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"If he gets half the pain he It took a Stone County jury caused me, then he's getting comprised of eight women and what he's got coming." four men little more than one The victim had told police that hour to reject that defense and Expose had showed up at her find Expose guilty of forcible sex- home at about 3 a.m. on March ual intercourse. 28, 2009 and asked to hang out. Judge John C. Gargiulo then When she told him he'd have to sentenced the 29-year-old leave, he convinced her to give Expose to spend the next 35 him a ride and then raped her on City Bridge Road. Expose was arrested the same day and the victim picked him out of a photo lineup. Choosing to take the stand in his own defense, Expose claimed he and the victim had been enjoying consensual sex for some time under a bridge on Hwy. 26 and that, on the night in ques- tion, she had offered him money and asked that he buy drugs for her. He claimed the sex on that night took place in the back seat of the victim's Jeep. Please see, EXPOSL page 15 By Jody O'Hara The City of Wiggins Board of Aldermen agreed at its July 20 meeting to consider an ordinance controlling burning within city limits. Wiggins Fire Dep~-artment Chief Jody Hat-ten had asked for the ordinance - or at is not an ordinance to least guide- lines - citi- zens could follow when they desire to burn materials in their yard. "For safety's sake, it's just a guide to safe burning," Hatten said. He said the issue has risen in the past when residents set fire to burn piles, then walked away from those piles while they were still burning. "One of the most common things we run across is people will start burning leaves, trash, rubbish or whatever and then leave," he said. "That's when we're called out, when there's nobody there to stop it." Hatten said people are not always aware of what, exactly, they can burn. "A lot of people are not aware you can't burn plastics, vinyl sid- ing, PVCs, tires and things like that," he said. "The EPA has reg- ulations about that sort of mate- rial, but the average per- son is not going to be -dody Hattem aware of chit./" that." His pro- posed guidelines would allow burning of organic materials; wood products, leaves, grass and tree limbs as long as the burn was within a controlled area away from any structure and within reach of an extinguishing source such as a garden hose. Burning would be allowed in wooded or forested areas only after consultation with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Wiggins Fire Department. - F~mse sac, [~1~ page 15 By Jody O'Hara After a year of going back and forth over whom, what and when, the City of Wiggins has a proposed drug-testing policy for city workers in place. Set to take effect 3o days after its implementation, the policy will cover: all employees of the police and fire departments and any other city employees who may drive city vehicles, drive their privately-owned vehicle in the course of their employment and employees who operate, han- dle or use motorized construction equipment and/or materials which may cause injury to the user or bystanders. The Board of Aldermen voted 4- 0 at its July 20 meeting to adopt the policy. Ward z Alderman Darrell Berry was absent. Ward 3 Alderman Derrick Gates had made a drug-testing policy part of his agenda since taking office in July 2009. He had at times been frustrated by the city's seeming inability to put one in place. - Please see, I=OL~ page 15 By Jody O'Hara The City of Wiggins Board of Aldermen voted to join a growing list of communities - from cities to states - outlawing marijuana- like drugs which have become increasingly popular. Spice, Ocean Breeze, K-2, Genie and a host of other names are used in packaging the drug and it is available in several businesses, including convenience and tobac- co stores. The main ingredient used to give the drug its marijuana-like high is JWH-ol8, a synthetic analogue of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The chemical was synthesized by John W. Huffman, an organic chemist at Clemson University, in the 199os. Depending on what research is consulted, the chemical, which binds to the CB-1 and CB-a cannabinoid receptors in the JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE The city of Wiggins recently outlawed marijuana-like drugs. human brain, is anywhere fromand labeled, "Not for human con- two- to five-times more powerful sumption," where JWH-ol8 has than THC. been regulated as a controlled Other chemicals are also used substance. in manufacturing the substance, which is usually sold as incense - Please see, page 15 By Jody O'Hara The resurfacing of Old Hwy. 29 south of Inda Road moved a step closer to reality with the announcement from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's office that a $357,ooo grant for the project had been awarded to Stone County. "Stone County leaders have promoted this+resurfacing project to improve the transportation infrastructure and improve the county's economic development outlook. This federal funding will be matched with county and state money to support and expand businesses moving into this area off Old Hwy. 49," JODY O'HARA / ENTERPRISE Cochran said. "I am pleased this award has been made and I hope it will lead to greater job creation in the region." The county had previously secured a Mississippi Development Authority grant for $324,500 and a $32,500 com- mitment from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership for the project. The federal money comes under the auspices of the Economic Development Administration, which said in a press release it would, "Improve access and allow utilization of the region's timber resources for production of alternative-energy products." Piney Woods Pellets is already in operation on Old Hwy. 49 and a wood-chipping facility is cur- rently under construction. - Please see, ROAD, page 15 Hometown newspaper of Ottis Lee of Lumberton, Mississi )pi Wiggins, MS 601-928-5233 I-Time & ] mperature Index Contact Us Word of the Week i Area Briefs ............... 5 Telephone ................ 601.928.4802 sen-tenced ~ ~. 'i-- Classifieds .............. 10 Tollfree .................... 866.231.67211. to impose a sentence on Community .............. 6 Fax ....................... 6oz.928.2191 General email .......................... 2. to cause to suffer something Devotion ................ 8 ...... Legal Notices ............ n Newsroom email ....................... SOURCE: Merriam Webster's ......... Obituaries ............... 3 i.. , Collegiate Dictionary loth Edition ,0 Opinion ................. 4 Classified email ......................... i Veteran ................. 2 i 4