Former clerk’s second lawsuit remains active
n SALTILLO – Former city clerk Dorothy A. Bentley’s second lawsuit against the town and its accounting firm is still alive.
Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed an earlier lawsuit she filed against the town.
However, a companion lawsuit against Saltillo and the Tupelo firm Franks, Franks amp& Jarrell P.A. is making its way toward a 2010 trial date.
In that action, Bentley insists she was defamed and retaliated against when the accounting firm wrote a letter about her to state auditors.
She says the letter cast her in a false light and caused auditors to believe errors in the city’s accounting records were “dishonest acts.”
for new trial date
n OXFORD – Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter, accused of allowing himself to be bribed, wants his April 6 trial date moved.
He also wants other court dates rescheduled because his new Chicago attorney needs time to prepare.
DeLaughter asked for the changes Thursday in a filing in U.S. District Court in Oxford.
He has pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment on conspiracy to defraud the U.S., mail fraud and lying to investigators. Prosecutors say he was corrupted by Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and others with the hope of a federal judgeship.
Mike Tonos 3/12/09 LEFLORE COUNTY
Food poisoning alleged
in restaurant lawsuit
n GREENWOOD — A Grenada attorney has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Greenwood’s Pizza Hut restaurant over a case of suspected food poisoning in January.
Meanwhile, the official state Department of Health report on food samples taken from the restaurant has not been released.
On Jan. 18, customers from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Itta Bena became violently ill after eating at the Pizza Hut. Nineteen people were taken to Greenwood Leflore Hospital, treated and released.
Two church members are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed Friday, which seeks damages from the restaurant’s owners, Aamp&D Management Co. LLC of Flowood.
Management at the restaurant declined to comment on the case.
Five dead dolphins
found along beach
n GULFPORT — Scientists are concerned over the deaths of five young dolphins over the past week.
The dolphin calves washed up along the beach in Harrison County. Tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Dr. Moby Solangi says in the recovery of stranded dolphins, whether dead or alive, time is critical.
Scientists say the tests identify disease or identify any heavy metals, poisonous chemicals or pollutants which may have contributed to the animal’s death.
Daily Journal, wire reports