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An Ellisville Police Department officer is facing charges of child molestation. David Luna, 44, was booked into the Jones County Adult Detention just before 11 a.m. on two counts of molesting-touching a child for lustful purposes.

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Three arrests have been made in relation to an armed robbery from November of last year, according to the Ellisville Police Department.

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Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered all Mississippi public schools to be closed through April 17 to help combat the spread of coronavirus. Local administrators will be meeting to see how to provide services to students during this time.

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An Ohio woman who is accused of killing her young son in a Laurel hotel is being transported back to Jones County from New Orleans, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department and District Attorney Tony Buckley confirmed.

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Murder suspect Latina Marie Oates, 33, of Powell, Ohio, is in custody in New Orleans and the two children who were with her are OK, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department said. Oates is accused of murder in the death of her 11-year-old son Josh, according to unconfirmed reports. The…

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A young child has been found dead in a room at Hampton Inn in Laurel and the death is being investigated as a homicide, officials confirmed. Investigators with the Laurel Police Department, EMServ Ambulance and Deputy Coroner Ernest Hollingsworth were on the scene. LPD Chief Tommy Cox said h…

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A Laurel man who is accused of shooting at a Sandersville police officer during a multi-county high-speed pursuit on Monday evening is facing multiple felony charges.

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The driver of an SUV fired shots at a Sandersville police officer Monday evening during a high-speed chase that spanned three counties before the suspect crashed and was captured. 

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CLINTON — To protect the health and safety of our students and communities, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is suspending all sanctioned contests and activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Mississippi. This policy was put in place after a confe…

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Make sure to pick up Saturday's (March 14) special edition of the Leader-Call. We will have information from local schools, businesses and South Central Regional Hospital as they all react to the coronavirus crisis that is sweeping the nation. 

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The Jones County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of Henry David Jernigan. He fled from deputies at a traffic safety checkpoint overnight before abandoning the vehicle he was driving and escaping into the woods on Old Highway 84 at Masonite Lake Road in the Myri…

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The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s narcotics agents and SWAT team executed simultaneous search warrants at 4 a.m. Tuesday and made drug arrests at residences on Township and Dick Sumrall roads, according to a press release from Sheriff Joe Berlin. The warrants were in response to “numer…

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An unidentified man who was walking on Ovett-Moselle Road, near Highway 29, suffered what were described as serious injuries when he was struck by an SUV just before 5 p.m., Jones County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed. 

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A fatality has been reported at a fire on Sandhill-Township Road. Firefighters, EMServ medics and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene. Look for more information from the Leader-Call as it becomes available.

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Michael Shane Askew, 52, who is accused of killing 82-year-old Betty Dickerson in her Shady Grove home, was charged with capital murder and denied bond at the Jones County Justice Court Tuesday afternoon.

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Ex-supervisor Jerome Wyatt has plead guilty to embezzlement. He was ordered to serve five years probation with community service, in addition to paying restitution in the amount of $6,076.46. 

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Murder suspect Michael Shane Askew, 52, of Bay Springs has waived extradition at a hearing before a judge in Nashville. Jones County Sheriff’s Department investigators are expected to go pick him up next week and bring him back to Jones County to face charges in the stabbing death of 82-year…

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A Jasper County man is the Shady Grove murder suspect who is in custody in Tennessee after being captured by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday night.

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Bond was denied as charges were upgraded for the driver who is accused of killing a local teacher's unborn child in a head-on collision as she was returning from her baby shower back in January.

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A suspect is in custody, charged with murder in the death of 82-year-old Betty Dickerson of the Shady Grove Community, Sheriff Joe Berlin reports.

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UPDATED, FEB. 18, 10:53 A.M. -- The Toyota Camry belonging to murder victim Betty Dickerson, 82, was located passing through Georgia early this morning. Law enforcement officials do not have the car or driver in custody. Check back here and at www.leader-call.com for more updates as they bec…

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An elderly woman was found dead in her home in the Shady Grove Community early Monday afternoon. Family members and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department are identifying the victim as 81-year-old Betty Dickerson.

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There is a heavy law enforcement presence at a residence on Shady Lane where it's been reported that a body has been discovered inside. Officials have confirmed this is being investigated as a homicide. Updates will come as we receive them. 

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Two Jones County convicts who were wanted for failing to comply with court orders are back behind bars and will have to face the judge again.

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One man who was just in court on drug charges and one man who is supposed to be in court this month on drug charges are behind bars for other offenses after being arrested by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

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A fire ravaged the top portion of a home on Heatherwood Drive Tuesday afternoon with no injuries reported, according to first responders.

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 A pregnant woman was caught in the crossfire when two men got into a shootout in the parking lot of Southern Hens in Moselle on Friday evening, sources with knowledge of the incident reported.

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The body of a Hispanic man was found on a boat ramp in Eastabuchie in Jones County on Sunday morning and a suspect is in custody in an investigation that has been turned over to the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department. 

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The pursuit of a Memphis man and his 2-year-old daughter ended in Soso, with the man being arrested and the toddler being taken to South Central Regional Medical Center, presumably in good condition, Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith said.