Judge: Wallace Didn’t Know About Liquor at Party!
Longtime local attorney Steve Wallace was cleared of all charges against him, Tuesday, in Lowndes County Justice Court. Wallace had been charged on 11 misdemeanor counts of violating the social host law, one count of sale of beer without a permit and one count of sale of alcohol without a permit, after a raid of his property back in April when his son, Colt, held a prom party at their residence in Caledonia.
Wednesday, Wallace told me, “I’m very grateful and I feel like the system worked!”
His son, Colt, received a $1000 fine plus court cost and a two month probation period. Noxubee County Justice Court Judge Dorothy Stewart was brought in to try the case.
Volunteer Firefighters, Emergency Personnel Up In Arms About Possible Consolidation with City
Some county volunteer firemen, E911 Director Sheri Fancher, Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence and County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren are questioning the motives behind Harry Sanders’ wish to explore consolidation with city emergency services and ultimately fall under the direction of Columbus Fire Chief Ken Moore. Sanders believes that District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks has been going around stirring up the pot and helping spread false rumors about the proposal to consolidate. Brooks, on the other hand, says he “doesn’t trust” Sanders. That Sanders came to the board in 2000 to put ‘Leroy in his place!’
During the long supervisor meeting Tuesday, Brooks said that he would work with Sanders on the board, but anything beyond that was “being hypocritical…and I’m not a hypocrite!”
Brooks chided Sanders about meddling, again, but during the discussion, he brought up the news story about the Crystal Springs church that wouldn’t marry the black couple. A story that has brought back a bad image of Mississippi because of the action of a few narrow-minded bigots. But, for some reason…Brooks brought the story into the discussion…a place where it had no business being brought up. It had nothing to do with the business being discussed Tuesday.
After Sanders had explained that the issue of possible consolidation was a fact-finding deal, Brooks said, “Harry…the point is, we are a public body. Let’s get this right…you don’t like me, I don’t like you. I’m praying everyday that God will bless me…and bless you too. But I don’t make no bones about it…you’re not one of my favorite people. If there was still public dueling, maybe you and me could go out in the street and resolve everybody’s problem. But we can’t do that. I don’t particularly like the way you do politics, because you’ve shown me in 12 years that you are a very deceitful kind of person…and you love hurting people. I’ve watched the lives that you’ve destroyed…over and over and over. And somehow you always manage to get people to join in with you to destroy people’s lives! People that work for the county don’t have the kind of money that you have. You need to leave them alone.”
Fondren Defends Firefighters, Emergency Responders
Sammy Fondren came before the board to squelch a report in the Commercial Dispatch that he said made the volunteer firemen and emergency responders that answered the call looking lackluster during a fire in which a mobile home burned last week, and the headlines said that it took an hour for the tanker to reach the fire. Fondren said that the first responder was on the scene within four minutes, but the headline made it look like “no one was on the scene for an hour.” Fondren admitted that it took a while to get the tanker to the fire because many of the responders were “out of pocket.” Sanders called it “Yellow Page reporting!”
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com0