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Struggle persists for top police post in Mississippi town

OKOLONA, Miss. (AP) - Appeals continue in a legal battle over who should be the elected leader of the police department in a northeast Mississippi town.

For now, Tommy Ivy is Okolona's city marshal, as the police position is known there.

However, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that election opponent Walter "Boo Man" Randle is appealing a court decision in Ivy's favor to the state Supreme Court.

Randle was declared the Democratic Party nominee last summer, but a court overturned the decision after Ivy alleged some pro-Randle ballots came from voters outside the city limits.

Okolona City Attorney Gene Barton says Randle had refused to give up the patrol car used by the police chief and other city property. Barton says legal papers ordered Randle to return all city property.

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