lawsuit set for trial
n BOONEVILLE - A former Booneville School District special education teacher will have her day in federal court March 29, 2010.
Kathy Anderson Lamb filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in October 2008, claiming that the school district violated her First Amendment right of free speech and also violated federal and state public policy.
Lamb said her contract to teach special education students was not renewed because of a stance she took against using corporal punishment on a severely autistic child.
She asked for a jury trial, which is set to be heard by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock.
Mike Tonos 4/3/09
Memphis man dead
after woods shooting
n ASHLAND -- A Collierville, Tenn., man is free on bond after being charged in a fatal shooting.
Officers say Tom Humphrey, 51, was released from the Benton County Jail on $50,000 bond Thursday. He's accused in the death of Richard Bryson, 50, of Memphis.
Benton County Medical Examiner John R. Riles said Bryson was shot Wednesday in the woods in northwest Benton County, a quarter mile from the Tennessee border.
Attorney Tony Farese of Ashland, who represents Humphrey, said the shooting occurred during a struggle for control of a pistol. He claims Bryson fired the gun at his client first.
allowed in offices
n The Stanford Financial receiver on Friday said it will allow former employees to return to certain branch offices next week to remove their personal belongings.
The eight offices scheduled include Columbus on Monday and Jackson on Tuesday.
The statement instructs former employees to bring "boxes, carts and other assistance, as necessary."
The receiver said the offices will be closed to former employees after their scheduled day for removal of belongings.
According to the statement, former employees from the Tupelo office have not been granted access to remove their belongings. The receiver said dates and times will be published over the next two weeks on www.stanfordfinancialreceivership.com.
Mike Tonos 4/3/09
Patsy Brumfield 4/3/09
Feds arrest man
in Florida case
n OXFORD - A Florida man accused of molesting his 9-year-old stepsister and an 11-year-old cousin was arrested in Tupelo on Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service's Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Robert Sean Elwell is in the Lee County jail awaiting return to Florida after task force members learned he was in Tupelo. A news release says he was arrested without incident.
Elwell is wanted by the Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff's Office on one count of capital sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12 and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior/molestation of a victim under the age of 12.
Daily Journal, wire reports