Jim Hood joins in call for tough rules on e-cigarettes

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined 39 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

Hood says in a news release Wednesday that the FDA should place restrictions on the advertising and ingredients of the popular, highly-addictive product, and prohibit its sale to minors… […]


Arkansas man gets 5 years for leasing someone else’s land

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to five years in jail for leasing land to hunters that didn’t belong to him, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Seth Bradshaw, 35, of Pigott, Arkansas and formerly of Sunflower County, appeared before Judge Bettye Sanders for sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of false pretense.  […]


Greene County surveyor arrested

A Greene County surveyor has been arrested for posing as another surveyor while working in Perry County, Attorney General Jim Hood said.
Billy Eugene Brewer, 69, was arrested at his home in Leakesville by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.  Brewer is facing four counts of false pretense and four counts fraudulent use of identity […]


Man gets 10 years for exposing person to HIV

A Meridian man has been sentenced for deliberately exposing someone to the HIV virus while he was a patient in the hospital. Judge Lester Williamson sentenced Laderrick Rencher, 37, to serve 10 years — the maximum sentence allowed for one count of knowingly exposing another person to HIV.
“Judge Williamson threw the book at this guy, who took advantage of a vulnerable person,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.

Williamson sentenced Rencher to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).  He was also ordered to pay $630 in fines. […]


Petal woman arrested for exploiting elderly woman

A Petal woman has been arrested for allegedly making herself the power of attorney for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s and taking her money illegally.

Deloris Gordon, 70, also known as Deloris Gatlin, was arrested Tuesday, June 26, by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office and charged with one count of a vulnerable adult.

Attorney General Jim Hood said investigators the Vulnerable Adult Unit presented the case to the Grand Jury alleging that Gordan signed papers naming herself to have Power of Attorney over the affairs of an elderly woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and subsequently took money that was intended for the victim.  […]