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  • Same-sex couple in Mississippi goes to court to seek divorce

    07/03/2015 12:26:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2015 2:45 PM EDT | Jack Elliott Jr.
    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce. Hood sided Thursday with a similar request filed by the attorney for Lauren Czekala-Chatham, who argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other states. That was key to Chatham’s arguments as she seeks a divorce from Dana Ann Melancon. They were married in California in 2008. “That’s awesome,” Czekala-Chatham told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I can get...
  • Supreme Court Takes No Action on Mississippi Abortion Law

    06/30/2015 4:42:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Jun 30 2015, | Pete Williams
    The U.S. Supreme Court today took no action on a dispute over a Mississippi abortion law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. As a result, the law will remain on hold for several more months — perhaps until the court decides whether to take a similar law from Texas. The Supreme Court Monday blocked enforcement of the Texas law while it's on appeal.
  • Earthquake reported in Madison County (MS)

    06/29/2015 6:21:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WTVA ^ | 6/29/15
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has shaken Madison County, Mississippi. It was the third quake in the area in the past two months. Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, says the 3.2-magnitude quake occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was about 4 miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast of Jackson. Caruso says it was too small for any significant damage to be likely. He says analysts don't know what fault is involved.
  • [Mississippi] AG gives clerks OK for same-sex marriage licenses

    06/29/2015 9:37:32 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    twitter ^ | 06/29/2015 | Kate Royals
    BREAKING: Letter from the AG's office has reportedly OK'd issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Stay still not lifted.
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • After Gay Marriage Decision, Mississippi May Stop Issuing All Marriage Licenses

    06/27/2015 12:09:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 265 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 26, 2015 | Polly Mosendz
    Mississippi is considering pulling the plug on issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court struck down bans on gay marriage Friday morning. As the state's governor and lieutenant governor condemned the court's decision, state House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson began studying ways to prevent gay marriage in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant said he would do all he can "to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi." To Bryant's point of doing "all" the state could do, Gipson, who is a Baptist minister, suggested removing marriage licenses entirely.
  • Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: ‘I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum’

    06/24/2015 9:35:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/24/2015 | By David Sherfinski
    U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, said Wednesday he believes the state flag of Mississippi, which features the Confederate emblem, should be replaced. “After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying to all Mississippians,” Mr. Wicker said in a statement. “As the descendant of several brave Americans who fought for the Confederacy, I have not viewed Mississippi’s current state flag as offensive. However, it is clearer and clearer to me that many of my fellow citizens feel differently and that our state flag increasingly...
  • GOP speaker of Mississippi House: Time to get rid of the Confederate symbol here, too

    06/23/2015 11:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/23/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the symbology of rebellion and disunity may finally be falling out of favor in the South. Yesterday, Nikki Haley gathered with both Republicans who had previously supported the Confederate flag flying on state capitol grounds and asked the legislature to take it down. Shortly afterward, the Republican speaker of Mississippi’s state called for changing the state flag to remove the Confederate device within it: Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday night that the Confederate emblem in the state’s official flag has to go.“We must always remember...
  • Top lawmaker: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

    06/22/2015 9:35:31 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 47 replies
    AP ^ | June 22, 2015 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and CLAIRE GALOFARO
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A top Mississippi lawmaker said Monday that the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first top-tier Republican to call for a change in the flag, which has had the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner since Reconstruction. "We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us," Gunn, a leader in his local Baptist church, said in a statement. "As a Christian, I believe our state's flag has become a point of offense that...
  • After Charleston, A Battle Against The Confederacy Is Waged Nationwide

    06/22/2015 5:28:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | June 22, 2015 | David Mack
    A park in Baltimore. A statue at a university campus in Texas. An entire Southern state’s flag. These seemingly disparate items scattered across the United States have long been bound together by their enduring ties to the Confederacy — and the feelings of shame, embarrassment, and hurt such ties have in turn prompted in many people. Then last week, nine black people were gunned down inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, allegedly by a 21-year-old white man who appears to have a history of using Confederate symbols to espouse racist hate. After days of grief and soul-searching...
  • Mississippi investigator shoots family dog

