Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cheryl brings her A game to child molestation hearing.

WLBT's Cheryl Lasseter brought her A game today as she questioned the family of an accused child molester at the Madison County Justice Court.

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Madison dealer of synthetic LSD gets 15 years

20 year-old Madison County resident Kaleb Chhabra pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a Schedule I controlled substance on June 26 in Madison County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge John Emfinger approved the plea bargain. Chhabra received a prison sentence of 20 years but five years was suspended. He will also serve five years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence. A second count was dropped by the District Attorney.

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Line of the day

Colt is in bankruptcy and a representative for an Indian tribe interested in purchasing the company gave this great line:

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BP to pay another $1.5 billion to Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant issued this press release:

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bootleggin' in Mississippi

JJ found a real treat on Google books: an online partial but free edition of Mississippi Moonshine Politics: How Bootleggers and the Law Kept a Dry State Soaked by Janice Branch Tracy.  Learn more about the author and the book on this Facebook page.  The book can be downloaded on Amazon. 

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This says it all.

Bye-bye In Living Color and Dukes of Hazzard. Pulled from tv today.

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Ethan Thomas arrested for stalking a constable.

Our favorite psycho is back in the news again.  Madison County constable Matt Shackelford  pressed stalking charges against Raymond Ethan Thomas.  His affidavit states that Mr. Thomas was parked in front of his house.  Mr. Shackelford arrested Thomas in May for charges pressed by his wife.  The couple are seeking a divorce in Madison County.  Thomas was charged with witness intimidation and larceny-trespass after he went onto his wife's property and took her two golden retrievers.  He is currently free on bond.  Mrs. Thomas filed for divorce against Mr. Thomas in March.  Mr. Thomas has several past scrapes with the law.

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Slipping through the cracks: our criminal justice system at work.

Flowood police arrested Roderick Carter early on February 13, 2015 for armed robbery after he and his girlfriend tried to rob a convenience store on Lakeland Drive.  A Rankin County grand jury indicted him in April for three counts of armed robbery and three counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.  He currently resides in the Rankin County jail as he was denied bond.

However, he was convicted of a felony in Hinds County in 2014 and received a suspended sentence of nine years in prison with one year to serve but was given credit for time served so he was released in 2014. Unfortunately, his probation has not been revoked and it appears under the new law (HB #585) passed last year, MDOC may not be able to revoke his probation.  

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hurst criticizes Hood over marriage ruling.

Republican Attorney General candidate Mike Hurst issued the following press release:

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JJ's position on the state flag.

Regular readers of Jackson Jambalaya know The Kingfish neither ducks controversy nor any issue. Speaker Philip Gunn's call to change the Mississippi state flag because it contains the Confederate "Stars and Bars" caught me as well as many others by surprise. More than a few readers have asked what I think about The Flag as the debate has dominated the political scene for over a week. It is a fair question. Here is my position on The Flag:

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JPD has a suspect in Walgreen's robbery

JPD issued the following press release:

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Walking down memory lane

Here is a video of the Jackson Zoo shot in the late 1950's that was posted by J.T. Griggs on Youtube.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Mint bankruptcy dismissed

The parties in the bankruptcy case of Mint Restaurant, LLC apparently reached an agreement as the court dismissed the debtor (Mint) today. 

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Longwitz poll shows "dominating" lead.

 Senator Will Longwitz (R-Ruth's Chris) released the following polling memo.

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We got us another little earthquake this morning.  Facebook is alit with reports from Madison County residents of another earthquake.  The U.S. Geological Survey website reported it was 4 miles southwest of Canton and had a magnitude of 3.2.  Event info on USGS website. Here are some of the FB posts.

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Become a judge, no experience required.

A Rankin County ruckus erupted earlier this month at the regular meeting of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors as the two Chancellors confronted the Supervisors over the promotion of a law clerk to family master.

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Sam wants some green.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Some people are never happy and love to be outraged.

Warning: This post uses the "C" word. 

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley led the charge to remove the Confederate flag from state grounds after Dylann Roof killed 9 blacks at a South Carolina church and posted a white supremacist manifesto online.    However, Salon magazine was not satisfied with her action but instead seemed outraged by the fact it was Governor Haley who was trying to remove the flag.  Eesha Pandit  wrote a column that bristled and dripped with sarcasm and social justice as she attacked every facet of Governor Haley's existence:

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Court says constitution protects the fire as Illinois SERS burns

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down several modest pension reforms recently passed by the legislature.  The Illinois State Employees Retirement System plan is funded at a level of 37% and that is after double-digit market returns for the last five years.  However, the Court ruled that the state constitution barred such reforms.  The Wall Street Journal reported:

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Saturday, June 27, 2015


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Boondocks is open.

Boondocks Firearms Training Academy  recently opened in Raymond.* It features various levels of firearms training from basic pistol instruction to advanced training for law enforcement. Chief Instructor Cliff Cargill provided a tour of the facility in this video. 

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Reeves sets trial.

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves issued trial instructions as he set trial for the August term in McMullin v. Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Ms. McMullin is a Lieutenant at the Mississippi Highway Patrol. She won a round in her battle to prove that Mississippi Highway Patrol Colonel Don Barry discriminated against her when he promoted Master Sergeant Marshall Pack to the vacated position of Training Director. Plaintiff Leftenant Gayle McMullin is white while Colonel Berry and Master Sergeant Pack are black. She argued -and two courts agreed- she was better qualified for the job. U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves dismissed her case with prejudice on a motion for summary judgment but the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Reeves and ordered him to hold a trial. Judge Reeves is black and a former president of the Magnolia Bar in Jackson. The instructions are posted below.

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Farewell to Anne Giles

Longtime Hinds County Deputy Circuit Clerk Anne Giles is retiring today.  There is a farewell party for her today from 11:00 to 1:00 in courtroom #7 on the first floor of the Hinds County Courthouse.   Anne is a class act and has been a good friend to this website and the readers.   She would drop what she was doing and find files (and later taught me how to find them for myself) whenever I popped up looking for information on criminal suspects.   She knew the clerk's office backwards and forwards and will be missed.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bill Billingsley states his position on Oxford House

State Senate Republican Candidate Bill Billingsley submitted this statement to Jackson Jambalaya:

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The great shaving ripoff

The Wall Street Journal, yes, the Wall Street Journal, shined a spotlight on the shaving industry and discovered that gasp, using the internet is better and cheaper than following King Gillette.

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Watchdog: Mental Health Board refuses to listen.

So are you so tired of the flag drama that you are ready to go back to an Oxford House post? ;-) reported that the Board of Mental Health wouldn't allow Linda Woods to discuss her concerns about the Oxford House program at its regular meeting last week. Steve Wilson reported:

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Mayor Yarber: Look to the future, not the past.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued the following statement:

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sojourner tells her flag truth

State Senator Melanie Sojourner (R-House of Seale) issued this statement on the state flag:

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Police arrest grandson in double murder.

Update: The accused killer's mother is a candidate for Justice Court Judge in Jackson County. More information at bottom of post.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following statement:

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Sheriff Bailey announces arrest made

Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

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Court says there is no "two-year" limit on Madison County paying Parkway East bonds.

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves denied in April motions for summary judgment filed by Radian Asset Assurance Company and Madison County.  Radian insured $27.7 million in bonds sold by the Parkway East Public Improvement District. The district defaulted on the bonds, but Madison County paid $2.033 million to bondholders for the scheduled payments for two years.  Radian sued Madison County for reimbursement of the payments it made to bondholders after the county stopped making payments.  Madison County claimed it only had to pay the bondholders for two years per a 2005 contribution agreement made between the district and Board of Supervisors.   However, Judge Reeves disagreed with the county and ruled there was no limit of two years on the county's liability to the bondholders if the district defaulted on the payments.   Judge Reeves stated:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Catch & release, SQUAWK! Catch & release, SQUAWK! Catch & release.

JJ takes a break from the coverage of the flag crisis to cover a mundane topic such as crime.  Another accused murderer is apparently enrolled in the Hinds County catch & release program.  JPD issued this statement today:

On Sunday, June 21, 2015 hrs, Precinct 3 Officers responded to the 200 block of Pin Oak in reference to a shooting with intent. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject identified as Justin Williams (20yr b/m) suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced deceased at UMMC.

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Senator Chris McDaniel defends state flag

State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Rio Linda) issued the following statement on the Mississippi state flag:

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Gilbert weighs in on state flag debate

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following statement:

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The Dad Life

Some dads got together and made this video (gone viral) about being a dad.

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Tate speaks out on flag

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement:

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McRae: Fitch spent over $80,000 on office.

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The latest crime stats

Here are the latest crime stats for Jackson for the week ending June 14, 2015.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Da Speakah speaks on da flag

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn just issued this statement on Twitter.  Flag supporter Jim Giles speaks his mind in an email as well.

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Alcorn County Sheriff arrested. Fraud ring busted.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

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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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