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The ollowing arrestswere reported by the Lown-des County Sheri’s Oceand the Columbus PoliceDepartment:
CalvinSebastianBailey, 48,o 383 ReadDrive, wasarrested by CPD Sept. 30and chargedwith the saleo cocaine.He was released the sameday on $2,500 bond. Hiscourt date is scheduled or Nov. 21.
Jalisa Brooks, 21, o 901 11th St. S. Apt. 4, wasarrested at her residence by CPD Sept. 30 and charged with elony malicious mis-chie. She was released thesame day on a $2,500 bond.Her court date is scheduledor Dec. 19.
Jonathan Charles Mc-Fadden Cameron, 19, o 249Burns Circle, was arrest-ed by MDOC Sept. 30 andcharged with violation o probation.
Julia Gonzales, 28, o 930 Old Mayhew Road, wasarrested by CPD Set. 30 andcharged with ve counts o ailure to appear and viola-tion o probation. Her court date is scheduled or Oct.16.
Breman Sean Wool-bright, 42, o 122 GaylaneDrive, was arrested at theGilmore Inn by CPD Sept.29 and charged with elony shopliting, third oense o $250 or more. His court dateis scheduled or Nov. 21.
Chromcraft Revingtonagrees to sell for $3.45M
The AssociATed Press
SENATOBIA — Fur-niture maker Chromcrat Revington Inc. is being soldor $3.45 million. The company, which isbased in West Laayette,Ind., and has a actory inSenatobia, has agreed tomerge with Denver-basedapparel maker Sport-Haley Holdings.Sport-Haley would pay $2.7 million when the dealcloses. It would pay anoth-er $750,000 when Chrom-crat’s plant in Delphi, Ind.,is sold or mortgaged, or 180 days ater the merger is complete, whichever isearlier.
Lesbian sues town for denying gay bar permit
By hoLBrooK Mohr
The Associated Press
JACKSON — A wom-an is suing the leaders o a north Mississippi town,accusing them o conspir-ing to prevent her romopening a gay bar by de-nying an application or a business license.Pat “PJ” Newton ledthe ederal lawsuit Tues-day against the mayor and several aldermen o Shannon, a town o about 1,700 in Lee County whereNewton has been trying toopen a cae and bar calledO’Hara’s to cater to thegay community. The 55-year-old New-ton, who is a lesbian, isseeking monetary damag-es and an order to allow her to open the businessas well as attor neys’ eesand court costs. The Southern Poverty Law Center is represent-ing the Memphis, Tenn., woman in the lawsuit ledin U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.It says Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark “led a conspiracy to deny New-ton a business license”and solicited community opposition to the bar. The mayor and alder -men did not immediate-ly respond to a phonemessage let Tuesday at Shannon Town Hall. Thelawsuit names six current or ormer members o theboard o aldermen. The lawsuit says New-ton got a state businesslicense and liquor permit and made expensive up-grades to the bar, but wasdenied a license under thecity’s zoning ordinance.
By eMiLy WAGsTer PeTTUs
The Associated Press
JACKSON — MississippiInsurance Commissioner MikeChaney received conditional ed-eral approval Tuesday to run anonline marketplace where busi-nesses with 50 or ewer employ-ees can buy health insurance,starting in January.Chaney was doing a telephoneinterview with The AssociatedPress when he received the no-tice rom Health and HumanServices Secretary Kathleen Se-belius. He said the notice is goodnews. It allows the MississippiInsurance Department to devel-op the Small Business HealthOptions, or SHOP, exchange un-der the ederal health overhaullaw. With conditional approval,ederal ocials expect the Mis-sissippi department will con-tinue developingthe marketplacecalled One Mis-sissippi in com-pliance with the A ordable Care Act, and “will beready to provideaordable, quality coverage to smallbusiness owners and their em-ployees in 2014,” Sebelius wrotein the letter, a copy o whichChaney sent to AP. The Aordable Care Act isthe health overhaul signed by President Barack Obama in2010. Chaney, a Republican, hassaid repeatedly that he opposesthe law but he believes it’s hisduty to try to ollow its mandates. An exchange is an online mar -ketplace, and there had long beenuncertainty about whether theederal government would allow a state to run a Small BusinessHealth Options exchange i thestate were not running its ownindividual exchange. Mississip-pi’s individual exchange is run by the ederal government becauseRepublican Gov. Phil Bryant ob- jected to a state-run exchange. The notice about Mississippi’sSHOP exchange came the sameday that people were rst able tobuy individual coverage throughonline insurance marketplacescreated under the ederal healthlaw.In an interview with AP on Tuesday, Bryant repeated hisobjections to the law. He said theederal government is grabbingtoo large a role in health care.“I think it’s going to be a di-saster once people begin to un-derstand it’s going to cost themmoney,” Bryant said. The Mississippi Center or Health Policy estimated in 2012that up to 275,000 Mississippi-ans could get insurance throughthe individual exchange, with230,000 qualiying or ederal taxcredits that would reduce what they pay.
By BreTT ZoNGKer
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Dozens o veterans barricaded outside theclosed World War II Memorial be-cause o the government shutdownwere escorted past the barriersTuesday by members o Congressso they could see the monument.More than 125 veterans romMississippi and Iowa arrived or a previously scheduled visit to thememorial Tuesday morning to ndit barricaded by the National ParkService. Several members o Con-gress escorted them inside ater cutting police tape and moving bar-riers that blocked the memorial. John Kleinschmidt, 87, o Ames,Iowa, said the barriers were opened just enough or his group to walkthrough reely by the time he ar-rived. Kleinschmidt trained as a fight engineer during World War IIbut was never deployed abroad.“It’s unortunate that this is what happens when they know that thereare busloads o veterans comingdown here, and they don’t have thegood sense to say keep the damnthing open,” he said. “These are theguys that created it.” The Honor Flight Networkbrings groups o World War II veter-ans rom across the country or reeto visit the memorial built in their honor on an almost daily basis. Wayne Lennep, a volunteer withthe Mississippi Coast Guard Honor Flight group, said the trip had beenplanned or months or a group o 91 veterans as well as amily membersand escorts. Their chartered planelet Gulport on Tuesday morning. The veterans were met at thememorial by Sen. Roger Wicker and Reps. Steven Palazzo, AlanNunnelee and Gregg Harper, allMississippi Republicans. Other law -makers joined as well. Lennep said Wicker and Palazzo have met the veterans on previous trips.
Veterans pass barriers at closed WWII Memorial
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
World War II Veteran George Bloss, o Gulport, looks out over the National World War II Memorial in Washington,Tuesday. Veterans who had traveled rom across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memo-rial ater it had been ofcially closed because o the partial government shutdown. Ater their visit, National WorldWar II Memorial was closed again.
More than 125 veterans rom Mississippi and Iowaarrived or a visit to fnd memorial barricadedOfcials expect the department will developthe marketplace called One Mississippi incompliance with the Aordable Care Act