    A Cleveland family has been left devastated after an officer shot and killed their beloved one-year-old golden retriever as he was on a leash in the family’s backyard. Cleveland police told the family the officer felt threatened by the dog after the dog barked, even though the officer was aware it was leashed. The incident took place Friday when dog owner Tyler Muzzi saw a stranger walking around his neighbor’s home. Muzzi contacted his neighbor and then called police to check on the situation. Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the man who had by that time broken into the...
  • Loss of Health Care Subsidies Would Impact South More than Anywhere Else

    06/16/2015 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Macon) ^ | June 16, 2015 21:23 UTC | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — (...) The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the subsidies can continue for 6.4 million people in 34 states who use the federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov. (...) More than 4.1 million people, or nearly two out of three who could lose their subsidies in the case this year, live in just 13 Southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/16/3799971/loss-of-health-care-subsidies.html#storylink=cpy
  • Endangered frog finds new home in Jackson County

    06/13/2015 3:00:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 6/12/15 | JEFF CLARK
    GAUTIER -- An endangered South Mississippi frog may be leaping away from extinction and into repopulation, thanks to a program at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier.Fifty-six dusky gopher frogs, a species indigenous to Harrison County, were released Friday into a pond on the refuge in Jackson County, bringing to 1,074 the number of the frogs that have been released since May. The dusky gopher frog, considered a "critically endangered" animal, has been on the endangered-species list since 2001. "We are taking an existing population of the frogs from Saucier in Harrison County and repopulating them elsewhere,"...
  • JPD (Mississippi) officer injured in crash to be released from hospital

    06/11/2015 2:29:57 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies
    WLBT TV ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Roslyn Anderson
    JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A JPD officer is almost recovered, and could be released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after his patrol car was hit Monday.
  • Breaking News from the Delta - June 3rd

    06/02/2015 10:07:16 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 42 replies
    The third of June in any year | Just me
    It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was balin' hay And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet" And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge" "Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge" 'n' Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas "Well Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please" "There's five more...
  • Kelly Wins Runoff for Mississippi House Seat (Republican)

    06/02/2015 6:53:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Rollcall ^ | June 2, 2015
    District Attorney Trent Kelly, a Republican, will win a special-election runoff in Mississippi’s 1st District by a nearly 2-1 margin Tuesday night, succeeding the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, The Associated Press projects. With just over half of the vote in, Kelly was leading Democrat Walter Zinn, 69 percent to 31 percent, the AP reported.
  • MDOC: Suspect in weekend kidnapping was correctional officer (Great Guns Save Lives story)

    06/01/2015 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brad Conaway
    On Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher approved immediate suspension without pay of a correctional officer charged in a kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide that occurred in Jackson on Saturday morning. Fisher learned after Andre Kennedy's arrest that Kennedy is one of 520 officers working at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. Kennedy, 22, was hired in January 2014. He is charged with capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in a case involving an Eastover homeowner. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide. Hinds County Coroner identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin...
  • Senator Marries Aide a Year After Denying Affair (Thad Cochran)

    05/31/2015 11:24:44 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 30 replies
    Newser ^ | May 30, 2015 | Arden Dier
    Thad Cochran's camp batted down rumors last year of a romance between the senator and longtime aide Kay Webber, the New York Times reports, amid criticism that Webber had joined Cochran on 28 taxpayer-funded trips to 45 countries costing more than $150,000. Now, in a one-sentence statement, his office confirms that Cochran, 77, put a ring on it on Saturday during a private family ceremony in Gulfport, Miss., the Clarion-Ledger reports. Cochran's wife of 50 years—photographed by an anti-Cochran blogger in a nursing home last year—died in December at 73 after suffering from dementia, the Washington Post reports. A Cochran...
  • MFP’s Sarcastic Top 12 Ways Rand Paul Defeated the Washington Machine

    04/11/2015 5:08:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    1 Rand Paul defeated the Washington machine by comparing opponents of amnesty to Nazis… (SNIP) 2 Then he defeated the Washington machine by sucking up to psychotic liberal Kirsten Gillibrand… (SNIP) 5 Then he defeated the Washington machine by endorsing Mitch McConnell even after McConnell pledged to “crush” conservatives… (SNIP) 6 Then he defeated the Washington machine by ditching Steve King… (SNIP) 8 Then he defeated the Washington Machine by telling conservatives to “get over” Thad Cochran election fraud… (SNIP) 12 Then he defeated the Washington machine by sucking up to black supremacist Al Sharpton…
  • Rand Paul on Mississippi: ‘I’m for more people voting’

