News Briefs May 14, 2009

Beasley, Buford certified for runoff
– NEW ALBANY – Incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Tommie Beasley will meet challenger Chris Buford in next week’s runoff.
The Democratic Executive Committee on Wednesday certified the results of Tuesday’s re-vote in the Ward 3 race. The final tally showed Beasley with 128 votes, or 46.7 percent; Buford with 75 vote, or 27.4 percent; and Dykes with 71 votes, or 25.9 percent.
The re-vote was made necessary because a software glitch sent some voters to the wrong polling place in the May 5 primary. The outcome of that vote had Dykes in the runoff, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Scruggs moves to another facility
– OXFORD – Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs, imprisoned for two judicial bribery guilty pleas, was “in transit” to an undetermined federal facility Wednesday.
The former noted plaintiffs’ lawyer began serving a 5-year sentence in Ashland, Ky., in August. He was moved to Oxford in February for another guilty plea and convenience to cooperate with prosecutors on other investigations.
He then asked to be moved to Forrest City, Ark., for ease of travel for his family and federal authorities.
A few days ago, Scruggs was moved to an Oklahoma City holding facility, but Wednesday he was listed “in transit” on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Web site.
Wherever he ends up, he’ll serve another two years for the second guilty plea.

Woods withdraws from Ward 4 race
– AMORY – Bill Woods Sr. has withdrawn from the Ward 4 alderman’s race, leaving Bill Lyle unopposed in Tuesday’s runoff.
Woods said he withdrew because of a career opportunity. “I couldn’t give people of Ward 4 100 percent right now,” he said.
Lyle led last week’s five-person primary with 128 votes, while Woods came in second with 65 votes.
Woods’ name cannot be legally removed from the runoff ballots because they had been printed before he withdrew.
Lyle will succeed Peggy Wilkerson, who is not seeking re-election.
Mike Tonos 5/13/09
New superintendent assaulted by parent
– WHITEVILLE, N.C. – Incoming Tupelo Schools Superintendent Randy Shaver was attacked by a parent Tuesday in Whiteville, where he serves as school superintendent.
The Whiteville News Reporter said Shaver suffered bruises and cuts to his face and was knocked unconscious during the assault.
Elgin Collier, 34, of Whiteville, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injuries and misdemeanor assault on a school official.
The newspaper said Collier had been banned from the Central Middle School campus.


NEMS Daily Journal

Click video to hear audio