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Mayor Gary D'Aquilla, fourth from left, is pictured as he showed the visitors the site of the Woodville Arts Park, the inside of the recently rehabilitated Polk's Meat Market, Woodville Studios & Lofts and other businesses in the down- town. Main Street hosted a brunch for the group following their tour. Also pictured were Sen. Kelvin Butler and House Tourism Chairman Rita Mar- tinson. -- Photo Submitted Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) How soon will we boom? Enthusiasm is building for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. A second round of leasing is in progress. Another company has joined in the fun. An old player is redoubling its plans for drilling. Another old player seems to be quietly prepar- ing for a burst of activity. The TMS is about to BOOM! Right? Not so fast, Kimosabe. But, let's catch up on this past week, first. Leasing activity is heating up. Several thousand acres in Amite and Wilkinson counties are being leased for the first time and most old leases are being renewed in a timely man- ner. As public evidence of this renewed leasing drive, the Amite County School Board accepted an offer of $1,251 per acre for a mineral lease on 640 acres from Sanchez Oil last week. This was a five year lease with a 115 royalty. Nice. That should help keep Amite Countians property taxes low. In addition to Sanchez, Goodrich and Encana, the three companies already active in our area, it was reported last week that Conterra, a subsidiary of Contango Oil and Gas Company, has applied for two unit permits of 975 acres in size located southwest of Centreville and just south of the Missis- sippi line in West Feliciana Parish. Welcome Conterra! The more the merrier! The most exciting news of the past week, though, came when Goodrich announced the issuance of 6 million shares of common stock and of a doubling of its TMS drilling budget for 2014. The stock issuance should raise over $150 million, most of which is planned to be dedicated to the TMS. Former plans called for no more than 3 drilling rigs by the end of 2014. The new 2014 plan calls for 5 rigs by year end. Also, Goodrich should have a new rig drilling on the Wey- erhaeuser 51H this week and should be moving from the just finished drill on the Huff site to the CMR8-5H unit roughly 6 miles due south of Liberty. Two rumors circulating regarding Encana are that the company leased over 20,000 acres last week in Wilkinson County and is said to have taken some significant steps to- ward preparing a site pad on the Lyons unit, located due east of Centreville and north of Hwy 48. on Pepperhouse Road. Despite all of these positive events, I'm thinking the fuse is a bit longer than many think and the"boom; though increas- ingly likely, is still a year or more away. In my opinion, before there can be a "boom" Mr. Deep Pock- ets (Shell Oil or other similar type investors) will have to en- ter the picture. Deep Pockets is looking for "repeatability" and a proven "decline curve." Repeatability of the Cresby well success has not been suf- ficiently demonstrated, yet, to attract Deep Pockets and wel likely need 8-10 Crosbyesque wells in a row to get his atten- tion. Had Goodrich not used coiled tubing on the CMR/Foster Creek 20-7H-1 and, literally, screwed its most recent comple- tion, the picture may be clearer, but excuses won't impress Deep Pockets. This disappointment joining with that of the Anderson 17-3 well dampens the wick, so to speak on the boom. There have been three other wells drilled and completed since the Cresby besides the CMPJFoster Creek 20-7H-1. Goodrich's Smith 5-29H and EnCana's Anderson 17H-2 and 17H-3 wells have had mixed results. Though close, none have risen to Cresby's level, despite early reports to the contrary. Using reports from the Mississippi Oil and Gas, average oil production during the first two months of production of these wells, is as follows: Crosby 60 Days 837 barrels per day Anderson 17-2 46 Days 800 barrels per day Smith 44 Days 663 barrels per day Anderson 17-3 31 Days 484 barrels per day Production drops rapidly in the early days, so the differ- ence in the 60 day average production rate of the Crosby well over the other wells is actually more than that shown at first blush. Still. The Smith and Anderson 17H-2 aren't bad wells. The 17-3 won't pay the bills. The mangled CMR/Foster Creek won't either. The point is that 2 out of 4 successes won't get it. Nine of ten might and today, we're just not there. Currently there are only two drilling rigs in the TMS. As mentioned, the Huff well has been drilled and should be fracked and completed around the end of November. The CMR 8-5 and the Weyerhaeuser 51H will likely be late January being finished. So, at the earliest, we're looking at three wells to be online by the end of January of 2014. If all three are successful that will be a great start, but we'll still be 5 or so short of attracting Deep Pockets. And, even with early signs of "repeatability" from these new wells, Deep Pockets will want to know how quickly the production will drop off on these higher producing wells. I believe EnCana will move a rig or two into the area the first of 2014. However, the current attitude of the company is one of caution. For example, a few weeks back Doug Sut- tles, president of EnCana, was asked how long he thought it would be before the TMS would get into the develop- ment mode (otherwise known as the BOOM). Mr. Suttles response? "We're probably talking a couple of years." I'm going with Mr. Suttles' insight on this one. Please provide information or feedback you have for this column to bernellmcgehee@gmail.com. Action Taken On A Number Of Sixth District Court Cases A