Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ongoing Robbery Investigations - Hungry, Hot and Mani/Pedis

JPD issued the following press release, citing several recent robberies in the area:

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D.A. trying to drop case against drug dealer.

The Hinds County District Attorney attempted to drop charges against an accused drug dealer.  Christopher Butler was twice indicted by a Hinds County grand jury in 2012 for  possessing more than one kilo of marijuana.  Butler was twice previously convicted of felonies and will be classified as a habitual offender if convicted. Butler is 38 years old.

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Senate passes Superintendent bill

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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Cabbie economics

A taxicab driver attempted to provide a lesson in economics and history during the Uber public hearing Monday night to the Jackson city council.  It is rather um, interesting.  Watch the video for yourself.

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Update on Carolyn Temple case

It has been nearly a year since Carolyn Temple was murdered at night in Belhaven.  JPD arrested three suspects in the case.  They have all been indicted for capital murder.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

And they vote

Triumph skewers a few college students.  One student in particular doesn't take to kindly to his act.  You get to figure out which one as you enjoy the show. You just can't make some of this up. 

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Superintendent bill passes committee

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

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5th Circuit reinstates lethal injection

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals removed an injunction prohibiting Mississippi from using the drug compounded  pentobarbital  to execute prisoners. The opinion is posted below.  Death penalty opponents can read it and weep.

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Take the Rick Cleveland Quiz

Brett Lorenzo Favre brings to nine the number of native Mississippians inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That the Magnolia State ranks No. 1 per capita in producing Hall of Famers will not surprise anyone who regularly reads this column.

We may rank low in per capita income, lean body mass, and education, but we can play ball. Boy, can we play football.

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Uber is now legit

The Jackson City Council voted to allow Uber to operate in Jackson under light regulation.  The motion passed on a 3-1 vote.  Councilmen Ashby Foote, Melvin Priester, Jr., and Tyrone Hendrix voted for the measure while DeKeither Stamps voted against it.  The cabbies showed up to protest against Uber while WLBT gave them a full hearing and completely slanted its coverage against Uber.  Watch the video below:

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JJ is getting some competition.

It appears a news online website is getting cranked up in the Jackson area.  Mississippi News & Information Corporation stole R.L. Knave away from the Jackson Free Press.  Its mission statement says:

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Hampshire open thread

The silly season in politics is gets underway tonight.  Comment on the New Hampshire results here. 

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March 4 is coming

Hopefully the scriptwriting is much better than it was last season. 

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Meanwhile, a disabled woman is victimized by Jackson cab drivers

Double-charge, triple charge, whats $40 per mile? Service to your door? You can't be serious.  A disabled lady told the Jackson City Council last night she was repeatedly victimized by taxi cab drivers.  Watch Lisa McGraw tell the city council what she is forced to endure from taxicab drivers in the video posted below.  

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Cab driver threatens city council with "repercussions"

The Jackson City Council held a public hearing on Uber last night.  Taxicab driver Gene Sandifer issued some not so thinly-veiled threats to the city council as he was clearly upset over the possibility of the city council allowing Uber to operate in Jackson.  Watch for yourself in this video.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hate it when that happens.

JPD issued the following press release and pictures:

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JPD catches carjackers & Trustmark robbers

JPD issued two press releases this morning:

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Ashby Foote tells the rest of the story about the Jackson International Airport

In 87 years of operations, Jackson’s airports have never suffered a hijacking, but that streak may be about to end. The state legislature is considering a bill that would create a new airport board appointed by the governor. If passed it would effectively take control of the Jackson International Airport (JAN) away from the current Airport Commission which is appointed by the mayor of Jackson and confirmed by the Jackson City Council.

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Wood Brown passed away

Former Rankin County Supervisor Wood Brown passed away a few days ago.  His family was kind enough to provide a copy of his obituary that is posted below.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

No comment.

This incident took place at a Mardi Gras parade in Alexandria, La this weekend.  As they say, Alex is gonna Alex.  It's not called the armpit of Louisiana for nothing (or is that Leesville?).  Enjoy.

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Sunday at the Bijou

Looking for a movie to watch online today?   Don't feel like watching football but don't can't bear to click the remote until the Lifetime channel pops up on the screen? Check out Narco Cultura, a movie about the Narco culture in America and south of the border in Juarez.  Corridos praise the drug lords in ways that remind one of Mafia worship while the police in Juarez are forced to wear masks and go into hiding.  The movie is on Netflix but a Youtube version is embedded below.  Filmmaker Shaul Schwarz produced the movie.  Several law enforcement officials recommended the movie to JJ and said Narco Cultura and Cartel Land were the two most realistic films in documenting the drug culture.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Building the Jackson airport

It is time to take one more step into the Jackson municipal airport past.  Newspaper articles from the late 1950's show the efforts made by the city of Jackson to build a new airport.  The articles show how city fathers strove mightily to bring a "jet-age" airport to Jackson and find a way to pay for it without breaking the bank.  It was a time of excitement and anticipation for Jackson as the project to build the reservoir was underway as well.  There were heroes and villains but in the end, progress was made.  Some highlights of the articles are:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

We report, you decide: How to deal with Sovereign Citizens

Florida law enforcement officials produced this video that teaches police how to deal with sovereign citizens. 

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Good news

The stolen red trailer and the perps were found. The victim sent this message:

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FOOD FIGHT (Lawyer edition)!!!

Does Lawyer Success bring success to Mississippi lawyers? Attorney Matthew Poole doesn't think so.  The Jackson attorney sued James Greenier and his company, Lawyer Success, LLC in Hinds County Circuit Court last Monday.  The complaint makes a few um, interesting allegations.

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JPD to women: Watch out!!

