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MDOC to resume limited office visits for community supervision

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Limited office visits will begin in July for individuals on probation, parole, house arrest or other forms of community supervision, the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Tuesday.

Community supervision also includes earned release supervision, conditional medical release and interstate compact, which covers individuals convicted in other states but now living in Mississippi. MDOC has 25,349 people under supervision.

“Our agents are calling individuals on their caseloads who are not required to report in person. If individuals do not hear from their agent, they must report in person in July,” Deputy Commissioner Christy Gutherz said in a statement.

Individuals who are not required to report in person can call any day between Wednesday, July 1, and Monday, July 20, and the person who answers the phone will take the report. Office hours will be from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reports will be handled as they were in April, May and June.

Face-to-face reporting begins Monday, July 6, 2020, and continues through Monday, July 20.

All necessary precautions will be taken to protect the agents and the offenders during office visits.

Agents are required to wear face coverings, and those reporting in person will be required to do likewise. Temperature checks will be done before individuals enter the office.

The department is asking that individuals required to do face-to-face visits not report if they are ill.

“If you are not feeling well, please call your agent on your report day,” Gutherz said. “Do not come to the office.”

The agent and the offender also should stay at least 6 feet apart for social distancing.

Additionally, high-touch areas, such as door handles, tables, chairs and electronic equipment will be cleaned and disinfected.

Aside from reporting in person or via phone, individuals also can email their agent or use technology portals, such as Skype and FaceTime, to communicate.

“COVID-19 has forced us all to be creative,” Gutherz said. “Now is not the time to stop being vigilant.”

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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