number of cases saw action in Sixth District Circuit Court of Wilkinson County as reflected in the court minute book on file in the Wilkinson County Cir- cuit Clerk's Office. The cases included the following: State vs. Charlie Slack, III. A bench warrant was signed by Judge Lillie Black- mon Sanders for the arrest of the defendant on charges of Contempt of Court -- Failure to comply and Con- tempt of Court -- Failure to Appear. State vs. Robert Detrell Singleton. Jury verdict and delayed sentendng order signed by Judge Sanders. A jury trial was held, and said jury found Singleton guilty of one charge and not guilty to a second. On October 3 the defendant appeared in court and was sentenced on a crime of Possession of a Schedule V Controlled Substance -- Codeine with intent to Distribute. Judge Sanders sentenced Single- ton to one year in the Missis- sippi Department of Correc- tions, the said one year sen- tence was suspended, and the defendant was placed on one year formal proba- tion. Singleton was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and all costs and the $200 pros- ecution fee within 30 days. State vs. Dashun Jones. Delayed sentencing order. On October 3 said de- fendant appeared in court facing a charge of Burglary of a Dwelling. At that time Jones withdrew his not guilty plea and entered a plea of guilty. The court ac- cepted the guilty plea and delayed sentencing until further notice. State vs. Lloyd Palmer, III. The defendant's trial set for Tuesday, October 29, 2013, has been delayed until the February, 2014, term of court. State vs. Felicia Banks. The defendant's trial set for Tuesday, October 8, 2013, has been delayed until the February, 2014, term of court. (Continued on Page 2) WCSO Jailer/Deputy Arrested In Louisiana On Two Felonies A convicted felon who has been hired to serve as the county jailer and as a sher- iffs patrol deputy here in Wilkinson County, has now been served by Louisiana au- thorities with two more felony charges, officials have report- ed. Wilkinson County Deputy Sheriff Roderick Frye, 28, was booked into the West Feliciana Parish Jail in St. Francisville, La., on Thursday, October 17, on two felony counts tied to his application and employment at the Louisiana State Peni- tentiary at Angola, La. On Tuesday, October 8, In- vestigator Michael Moore with the Louisiana Office of Inspec- tor General (similar in func- tion to the Mississippi Audit Department), appeared before Louisiana District Judge Bill Carmichael with an affidavit which stated that Frye had violated Louisiana revised state statute 14:91.1, Posses- sion of a Firearm or Carry- ing a Concealed Weapon by a Person of Certain Felonies, and Louisiana revised statute 14:133, Filing or Maintaining False Public Records. The affidavit before Loui- siana District Judge Car- michael stated that Frye, a former Department of Public Safety and Corrections em- ployee, worked at the Loui- siana State Penitentiary as a correctional officer. The af- fidavit states that Frye was convicted of a felony in Mis- sissippi prior to his employ- ment at Angola. Frye specifi- cally misrepresented himseff during the application pro- cess by stating that he had never been arrested or con- victed of a crime. According to criminal court records from Jefferson County, Frye pled guilty to manslaughter on Jae 22, 1999, and was sen- tenced to serve time in prison. On December 19, 2005, Fry was discharged from the Mis- sissippi Department of Cor- rections (M])OC). According to court records, Deputy Frye was sentenced to 15 years, eight years to be served and seven years suspended. Inspector General Inves- tigator Moore also obtained prison employment records which showed that Frye shot and qualified with pistols, Wilkinson County Jailer/Deputy Sheriff Roderick Frye shotguns and rifles at the prison on at least four sepa- rate occasions in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Frye's last employment date at the LSP at Angola was December 4, 2012. Investigator Moore ob- tained Frye's employment applications and learned that he worked for Angola State Penitentiary, located in West Fellciana Parish, La., on four different occasions. Moore states that every time Frye applied for employ- ment at the prison, he misrep- resented himself by indicat- ing that he had never been arrested or convicted of any crimes on multiple forms and documents he completed dur- ing each application process. Based on information pro- vided in the affidavit, Judge Carmichael signed a warrant on October 8 for Frye's arrest on the two felony counts as presented in the affidavit. The Louisiana Inspector General's Office contacted Deputy Frye and informed him of the two warrants. Fr- ye agresd to turn himself in at the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse in St. Frandm4lle on Thursday, October 17. West Fehciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel has confirmed that Frye turned himself in as premised and was facing two felony charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for committing fraud by lying on his application for employ- ment at the state penitentiary. Officials at the West Felici- ana Parish Prison report that Frye turned himself in at the prison just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, and was accompa- nied by two attorneys. Frye was booked on the two felony charges, and a bond of $40,000 was set at that time. Alr posting bond, Frye was released from custody just over an hour air his arrival. West Feliciana officials state that Frye is now sched- uled to appear in court at the West Feliciana Courthouse on Thursday, December 12, with Louisiana District Judge Hal Ware presiding. Frye, a native of Jefferson County, was charged with murder in 1997 