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July 18th, 2014

West Point man pleads guilty to armed robbery

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Thursday’s Clay County Circuit Court session saw sentencing for three cases on the docket: Deshawn Rambus, Roger Shelton and Joshua Earnest.
Rambus, 23, of West Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, as well as possession of amphetamine. According to court documents, Rambus was arrested in April 2013 for possession of a .9 mm Beretta handgun which belonged to B & M Trading and Pawn in Aberdeen, and a .380 Smith and Wesson handgun belonging to a West Point resident.

Police investigate shooting

July 18, 2014

DTL staff

Wednesday night saw the fourth alleged shooting of the summer at Town Creek Apartments on West Half Mile Road in West Point.
Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, WPPD officers were dispatched to the apartment complex in reference to shots allegedly being fired, according to the incident report. When officers arrived they were informed by residents that the incident took place in the middle of the complex between two of the apartment buildings.

July 17th

BREAKING: Malaysian plane crashes in (VIDEO)

July 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Malaysian plane crashes in (VIDEO)

Local woman pleads guilty to PTA forgery

July 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Jennifer Hamby, of West Point, pleaded guilty to forgery, fraudulent use of ID and false pretense Jan. 13, and Judge James Kitchens accepted her plea during the Clay County Circuit Court session Wednesday.
Kitchens said he originally held off on accepting the plea to allow for more time to gather information.

WPPD hosts HB 585 forum

July 17, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department hosted an information session pertaining to House Bill 585 for local business owners Tuesday at City Hall, a session that saw a low turnout.
District Attorney Forrest Allgood and Assistant DA Katie Moulds were on hand to inform locals on the new bill, which took effect July 1, in a session Allgood referred to as “the damage report.”

July 16th

West Point Police Department cracking down on vicious dogs

July 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the West Point Police Department has received numerous calls about potentially vicious dogs that are merely kept on a chain, and the department has started cracking down on the owners.
The city’s animal ordinance classifies Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, any mixed or cross-breed German Shepherds and Chows as vicious animals and requires they be confined in a secure enclosure.

World Changers bring assistance to GT residents

July 16, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Some 29 Golden Triangle residents are sleeping more at ease in their renovated homes thanks to a youth group volunteer initiative called the World Changers.

Final plea made in murder case

July 16, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Latwanna Roby, 28, of Brooksville, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her involvement in the Oct. 28, 2012, homicide of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term Monday.
Judge Lee Howard sentenced Roby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with the possibility of parole after 10 years.

July 15th

PBBF prepares to take blues fest in new direction

July 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

As the 19th annual Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival draws near, the Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF) has begun preparing local volunteers for the event.
The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 — just prior to the annual Prairie Arts Festival — at Community Counseling Services, formerly Mary Holmes College, in West Point.
The lineup for this year’s festival is headlined by Texas Blues artist Carolyn Wonderland and George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners.

Roby pleads guilty to murder charge

July 15, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Natisha Roby, of Macon, plead guilty to 2nd degree murder for her involvement the October 2012 death of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge Lee Howard sentenced wRoby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Howard said that Roby initially entered a plea of not guilty, but while the jury was in recess she changed her plea to guilty. Howard then released the jurors as they were no longer needed for sentencing.

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