Horn Lake couple sentenced for animal cruelty

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Adult dog and 3 puppies dead

A Horn Lake couple is under house arrest for 30 days after they were convicted of animal cruelty charges that involved the deaths of an adult dog and three puppies.

Sabrina LaShell Bell and Jerry Bell also spent two days in jail for their conviction involving an emaciated Rottweiler that was eventually put down.

Authorities tell The Commercial Appeal that an animal control officer first issued warning to the Bells. About a month later, officers returned to the Bell home, where the owner refused to allow officers access to her backyard. Police were called to help remove the dogs.

The Bells cannot own any animals for a year and only with approval of the animal shelter. The Bells were each ordered to pay $1,249 in fines and court costs.

Arrest in stolen firearms case

A man from Steens is behind bars, after being arrested Thursday, Oct. 11.

Investigators say Joshua Dewayne Hill, 20, is charged with the possession, sale and transfer of stolen firearms.

Hill remains in jail. No bond amount has been released.

Most Isaac debris removed in McComb

Hurricane Isaac debris pick-up is in full swing within the city limits of McComb.

Philip Russell, public works director, says more than 12,000 cubic feet of debris have already been picked up and the effort would continue through Friday.

Russell says 64 trees also have been trimmed to remove hazardous hanging limbs.

The Enterprise-Journal reports the plan is to grind the material up and take it to a paper mill.

Meridian gets $1.2M from MDOT

Work to revamp part of historic downtown Meridian will go forward, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Mayor Cheri Barry announced last week the city has been approved for the grant for a streetscape and pedestrian project in Meridian’s African-American business district.

Berry says a formal announcement of the grant is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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