for stabbing a fellow student to death on a whool bus in front of a num- ber of other Jefferson County school district students. Frye, who was 13 years old at the time of the his arrest, was certified as an adult and was indicted on a charge of mur- der of the 14-year-old fellow student Kenneth "Kenny" Grayson. At his murder trial, Frye entered a plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to serve 15 years in custody of the Mis- sissippi Department of Cor- rections, and was ordered to serve eight years. In 2012 for reasons unknown, Frye was hired by the Jefferson Coun- ty Sheriffs Department as a deputy despite the fact that Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker was sheriff at the time of the Grayson murder in 1997 and remains as the county's chief law enforcement officer today. Sheriff Walker should know that Frye was a convict- ed felon. Frye was employed by Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson earlier this year and he announced that Frye would serve as the jailer of the county jail. Despite his arrest last week on the two felony counts, Frye apparently remains an em- ployee of the WCSO as he was observed driving a Wilkinson County Sheriffs Department patrol unit several times over the past weekend of Oct. 19-20. Two Of Four Former Vandy Players Receive August, 2014 Trial Date Tip McKenzie's Trial To Be Held Separately Officials last week set a trial date for two of four former Vanderbflt University football players charged with raping an unconscious female student in an on-campus dormitory. Twenty-year-old Brandon Vandenburg and 19-year-old Cory Batey are scheduled to stand trial in Nashville, Ten- nessee, on August 11, 2014. Two other 19-year-old ex- Vandy football players, Wood- ville resident and former Trini- ty Saint standout football play- er Tip McKenzie and Brandon Banks, are also  in the June 23 rape. Their case was separated from the other two players at a Wednesday, Octo- ber 16, hearing. All four have pleaded not guilty to rape and the sexual assault charges, and are all out ofjail on bond. A fifth player, Chris Boyd, has entered a conditional guilty plea last month to a mis- demeanor charge for attempt- ing to cover up the crime. If the 21-year-old successfiffiy com- pletes unsupervised probation, his record will be cleared. All five athletes have been dismissed from the Vandtfoot- ball team and the university. As a condition of his plea agreement, Boyd has agreed to testify against the others. Tennessee Deputy Attor- ney General Tom Thurman said air the Wednesday hear- ing, no trial date has been set for Banks and McKenzie. During Boyd's plea hear- ing last month, Thurman gave an account of what happened on Jane 23, the night of the inddent, as stating that an un- conscious woman was sexually assaulted by different people. Thurman said Vandenburg sent a picture to Boyd and also called him, saying the woman had been 'messed with" in the hall and sexually assaulted in the room. Thurman said Boyd found the woman in the hall, par- tially clothed and unconscious. With the help of two others, Boyd carried her into the room and then left. Afterward, Boyd advised Vandenburg and other players to delete the photo and video evidence. Vandenburg of Indio, Cali- fornia; Batey of Nashville; Banks of Brandywine, Mary- land; and McKenzie; in ad- dition to being kicked off the Vanderbilt football team, have all been dismissed from the university. WPD Quickly Nabs Auto Theft Suspect The Woodville Police Department, armed with a good description of auto burglary suspect, was able to catch the man within hours of receiving a call re- porting the incident, stated Woodville Police Depart- ment Chief Jessie W. Stew- art. At about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, the owners of house at 509 Church Street heard a noise that sounded like a car door closing. "Dr. Bob Lewis saw someone sitting in a pickup parked at this house," said Chief Stewart. "He went outside and hollered at the man. Dr. Lewis gave us a very good description which later led to the man' arrest," said Chief Stewart. In all, the suspect broke into five cars between 10:30 p.m. and midnight on Mon- day as follows: 509 Church Street -- Two vehicles entered and an I-Pod reported stolen. College Street -- Two vehicles entered. Small amount of change and cash plus a knife reported stolen. Main Street -- One vehicle entered and a life jacket and keys reported stolen. Chief Stewart said that his department, with the assistance of the Wilkinson County Sheriffs Depart- ment, arrested the suspect at about 2:30 a.m. on Tues- day, October 22, behind a home on Main Street in Woodville. He is identified as follows: Jamarcus Cage, 23, a resident of the Woodcrest Apts. in Woodville. Charges filed against Cage included possession of cocaine, at- tempted escape and five counts of auto burglary. Making the arrest were WPD Officers Julian An- derson and Delvin Turner, and WCSO Deputy Lemuel Rutledge. Chief Stewart as- sisted in the case. Cage remained in cus- tody of the WPD as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, and no bond had been set at that time. "I want to thank Dr. Lewis for giving us such a good description of the man who broke into his vehicle," said Chief Stew- art. "This was a key factor leading to the arrest of the suspect." Stewart also stated, "I want to thank my officers and Deputy Rutledge for doing a good job with the quick arrest. I appreciate their efforts." In closing Chief Stew- art said, "I am asking folks again to please keep your vehicles locked, and don't leave valuable items lying out in clear view. Always lock your car or truck. Please report any suspi- cious activity to the Wood- ville Police Department at 601-888-4411."