Grand jury may get Red Cross case in March

By The Associated Press

LAUREL — Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley says he doesn’t expect an embezzlement case involving a Red Cross official to go to a grand jury before March.

Laurel police Sgt. Michael Reaves said Monday that 37-year-old Matt Everette — the Pine Belt Chapter’s emergency services director — has been charged with embezzlement, but has not been arrested.

The prosecutor says his office is waiting on local and regional Red Cross board meetings.

Everette has been on leave from the Red Cross for a heart condition that hospitalized him in November.

His wife, reached Saturday at their home, told The Associated Press they had no comment about the allegations.