News Briefs June 20, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lee County Man charged with drug possession
- SHANNON – The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has charged 35-year-old Kermit O. Rogers with several drug charges.
Rogers is being held on $1 million bond on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and three separate counts of selling crack cocaine. The possession charge is being enhanced due to firearms being found in the home, according to agents.
A search warrant was executed at Rogers’ home at 320 County Road 401, Shannon, on Thursday. Agents claimed to have found 8 grams of crack in the home and another 8 ounces in Rogers’ vehicle.
About $80,000 worth of vehicles and construction equipment was seized from the residence.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Woman sentenced after swindling CrimeStoppers
- OXFORD – A 21-year-old Aberdeen woman has been sentenced to three years probation after she pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy that allegedly defrauded Golden Triangle CrimeStoppers out of $18,000.
Shawanda Holliday pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to defraud the organization.
A trial date for West Point police officer Boone Lairy and his alleged co-conspirator, Nathan Smith, a former Columbus police officer, is set for July 6 in Oxford. An indictment says they allegedly embezzled money from CrimeStoppers for four years.
Kevin Payne, Holliday’s public defender, said Thursday Holliday is ready to testify at the upcoming trial.
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Settlement deadline set in Freeman lawsuit
- JACKSON – Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and the woman who is suing him over a 2008 car accident must submit settlement proposals to a federal judge by July 15.
Demaris Meyer claims the 72-year-old Freeman was negligent when the car he was driving ran off the side of a rural highway near his Mississippi Delta home in August. Meyer was a passenger in the car when it flipped several times and landed upright. Meyer and Freeman were seriously injured.
Jack H. Hayes Jr., a Columbus attorney who represents Freeman in the lawsuit has claimed in court papers that Meyer was partly to blame in the accident.
Meyer’s attorney, Gloria Allred, declined comment Friday.

Feds: Supreme Court shouldn’t decide case
- JACKSON – Federal prosecutors say the U.S. Supreme Court should not decide a statute of limitations question in the case of a reputed Ku Klux Klansman convicted of a 1964 crime.
James Ford Seale was convicted in 2007 of abducting two black men who authorities said were killed after being beaten and thrown Mississippi River backwater.