Laurel Leader-Call (Newspaper) - June 4, 2011, Laurel, Mississippi
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Emergency officials worked a one-vehicle crash on Old Bay Springs Road near the intersection of Northview and Audubon Drive near the North Laurel Shopping Center on Friday evening. Emergency vehicles, including two police cars, an ambulance, Jones County Emergency Management and Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene, which was in front of the 3200 block of Old Bay Springs Road in north Laurel. According to witnesses the car hit a light pole on the side of the street and flipped upside down. Officials with the Laurel Police Department said the incident involved a white Lumina that sustained damaged in the crash that was reported around 4 p.m. Friday. According to officials, the driver, only identified as a white female, was transported to South Central Regional Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
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know how to play and have a following."
Green said what has kept the Blues Bash successful is that it is a "laid back, fun, family event."
"It's something you can bring your children to," she said. "It's casual. You can come in your shorts and T-
shirt and sit on the front lawn of the museum. It's a beautiful place to be. You can have a great time with your friends and family."
Green noted that George Bassi, director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, helped create Blues Bash 18 years ago.
"The whole event was his idea and it's been a huge success," she said, noting Bassi is a Mississippi Delta native. "All the money we raise goes to the education and outreach deparmient so we can take our edu
cation programs out into the community for free."
Chrissy Leggett, who was attending the event with her husband and two children, said they have enjoyed attending the event for sever^ years.
"It's a fun family outing," she said. "It's very relaxing. It's a good way to kick off the summer."
Her oldest son Carter had a simple answer when asked what he enjoyed about the event.
"The music," he said.
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and help encourage them to get more involved. I also hope to help fund the Personhood Mississippi campaign."
Kiessling said Person-hood movement must first begin at the state level before being accepted nationally.
"The last time a federal amendment was discussed was during the
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Reagan era,"" she said. "There won't be enough support unless you go state-to-state first."
Kiessling said that the country has spent "almost 40 years in the dark" following the passage of Roe vs. Wade.
"There will never be any change until we do something different," she said. "I don't want to have the same spirit of the 10 spies who were afraid of the giants in the land. I want to be like Caleb and Joshua saying God is on our side and we can do the right thing.
"I want to have the same spirit as David and hit Goliath where it counts," Kiessling added. "With Personhood, this is hitting the issue where it coimts."
Kiessling said that according to research, 76 percent of voters would approve the amendment if they know it is pro-life, but only 48 percent would support it just by reading the language of the bill.
"We need money to be able to get the pro-life message out there," she said.
Kiessling also shared news that she was recently legally adopted by her birth mother and her husband.
"I was forsaken by my father," she said. "I need
ed to protect my children in case anything happened to us that there would be no way he would raise them. So, in October, I approached my birth mother and she and her husband legally adopted me. I am a blessing to her."
Kiessling said abortion is not the answer to a pregnancy as a result of rape.
"Women are four times more likely to die within a year after the abortion," she said. "You need to protect her from the abortion, not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing to happen from the rape, abortion is."
State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) also spoke at the event and called the Center for Pregnancy Choices a "godsend."
"They are amazing," he said. "They are on the fi'ont lines in the fight for life. They're out there letting people know there are other options aside from just aborting the child."
McDaniel said he favors the Personhood Amendment and anything else that promotes the pro-life message.
"It's important to discuss it so everyone can understand it," he said. "I
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hope one day it leads to a culture that embraces life."
McDaniel said that millions of children have been aborted since the passage of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
"Unborn children are children," he said. "They're human beings and should be protected bylaw."
According to Personhood Mississippi, if Mis-sissippians vote yes on Amendment 26:
• All human beings would be ensured equal rights in the state and protection under law — regardless of their size, location or developmental stage.
• Abortion will be outlawed. Unborn children will no longer be killed "legally." Mothers in crisis will be protected from a harmful medical procedure.
