News Briefs July 14, 2009

Pontotoc county Boy dies in shooting
– ECRU – An 8-year-old boy died after a shooting at a home on Main Street Monday afternoon. Authorities have not released a name.
The child was moving a gun when it went off according to an anonymous source.

Swine flu confirmed in Alcorn, Prentiss
– Alcorn and Prentiss counties recorded their first confirmed cases of swine flu in the past week.
In its weekly update, the Missisissippi State Department of Health reported two cases of the novel H1N1 flu virus in Alcorn County and one case in Prentiss County
Around Northeast Mississippi, two more cases were confirmed in Monroe County.
Mississippi now has 212 confirmed cases of the swine flu; no deaths have been reported in Mississippi.
To date, the swine flu has not been any more severe than a typical seasonal flu. As with any strain of flu, infants, the elderly, pregnant women and those with pre-existing health conditions are at the most risk for complications.

Ex-officer found guilty in fraud
– OXFORD – Former West Point police officer Boone Lairy has been convicted for his role in a conspiracy that federal prosecutors say defrauded Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers out of $18,000.
Lairy was convicted last week in federal court in Oxford of one count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement and one count of theft and embezzlement. He will be sentenced later.
Lairy, Shawnee Holiday of Aberdeen and Nathan Smith, a former Columbus police officer, were indicted in 2008 on charges of defrauding the Crimestoppers organization. Charges against Smith were dismissed.
Holiday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Neighboring property owner seeks school land
– CORINTH- A homeowner with property joining the East Corinth Elementary School campus has asked the Corinth School Board for an opportunity to purchase a small strip of the property that adjoins his land.
Jack Jones, who lives at 122 Caroline Street, made his request at the regular Monday board meeting. Jones said there is a 50-foot-by-200-foot strip of land that he initially told the school district he was interested in purchasing more than a decade ago. Now that the district is planning to dispose of the East Corinth school after constructing a new elementary, Jones asked for renewed consideration of his request.
Board President Ann Walker and Superintendent Lee Childress told Jones his request would be considered when the district is ready to move on disposal of the property.
The board’s attorney, however, will need to provide guidance on what the school district’s options are, Childress said.

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