone.

Sheriff: Stolen goods found in Claiborne County

Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas says his office has recovered tractors, TVs, 4-wheelers, cars and guns reported stolen in three counties dating to 2001.

Lucas said 47-year-old Steven Mark Curtis has been charged with possession of stolen property. Curtis was in the Claiborne County Jail on $48,000 bond.

Lucas said the stash of five Kubota tractors, a dump truck, 12 ATVs, five big-screen TVs, 20 to 25 guns, two cars and several trailers was found between two wooded ridges off Old Port Gibson Road.

Lucas said an investigation of an all-terrain vehicle reported stolen at a hunting camp near Curtis’ home about two weeks ago led to the discovery.

Reportedly, some of the tractors had been reported stolen in 2008 and 2009.

Miss. officials certify saltwater fishing records

The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources says it has certified two new saltwater fishing records.

The commission says Joshua Lyons of Ocean Springs broke the state record conventional tackle for Southern Flounder with a 4-pound, 14-ounce fish caught Sept. 21.

Matt Glenn of Pascagoula broke the state fly record for Atlantic Croaker with a 5-pound, 1-ounce fish on Sept. 28.

The records were certified during the commission’s meeting last Tuesday.

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