Houston teen killed
in automobile accident
n HOUSTON – A 16-year-old Houston resident died Monday in an automobile accident, Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said.
The wreck involved an ambulance and the teen’s van, according to Harmon. Another passenger in the van was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
The accident took place around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 15 and County Road 405 near Houston. No names have been released by authorities.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
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Dispute with father
leads to son’s death
n RIPLEY – Police are investigating the fatal shooting last week of Tippah County man after an altercation with his father.
Wes Ford, 38, died about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in what appears to have been a case of self-defense, said Tippah County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Willis.
Wes Ford and his father, 74-year-old Bobby Ford, had been engaged in an ongoing dispute, Willis said. Wes Ford apparently threatened his father with a shotgun, and Bobby Ford shot him with a .38-caliber pistol.
The victim’s wife and mother both were at the Highway 4 West residence where they all lived, Willis said.
No charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation. It will be presented to a grand jury in October.
About $1M recovered
in insurance claims
n JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says nearly $1 million has been recovered in the resolution of insurance claim disputes in the first quarter of 2009.
The Consumer Services Division of the state Insurance Department is responsible for resolving disputes between companies and consumers regarding claims and refunds.
Chaney says the division has seen a 400 percent increase in the amount collected for consumers when compared to the first quarter of 2008.
He said the largest increase in collections this year was in property and casualty insurance. Over $737,000 was collected despite a 16 percent drop in the number of claims.
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for gaming machines
n LEXINGTON — The state attorney general’s office says three members of a Lexington family have been sentenced for having illegal gambling machines in their restaurant.
Van Hester, his wife, Mary, and their son, Eddie, owned and operated the Village Restaurant in Holmes County.
The husband and wife were sentenced March 26 for possession of gaming machines and possession of gaming machines without a permit. They were each fined $1,000.
Eddie Hester was fined $500.
Daily Journal, wire reports