Ala. man guilty in Miss. slaying of 81-year-old woman

An Alabama man has been found guilty in the 2010 murder of an 81-year-old woman from Clinton, Miss.

Forty-one-year-old James Cobb Hutto was convicted of capital murder by a jury that deliberated Saturday for around two hours. He could face the death penalty.

Ethel Simpson’s body was found Sept. 17, 2010, near Edwards, Miss. She had died of blunt force trauma. […]


Man charged with animal cruelty, gives up 104 dogs

Authorities said a Mississippi man has been charged with animal cruelty a day after surrendering 104 dogs to a rescue organization, but the man denied mistreating the animals.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of South Mississippi said in a news release that the dogs were in “horrible conditions” in Tylertown with some “sharing cages with the decomposing bodies of dead dogs and puppies.”

The dogs, mostly Boston terriers, dachshunds, Yorkshire terriers and Chihuahuas, were taken on May 20 to the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport after the owner signed them over. […]


Inmate escapes from Jefferson County facility

Officials at the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) said an inmate remains at large after leaving the facility around 6 a.m. Sunday. Melvin Toney, 32, was last seen wearing MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants and a white MDOC shirt with “MDOC Convict” printed on the back.

Toney is a black male with brown eyes. He is 5’11, weighs 280 pounds and has a tattoo on his upper right arm that says “Alexis”. […]


Family of slain Miss. mayoral candidate working with Trayvon Martin attorney

Nearly three months after the battered body of Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco Watson McMillian was found dumped in a field, his parents have partnered with Daryl Parks, the Florida-based civil rights attorney in the Trayvon Martin case.

On Feb. 27, Marco’s naked body was found on a levee near the Mississippi River between the towns of Sherard and Rena Lara, Miss. – some 25 miles from Clarksdale. Autopsy reports released this month revealed that the 33-year-old had been strangled, beaten, set on fire and dragged.

Desperately seeking answers, Marco’s parents, Amos and Patricia Unger, held a press conference at their home in Clarksdale this month, hoping to uncover the events leading up to their son’s death and to determine: If the suspect in custody acted alone; if Marco’s death was a hate crime because he was gay or if his death was politically motivated because he was running for mayor. […]

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MVSU unveils plans to renovate HPER Complex

Mississippi Valley State University is planning $17.5 million in renovations and expansion the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

MVSU officials say the work will include exterior repairs, life safety upgrades and accessibility upgrades. It will have 2,700 seats for athletic events and 2,800 seats for other programs, such as commencement.

The HPER Complex is the home for MVSU volleyball and basketball games. It has not been renovated or upgraded since its construction in 1977. […]


Man wanted in shooting death surrenders

Columbus police said a man wanted in the shooting death of a 29-year-old man has turned himself in.

WTVA reported that 19-year-old Derrick D. Nelson, of Columbus, surrendered to Police Chief Selvain McQueen around 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Police say Nelson faces a murder charge in the shooting death of Willie Hood Jr. early Saturday morning. The shooting happened at Nelson’s home in the 700 block of Pine Street. […]


Click it or Ticket underway for Memorial Day weekend

The National Click it or Ticket campaign starts Monday, May, 21, in advance of Memorial Day and goes through June 3.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts, WDAM reported.

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said motorists can expect increased patrols through midnight Tuesday. […]

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Mississippi State’s Renfroe wins Ferriss Trophy

The first time Mississippi State coach John Cohen saw Hunter Renfroe play baseball, he marveled at his natural ability.

Three years later, he’s also in awe of his work ethic.

The two traits helped Renfroe have a breakout season. On May 20th, he was named the winner of the C Spire Ferriss Trophy during a ceremony at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

The award, voted on by a panel of professional scouts, college coaches and a media member, is given to Mississippi’s top college baseball player. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Renfroe leads the Bulldogs with a .362 batting average, 15 homers, 51 RBIs and nine stolen bases. […]