Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Palmertree’s embezzlement trial set for March

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 […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Ex-contractor’s bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Man who sent ricin-laced letters pleads guilty to fondling

TUPELO — The man who pleaded guilty last week to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has now pleaded guilty to unrelated fondling charges. James Everett Dutschke pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of sending ricin-laced letters in what authorities described as an attempt to frame a longtime enemy and Elvis […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Hood wants Entergy case heard in state court

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a federal court to send the state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against Entergy back to state court. In its recent ruling in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed with Hood’s argument that cases brought by attorneys general to enforce their […] [...]

Court of Appeals rules for Coast utility authority

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has sided with a South Mississippi utility authority in a dispute over the use of eminent domain to take private property for a massive sewage plant built with federal Hurricane Katrina money. The court’s ruling on Tuesday overturns about $47,000 in attorney’s fees that had been awarded to […] [...]

Ex-contractor to be sentenced for bank fraud this month

SOUTHAVEN — Sentencing for James M. Harris, a former contractor with the city of Southaven who pleaded guilty last year to a federal bank fraud charge, is scheduled for Jan. 29 in Aberdeen. The Commercial Appeal reports the 54-year-old Harris pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to one count of loan and credit application fraud in […] [...]

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