Geoff Belcher nabbed some comments from Mayor Fillingame and the Sheriff on the arrest of Bay Building Official Charles Oliver for the Seacoast Echo.
Mayor: Arrest won’t affect Bay building official’s employment ~ Geoff Belcher
Adam said there had been rumor’s that Oliver was given “special” treatment since he is a city official.
“In every case, a judge can call up and approve an O.R. bond,” Adam said. “Every case is different. He didn’t get any special treatment.”
Remember folks, if you want to avoid paying a cash bond, complain of chest pains while at the hospital during the execution of the blood warrant.
Now back to the Bay finances. I remember an employee health insurance line on the budget. Would the county have to pay a DUI perpetrator’s medical bills after an accident solely because the perpetrator was arrested for the DUI? Something doesn’t quite seem right about the explanations being offered but it sure was nice of the Sheriff to give the Mayor courtesy after he called the Sheriff asking for Oliver’s release without a cash bond, especially since he’s having to take some flak for it now.
After I get past the deadlines I’m facing I think I’ll try to get up with MADD to get their take on this. Stay tuned.
At least three Biloxi police officers and one Harrison County sheriff’s patrol unit responded to the scene on U.S. 90 at St. John Avenue. Neely was initially stopped for careless driving, Dobbs said, after he did a “burn out” on the road.
“We worry about the potential of people burning out, running into traffic and running into a bunch of people,” Dobbs said. “It also tears up the road. It just blows my mind when other cities allow it. We have zero tolerance for it.”
It blows my mind too as over-oiled cruisers garnering DUIs have now made the news twice over the weekend.
The arrest occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police obtained a search warrant to draw Neely’s blood to test for alcohol and drugs.
In addition, Neely received medical treatment for his injuries at Merit Health in Biloxi where he also submitted to a blood test because of a police search warrant.
Neely was booked into the Harrison County jail at 11:43 p.m. Saturday, the Harrison County jail docket says.
Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set Neely’s total bond at $27,319.
Neely bonded out of jail at 6:46 a.m. Sunday, the docket says.
However there is a distinction between the two arrests which made the news because in Bay St. Louis there was a multi-car accident with injury that resulted in the DUI arrest. Maybe Mr. Neely should have complained of chest pains in Biloxi as Wes Muller updated his story on the arrest of Bay St Louis Building Official Charles Oliver: Continue reading “My sentiments exactly as some of the reasons locals “tolerate” Cruisin’ the Coast come into sharper focus”
Last night after the battle for the Crab trap the bat line began ringing off the hook here at the mobile offices of Slabbed New Media saying there was a multi-car accident with injury on Highway 90 at Washington Street and controversial Bay St Louis Building Official Charles Oliver not only caused the accident but was also arrested for DUI by the Hancock County Sheriff. Let’s begin Slabbed’s coverage with the Seacoast Echo:
“I’m afraid (the Steamer mishap) was just the tip of the iceberg,” Bay St. Louis architect Michael Reeves said recently.
Reeves said there are several other projects in the area that he believes aren’t quite up to national building codes, particularly for handicapped accessibility.
He said he fears that the flurry of building activity, combined with a limited pool of inspectors with the proper safety training and knowledge, is a recipe for disaster. Despite Reeves’ concerns, that won’t be the case in Bay St. Louis, Bay Building Official Charles Oliver said Friday.
“We believe in safety first,” Oliver said. He pointed to Tripletails Bar & Grill as an example.
Anyone that read that particular piece of propaganda from our state sponsored newspaper of record would certain see the irony as newly constructed non ADA compliant commercial structures have popped up from time to time in Bay St Louis under Oliver’s tenure as the unlicensed chief of the Bay St Louis building department. While he can’t pass the test to get the credential he is a long time friend of Bay St Louis Mayor Les Fillingame and that is meaningful here in Bay St Louis. How about we take a second stab at the DUI arrest:
In other words, Oliver said, “Whatever you have sticking out, you have to have sticking in. The code says you have to have 50 percent of the length of the exterior sticking in. Here, he’s got 70 percent sticking in.
Folks I apologize I can’t seem to get these Seacoast Echo links to work this morning. Luckily I have a video of Mr. Oliver in handcuffs doing the perp walk leaving the hospital after he had blood drawn:
Police: Bay St. Louis building official Oliver arrested on DUI charge ~ Wes Muller Continue reading “Questions raised about preferential treatment of Bay City Official booked with DUI after accident with injury”
Alright folks, who else is wondering how much Judge Cecil Byrd was paid to let the obviously drunk Scott Walker off the hook on a bullshit technicality? The Sun Herald has the breaking news story:
The DUI trial of Scott Walker has been dismissed because of a “faulty affadavit” after it was pointed out in court that the deputy clerk who signed it did not add her title after her signature.
