News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Raymond man charged with DUI death
A one-year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart. Corp. Otis Easterling with MHP, identified the child as Christopher Salas. The child was in a car seat.
According to Corp. Otis Easterling with MHP, The accident involved a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Michael Salas, a 24-year-old male from Jackson.
Salas was traveling southbound on Springridge Road and a 2004 Ford F-250 was driven by 30-year-old Brett Prince of Raymond was traveling west bound on MS Hwy. 18 and collided with the Expedition.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. Saturday. An adult female and three children, ages five, four and two were injured.
Some were airlifted from the scene, while others were taken to University Medical Center by AMR. The MS Highway Patrol said Prince is being charged with DUI death.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office were on scene. The crash remains under investigation.
Men arrested after homeowner’s marijuana stolen
Two men have been arrested on a burglary charge after officials say they broke into a man’s house to steal his marijuana.
The Sun Herald reports 23-year-old Terry Lynn McNeal, of Pascagoula, and 22-year-old Johnathan Michael Seback, of Hurley, were arrested on charges of burglary of a dwelling and felony possession of marijuana.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said his deputies responded to a burglary in progress Thursday at a home in the Harleston community.
The sheriff says McNeal and Seback allegedly entered the home of 48-year-old James Herman Herring, who was not at home. An undisclosed amount of marijuana was stolen from the home.
Herring was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Democrats’ loyalty questioned after GOP fundraiser
A member of the Oktibbeha County Democratic Executive Committee wants party members disciplined for attending a Republican fundraiser.
Committee member Patti Drapala wants county Chairman Chris Taylor to convene a meeting to discuss the issue, reports The Commercial Dispatch.
Pictures show Roy A. Perkins, Henry Vaughn and Lisa Wynn, all Democrats who recently won Starkville alderman seats, attended a fundraiser for unsuccessful Republican mayoral candidate Dan Moreland. Also shown is executive committee member Dorothy Isaac.
State officials say the local party should handle the situation before state officials get involved.
Party bylaws say a committee member can be removed by two-thirds vote if the member supported non-Democrats in partisan elections. Bylaws say no one can run as a Democrat who has supported non-Democrats within the previous four years.
Washington County takes over E911 board
The Washington County Board of Supervisors has voted to take over the county’s E911 Commission after the group failed to meet even once this year.
County Emergency Management Director David Burford tells the Delta Democrat Times that the commission, scheduled to meet monthly, hasn’t achieved a quorum since the start of 2013.
County supervisors have struggled over high costs to maintain the county’s emergency radio system, which the commission oversaw.
In March, supervisors approved hiring a consultant to report on needed upgrades, but rejected the only bid received.
The county spends $14,000 a month to maintain the radio system, up from $4,300 a month last year.
Burford says that if the system were upgraded to digital, monthly bills would drop to about $1,500. But conversion would cost about $80,000.
Miss. becomes 3rd state to sue BP for oil spill
Mississippi has become the third state to sue BP PLC over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Attorney General Jim Hood said Mississippi had filed suits in federal and state court. The move comes one day before the three-year statute of limitations expires for claims related to the April 20, 2010 explosion and subsequent spill.
Hood says he wanted to settle, but says BP refused to negotiate. He also says the oil company refused to waive the statute of limitations.
Louisiana and Alabama sued BP earlier and are participating in a federal trial in New Orleans to determine the liability of BP and its contractors. Mississippi hadn’t been participating because it hadn’t sued.