Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nothing good happens after ____ AM

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"The Superintendent does not provide effective educational leadership"


The Mississippi Department of Education blistered JPS in a recent audit.  The violations are simply too numerous too mention in one post aren't merely technical in nature.  MDE reported JPS had dangerous schools, too many unlicensed teachers, graduated students who should not graduate, and a host of other serious problems.  JPS faces a loss of accreditation as MDE will downgrade the accreditation status of JPS from "accredited" to "probation".   JPS violated 22 of a possible 32 standards as it flunked the audit.  MDE notified JPS in a June 15 letter that said JPS could contest the findings within the next thirty days.  MDE will present the findings to the Commission on School Accreditation on August 4.   JPS can request a hearing to contest the findings.

JJ is going to cover this subject a little differently than others. The report is 247 pages and is simply too long to cover in one post while giving it the attention it deserves. The public needs to know how bad really things are at JPS. JJ is going to publish a series of posts about the audit. The full audit is posted below if you want to read ahead. Here are the first batch of highlights from the report.

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Rick Cleveland: Jackson made Darryl Strawberry

What I remember most about Darryl Strawberry's one summer in Jackson was the explosive sound of his bat launching the baseball. It was shocking, really, no matter how many times you heard it. And we heard it often in 1982.

When “Straw” got hold of one, it sounded more like a rifle shot than a home run. His home runs left Smith-Wills Stadium so quickly and often went so high and far into those pine trees behind the right field wall. Remember? We called that area behind the right field fence “The Strawberry Patch.”

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Party becomes deadly

JPD issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Stokes takes up for D.A.

Jackson Ward 3 City Councilman Kenneth Stokes defended Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to WJTV yesterday:

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Dr. Smith asks court to remove Jim Hood from office.

Dr. Arnold Smith asked a Hinds County Circuit Court to remove Attorney General Jim Hood in a complaint for Quo Warranto filed yesterday.  Dr. Smith argues that the Mississippi Constitution places the Attorney General under the  judicial branch  and thus Mr. Hood can not serve in the executive branch of state government.

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Ridgeland man convicted of child porn

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Another day, another shooting....

JPD issued the following press release:

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Clinton police arrest Aryan Brother, seek partner in burglary case

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release:

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Former Hinds deputy justice court clerk arrested

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Mississippi ranks ninth in AIDs cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release:

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Cellphones will be added to no-call list

Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown (Central District) issued the following press release:

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Governor calls special session

Governor and Lord Protector Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

DJP Board & Gibbs defend Ben Allen

Jackson Attorney Robert Gibbs and the Board of Directors for Downtown Jackson Partners defended Ben Allen in two reports attached to his motion to dismiss that was filed last week in Hinds County Circuit Court.  A grand jury indicted the DJP Executive Director in March for ten counts of fraud and embezzlement.   The Board hired Mr. Gibbs to conduct an investigation of the allegations made in the indictment.  Mr. Gibbs and the Board said Mr. Allen was completely innocent and rebutted each count in the two reports.  The reports are posted below. Copy of indictment. Some highlights of the reports are:

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Bill Crawford: Without a Creator Can Men Be Created Equal?

Note: Mr. Crawford's column will be a regular feature at JJ

Next week we celebrate our founding fathers’ 1776 decision to declare independence from England. In so doing they laid down the principles that would guide the new nation. Their Declaration of Independence began:

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Ouch!

A Harrison County jury slapped MDOT with a $6.2 million verdict after a developer sued MDOT for an improper taking of property it owned south of I-10. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 in Harrison County Circuit Court.  Anita Lee reported in the Sun-Herald:

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tomorrow night

Tomorrow night is the season finale...

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The Brex heard 'round the world.

Brexit shook the world yesterday as British voters voted to leave the EU. Markets tumbled and global snoots everywhere recoiled in horror as they struggled to comprehend a decision made by actual voters. Remember them? Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator, attempted to explain the case for Brexit on the pages of the Wall Street Journal this morning in a thoughtful essay. Mr. Nelson wrote:


The world is looking at Britain and asking: What on Earth just happened? Those who run Britain are asking the same question.

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Triple shooting last night

JPD issued the following press release:

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Friday, June 24, 2016

At least Fido didn't freak

A dog found a batch of 'shrooms and well, this is what happened:

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M-I-C-K-E-Y, M-O-M-D-E

Mississippi Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Q. Porter and contract employee Elton Stokes, Jr. went to a conference at Disneyworld on the taxpayer's dime.  Steve Wilson reported at Watchdog.org this week

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weill disqualifies D.A.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill disqualified Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith from participating in any pending cases in his courtroom.  Judge Weill said the order does not apply to other Hinds County prosecutors.   Mr. Smith was arrested yesterday on six counts of illegally contacting defendants.  One charge alleged that Mr. Smith tried to get a grand jury "to pressure a sitting judge" to drop charges against Christopher Butler.  Judge Weill referred to a "sealed report" provided by Special Master Amy Whitten in his order. 

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Ben Allen files motion to dismiss

Ben Allen filed a motion to dismiss his indictment today in Hinds County Circuit Court.  A Hinds County grand jury indicted him in March for alleged embezzlement and misuse of Downtown Jackson Partners' funds.  Mr. Allen is the Executive Director of Downtown Jackson Partners. The indictment also charged Mr. Allen with making improper campaign donations to Mayor Tony Yarber's inaugural gala.  The grand jury also indicted two State Auditor investigators for allegedly obstructing justice and spiking an investigation of Mr. Allen. The case is assigned to Judge Winston Kidd.

