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t OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 r, P Volume 191 USPS 462-260 50’ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, December 3, 2015 Number 31 WCCF Holds Ceremonies To Honor Veterans Di rcuit CHIEF STEWART HONORED -- Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart, left, is honored as a military veteran by Correctional Emergency Response Team Sgt. Larrante Williams during a Veteran's Day program at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. Stewart, who served in the U.S. Army, was the guest speaker for the program. -- WCCF Submitted Photo Wilkinson County Cor- rectional Facility (WCCF) re- cently held two Veterans Day programs to honor its staff and offenders who served in the military. The veterans received tokens of appreciation and a special Veterans Day meal. The first program, which also served as a community relations meeting, focused on the WCCF staff and members of the local community. A total of eight staff members were recognized for their military service. Warden Jody Bradley thanked the veterans for their service. He said he appreci- ated the participation in the program by the staff and com- munity. Wfe're happy to have people on our staff who have served in the military," he said, not- ing his own father was a ser- vice member:%Ve are gratefifl to them and all veterans for the sacrifices they made in service to our country." Nina Green, corporate trainer for Management & Training Corporation (MTC), which operates the Woodville prison, greeted the audience and reported on the training provided by MTC. Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart, a veteran of the U.S. Army, served as the guest speaker. "The service members we honor today came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental quali- fies," Stewart said. "They pos- sessed courage, pride, deter- mination, selflessness, dedica- tion to duty and integrity- all the qualifies needed to serve a cause larger than one's self." Stewart noted that people throughout the country were showing gratitude to veter- ans. He added: "Our gather- ing is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation today and every day." Members of WCCF's Cor- rectional Emergency Re- sponse Team (CERT) served as the color guard for the program. The colors were re- tired by the Wilkinson County Wildcat Battalion, students of the Wilkinson County High School Junior ROTC. Led by Army Instructor Howard Baity (sergeant first class re- tired), the team included Ca- dets Staff Sgt. Juan Franklin, Staff Sgt. Daylon Broadway, Staff Sgt. Isiah Gaines, and Sgt. Damien Gilmore. Other participants in the program included WCCF Human Resources Manager Keith O~Banion, who served as the event coordinator; Lt. Donnell Sullivan, who sang '~l~e National Anthem;" the Rev. James Hardy, pastor of New Life Community Baptist Church, who gave the invo- cation; Education Supervisor Francis Alexander, who pre- sented the welcome; Training Lt. Tasheka Williams, who gave the introductory re- marks; and Deputy Warden of Programs Alan Chapman, who sang, 'fit's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." Addictions Treatment Counselor Shunlekee Pendle- ton introduced the speaker, and Capt. Delando Miles led the audience in a moment of silence during the playing of "Taps." The facility CERT members presented each of the veterans with a patriotic pin followed by a salute. War- den Jody Bradley gave the dosing remarks. During the second program, organized by Chapman and Chaplain Roscoe Barnes HI, WCCF honored 24 offenders who are military veterans. The program was conducted %y and for the offenders," said Chapman. "This was the first time such a program was ever held for the offenders," he added. The program included prayer, poetry readings, and a speech by individual offend- ers. Music was provided by the choir, '~/.M.O.P.," which Stands for 'Toung Men of Praise." As Temps 9 The arrival of this year's first colder temperatures is a signal ifs time to review heat- ing fire safety in every home. As Mississippians prepare for colder days and look for ways to keep warm, Com- missioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney says using heating equipment as it is intended greatly cuts the risk of a fire in your home. ~bo many fires and fire deaths are caused by faulty heating equipment or people using ill-advised methods to stay warm," Chaney said. He added that having a working smoke alarm in your home can cut your risk of dying in a home fire in half A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2010 report shows the leading factor con- tributing to ignition for home heating fire deaths was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as up- holstered furniture, cloth- ing, mattresses, or bedding. Home heating fires peak during 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and associated deaths peak during 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. The State Fire Marshal's Of- rice recommends the following heating fire safety tips: All heating equipment should be UI~ approved and TOURISTS DROP IN FOR VISIT ~ Jacquie Wade from North London, England, and Jacques The- bault of Pall, France, stopped by the office of The Woodville Republican recently while on a tour of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The couple be- gan their two-week excursion of the U.S. in New Orleans. They then enjoyed a festival of Cajun music in Lafayette, La., before enjoying tours of Mississippi River plantations near Baton Rouge, La. They passed through Woodville on their way to Natchez and then to visit family members in Texas. Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to being used each year. Remember to keep clothes, drapes, and anything else com- bustible at least 3 feet away from all heating equipment, espedally space heaters. Inspect the space heaters power cord for damage, fray- ing or heat. If the cord inspec- tion reveals any of these issues, the heater should be replaced. Proper cleaning is essential and should be done regularly. • Never use space heaters while you sleep or in areas where children may be without adult supervision. • Do not leave space heat- ers on when you are away from home. • Always unplug space heaters when they are not in use. The heater should also be equipped with a tip over shut- offswitch. • Use only traditional heat- ing eqm'pment. • Never use a stove or oven to heat living spaces. Kerosene is a poor choice for heating as it will give offpoisonous fumes. • Have chimney flues cleaned and inspected by quali- fled personnel. • Have a spark screen that is age appropriate for all indi- viduals using any area to be heated by a fireplace. Burn only approved materi- als in a fireplace or wood bum- ing stove; never burn paper or trash in a fireplace or wood burning stove. • Should a fire break out in the home, have an emergency evacuation plan for the family to follow and have a designated meeting place for all family members. Once everyone is outside the burning home, call 911 and DO NOT RE-ENTER THE HOUSE UNDER ANY C]R- ~ANCES!! Sixth District Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders has taken action on a number of cases appearing on the local courfs docket. According to court minutes on file in the Wilkinson Coun- ty Circuit Clerk's Office, she held hearings and took action on the following cases: • State vs. Quetnen Ban- ford. Defendant has been in- dicted on a felony crime of felony fleeing. The