LOCAL BRIEFING: Tupelo man charged with assaulting officer

djournal-In-the-NewsTUPELO – A Tupelo man has been arrested and charged with felony domestic violence and simple assault on a police officer.

Tupelo officers were escorting a victim to a local apartment complex where they encountered Dustin Fair, 24. According to a news release, Fair attacked the victim and a police officer, and Fair threatened the officer with a knife. Backup officers arrived and took Fair into custody. The officer and victim received minor injuries.

Fair’s bond has been set at $1,400.

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State receives grantto protect battlefield

BALDWYN – The National Park Service has awarded a grant of $34,027 to the state of Mississippi for the purchase of about one acre of land at the Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield.

The funds will go to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Mississippi was one of five states receiving grants. National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the grants Monday in a news release.

In the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, Confederate forces led by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a much larger Union force on June 10, 1864. In all, the Union force suffered 2,240 casualties while Confederates lost only 492.

The tactics employed by Forrest to turn back Brig. Gen. Samuel Sturgis’ Union cavalry still are studied by military strategists today.

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Crawford man arrested in Columbus shooting

COLUMBUS – A Crawford man has been charged with murder in a fatal shooting in Columbus on Friday.

Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Randall Carl Cooper, 20, surrendered Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

McQueen said Virgil Harris, 23, was shot multiple times while getting out a car at a city intersection.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Harris was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where he was pronounced dead at 2:27 a.m. Friday.

Cooper is being held in the Lowndes County Jail without bond pending an initial court appearance.

Daily Journal, wire reports