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June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am


Black Caucus backs Baria in Dem primary runoff for US Senate

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary runoff for a U.S. Senate seat.

The caucus chairwoman, Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, says Thursday that the 49-member group is supporting state Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis.

Baria is an attorney and third-term state lawmaker. He faces venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian in the June 26 primary runoff.

The Democratic nominee faces Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and two other candidates Nov. 6.

Williams-Barnes says Baria has voted for issues the caucus supports, such as education funding.

One caucus member, state Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel, placed third in the six-person Democratic Senate primary, and later endorsed Sherman. Scott tells The Associated Press that nobody asked her about participating in the caucus endorsement of Baria.


Moss Point man detained for assaulting 3 sheriff deputies

(Information from: The Mississippi Press,

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces charges for assaulting three sheriff deputies.

The Mississippi Press reports it happened Tuesday as 28-year-old Joshua Omar Mosley, of Moss Point, was attending a divorce hearing at the Jackson County Chancery Court.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says Mosley was a bystander at the hearing involving his brother. According to sheriff deputies, Mosley argued with a woman who also attended the hearing. When a deputy intervened, Ezell says Mosley assaulted him and knocked him to the ground. The deputy sustained a head injury. He was treated and later released from Singing River Hospital.

Two other deputies stepped in and suffered minor injuries.

Mosley is being held on three counts of simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. It's unknown if he has an attorney.



Jury: Hattiesburg didn't discriminate against court employee

(Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A federal jury has decided that the city of Hattiesburg did not discriminate against one of its employees.

The Hattiesburg American reports the jury Wednesday sided with the city in a complaint filed by Dana Coleman, who worked as a municipal court clerk in 2012.

Coleman contends she was the victim of racial discrimination and harassment by her African American co-workers and supervisors. She says she was excluded from employee events, including birthday parties and office lunches, because she is white. She also says she was wrongly fired in April 2016 because of false information provided by co-workers, who accused her of removing files from the court.

The city's attorney, Clark Hicks, says it's pleased by the decision.

Coleman's attorney, Daniel Waide, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.



Mississippi city could be getting first casino

(Information from: The Sun Herald,

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Developers are looking to build the first casino in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Long Beach.

The Sun Herald reports James Parrish and his company own a 12-acre (48562-square-meter) site, including a former Kmart and Sav-A-Center grocery store on the north side of U.S. 90, that they want to develop into a casino property. They plan to attend the July meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission asking for first approval for the proposed project in Long Beach.

According to a legal advertisement in the newspaper, the 40,000-square-foot (3716-square-meter) casino would have 1,200 slot machines and 20 table games, and the 300 hotel rooms required by Gaming Commission regulations. Those regulations also require a fine dining restaurant.

Parrish says they're partnering with Encompass Develop, Design & Construct in Louisville, Kentucky.



Vicksburg Police probe shooting of teen

(Information from: The Vicksburg Post,

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A 14-year-old has been hospitalized after a shooting being investigated by the Vicksburg Police Department.

Sgt. Johnnie Edwards says it happened Wednesday about 9:07 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, he says they found the teenager with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

The Vicksburg Post reports the victim, whose name has not been released, was listed in stable condition and airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Edwards says it appears an altercation took place but it was early in the investigation. He says a person of interest has been brought in for questioning, but further details were not released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 601-636-2511.



Mississippi State wide receiver Reginald Todd arrested

(Information from: The Clarion Ledger,

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State wide receiver Reginald Todd is free on bond after his arrest on an alleged simple assault charge.

The Clarion Ledger reports the 21-year-old was arrested Tuesday and processed into the Oktibbeha County jail. Details of what sparked the charge and information on his bond were not immediately available. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

Todd, who is entering his sophomore season, is one of a handful of receivers battling for playing time this season.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Todd had 14 receptions, 160 yards and one touchdown while playing in all 13 games.


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