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,1565 J)1"0~t*,15 *t~EI~ (~DC 580 2'i*lfiLLi:i~]l~ix!~;~iSER3~ INC ~IP 25T 2 t ;~ I~t C 8 T ~ S T f/ NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 lIHhllql'I'hhhl"illqh, ,,Iql,dhlqldll,,lIS,gh, dlb p~ Volume 191 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, July 2, 2015 Number 9 Arrest Of Patterson Man Leads To Merchandise Recovery The Woodville Police De- partment got the big break in a case involving forgery of 'checks on a closed ac- count which led to the ar- rest of the suspect, reported WPD Chief Jessie W. Stew- art. The suspect, Elmo R. January, 26, whose driver's licence lists a home address of 177 Columbus Street, Patterson, was sought in sevdn counties in Missis- sippi, including Wilkinson County, for writing checks on a Claiborne County church which had burned recently. January forged ~ a check at Sanders Repair:Service in Woodville for the pur- chase of a zero turn lawn mower and a gas operated SUSPECT ARRESTED-- WPD Chief Jessie W. Stewart, right in top photo, has arrested Elmo R. January, 26, of Patterson on a charge of check forgery. Chief Stewart recovered a new utility trailer and Ranger generator/welding machine as a result of January's ar- 'p~le saw. The bad check on rest. In the lower photo ar? an Exmark zero turn mower end Stihl tl~ church account was for ........ ~ ..... ................ pole saw January purchased with a forged check from Sanders Repair Service in Woodville. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis tigation revealed that the county sher~de~r~ents to utility trailer and genera- provide them with leads in the tor/welder were obtained case. with fraudulent checks is- In Claiborne County, in- sued in Adams County. formation provided by Chief Chief Stewart said that Stewart led to the recovery January was charged with of a new Honda four-wheeler forgery and held in the purchased in McComb, and Woodville Jail. a new horse saddle bought in Chief Stewart said dur- Claiborne CountT. These items ing an interrogation of were confiscated from dif- January, he found out ferent locations in Claiborne $8,187.98 and was written on Tuesday, June 16. On TueSday, June 23, Sanders Repair_.owner Bub- ba Sanders called the WPD to report that the church check was returned because it was written on a closed bank account. Chief Stewart began in- vestigating the case and received information that the individual who wrote the check 'was staying at a residence in Gloster. Chief Stewart went to the Gloster PD for assistance in where other items obtained County. making the arrest, with the fraudulent church At the time of his arrest, "A Gloster officer and checks were stashed. January was wanted on out- I went to the house and "Using this informationstanding warrants in six coun- Louisiana State Police say that a Mississippi man was thrown from his pickup truck and died when he ran off U.S. Hwy. 61 near Zach- ary, La., and hit a culvert. Louisiana State Police Trooper First Class Bryan Lee, a department spokes- man, reported that 44-year- Cities and counties in Mis- sissippi can now move for- ward to ban dangerous caf- feine products i~om purchase by persons under the age of 18, Rep. Tommy Reynolds (D-Water Valley) has an- nounced. "In a June 19 opinion, the Mississippi Attorney Gen- eral's Office has confirmed the right of municipal and county governments to enact ordinances that will keep mi- nors from purchasing these potentially lethal products," Reynolds said. old Steven Byrd of Woodville was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Lee said investigators don't know why the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck Byrd was driving southbound on U.S. Hwy. 61 near the intersection of La. Hwy. 64 ran off a left-hand curve at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. It is unknown whether Byrd was driving while im- paired, but toxicology sam- ples were taken. The opinion was issued in response to Reynold's request for affirmation that the cit- ies and counties could enact such ordinances. During the 2015 Legisla- tive session, Reynolds au- thored Noah's Law (H.B. 507) in response to the accidental death of Noah Smith, a rising senior from Water Valley, who had ingested caffeine pills for energy. The pills caused his death. "13ae House passed this measure, and it was killed in the Senate committee," Reyn- olds said. "This was a great disappointment to many of us who believe it was a public safety measure." "rhe Attorney General's Office rightly opined that in the absence of a state law covering this matter, the cit- ies and counties can act to protect their minor children from the dangers of the sale of unregulated caffeine pow- ders and pills," Reynolds said. "I hope we never see again a young person's life cut short by the accidental poisoning of these products." Earthquake Hits In Madison County; No Injuries, Damage The Mississippi Emer- gency Management Agency has been notified by the United States Geological Survey that a 3.2 magni- tude earthquake with a depth of three miles, cen- tered just four miles south- west of Canton, struck at 8:23 a.m. on-Monday, J~e. 29 .......... found the suspect and aI was able to recover the ties in addition to