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Mays Competent to Stand Trial

07/15/2014

Cameron Mays is competent to stand trial, Ad Hoc (Retired) Judge James Boddie ruled this afternoon in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

Two psychiatrists examined Mays and found him competent at the time of the alleged crimes, and able to understand court proceedings, according to reports presented in court by the prosecution. The judge agreed, and set a status conference for August 26, 1:30 PM, to review progress in the case.

A competency evaluation is an assessment of the ability of a defendant to understand and rationally participate in a court process. This standard is based on the Supreme Court decision Dusky v. United States in which the Court affirmed a defendant’s right to have a competency evaluation before proceeding to trial. Competence to proceed was defined by the court as the defendant’s ability to consult rationally with an attorney to aid in his own defense and to have a rational and factual understanding of the charges.

Mays is accused of killing retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor Dr. Sue Hashway in a home invasion in June of 2012.

Rosalind Jones Appointed to Ruston City Council

07/14/2014

On a 3-1 vote, Rosalind Jones was appointed as District Two’s representative on the Ruston Board of Aldermen at a special called meeting of the board earlier this morning. She will fill the unexpired term of the late Elmore Mayfied, who died last month. That term will expire at the end of the year, as elections are scheduled for later this year for both Mayor and Council.

Voting for Jones was Jedd Lewis (District 3), Jim Pearce (District 4), and Marie Riggs (District 5). Lewis nominated Jones.

Also nominated for the position by Glenda Howard (District 1) was Mayfield’s daughter, Angela Mayfield Spiller. She received but one vote, that of Howard.

Several people spoke on behalf of Spiller, including her pastor and two of Elmore Mayfield’s brothers. All said she was knowledgeable about her late father’s public service, and that it was customary to appoint a family member whenever an officeholder died before his term was up.

But Jones is no stranger to public service either, having served for many years as the Executive Director of Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish (H. E. L. P.).

Two to Seek District 2 Ruston Alderman Slot

07/12/2014

Two individuals will be nominated at Monday’s meeting of the Ruston City Council to replace the late Elmore Mayfield in the District Two slot, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has learned.

In addition to Mayfield’s eldest daughter, Angela Mayfield Spiller, also to be nominated is Rosalind Jones, a source told LPNO. Jones is the Executive Director of Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish (H. E. L. P.).

The meeting is set for 10:00 AM Monday, 7/14, Ruston City Hall.

Ruston City Council to Appoint District Two Alderman on Monday

07/10/2014

A special meeting of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has been called for Monday, July 14, 10:00 AM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton, first floor courtroom. On the agenda is appointment of a representative for District Two, which primarily encompasses the southeast part of Ruston. Incumbent Elmore Mayfield passed away last month.

See here the agenda.

The appointment would be for the remainder of the term which expires at the end of the year.

Engineering to Begin on More Downtown Projects

07/08/2014

Engineering and design services for two more streets in the Ruston Downtown Revitalization Project was scheduled at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council.

Monroe Street from the railroad north to West Alabama, and Bonner Street from East Park Avenue northward to East Alabama are next up for construction. Actual construction won’t begin on Monroe until late 2017, and on Bonner in 2018, according to City Administrator Ed Pittman.

Said Pittman, “We could submit to do this (Bonner) concurrently with Monroe Street – we’re not sure that’s wise. It would probably be better to do it immediately following the improvement on Monroe Street.”

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth read the resolution recognizing the late Elmore Mayfield’s service as District Two Alderman. It passed by acclamation.

In a related development, sources have told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) that Mayfield’s eldest daughter has expressed interest in serving out the remainder of her father’s unexpired term. The term ends in December of this year, with regular elections for all the council and mayor set for November.

Some Commentary

We have covered meetings of the Ruston Board of Aldermen for five years now, since the summer of 2009. We’ve not missed very many meetings during that time.

We cannot recall a single time that Elmore Mayfield was not fully engaged and knowledgeable about the issues that came before the council. Not afraid to have his say, or be the only contrary vote, Mayfield was a committed public servant.

Mayfield’s constituents were were served ably, and they should be very proud of the representation he gave them for the City of Ruston.

