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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Note: This story was broadcast a year ago but JJ thought it was worth posting on the second anniversary of Mr. Gorman's death.
WLBT interviewed the family of the late John Gorman. Mr. Gorman was a Gaming Commission Special Agent who was killed two years ago yesterday when an instructor shot him in the chest during a training exercise. No one has been charged in the death. Instructor Robert Sharp claimed he thought his Glock was unloaded when he fired the weapon in an exercise that was supposed to only use "dummy" weapons. Watch the interview below.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Thieves are getting more and more bold. A thief, or thieves, broke into the Lakeland Courthouse, oops, I meant the University of Mississippi Wellness Center on Lakeland Drive in Flowood, Mississippi, by cutting through the bubble that covers the pool and then removing all but two tv's from the cardio exercise room. See for yourself.
Meridian Republican Representative Steve Horne has introduced House Bill 305 to abolish party primaries for state and local elections.
Meridian Republican Representative Greg Snowden has introduced House Bill 496 to require party primaries for state and local judicial elections.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A Lieutenant at the Hinds County Sheriff's Office joined a sexual harassment lawsuit against Sheriff Victor Mason today. Former Hinds County Chief Deputy Cheryl Matory and Tomeca Barnes filed an amended complaint against Sheriff Victor Mason for today in U.S. District Court. Cheryl Matory filed her original complaint last month. Matory made several allegations that were salacious in nature as she accused Sheriff Mason of channeling his inner Bill Clinton by trying to use her to arrange sexual encounters with another employee. The amended complaint states:
Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal had a few things to say about serial armed robber Blessed Adams. RPD arrested him last month after he pepper-sprayed a female clerk in the face and robbed a liquor store. Blessed is one of Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green's special children as she gave him two fifteen year suspended sentences for armed robbery when he was convicted of those crimes last August. JJ interviewed Chief Neal last week about Adams.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The burglar who has been hitting businesses throughout Madison County is now in custody. Darrah Williams is currently in custody at the Madison County Detention Center. He is charged with burglary for the Ridgeland crimes. He is expected to be charged with burglaries in Madison as well. His mugshot is posted below. He is very well known to MDOC and law enforcement.
State Representative Charles Busby wants to make it legal for wine connoisseurs to order wine online and have it shipped to their home. Since this is Mississippi, there is some opposition to this bill. However, it might be a good idea to first take a look at HB #545. The relevant parts of the bill are:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Update: The Secretary of State reinstated the company's status to one of good standing at noon today.
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors paid $12,000 to a company that does not exist. The board hired KSA Professional Services in May for consulting services for the Continental Tire project. The contract states the county would pay $6,000 per month to KSA. The company is owned by none other than Jackie Andrews and Rena Fisher. However, the Secretary of State dissolved the company on November 30, 2016 after KSA failed to file its annual report.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Consider this spreadsheet to be the public record of the day. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued a $1,000 per year clothing allowance to 106 employees in 2016. The allowance was not renewed at the end of 2016 for 17 additional employees. It is rather interesting to see who took advantage of the allowance. Clue: Some of those receiving the allowance were not the ones who need it the most. The records were obtained through a public records request.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Edbuild's recommendations for adjusting the MAEP formula were released today. The legislature generated much controversy when it hired the company in October to review the formula and determine whether any changes should be made. The company advised focusing funding on the student rather than the classroom. It suggested that the legislature should set the minimum base formula per student at $4,840. The report was just released. JJ has not had time to review the study but excerpts of the summary are posted below:
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee announced last Thursday he will seek re-election. He made the announcement at a press conference in front of Ridgeland High School. He touted developing Highland Colony Parkway, building parks, and keeping Ridgeland safe from crime as some of his achievements. The video of his press conference is posted below.
Note: This post was written last fall but for some reason, it was not published. Apologies.
A great sportswriter died last year. The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Peter Finney passed away in August at the age of 88 years old. He defined sportswriting for the entire South for several generations. The newspaper's Les East paid homage to the scribe when he passed away:
Update: There were several more burglaries from Renaissance to Highway 51 in Ridgeland earlier in the weekend. Police sources say the same thieves who committed the Renaissance burglaries today are suspects in these as well. There were three similar burglaries at businesses on Highway 51 on Friday night and five more at The Township on Highland Colony Parkway late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Video from the security camera at Donut Palace is posted below.
The Ridgeland Police Department issued the following press release:
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Major crimes in Jackson fell 18.3% in 2016 from 7,773 to 6,351. The drop included a 20% reduction in property crimes and a 13.5% reduction in violent crime. The biggest reductions came in house burglaries (25%) and armed robberies (20.5%). There were also 35 fewer rapes. Unfortunately, homicides increased to 59 from 53 a year ago.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. District 2 Supervisor Darrell McQuirter kept his position as Hinds County Board of Supervisors President with the support of supervisors Robert Graham and Bobcat McGowan. Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun was left out in the cold as the new junta booted her from the Vice-President position and awarded it to none other than Robert Graham.
Consider this post to be lawyer porn. Grenada attorney Carlos Moore made a splash Friday when he announced on Facebook that he will sue Wayne Parish on behalf of the mother of the late but not great Charles McDonald. However, Mr. Moore made a different kind of splash up in Coahoma County a few years ago when he was accused of helping his client lie to the court in Hines v. Mascot Planting. The motion to dismiss that cites all of Mr. Moore's falsehoods is posted below with the relevant statements highlighted in yellow for your convenience. Mr. Moore agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice after this motion appeared.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Riding the rural highways of Mississippi, it’s easy to see why so many citizens want taxes cut. Vistas of disrepair and deterioration overwhelm. Strapped folk in these areas see little benefit from state spending. To them, every precious dollar they send to state and local governments must seem to disappear down endless holes. They are beyond taxed enough already.
Friday, January 13, 2017
And fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly. That’s why things get built that aren’t needed, cost too much, don’t work, benefit regulated companies, cost taxpayers who pay the regulators, and hurt customers who have to buy from the regulated companies. This is about Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant and the Mississippi Public Service Commission which regulates it. But it’s more about the unintended consequences of regulator’s ambitions and decisions. The PSC is a case in point.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Mississippi Baptist Health Systems continued to post operating losses in 2016. The hospital system has suffered such losses four out of the last five years and Fitch revised its ratings outlook to negative last March. Baptist revenue has increased but the system still suffered a $3.9 million loss that was nearly double projections. However, that was an improvement over the previous two years that saw operating losses of $17 million and $29 million. Baptist is also hurt by some gambling on variable rate swaps on bonds as well.
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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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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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