Teen charged with statutory rape

News Briefs From Across The State

By Monica Land

Girl is 12-years-old

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.

The teen’s bond is set at $5,000.September 24, 2012

Teen arrested with gun at school

Southaven police arrested a 15-year-old boy for having a gun on school property, authorities said.September 24, 2012

Deputy Chief Steve Pirtle says the student was arrested at 11 a.m. Thursday at Southaven Middle School.

Pirtle said police received a tip about the gun, and when officers went to the school, they located the boy and found him with the gun. He was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds. The gun was seized by police and placed into evidence.

The juvenile was taken to the DeSoto County Juvenile Detention Center.

Schools chief to pay repay district

Vicksburg Warren School District superintendent Elizabeth Swinford will pay $357 in restitution for inappropriate use of a district vehicle.

The Vicksburg Post reports that the school board took the action Thursday.

Swinford, in her second year as superintendent of the nearly 9,000-student district, served a three-day suspension for using a district truck to move to a new residence.

Swinford, who is paid $125,000 annually, says she followed an existing practice that has allowed personnel to “check out” district property. She says it is her fault for not knowing the state law that prevents personal use of district property.

Carroll County schools get grant for $50,000 grant

Congressman Bennie Thompson said the United States Department of Agriculture awarded the Carroll County School District $50,000 through the Community Facility Grant program.

Those Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a new school bus for the Carroll County district.

Hinds County gets $2.3 million grant for Williams Airport

The United States Department of Transportation has awarded $2,326,062 to Hinds County for apron strengthening at the John Bell Williams Airport.

This grant will provide federal funding for the airport and strengthening of the apron pavement will restore the structural integrity of the pavement, increase load capacity, and enhance operational requirements at the airport.

John Bell Williams Airport is a general aviation airport associated with Raymond, Mississippi

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