News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Victims were 15-years-old
A Lowndes County woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with two teenagers.
A jury found 35-year-old Christy McGough guilty of two counts of sexual battery. Circuit Judge Lee Howard sentenced her to concurrent 10-year sentences but suspended five years of each term which means she’ll serve five years.
She also will be on post-release supervision for five years.
Prosecutors said the two teenagers told authorities they had sex with McGough in her home in the spring of 2011. They were each 15 at the time. One of the alleged victims was living with McGough.
McGough was arrested in May of 2011 after the two teens were found at her home after she checked them out of school.
Mount Olive man killed in Louisiana crash
Louisiana State Police said a 26-year-old Mississippi man died in a single-vehicle crash on La. Highway 10 in St. Helena Parish.
The victim has been identified as James Ponder, of Mount Olive, Miss.
Trooper Nick Manale says Ponder was traveling westbound in a truck when he failed to slow for stopped traffic and ran off the right side of the highway to avoid a collision and overturned.
Manale says Ponder, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office.
Judge: Mayor’s veto of police chief invalid
An Amite County judge has overturned the Gloster mayor’s vetoes of a police chief’s appointment and says the town must reinstate Danny Meaux and give him back pay dating from last April 1.
Circuit Court Judge Al Johnson’s ruling agrees with opinions from the state attorney general.
The town board voted in March 2012 to name Meaux police chief. Mayor Billy Johnson vetoed first his salary, then his appointment.
Johnson ruled last week
that the mayor could not veto just part of a board decision, as he did when he vetoed the salary on March 12, 2012. And he ruled that the veto of the entire motion on April 13, 2012, was too late.
Meaux says he’s ready to go back to work.
New leader named for Historical Society
A Mississippi Gulf Coast historian, author and educator is the new president of the Mississippi Historical Society, founded in 1858.
Charles L. Sullivan is professor emeritus and archivist at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He has researched, written books and lectured about the history of the southernmost counties, a mixture of piney woods and coastal plains.
Sullivan says he hopes the society’s 2017 annual meeting will be held in Gulfport as part of Mississippi’s bicentennial.
He says the occasion also would remember when Gulfport was chosen in 1917 as the site for the Mississippi Centennial Exposition that was to be like a World’s Fair. It was canceled with U.S. entry into World War I and the centennial land became a naval training base and later a veteran’s hospital.