Latest Mississippi news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. CST – WLOX

Latest Mississippi news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. CST – WLOX

DUAL OFFICES

Mississippi man seeks advice on holding 2 offices at once

SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man is requesting legal advice on holding two elected offices at once. The state attorney general’s office has previously said it’s OK if both are in the same branch of government. Daryl Porter Jr. is a second-term town councilman in Summit. He says he wants to remain on the council after he’s sworn in to the Mississippi House next month. David Jordan serves on the Greenwood City Council and in the Mississippi Senate. However, David Myers could not serve in both the Mississippi House and as a McComb selectman because the city job was considered to be part of the executive branch.

AP-US-ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court says Mississippi’s ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Friday. It says a lower court judge ruled correctly when he blocked the state law from taking effect in 2018. The only abortion clinic in Mississippi sued the state after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law. Mississippi legislators came back in 2019 and passed a more restrictive law to ban most abortions at about six weeks. The same federal district judge blocked that, too, and a legal fight over it continues.

CONSTABLE KILLED

2 teens charged in crash that kills Mississippi constable

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A prosecutor says two teenagers have been charged with murder in a wreck that killed a Mississippi law enforcement officer. Panola County Constable Raye Hawkins died Thursday when a pickup truck smashed into the vehicle he was driving in Batesville. Hawkins was responding to help officers from another county who were chasing what was believed to be a stolen truck. District Attorney John Champion says the truck crushed Hawkins’ vehicle, killing him instantly. Champion says the 15-year-old and the 16-year-old in the truck are charged as adults. They were being held Friday in a juvenile detention center in DeSoto County.

SCHOOL PARTY-COMPLAINT

Teacher: Bring food to class holiday party or don’t eat

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school system is apologizing after a teacher said students can’t eat at a holiday party if they don’t bring food. News outlets report that the Meridian Public School District issued a statement Thursday saying a teacher wrote a letter to parents about an upcoming Christmas party. The teacher described her “philosophy” in a letter to parents. A statement by school superintendent Amy Carter says parents contacted the school and district office with concerns about the letter. Carter says students won’t be excluded or made to feel uncomfortable if they don’t bring refreshments.

CRUISE SHIP-ASSAULT

Man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen on cruise ship

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a Mississippi man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old on a cruise ship traveling from Boston to Bermuda has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. Records show Adam Christopher Boyd, of Bay Springs, Miss., pleaded guilty in April to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor. The 33-year-old Boyd was sentenced on Wednesday in Boston. Prosecutors say Boyd assaulted a 15-year-old child while they were both aboard a cruise ship docked in the Bahamas. Boyd’s attorney said in a separate filing that Boyd had no prior criminal convictions and has a “record of hard work and employment.”

HIT AND RUN-SENTENCE

Man sentenced to 12 years in hit-and-run that injured teen

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Honduran native was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 14-year-old girl in Mississippi. David Hernandez pleaded guilty Thursday to leaving the scene of an accident. Hernandez was traveling east on U.S. 90 in December 2018 when he hit Julia Usprich as she tried to cross the highway. Witnesses said Hernandez never stopped. Deputies later spotted his car and found clothing fibers that matched evidence from the hit-and-run. Hernandez told authorities he was in the country without proper documentation and had previously been deported twice. Usprich’s leg and skull were fractured but she has since recovered.


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