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FBI Investigating Death Of Mississippi Man Found Hanging From Tree

The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating after an African-American man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi.  An FBI spokesman says it is too early to determine how the man died and would not speculate on what happened.  The Claiborne County coroner confirms a body was found hanging from a tree yesterday in Port Gibson.  The victim is being identified as 54-year-old Otis Byrd.  He was last seen over a week ago.

DC Officials Launch Investigation After Toddler Dies

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city has launched an investigation into an incident last week in which a toddler died while waiting for Fire and EMS response.  The call for the choking toddler went to a fire house a mile away from the family’s Tenleytown home, even though a fire engine was in service just three blocks away.  The child was rushed to a hospital, but died.  The incident has once again brought into question how DC Fire and EMS technicians are dispatched.

Hit And Run Suspect In Custody, One Person Dead

A suspect in a hit-and-run is in police custody, and one person is dead following the violent chain of events last night in Temple Hills.  The suspect allegedly struck a Prince George’s County police officer with his SUV on Branch Avenue, then led cops on a wild chase.  It ended when the suspect crashed into several vehicles, then fled on foot.  The driver was later captured.  One person was killed in the crash caused by the suspect.

Ex-FBI Agent Charged With Stealing Heroin From Evidence

A former FBI agent is accused of stealing heroin from an evidence locker and putting dozens of cases in jeopardy.  Agent Matthew Lowry is facing 64 criminal counts  after he was allegedly caught in September with the drugs in his car.  Federal prosecutors say the theft forced them to dismiss drug cases against more than two dozen defendants.  The theft exposed the somewhat casual way the FBI’s Washington field office handled evidence, prompting the office to review it rules and tighten security.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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