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AMBER ALERT-MISSISSIPPI

Police find clothes belonging to missing teenager

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police have found clothes belonging to a 17-year-old girl they say was kidnapped and shot. The search for Katelyn Beard continues.

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says clothes belonging to Barber were found Tuesday morning in rural area north of Jackson.

Green says 19-year-old Dewayne Thomas was captured Monday and is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and auto theft.

Mississippi Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Sunday night for Beard, who had been missing since that morning.

Jackson police found Beard's car, with a Greene County license plate, Monday morning in west Jackson, less than a mile from where she was taken. Thomas was arrested hours later after he was found in a vacant home nearby.

Green says Thomas has been helping in the search for Beard.

HALLIBURTON-SPILL SETTLEMENT

Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

HOUSTON (AP) - Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The deal will settle claims assigned to Halliburton as a result of BP's settlement in 2012 and punitive damages from the loss of property or commercial fishing activity resulting from the oil spill.

IED DISMANTLED

Biloxi bomb squad disassembles IED

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say an improvised explosive device found under a vehicle in Vancleave has been disassembled by the Biloxi bomb squad.

Bomb Squad Commander John Campbell says the Jackson County Sheriff's Office got a call around 3 p.m. Monday about a suspicious package. That's when the sheriff's office contacted the Biloxi bomb squad.

No arrests have been made and injuries were not reported.

Campbell says the device was a pill bottle that contained gun powder and BBs and it was wrapped in duct tape with a homemade fuse.

He says it didn't operate correctly.

Campbell says the dismantled device is now with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation.

IEDs are considered a destructive device. Making one is a federal offense.

DRILLING PERMITS

Pike County sees first TMS oil well permits

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A Texas oil company is seeking to drill the first oil wells in Pike County as part of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation.

Experts have said the formation, stretching across parts of southwest Mississippi and central and southeast Louisiana, could hold 7 billion barrels of oil. Drilling activity has stepped up this year.

The Enterprise-Journal reports that Houston-based Sanchez Oil & Gas Corp. has filed permits to establish drilling three units in the southwestern part of the county for oil wells.

The Mississippi Oil and Gas Board will consider Sanchez's permits at a Sept. 17 hearing. The oil and gas board has set a Sept. 9 deadline to contest the permit request.

Pike County will become the third county in Mississippi to see drilling in the formation.

MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION

Lowndes man found guilty of manslaughter

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A Lowndes County has been convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing a man allegedly romantically involved with the defendant's wife.

The Commercial Dispatch reports 49-year-old George Strickland was convicted Friday in circuit court in the 2011 fatal shooting of 36-year-old Christopher George.

Prosecutors say Strickland shot George after Strickland found him in bed with his wife. They say the men argued at the couple's home Steens and George was shot multiple times, according to investigators.

George was pronounced dead at the scene. Prosecutors say George was living with the couple at the time of the incident.

Strickland claimed self-defense in the shooting, saying George pulled a knife on him during the confrontation.

Strickland will be sentenced Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

CAFB INSTRUCTOR KILLED

CAFB instructor pilot dies in Texas plane crash

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Officials at Columbus Air Force Base say a pilot instructor has died in a plane crash on Sunday near Abilene Regional Airport in Texas.

According to a news release from Columbus Air Force Base, the pilot was Air Force Maj. Richard W. "Tracer" Schafer III, age 35. Schafer's brother, 28-year-old Matthew Schafer of Abilene, also died in the crash.

Local authorities say 31-year-old Victoria Schafer and 2-year-old Wyatt Schafer survived the crash of the single engine plane.

Richard Schafer was flying his private aircraft, licensed in Mississippi, while on vacation with his family in Texas, according to the statement from CAFB.

Details of the crash have not been released. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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