Posts Tagged ‘debris’

Cleanup begins on Isaac-ravaged Gulf Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — After days of whipping wind and heavy rain, life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is slowly returning to normal as residents return home and begin cleaning up from Hurricane Isaac. Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough said today that two of three shelters in the county have been shut down and residents […] [...]

Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald […] [...]

Ladners’ trial for Katrina kickbacks rescheduled for September

BAY ST. LOUIS — The trial for former Hancock County Road Manager Roger Ladner and his relatives in an alleged kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts has been rescheduled. Roger Ladner, his wife Sharon Ladner, and his two brothers Billy Wayne Ladner and Donald Ray Ladner, all pleaded not guilty last month. Prosecutors […] [...]

Ladners face new charges of Katrina-cleanup kickbacks

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County Road Manager Roger Ladner, his wife and two brothers have pleaded not guilty to a new federal indictment on charges in an alleged kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts. The four are accused of a scheme in which Roger Ladner is alleged to have awarded Hurricane […] [...]

Ladners’ Katrina-kickback trial rescheduled for May

GULFPORT — The trial of a former county road manager from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and his wife has been rescheduled for May 14 in federal court in Gulfport. Roger Ladner, Hancock County’s former road manager, and his wife, Sharon, have pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing them of being involved in a kickback […] [...]

Authorities negotiating with man charged with Katrina fraud

WAYNE COUNTY — Court records indicate that federal authorities are negotiating a plea with a man charged with Hurricane Katrina fraud related to debris removal in Wayne County. Judd Johnston was an inspector charged with signing off on loads of debris removed from county property. The November indictment in the case says Johnston was paid […] [...]

April storms cost county more than $1M

OXFORD — The April 27 storms that slashed across Lafayette County have cost the county $1.4 million, according to county administrator Joseph Johnson. Johnson tells the Oxford Eagle that figure includes contractor work for debris removal. A tornado tore apart at least 18 homes in the Pine Flat community in Lafayette County, but no one […] [...]

Supervisors can’t cut debris-cleanup deal

HOUSTON — The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has rejected 12 bids for debris removal from the April 27 tornado. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that supervisors agreed to continue clean up themselves while deciding their step. Supervisors had initially hoped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be involved in the cleanup and […] [...]

FEMA to reimburse county for debris cleanup

MONROE COUNTY — Monroe County may be the first tornado-ravaged county to settle up with FEMA for costs related to the April 27 storms. County administrator Sonny Clay tells WCBI-TV that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on debris cleanup in Smithville, Wren and other areas. All that’s left is some mop-up […] [...]

Ex-supervisor gets time for Katrina-related bribery

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge has sentenced former Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder to 6-1/2 years in prison for a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Holder yesterday in Hattiesburg. Holder was convicted in April of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, perjury before a grand jury and tax evasion. The Hattiesburg American reports […] [...]

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