Friday, March 31, 2017

Ashes & Switches for Ashton

The Louisiana Supreme Court disbarred New Orleans attorney Ashton O'Dwyer. Mr. O'Dwyer was a favorite target, I mean topic, over at NMC's blog when he was still alive. JJ would be remiss in not honoring NMC by posting this decision. It's rather entertaining but then again, the subject is Ashton O'Dwyer. Here are some of the more, um, interesting passages from the decision:

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Bill Minor, R.I.P.

An online food fight has developed over Bill Minor's legacy.  The noted journalist and columnist died earlier this week at the age of 94. Accolades were thrown his way as many honored him.  The Clarion-Ledger's Jerry Mitchell called him a "model of journalism" and remembered his life:

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Rankin CPA's plead guilty to conspiracy

Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain issued the following statement.

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The Sheriff responds

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit in U.S. District Court on March 2.  Former Hinds County Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory and Lieutenant Tomeca Barnes sued the Sheriff Victor in U.S. District Court in January. The lawsuit contained quite a few salacious details.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's happening!

Winter is almost here.

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Senator Harkins stands up to the good ole boys or.... The A.G. strikes out.

State Senator Josh Harkins just taught Jim Hood and the Mayor of Bay St. Louis that the old proverb "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is still true.  The Attorney General and controversial Mayor teamed up to gut a "good government" Harkins bill that was passed by the legislature a year ago.  The bill banned cities from paying the salaries of all interim municipal appointments after six months.  It would fix the problem of Mayors tagging their appointments as "interim" so they could avoid confirmation votes. However, Mayor Les Fillingame went whining to the A.G. and Mr. Hood was more than happy to help him.  Their shenanigans did not go unnoticed and Senator Harkins got a stronger bill passed and signed into law this week that put the two officials in their place.

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Carjacker was a platinum member of the catch & release program.

It is becoming too much of a familiar story in Hinds County.  Hoodlum commits crime.  Police does its job and catches him.  Hoodlum stays in prison for a year or two.  He gets back out on the street and terrorizes the community some more until he is locked up again.  The case of Denarious Watts is one of the better examples of the Hinds County Catch & Release program.  JPD issued this statement yesterday:

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad boyz, bad boyz......

The Mississippi Department of Corrections, Madison Police Department, and Jackson Police Department issued the following press releases and pictures.  It was a busy day on the crime-fighting front so they were combined into one post.

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Will Vidal Sullivan's probation get revoked?

Vidal Sullivan was on probation when he was arrested and indicted for armed robbery.   He was convicted of aggravated assault in 2006 and sentenced to serve ten years in prison.  However, he was released from prison on November 15, 2012 to serve probation for three years.  However, Sullivan stopped reporting to his probation officer, thus "stopping the clock" on his probation sentence.  He has approximately four years of his prison sentence to serve if his probation is revoked.

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The $14,215 shoplift

Crimestoppers issued the following bulletin and photos. 

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Rick Cleveland: Itty Bitty played bigly.

My job today is to try to put in historical perspective what Mississippi State's Morgan William – the one they call Itty Bitty – accomplished Sunday night at Oklahoma City.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beer sales coming to Tiger Stadium

Funny how economics changes things.  LSU is "working aggressively" to bring beer sales to Death Valley.  The Baton Rouge Business Report reported today:

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TIGER projects cost was always over $35 million.

The TIGER grant projects will cost $38.5 million and thus eat up nearly half of a proposed $80 million loan.  The grant will fund a desperately needed improvement for North State Street from Sheppard to Hartfield.  However, the grant will also fund the extension of West County Line Road from its current east end to North State Street.  The extension will cross a railroad so the grant will also pay for the construction of an overpass for the railroad line.  Jackson officials cite the cost of these two projects as the main reason for borrowing $90 million against the 1% sales tax revenue.  Some officials claimed the cost of the projects doubled but the original grant applications say otherwise.

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Just a little case of Rankin County incest.

Kinfolk deals are still apparently a way of life in Rankin County. The leasing of some sixteenth section land in Rankin County turned into such a deal when business partners sat on both sides of the deal.  One partner represented the school board while the other represented the tenant.  Such is the way of things in Mississippi.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

FOOD FIGHT!!!

The Speakah and the Leftenant Governor issued dueling press releases. 

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Hanging out.

 File this picture under "Stupid Crook of the Day".

