Saturday, June 21 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-06-21 20:49:16 GMT
(WMC) - The runoff for the Senate race in Mississippi is Tuesday. DeSoto is one of the largest counties in North Mississippi, and election officials say it will play a big role in next week's runoff betweenMore >>
DeSoto is one of the largest counties in North Mississippi, and election officials say it will play a big role in next week's runoff between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.More >>
SOUTHAVEN, MS -
(WMC) - A paid field representative for Thad Cochran's campaign was fired, according to Cochran's campaign manager. In addition to being fired from the campaign, Lee Blair resigned from his position as DeSoto County Republican Club's vice president and from the DeSoto County Republican party's executive committee.
Blair is accused of damaging and stealing several of Cochran's opponent's campaign signs. A warrant was issued for his arrest Sunday night after a police report was filed.
WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark reports that Blair arrived at Southaven Police Department on Monday morning to turn himself in. He was released on a $350 bond and is charged with malicious mischief, which is a misdemeanor.
Afterward, Blair denied the claims against him but reminded people to "get out and vote" on Tuesday.
"He had the campaign sign balled up in his hand, which I then took a picture of him," said one Chris McDaniel supporter, who asked to have his identity concealed in fear of retaliation. "Knowing that there's a conglomerate of signs at the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Goodman Road and they were heading in that direction, I figured I would follow them to see if they did anything there."
Now in Olive Branch, the man says he watched Blair get out of the truck and run toward signs, but none were taken because he called police. He says more McDaniel signs were found in the back of the truck.
"I asked him what he was doing, and he said it was a code infraction, and that he was going to remove the signs, and I told him that was not his decision," said the McDaniel supporter, who filed a police report.
Cochran's campaign manager, Jordan Russell, said Blair was fired because "unlike Chris McDaniel, we don't tolerate that." In response, a McDaniel spokesperson said, "No one from our campaign had a warrant issued for their arrest."
The runoff election between Cochran and McDaniel is said to be one of the biggest in the country.
On Tuesday, Republican voters in Mississippi will choose between longtime Senator Cochran and challenger McDaniel.
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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