News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Victim pronounced dead at the scene
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Jason Gazzo says 30-year-old Demarcus K. Williams of Pineville, La., had pulled over and parked a Ford Explorer on the right side of the interstate, about two miles east of the Louisiana state line.
At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, Williams was struck by a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by a Florida man.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gazzo tells The Associated Press that the accident remains under investigation and no charges had been filed Saturday. He says the Florida man was interviewed but not detained. A woman and two children in the Explorer were not injured.
13-year-old indictment lands man court date
Franklin O. Jackson will stand trial in August for allegedly passing bad checks.
The trial comes 10 years after he failed to show up in court for arraignment on the charges.
Circuit Judge M. James Chaney has set trial of Aug. 26 for the 56-year-old Jackson.
Jackson had been indicted by a Warren County grand jury in October 2000 for passing three bad checks at Harrah’s Casino in 1999. Jackson remains in jail.
Vicksburg Police Capt. Bobby Stewart tells the Vicksburg Post that Jackson was arrested in June on a drug charge. It was then a warrant from the district attorney’s office on the back check was discovered.
Prosecutors say because Jackson was indicted within two years of passing the checks there is no statute of limitations.
School repairs to cost $774K
The Greenville school system will spend $774,000 for repairs at two storm-damaged local schools.
The Delta Democrat Times reports that the school board awarded the contract this week to Roy Collins Construction Co. of Cleveland, Miss.
Straight-line winds tore through the Greenville area last October.
At T.L. Weston Ninth Grade Academy, the roof, several classrooms and the bus barn near the campus were destroyed by winds and rain. A temporary roof was installed, and the damaged classrooms were sealed off.
Greenville-Weston High School’s cafeteria used to seat 350. It now can accommodate just 250 because of the storm damage.
The storm forced officials to cancel classes for four days. Ninth-grade students resumed classes at Greenville-Weston for nearly a month while officials worked to reopen the T.L. Weston campus.
Apprentice School graduation at Ingalls
Ingalls Shipbuilding held a graduation ceremony on June 29 for 60 people in its Apprentice School.
Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon and Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was scheduled to speak at the event at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.
Ingalls offers apprenticeship programs in 14 crafts that range from two to four years.
John Lotshaw Jr., director of workforce education and training, says the apprenticeship program began with electrical training in 1952 and has grown to graduate more than 4,000 apprentices since then.
He says this year there were 200 openings and 4,700 applicants.
More than 60 faculty and staff teach 15 different programs and more than 120 course offerings