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Judge Billie J. Graham has been appointed Chancery Court Judge of the 19th Chancery Court District of Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves announced today. Graham has served in a variety of legal roles throughout her career, from solo practitioner in chancery court to Justice Court judge.

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A Sandersville police officer was shot in the line of duty and the suspect is in custody, local law enforcement officials are reporting. Officer Miguel Grimaldo, who is a part-time officer for the SPD and a reserve deputy with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, reportedly approached a ma…

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A Jones County woman is dead and the suspect in her death is in custody in the hospital, Sheriff Joe Berlin said. Adam Mills, 28, is being charged with murder. Jones County Sheriff’s Department deputies took him into custody on Powers Drive, just off Highway 184, just before 4 a.m. They were…

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An officer with the Ellisville Police Department has been arrested on drug-related charges.

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DEATH INVESTIGATION: The Laurel Police Department is investigating the death of 22-year-old Robert Jasper on Brown Circle around midnight on Monday. Chief Tommy Cox confirmed that investigators were looking into an incident that “resulted in a death” after the victim was transported to Forre…

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An inmate died at the Jones County Adult Detention Center on Thursday afternoon, but details of the death weren’t made public as of Friday afternoon.

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A tornado has struck Soso Volunteer Fire Department and numerous homes between Soso and Moss, according to reliable reports. There are also reports of injuries in residences in Calhoun and near Moss. Another large tornado is tracking right behind it, forecasters say. Jones and Jasper countie…

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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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A special election for the District 88 House seat has been set for April 21, according to a Writ of Election that Gov. Tate Reeves sent to Jones County Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks. 

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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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An Ellisviille man who was accused of breaking into South Jones and stealing money has been arrested.

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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.