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Black law enforcement officers hope to instill change

Jun. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A bad encounter with a police officer led Randall Davis to a career in law enforcement. Years ago, in Louisiana, Davis remembers sitting on the side of the road for two hours after an officer accused him of having stolen items in his truck. Davis went to the local police station to...

Pastor Todd Tilghman poses in the children's room of the Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Miss., Thursday, May 21, 2020, where portions of the television show

Mississippi lawmakers honor pastor who won 'The Voice'

Jun. 11, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi pastor who won “The Voice” has serenaded state lawmakers with “Amazing Grace.” Todd Tilghman appeared Thursday at the state Capitol, where he was honored with resolutions in the House and Senate. New outlets report that he also met later with...

Chief: Officer fired for using racial slur, captain demoted

Jun. 11, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An officer accused of using a racial slur has been fired from a Mississippi police department. Joey Lawn, a K-9 supervisor who had been with the department for more than 10 years, was fired June 3, Meridian Police Interim Chief Charles Coleman told news outlets this week. Coleman...

The Voice winner plots future as Meridian sings praise

Jun. 6, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — At the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, placed in the middle of its 360-degree Hall of Fame exhibit and surrounded by lit-up portraits of the Magnolia State’s legendary musicians such as Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley, Meridian’s Todd Tilghman belted out...

Police: Man ambushed, fatally shot woman at ATM

Jun. 2, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was arrested and accused of ambushing a woman at a drive-thru ATM and fatally shooting her, authorities said. Tanelius Burks, 18, was charged Monday with capital murder and denied bond Tuesday, news outlets reported. Interim Meridian Police Chief Charles Coleman...

Mississippi police officer suspended for alleged racial slur

Jun. 2, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer has been suspended with pay after he allegedly used a racial slur against a fellow officer. Meridian Police Officer Joey Lawn is accused of calling a black officer the n-word. Lawn is a K-9 supervisor who has been with the department for more than 10...

Mississippi police arrest suspect in stabbing death

May. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — One of two people accused in a stabbing death in south Mississippi is in custody. Isaiah Clark, 19, of Meridian, surrendered to authorities about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Meridian Interim Police Chief Charles Coleman said. Clark faces a charge of murder in the death of Jeremiah Andrew...

Police look for clues as man found shot dead in vacant house

May. 25, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Police in a Mississippi city are investigating after they found a dead man inside an abandoned house. Interim Meridian Police Chief Charles Coleman tells The Meridian Star that the body of an African American man was found around 10 a.m. Monday. The victim, who was shot in the...

Deputy honored for helping wounded Mississippi judge

May. 22, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi deputy who helped a wounded judge was honored for his actions, which may have saved the judge's life. Lauderdale County deputy Sam Upchurch received a plaque Thursday from Chancery Judge Charlie Smith at the courthouse in Meridian, news outlets reported. Upchurch, who...

Mississippi judge eager to return to work after being shot

May. 16, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge shot in March as he arrived at the courthouse says he's eager to get back to work. Lauderdale County Chancellor Judge Charles Smith hopes doctors will clear him for a return to the bench in a few weeks, WLBT-TV reported. “I’m looking forward to...