Posts Tagged ‘Stacey Pickering’

Audit: DPS’ internal controls in compliance with law

JACKSON — Internal controls over day-to-day operations appear adequate in the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, according to an auditor’s report that also said improvements are needed in budget preparation and planning. DPS spokesman Warren Strain said in a news release yesterday that Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz requested the performance audit by State […] [...]

Former Mayor Davis could plead guilty to embezzlement

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis may be preparing to plead guilty to the state’s embezzlement case against him. The Commercial Appeal reports that a court filing in DeSoto County Circuit Court shows that the former Dec. 9 trial date was delayed so Davis could consider a plea offer “in conjunction with other law […] [...]

Judge orders DMR records to be released to newspaper

GULFPORT — A federal judge has ordered prosecutors to release 60 boxes of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records to Biloxi’s Sun Herald newspaper. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a Friday order, overruled the U.S. Attorney’s claims that keeping the records secret preserves grand jury secrecy. Starrett gave the government 10 days to provide […] [...]

Alcorn president resigns as investigation continues

Above is former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II’s interview with the Mississippi Business Journal earlier this year … LORMAN — Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. The resignation was announced yesterday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Brown did not immediately […] [...]

Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent […] [...]

Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery […] [...]

Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing […] [...]

Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented […] [...]

Newspaper’s bid to get DMR records continues

BILOXI — The Sun Herald is arguing in court documents that the state’s attorneys have failed to follow the law for sealing a court record. Henry Laird, who represents the newspaper in a long running dispute over access to Mississippi Department of Marine Resources documents, argues the law requires notice to the public and a […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

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