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Miss. News Briefs: Double Dipping Assault, Car Runs Over Porch

JACKSON, Miss.–After a busy weekend, you should give law enforcement and news reporters around the state a break. Here’s a look at what some of the criminal element, and others, were up to.

Busting into a woman’s apartment and choking her, the charge against a New Orleans man who cops in Biloxi say came all the way from the Big Easy to hurt that lady. He ran off before they could get there the first time. They didn’t actually catch Devin Michael Thomas until people saw him trying to break into the apartment again.

Imagine this, you’re sound asleep, nothing but crickets chirping, then boom! You run outside and you’ve got a car sitting there where your porch was. That happened early Sunday in Jackson when a guy tore down two fences with his car before he hit somebody’s porch, and he ran away. Cops caught a couple of blocks over at a gas station.

You’ve got to be careful what you do with fire. It was a wildfire in VanCleave and it took all of Sunday to get it under control, and investigators think it may have been started by somebody.

Diversity. That was the celebration in Tupelo Saturday night. Eight people awarded at the Miss. Trailblazers Awards. One of the eight was Robert Clark, who was the first African American to be elected to the Miss. House of Representatives. That was in 1967. The awards are an annual gathering to recognize people who have contributed to diversity.

Maybe bringing some attention to how dangerous 4-wheelers can be, the death last week of well-known attorney Precious Martin, and now home-going services have been announced. It’s visitation today from 1 to 6 at Lakeover Memorial Funeral Home and the service is Tuesday at 2 at New Hope Baptists Church in the capital city.


He tried to swim across the Yazoo River Saturday, but it may have been strong current that took Billy Robinson under the water in Yazoo City. He drowned while his family and friends watched. His body pulled out about 12:30 Sunday afternoon.

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