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Teaming Up to Offer Free Statewide Officer-Involved Shooting Trainings

The United States Attorney's Office, the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA), the Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support (LEAPS), and our office have teamed up to offer five free officer involved shooting trainings, which will be conducted across the state. The first training took place today in Columbus, Miss. on the Mississippi University for Women Campus. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and efforts made by the Lowndes County District Attorney's Office, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Police Department to help make this training a success with an exceptional turn out. Prerequisites of the Course: A participant must ...Continue Reading...

Clarksdale Nurse Charged with Illegally Obtaining Patient’s Drugs

Christopher Brooks, 31, of Clarksdale, turned himself into authorities after being indicted by a Quitman County Grand Jury on one count of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription "by misrepresentation, fraud and the like." At the time the crimes are alleged to have been committed, Brooks was working as a licensed practical nurse at a nursing home in Marks, Mississippi. He is accused of acquiring approximately 52 Lortab pills, a schedule two controlled substance, and converting them to his own use. Brooks was booked into the Quitman County Jail. If convicted of the charges, Brooks faces ...Continue Reading...

Gulfport Man Faces Charges for Possession of Child Pornography

As your Attorney General, I am committed to protecting our children by locking up child pornograhers. If you exploit our kids, we will find you. The Mississippi Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Mississippi Gaming Commissions, Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit, the Louisiana State Police Gaming Detectives and the Warren County Sheriff's Office have ended a month's long investigation with the arrest of a Gulfport man for possession of child pornography. The work with our office and ICAC agencies partnering with other state agencies should assure all child predators that we will catch them ...Continue Reading...

Neshoba County Fair

What a great day at Neshoba County Fair! I always enjoy every opportunity to speak personally with citizens of our great state. I will continue to be your voice and protect you and your family from criminal wrongdoing. Thank you for your support!  ‪

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Lambert Mayor Arrested for Statutory Rape and Gratification of Lust

The Mayor of Lambert is facing charges following two separate indictments by a Quitman County Grand Jury. Mayor Joe Willie Smith, 57, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division and the Quitman County Sheriff's Office. The first indictment is for one count of statutory rape and the second indictment for one count for gratification of lust. The first indictment alleges that Mayor Smith "being a person seventeen years of age or older, did have sexual intercourse with a child who was under the age of sixteen at the time of the sexual intercourse." The second indictment ...Continue Reading...

DeSoto County Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

Jeremy Gregg, 43, of Hernando, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of child exploitation before Judge Gerald Chatham in DeSoto County Circuit Court. Gregg was sentenced to 10 years with five years to serve and 10 years of post-release supervision. Gregg was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, $1,000 to the children's trust fund and must register as a sex offender upon release. He is restricted from owning any computer or smart phone during his post-release supervision. Gregg admitted to possession of multiple images and videos of child pornography. Gregg used the keywords "pre-teen hard core" (pthc) to search for videos ...Continue Reading...

Nurse Charged with Illegally Obtaining Patient’s Drugs

Sarah Lepard, 27, of Ripley, turned herself into authorities Wednesday after being indicted by a Tippah County Grand Jury on two counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription "by misrepresentation, fraud and the like" and one count of Medicaid Fraud. At the time the crimes are alleged to have been committed, Lepard worked as a licensed practical nurse at Golden Living Center in Ripley. The indictment charges Lepard with obtaining schedule two controlled substances, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, from two patients at the facility by signing the drugs out without dispensing to the patients prescribed the ...Continue Reading...

Fighting for Your Privacy

Today, I joined 44 other state attorneys general calling on five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their customers. In a joint letter to the chief executives of the carriers, we said a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule clarification allows telecommunication service providers to offer customers the ability to block unwanted calls, and verifies that federal law does not prohibit offering the services. In the letter to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink, we stated, "Every year, our offices are flooded with consumer complaints pleading for a solution to stop intrusive robocalls. Your companies are now poised to offer your ...Continue Reading...

Keeping Mississippi’s Children Safe

As Attorney General, I continue to work with other agencies such as the U.S. Attorney's Office to make Mississippi a safer place for our children. With the rise in online predators and todays' technology rapidly expanding, it is imperative that we are dedicated to keeping a close eye on what our children are doing online and on their cell phones. The Mississippi Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force joins with partners from the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, of the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Oxford Police Department, the Biloxi Police Department, the Adam's County Sheriff's Office ...Continue Reading...

Public Education in Mississippi

This morning I spoke to the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents in Biloxi. I am personally a product of public education, and I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with educators to fight for public education.