It’s that time of the week again, folks, and Lagniappe is hot off the press! In the latest issue, we explore the high rates of violent crime among local teens and take an in-depth look at Mobile County Juvenile Court Judge Edmond Naman’s recently launched program, known as Gun Court, for young offenders charged with gun crimes. Our cover-story author Casandra Butler Andrews speaks with Naman who began conducting informal research as early as 2008 to figure out exactly who among juveniles were committing these crimes and determine how he and the courts could put a stop to violence among at-risk groups. In our ever-informative Bay Briefs, we discuss the Mobile Housing Board’s proposed Housing Transformation Plan 2020, which could cost as much as $439.5 million. We also have all the details on why a Hardee’s restaurant is causing such a ruckus in Daphne and why a judge’s ruling will lead to the shortest red snapper season in history. Cuisine dishes out a rave review on Pho 88, a restaurant that actually makes you want to eat your broccoli. In the art world, Artiface tells us why BIG things are happening at Space 301 and our music feature details the sweet new sounds happening at the University of Mobile. As always, whether rain or shine, Boozie has all of her oh-so-tasty gossip as “voluntarily induced impairment” obviously runs aplenty in Mobile. Apparently, a band was unable to fulfill its obligation at an area volunteer fire department party due to said impairment. Phew! This weekly thing sure keeps us busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Until next week!
Former Mobile County Commissioner Freeman Jockisch was in federal court today facing a single charge of attempting to lure a child for unlawful sex. Jockisch was arrested in November of 2013 after traveling to meet a girl he believed to be 15 years old. The girl was actually portrayed on the phone by FBI agent Laura Field, who was working with members of the Saraland Police Department.
The residents of a Daphne neighborhood have a beef with the proposed location of a Hardee’s restaurant near the intersection of U.S. 90 and State Highway 181 being pushed by the city’s mayor. Residents of the Historic Malbis subdivision are concerned about traffic issues the burger joint may cause near the busy intersection and many are also upset that Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood is brokering the deal to bring the restaurant to the location. “I don’t understand how that’s legal,” said resident Jennifer Miller.
Three Republicans will face off during the June 3 Republican primary for state House District 102, although qualification questions swirl around one of the candidates.
Chris McNeil, a small business owner from Semmes, will seek the GOP nomination against nursery owner Jack Williams, of Georgetown, and Constable Anthony Clarkbanks.
Although a handful of key positions remain vacant, Mayor Sandy Stimpson is spending about $568,000 less than former Mayor Sam Jones on executive-level appointees, according to a salary comparison Stimpson prepared for the City Council last month. The figure represents the elimination or consolidation of a number of positions in the Jones administration, as well as an arrangement with the city attorney where in exchange for his salary, Ricardo Woods and his law firm Burr & Forman, work on a retainer. (more…) Continue Reading →
Infirmary Health Systems and its clinical subsidiary may be dismissed from a potential billion-dollar fraud case filed by a whistleblower in 2011 alleging their participation in a broad scheme to defraud Medicare and other government healthcare programs.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sonja F. Bivens determined that the government, which took over the case on behalf of whistleblower Dr. Christian Heesch, failed to establish the corporate liability of the Infirmary as a defendant, which Heesch claimed unlawfully billed the government for more than $521 million in false claims between 2005-2011. (more…) Continue Reading →
The officer responsible for killing a midtown resident’s dog and injuring another during a pursuit will be punished but not suspended, according to a statement from the Mobile Police Department. (more…) Continue Reading →
Nine students were arrested and suspended following a fight Thursday at the Mobile County Training School. Mobile Police Department spokesman Terrance Perkins said a fight broke out at the school at around 2 p.m. when students were being moved outside following a power outage in the Plateau community. Perkins said some of the students were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, but he didn’t have any details on the injuries. (more…) Continue Reading →