District Attorney has recommended that Banford be allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor flee- ing. Banford was sentenced to six months in the county jail with sentence suspended, placed on one year unsuper- vised probation, immediately pay all court costs, pay a fine of $500, ordered to appear on February 8, 2016, to show cause, if any, why monies have not been paid. • State vs. Julia Riley. De- fendant has appeared in court on charges of Introduction of Contraband into a Correc- tional Facility and Conspira- cy to Introduce Contraband Into a Correctional Facility. • State vs. Rochelle Parker. Defendant has appeared in court on charges of Posses- sion of Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana and Introduction of Contraband Into a Correctional Facility. • State vs. Keith Magee. Defendant has appeared in court on charges of Intro- duction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility and Conspiracy to Introduce Con- traband Into a Correctional Facility and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Fel- on. • State vs. Ray Abraham. Defendant has appeared in court on~ of Introduc- tion of Contraband into a Cor- rectional Facility, Conspiracy to Commit A Crime and Pos- session of a Controlled Sub- stance-Marijuana. • State vs. Virginia Curry. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dication of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders with_held acceptance of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- ditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Julia Riley. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dication of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- dltions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees, • State vs. Daisha Scott. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dlcation of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- ditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Lashonda Roche Ware. Guilty Plea and Non- Adjudication of Guilt. Defen- dant entered a plea of guilty to Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Fadlity. Judge Sanders withheld ac- ceptance of said guilty plea providing successful comple- tion of conditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Brittany Single- ton. Guilty Plea and Non-Ad- judieatien of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of said guilty plea providing successhtl completion of con- dltions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Melissa Lewis. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dication of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance A Num of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- ditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Rochelle Parker. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dication of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- ditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Caleb Crawford. Guilty Plea and Non-Adju- dication of Guilt. Defendant entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of said guilty plea providing successful completion of con- ditions imposed by the court and payment of $141 in court costs and $200 in prosecution fees. • State vs. Darrius Cart- er. Sentencing Order signed by Judge Sanders. Carter entered a plea to the felony charge of Aggravated As- sault. Judge Sanders imposed a sentence of five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. • State vs. Adam McKey. A bench warrant was signed by Judge Sanders on October 24, 2015, ordering law enforce- ment agencies to take McKey into custody on charges of Contempt of Court-Failure To Comply and Contempt of Court-Failure to Appear. • State vs. David Johnson. Defendant appeared in court and on October 28, 2015, be- fore Judge Sanders on felony charges of Murder, Aggra- vated Assault 'and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. • State vs. Christopher Smith. Defendant appeared in court and on October 28, 2015, before Judge Sanders on a felony charge Aggravat- ed Assault. • State vs. Caleb Crawford. Defendant appeared in court and on October 28, 2015, before Judge Sanders on a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. • State vs. Brittany Sin- gleton. Defendant appeared in court and on October 28, 2015, before Judge Sanders on three felony charges of In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. • State vs. Kentrell Gaines. Guilty plea and non-adjudi- cation of guilt order signed by Judge Sanders. Gaines entered a plea of guilty to Prescription Forgery. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of defendant's guilty plea and entered an Order of Non-Ad- judication of Guilt and impo- sition of sentence. Defendant was ordered to pay all court costs of $141.00, prosecution fees of $200.00 and restitu- tion of $251.00. Gaines was placed under the supervision of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Program and the Mississippi Depart- ment of Corrections until such time as the defendant successfully completes the drug court program and the defendant shall have adhered to a number of conditions set by the court. • State vs. Caleb Crawford. Guilty plea and non-adjudi- cation of guilt order signed by Judge Sanders. Gaines entered a plea of guilty to In- troduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Judge Sanders withheld acceptance of defendant's guilty plea and entered an Order of Non-Ad- judication of Guilt and impo- sition of sentence. Defendant was ordered to pay all court costs of $141.00, prosecution fees of $200.00 and restitu- tion of $251.00. Crawford was placed under the supervision of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court Program and the Mississippi Depart- ment of Corrections until such time as the defendant successfully completes the drug court program and the defendant shall have adhered to a number of conditions set by the court. • State vs. Lloyd Gatlin Young. Sentencing order signed by Judge Sanders. Said defendant entered a guilty plea to Second Degree Murder. Judge Sanders ac- cepted the guilty plea and sentenced Young to a term of imprisonment of 40 years in the custody of the MDOC. • Louis Clay vs. State of Mississippi. Order Deny- ing Motion for Automatic Expunction of Conviction. Circuit Judge Forrest A. Johnson received and has reviewed Clay's motion for "Automatic Expunction (clearing record) of Convic- tion." Judge Johnson found that the defendant has multiple felony convictions and is presently serving a sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections as a habitual offender. He ruled that the defendant is clearly not eligible for nor entitled to the relief requested. It is therefore ordered that Clay's petition or motion is denied. POLK'S MEAT MARKET GETS FACE LIFT -- Pic- tured above is the freshly painted Polk's Meat Market building which shows the painters putting final touches on the building's red screen door. Mississippi Department of Archives & History's Barry White inspected the building during his visit to Woodville last week, and is pleased with the progress of the renovations thus far. Funding for the Polk's Meat Market Rehabilitation Project, Phase II, is made possible by Mississippi Depart- ment of Archives & History's Certified Local Gov- ernment Grant Program, and by the Woodville Deer & Wildlife Festival proceeds which provided the necessary cash match for the grant. This is a Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Associa- tion Project. -- Submitted Photo