Archives for October 2012

Crash driver ID

Oxford police have released the name of the driver involved in the wreck Saturday morning that killed University of Mississippi students Sarah and John Wheat. He’s identified as 21-year-old John Howard Strickland Jr., 21, of San Antonio, who was driving an SUV east on Highway 6 when he allegedly crossed the median and hit the Wheats’ westbound Corolla. A police report lists Strickland, also an Ole Miss student as the at-fault driver with charges pending lab results.

Bryant on voter ID

There is no voter ID law in effect in Mississippi and voters are not required to show identification. But Governor Phil Bryant says it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show ID anyway when they go to the polls next Tuesday. Bryant says he believes it will help prevent voter fraud.

Forgery conviction, sentence

It took a Panola County Circuit Court jury just 15 minutes to find a Sardis woman guilty of forging a court document. 40-year-old Samantha Johnson was then sentenced to 10 years in prison. Johnson was sentenced as a habitual offender because she had previously been convicted of nine other felonies, including forgery and embezzlement.

Absentee ballot deadline

If you have an absentee ballot, don’t forget to mail it in or deliver it in person to your county clerk’s office. The deadline to do that is Monday, November 5th, at 5 PM.

Entergy storm assist

Some 90 Entergy Mississippi employees have left the state this week and headed to Atlantic City, New Jersey to assist in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. 46 linemen, scouts and contract crews headed out Sunday and they were joined by 44 more who left Tuesday from Grenada, Senatobia and Madison.

Arrest in Shelby death

Following an Internet campaign that includes a Facebook page called “Justice for Shelby,” an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a Bolivar County girl. 23-year-old Rodney Shelton Fulgham has been charged with felony homicide. On October 20th, 20-year-old Shelby Harmon was struck by a vehicle and killed as she walked along US 61 near Cleveland. Family and friends have claimed that Harmon was a victim of domestic violence.

Arrest in Shelby death

Following an Internet campaign that includes a Facebook page called “Justice for Shelby,” an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a Bolivar County girl. 23-year-old Rodney Shelton Fulgham has been charged with felony homicide. On October 20th, 20-year-old Shelby Harmon was struck by a vehicle and killed as she walked along US 61 near Cleveland. Family and friends have claimed that Harmon was a victim of domestic violence.

Gas price update

Triple-A says retail gasoline prices decreased again last week as ample supply and lessening demand pushed oil prices to a three-month low. The average price of regular gas in Mississippi is three-34 a gallon, down 10 cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Grenada ranges from three-43 to three-49 a gallon.

Fatal accident probe

A crash that killed a brother and sister, both students at the University of Mississippi remains under investigation. 30-year-old John Wheat and 23-year-old Sarah Wheat died of their injuries sustained Saturday morning after a black Tahoe struck their vehicle head-on on Highway 6 near Highway 7. The Tahoe driver received minor injuries; no charges have yet been filed.

Grenada Lake talks

The future of Grenada Lake Medical Center came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting of the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. But, as the Grenada Star reports, those talks with representatives of the Butler Snow Law Firm were held behind closed doors. At least four companies in Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida are said to be interested in leasing Grenada Lake.