Monthly Archives: November 2010


Johnson Fined, Not Suspended

FOX 26 Sports has learned Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson will be fined for his actions Sunday involving Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan, but Johnson will not be suspended. Click here for more at …

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FDA: Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Other Products Seized at Louisiana Company
Rodent-infested conditions, violations of the seafood HACCP regulation prompt action

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized tuna salad sandwiches and other food products from Bearden Sandwich Company Inc., doing business as Southern Belle Sandwich Company, in Baton Rouge, La.
The seized products, totaling more than $72,000, violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because the products have been prepared, packed, and held under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to the public’s health (the Act uses the term “insanitary” to describe such conditions). In addition, the tuna fish salad sandwiches were processed under conditions that violate Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations.
“When FDA investigators find violations inside a company’s facility, we will do what is necessary to keep insanitary and potentially harmful products out of consumers’ hands,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “Companies that are not complying with our laws will be subject to enforcement actions.”
Recent FDA inspections found evidence of widespread and active rodent and insect infestation, filthy conditions, and poor employee practices, such as allowing food-processing utensils to lie on the floor near live insects.
The company distributes products to convenience and retail stores in southern Louisiana; Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Crestview, Fla.
The FDA has not received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products. The FDA urges consumers who may have purchased the products to dispose of them in a safe manner and wash their hands thoroughly after handling the products. “Safe disposal” means avoiding bare-hand contact with the recalled products, discarding them in a way that will not allow people and pets to retrieve them, and washing items that came in contact with the products, including hands, with warm, soapy water.
Consumers can also report problems, including adverse reactions, to the FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator.


Fan Festival @ Bayou Classic

Tony Clayton (L)
Shane Zander & Wife

Paula Clayton

Rose Roche’

Donald Dobbins
Empty Seats at the Superdome

It was not a good year for the Southern University Jaguars.  Not only did the football club have a losing season the team lost its annual rivalry to Grambling State University Saturday night.  GSU defeated SU 38 to 17 during a nationally televised sparing session on NBC.

The lost by Southern and its new coach Stump Mitchell places the team last in the SWAC standings and one of the worst records (2-9) in recent memory.

And then there was that fan enthusiasm.  Only about 43,000 people attended the event that can draw more than 70,000 on a good year in the New Orleans Superdome.  Photos of the crowd show many top rows at the dome completely empty.

Meanwhile, The Insite was in the thick of things as many Southern supporters celebrated despite the teams loss from the suites in the Superdome.  Some of the people attending were: Tony Clayton, Paula Clayton, Donald Dobbins, Shane Zander, Marty White, Rose Roche, and a host of others!


The Insite has learned there are quiet talks underway to replace the head football coach at Southern University.  Stump Mitchell was signed to a three year contract just one year ago replacing long time SU coach Pete Richardson.

Sources at the school tell the Insite school officials may try to come up with the money to buy Mitchell out of his contract worth $200,000 annually.  Mitchell has two years left on that contract.

One source says it’s going to be difficult because Southern is already facing tough financial problems with no significant funding increases from the state and less than stellar enrollment.

This attempt to shed another head football coach comes just a year after Pete Richardson was bought out of his contract at the historically Black college.  The Insite has been told Richardson also has at least one more year to be paid by Southern under his employment agreement reportedly worth around $200,000.

Sources at Southern say coach Mitchell has not lived up to the expectations of the university.  The former NFL player’s record at S.U. is 2 and 9 this year.  That makes it one of the worst football seasons in history for Southern.

Word began to spread about Mitchell’s potential ouster at the annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans this weekend.  It’s where Grambling State University defeated Southern 38 to 17 in one of the country’s biggest college football rivalries.

The game was televised nationally on NBC.


Neighbors of a Brooklyn woman savagely slashed to death by her deranged, sword-wielding son claim cops refused to enter her apartment early Tuesday despite their pleas.
When cops finally got inside the Prospect Heights home, they found Yannick Brea kneeling with fatal lacerations to her head in a blood-spattered bathroom.
The son, holding the three-foot sword and babbling about religion and repentance, was arrested in a nearby bedroom, police said.
“I could hear her groaning inside … She was still alive, but they wouldn’t go in,” said Clinton Clare, 52, who lived in the apartment below the Brea family.
Clare estimated police waited an hour before bursting into the apartment, where neighbors heard Michael Brea, 31, delivering a terrifying rant at his doomed mother.
“I heard a ‘Help me!’ shriek,” said Vernal Bent, 18, who lived in the apartment above. “Police kept knocking on the door. Knocking and knocking … All of us kept saying, ‘Open the door.’”
Neighbors said the first screams came from the apartment shortly after 1 a.m., with one man saying he made a 911 call and told where he told a police dispatcher there was blood smeared on an apartment window.
The man said police initially came to the scene and then left – prompting a second 911 call.
This time, the neighbor said, he wanted outside for cops and led them to the crime scene.
Gregory Clare, 25, whose father owns the building, said his dad gave the OK for four cops to break down the door.
“They just kept saying protocol this and protocol that,” he said. “Now a woman’s dead who should be alive if only the police would have listened.”
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly questioned neighbor accounts of the delay, saying he believed officers handled the situation properly.
“It’s a barricaded situation and that is handled by the Emergency Services Unit. What happens in a barricade situation is that responding patrol officers, if possible, wait for the Emergency Services forces to arrive,” Kelly said.
Brea – an aspiring actor who once played a bit part on “Ugly Betty” – angrily screamed at his mother to “repent” before delivering the death blows.
He apparently removed the murder weapon from a Masonic lodge after a meeting Monday night and then used it later on his mother, said the suspect’s uncle.
Brea was a low-level Mason who was not cleared to take one of the ceremonial swords – typically stainless steel blades with a short, black grip.
“Something happened that made him do it,” said Martial Brea. “The devil entered him.”

