Tupelo attorney charged with lying about taxes
n OXFORD – William Catledge of Tupelo pleaded not guilty Thursday to three federal counts he lied on his 2000 and 2001 income taxes.
The 54-year-old attorney is free on $10,000 bond after a hearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers. Catledge’s attorney is Michael J. Stengel of Memphis.
Although he apparently was indicted earlier this year, Thursday the indictment was unsealed, he was arrested, entered his plea and was freed on bond.
If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 bond.
The specific allegations:
In 2000 he reported income of $256,921 instead of $1.04 million. For 2001 he claimed $96,635 income instead of $777,263. And for 2001 he claimed gross receipts of $1.98 million instead of $2.79 million.
Catledge is a graduate of Rust College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He was admitted to the state Bar in 1985.
Patsy Brumfield 3/5/09
Fire destroys Booneville truss-building business
n BOONEVILLE – A Wednesday evening fire destroyed a downtown business that manufactured wood products.
When the Booneville Fire Department responded to the call just after 7:30 p.m., Mid-South Truss was already in flames, said Fire Chief Randel Cole.
It took almost three dozen firefighters, including three auxiliary firefighters, to extinguish the blaze, he said. They cleared the scene just before 5 a.m. Thursday.
The company, at 109 Magnolia Drive, manufactures custom trusses that hold up roofs on pre-fabricated buildings.
No estimate of the loss was available, said company President Kenny Claunch, and the business was not fully insured.
The loss put seven employees out of a job for now, but Claunch said he plans to rebuild.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Plan to ban traffic cameras advances through Capitol
n JACKSON – A proposal to outlaw traffic cameras is gaining momentum at the Mississippi Capitol.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit the installation of any new cameras to photograph and ticket vehicles that run red lights.
Jackson and Columbus already use the cameras, and Tupelo, Natchez, Southaven and McComb are considering them. The Senate version of the bill says the existing cameras would have to be removed by Oct. 1.
A different version of the bill passed the House last month. The House could either accept the Senate changes, or the two chambers could negotiate a final version to send to the governor.
Man charged with failure
to register as sex offender
n ABERDEEN – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has charged a man with failure to register as a sex offender.
Larry Wayne Cowley was arrested Tuesday after not complying with the sex offender registry law. Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood said Cowley became non-compliant on Feb. 13.
He is currently in the Monroe County Jail.
Daily Journal reports