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Mayor's lawsuit dismissed.

The court fight between Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and his former executive assistant took another turn last week.  U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III threw out Mayor Yarber's lawsuit against Kimberly Bracey.  Mrs. Bracey sued the Mayor and city of Jackson in August and made several salacious allegations.

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Bond bill fails.

Mississippi Speakah of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement.

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Louisiana gives Mississippi yet another lesson in how to steal.

IMS needs to take notes as Louisiana continues to teach Mississippi lessons in public corruption.  Congress approved $1.6 billion in aid for victims of The Flood With No Name that took place last August.  However, Louisiana being Louisiana, its politicians got the bright idea to award a "project manager contract" for....... drum roll..... Ed McMahon voice announcing the contract..... $350 million.  You can't make this up.  However, it gets even better and it will sound very familiar to Mississippians.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Great Dropout

What happens when men quit working? A political economist asked this question in a Wall Street Journal column last September.   It seems more and more men have quit working.  They aren't going to school or obtaining training for a new job either.  They just drop out and sponge.  Nicholas Eberstadt writes:

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Sunday morning sermon

Can't make it to church this morning?  JJ brings church to you.  The late Dr. Frank Pollard preaches from John 17 in this video.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Gutter Punks

The Gutter Punks of New Orleans.  They look so homeless  as well as disgusting.  It seems more and more of them are popping up like mushrooms.  They sprawl out on the sidewalks with their dogs, look and smell as if they haven't had a shower in weeks, and beg for money.  A homeless crisis of sorts, right?  Guess again.  They are called Gutter Punks for a reason because they are anything but homeless. It's an adventure for many of them.  Check out this picture taken in front of a French Quarter hotel:

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Vidal Sullivan is back in jail.

One of Frank's favorites is back in jail.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted Vidal Sullivan for armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm in on February 23.  His bond was set at $300,000.  The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jeff Weill.

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Idiot of the day

Kidnapping a judge is never a good idea.  Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Bill Crawford: Shopping online affects community finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, Sardis, Walnut, Derma and Nettleton.

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WORLDSTAR!!!

This video of an incident involving JPD officers made it to Worldstar.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AIRBORNE!!!

Kurdish airborne and American Special Ops troops made history this week as they seized a dam in the Islamic State. U.S. Central Command stated on its website:

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Interesting vote for Stonebridge.

 
Some good ole boy politicking apparently took place when the Stonebridge Public Improvement District was created.  The Brandon Board of Aldermen voted to approve the creation of the district. However, one of the Aldermen voted to approve the creation of the PID even though he worked for the developer of the PID.  Earlier post on bond default.

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Carlos Moore & McDonald's mother change story.

Attorney Carlos Moore and his client, Yvette Mason-Sherman, altered some key facts in the lawsuit they filed against Wayne Parish in Hinds County Circuit Court.  Mason-Sherman sued Wayne Parish, his business partner Jimmy Ratcliff, and Performance Oil for wrongful death in the death of her son.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016.   A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for first degree murder in October.  He is free on a $50,000 bond.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Death investigation in Brandon

The Brandon Police Department just issued the following statement. 

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Hood brings in the cash

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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Look at me, Look at me!!! Um, they did.

It seems Dewayne Mannery has a new home.  JJ readers may remember the Cypress Lake robber partying it up at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility a few weeks ago:

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The pageant queen arrest and the Rest of the story.

Update: Court order of dismissal posted below. 

The media was all agog over the arrest of 1998 Mississippi Melinda King Sanders.  One must forgive them as they tend to go rabid when they think they see a pageant queen fallen from grace.  Sanders was arrested on March 2 for credit card fraud.   The media had a field day reporting the arrest and posting the mug shot.  The arrest generated no small amount of interest on social media as well.  However, part of the ordeal ended for Sanders when the charges were dismissed yesterday in Flora Municipal Court.   However, as Paul Harvey would say, there is a Rest of the story.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leg passes campaign finance bill.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Hambrick killer tries to blame victim.

More details about the murder of Eric Hambrick emerged last week when a transcript of his killer's sentencing was released.   Arkel Coleman  pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November after he was indicted for first degree murder in Hambrick's death.  Hambrick was a MEMA employee and a fixture in the Mississippi Opera and First Baptist Church choir.  Coleman claimed that Hambrick asked him to trade sex for money.  He said he hit him in response to the alleged proposition.