• Human cloning, embryo stem cell research, and other fornis of "medical cannibalism" would be effectively stopped — which would focus the attention of medical researchers on approaches that have been proven to actually work (like adult stem cells) and do not require the Ming of an innocent person.
• A legal challenge will be set up to the unconstitutional court ruling Roe vs. Wade that allegedly "legalized" abortion.
er within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
"Another cause of heat stroke is dehydration," Finch said. "A dehydrated person may not be able to sweat fast enough to cool the body temperature.
"The best thing to do when working or playing outdoors is drink plenty of water and drink it frequently," he added. "Even if you are not thirsty, it is important to stayhydrated."
Currently, Jones County and the Pine Belt are under a Heat Advisory through the weekend.
Finch said people should also avoid drinking alcohol or drinks that have a high sugar content because they can cause you to lose more fluid.
He said area residents should also avoid the hottest part of the day, which is between noon and 4 p.m.
"However, if you have to be out in it, you should dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing," said Finch, adding people should wear wide-brimmed hats when working in the sun.
Finch said hot, heavy meals should also be avoided, instead opting for meals that have a high water content such as fruits, salads or soups.
The Mississippi State Department of Health also recommends using fans or air conditioning if the temperature is 90 degrees or above. All Mississippians should also use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UBA protection, and wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of rays as possible.
"It is important to know the signs and symptoms that can be caused by heat stroke," Finch said. "They include high body temperature, hallucinations, the absence of sweating (with hot read or flushed dry skin), a rapid pulse, nausea, difficulty breatliing and confusion. Other symptoms include agitation, disorientation and seizures."
Added Finch, "If you experience these symptoms, it is important to seek medical help immediately. A heat stroke can be fatal."Scam
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"It's the same old thing: people trying to get money out of other people," Cox said. "We tiy to remind the public to beware of the various scams that are out there."
As a part of the scam, the person who receives the check does not get to keep all the money.
Once the person receiving the bogus check has cashed it, the person is then instructed to send a portion of the money to someone else.
Even though the check may be drawn on a legitimate bank, it's still bogus. Cox said.
Because of the requirements, the victim in this scam contacted the police and inquired about the check.
"This man contact-
"These people are ooking for people to take advantage of....
They are just trying to see how many people they can get to do this. Capt. Tommy Cox
Laurel Police Department
ed us and found out that the check was no good before he started sending other people money," Cox said. "This victim had the forethought to check it out, and that's what we encourage people to do."
The police captain said the police have determined that the check is counterfeit.
"The check was for $3,250 and from a bank out of Salt Lake City, but has on it the Key Bank of Alaska. The name and bank could be right, but the check is counterfeit," Cox said. "The letter with the check says that the victim will receive $100,000 if he takes this check, which is no good to the bank, and then wire by Western Union fe,650 to another location."
Cox said once the person sends the money, the victim will be notified later by their bank that the check was not good.
"Then the person has lost whatever money they have sent or wired to that person," the police sergeant said. "These people are looking for people to take advantage of.... They are just trying to see how many people they can get to do this."
Cox said the Laurel Police Department is investigating the scam.
However, police are encouraging residents to use caution.
"If you get a check for a large amount of money and you hiowyou haven't entered any contest or participated in an event, you should know that you didn't win anything," Cox said. "If someone sends you something and ask you to send some of the money back, then you think about it.
"If you're having to send some of the money back, then 99 percent of the time, you should know that it's a scam," he added. "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is a scam.... If you won something, you don't have to send any money."
Cox said people should exercise sound judgment.
"The main thing is to use common sense," he said. "We want people to be aware of what's going on and don't become prey to this.... If you think something is suspicious or not right with it, call us."
Officials are also urging anyone who has questions about similar incidents or know individuals involved in these type activities to contact the Laurel Police Department's investigation division at (601) 425-4711 or Crimestoppers at 601-428-STORMAXIMUM CHOICES MINIMUM PRICES
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