Man who beat and robbed girlfriend on the loose

Authorities in Oktibbeha County are looking for Tony Armstead (pictured). Armstead is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of his girlfriend on Jan. 19.

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Victim was treated for head injuries

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department needs the public’s help in locating a man wanted on aggravated domestic assault and robbery charges, WTVA reported.

Tony Armstead is wanted in connection with a Thursday night incident at Hill’s Cafe on Bevill Road.

Investigators believe he choked his former girlfriend and kicked her in the head before taking her purse and cellphone.

The victim was treated for head injuries and lacerations and then released, according to investigators.

If you know the whereabouts of Armstead, please contact the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department at (662)323-2421 or Crimestoppers at 800-530-7151.

Coroner searching for family of dead man

Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy is asking for help in locating the family of a man who died near Oxford three days before Christmas.

Kennedy tells the Oxford Eagle that 54-year-old Robert Allen Wilkins died of natural causes on Dec. 22 in the Waterford community.

Kennedy says Wilkins was homeless in Memphis when he came to Lafayette County a few years ago to stay with friends.

Kennedy is seeking family to claim Wilkins’ body before having to ask the board of supervisors to pay for Wilkins’ cremation under the county’s pauper burial ordinance.

T.J. Maxx to open in Greenville

Greenville Mall officials and community business leaders announced Wednesday that retailer T.J. Maxx will open a store in May.

Talks had been going on for nearly two years before the announcement was made.

T.J. Maxx will operate at the south end of the mall, occupying a portion of the old Sears store, having both a mall entrance and an outside entrance.

Mall manager Pete Casavechia says renovation of the property will begin during the week of Jan. 22-28. The target for opening is the middle of May, but some business leaders say it could be as early as May 1.

The store will employ 75 to 100 people. Persons interested in working at T.J. Maxx may apply at the WIN Job Center

4 sentenced in drug case

A federal judge has sentenced four people who were involved in a south Mississippi methamphetamine distribution ring.

The Hattiesburg American reports Walter D. Price, Segsie Lee Magee and Louis R. Mickell Jr. pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to possess 50 or more grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Price to 10 years and one month in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release.

Magee was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison with five years of supervised release. Mickell was given to four years and nine months in prison with three years of supervised release.

Reginald O. Posey, who pleaded guilty to possession of more than 50 grams of meth with intent to distribute, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release.

Authorities say a total of 373 grams of meth was confiscated in the four arrests.

The four were arrested in various parts of south Mississippi following what authorities say was an 18-month investigation.

Diamondhead moves toward incorporation

A Mississippi Supreme Court decision likely ends the court battle over Diamondhead’s incorporation.

On Thursday, the court denied a petition to rehear the incorporation, which was filed by attorneys for John Fletcher and others against the plan.

They contended the court was incorrect when it ruled proper notice was given because the hearing was postponed without properly informing the public of the new date.

Thursday’s ruling is the latest in a five-year legal battle to make the area of about 9,500 residents a city.

Prospective Mayor Chuck Ingraham tells The Sun Herald the ruling paves the way for Diamondhead to become a city, but the court will have to issue an order mandating their decision and the state will have to issue a charter.

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