    06/25/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25 at 2:34 PM | Paul Kane
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, declined to support tea party critics of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's efforts to mobilize non-GOP voters to win the Republican nomination."I'm for more people voting, not less people voting," Paul told reporters Wednesday.Paul, an original tea party icon for his 2010 GOP primary win over the establishment, has worked assiduously the past year on broadening his party's appeal to minority voters, including negotiating with Democrats on efforts to rewrite the Voting Rights Act.Cochran's vote total grew by almost 40,000 votes from the initial June 3 primary to Tuesday's runoff against state...
  • Why Did Sen. Rand Paul Vote To Confirm Chuck Hagel? Here’s His Answer

    02/28/2013 9:31:14 PM PST · by Mozilla · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 27, 2013 | Becket Adams
    The U.S. Senate voted 58-41 Tuesday to confirm former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as America’s new defense secretary, but not without a little controversy. Four Republican senators backed Hagels’ confirmation: Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Rand Paul (Ky.), as noted yesterday on TheBlaze. Understandably, Sen. Paul’s vote took some by surprise. After all, didn’t the Kentucky senator vote against cloture before voting for Hagel’s confirmation (answer: Yes). In an attempt to figure out this apparent contradiction, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer on Wednesday asked the senator about his “aye” vote. “You helped lead the...
  • Voting Totals Reveal Crucial Boost From Blacks in Thad Cochran’s Victory

    07/09/2014 2:21:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Nate Cohn and Derek Willis
    The precinct level returns in Hinds County bolster the theory that a surge in black, Democratic turnout allowed Senator Thad Cochran to defeat Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed state senator, in last month’s Republican primary runoff in Mississippi. Mr. Cochran won by 7,667 votes. Nearly half — a net 3,532 votes — came from the most Democratic precincts in Jackson’s Hinds County, where President Obama won a combined 97.8 percent of the vote in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday night by the Mississippi secretary of state. The surge in turnout was clearest in overwhelmingly black precincts; turnout sometimes increased...
  • Thad Cochran courting black Democrats to rescue GOP in Mississippi

    06/24/2014 12:32:47 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 24 2014 | Paul Lewis
    Democratic-leaning black voters in Mississippi are being asked to rescue the Republican establishment from another defeat by the Tea Party on Tuesday, in the final chapter of one of the most bizarre races of the Senate primary season. The Mississippi Republican primary was forced into a run-off earlier this month after Chris McDaniel, a former talk radio host and Tea Party conservative, narrowly triumphed over , the incumbent senator who has occupied the same seat for four decades. In the closing stages of the Mississippi race, 76-year-old Cochran, the epitome of a southern, Republican appropriator, has taken the unusual step...
  • Congressional Black Caucus to Thad Cochran: You Owe Us

    07/01/2014 12:14:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/14 | Anne Palmer Lauren French
    Thad Cochran won a primary runoff by turning out the black vote. Now they are asking — what are you going to do for us? Already the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are talking about what they want Cochran to do. The wish list is filling up with ideas like maintaining funding for food stamps, beefing up programs that help poor blacks in Mississippi and even supporting the Voting Rights Act. Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Latest on POLITICO Big cyber hack of health records is "only a matter of time" Clark Hill adds 2 in public affairs Hobby...
  • Blacks to Thad Cochran: You owe us

    06/30/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/2014 | By ANNA PALMER and LAUREN FRENCH
    Thad Cochran won a primary runoff by turning out the black vote. Now they are asking — what are you going to do for us? Already the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are talking about what they want Cochran to do. The wish list is filling up with ideas like maintaining funding for food stamps, beefing up programs that help poor blacks in Mississippi and even supporting the Voting Rights Act. “Absolutely we have expectations,’’ Rep Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), said in an interview. And while Cochran beat back a tea party challenger by reminding voters, particularly black voters, that...
  • Police officer 'dragged into the woods to be killed by three men' saved when his K-9 chases after

