By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Citing a state law approved in 2013, anyone wanting to host a gathering on the courthouse lawn in Tupelo will have to get a city permit. Until this week, county property was dealt with separately, especially when dealing with protests and demonstrations. County property was viewed as public […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – City officials participated in a private meeting Monday with a group of local clergy and community leaders urging police department reforms. The Coalition of Concerned Pastors and Leaders hosted a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the meeting, which they called a “productive” and “honest” effort at “building […]

By Emily Tubb Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will once again be able to house federal inmates, according to Monroe County Board Attorney David Houston during the July 8 board of supervisors meeting. The escape of a federal inmate from the Monroe County Detention Center in late May prompted the move […]


Monroe Journal Brandy Taylor, 40, of Nettleton, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as the result of a traffic stop on Highway 371. She was charged with possession of controlled substance and is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and Brandon businessman Cecil McCrory will wait a little longer to find out their sentence after pleading guilty in connection to a prison contracts bribery case. Federal prosecutors have said as many as 11 others could face criminal charges in the prison […]

By Juliet Linderman Associated Press BALTIMORE – A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors failed to win in the case. Lt. Brian Rice, the […]

Police guard the emergency room entrance of Our Lady Of The Lake Medical Center, where wounded officers were brought, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By Mike Kunzelman and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. – A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition shot and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated […]

Daily Journal A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper narrowly escaped injury Saturday night when his vehicle was struck by a distracted driver. The trooper was aiding a stranded pedestrian on I-22, near New Albany, at approximately 8:30 p.m., when the crash occurred. The trooper was standing at the rear of his vehicle when he noticed a […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – A civilian panel with the power to hear and investigate complaints of police misconduct is necessary to help rebuild trust between Tupelo law enforcement and the city’s black population, according to a local coalition of community leaders. Such panels are usually dubbed a citizen review board or a […]