….I must be traveling on, now…..
What is truly amazing is how long the allegations of now former Chief Darren Freeman choking a handcuffed man took to break in the media. Guess who’s back folks.
THE INVESTIGATORS: Bay St. Louis police chief resigns amid brutality allegation ~ Wes Muller, Investigative Producer WAFB
Those following Slabbed’s twitter account were in the loop since last Friday evening that something major was going down with the scandal ridden Bay PD. Lana Noonan noted the irony of the word leaking out on the exact date one year ago that Chief Denardo took his own life in the parking lot at the police station.
I’ll back the time period up to late August on the original leaks as Slabbed began receiving tips about major scandal brewing at Bay City Hall on August 30, 2017. To the extent this latest choking incident happened in May, 2017, it has been held close inside the police department for months. The optics can’t get much worse.
This is what I do know and this bit of wisdom I shared months ago with select local civic leaders because there was a major red flag on Mr. Freeman’s resume that was ignored. Wes gives us a clue:
Freeman, who has been on the job less than a year, was hired as chief to reform the department which suffered a series of embarrassing scandals and the late Chief Mike De Nardo’s suicide. His resume boasts serving as the head of internal affairs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
I understand some of y’all are scratching your heads going “huh” but for those of us that followed the multitude of embarrassing revelations involving DPS that have broke in the Jackson media over the past year……here is a sampling:
Tuesday a week ago Slabbed was leaked that Singing River CEO Kevin Holland would either be resigning or be fired at the following day’s Board of Trustee meeting. Slabbed put out a tweet on the subject which we were asked to subsequently delete – you had to be there to win. Sure enough Karen Nelson would break the news on Thursday that Holland was leaving and that gets me back to the head-scratcher on being asked to delete the Tweet that Holland would be leaving because the fact that segments of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors were unhappy with Holland’s job performance has been very well reported in both the newspapers serving the area. Looking back at the events of last week there was something else going though which a perusal of Mississippi Electronic Courts revealed:
But before we examine the context of Chris Anderson’s upcoming deposition we need to circle back to Karen Nelson’s account of the FY 2016 audit:
Singing River Health System dropped from a Level 2 to a Level 3 trauma rating when it cut back on neurological services, and the hospital system is no longer majority owner of its two outpatient surgical centers.
But Chief Financial Officer Brian Argo told Jackson County elected officials on Monday that the health system is cutting costs and is continuing toward financial recovery with a profitable year.
Argo went over the annual independent audit, this year by Dixon Hughes Goodman, which confirms the county hospital system ended the fiscal year on Sept. 30 with a positive bottom line of $5.1 million.
Looking at the audit report linked above I’m not sure where the $5.1 million dollar number comes from but I did see about a third of the consolidated net income was derived from the sale of assets inside a not for profit “blended component unit” called “SHRS Ambulatory Services“: Continue reading “Kevin Holland is finally leaving Singing River Hospital. What Gives?”
And if Slabbed received a dime for every picture of Bay St Louis Golf Cart jackassery we get, we’d be up to about $2.20 so far this year. That said back in June Bay St Louis Police Chief Darren Freeman minimized the Citizen complaints about Golf Carts run amuck as “unfounded” in a story he obviously planted in the Sun Herald:
Outgoing Councilman Lonnie Falgout, who lost his bid for re-election, recently took potshots at police by alleging they’ve turned a blind eye to golf cart safety and have even allowed children to be designated drivers for their drinking parents.
Police Chief Darin Freeman, who has been in office since January, said the Bay St. Louis Police Department has received only one complaint of a child driving a golf cart since then, “and it was unfounded.”
“Our officers are doing a great job of addressing any unsafe issues they see,” Freeman said. “If we see anything unsafe, we handle it appropriately.”
It was then that I was reminded of a community policing seminar Chief Freeman gave down on the beach to a group of concerned citizens earlier this year. Here is a pic from that event which well summarized the Chief’s philosophy: 😉
Seriously folks, I would see kids driving Golf Carts all the time in Ward 1 not that long ago when we lived there along with other spots in town where we’d be out and about, so an earlier story on the topic which made the national media that Cassandra Favre wrote for the Sea Coast Echo sounded much more true to life to me. The story Chief planted in the Sun Herald in late June was in direct response to Cassandra’s.
With that set up, the following image has already garnered a nomination for Slabbed New Media’s best picture of the year: Continue reading “Bay St Louis Police Chief Freeman: Citizen Golf Cart Complaints “unfounded””
That post title is a mouthful folks. So while we continue to dig out after taking a long weekend to see the eclipse here are a few documents of interest. First up is from Slabbed’s Twitter timeline:
Slabbed has confirmed with #SMTTT. Hancock Library Director did not finish Library Science Masters. Info on Clearinghouse 100% accurate.
— Slabbed New Media (@SlabbedNewMedia) August 21, 2017
Lana Noonan was kind enough to nab via Public Records Request the Tuition Assistance Grant Agreement between Ms. Thomas and the Mississippi Library Commission for everyone to see. As Lana aptly put it seeing the documents is so much better than gossip:
Interesting and important is that Ms. Thomas only drew $4,600 of the $10,000 total grant. From the Transparency Mississippi Website: