Monday, May 2, 2016

Former tenant sues The Park at Moss Creek for carjacking.

The Park at Moss Creek Apartments have apparently suffered from a crime problem during the past few years.  A man was arrested for kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery in several attacks at the Northeast Jackson apartment complex.  However, a lawsuit was filed a year ago by a woman who was carjacked there as well in 2013.  She claimed the owners of the complex, Arlington Properties, did not keep the The Park safe after it was repeatedly notified by tenants about crime problems.

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School ratings delayed nine months, MDE rolls out computer coding classes for kids.

The Mississippi Department of Education will issue the annual district and school ratings in June.  The ratings are normally posted in the beginning of September each year but were delayed for nine months when the department had to move to a different location due to a fire at an adjacent building last year.  MDE told JJ this morning that the 2015-2016 ratings will probably be issued in October and thus closer to the original schedule.  The third grade "reading gate" test results will be released when the Board of Education meets on May 12.  Meanwhile, MDE is rolling out a pilot computer science program for students that will include coding programs in elementary schools.  MDE issued the following press release last week:

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kidnapper arraigned.

Andre Kennedy was arraigned on April 21 after he was indicted on February 26 for the May 2015 kidnapping and armed robbery of a Northeast Jackson doctor.  The doctor managed to escape and kill Kennedy's alleged partner Edwin "Guttalife Dee" Robinson.

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Here we go again: JPS edition.

WLBT reported that JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray was complaining about a half-million dollar cut to the JPS budget in the middle of the fiscal year:

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bloomberg: How the Braves fleeced Pearl

Was Pearl yet another city that fell for another pitch of baseball and bright lights only to later regret the decision?  Were then-Mayor Jimmy Foster and his team simply yet another example of bond dummies that break their cities upon the rocks of bad bond deals? Bloomberg News shined a spotlight on how the Atlanta Braves manipulates cities into practically building new stadiums at little cost to the organization.  Only time will tell whether Foster's gamble paid off for Pearl.  Bloomberg reported:

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The real Dilbert speaks on Trump

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has been analyzing Trump's march to the Republican nomination.  He defies conventional wisdom and argues on his blog that Trump is a genius at work:

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Moss Creek thug charged with kidnapping

JPD issued the following press release about our Moss Creek thug:

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Victim provides more info

JPD captured a suspect in the armed robbery and rape that took place several nights ago at The Park at Moss Creek Apartments.  JJ obtained a transcript of an interview one of the victims gave to a tv station.  It provides more details on the horrific crime.  The names have been removed.

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Kelly Williams: More Flood for Less Rain


After the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 congress told the US Army Corps of Engineers to make sure it didn’t happen again. The Corps has been trying for almost 90 years. The result? More flood for less rain.

This pithy assessment of the Corps work is from John McPhee's acclaimed "Atchafalaya" written 27 years ago. It's still true today because the Corps is still trying to fix the flooding problem by holding the rain instead of speeding its flow to the Gulf. (Mississippi is a holding pond.) Wrong strategy: Contain the River. How: build levees. Result: even more flood for less rain.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

JPD gets 'im.

JPD nabbed a suspect in the armed robbery and rape that took place at The Park at Moss Creek Apartments this week.  JPD issued the following statement a few minutes ago:

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Some guys just don't want to get caught.

The Pearl Police Department issued the following press release:

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Turn in unwanted drugs Saturday

Madison-Rankin District Attorney issued the following press release:

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She gone

Representative Kimberly Campbell posted this announcement on Facebook:

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Rick Cleveland: Is this the best baseball season ever?


The question was asked this past weekend: Is this the best college baseball season in Mississippi history?

It was a good weekend to ask it: Ole Miss swept Auburn. Mississippi State took two of three at LSU. Southern Miss took two of three one-run games from Rice. All three Mississippi teams are nationally ranked. All three have Top 20 RPIs. All three are in the conversation about who will host regionals.