Wilkinson woman there," said Chief two items from the Sand- County. The counties indude:] Stewa ,,m~. ~ P R rt .... ~ equipment ers incident from a ho~ in !Ad~, Claiborne, Jefferson, [ stolen from Sanders was another county," said Chief Warren, Lincoln and Pike. l: " not there, but there was Stewart. "I have retunaed "ARer we had booked Janu- [ a new utility trailer with the mower and pole saw to ary for the fraudulent check [ a new Ranger generator/ the owner." ~ incident in WoodviUe, he post- I Chief Stewarfs investiga- ed bond and was released to tion has also led to the recov- Adams County on several out- ery of items obtained through standing warrants." the issuance of the fraudulent ' A pre'~ hearing on checks in other counties, the charge pending against On Friday, June 26, Chief January will be held in Wood- Stewart went to Jefferson ville Municipal Court on Mon- and Claiborne counties where day, July 13. Court begins at 6 he spoke with deputies at the p.m. Residents in the area re- ported feeling the rumbling in their homes. At this time Madison County Emer- gency Management is not reporting any injuries or damages. If residents have damage they are asked to call their local authorities. Thi~ same area experi: enced two similar quakes on Saturday, May 2, 2015, with magnitudes of 3.2 and 3.0 respectively. After those earthquakes the USGS said there is not a major fault line in the area but that plates do shift from time to time. ....... i~Con.t-t~ed on Page 4) Bradley Returns To welding machine sitting on it. The woman told us that these items were bought With bad checks. We con- fiscated these items and returned to Woodville with January under arrest and the recovered trailer and equipment. The WPD inves- RETURNS TO TOP POSITION -- Jody Bradley, whose long career in the prison correctional field included a stint some 17 years ago as warden at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility In Woodville, has come full circle as MTC announced his return to the local private prison effective this month. -- MTC Submitted Photo Registration Deadline For Tues., Aug. 4, Primary Election The deadline to registerThe Wilkinson County be open the morning of to vote to be able to cast Courthouse will be closed Saturday, July 4, from a ballot in the Tuesday,all day Friday, July 3, for 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon August 4, 2015, Primary the Fourth of July holiday, strictly for the purpose of Election is Saturday, July The Wilkinson County absentee voting and voter 4. Circuit Clerk's office will registration. Marketta Clark-Coleman Candidate For West Justice Judge Wilkinson County resi- dent Marketta Clark- Coleman has announced that she has qualified to seek election to the office of Wilkinson County West District Justice Court Judge, and her name will appear on the Wilkinson County Democratic First Primary Election bal- lot on Tuesday, August 4, your vote in the primary elec- tion set for Tuesday, August 4. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters as time nears election day. "I want to thank you at 2015. this time for your vote and "I am running for county support." West Justice Court Judge, Respectfully, and I will be asking you for Marketta Clark-Coleman RETURN IS WELCOMED BY CURRENT OPERATOR A familiar face has re- turned to Woodville to serve as the new warden of the Wilkinson County Correc- tional Facility. Warden Jody Bradley, who served as war- den of the facility shortly af- ter it opened in 1998, has been selected by Manage- ment & Training Corpora- tion (MTC) to once again lead the facility. Warden Bradley replaces Warden Frank Shaw who was transferred to another MTC facility in Arizona where he currently serves as complex administrator. Warden Bradley is well known in Woodville not only because of his history as war- den but also because he and his wife, Barbara, operated three businesses in town, al- lowing them to get to know many people. "It's great to be back," said Warden Bradley. "We've made lifelong friends in the area." Warden Bradley has more than 27 years of experience in corrections. He began his career with the Texas De- partment of Criminal Justice. and has since served in nu- merous leadership positions. He earned his master's de- gree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State Uni- versity. His master's thesis dealt with the impact of edu- cation on inmates and recidi- vism. His study concluded that. offenders who earned their GED were 70 percent more likely to be successful after release than those who had not. Warden Bradley added, "Research shows that good programming in prison re- duces recidivism. I've seen it firsthand. This fact is the main reason I decided to work for MTC. Their phi- losophy is rehabilitation through education -- and they're right on the mark. While we can't change every- one, the majority of offenders will greatly benefit from all the programs offered at the Wilkinson facility. I'm glad to be a part of this worth- while effort." Warden Bradley was in- troduced as the new WCCF leader at a Community Re- lations meeting held at the fadlity on U.S. Highway 61 on Thursday, June 25. 0 ,I MISSISSIPPI'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER - Established 1824