News Briefs April 20, 2009

Woman faces sentencing
for embezzlement April 28
– CORINTH – A Corinth woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $150,000 from her employer is due to be sentenced April 28.
Pat Lancaster, 51, of 2102 Roundelay Drive pleaded guilty in Alcorn County Circuit Court to four counts of embezzling about $156,000 from Long Wholesale from 2001 through 2006, said Assistant District Attorney Arch Bullard.
Lancaster faces a sentence of 10 years in prison on each count and a fine of $10,000 per count.

Arena begins talks
to bring more musicals
– TUPELO – Fans of Broadway musicals may get a series of special treats in late 2009 and early 2010.
Todd Hunt, director of the BancorpSouth Arena, said the promoter of the April 2 production of “Cats” is considering bringing three more musicals to Tupelo.
“We would like to start that in the fall of ’09,” Hunt told the Tupelo Coliseum Commission on Monday. “That’s up to the promoter.”
More than 2,300 people attended “Cats.” According to Hunt, “That was every ticket we could sell.”

Washington County
Democrats challenge candidate for mayor
– LELAND – The Leland Democratic Municipal Executive Committee has asked an appeals court to stop James Lowe from running for mayor.
Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered that Lowe’s name be placed on the May 5 primary ballot. The judge ruled Lowe met all the legal qualifications to run as a Democrat.
Lowe, a former alderman, wants to run against incumbent Democratic Mayor Barbara Brooks.
The Democratic committee has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to reverse Pepper’s decision.
The committee refused to certify Lowe as a candidate, saying Lowe served on the local Republican Municipal Executive Committee.
In court papers, Lowe said he was a lifelong Democrat and served on the Republican committee in 2005 only to oppose Brooks’ election.
Jackson County
Car found burning traced to dead couple
– PASCAGOULA – A burning car found in Mississippi’s Hurley community has been traced to a couple found dead in their home over the weekend.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said his investigators found the burning Chevrolet Lumina about 7 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses told investigators that they saw a man near the vehicle. Byrd said investigators think the man is a suspect in the slaying of an elderly couple found Saturday in Jefferson Davis County.
Byrd said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
The sheriff’s Department responded to a call Saturday and found the bodies of 74-year-old Edward Eugene Redd and his 70-year-old wife, Cherilene Fuller Redd, Sheriff Henry McCullum said.

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