Ruston Board of Aldermen Monday

07/06/2014

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet in their regular monthly session Monday, July 7, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton, first floor courtroom.

Here is the agenda.

First up on the agenda is a resolution recognizing the service of Alderman Elmore Mayfield, who recently passed away. Mayfield had served as District 2′s representative since 1993.

Several resolutions will be considered that will award contracts to Hunt, Guillot & Associates (HGA). The contracts are for engineering and design services related to several area projects.

Among the projects: East Colorado Avenue improvements, Corley Street drainage improvements, Wedgewood Drive drainage improvements, Ruston Downtown revitalization, and Interstate 20 lighting.

In Planning & Zoning, two subdivision plats will be considered for approval.

The Normay-Ray subdivision, off Cooktown Road north of I-20 will be zoned residential, and a plat for the Ruston Commons on Hwy 33 at Road Camp Road will be considered.

Several substandard structures will be reviewed for condemnation.

See here the memo.

Judge: No Conflict With Cameron Mays Counsel

06/17/2014

Saying that Defense Counsel Deanna McCallum’s familial relation to a deputy coroner “doesn’t rise to the level to justify” her recusal as attorney for accused murderer Cameron Mays, Ad Hoc Judge Glynn Roberts ruled earlier today that she should continue as Mays’ court-appointed counsel.

Roberts, a retired judge from the Fifth Judicial (Franklin, Richland, West Carroll Parishes) District Court in Rayville, presided at the hearing in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

Mays had originally retained Shreveport attorney Joseph Clark, who passed away earlier this year. Several hearings on the case had been postponed during Clark’s illness.

McCallum said she was the sister-in-law of a deputy coroner who was involved with the murder investigation, and that might present a conflict of interest issue.

However, Assistant District Attorney John Belton noted that the deputy coroner was only peripherally involved in the case, and wouldn’t be called as a prosecution witness.

Mays is accused of killing retired Grambling State University (GSU) professor Dr. Sue Hashway in a home invasion in June of 2012.

A sanity hearing for Mays is set for July 15, 1:30 PM, in district court.

Gallot Withdraws from Judge’s Race

06/13/2014

Gallot Not Running for Third Judicial District Judge

KTVE-TV10 – State Senator Rick Gallot announced today that he will not be a candidate for the Third Judicial District judgeship.

“Since the end of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, I have had the opportunity to enjoy some much needed quiet time and quality time with my wife and sons. After considerable prayer and contemplation, I have decided not to seek the office of Judge for the Third Judicial District Court,” Gallot stated.

Gallot said that in each of the six elections he has previously run, there has been a certain peace in his spirit that he should run. He says this is not the case in this judicial election. This is a time when he feels the need to spend more time with his family, his clients and the constituents of the senatorial district that he represents.

“I am very grateful to everyone who offered to support me in this election. There are very good lawyers who practice in the Third Judicial District and I am confident that we will elect one who will serve us well. I am looking forward to spending time with my family this summer and continuing to work hard for the citizens of Senate District 29,” Gallot added.

See here the announcement on Gallot’s Facebook page.

Lewis Jones Announces for District Judge

06/07/2014

Lewis Jones has officially announced his candidacy for district judge for all of Lincoln and Union Parishes.

“I believe my unique combination of areas of practice and extensive courtroom experience will be one of the things that distinguishes me from the other candidates and makes me the best choice for this job,” Jones said.

Lewis worked evenings and weekends at Dixie Dandy and Piggly Wiggly while in high school, was salutatorian of his graduating class at Ruston High School and was awarded a full scholarship to LA Tech University. While at Tech, he worked full-time at the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Marshal’s Office. He graduated from Tech with honors and was awarded a scholarship to LSU Law School. Upon graduating from LSU, Lewis returned to Ruston, where he has practiced law for over 24 years.

“Although I primarily handle criminal and family law cases, I have also handled automobile accidents, wills, successions, property disputes, and real estate transactions,” Jones said. The vast majority of the court’s docket is comprised of criminal and family law cases, the areas in which Jones has concentrated his practice. Jones also believes his courtroom experience is an important factor for voters to consider. While some people think that all lawyers work in the courtroom, that is simply not the case. “I have handled more cases in the courtroom than the other announced candidates for this job combined,” he said.