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Sanctuary city ban goes to Governor

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

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Rick Cleveland: March is the sweet spot

If you've played golf or baseball, you surely know about the sweet spot.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's Auburn.

Auburn, Alabama and Waffle House.  What could possibly go wrong?

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Stonebridge Public Improvement District (PID) in Brandon defaulted on bonds



The Stonebridge public improvement district defaulted on $22 million in special assessment bonds that were sold in 2007.  Stonebridge opened to much hoopla in 2008 right before The meltdown began.  The Mississippi Business Journal reported in May 2008:

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Partying with The Chief

Hinds County thief Lashaun Hudson is apparently having a good ole time in the Marshall County Correctional Facility.  Hudson was convicted in 2014 of several counts of burglary larceny of an unoccupied dwelling and receiving stolen property.   However, Hudson is living it up in jail as he smokes dope, sells dope, and is about to get out on parole.  See for yourself. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

JPD catches carjacker

JPD issued the following statement and mug shot.

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SOS issues legislative update.

Mississippi Secretary of State Dibbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

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Rudy sues CMU for $6.3 million.

Madison County Engineer Rudy Warnock sued Canton Municipal Utilities for $6.3 million in U.S. District Court on March 9.  Mr. Warnock claims that CMU breached three contracts it entered into with him in 2016. CMU hired Mr. Warnock as its sole engineer in August but terminated him a few months later. 

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Judge Green curseth the Blessed

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green sent Blessed Adams back to prison last Thursday.  Ridgeland police arrested him in January for  strong-armed robbery, possession of marijuana, failure to yield to the police, and simple assault after he maced a clerk and then stole money from Old Canton Liquor and Wine.  Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal called him a "serial robber".

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Commission & Mayor continue to scrap over loan

The hard feelings that developed between Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and several members of the 1% Sales Tax Commission at the March 1 meeting continue to linger.  Anna Wolfe posted a follow-up story on that particular food fight last Friday.  Her story is posted below along with some color commentary by yours truly.  Enjoy.

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Police responded to domestic disturbance call earlier this year at Myers home.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breland ruled that Lakrisna Myers shot her boyfriend, Darryl Davis, to death with his service weapon and then killer herself with a gunshot to the head.  The murder/suicide took place at her home at 120 Clearview Drive East in Madison County on Wednesday.  A police report obtained by JJ states that domestic disturbances had occurred between the couple. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, JJ will bring church to you.  Enjoy this sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard. 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wingate whalloped.

Lawyers have complained for years that U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate's docket moved slowly- if at all at times.  Such tardiness caught up with Judge Wingate as the Chief U.S. District Judge prohibited Judge Wingate from accepting new cases until his caseload is in order.  The order is posted below.

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Bill Crawford: Fuel Diversification is Real Kemper Issue for PSC

What will natural gas prices look like over the next 40 years?

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This video is posted in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

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Stupid crooks of the day.

This actually happened over in Clinton. 

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"Poll" shows Lumumba lead

A "poll" conducted by longtime Democratic political operative Brad Chism shows Chokwe Antar Lumumba Jr. leading the Jackson Mayoral race. The "poll" states:

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Update on Madison murder/suicide

There is new information in the deaths of Hinds County Deputy Daryl Ethan Davis and Lakrisna Myers.  Myers was a nurse who worked at the Hinds County Detention Center.  Law enforcement officers discovered their bodies at Myers' home on 120 Clearview Drive East in Madison Tuesday evening.  They went to the house to conduct a welfare check after neither one of them showed up for their shifts at work.  Davis and Myers were in a relationship.  Both died of gunshot wounds.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Layoffs at UMMC

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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Ridgeland police take down bank robber.

The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following statement.

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No comment.

What is wrong with this story? Clue: Pay attention to what is said during the first thirty seconds or so. 

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McDonald's family sues Wayne Parish

  WARNING: GRAPHIC & VIOLENT VIDEO FOOTAGE

The mother of a teen killed last summer sued Wayne Parish and his company in Hinds County Circuit Court yesterday.  Parish shot and killed 17 year-old Charles McDonald, Jr.  during a struggle over a gun at Performance Oil on McDowell Road on July 21, 2016.   A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for first degree murder in October.  He is free on a $50,000 bond. Attorney Carlos Moore represents the plaintiffs.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cleveland bars busted

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following statement. 

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Deputy & girlfriend killed.

