BRIEF – 78 CLEANUP

UNION COUNTY

Fuel spill cleanup

to close U.S. 78 lane

n BLUE SPRINGS – Mississippi Department of Transportation crews will close one lane of eastbound U.S. Highway 78 at Blue Springs from 7 a.m. today through about 6 p.m. Monday to accommodate further cleanup of a recent fuel spill by a gasoline tanker truck.

According to an MDOT statement, westbound traffic will not be affected.

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY

Accused robber

held on $500K bond

n STARKVILLE – Donnell Thompson, 26, of Starkville is being held on $500,000 in connection with the robbery of a Starkville convenient store.

Thompson, of 305 Everglade St. Apt. 8B, is charged with armed robbery at the B-Quick convenience store on Highway 182 at Montgomery about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Starkville police say.

A suspect entered the store carrying a stick and struck a female cashier in the head. He took cash from the register and left the scene on foot.

Moments later police spotted Thompson on Overstreet Drive. He apparently fit the suspect’s description and was arrested.

LEE COUNTY

Multiple drug charges

land three men in jail

n TUPELO – Danny Penrose, 21, and Demetrius Hill, Jr., 20, both of 2847 Highway 178 E., Skyline, were arrested Thursday on drug charges by the Lee County Sheriff’s department.

Inside the home, agents claimed to have seized marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, $1,705 and three loaded handguns.

Hill is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Penrose is charged with possession of ecstasy.

During a second search at 113 South St., Saltillo, agents arrested David Clark, 43, and charged him with possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Nearly 115 grams of ice and $5, 276 allegedly were seized at the residence.

MONROE COUNTY

Engineering professor sues MSU over tenure

n ABERDEEN – An electrical engineering department professor at Mississippi State University has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against the university for not granting him tenure last year.

Georgios Y. Lazarou claims he was denied tenure because he is a native of Cyprus, Greece, and has a heavy accent. He has worked for 6 1/2 years as a professor on the campus. Tenure generally means that a professor has the right not to be fired without cause.

The university hasn’t responded to the complaint.

Daily Journal reports