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PSA: Learn how to defend yourself.

The following post is a public service announcement from JJ:

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D.A. wants the Sheriff's money

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and Sheriff Victor Mason are fighting  over $1.068 million in Hinds County Circuit Court.   Hinds County deputies seized the money during a traffic stop on January 25, 2016.  The District Attorney wants 20% of the seized funds, but the Sheriff argues the D.A.'s office did not participate in any part of the investigation or seizure and thus is not entitled to any portion of the funds.

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White-tail deer importing ring busted

Chasing tail is not always a good thing.  U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Court: Madison County must pay Parkway East bonds (Updated)

There is no sugarcoating it: Madison County was body-slammed in federal court today.   U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that Madison County must pay the bonds for the Parkway East Public Improvement District if the PID defaults.  The court stated the county guaranteed the bonds, all $27.7 million of them.

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Measles in Memphis

The New York Times reported yesterday:

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Attack at the Park at Moss Creek

An armed robbery and rape occurred at the Park at Moss Creek Apartments last night. Nextdoor posts provided details of the crime. JPD sources confirmed the crime took place. The victims were three women and one man although only one woman was raped. The suspect is a 6'2" black male. 

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And you thought this legislature was bad....

I came across this old Jackson Daily News front page while looking for Gold Coast stories in the archives last year.  This 1940 front page shows the blatant racism that once took place at the capitol.  Keep in mind, the newspaper reported this story from a positive point of view. One can almost hear the chuckles as the editor sent the story to press.  Warning: racist language is used in the story

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Mayor announces pothole blitz

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Graduation rate improves

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Byram PD looking for hit & run driver

The Byram Police Department issued the following statement:

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Wife-beaters:1 Victims: 0. Thank you, State Senators.

Paul Hampton provided more details in the Sun-Herald on why the bill that would have added domestic violence as a ground for divorce died just short of the finish line last week in the Mississippi legislature.  It seems an additional ground for divorce was added in conference committee that didn't sit too well with some members.  Mr. Hampton reported:

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Thank you!!!

We did it!!! JJ wants to thank you very much for supporting Reimagine Prep.  We raised over $3,000 to help the kids at the South Jackson charter school visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Seeing actual history beats reading about it any day of the week.  Thanks for supporting these students. 

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No comment.

Technology is such a wonderful thing.  Check out these workers near Ridgewood Road and Northside Drive.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Harvey & Wyatt trade licks

A food fight broke out between former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson and the Northside Sun. The editorial page of the weekly newspaper sharply criticized Jackson's leadership for a lack of resurfacing of roads in the Bold New City  The Northside Sun claimed audited financial statements provided the following information on how many miles were paved each year:

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Stallworth tries to stall takeover

Our favorite Reverend filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on April 6 against Governor Bryant, MDOT, and the state of Mississippi.  The lawsuit is posted below. Start reading on page 3. The case was assigned to Judge Carlton Reeves and referred to Magistrate Keith Ball.  The lawsuit is posted below.  Some of the complaint looks very familiar.

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Will the House hold a Pimp & Ho Party?

The Mississippi House of Representatives continued to distinguish itself last week after it killed a conference report that would reform campaign finance laws.  Representatives Cory Wilson and Bill Denny led the fatally doomed Charge of the Reform Brigade as they sought passage of the report.  See the videos posted below for yourself as they show bipartisanship can occur in Speaker Gunn's House when members are properly motivated.

Geoff Pender ably described the scene that took place on April 19 in the pages of the Clarion-Ledger yesterday:

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Latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending April 10, 2016.  The good news is property crimes are substantially lower across the board.  The bad news is homicides and carjackings are higher on a year to date basis.  Precinct 4 is seeing a substantial reduction in violent crime but unfortunately house burglaries and auto thefts have increased by approximately a third from a year ago.  The stats are posted below.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hinds Republicans convened yesterday

JJ videotaped the Hinds County Republican Party convention yesterday at the War Memorial Building in downtown Jackson.  99 delegates selected delegates to attend the state GOP convention in May.  The delegates also voted for members to serve on the Hinds County Republican Party executive committee.  The delegates were elected at precinct caucuses held that morning.  Pete Perry chaired the convention.