Justice Judge Cecil Byrd said that to try him on a new charge on the same accusation would constitute double jeopardy, which is what defense attorney Keith Miller argued.
So much for law and order republicans eh? And the beat goes on…
Updated per Sock Puppets comments.
Given the recent google searches on Scott Walker that landed here on Slabbed I was very happy to see that Sun Herald reporter Margaret Baker updated this continuing story with the latest details today. Here is a snippet:
Municipal Court Judge Matthew Mestayer said Wednesday he and the city’s prosecuting attorney are recusing themselves from the misdemeanor drunken-driving case of former mayoral candidate and local businessman Scott Walker.
Mestayer contacted four other local judges to hear the case, but they also had conflicts of interest. So Mestayer said he’s following state statutes and transferring the case to Jackson County Justice Court. Continue reading “The Sun Herald updates the Scott Walker saga: Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
Before we ran Jim Brown’s column on Louisiana’s dysfunctional DWI laws I had no clue the topic of drunk driving would prove to be such a target rich environment but now it appears that we are well on our way to accumulating an extensive body of work on this subject which also helps explain why Louisiana’s auto insurance rates are the highest in the nation. Along those lines I offer the Slabbed Nation District Court Judge Jacques Sanborn from St Bernard Parish. Let’s begin with the Times Picayune’s Bob Warren and recount how the Judge almost killed two motorist driving drunk perhaps receiving favorable treatment in the process:
St. Bernard Parish Judge Jacques Sanborn was cited for DWI early Thursday after crashing his Dodge Charger into another vehicle in Arabi, authorities said.
State Police Trooper Melissa Matey said Sanborn, 60, of Chalmette, was brought to an area hospital with unspecified injuries after the 3:32 a.m. crash. He refused to submit to a blood test, but the trooper who responded to the crash conducted a field sobriety test and smelled alcohol, Matey, a Troop B spokeswoman, said. Continue reading “Slabbed checks another politician into the drunk tank: District Court Judge Jacques Sanborn welcome to Slabbed”
Margaret Baker reports today that Walker was arrested just days before his drunken crash and burn in Washington DC for assaulting Eleanore Kelly, director of constituent services for Senator Roger Wicker.
Before we get to Margaret’s report I feel compelled to make a few observations about Mr Walker’s recent behavior. First is the immediate thought that came to mind when I read today’s news, which I will not further elucidate beyond saying it appears Mr Walker needs a bit of marital counseling beyond a much-needed visit to AA. The man is spinning out of control.
Second, the irony is not lost on me that Walker’s local GOP associates in Jackson County, normally a tough on crime bunch, manage to see past Walker’s recent criminal behavior including Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell calling Mr Walker “a fine young man”. I’m certain Walker’s momma would no doubt agree but will the public? I don’t think so judging from the multitude of comments left on Ms Baker’s stories to date. Here is a snippet from the latest on this unfolding saga: Continue reading “Just when you think that former Ocean Springs GOP mayoral hopeful Scott Walker can not sink any lower….”
Driving under the influence has been very topical of late here on Slabbed as we’ve ended up with a series of posts that began with Jim Brown’s January 12, 2010 column on Louisiana’s dysfunctional DWI laws, continuing with our examination of why DWI enforcement in Jefferson Parish Louisiana stink as we examined the case of Craig Codina, a serial drunk driver who ended up killing 30-year-old Sandra Stevens of New Orleans in August 2009. For those newer readers who want to catch up, the short version of the Jefferson Parish story is that the attorney position responsible for overseeing prosecution of such matters in Jefferson Parish is filled by a political hack in disgraced former Parish President Aaron Broussard’s daughter in law Norma. Of course incomps have to be put in such positions and Slabbed rightfully called out Norma’s boss DA Paul Connick and the Times Picayune for making excuses for him in straight news reporting. (I’ll be circling back to that Connick post in a bit.) Not one to be left out, we next profiled Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, a lawman who must be a big believer in second chances as he finally got rid of drunk deputy Dominick Imbornone after he was caught dead drunk behind the wheel of his police car for a second time! As the video embed followup I posted clearly indicates dead drunk was not too strong a phrase to describe Imbornone.
Now that everyone is caught up lets begin by catching up the coverage here at Slabbed as Codina finally received justice after killing Ms Stevens in his 5th DWI as Paul Purpura reported for the Times Picayune: Continue reading “Slabbed again visits the topic of drunk driving as we tie a few things together. Craig Codina meet Scott Walker.”