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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Ridgeland Fire Department Hires New Inspector

Sidney Malone was hired Jan. 2016 as an inspector with the Ridgeland Fire Department. His primary responsibility is to inspect local businesses for compliance with fire codes. Malone is pleased to return to the Ridgeland Fire Department where he started his career in 1987. Malone has also worked at the Mississippi Fire Academy.

Sidney Malone was hired Jan. 2016 as an inspector with the Ridgeland Fire Department. His primary responsibility is to inspect local businesses for compliance with fire codes. Malone is pleased to return to the Ridgeland Fire Department where he started his career in 1987. Malone has also worked at the Mississippi Fire Academy.

Ridgeland Police Department Now Providing Permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Ridgeland Police Department located at 115 West School Street.

DREAM, Inc. through the Madison Rankin Prevention Partnership has partnered with the Ridgeland Police Department to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Ridgeland citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is open 24 hours a day and is located in the lobby of the Ridgeland Police Department. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. The Ridgeland Police Department only ask that drugs which are disposed of using the collection unit are placed in a clear zip lock bag so as to eliminate loose pills/capsules from being placed into the unit. The collected drugs will be stored at the Ridgeland Police Department awaiting procedural disposal through the MS Bureau of Narcotics. If citizens have questions about the collection protocol, they are asked to contact the Ridgeland Police Department Evidence/Property Division at 601-856-5210.

The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, WI. MedReturn, LLC is committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. For more information on the unit, please visit www.medreturn.com.

If there are any questions, please contact Chief John R. Neal at the Ridgeland Police Department at 601-853-2014 or via email at john.neal@ridgelandms.org.

 

Amnesty Program Begins February 22 in Ridgeland

The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and Ridgeland City Prosecutor will conduct an Amnesty Program for people with outstanding warrants for unpaid fines due to traffic violations or misdemeanor criminal offenses. The Amnesty period will begin Feb. 22, 2016 and end March 4, 2016.

This program is for defendants/violators who have an outstanding fine with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and who have had an arrest warrant issued against them. The Amnesty Program provides individuals the opportunity to pay their full outstanding fines and have the contempt of court fees waived. The City of Ridgeland is aware that paying off fines may be difficult during challenging economic times. Alternatives to an immediate full fine payment may be available to people who participate in the Amnesty Program. Under state law, a person convicted of contempt of court faces up to 6 months in jail and/or an additional fine up to $1000. Individuals taking part in the Amnesty Program will benefit by removing this additional fine.

Persons who have an outstanding warrant with the Ridgeland Municipal Court or who wish to determine if there is an arrest warrant for them may contact court services at 601-853-2001. The Municipal Court Services Building is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it is located at 115 West School Street, Ridgeland MS. Further questions may be directed to Louanna Varnado, Ridgeland Municipal Court Clerk, at louanna.varnado@ridgelandms.org.

Officer of the Month for December, 2015

Officer Ryan Jungers was selected as Ridgeland Police Officer of the Month for December, 2015. Police Chief Neal said, "Officer Jungers' actions resulted in the quick apprehension of suspects and exhibited the initiative of a great officer." Jungers, center, is pictured with Chief John Neal (left) and Mayor Gene McGee (right).

Officer Ryan Jungers was selected as Ridgeland Police Officer of the Month for December, 2015. Chief Neal said, “Officer Jungers’ actions resulted in the quick apprehension of suspects and he exhibited the initiative of a great officer.” Jungers, center, is pictured with Chief John Neal (left) and Mayor Gene McGee (right).

Ridgeland Senior Adult Valentine’s Banquet

The Victory Belles will perform at the Senior Adult Valentine's Banquet on Feb. 8 at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

The Victory Belles will perform at the Senior Adult Valentine’s Banquet on Feb. 8 at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks is partnering with Broadmoor Baptist Church to host the annual Senior Adult Valentine’s Banquet on Monday, February 8, at 5 p.m. The banquet will be held at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS.

Entertainment will be the National WWII Museum’s charming vocal trio, the Victory Belles. They will take you on a nostalgic journey through World War II-era musical classics. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with their spirited performances of such hits as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Chattanooga Choo Choo and I’ll Be Seeing You, all sung in rich, three-part harmony.