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Happy Birthday!!!

Say Happy Birthday to this pothole at the intersection of Riverside and Devine:

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Was justice served in custody fight?

A campaign to bring two Madison teens home to their mother has blown up local Facebook pages over the last few days.  JJ's inbox has received a few messages from readers who are very concerned about this situation.  The Facebook page posted this message on April 20:

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Traffic alert

The First Lady visits Jackson today and JJ hopes she has a wonderful visit. Here is a traffic bulletin that was issued by one of the neighborhood associations yesterday:

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Meet the beers of Slowboat


Check out the beers of Slowboat Brewing Company below and where you can get them.

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UHC leaving Obamacare

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that UnitedHealth will withdraw from most Obamacare exchanges:

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Meanwhile back at the playpen

It seems a certain teacher at a private school in Vicksburg has a tough time controlling his class.  JJ posted a video Tuesday that showed a student climbing back into the classroom window after she had climbed out and flipped off the class.  Another video has surfaced that shows another student showing his strong desire to try out for the gymnastics team:

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Is JA moving to MHSAA?

Jackson Academy might apply for membership to the Mississippi High School Athletics Association.  The Northeast Jackson private school sent out an email to parents that stated it is "studying possible membership" in the MHSAA.  The email states:

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Child killer gets 20 years

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Meet Lindsey

WARNING: NOT SAFE FOR WORK, KIDS, OR HILL-CRUZ FANS.

It's time to take a break.  The legislature is done.  The presidential race is now a full-scale scrum.  Everyone is mad. Recriminations fly back and forth at a furious pace. Vengeance is plotted. Stop.  Relax.  Step back from the ledge for a minute. Take a deep breath.   Meet Miss Lindsey Pelas, a South Louisiana girl who is making it in Hollywood.   

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Mayor slams legislature

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Will Doc kidnapper go free?

Will accused kidnapper Andre Kennedy get out of jail? A Hind County grand jury indicted Kennedy  on February 26 for kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary.  Kennedy and his accomplice Edwin "Guttalife" Robinson (allegedly) kidnapped and robbed a doctor from his Ridgewood home early on a Saturday morning, May 16, 2015.  However, Kennedy has not been arraigned.  His attorney, public defender Chris Routh,  filed a motion to dismiss on April 19.  The motion is posted below. Earlier post and copy of indictment.

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Treasurer: bond bill is abusive and irresponsible

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch issued the following statement yesterday:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GOP Food Fight!!!

The Mississippi Republican Party will hold its precinct caucuses and county conventions this Saturday.  A fracas of sorts erupted today after the Sun-Herald reported that Mississippi Republican Party Grand Poobah Joe Nosef sent a text that made made the national talk radio shows:

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Clinton gets new Chief

The city of Clinton issued the following press release:

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Is bill that "helps" Jackson really a Trojan horse?

Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. provided an update on Facebook about the Capital Improvement District Bill.  Things are a'changing and maybe not for the better.  Mr. Priester wrote:

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Rick Cleveland: Hanging out with The Senator

This was September, 1979. Mississippi State's football team was playing Maryland at College Park, Md. The late, great Orley Hood and I covered the game for the Jackson newspapers.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

King sues Barbour for alleged beating

Kurtis King sued Haley Reeves Barbour, Jr.  in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. for assault and battery today.  Barbour is the son of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.  Washington police arrested Barbour nearly a year ago for aggravated assault after King allegedly complimented and "inappropriately touched" his wife, Jennifer Barbour. 

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Constitutional Clayton is free

Constitutional Clayton Kelly is now free on parole.

Sent from my BlackBerry Passport 

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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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