Crime briefs for South Mississippi

July 3, 2014 

Greene County escaped inmate captured

LEAKESVILLE -- An inmate who escaped the South Mississippi Correctional Institution on Tuesday was captured without incident shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday near the Greene County prison.

Matthew Chester Tucker has been returned to the prison and will face an escape charge.

Tucker, 35, had not been seen since Tuesday morning. He was discovered missing about 11:20 a.m. while on a work detail on the blueberry farm on prison grounds.

Tucker is serving a 10-year sentence for kidnapping of a minor from Coahoma County.

-- Sun Herald

Police seek help in drug store break-in

MOSS POINT -- Police on Thursday asked for information to help identify the person or persons who broke through the wall of Fred's Pharmacy and stole a large amount of narcotics.

Interim Police Chief Art McClung said the business at 7818 Mississippi 613 reported the break-in about 8:41 a.m. June 24.

Police believe a sledge hammer or similar tool was used to break into the building.

McClung said someone ripped the store's alarm off the wall and cut the wires, and took drugs from several areas in the business, including locked safes.

It wasn't clear if more than one person was involved.

To give a tip, call the Moss Point Police Department at 475-1711 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to a felony arrest.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Pair sought as accessories after Gulfport shooting

GULFPORT -- Police are looking for a couple suspected of helping an unidentified shooter drive away from a crime scene Tuesday on James Drive.

Police identified them as Lauren Michelle Hoda, 27, and Stephen Duane Mouring, 21.

Both are white and have brown hair. Hoda is 5-foot-1 and weighs 105 pounds. Mouring is 5-foot-10 and weighs 130 pounds.

They were last seen in a gray 1998 Lincoln Town Car.

They are sought on a charge of accessory after the fact.

Police have been unable to identify the person who fired several shots at a home on James Drive.

To give a tip, call Gulfport police at 868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Murderer's latest appeal in 1976 killing denied

JACKSON -- The longest-serving inmate on Mississippi's death row continues to chase appeals in his capital murder case dating to 1976.

Richard Gerald Jordan's post-conviction petition was denied in June by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Jordan wanted to argue in Mississippi court the issues prosecutorial vindictiveness and ineffective assistance of counsel during his 1998 sentencing in Harrison County.

Jordan, now 68, was convicted of kidnapping and killing Edwina Marta in Harrison County on Jan. 13, 1976. He was accused of collecting a $25,000 ransom from Marta's husband, then taking the woman to a wooded area and shooting her in the head.

Jordan was convicted of capital murder committed in the course of a kidnapping and sentenced to death on four separate occasions.

-- Associated Press

Gulfport man suspected of distributing marijuana

GULFPORT -- A traffic stop late Wednesday night led to a Gulfport man's arrest on a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Gulfport police said they stopped Tarey Cordell Johnson, 20, on a traffic violation at Engram Drive and Broad Avenue about 10:14 p.m. Police said they found an undisclosed amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Police also arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of disregarding a traffic-control device.

Johnson was booked at the Harrison County jail. Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set bond on the felony at $15,000.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

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