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October 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

BANNED HIGH SCHOOL BAND

Band halftime program _ police held at gunpoint _ draws ire

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime program depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were recently shot to death.

Jackson school district Superintendent Errick Greene said Friday that the Mississippi High School Activities Association notified the district Wednesday of sanctions against Forest Hill High School. Greene says the district is considering an appeal because he questions whether students should be punished for following instructions from the band director.

Outcry against Forest Hill was swift after the Oct. 5 performance at a football game at Brookhaven High School.

Brookhaven officer James White and Cpl. Zach Moak were shot and killed Sept. 29 after responding to a call of shots fired.

EX-3 DOORS DOWN BASSIST-SENTENCED

Ex-3 Doors Down bassist gets 10 years on gun charge

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The founding member and former bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been sentenced to 10 years in Mississippi state prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.

News outlets report Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs gave Todd Harrell the maximum penalty during a hearing Thursday.

Authorities responded to Harrell's home after an alarm went off in June. Harrell's wife told deputies they had got into an argument that turned physical. While deputies were talking to the couple, they noticed guns and drugs in the home.

Harrell had served two years in prison for causing a fatal crash in Nashville in 2013. He testified in 2015 that he had been addicted to prescription drugs and was speeding.

The band, which has had hits including "Kryptonite," suspended Harrell after a second-offense DUI in 2012.

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Man wanted in Georgia hit-and-run is held in Mississippi

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a man who's being held in a Mississippi jail could be sent to Georgia, where he's a suspect in a July hit-and-run crash that caused multiple injuries and killed an unborn child.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Nicolas Alonzo-Ramos was in a van that was stopped by a state trooper Thursday on Interstate 20 in the metro Jackson area.

A patrol news release did not specify the reason for the traffic stop, but it said investigators found that Alonzo-Ramos is wanted on vehicular homicide in a crash that happened July 21 in Forsyth County, Georgia.

Jail records in Rankin County, Mississippi, show Alonzo-Ramos has a home address in Canton, Georgia. The records did not show whether he is represented by an attorney.

FUGITIVE CAPTURED

South Carolina man accused of burning caught in Mississippi

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — A South Carolina fugitive wanted on attempted murder charges has been arrested in northern Mississippi.

Local news outlets report Joseph Dwain Bryan was arrested Friday on Interstate 55 just south of Memphis, Tennessee.

He's jailed in DeSoto County awaiting extradition.

Bryan is wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Investigators say Bryan intentionally burned an unnamed man in South Carolina on Oct. 5.

Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds calls Bryan an "evil individual" who inflicted an "unbelievable" amount of torture and pain.

A Georgia burn center nurse contacted police to say she thought severe burns to the man's arms and face were intentionally inflicted.

Reynolds has said Bryan might be traveling with women named Mary Haggy, Lisa Haggy or Kathy Sanders. None was reported arrested Friday.

BOARD OF EDUCATION-HIGH SCHOOL ADVISERS

Mississippi Board of Education could add student advisers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi public high school students could soon become advisers to the state Board of Education.

The board on Thursday asked for public comment on a proposal to add the student representatives beginning in July. They wouldn't have a vote, but supporters say they could provide important student perspective to the state's K-12 governing body.

Students with a 2.5 grade-point average who would be enrolled in a public or charter high school could apply, with finalists being interviewed and chosen by the board. A senior and a junior would serve in the initial year. After that, the junior would continue for a second year, with a new junior being added each year for a two-year term.

The state Board of Education could vote on the plan in October.

BOLL WEEVILS

2 states up boll weevil traps after 2 found in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and Arkansas have stepped up boll weevil trapping because two of the destructive, long-snounted beetles were found in northern Mississippi.

The head of Mississippi's boll weevil eradication program says he thinks the two males probably hitched a ride on a vehicle, though nobody knows for sure how they arrived in Batesville. Farrell Boyd says intensive trapping within a mile of the spot where they were found in a trap on Sept. 29 hasn't turned up any more weevils.

Boll weevils did more than $23 billion in damage to U.S. cotton but are now eradicated from all cotton-producing states except part of southern Texas .

Arkansas has increased trapping at entry points from Texas and Mississippi. Louisiana has boosted trapping along Interstate 20 in eastern Louisiana.

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