News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Case still under investigation
WLBT reported officers found the body of Kenya Johnson at a home on Elraine Boulevard around 11 p.m.
Investigators seized more than 48 pounds of marijuana and a kilogram of cocaine as well as two handguns.
Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said it appears the drugs were being prepared for distribution.
Police have made no arrests and haven't said how Johnson died.
The case is still under investigation.
Jones County supervisor booked with DUI
The Highway Patrol says Jones County Supervisor Barry Saul was arrested and booked with driving under the influence.
WDAM reported the 41-year-old Saul was booked at the Jones County jail after being involved in an accident Tuesday night, Aug. 6, on U.S. Highway 11.
Troopers say that around 7:30pm a vehicle struck the rear of Saul's vehicle while he was attempting to make a right turn just north of Magnolia Road. No injuries were reported.
After investigating the accident, troopers said Saul was arrested for first-offense DUI.
Authorities seek clues in Leflore County killing
Authorities in Leflore County are asking the public help in developing leads on the July 19 beating death of a Maryland man.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reported that the body of 54-year-old Timothy Clark was found in a mobile home owned by family members on Fairfield Road.
Sheriff Ricky Banks says a $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Banks said Clark was in the county dealing with the sale of land owned by his ailing mother. He said the family owned about 30 acres of land along with a mobile home and small house.
Banks says it appears Clark was beaten to death in a robbery.
Body found behind Jackson restaurant
A Jackson restaurant owner found a body behind his business on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
WJTV reports that Henry Ward, owner of Henry's To-Go on Nakoma Drive, found the body around 5:30 p.m. while power-washing a trailer with his nephew.
The Hinds County coroner's office identified the body as 77-year-old Robert Erving.
Ward said Erving was a regular customer.
An investigation into the cause of death is continuing authorities said.
Body found in creek in Perry County
Authorities in Perry County are awaiting autopsy results on the body of a man found floating Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Black Creek.
WDAM reports authorities were led to the scene by someone they describe as a person of interest in the investigation. No arrests have been made.
Deputies say they believe the body is a man reported missing in Pascagoula earlier this month.