News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Suspect lied about slashing tires
The Vicksburg Post reports that 43-year-old Johnny Wayne Nevels pleaded guilty last week to perjury and malicious mischief.
Nevels allegedly lied during a June 15 probation hearing when he denied slashing the tires. Court records show a woman testified that she saw him slash the tires, and his blood was found on one of them.
Assistant District Attorney Bert Carraway said it was the county’s first perjury conviction in at least five years.
Circuit Judge M. James Chaney also sentenced Nevels to three years of probation following his prison sentence and ordered him to pay nearly $1,500 in restitution and a $1,000 fine.
Judge: ambulance service must turn over records
A federal judge says an ambulance service partly owned by Forrest General Hospital must turn over ambulance dispatch records and recordings to lawyers for Wesley Medical Center.
The Hattiesburg American reports that the order last week also requires the ambulance service to turn over copies of complaints made against it.
Wesley sued Forest General, AAA Ambulance Service and the Forrest County Board of Supervisors in April 2012, alleging that lies steered patients away from Wesley’s emergency room and to Forrest General’s.
The lawsuit alleges that some patients were falsely classified as trauma patients requiring treatment at Forrest General, and others were told Wesley lacked specialists or other things needed to care for their medical emergencies.
The hospital and ambulance service have denied the allegations.
Many dogs from puppy mill investigation adopted
About half of the dogs taken from what the Humane Society of South Mississippi calls a horrifying puppy mill have been adopted.
WLOX-TV reports that more than 50 of the 102 small-breed dogs were adopted Saturday.
Pamela Brown says she went to the Humane Society office in Gulfport at 10 p.m. Friday to be first in line Saturday morning.
Humane Society workers warned that people will have to be very patient with the dogs, which range from 8 months to 8 years old and were penned.
Spokeswoman Krystyna Szczechowski says they’re not housebroken or used to people, and many have heartworms.
Their former owner, 72-year-old James Thornhill, was booked with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. He denies mistreating the dogs.
Garage collection rates up in Itawamba County
Business owners in Itawamba County are paying more for garbage pickup. The commercial solid waste pickup rates countywide increased this month.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the amount of the increase varies depending upon the type of pickup a business receives. Price increases range from $3 to $6.
For businesses using commercial industrial dumpsters, the monthly cost has increased to $25 for a two-yard dumpster, $30 for a four-yard dumpster and $40 for a six-yard dumpster. These increases range from $5 to $10 over the previous rates.
Commercial hand pick-up services have increased from $3 to $6 over previous rates. The new rates are $15 for up to five bags; $28 for six to 10 bags; and $39 for 11 to 15 bags.