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December 02, 2019 - 12:00 am

OBIT-NIELSEN COCHRAN

Former Mississippi utility regulator Cochran dies at 78

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nielsen Cochran, a Republican who served as a utility regulator on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, has died at age 78. Cochran family friend Brad White says the former commissioner died Monday after a long illness. Cochran was elected to the commission in 1983 and served until 2008.

OFFICER KILLED-MISSISSIPPI

Man pleads to accessory charge in killing of police officer

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping another man who is charged in the shooting death of an officer outside a Mississippi police station. Andre Anderson Sullivan, of Gulfport, waived a grand jury investigation and pleaded guilty Monday to accessory after the fact to capital murder in the May 5 death of Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen. Sullivan was one of four people accused of helping Darian Atkinson hide after McKeithen was slain.

NATCHEZ MAYOR

Mississippi city mayor says won’t seek another term in 2020

(Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/)

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of one Mississippi city says he will not seek a second term in 2020. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell made the announcement during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday evening. Grennell is a Democrat and was a longtime Adams County supervisor before he was elected mayor in June 2016.

STRAY BULLET CONCERNS

Man to propose ‘no shooting’ law because of stray bullets

(Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com)

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man says his home is being riddled with stray bullets from hunters and he is asking county officials to make it stop. WLOX-TV reports Paul Howd says he’s frustrated with stray bullets damaging his property and putting people at risk. Howd says he lives in an unincorporated part of Harrison County. He says hunters don’t realize his home and others are close to where they’re shooting because they believe the area is undeveloped. Howd will propose a no shooting ordiance Monday.

SWIMMING SPOT CLOSING

County closes swim spot that has had multiple drownings

(Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com)

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — County officials on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have closed a park that was a popular swimming spot but was also the site of multiple drownings. At least nine people have drowned since 2001 at Dedeaux Park, on the shores of the Biloxi River in Gulfport. In August, three 14-year-old boys drowned there in one day. The park originally was run by Harrison County, but the city of Gulfport maintained it from 1997 until September of this year. County supervisors have put the land up for sale.

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION-REAL ESTATE LAWSUIT

9th HOA sues Mississippi real estate firm over missing funds

(Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A ninth homeowner’s association is suing a Mississippi real estate company over missing funds. The Clarion Ledger reports the lawsuits filed against Ridgway Lane & Associates allege the company stole more than $1.6 million from Jackson-area HOA bank accounts.

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