“I believe we need a judge with integrity who will decide cases fairly and impartially,” Jones said. “Throughout my career, I have represented people from all walks of life and have not made any distinction based on their race or socio-economic background. As a judge, I would continue to treat people the same way that I have throughout my career and would make my decisions based solely on the law and out of fairness and impartiality.”

“I believe that people appearing in court deserve a judge who has extensive experience with the types of cases appearing in front of him and also a judge with the most courtroom experience possible. My background, work ethic, law enforcement experience, areas of practice, and courtroom experience distinguish me from the other candidates. That is why I believe I am the most qualified for this position, and why I am asking the citizens of Lincoln and Union Parish for their vote,” Jones said.

Lewis and his wife Gina are the parents of 2 daughters, ages 9 and 11, who attend Cypress Springs Elementary School in Ruston. He has been elected president of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association twice and instituted continuing legal education courses for local attorneys during his tenure as president. He was appointed by the mayor of Ruston to the Ruston Community Housing Development Organization and served as the organization’s secretary, was appointed to the Diversity Committee for the Lincoln Parish School Board, was one of the original members of the Third Judicial District’s Drug Court team, is a Special Olympics Partner, and has been an Adopt-A-School Partner in Lincoln Parish for the past 7 years. He and Gina were named the Outstanding Chamber Adopt-A-School Partner in the non-business category in 2011. Lewis is a member of First Baptist Church in Ruston.

Elmore Announces Bid for Mayor of Ruston

06/04/2014
Bill Elmore, at his 6/3/14 announcement gathering, Old Ruston Fire Station

Bill Elmore, at his 6/3/14 announcement gathering, Old Ruston Fire Station

RUSTON, LOUISIANA (June 4, 2014) – At a Meet and Greet Campaign Kickoff at the historic fire station in downtown Ruston last night Bill Elmore announced his candidacy for the 2014 mayoral race for the city of Ruston. Elmore who has an impressive resume of working for a Fortune 500 Texas based utility firm as VP of marketing and business development. He cites his experience as one the strongpoints he has as a candidate for the race. Having worked with the same corporation for his entire professional career, he rose through the ranks and opened up new foreign markets for wholesale power, and created job opportunities in a 4 state area. This allowed Elmore to take an early retirement and focus on creating new business ventures in Ruston as an entrepreneur.

Bill Elmore and his wife of 44 years, Norma, are both Louisiana Tech graduates. It was their love of Ruston that prompted them to plant their final roots and retire here. “ I am running for mayor because of what is right in Ruston – not running about what is wrong” Elmore said when giving reasons for his candidacy. Elmore is no stranger to the business environment of Ruston. Elmore has started and run numerous businesses including communication companies, hotels, home health care, and psychiatric hospitals to list a few. According to those in attendance, Bill Elmore is accustomed to rolling up his sleeves when it comes to civic involvement as well. He has served as President, Vice President and board member for Rotary Club of Ruston, Served as President and Board Member of the Ruston/Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, was instrumental in the organization of 4-Paws, and helped establish the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department volunteer S.C.O.P. organization where he is a Deputy Commander. “I know how to manage and work with people. I have the experience that this city needs to grow and prosper and create opportunities for our young people so they can have a career and raise a family here. I know how to get things done” Elmore said as he introduced his platform. Some key issues that Elmore will address between now and election day are:

Making Ruston more business friendly—more people friendly;
Eliminating the unnecessary red tape that inhibits growth and business development;
Recruiting industry to come to Ruston and work tirelessly to create new jobs;
Working with Louisiana Tech and the public and private schools of Ruston to better prepare our students for desirable work opportunities at home and in the global marketplace;
And to be a mayor for all of the people.

Elmore closed with “I won’t sell you on promises that I cannot keep” and reassured the crowd that if he could count on their vote that they really would “Get more with Elmore”.

Bill Elmore is a veteran of 28 years, retiring as Lt. Colonel in the Louisiana National Guard. He is married to Norma Cox and they are members of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. They are the parents of three grown children, Brian, Lori and Jennifer.


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