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November 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

TRUCK THEFT SENTENCE

Man ordered to repay more than $200,000 in theft from trucks

(Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been ordered to pay nearly $218,000 to cover the cost of merchandise he and four other stole from commercial trucks.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills sentenced 31-year-old Bryan Lucas earlier this month to three years of probation, plus the payment of restitution to truck lines and insurers.

Lucas and four other men have pleaded guilty to roles in a conspiracy to steal trailers at truck stops in Mississippi, Tennessee and other states.

WTVA-TV reports that among locations where trailers were stolen in Mississippi included Fulton, Oakland, Hickory Flat, Baldwyn and Okolona.

The merchandise was driven to a warehouse in Nashville and unloaded before being transported to Michigan.

The items taken included personal hygiene products, food, motor oil and antifreeze.

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MISSISSIPPI HOUSE-RUNOFFS

2 Mississippi House races are heading to Nov. 27 runoffs

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi election officials have certified that two special races for the state House of Representatives are headed to runoffs.

Voting is Nov. 27, and winners will fill the final year of a four-year term.

One runoff is in District 31 in parts of Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower and Washington counties.

Otis L. Anthony and Barbara Rose Brooks emerged from a group of eight candidates Nov. 6. The runoff winner will succeed Democrat Sarah Richardson Thomas of Indianola, who served 21 years and resigned June 30.

The other runoff is in District 85 in parts of Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson and Warren counties.

JoAnn Collins-Smith and Jeffery Harness emerged from a group of four candidates. The winner will succeed Democrat America "Chuck" Middleton, who was elected in 1995 and resigned in late August.

PARTY SHOOTING

Police say a shooting at a party left 1 dead and 3 injured

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting at a Mississippi Delta party that left one person dead and three injured.

Clarksdale police tell WHBQ-TV that the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m. Saturday at a restaurant and event hall called Bee Cee's.

Police are not identifying the person who died.

They say one unnamed person has been detained, but it's unclear if the person has been formally charged.

If the shooting is ruled a murder, it would be the 12th this year in the city of 18,000 people.

FATAL FIRE

Mississippi Gulf Coast man dies in mobile home fire

(Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com)

KILN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Gulf Coast man has died in a mobile home fire.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk tells the Sun Herald that the body of a 72-year-old man was found on the steps of his trailer near Kiln after it was destroyed by a fire Friday night.

Faulk says officials believe the man may have fallen while trying to escape the fire.

The coroner says officials believe they know the identity of the man, but are awaiting a DNA test to confirm his identity.

Officials say the roof had collapsed before firefighters arrived. Someone warned that a resident may have been inside, but firefighters were unable to enter the blazing home.

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MISSING MAN

Missing man found dead a month later, 2 charged with murder

(Information from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Investigators say a missing central Mississippi man is dead and are charging two people with murder.

WLBT-TV reports Hinds County sheriff's investigators and U.S. marshals found the body of 64-year-old Richard Cooper of Edwards in an abandoned Jackson house on Friday night.

Cooper had been missing for a month.

Jailed are Jessica Winston and Mackenzie Stuckey. The 31-year-old Winston was arrested last week and is charged with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and forgery. Stuckey is charged with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and auto theft.

It's unclear if either woman has a lawyer.

Cooper's daughter, Demetrice Ross, says that she found at Cooper's home a van he had been working on, with his belongings strewn around. The van was later stolen and found at a Jackson apartment complex.

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI-THE LATEST

The Latest: Espy says he's better for women than Hyde-Smith

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy is telling a gathering of Democratic women that he's a better choice to aid women in Mississippi than Cindy Hyde-Smith, the first woman to ever represent the state in Congress.

Espy and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat and possible 2020 presidential candidate, held a women's breakfast Saturday morning in Jackson.

The former congressman and secretary of agriculture cites his support for expanded health care coverage, gender equity, reducing student debt, and protecting insurance availability for people with pre-existing health conditions.

The event came on the same morning that President Donald Trump announced he would return to Mississippi on Nov. 26, the day before the runoff between Espy and Hyde-Smith, to hold rallies in Tupelo and Biloxi for Hyde-Smith.

The two are vying for the final two years of a six-year term.

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