A Hinds County Deputy and his girlfriend were found dead at her home in Madison County.  Both died of gunshot wounds.

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Bigger Pie's Charles Grayson: Death by a thousand cuts at Kemper

December 6, 2016, BiggerPieForum.org posted “Kemper Gasifier: Slow Agony, Sure Death”. The article called for a tough stance by PSC and Mississippi Public Utilities Staff (MPUS) during the remaining Kemper regulatory process: accounting declaration of in-service (operational), interim rate filings beginning June 3, 2017, Used and Useful determinations and, finally, determination of Prudently spend capital. We predicted Mississippi Power and Southern Cos would opt for a negotiated settlement of Kemper cost recovery if the free pass from Mississippi Regulators ended.

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JPD charges 3 in woman's murder.

JPD issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Rick Cleveland: March Madness is upon us.

We call it March Madness. For a couple weeks, the NCAA Tournament takes over our TVs, our sports sections and our office talk.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mitch wants to make Bourbon Street family-friendy

Uh-oh.  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieau may be talking to The Queen.  He apparently wants to "Disney-fy" Bourbon Street.  The Morning Advocate reported:

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City Council makes its $90 million march.

The Jackson City Council voted 3-2 to approve a resolution leveraging future 1% sales tax revenue to obtain a $90 million loan to fund infrastructure projects on February 27.

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Killer of elderly woman gets 20 years.

The killer of 80 year-old Janie Fullilove pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Hinds County Circuit Court last August.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted him for capital murder in 2013 after she was shot and beaten to death in her back yard.  

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

A plethora of videos showing our constabulary in action popped up over the weekend.  They show the police in action ranging from good cops to bad cops to cops who get the job done regardless of how it might look to someone else. Enjoy.

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Health Department approves all vaccination exemption requests

The Mississippi State Department of Health approved all requests for exemptions from mandatory vaccination laws in 2016. 

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House continues to push for road money

Mississippi Speakah of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following statement last week.

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City publishes notice for $90 million loan.

Read for yourself.  The notice was published in the Mississippi Link and the Clarion-Ledger.  The relevant language is highlighted for your convenience.  The video of the City Council discussion is posted below as well.

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The Rez now has an app.

The Pearl River Valley Water Suppy District issued the following statement.

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"Everything that guy just said is ________."

Twenty-five years ago today, movie greatness happened:

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mumps infections continue to rise.

Mumps is on the rise.  LSU issued a warning last week after five students became infected with the contagious disease.  Arkansas reported 300 cases in the last two months.  The Center for Disease Control stated on its website that the number of infections have risen over the last five years. A CDC chart shows the rise all too well:

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You can't make this up.

New Orleans is having a bit of a crime problem sooooooooooo what does the Mayor and City Council decide to do? Cut the District Attorney's budget and focus on parking violations.  Columnist James Gill slammed the city government on the pages of the Morning Advocate:

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Having What It Takes.

The late Dr. Frank Pollard preached on "Having what it takes" in this sermon presented by JJ.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Water restored.

Water has been restored in Jackson.  Thanks to everyone who made this happen a day ahead of schedule.  Good job. 

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Bill Crawford: Small towns can make it.

Rural communities in the South can succeed.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

MDOC removes inmates from Hinds jail

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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It is coming.

July 16, 2017:

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Eric Hambrick's killer gets a blessing from Tomie Green

Eric Hambrick
The life of Eric Hambrick is worth less than ten years in Hinds County.  Hinds County Circuit Judge blessed his killer, Arkel Coleman, with a sentence that put him back on the streets in 2025.   Coleman beat him to death and robbed him nearly two years ago at the Waffle House on High Street. 

Mr. Hambrick was an employee at MEMA.   He was a talented singer as he performed in the Mississippi Opera and in the choir at First Baptist Church (Jackson).  He attended Thursday night choir practice on May 28, 2015.  He unfortunately stopped at the Waffle House on High Street at 10:30 PM.  The 19 year-old Arkel Coleman thought the 52 year-old man would be easy prey and beat him with his fists.  Mr. Hambrick fell to the ground and sustained more injuries when his head violently struck the pavement.  His family removed him from life support a few days later.  Arkel Coleman and his accomplice, Sherderwick Anderson, removed a ring that they fancied from a dying Eric Hembrick's finger.  Police arrested the pair within a few days. 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shakedown goes down.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement and picture.

