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April 12th, 2011

April Circuit Court Enters Week Two

April 12, 2011

The April term of Clay County Circuit Court entered week two Monday, and a grand jury was selected to make decisions on felony cases that are scheduled for trial this last week of court.
One case is that of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an accessory to the murder of Roosevelt Pernell that was allegedly committed by Robert Rupert, who is also scheduled for trial this week. Roberson allegedly hid the firearm on or about Dec. 4, 2003 that Rupert allegedly used to kill Pernell, trying to avoid arrest, trial and conviction.

Victim of Hit-And-Run OK

April 12, 2011

41-year-old Cody Carter of West Point was struck early Saturday morning by a vehicle that failed to come to a stop after striking Carter.
The incident happened on East Morrow Street where Carter was found in the middle of the road by West Point police officers, who reported seeing no blood on Carter when they arrived on scene. Corporal Cleve Carroll stated that Carter was moving and talking when he approached him, but Carroll didn't see any open wounds on Carter, who was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle soon after emergency crews arrived.

April 11th

Boycotting school district makes no sense

April 11, 2011

Test scores are up. Dropout rates are down. So why is the job vacancy for superintendent of West Point schools about to become a hard sell for potential candidates?
Because one local group of “concerned citizens” is threatening action if its demands are not met. And what are they demanding? Are they pleading for fairness in the hiring process?
They would say yes, but their actions say no. Are they asking for the school district to hire the most qualified candidate? Again, the answer is no.

Arts Council Hosts Spring Concert Series

April 11, 2011

Time to get outside this spring and soak up the sun with family and friends while listening to the sweets sounds of music from local musicians during the West Point/Clay County Arts Council’s free Sunday concert series.
The free concerts will be held at Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point being April 17 at 3 p.m.

April 5th

McBrayer Requests Reduction of Huge Restitution Payment

April 5, 2011

29-year-old Steven McBrayer, who is on probation for aggravated assault, requested to have his $45,667.13 restitution fine reduced Tuesday in Clay County Circuit Court due to his inability to make the high monthly payments.

April 4th

April Circuit Court Term Begins Today

April 4, 2011

The Clay County Circuit Court April term begins Monday with many cases to be heard during the term, including multiple drug charge cases, burglary cases, aggravated assault cases and the case of Robert Rupert, who is accused of killing Roosevelt Pernell and shooting Cedric Pernell.
The following cases will be heard in Clay County Circuit Court on Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6:
• State v. Travis Weatherspoon, who is charged with domestic violence and burglary of a dwelling
• State v. Latrai Spraggins, who is charged with statutory rape

March 31st

Internet Cafe Owners Lose Rights to Computer Equipment

March 31, 2011

An attempt by owners of Paradise Isle Internet Cafe of West Point to retrieve computer equipment that was confiscated from the cafe failed Tuesday after the Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the Clay County Circuit Court.
On Sept. 12, 2007, the Mississippi Gaming Commissions seized 39 computer terminals, a computer server and a point-of-sale system that agents believed to be illegal gaming devices. The State charged Ronnie Moore and Jeff Moore in connection with the internet cafe and the computers, which the State believed were actually slot machines.

March 28th

Rupert Murder Charge Pending Dismissal

March 28, 2011

One count of the indictment of Robert Rupert, who is charged with capital murder, aggravated assault and murder, may be dismissed due to rights violations and time conflicts, as the April Clay County Circuit Court term approaches.
Rupert is charged with one count of capital murder for allegedly killing Roosevelt Pernell on or around Dec. 4, 2003 and is charged with one count of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting Cedric Pernell around the same time. The third count, which is in question, is a charge from the July 24, 1994 murder of Carlos Carr that Rupert allegedly committed.

March 10th

2011 Clay County Races

March 10, 2011

Sheriff
Eddie Scott
Edward N. Houston, Jr.

Tax Assessor
Becky Coe
Linda F. Hannah
Paige Dendy Lamkin
Deborah Myers

Chancery Clerk
Amy Berry
Suzette White
Melissa Bobo Calvert

Circuit Clerk
Robert D. "Bob" Harrell, Jr.

Coroner
Alvin Carter, Jr.

County Attorney
Angela Turner Lairy

Supervisor, District 1
Lynn Horton

Supervisor, District 2
Phillip Collins
Luke Lummus (i)

Supervisor, District 3
R.B. Davis (i)
William Lee Pollard
Larry Smith
Paxton Austin
Richard Deanes, Jr.

Supervisor, District 4
Shelton Deanes (i)
Willie E. Pierce

March 6th

Candidates for county offices to be certified Monday

March 6, 2011

On Monday, the Clay County Democratic Party Executive Committee will know for certain which candidates hoping to run for office in Clay County will be placed on the ballot.
Pat Cannon, chair of the DPEC, said almost everyone is “OK,” but still needs information from a couple of candidate, including Harold Lathon, who qualified to run for chancery clerk.

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