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Marietta resident arrested for kidnapping, burglary

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator A Marietta man has been charged with kidnapping, vehicle theft and burglary after allegedly, in two separate incidents, holding a Mantachie woman against her will and loading a stolen truck with tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise. On Jan. 4, Itawamba law enforcement officials arrested Joshua Phillip […]

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Investigators hunting tips in Dorsey Food Mart robbery

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Investigators hunting tips in Dorsey Food Mart robbery Itawamba County investigators are hoping community tips will lead to the arrest of two men responsible for last Thursday’s robbery of Dorsey Food Mart. “We need people to call in with any information they can give us,” said Capt. Jason Dickinson with […]

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A loader at Port Itawamba lifts a container from the back of a truck. (File photo by Adam Armour)

Lack of expertise caused delay in discovery of alleged fraud against county

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator It was an absence of expertise that resulted in a more than year-long delay in the discovery of supposed intentional discrepancies between a number of trailer chassis sold to the county and what the county actually received, according to the attorney for Itawamba’s board of supervisors. Although purchased in 2013, […]

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Officials release details of alleged fraud against county port

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Nearly two months after his arrest, Itawamba County law enforcement officials have released details of a year-long investigation into a Fulton businessman accused of defrauding the county. On Monday, investigators with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department broke silence regarding the arrest of Golden resident Jeremy O’Neal Funderburk, 40, who was […]

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In this file photo from 2015, Capt. Mike Newlin with the Itawamba County Sheriff

Fulton man sentenced to 40 years for child pornography

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator A Fulton man accused of a variety of sex crimes against a minor will spend the next four decades in a federal prison. Jefferey Rakestraw, 30, was sentenced on charges of enticement of a minor and transportation of child pornography through the internet in U.S. District Court in Greenville on […]

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Texas man arrested after Monday afternoon high-speed chase

FULTON – A Texas man in a high-powered sports car led law enforcement on a chase through Itawamba and Lee counties before being stopped at the Prentiss County line. A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a westbound 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat on Interstate 22 near the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway around 3:50 p.m. Monday for […]

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Capital murder suspect pleads to lesser charge

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator One of a group of five individuals charged with capital murder for shooting a Mantachie man has pleaded to a lesser charge. Tonisha A. Johnson, 20, of Tupelo entered a guilty before Judge Thomas Gardner III to armed robbery using a deadly weapon, during Itawamba County Circuit Court’s September session. […]

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Bond set for band director accused of having sex with student

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Bond has been set for a former high school band director accused of having sex with one of his students. On Monday, Itawamba County Justice Court Judge Harold Holcomb set the bond for Joshua Robinson at $60,000. Robinson has been charged with sexual assault and enticement. Itawamba law enforcement officials […]

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Criminal investigation launched against former Mantachie band director

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Investigators in Itawamba County say they’re currently conducting interviews and gathering information into potentially criminal behavior by Mantachie High School’s former band director. On Wednesday, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said an allegation of inappropriate conduct with a former student via social media resulted in Tuesday’s termination of Josh Robinson […]

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Sentencing delayed in Itawamba murder case

By WILLIAM MOORE Daily Journal FULTON – Joshua Clark was found guilty of second degree murder last month but he will have to wait a little longer to learn his future. Clark was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning but Circuit Court Judge Thomas Gardner postponed sentencing indefinitely while considering several motions and some new […]

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Mantachie man arrested for Eupora burglary

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Deputies in Webster County have arrested a Mantachie man allegedly caught in the process of burglarizing a home. Brandon Garrett, 22, of 1055 Fawn Grove Road, was arrested in Eupora on Sept. 2 after reportedly entering into an altercation with the owner of a home he was in the process […]

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Alabama man arrested for deadly booby trap

An Alabama man wanted for attempting to murder his wife via a booby trap was arrested in Fulton, Thursday. Law enforcement authorities arrested Clinton Poores, 43, of Alabama, just after 5 p.m. on June 2 at the Countryside Manor apartments in Fulton. Poores was being hunted by law enforcement officers in both Mississippi and Alabama […]

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Eight arrested in connection with string of vehicle thefts

Local investigators believe they have broken up a large theft ring responsible for crimes in both Mississippi and Alabama. Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, working in conjunction with law enforcement officials in Monroe County and Alabama’s Franklin and Marion counties, have arrested and charged eight people in connection with what they say has […]

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Mantachie HS locked down after false gun threat

  An erroneous report of a firearm on campus resulted in a brief lockdown at Mantachie High School, Thursday morning. Traffic in and out of the campus and among classrooms was partially halted for approximately 30 minutes around 10 a.m. this morning after a student reported that a classmate may have been in possession of […]

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