Tickets will be on sale at Ridgeland City Hall and Ridgeland Recreational Center.  Tickets must be purchased before the event.  Tickets – $5/person.

Officer of the Month

Officer Jimmy Finnegan was selected as Officer of the Month for November, 2015. Chief Neal said, "It is every Ridgeland Police Officer's job to protect the citizens of Ridgeland, and Officer Finnegan takes that responsibility seriously and is to be commended for his actions." Pictured left to right: Chief John Neal, Officer Jimmy Finnegan, Mayor Gene McGee at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting.

Officer Jimmy Finnegan was selected as Officer of the Month for November, 2015. Chief Neal said, “It is every Ridgeland Police Officer’s job to protect the citizens of Ridgeland, and Officer Finnegan takes that responsibility seriously and is to be commended for his actions.” Pictured left to right: Chief John Neal, Officer Jimmy Finnegan, Mayor Gene McGee at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting.

OOM OCt 2015 Jokabi Jenkins

Officer Jokabi Jenkins was selected as Officer of the Month for October, 2015. Chief Neal said, “Officer Jenkins displayed a superior level of “customer service” and set an outstanding example as an officer of the Ridgeland Police Department. I am proud to have Officer Jenkins on our team.” Pictured left to right: Mayor Gene McGee, Officer Jokabi Jenkins, Chief John Neal at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting.

Officer of the Month

Officer Hunter Bridges of the Ridgeland Police Department was selected as Officer of the month for September, 2015. He was recognized at Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. "Officer Bridges performed his duties at a level of excellence that this administration continues to strongly encourage," said Lt. Brian Myers.

Officer Hunter Bridges of the Ridgeland Police Department was selected as Officer of the month for September, 2015. He was recognized at Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. “Officer Bridges performed his duties at a level of excellence that this administration continues to strongly encourage,” said Chief Neal. Pictured left to right: Chief John Neal, Officer Hunter Bridges and Mayor Gene McGee.

New Multi-Use Trail Segment to Officially Open in Ridgeland

A new segment of multi-use trail is opening to the public in Ridgeland. This asphalt trail extends from the Natchez Trace Parkway to Steed Road on the west side of Highland Colony Parkway.  It provides a connection to the existing multi-use trail along the Natchez Trace Parkway which travels from the Reservoir Overlook to mile marker 96. Transportation Enhancement Funds from the Mississippi Department of Transportation were awarded to the Colony Park Public Improvement District for the construction of the trail, decorative lighting, landscaping, and a lake observation deck. The trail provides residents, employees, students and consumers pedestrian or bicycle connectivity to Renaissance at Colony Park, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, office buildings, and neighborhoods along the Highland Colony Parkway corridor.

WHAT: An official opening/ribbon-cutting of the trail

WHERE: At the lake observation deck portion of the trail project, located at West Parkway Place and Highland Colony Parkway. Parking is available at the Renaissance at Colony Park and use of a crosswalk is available to the event site.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m.

WHO: Speakers to include Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Buster Bailey of H.C. Bailey Companies and the Colony Park Public Improvement District Board, and Mayor Gene McGee, City of Ridgeland.

See attached Overall Project Map Highland Colony Parkway Multi-Use Trail for detail of the area.

 

City of Ridgeland Launches New Texting Service

Ridgeland TFStay up-to-date with important news and alerts through the City of Ridgeland’s texting service. To join, text “Ridgeland” to 95577.

Donation of stuffed animals to benefit children in Ridgeland

Stuffed animals were donated to the Ridgeland Police Department today to give to children in need of comfort as a result of domestic disputes or other incidents. Pictured from left to right are Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal, Lt. Brian Myers, Officer Daniel Stevens, Toys for Tots Coordinator Ron Polk, Officer Justin Crawford, Officer James Myers, Mayor Gene McGee, and Officer Heather Evans.

Stuffed animals were donated to the Ridgeland Police Department today to give to children in need of comfort as a result of domestic disputes or other incidents. Pictured from left to right are Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal, Lt. Brian Myers, Officer Daniel Stevens, Toys for Tots Coordinator Ron Polk, Officer Justin Crawford, Officer James Myers, Mayor Gene McGee, and Officer Heather Evans.