Archives for January 2012

Bryant budget

Governor Phil Bryant characterized his first budget proposal as–quote–“a lot of cuts.” Bryant’s spending plan for 2013 would cut state spending by 26 million dollars to less than five and a half billion dollars. At the same time, the governor wants to boost state reserves by 100 million dollars.

Murder trial date pending

A new trial date is pending for two men charged with capital murder in the death of a Grenada Police Captain John Wayne Haddock during a high speed pursuit last October.
.20-year-old Kyle David Wendt of Colorado Springs and 40-year-old Thomas Leland Lee of New Orleans were to be tried starting this week but the trial was continued. No new date has been announced.

Greenwood suspect arrested

A man wanted by Greenwood police was picked up by authorities in Nashville after being pulled over during a traffic stop on Friday. 23-year-old Marvelous Wright was being sought for a shooting in December on Carrollton and Avenue G in Greenwood that left a 16-year-old male with a bullet wound in the hip. Wright is awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for tomorrow.

Pardoned killer found

A convicted killer pardoned by former governor Haley Barbour has been found. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says tips led investigators to the whereabouts of Joseph Ozment, who turned out to be in Wyoming with his girlfriend. He was served with a court order that requires him to check in every 24 hours with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and to appear in court Friday. Ozment was among 198 people pardoned by Barbour in his final days in office.

Governor’s mansion renovation

Governor Phil Bryant is going to have to wait to move his family into the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. The 170-year-old structure is undergoing a 425-thousand dollar renovation. The work includes repairs to the interior and a new paint job on the exterior and fence. It’s expected to be finished in mid-April.

Highway 9 accident

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a three-car accident on Highway 9 just south of Calhoun City kept the road blocked for almost an hour Monday morning. A Chevy pickup heading south was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler, which sent the pickup into a car. No serious injuries were reported.

SAG awards for The Help

More honors for the hit Civil Rights-era movie filmed in Greenwood. “The Help” won three awards at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. It won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Lead Actress for Viola Davis and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.

Grain bin death autopsy

A preliminary autopsy report shows that a Leflore County man who apparently fell into a grain bin along U.S. 82 earlier this month died of suffocation asphyxiation. It’s believed that 33-year-old Deon Armstrong was trying to unplug a grain hose when he fell inside the bin which contained 65-thousand bushels of beans.

Breast cancer screenings grant

A grant of 25-thousand dollars will mean free breast cancer screenings for women in Leflore, Sunflower and Humphreys counties. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the money was donated by the New York-based Avon Foundation for Women to the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation. It will pay for 200 mammograms and 200 clinical breast exams over the next year.

Missing teen found in Carrollton

A teenager, missing from his home in Yorktown in New York state, was found safe last Friday in Carrollton. 18-year-old Kyle Jabusch had not been seen since early last Monday morning when he left a note saying he was leaving but saying where or why. His family was expected to be heading to Mississippi.