JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Attorneys for the family of a woman who was shot and killed by police in Mississippi have filed a petition in federal court seeking to force the department to provide the names of the officers involved. The Clarion Ledger quotes the petition was filed Monday, and reports the Jackson Police Department has not named the officers in the Jan. 27 shooting of 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes.
PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - Three south Mississippi residents have been arrested after a man was found dead in a freezer, but they aren't yet charged with killing him. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells news outlets that 35-year-old Samantha Simmons is charged with grand larceny, while 51-year-old Andy Hartfield and 23-year-old Will Bryson are charged with receiving stolen property. Rigel says deputies also seek a fourth unnamed person. Relatives found Thomas Burns' body inside a freezer in his Purvis home on Tuesday.
SUQUALENA, Miss. (AP) - A dump truck driver is dead and a house is damaged following a Wednesday morning crash in eastern Mississippi. Lauderdale County Coroner tells local media that 72-year-old Otho "Gerald" Matlock was found dead inside a Mack dump truck after it ran off the road and crashed into a home. The home in Suqualena caught fire, but no one was home. Cobler says Matlock may have died before the crash, possibly from a heart attack or other medical condition. An autopsy will provide more information.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by workers in Ku Klux Klan hats. The lawsuit claims the worker was denied a promotion after complaining. The suit seeks damages from Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling. He says they failed to provide a safe workplace free from racial discrimination.
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