On Sept. 1, Jackson Free Press Reporter Adam Lynch broke the story that Mayor Frank Melton (pictured) "and a team of young men partially demolish[ed] a duplex" on Aug. 26 in a so-called "drug raid." The weekly stayed on top of the story, reporting important details on its Web site as they happened. Melton was indicted Friday on numerous felony charges related to the Aug. 26 incident, including burglary, malicious mischief, and causing a minor to commit a felony. Melton was also charged with three counts of illegally carrying a gun.

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On Sept. 1, Jackson Free Press Reporter Adam Lynch broke the news that Mayor Frank Melton and "a team of young men" had broken into a private home, apparently believing it to be a crackhouse, and sledgehammered the contents. Since then, a number of other press outlets have picked up the story, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office has begun an investigation into the incident, and this morning, City Councilman Ben Allen announced that he would call for a Council-led investigation Friday if professional investigators have not yet finished.

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