Tunica woman dies in mobile home fire
On Friday, January 30, at approximately 11:51 p.m., the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the North Sub at 1101 Edwards Avenue, at the intersection with Gay Street.
The first officer arrived on the scene at approximately 11:52 p.m. and advised that the structure, a manufactured home, was fully engulfed. Several people were attempting to enter the home, saying that the owner of the residence was trapped inside.
Suspect sought in Feb. 2 shooting
A medevac helicopter transports shooting victim Jeremy Wellington of Tunica.
According to the Tunica Co. Sheriff’s Department, Wellington was shot about 6:30 a.m. on February 2 outside Da Spot nightclub on Old Hwy. 61 west of the Town of Tunica. Suspect James “Hot Rod” Wilkins is currently being sought for questioning.
Town utility rates draw scrutiny
Mayor Chuck Cariker reported that there has been “a lot of discussion” surrounding a proposed water and sewer rate increase for customers outside the corporate limits since the change was proposed at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Cariker said he had personally been threatened with a federal discrimination lawsuit if the rates were raised. He consulted attorney Chad Mask, who is handling a lawsuit against the town brought by Tunica County. Mask suggested that the Town of Tunica increase the rate structure for all town water and sewer customers.
Co. asks judge for recusal
Tunica County filed a motion late last week asking Circuit Judge Charles Webster to recuse himself from hearing a complaint against the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District. Case number 14-0169, filed last October, was assigned to Judge Webster.
According to the motion, “(plaintiff) Tunica County, Mississippi has concerns as to Judge Webster’s ability to preside...and to remain neutral and impartial.”
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