By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys for death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford will argue before the Mississippi Supreme Court March 23 that the man’s 1994 rape conviction should be tossed out because he received poor legal representation at his trial. The result of the appeal could mean the difference between life […]

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Mo., on Friday morning. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader,  Nathan Papes)

By Jim Salter Associated Press TYRONE, Mo. – A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Police are still looking for Norman Obryan Trice, two months after the 28-year-old allegedly shot a man at a Tupelo motel. The search for Trice began Dec. 26 when a man was shot in the leg at the Motel 6 on McCullough Boulevard in Tupelo. Investigators had a […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press GULFPORT – Authorities say a Mississippi official who was facing federal corruption charges fatally shot himself the day he was to appear in court. Coroner Gary Hargrove says Supervisor William Martin died early Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, with a note found nearby. Martin had been set to appear […]

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two federal charges. (AP Photo/Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger)

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A businessman says a former Mississippi prison official solicited the first in a series of bribes that eventually mounted to $1.5 million. Former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory pleaded guilty Wednesday – Epps to two felony counts and McCrory to one. McCrory says Epps initially […]

Adam Armour | Itawamba Times
Arson suspects Dennis Howery, Tristen Loague and Collin Jones are escorted to the Itawamba County Jail following their initial court appearances Tuesday. The three suspects are volunteer firefighters accused of setting fire to a Dorsey area home.

By Adam Armour Itawamba Times FULTON – Three volunteer firefighters have been charged with starting a fire in a Dorsey area home. Wednesday morning, officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department charged Dennis Howery, 19, of Mantachie, Tristen Loague, 19, of Fulton, and Collin Jones, 20, of Mantachie, with arson. All three suspects are volunteers […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A personal care home operator in Tupelo was arrested and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable person. Attorney General Jim Hood said Demetria Donelson, 44, of Saltillo, turned herself in Tuesday following indictment from a Lee County grand jury on one count exploitation of a vulnerable person. The indictment alleges that […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A good time Saturday night turned into jail time Sunday morning for one couple. According to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, 911 received a call of a suspicious vehicle on County Road 712 around 7 a.m. Sunday. When deputies responded to the location between the Union and Richmond communities, they found […]

Daily Journal JACKSON – A Clay County man asked the Mississippi Court of Appeals to have his 10-year prison sentence reduced. Shelby Ray Parham, 48, was indicted on seven charges in April 2004 and pleaded guilty to one county of uttering a forgery. Due to past convictions, he was ruled a habitual criminal and sentenced […]