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UMMC closing former downtown & Northeast "Courthouses".

UMMC sent this email to members of its Wellness Centers:

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Nor was there a drop to drink.

There is no way to sugarcoat it.  A greater part of Jackson will be without water from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon while the city repairs some major water main breaks.The Hinds County Emergency Operations Center published two maps (posted below) of the affected area.  MEMA estimates up to 40,000 customers in Jackson and Byram will be affected.  A press release states:

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Death Spiral?

The Hattiesburg American (Gannett) published this "letter to readers" yesterday:

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Officer injuring chasing kidnapper

JPD issued the following statement.

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Madison crime drops

The Madison Police Department issued the following press release on its 2016 crime statistics.  There were 51 fewer crimes than in 2016.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shameful!!!

Notice anything missing from the these Clarion-Ledger pages yesterday and today?  Look carefully.

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About that $90 million loan.


Remember when the Jackson City Council voted to get a $90 million loan last week? They were rushing to meet submit it to the Mississippi Development Bank for its board's meeting on March 8. Well, the Kingfish is here at the board meeting and guess what? The item is not on the agenda and will not be discussed today.  However, there is even more news.

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Suffer the little children....

A kid decided that the weatherman at WLBT needed some help last Saturday night:

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Man shot after attacking police officer

JPD issued the following press release.  

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Fitch to host Girl Scouts Career Day

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Rick Cleveland: Speed does not always mean fast

John Ross, a wide receiver out of the University of Washington, made huge news last week at the NFL Scouting Combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds, which is to say be broke the all-time combine record.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Court rules Patrick Kelly must pay $100,000 for pocketing employee's child support payments

Hinds County Chancellor Denise Sweet Owens hit Patrick Kelly for $100,000 in punitive damages for taking an employee's wages that were garnished for child support.  Mr. Kelly is the owner of the defunct Mint and Julep's restaurants.  The nutshell version is that Mr. Kelly kept most of the garnishment for himself and only sent a pittance to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

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Vote on Rankin County school bond issue today

Rankin County residents will vote on a $178.5 million school bond issue today.   The Rankin County School District has been plagued by overcrowding for quite some time.  A $169 million bond referendum failed five years ago amid much criticism for dedicating 10% of the proceeds towards athletic facilities. New RCSD Superintendent Dr. Sue Townsend said the district learned from that failure and tried to propose a bond issue that reflected the true needs of Rankin County students. 

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Let the games begin in Madison

It seems there are going to be some actual races in Madison elections this year. The Queen faces challenges from the Bag Boy and the Brown Bag while four of the seven aldermen have opponents as well.  The list is posted below.

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Will B.B. King go to Washington?

A statue of B.B. King will represent Mississippi in the nation's capital if Representative Mark Baker (R-Cindy's Catfish House) has his way.  Representative Baker filed House Concurrent Resolution #82 this morning.  It states:

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Governor appoints new MDOC Commish

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release.

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Bellegrove standoffs end

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement and mug shots.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Gipson amendment clarifies divorce law

Rep. Andy Gipson issued the following statement .

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Suspended sentence for Ben Allen

The sentencing for Ben Allen took place today before Judge Winston Kidd. He was convicted last month of one count of embezzling from his employer, Downtown Jackson Partners. Judge Kidd sentenced him to serve five years in prison but suspended the entire sentence.  Mr. Allen is placed on probation for two years. 

Mr. Allen submitted this statement to the court:

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Wonderful. Just Wonderful.

Meet Dewayne Mannery.  He is currently serving time at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility in Yazoo City for armed robbery and enhanced use of a firearm.  He began serving his sentence on January 8, 2015.  Want to know what he looks like? Check out these pictures he has been posting on Instagram over the past few days:

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stonewall at Stonebridge


A battle over the Stonebridge Public Improvement District is taking place in Hinds County Chancery Court between Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a bank, and the Stonebridge developer.   The Secretary of State took possession of 58 Stonebridge parcels after the taxes and assessments were not paid.*  Mr. Hosemann attempted to negotiate a settlement between the state, Rankin County, and the bondholders.  However, the original developer argued its rights were violated and asked the Chancellor to cancel the settlement.

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Stupid crook of the day

MDOC issued the following statement. 

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Our Finest Hour

JJ presents this sermon of the late Dr. Frank Pollard for those who can't make it to church this morning.

