One dead, 2 injured after crash in Benndale

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By Monica Land

Injured taken to Alabama hospital

George County authorities are investigating a single-vehicle accident that left one person dead and two others injured late Saturday night.

The accident occurred in Benndale on Fairley O’Neal Road.

Reportedly, the two injured occupants of the vehicle were airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama. They were not identified by authorities.

The accident remains under investigation by the George County Sheriff‘s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Teen killed in workplace accident

George County sheriff’s deputies said a 15-year-old was killed in a workplace accident at his family’s business in Lucedale. The Sun Herald reports that Thomas Patrick “Fred” Harlan Jr. died Monday, July 2, after he was struck on the head by a pole at Tri-State Pole and Piling.

"Fred" Harlan

The business is a family owned company that manufactures poles used by power companies. It has been in operation for more than 36 years.

Authorities say the teen was the son of Thomas Harlan Sr., one of the owners.

Shonna Pierce, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said a worker was operating a loader to stack the poles when one of them bounced off and struck the teen on the head.

Murder trial of ex-police officer reset

The murder trial of a former Memphis police homicide detective charged in the death of his wife is now scheduled for Sept. 24 in DeSoto County. Seventy-two-year-old Brooks Kelton Green of Nesbit is charged in the 2010 shooting death of Charlotte Green as she sat at a computer in their DeSoto County home.

His trial had been scheduled for June but was delayed.

Prosecutors say Charlotte Green was shot through a window in the couple’s Nesbit home. Green was arrested 8 months after his wife’s death.

Court records show Green told investigators he was asleep when she was killed and was awakened by her screams.

Interim sheriff named in Jasper County

A retired state wildlife officer has been named interim sheriff in Jasper County. John Keenan took the oath of office earlier this month.

The 66-year-old Keenan was hired by the county board of supervisors to take over former sheriff Keith Murphy, who resigned suddenlty for personal reasons after only a few months in office. Murphy did not attend the swearing in ceremony.

A special election for a permanent sheriff will be held on Nov. 6.

Keenan says he will not run in that election. Keenan retired from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in June of 2010.

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