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Pickering issues demand to Judge for program mismanagement

JACKSON — Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor’s Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005. “The financial management by Judge Landrum does not ...

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Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, giving as a reason that ...

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Nurse and daughter of schools' attorney issued demand for non-work

BRANDON — The Mississippi auditor is demanding that a Rankin County School District nurse repay more than $16,000 for taking days off that were not reported in school leave records. Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a news release that his office issued a civil demand for $16,108 from Melanie Harrell Garner. Pickering says an investigation shows Garner never treated any ...

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Chancery clerk issued demand for funds he didn't steal

A chancery clerk is on the hook for hundreds of thousands dollars of missing funds, though he didn’t steal the money or profit from it. Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Jim Witt has been served with a demand in the amount of $503,246.43 from the Office of State Auditor. From August 2007 through December 2012, the Itawamba County Chancery Clerk’s office ...

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Deputy city clerk indicted for embezzling from court

OXFORD — A deputy city clerk in Oxford has been indicted on charges she embezzled more than $12,700 from Lafayette County Justice Court receipts in 2012. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a news release that 46-year-old Alisa Liggins was released on $5,000 bond after she was booked at the sheriff’s department. Pickering says Liggins has been a deputy in ...

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Restaurant owner charged with stealing food from youth program

HATTIESBURG — A dining hall manager has been arrested and accused of stealing steaks, seafood and other edibles that belonged to the Mississippi National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy, authorities said yesterday. Jerry L. Howard, 50, owner of Jerry’s Seasoned Food in Hattiesburg, was free on bond after being booked on a charge of grand larceny, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said ...

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Palmertree handed another demand; total surpasses $1M

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a civil demand for $229,880 from former Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. That brings the total amount of demands issued against her to more than $1.04 million. Pickering said today in a news release that amount represents fees that Palmertree withdrew from the civil and criminal accounts of Warren County ...

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Supervisors force Palmertree out of office

The saga of one Mississippi circuit clerk has taken another turn, and she now finds herself unemployed. The Warren County Board of Supervisors has forced Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree from office after finding that she doesn’t live in the county. The board voted unanimously yesterday following a hearing on the evidence. In July 2013, Palmertree told the Madison County ...

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Ex-city worker arrested on false pretense charge

PICAYUNE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that Gregory Kerr, a former employee with the City of Picayune Public Works department, has been arrested by special agents from the State Auditor’s Office and was booked at the Pearl River County Jail yesterday. He was indicted on one felony count of false statements and representations and one felony count of false ...

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Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ fees. “Today’s ruling is a ...

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