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December 01, 2018 - 12:00 am


Charges dropped against woman in death of estranged husband

(Information from: WLOX-TV,

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman arrested in connection with the May murder of her estranged husband no longer faces any charges related to his death.

WLOX-TV reports 28-year-old Octavia Williams-Biggs was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact in the death of her husband, 31-year-old Lorenzo Biggs, who was shot in Pascagoula on May 4.

Sheriff Mike Ezell confirmed that jail records show Williams-Biggs was released Friday after a Jackson County grand jury did not find enough evidence to try her on the accessory charge.

Biggs' brother has said that Williams-Biggs was dating the man accused of shooting her husband. Rouvell Thigpen surrendered to police three days after Biggs' death. He remains in the Jackson County jail on the murder charge with Bond set at $50,000.



Dem defeated in Mississippi US Senate race could run in 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat who lost a contentious U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi this week is preparing to run again in two years.

A document filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday creates a "Mike Espy for Senate Campaign Committee" for 2020. The form was electronically signed by Espy, and an official in his 2018 campaign confirmed to The Associated Press that the document is real.

Espy, who is black, lost Tuesday to white Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Mississippi's history of racist lynchings became a focal point after a video showed Hyde-Smith praising a supporter by saying she would be on the front row of a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her.

Hyde-Smith won the final two years of a term started by Republican Thad Cochran, who retired in April.


US Navy commissioning new destroyer Thomas Hudner in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy's newest guided-missile destroyer is being named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War.

The commissioning ceremony for the USS Thomas Hudner is scheduled for Saturday in Boston.

The Maine-built Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is being named in honor of Thomas Hudner, a Fall River native and longtime Concord resident who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for crash-landing his plane to try and save the life of Ensign Jesse Brown during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in December 1950.

Brown was shot down and trapped in his burning plane. Hudner intentionally crash-landed in freezing temperatures and tried unsuccessfully to pull Brown free.

Hudner died last November at age 93.


3 charged after Mississippi man's body is found in well

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — Three people in Mississippi are charged with capital murder after a man's body was found in a well.

Grenada County Deputy Sheriff Eric Williamson says 31-year-old Monique Lott; her brother, 32-year-old Mack Lott; and 27-year-old Marquize Tillmon are charged in the death of 37-year-old Willie Hooper.

Williamson says Monique Lott has been dating Hooper's ex-girlfriend.

Investigators believe Hooper was shot and killed Sunday at a home in rural Grenada County after going to visit his ex-girlfriend.

Authorities on Thursday pulled his body from a well on property owned by the Lotts' relatives in nearby Montgomery County.

All three suspects are being held in the Grenada County jail without bond. They are represented by public defenders, and efforts to reach those attorneys for comment Friday were not immediately successful.


Cities cancel Christmas activities over weather threat

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Christmas is going to have to wait for some parts of the Deep South because of a threat of severe weather.

Cities from Louisiana to Georgia are postponing or canceling their annual Christmas parades because forecasters say there's a possibility of strong storms on Friday and Saturday.

The postponements include cities like Sulphur in Louisiana; Opelika in Alabama; and Albany, Georgia.

Forecasters say there's a threat of severe storms from southern Kansas to coastal Mississippi on Friday. The possibility of bad weather moves eastward on Saturday to include much of the southern portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, plus the western Florida Panhandle.

The Storm Prediction Center says strong storms as possible as far north as the Great Lakes.


3 women accuse children's home employee of sexual assault

(Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A former house parent at a Mississippi children's home is on trial over allegations that he sexually abused three children.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the three women testified in court this week that 45-year-old Seth Copes sexually abused them while at the home.

Twin sisters, now 20, testified Tuesday that they moved to the home in 2006 when they were 7 years old. They said they were abused while living with Copes and his wife, Kara. They said Copes was the preferred parent, and that closeness kept them from reporting the abuse until 2013.

An unrelated woman, now 21, testified Thursday that she also was abused when she lived at the home with Copes.


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