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Shout out to my fellow classmates on their new major purchase.  Demetrius and Renee Ruffin are the proud new owners of a baller house in Atlanta, Ga.  The power couple acquired their new estate in November and it’s clear where they will be spending Thanksgiving this year…in the new crib, where else?  Both Dee and Renee attended school with the Insite from middle to high school.  Dee and I both attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana before I transferred to Southern University and he to the military then college on the east coast.  Renee attended Tiger town aka LSU.  But I just wanted to take a moment to say congratulations guys you deserve it all…and say whatzup to the boys for me – holla!


ST. LOUIS, MO—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the indictments of six controlling officials of National Prearranged Services, Inc., in a 50-count indictment charging wire, bank, mail, and insurance fraud; money laundering; and multiple conspiracy charges involving the sale of pre-paid funeral services.
The indictment states that after taking into account insurance and trust assets expected to be available to pay for future funeral services, and merchandise under prearranged funeral contracts sold by National Prearranged Services, Inc., (NPS), the loss to purchasers, funeral homes, and state insurance guarantee associations will range from $450,000,000 to $600,000,000.
According to the indictment, individuals who purchased a prearranged funeral contract from NPS, signed contracts which set forth the terms of that contract. The total price for the funeral services and merchandise was agreed upon, and would remain constant regardless of when the funeral services and merchandise would be needed. The purchaser could pay the agreed upon price either in full, or by periodic installments. NPS agreed to arrange for the funeral with the funeral home designated in the agreement upon the death of the person for whom the contract was purchased. In order to secure the performance of the prearranged funeral contract, a third party received the deposited funds. In Missouri, the purchaser and NPS agreed that the payments made under the contract after the initial 20 percent were to be deposited into a trust with a financial institution, such as a bank, as trustee. The seller of a contract was permitted to retain for its own use, the initial 20 percent deposited by the purchaser. In other states, such as Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee, the purchaser and NPS agreed that the purchaser would apply for a life insurance policy which would fund the prearranged funeral contract when the funeral services were needed. Beginning in 1983, NPS entered into agreements with several financial institution to act as trustees of the various trusts which were established to hold the funds paid by the purchasers located in Missouri.
The indictment alleges that instead of making the required deposits into trust or forwarding the insurance premiums as paid, NPS obtained insurance in a manner that allowed it to retain money received from purchasers that should have been deposited into trust or paid as a premium to an insurance company. Since NPS and the insurance companies from whom policies were obtained were controlled by the defendants, NPS was able to pay substantially less than the amounts which should have either been deposited into the trusts or to the insurance companies.
According the indictment, NPS borrowed large amounts of the cash surrender values of the insurance policies. NPS had no right to borrow the cash surrender values of these policies. These loans reduced the death benefits which would be available to pay for funeral services after the deaths of the purchasers. Additionally, the indictment alleges that the defendants concealed this practice from insurance regulators. In some instances, the defendants used money obtained from new purchasers to pay premiums of insurance policies on the lives of previous purchasers and also to reimburse funeral homes for the cost of funeral services for the earlier purchasers.
The indictment states that the defendant removed large amounts of money from prearranged funeral trusts established by NPS. This money was allegedly used to enable Doug Cassity to purchase residential real estate, to finance business projects for affiliated companies, to purchase a New York insurance company, Professional Liability Insurance Company of America (PLICA), and to pay personal expenses of Doug Cassity and his family.
Finally, count 49 charges Doug Cassity with insurance fraud for his participation in the insurance business, after being previously convicted of a felony, which prohibits him from engaging in the insurance business. Count 50 charges Randall Sutton, Brent Cassity, and Howard Wittner with permitting Doug Cassity to engage in the insurance business.
“IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to investigating individuals who allegedly use their businesses as personal piggy banks,” said Toni Weirauch, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, St. Louis Field Office.
“The effects of this are not just felt by consumers who bought the policies, but also by local funeral homes who are often small, family-owned businesses,” said J.R. Ball, AIC for the St. Louis Field Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. He continued, “Any time the mail is trusted to exchange correspondence, Postal Inspectors will aggressively investigate those who use the mail to engage in fraud.”
“It doesn’t matter if a fraud scheme is simple, or as in this case elaborate and complex,” said Dennis L. Baker, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division. “It will be investigated regardless of resources needed, in a cooperative team as shown in this case.”
In addition to the fraud charges, upon a finding of guilt, the defendants will be subject to a forfeiture allegation, which will require them to forfeit to the government all money derived from their illegal activity.
Randall K. Sutton, 65, Chesterfield, MO;

Sharon Nekol Province, 66, Ballwin, MO;

Doug Cassity, 64, Clayton, MO;

Brent Douglas Cassity, 43, Clayton, MO;

Howard A. Wittner, 73, Chesterfield, MO; and

David R. Wulf, 58, St. Louis County.
If convicted, the maximum penalty ranges for each of these charges range from five to 30 years in prison and/or from $250,000 to $1,000,000.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney’s Steven Muchnick, Charles Birmingham, Stephen Casey, and Michael Reap are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Opening the turkey truck!
Borris Miles ready to hand out turkeys!
Charlotte Oldham Jackson
Jeri Brooks (yellow) – Miles’ Communications Director!

Cydonii Miles – Borris’ wife!

Hundreds of people were given free turkeys Saturday in Houston by businessman Borris Miles.  It’s a tradition the people of Sunnyside have  come to expect from the man who will once again be their elected State Representative. Miles says he’s a product of the community and it’s what he’s expected to do.  The Insite had a chance to speak with some people who were in line to get a turkey.  They told me without Miles Thanksgiving would be pretty bleak!