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Mississippi man convicted of felony dogfighting charges

Nov. 9, 2019 1:05 PM EST

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been convicted of felony dogfighting charges, two years after law enforcement officers found a dogfighting operation on his property in Adams County. A jury on Thursday found Tommie Queen guilty of three of the nine counts he faced. Circuit Judge Debra Blackwell...

Prison cadet accused of trying to smuggle contraband

Nov. 2, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Authorities say they found drugs, cellphones and other contraband inside the vehicle of a corrections cadet at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. In a news release, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said 49-year-old Diodelda Anderson of Natchez, Mississippi, was...

Veteran ranger heading to country's first national park

Nov. 2, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Sarah Davis has enjoyed her time in Tupelo and has nothing but praise for the people and environment. "The people are friendly, Tupelo is a great size town with a great location," said Davis, the chief ranger for the Natchez Trace Parkway. "It's five hours to the beach and four hours...

Plaque stolen from Mississippi veteran's cemetery

Oct. 28, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A veteran's cemetery in Mississippi says a bronze marker was stolen from the entrance of the memorial. The Natchez Democrat reports the plaque was noticeably missing Thursday from the Natchez National Cemetery and was reported stolen. Robert C. Winkler, assistant director of the...

City considers cash shift to promote TV and movie production

Oct. 26, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Some officials in a southwest Mississippi city want to shift money earmarked for business recruitment and to promote film and television production. Natchez aldermen this week voted 5-1 to research whether up to $100,000 in property tax revenue could be redirected. The money now goes...

Residents in 1 Mississippi county owe over $2M in trash fees

Oct. 23, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county is looking at ways to hold residents accountable for more than $2 million owed in outstanding garbage collection fees. The Natchez Democrat reports Adams County property owners collectively owe the sum to the local government, but the county is legally required to...

Sheriff: Deputy kills carjacking suspect

Oct. 19, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

NATCHEZ , Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff's deputy shot and killed a carjacking suspect. The Natchez Democrat reports that the shooting happened Thursday. Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker said Cameron L. Bennett was shot and killed by one of his deputies Thursday when Bennett tried to run the...

Police: Man crashes into historic site, assaults officer

Oct. 10, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

NATCHEZ , Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi say a man driving under the influence crashed his car onto the grounds of a historic building owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and later assaulted a police officer. The Natchez Democrat reported Wednesday that 45-year-old Jason Adams faces...

Mississippi city rejects mental health facility despite need

Oct. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Officials in southwest Mississippi have denied a rezoning request for a mental health facility, despite complaints that the area is underserved. Natchez aldermen on Tuesday unanimously rejected rezoning property to allow a crisis stabilization unit, a small mental hospital meant to...

Callon Petroleum to close Natchez office, lay off about 36

Oct. 4, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — An oil and natural gas company that was founded in Mississippi 70 years ago is closing its local office. The Natchez Democrat reports Callon Petroleum announced Thursday that it is closing its Natchez office in mid-2020 to save costs. Callon said in November that its official...