HARRISON COUNTY SHERIFF
Harrison Co. sheriff won't seek re-election in '15
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara says he will not seek re-election in 2015 and will retire when his term ends in January 2016.
Brisolara was first elected in 2007 by nearly 70 percent of voters on a platform of restoring the public's trust in the sheriff's office.
He unseated longtime Sheriff George Payne in the wake of high-profile criminal and civil cases that resulted from the fatal beating of an inmate and civil rights violations against other inmates at the county jail.
Brisolara was re-elected in 2011.
Brisolara has worked in law enforcement since 1977. He retired from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office in 2003 and became chairman of the Harrison County 911 Commission.
Corinth teen charged in fatal shooting
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - A Corinth teenager has been charged with murder in a fatal shooting Wednesday night in the northeast Mississippi city.
Police Capt. Ralph Dance says the 17-year-old youth is expected to be arraigned Friday in city court.
Dance says the teenager is charged in the shooting death of 19-year-old Anthony Beene of Baldwyn.
Dance says the body of Beene was found on the front porch of a home to which he ran after being shot multiple times.
Beene's body has been taken to Jackson for autopsy. Dance says the case remains under investigation.
Alcorn County gets reduction in health cost
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn County's employee health insurance premium costs will drop 15 percent in the next fiscal year.
Blue Cross Blue Shield official say the contract that begins Aug. 1 will have a monthly rate per employee that is about $89 lower than the current premium.
Insurance broker Sammy Smith told the board of supervisors of the changes this week.
Smith says reduction is largely due to the county not having any extraordinary claims during the previous plan year, Smith said.
Rates effective Aug. 1, will be $1,160 per month for employee and spouse, down from $1,365; and $1,488 for employee and family, down from $1,750.
Kroger closing US Highway 82 grocery
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Supermarket chain Kroger is shutting down its store on U.S. Highway 82 in Greenville, idling 70 workers.
Kroger announced this week the store will close Aug. 23.
Kroger spokesman Joe Bell tells the Delta Democrat-Times the U.S. 82 location's current sales volume isn't there to maintain the store.
The U.S. 82 grocery opened in 1969 and was the chain's first in Greenville.
Bell says employees will be offered jobs at other Kroger-owned groceries.
Bell says Kroger's other grocery on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Greenville will remain open. It opened in December 1994.
Bell says the U.S. 82 store is the first that Kroger's Delta Division has closed this year. The division comprises all of Arkansas and Mississippi and southwest Kentucky, southern Missouri and western Tennessee.
Grocery store to open in spring employing 65 to 75
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Brooks Grocery plans a 27,000-square-foot supermarket that will employ 65 to 75 people in west Tupelo.
Owner Brooks Davis tells the Daily Journal that the store should open in the spring, and will be his company flagship.
He says he had been looking at building a store in the area for about six years, and came close - but instead bought and renovated his first store in Iuka.
Davis says the location is ideal - near several subdivisions, a stop light and the Tupelo Furniture Market.
The original Brooks Grocery is in a building Davis bought and renovated in Iuka.
MALL ROBBERY CONVICTION
September sentencing set in robbery case
CANTON, Miss. (AP) - A man accused of stealing merchandise from a holiday shopper in 2013 has been convicted of robbery and witness tampering.
District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release that Trevioun Lamont Briggs was convicted Thursday by a Madison County jury. Briggs will be sentenced in September.
Guest says Briggs attacked a shopper in a parking lot at the Northpark Mall in Ridgeland on Dec. 14, 2013 and took about $400 in merchandise.
Police officers got copies of the receipts of the items purchased and were notified several hours later when a man came to the mall attempting to return the stolen items for cash.
Guest says while in jail, recorded telephone conversations revealed Briggs asking his girlfriend to provide him an alibi for the time of the robbery.
Oxford battles brown water
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford will spend $1 million to rid some areas of brown, sandy water.
Public Works Director Bart Robinson tells The Oxford Eagle the city has experienced brown water occurrences as far back as 1942 with a peak in 1999.
However, the problem still remains a daily one in some areas.
The brown water is caused by iron and manganese metallic elements. They are normally colorless. However, once they become exposed to certain chemicals, they oxidize and yield brown or rusty-colored water.
Robinson says the city has started to isolate portions of the water system to help engineers discover where the brown water is coming from.
The city will spend about $1 million in 2015 to replace older, unlined cast iron water mains.
Bonita Lakes recreation area closed Saturday
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Officials in Lauderdale County say the boat ramp and horse cleaning area in the spillway at Bonita Lakes will be closed Saturday.
The Meridian Star reports the area will be shut down while a local club conducts a 2-mile run.
The facilities are expected reopen on Sunday.
Firefighter monument to be unveiled in Okolona
OKOLONA, Miss. (AP) - An Okolona firefighter who died in the line of duty more than 30 years will be honored for his sacrifice.
Fire Chief Terry Tucker says Archie Carouthers will be honored when a monument is unveiled at the Okolona Fire Department on Saturday.
Tucker tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo Carouthers was helping to douse flames at the Hilltop Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 45 North when he was struck on the head by falling timbers.
Tucker says members of the fire department have worked to raise money to erect the monument.
Tucker says the monument will also bear the names of others who may lose their lives in the future although he hopes that never happens.
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