    05/27/2015 9:40:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/15 | Chris Spargo
    They told him they were going to slit his throat, and they were dragging him toward the woods,' Chief Deputy Don Bass said according to The Clarion-Ledger. He said the men then planned on dumping the body after killing him. When asked if the incident might have something to do with recent gangs stating they would attack any police officers they encountered on sight, Bass said: 'At this point in time I don't care.' Regardless of their motivation, the men were quickly foiled when Frazier managed to unlock the back doors of his squad car using a pop mechanism that...
  • Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide (Wife Died in December)

    05/26/2015 1:24:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/25/15 | Louis Nelson
    The Mississippi senator’s previous wife died in December.Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran married his longtime executive assistant, Kay Webber, over the holiday weekend, according to a report from the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. The 77-year-old Republican wed Webber, who has worked for him since 1981, in a private ceremony in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Saturday. Cochran’s staff, which had denied any knowledge of an impending wedding as recently as last week, released the news in a one-sentence statement. Webber is also 77. Story Continued Below Cochran’s previous wife of 50 years, Rose Cochran, died last December. She spent the final 13 years...
  • US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says

    05/25/2015 11:43:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has married longtime aide Kay Webber. In a statement released Monday, Cochran's office said the marriage took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. Spokesman Chris Gallegos says Webber, Cochran's executive assistant, has worked for him since 1981. The 77-year-old senator's former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for 13 years.
  • Hancock deputy beaten, cut during traffic stop

    05/20/2015 7:46:55 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    The Clarion ledger ^ | May 19, 2015 | Therese Apel
    ...The deputy suffered a two-and-a-half-inch cut to his forehead and multiple bodily injuries. The doctor told the deputy it looked like the cut was made by a box cutter. "They roughed him up, but the officer was able to press a button and release his K-9 from the backseat," Adam said. The dog bit at least one of the suspects, potentially saving the officer's life, Adam said. That was more than good equipment and a good dog, Adam said. "We have four K-9 units here, but only two of our vehicles are equipped with the pop mechanism," he said. But...
  • Official: Men tried to carry Hancock deputy into woods to kill him

    05/20/2015 1:26:37 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 5/19/15 | WESLEY MULLER
    PEARLINGTON -- A Hancock County lawman narrowly escaped an attempt on his life during a roadside stop Monday night on U.S. 90/Chef Menteur Highway, when three men attacked him from behind and tried to carry him off into a wooded area. Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said it appears the attackers intended to kill the deputy as they fought for his sidearm and tried to carry him off the roadway. "It seems like they were trying to take him back to the woods," Grannan said while on the scene early Tuesday. "They were going to dispose of him. They were...
  • Mississippi deputy injured in Hancock County nighttime traffic stop, newspaper reports

    05/19/2015 2:46:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 5 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/19/15 | James Varney
    A Mississippi manhunt is underway in Hancock County. It kicked into action Monday evening after a sheriff's deputy was beaten in a traffic stop, according to an account in The Sun Herald. The stop happened in Pearlington. An unidentified officer pulled over a blue Lincoln Towncar with a black top and a lone driver around 10 p.m. on Old Highway 90, police said. The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana as he approached, and then was startled by two men who burst out of the nearby woods and attacked him, Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said. "They roughed him up, but the...
  • King of the Blues, R.I.P.

    05/16/2015 3:33:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | May 15, 2015 | Robert Stacy McCain
    America has lost a national treasure: B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said...
  • Subway Fires Mississippi Employee who Celebrated Cop Killings with Sickening 'GOT EM' Tweet ....

    05/11/2015 10:11:19 AM PDT · by Cecily · 56 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 11, 2015
    Mississippi Subway 'sandwich artist' has been fired after she created a social media firestorm Sunday by posting messages applauding the deaths of two police officers killed in the line of duty. After Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed on Saturday night about 30 miles away in Hattiesburg, Laurel woman Sierra 'C-Babi' Mccurdy posted a message while wearing her uniform. She wrote: 'Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg,' followed by 'GOT EM' and a gun pointed at the words as well as a laughing emoji.
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Where is Al Sharpton on Mississippi police murders?

