NEWS BRIEFS FROM AROUND THE STATE
8 kilograms of heroin seized in I-20 traffic stop among Mississippi’s largest drug busts
PEARL, Mississippi — Rankin County authorities say they made a major heroin bust after a traffic stop on Interstate 20.
WLBT-TV reports that eight kilograms of heroin, worth approximately $1 million, was seized around 7 a.m. Saturday…
Police Chief Lindsey Horton has confirmed the death of a Jackson Police Officer, his first since being named to his new post earlier this month. Horton said 35-year Bruce Jacob was killed Saturday afternoon after being hit by a motorist in the southbound lanes of I-55 and Northside Drive.
Jacob, a Precinct Four officer, and a five year veteran of the police force, received a call about debris on the roadway of I-55 south about 1:30 p.m. He had reportedly retrieved a barbecue grill that had fallen off a truck and was putting it in the trunk of his cruiser when another vehicle came from behind and hit him.
Jacob was taken to UMC where he died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said.
Two former law enforcement officers were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee for theft of government funds and property.
Zach Robinson, a former deputy with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and Kent Daniels, a former Jackson Police officer and investigator for the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office, were each sentenced to 12 months in federal prison.
They were also ordered to pay joint restitution in the amount of $21,996.
Two teenagers died in a Sunday morning traffic accident in Lee County. Lee County Coroner Caroline Green identifies them as Gage Fidram, 17, and Jesse Witt, 17, both of Saltillo.
Sheriff Jim Johnson told WTVA that Witt was driving south on Busy Bottom Road when he left the roadway and collided with a tree.
Authorities say the accident occurred at approximately 4:38 a.m. It took more than an hour to extricate both individuals from the vehicle, Johnson says.
Authorities said a Bolivar County woman was killed after she was hit by her boyfriend’s truck then run over by oncoming traffic.
According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Williams Shelby Dawn Harmon, 20, died around 6:30 a.m., Oct. 20.
Reportedly, on that early Saturday morning, Harmon – a Cleveland resident – was walking on the side of Highway 61 about 4.5 miles south of Shaw when she was hit. Marks on the highway show where Harmon was struck and killed.
Columbus police have arrested a man in the alleged rape of a woman on the Mississippi University for Women campus in August.
The Commercial Dispatch reports 26-year-old Jamarrell Brandon was arrested on Monday and charged with one count sexual battery.
A 15-year-old teen from Columbus is facing a statutory rape charge, WTVA reported.
According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, the unidentified teen is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
A Jackson State University security guard was found dead in a city street early Saturday morning.
WLBT-TV reports 27-year-old Joseph Welch was shot five times, according to officials. Jackson police say Welch failed to show up for work at 10 p.m. Friday night.