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Take the Trace to Turcotte

Action at the pistol range
Interested in finding a shooting range that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?  Such a place  can be found right off of the Natchez Trace at Highway 43.  Nestled next to the upper lake of the Ross Barnett Reservoir is Turcotte Shooting Range.  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks operates the range four days per week year-round at very affordable rates.  Driving up the Natchez Trace is an added bonus as well.   Turcotte offers a variety of ranges and programs to Mississippians.   The facility has pistol, rifle, sporting clays, skeet, and archery ranges. 

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Lock & load: Carjacker escapes Hinds jail. (Update: Caught)

Update: There are two more escapees. Leonard was caught.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following statement.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Baltimore PD busts Tea Partier

The Baltimore Police Department issued the following statement on it's Facebook page after it arrested a member of the Baltimore Tea Party.

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And they are off to the races

Here is the unofficial list of qualified candidates for the 2017 Jackson municipal elections.

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Supreme Court rules against Watkins

Mississippi Secretary of State Englebert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Bill Crawford: Is concentrated power a good thing?

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Rematch!!!

One Mr. John Bell Crosby qualified to run for the Mayor of Madison.  He will face the incumbent Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. Matt Armstrong qualified to run as well.

John Howlan  qualified to run for Alderman positions.

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Bed-wetter alert

Bed-wetters are going to explode when they see one of their own saying something they definitely won't like in this video.

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Margaret moves on.

Jackson Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon posted this announcement on Facebook:

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Food Fight at the 1% Sales Tax Commission

The Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission approved a master plan Wednesday but not before the meeting exploded several times as Commissioners argued with Mayor Tony Yarber and his appointees.  The Mayor was surprised when Ted Duckworth submitted a master plan to the commission.  A furious debate ensued over whether the commissioners could submit their own master plan and what exactly is a master plan. Get a drink and some popcorn.  The master plan is posted below as well as the video.

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Temple killer gets life without parole

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced  Gerome Moore to life without parole for the murder of Carolyn Temple yesterday.  A jury convicted him of capital murder three months ago.  Enough said about this scumbag and his mother.  The sentencing order and a video showing her morals on display are posted below.  Thank goodness some justice was served in this case although Ms. Temple's murder wiped out her loved ones as her daughter and boyfriend died within fifteen months after her death.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Civic leaders stand up for Ben Allen

 76 people stood up for Ben Allen and asked Judge Winston Kidd to show mercy at his sentencing on March 8. Mr. Allen submitted a biography and a stack of letters in support of him to Judge Winston Kidd earlier this week.  Mr. Allen was convicted of one count of embezzlement from Downtown Jackson Partners.  Mr. Allen is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization.  The letters and the sentencing memo are posted below. 

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Fitch: MPACT-Legacy has $12.6 million shortfall

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following press release.

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Judge Tomie Green's blessing turns into a curse

A thug turned loose by Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green was arrested last month for carjacking in Jackson.  Judge Green suspended the prison sentences for Sentobia Paige's armed robbery and auto burglary convictions in November after he completed the RID program.  Paige was so upset that he missed his chance to party at Parchman that he allegedly carjacked some poor victim on February 17.

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Underground 119 to reopen on April 1

Underground 119 issued the following press release.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

More details provided on Deaton capture

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement on the capture of Alex Deaton.

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Lawyer to Gipson: Put up or shut up!!!

A local attorney posted this message to Representative Andy Gipson (R-Castile) on Facebook after bills that would reform Mississippi's divorce laws died in his committee yesterday:

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Will Senate block Rivers McGraw bill?

The mother of a Madison County teen who committed suicide last year says law enforcement is trying to kill the "Rivers McGraw bill".  Young Rivers McGraw was arrested for a dui and was bailed out by a friend in Oxford.   He took his own life shortly after his release.  His mother has been promoting a bill that would keep minors in jail longer until a parent is notified if they are arrested for a DUI.  Lauren McGraw stated:

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Destruction in Franklin

Someone managed to record this tornado tearing through Franklin, TN this morning.

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Do not try this at home.

Someone watched too many Dukes of Hazard episodes over in Webster Parish.

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Rick Cleveland: Slump or were Lady Bulldogs exposed?

Every basketball team – including the remarkable Golden State Warriors — goes through a slump.

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UPDATE: Deaton caught in Kansas

 UPDATE: Deaton caught in Kansas after shooting a convenience store clerk.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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