JPD issued the following warning:

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MDOC looking for parole jumper

The Mississippi Department of Corrections issued the following press release:

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Police seeking delivery thieves

The Madison Police Department and Rankin County Sheriff both issued the following press releases and mug shots concerning the theft of delivery packages in the Jackson metro area. The police welcome any tips the public can provide on these thieves.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rankin thug gets 55 years

Rankin-Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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We got TroubleMane.

Caught hiding inside of, yes.... drum roll..... a TV set.  Seriously.  JPD issued the following press release:

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We report, you decide: Prosecuting attorney's raise.

Ah, the post everyone has been waiting to see this week.  The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted to raise the salary of County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Hancock this week.  The Clarion-Ledger reported Tuesday:

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Mayor Yarber responds to airport bill

Mayor Tony Yarber issued this statement:

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mississippi lands tire plant

It appears Mississippi is getting a billion dollar tire plant that will employ over 2,500 people.  Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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Rudy declares war on Madison County

Rudy Warnock & Associates sued Madison County in U.S. District Court yesterday.  The case was assigned to Judge Carlton Reeves.  The plaintiff claims Madison County owes the firm $625,714.  Warnock also asked for interest and attorney's fees.  Dorsey Carson and Julie Skipper represent Warnock.  The complaint is posted below.

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Madison crime drops

Sorry, Kamikaze. ;-)  The Madison Police Department issued the following press release.

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UHC will lose over $500 million on Obamacare.

The Obamacare losses start to pile up for health insurance companies.  United Health Care expects to lose more than half a billion dollars on Affordable Care Act plans in 2016.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month:

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Rick Cleveland : Can't we all get along?

So now we've got an Ole Miss alum coaching football at Southern Miss. And we've got a Southern Miss alum coaching football at Ole Miss. This, I think, begs the question: Can't we all get along?

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NE Jackson, be on the lookout.

If you live in Northeast Jackson, keep an eye out for a tan or light-gold four door Grand-am. Early 2000's model.  It has a specialty Lanier High School tag on it.  If you see it, make a note of where it is and what it is doing and forward to this website at  It will be driven by a  thin black male around 17 years old. Information will be forwarded to JPD.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Tree fell in front of New Stage Theatre.

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Harkins files bill to create new board for Jackson airport

Let's get ready to ruuuuummmble over the Jackson airport.  State Senator Josh Harkins (R-Gold Coast) submitted his bill to create a new governing board for the Jackson municipal airport.  This is one fight that will get nasty and vicious as Jackson fights any attempts to change how the airport operates. There will be casualties.  Medics will be in short supply.  Most bourbon will be consumed. Kenneth Stokes may die of dehydration.

The bill replaces the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority with a Metropolitan Airport Authority to manage the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field on July 1, 2016.  A nine-member board of commissioners will oversee the operation of the two airports.  The new board of commissioners will be comprised of the following members::

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MDE to Pickering: HELP!!!

It appears the Hattiesburg School District is going broke or more likely, is already broke.  Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright asked State Auditor Stacey Pickering to immediately investigate the district's finances.  The general fund balance plummeted from $6.5 million in 2012 to $768,796 in 2015.  The district also obtained a $7 million tax anticipation note in August 2015.  The district has already spent $6 million.  The HSD Superintendent and business manager resigned in December.   Dr. Wright sent this letter to Mr. Pickering:

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Mississippi's Little Grand Canyon

Photographer Rick Guy took the JJ Yuneec Typhoon q500 down to Morgantown and shot some really incredible video of Red Bluff.  The bluff was created by the erosion of the west bank of the Pearl River.  Nature created a smorgasbord of colors that awaits your eyes.  Mr. Guy used a 4k camera to shoot the video.  Enjoy.

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Woman gets five years for assaulting nursing home victim.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement:

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$2,500 reward for stolen trailer

The owner of a trailer stolen last weekend is offering $2,500 for information leading to its recovery.  A reward for the actual return of the trailer is offered as well and is negotiable.  Contact number is 601-672-7481.  The video, pictures, and information about the trailer are posted below. 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Senators try to revive MDA zombie

Check out part of SB #2074 filed by State Senators Lydia Chassaniol and Joey Fillingane:

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Diamond Harris pleads guilty

Diamond Harris pleaded guilty to four charges in Flowood Municipal Court in December. The 21 year-old black female was arrested by Flowood police in August after she refused to provide her license during a traffic stop, attempted to drive away from police, and then struggled when police tried to remove her from the car. Harris recorded part of the incident and gave the video to WAPT. JJ obtained the police reports and convictions through a public records request. Readers may remember this video broadcast on WAPT:

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File Jackson public records requests online.

Jackson made a major step for transparency in government.  The city website now has a portal for submitting public records requests.  Simply go to the portal, fill out the information in the online form, and submit your request.  JJ submitted one last week.  The clerk's office received the request and obtained the records.  Hopefully more local governments will follow Jackson's lead.  Then there is MDA but that is a story for another day.  Go to City Clerk's web page.

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Stokes raises hell

Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes protested again yesterday.  The chase of a stolen car by Richland police into Jackson fueled his ire.  Richland police pursued a stolen car into Jackson.  The chase ended at Mcluer Road but a vehicle carrying a grandmother, mother, and two children was struck.  A Hinds County deputy wrecked his patrol car as well.  Watch Kenneth for yourself.

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Rick Cleveland muses on USM turmoil

Last weekend's surprising news — Todd Monken leaving Southern Miss to become offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bucs — immediately was followed by some harsh, bordering on nasty, criticism via social media.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jackson lost federal $$$ over airport segregation.

Mississippi's segregationist ways cost Jackson federal money it was going to use for airport construction.  Jackson Daily News and State-Times May 4, 1956 articles report that the Commercial Aviation Administration* implemented a new policy that cut federal funding for airports that had segregated facilities. 

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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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