News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Larry Hurt gets 16 years
A 61-year-old man has been ordered to serve 16 years in prison for stabbing and robbing a woman who was selling shrimp from the back of her van in Waveland. The Sun Herald reports Larry K. Hurt, of Waveland, was sentenced in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Hurt pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and aggravated assault of Ly Le, a woman known by locals as “the shrimp lady.” He stabbed her in the left shoulder and robbed her of $159 on Nov. 13, 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell says Hurt and Le had a dispute over payment for shrimp. Hurt left but returned with a filet knife and reached in Le’s van to grab some money. She tried to stop him and he stabbed her.
Greenville health center closing
The Good Samaritan Health Center will be closing its doors by the end of the year or as soon as federal funds run out.
The Greenville nonprofit opened in 2006 as a part-time clinic and became a full-time primary-care facility through grants as well as funds from various organizations.
Andy Sanders, chairman of the center’s board, tells the Delta Democrat Times that the timeline for keeping the center open was limited after funding from Delta Health Alliance was cut in October.
Sanders says the board announced the closing to give patients adequate time to find another primary-care provider.
An official closing date has not been set.
Officials say the health center will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday as long as funds last.
Corinth police seek trailer thief
The Corinth Police Department is seeking the thief who took a trailer used to haul cars from a home last week.
The Daily Corinthian reports that the 18-foot trailer was parked at a house near the intersection of Kendrick Road and Pinecrest. A 1960 Palmer truck cab wrapped in gray plastic was on the hauler at the time.
The owner was getting ready to put the old truck cab on the frame of a truck, police say.
Sheriff says man robs bank, steals teller’s car
Authorities say a man robbed a bank in the central Mississippi town of Puckett, then tied up the teller and stole her car.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said in a news release that Peoples Bank in Puckett was robbed by a man armed with a small pistol.
Bailey says the man forced the teller to open the vault, then tied her up and put her in a bathroom.
She was able to escape and call police. Bailey says the teller’s car was found in rural part of the county.
Police say 2 pedestrians struck, injured
Biloxi police say they are investigating after a car that struck two pedestrians in front of Hard Rock Casino.
Police Sgt. Jackie Rhodes told the Sun Herald that a Toyota Corolla hit two people on U.S. 90.
American Medical Response took the pair to Biloxi Regional Center. Rhodes said their injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Police have not released the names of the driver or the injured pedestrians.