    05/14/2015 8:11:12 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    Brooklyn Daily News ^ | May 15, 2015 | Joanna DelBuono
    I am amazed at how quiet Mr. Al Sharpton has been, especially about the death of a black police officer in Mississippi. Not a comment, peep, or handy slogan uttered. No rushing down to Mississippi to offer condolences. No setting up massive marches across the country disrupting traffic and causing havoc. No getting up on a soapbox and denouncing the murder of an innocent life. No raising his arms and screaming that the lives of black police officers matter. Doesn’t the life of a black police officer matter to him, or is it that the only deaths that matter to...
  • Fifth person charged in Hattiesburg police murder

    05/13/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | May 13, 2015 | Nick Ortego, News Director
    Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg has been arrested in connection to the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers. HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg police officers last Saturday. Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) have charged Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of Hattiesburg. Information developed during the continuing investigation of the killing of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate led to obstruction of justice charges against Franklin. Franklin is being held in the Forrest County Jail awaiting his initial appearance in...
  • Pine Belt (MS) boy gives 'survival kits' to local law enforcement

    05/13/2015 2:35:28 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 3 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Hillary Stepney
    COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - In the wake of a shooting of two Hattiesburg officers, it is also National Police Week. This week is a time dedicated to honoring the courage of current officers as well as saluting the sacrifice of fallen heroes. Hunter Owens, 9, of Columbia, wanted to say thank you to his local heroes by passing out “survival kits” to law enforcement officers in the area. --- snip The kits include different candies and expressions, like 'Life Savers: To remind you of the many times you've been one' and ‘Mounds: for the mounds of courage you need.'
  • After Threats, Subway Worker Says Comments on Slain Cops Taken the 'Wrong Way' (Hattiesburg, MS)

    05/11/2015 5:04:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 11, 2015
    A Subway sandwich shop worker whose social media posts about Saturday's killing of two police officers in Mississippi sparked outrage online said her comments were misconstrued — and now she's being threatened. "They took the status the wrong way," Sierra McCurdy of Laurel, Mississippi, told NBC News Monday. McCurdy wrote the Facebook post following news of the fatal shooting of two officers, Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg. "2 police officers was shot in hattiesburg tonight…GOT EM," read the post, which also included a crying-laughing emoticon and a gun emoji. "They took...
  • Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

    05/11/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head. His mother said she had hoped he would get help. He didn't, and now he is charged with capital murder in the deaths of two police officers in Mississippi. His girlfriend and brother are charged as accessories and a friend faces an obstruction charge. Banks' mother, Mary Smith, said when she saw the booking photos of her 26-year-old son, she knew something was off....
  • Loretta Lynch Issues Statement of Solidarity with Law Enforcement After Hattiesburg Cops Killed

    05/11/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/11/15 | Andrew Kirell
    In response to this weekend’s slaying of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a statement expressing grief over their loss and reassuring law enforcement nationwide that the Department of Justice “stands in solidarity” with them. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop late Saturday night. Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway were charged with two counts of capital murder. Two others were arrested and charged over the weekend in relation to the shooting: Curtis Banks for being “accessory after the fact” and Cornelius Clark for obstruction of
  • Two cops murdered in Mississippi traffic stop

    05/11/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    National media ignores story since it doesn't fit racist police brutality narrative. Al Sharpton won’t be heading to Mississippi, and for that I’m sure all of Mississippi can take some comfort. Geraldo Rivera won’t be showing up either, nor can we expect burning drug stores and video of one brave mother whooping her son for acting like a moron. But two innocent police officers who were just trying to make a routine traffic stop are dead. The murders occurred on Sunday, and four suspects have already been arrested. Now the usual media pattern for stories like this is tell you...
  • UPDATE: 4 Charged in Shooting Deaths of 2 Hattiesburg Police Officers

    05/10/2015 7:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WKRG-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A law enforcement official says four people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. An additional arrest was made Sunday. 28-year-old Cornelius...
  • Frequent Fox News guest blames Obama for Mississippi shooting: ‘Obama started this war on police’

