Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:45:07 GMT
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning. Lieutenant Richard Pack and school resource officer Jose OatisMore >>
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:13:28 GMT
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests.You will see the video only on WLBT. It happened atMore >>
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests. You will see the video only on WLBT.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:56:36 GMT
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems. Tonight friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player, Walker Wilbanks, are struggling to understandMore >>
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems, and friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player Walker Wilbanks are struggling to understand his untimely death.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:05:14 GMT
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved. AccordingMore >>
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:48:53 GMT
Experts say a new synthetic form of LSD is sweeping across college campuses. Law enforcement said that powerful drug is already showing up in Mississippi. It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles,"More >>
It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles," but to the Drug Enforcement Administration, it's called 25i, a synthetic LSD compound some say is more dangerous than traditional LSD.More >>
If a government entity wants your land, you may have little choice in how much you're paid. If negotiations fail, governments use a legal process called eminent domain to acquire land for public projects.
When the Harrison County Utility Authority needed to put in a sewer vent off Daugherty Road in Long Beach, it needed some of Barry Neyrey's land. The Utility Authority has the power to take the land once the property is appraised.
The Harrison County Utility Authority offered Barry Neyrey $12,000 for the property.
What was his reaction when he learned of the land appraisal?
"'What?' That was basically it," Neyrey said. "It seemed awful low and I had to think about it for a while, and in the process of thinking about it I just didn't respond. I thought they would get in touch with me and talk about it, but never did. I didn't go get a lawyer until after they filed suit for eminent domain."
Neyrey hired Attorney Gary White, who's represented two other land owners in battles with the utility authority.
In each case, White said the utility district's offer and the fair market value of the land were thousands and thousands of dollars apart.
"It certainly looks like these appraisals have been low-balled," stated White.
He said the court settlements back up that claim.
In 2009, George Flurry was offered $14,400 for his property on Daugherty Road in Long Beach. In 2013, Flurry settled for $27,560.14.
In 2011 the Harrison County Utility Authority appraised Armand Weilbacher's property between Red Creek Road and 28th street at $20,900. In 2013, Weilbacher settled out of court for $100,000.
Barry Neyrey's original offer was $12,000. He ended up with a settlement for $41,250.
"It was obvious to me they were just low balling people," Neyrey said. "When I got another appraisal on my own, I found out how much they were low balling people, and so I felt completely vindicated when we made a settlement."
Everett Ladner is one of the appraisers for the Harrison County Utility Authority. He's handling the appraisals for a major wastewater project.
He didn't want to be interviewed on camera and said, "I do about 300 appraisals every year and we try to give the fair market value for the property. About 95 to 98 percent of the people agree to the appraisal or settle; we just can't please everyone."
Richard Hobgood wasn't pleased with the $1.5 million he was offered for land on Shorecrest Road in Biloxi where the Harrison County Utility Authority built a multimillion dollar sewer plant. The authority used eminent domain to gain control of the land.
According to Utility district documents WLOX News obtained, the appraiser put a value of $2.1 million on Hobgood's land in January 2008. Hobgood said he was never presented with that document.
Hobgood was presented a different document, dated October 2008, an appraisal offer of a little more than a million dollars for the land.
The Harrison County Utility Authority came back with another document dated September 2009, and Hobgood was offered $1.533 million.
Hobgood never agreed to any of the utility authority's offers. The case is now in court, slated for trial in April 2014.
Attorney Gary White says he sees a disturbing pattern.
"What bothers me is... if these clients that I represented, accepted these original offers from the Utility Authority, they would have lost substantial money. I think the Utility Authority has handled hundreds of these cases and probably the majority of them were settled without a lawyer getting involved. I have to wonder... how much money people have lost by not challenging them?"
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:56:28 GMT
Circuit clerks in Adams and Oktibbeha counties have filed motions to quash or modify the subpoena from Chris McDaniel's attorney Mitch Tyner that requested all original election materials from the UnitedMore >>
County clerks said they were not given a reasonable amount of time to submit election materials, among other arguments, in motions filed Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:54:20 GMT
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. The cap of warm air is pretty strong today, but a few storms may bust through. No severeMore >>
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:36:10 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics news release HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball programMore >>
Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:56:16 GMT
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to theMore >>
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to the increase in volume of traffic along with large trucks the roads weren't originally designed to support.More >>
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