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Hinds County & Justice Department settle over jail

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following statement.

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ATM bandit arrested

JPD issued the following press release and mug shot.

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Bomb threat!

Hinds County courthouses in downtown Jackson are closed.


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Lock & load. 2 capital murder suspects escape.


Gerome Moore and Malcolm Landfair escaped from jail a few hours ago. Moore was recently sentenced to five years in prison for escaping from the Hinds County Detention Center.  Both men currently await trial on capital murder charges.  Don't shoot the wrong person and please practice firearms safety.

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D.A. fires back at AG

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith fired back at Attorney General Jim Hood yesterday afternoon after Mr. Smith was arrested by the Attorney General. Mr. Hood stated in a press release issued yesterday:

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Ward 3 couple abandons children in Rankin County (Updated)

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weisenberger pleads guilty

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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AG: FBI helped bust Smith.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement and mug shot:

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Fund-raising for JJ

It's time for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

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Hinds District Attorney arrested on six counts.

Arrest of Robert Shuler Smith (Credit:WAPT)
 Original post: Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith was arrested this morning.  He was seen getting into the back of a Hinds County Sheriff's Office vehicle.  Sources said he was arrested on at least one charge filed by the Attorney General.  Stay tuned.

Update (11:15 AM): The affidavit and six charges are posted below.   Yes, they are related to the Christopher Butler cases that were reported only here on JJ.  Nutshell version: The affidavit alleges the D.A. tried to help a convicted drug dealer get out of jail, visited him in jail, and tried to use a grand jury to get a circuit judge to drop a case against the drug dealer. Yes, it is alleged he tried to use a grand jury to intimidate a judge into dropping a case. 

The affidavit states:

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Do the crime, do some hard time in Madison County

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following statement:

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Clinton PD offers safe zone for internet sales

The Clinton Police Department issued the following press release:

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Rick Cleveland is dictator for a day

For one day — and one day only — I am the Commissioner of Sports. All sports. Things are going to change around here. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Budget olive branch?

Mississippi House of Representatives Minority Leader David Baria (D-Gulf Coast) sent the following letter to Governor Phil Bryant.

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Editorial: Anatomy of a Whitewash

There is simply no other way to put it: A whitewash took place on the Mississippi Today website Friday . The online newspaper funded by Jim Barksdale and Dickie Scruggs posted a story that whitewashed  Mississippi Education Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright's awarding contracts to her cronies.  Dr. Wright granted an interview to Mississippi Today Reporter Kate Royals, while avoiding JJ and the Clarion-Ledger when they published critical stories of how these contracts were awarded and who received them.  Ms. Royals "reported":

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Church's Chicken thief goes to the coop

JPD issued the following press release:

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Now you see them, now you don't: Federal version

Remember the arrest of two men last fall at Ole Miss?  The feds arrested Virgil Dennison and Kyler Campbell for possession of weapons on a school campus.  The two men protested the vote to remove the state flag on October 22.  They were escorted back to their vehicle by University PD.  The police saw two shotguns in Campbell's truck and things went downhill from there for the two defenders of The Flag.  It didn't help matters that "Campbell had pending felony charges".   Police arrested them on October 23, 2015 after  federal agents filed a criminal complaint.  What the media did not report is the federales dropped the charges five days later.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

One arrested, one sought in church burglary

The Rankin County Sheriff's Office issued the following statements and mug shots:

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AG closes "Mississippi Burning" case.

"52 years later, we've done all we could do".  That statement was made by Attorney General Jim Hood at a press conference today.  Mr. Hood announced he was issuing a final report (posted below) on the "Mississippi Burning" case.  Mr. Hood issued the following statement:

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West Nile case in Hinds County

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release:

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Latest crime stats

The Jackson crime statistics for  the week ending May 22, 2016 are posted below.  Burglaries of all types and grand larceny are  down from  a year ago. There are 133 fewer incidents of house burglaries as  well.  Amazing what happens when some of the perps are put in jail and kept in jail.  Violent crimes are improved except for homicide. However, Jackson caught a break in May after a murderous April as  there are only three more homicides than there were a year ago.  

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good job, Dad.

Well, step-dad. JPD issued the following statement and mug shot :

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Food Fight!!!

Attorney Wilson Carroll and Mayor Tony Yarber had a nice gentleman's disagreement over the biosolids removal contract at a May meeting of the Jackson City Council.  Mr. Carroll stood up at the podium during the public comments period of the meeting and argued that his client should have been awarded the contract because it had the lowest and best bid for the contract.  Mayor Yarber fired back at him and said he got the maximum points allowed for presenting the best price.  Watch the exchange for yourself.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

It could've been worse.

A WWL-TV reporter found himself in the middle of a fight in a not so nice part of New Orleans.  Oddly enough, the story was part of a WWL "Stop the Violence" series. Watch the video for yourself.

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Like a Boss

The Tchula Police Chief posted this interesting message on Facebook.

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Thacker radio comes to Clinton tonight

The press release states:

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Friday, June 17, 2016

State Senator found innocent on DUI charge

Senate Pro-Tem Terry Burton (R-Knob Creek) was cleared of a second-offense DUI charge.  Geoff Pender reporter in the Clarion-Ledger today:

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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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