By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Less than 24 hours after a woman was stabbed to death in a motel room, a man was arrested and is being held on a $1 million bond. William Merle Copeland, 59, was formally charged with murder Friday for the death of Tomika Morris. According to police, Copeland […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County Sheriff’s investigators still are looking for the individuals who beat and shot two men in west Lee County early Thursday morning. One man was shot twice with a small-caliber handgun and another was pistol-whipped after four unknown men reportedly entered a County Road 13 house just after midnight. “This […]

By Errol Castens and Jeff Eubanks Daily Journal OXFORD – An Abbeville man who had been with the waste department for at least a decade was identified as the employee killed in a one-vehicle accident involving a garbage truck Thursday. Kalvin Caldwell, 38, died after the Lafayette County Solid Waste Department sanitation truck he was […]

Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – A man was in critical condition Friday after being shot in the head three times. The victim, who has not been identified, was found slumped over his steering wheel on the 500 block of Stewart Street around 2 a.m. Friday, according to the Holly Springs Police Department. There were three […]


Daily Journal CALHOUN CITY – Calhoun County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for those responsible for the death of a Calhoun City man. William Duff, 42, was found dead in his home on West Taylor Avenue around 4 p.m. Friday. Sheriff Greg Pollan said a neighbor went next door to talk to him and found the […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. Fred W. Pagan, an office administrator for Cochran, was arrested Thursday. Court papers said Customs and Border Protection officers found a package on April 9 in Cincinnati, […]


By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Police have apprehended a man wanted in connection to a fatal Thursday night stabbing and charged him with murder. Billy Merle Copeland was captured around 8:30 a.m. Friday near Robert E. Lee Drive, according to Tupelo Deputy Chief Allan Gilbert. Copeland, of Pontotoc, was wanted as a suspect […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – A man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night has been charged with sexual battery and kidnapping. Stephen Tucker, 44, told police that he went to meet a woman at a South Gloster motel around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday. Instead, three men rushed out of the bathroom and robbed him […]


Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – A Byhalia man is recovering in a Memphis hospital after being shot by his cousin while turkey hunting in Union County. Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said cousins Jeffrey Johnson, of Byhalia, and Rickey Long, of Olive Branch, were hunting in west Union County Thursday morning when Johnson was accidentally […]