Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Supreme Court hearing case involving alligators, ExxonMobil

WILKINSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corporation over an alleged alligator infestation, with justices scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday. The dispute involves more than 80 alligators that Tom Christmas and his wife argue they didn’t discover on land next to their homestead […] [...]

Appeal of medical kickback case to begin in New Orleans

BATESVILLE — A case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital will be argued today before a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Ray Shoemaker, a former administration at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, Miss., was sentenced in 2012 to 55 months in federal prison on six counts. A judge ordered a new […] [...]

Ex-contractor’s bank fraud sentencing rescheduled for March

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for former Southaven contractor James M. Harris Jr. has been reset for March 25 in Aberdeen. The 53-year-old Harris pleaded guilty in federal court last year to one count of loan and credit application fraud. Harris admitted that he made false statements to Citizens National Bank in Olive Branch so […] [...]

Judge dismisses Kmart/Kroger flooding case

CORINTH — A federal judge has dismissed Kmart Corporation’s lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled Kmart has insufficient evidence to support its arguments that the Kroger Company store in Corinth caused the neighboring Kmart to flood. Kmart sued the city of Corinth and Kroger […] [...]

Palmertree’s embezzlement trial set for March

by Associated Press Published: January 29,2014

Tags: bench, circuit clerk, court, crime, embezzlement, justice, law, law enforcement, legal, Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, trial, Warren County

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree is scheduled for trial March 24 on three counts of embezzlement. The Vicksburg Post reports that lawyers for Palmertree waived arraignment Monday. Palmertree is charged with inappropriately taking funds from her office’s civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account. The circuit clerk collects […] [...]

Judge rules in ambulance lawsuit involving two local hospitals

HATTIESBURG — Years after Wesley Medical Center filed a lawsuit against AAA Ambulance Service, its CEO Wade Spruill and Forrest General for allegedly denying local residents their choice of hospitals for trauma care, a judge has ruled in Forrest General’s favor, according to Forrest General. “Wesley conceded that it did not have valid claims against Forrest […] [...]

Bankrupt Simply Wheelz ceases operations at 30 locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc.’s (FSNA’s) wholly owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which does business as Advantage Rent a Car, has ceased operations at 30 Advantage locations. Advantage has reached an agreement with Dollar Rent A Car whereby Dollar Rent A Car will provide car rental services to those customers who hold […] [...]

Ricin letters suspect to appear at change-of-plea hearing

TUPELO — A Mississippi man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge is scheduled to appear at change-of-plea hearing today, according to NBC News. James Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, has denied sending letters containing the deadly substance ricin. In November, while Dutschke was behind bars, he was charged again with attempting to […] [...]

Environmental group goes to court over sewage discharges

HATTIESBURG — The Gulf Restoration Network has asked a federal judge to hold the City of Hattiesburg liable under the Clean Water Act for releasing improperly treated sewage into the Leaf and Bouie rivers. The Hattiesburg American reports that the motion was filed in federal court Jan. 7, two days before the city entered into […] [...]

Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit […] [...]

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