News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Male victim said pastor forced him to have sex
A 71-year-old Mississippi pastor has been indicted by a Tate County grand jury on 18 felony counts related to the sexual battery of a child.
Sheriff Brad Lance says in a news release that Larry Gene Singleton was on two counts of fondling, six counts of sexual battery and 10 counts of child pornography.
Singleton, the former pastor of Bay Springs Baptist Church in Abbeville, Miss., was arrested in December after sheriff’s investigators received a complaint from the victim, who accused Singleton of forcing him to have sex.
Authorities say the sexual abuse allegedly began when the victim was 11 years old and continued for several
years. The victim is now 18.
Singleton is being held on $1 million bond in the Tate County jail. A court appearance is pending.
MDOC: Inmate’s mother to face contraband charge
The mother of an inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility has been charged with bringing contraband into the prison during a visitation over the weekend.
Investigators with the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ Investigation Division said Tuesday that 55-year-old Cindy Kay Turner, of Maben, was found with drugs, including 30 white pills of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, and jewelry. The contraband was allegedly concealed on Turner’s body.
Turner was booked into the Rankin County Jail, but has since been released on bond. If convicted of the felony charge, Turner faces up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Turner was arrested after she arrived Saturday to visit her daughter, Renae Langford, who is serving 12 years for armed robbery.
Remains identified as woman missing since 2004
Authorities said the remains found in a wooded area in northeastern Pike County belong to a Jayess woman who disappeared in 2004.
Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd tells the Enterprise-Journal that the remains belong to Deborah Brock. She was last seen Feb. 5, 2004, at age 39.
Shepherd said foul play has been suspected from the beginning.
Three days after Brock went missing, her car was found in the parking lot at Pike Center Mart. Blood and hair in the trunk led lawmen to suspect Brock had been abducted.
Shepherd says a landowner found partial human remains in a wooded area. He declined to identify the landowner, specify the area or say exactly when the discovery took place.
Biloxi produce distributor has military contract
A Biloxi company has a contract to provide up to $30 million worth of fresh fruit and vegetables to military customers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture School in Mississippi.
The Pentagon said in a news release Thursday that the contract with Gulf Coast Produce Distributors Inc. runs through Sept. 27, 2014, and includes the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps as well as the USDA school.
The contract is with Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pa.
The company’s website says it has operated since 1995 and buys local produce when it’s available, but also orders throughout the United States and abroad.
String quartet to perform at Mississippi College
The Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5 will perform April 12 at Mississippi College, part of the college’s James S. Sclater Chamber Series.
The program will feature selections from the quartet as well as music by Mozart and Brahms performed by members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students from any school.
The series is a tribute to Sclater, who retired in 2010 after four decades of service to the college’s music department.
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