    05/10/2015 2:20:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    NewsCodex.com ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Boggioni
    Less than 24 hours after two officers were gunned down in Mississippi, the sheriff of Milwaukee County — a frequent guest on Fox News — blamed the killing on President Barack Obama on Twitter, saying the president “started this war on police.” Earlier Sunday, Sheriff David A. Clarke, noted the shooting that claimed the lives on two officers, 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate, in Hattiesburg. The sheriff re-tweeted: “Basic traffic stop in Hattiesburg, 2 Police Officers assassinated. The post Ferguson targeting of our Cops continues.”
  • 2 Mississippi officers fatally shot; suspect being sought

    05/09/2015 9:03:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 86 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | May 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says two Mississippi police officers have died after being shot in the line of duty. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1GWpqRp ) Saturday night that both Hattiesburg officers had died. They’d been taken to the hospital, and it wasn’t immediately clear if they died there or earlier.
  • Subway Faces Backlash After Worker Cheers Deaths of 2 Cops

    05/10/2015 1:01:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/10 | Chris Perez
    A suspected Subway sandwich store employee has sparked outrage with tasteless social media posts celebrating Saturday’s killing of two Mississippi cops. “2 police officers was shot in hattiesburg tonight.!” cheered Sierra “C-Babi” Mccurdy, in a message posted overnight. “We can turn this bxtch into Baltimore real quick,” she posted on Facebook. “Police take away innocent people lives everyday now & get away w/ it, fxck them…[no mercy].”
  • 2 Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers shot to death Saturday night;

    05/10/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    NOLA.COM ^ | May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM | Bob Warren,
    By Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune May 09, 2015 at 9:59 PM, updated May 09, 2015 at 11:59 PM Two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot Saturday night (May 9), south Mississippi media outlets were reporting. Both officers have died, the Clarion Ledger in Jackson and WDAM in Hattiesburg were reporting. The Clarion Ledger's story said police were seeking two men as suspects, Curtis Banks and Marvin Banks. The Hattiesburg American reported the shooting occurred near East Fourth and Bouie streets around 8 p.m. Multiple agencies are involved in a search. The identities of the officers have not been...
  • Subway faces backlash after worker cheers deaths of 2 cops

    05/10/2015 11:39:52 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/10/15 | Chris Perez
    Subway faces backlash after worker cheers deaths of 2 cops By Chris Perez A suspected Subway sandwich store employee has sparked outrage with tasteless social media posts celebrating Saturday’s killing of two Mississippi cops. “2 police officers was shot in hattiesburg tonight.!” cheered Sierra “C-Babi” Mccurdy, in a message posted overnight. “We can turn this bxtch into Baltimore real quick,” she posted on Facebook. “Police take away innocent people lives everyday now & get away w/ it, fxck them…[no mercy].”
  • Police assassination update: two officers dead in Mississippi

    05/10/2015 7:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    My apologies for starting off your Mothers Day with such horrible news, but two more law enforcement officers have been assassinated, this time in Mississippi. It’s barely twelve hours since the incident, but it seems as if the local police in Hattiesburg were all over the case and two suspects are already in custody. Fox News is reporting that the manhunt for two brothers, Curtis and Marvin Banks, was over in a matter of hours and they were taken into custody with no further injury to the police. Two suspects accused of killing two Mississippi police officers Saturday night...
  • Three are charged in murder of two cops gunned down during Mississippi traffic stop

    05/10/2015 5:54:21 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    daily mail ^ | 5/10/15 | Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
    A law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. Strain also says Marvin Banks also faced other charges. He says...
  • Curtis & Marvin Banks: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Alleged Hattiesburg Cop Killers)

    05/10/2015 1:55:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Heavy ^ | May 10, 2015 | Tom Cleary
    Curtis Banks, right, and Marvin Banks, are suspects in the killings of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers.Two brothers have been identified as the suspects in the killing of two Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers. Curtis Banks, 26, and Marvin Banks, 29, were held in connection with the shooting, police said. The officers were shot during a traffic stop Saturday night at about 8 p.m., according to WDAM-TV. They have been identified as 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, 25, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The Brothers Were Arrested Early Sunday Morning Ryan Moore(PHOTO-AT-LINK) ✔ ‎@RyanMooreMS...