FORREST COUNTY

Two charged in theft

of mannequin, shorts

n HATTIESBURG - Two men are charged with commercial burglary for stealing a mannequin and the Budweiser shorts it was wearing.

Hattiesburg police tracked down Jeremy Carothers and Josh Ashleyon on Friday.

Police say they broke a window at JMH Graphics and snatched the brown mannequin.

Police say they solved the crime when they went to Carothers' home and noticed the mannequin, minus its head, inside a truck parked there.

A police spokesman said the mannequin's clothing was found inside the home.

Carothers, a 22-year-old Hattiesburg man, and Ashley, a 24-year-old Wesson man, were both arrested and charged with commercial burglary.

HINDS COUNTY

Police investigating chase

that ends in teen's death

n JACKSON Authorities say a Jackson teenager has died from injuries he sustained after crashing a stolen car during a police pursuit.

Jackson Police Department Cmdr. Lee Vance said 16-year-old Brodject Marsalis led police on a two-mile chase in Jackson on Friday before crashing the stolen 1999 Honda Civic.

Vance said the chase began after the owner of the stolen vehicle was notified by a relative that the car was spotted at an apartment complex on Raymond Road.

The owner called police.

Vance said the teen then crashed the car into a brick flower bed in front of a motel.

Authorities said the boy died Saturday at a Jackson hospital.

Appeals court to hear from state developer

n JACKSON The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 1 for a Mississippi coastal subdivision developer, his daughter and a business associate who were convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud and violating the federal Clean Water Act.

A federal jury in February 2005 convicted Robert J. Lucas Jr., of Lucedale, chief executive of Big Hill Acres Inc., and the two others of 41 charges.

Lucas; his daughter, Robbie Lucas Wrigley, an Ocean Springs real estate agent; and M.E. Thompson, a professional engineer from D'Iberville, were accused of selling lots in Vancleave in a wetlands area with unworkable septic systems.

In December 2005, U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola sentenced Lucas to nine years in prison. Lucas, Wrigley and Thompson also were ordered to pay more than $1.4 million to mitigate west Jackson County wetlands.

Lucas' two corporations were sentenced to five years' probation and were subject to the $1.4 million restitution and more than $5 million in fines.

The 5th Circuit handles appeals from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The case will be heard by a three-judge panel in Lubbock, Texas.

The Associated Press

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