October 9, 2009 1:55:00 PM
WEST POINT -- The interim superintendent of West Point''s Water and Light Department will appear in municipal court Oct. 27 to stand trial on charges of disturbing the peace.
Shasta Plunkett, who took over the electric half of Water and Light Oct. 1 when Paul Young retired, turned himself in to West Point Police on Monday following a disturbance Friday at a SoCo gas station on Highway 45 Alternate in West Point.
Plunkett was involved in a loud argument with Marvin Jefferson.
According to an affidavit submitted Monday by Jefferson to the WPPD, Plunkett encountered Jefferson at the gas station around 1:15 a.m. Friday and began yelling at him about his girlfriend''s unpaid water bill.
Jefferson''s affidavit states he attempted to pacify Plunkett by offering to speak with him Monday at the Water and Light Department, but Plunkett remained belligerent.
"(Jefferson) told (Plunkett) to leave him alone, but (Plunkett) kept on," said West Point Assistant Police Chief Bobby Lane in explaining the report.
Plunkett declined comment on the incident. Lane said Plunkett entered a plea of "not guilty" Tuesday in West Point Municipal Court. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 27.
If convicted, Plunkett could face a fine of $500 and up to six months in jail.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones says Plunkett''s future with the city, if convicted, will be in the hands of the board of mayor and selectmen.
"This didn''t take place on city time or that individual''s property," noted Jones.
Jones says Plunkett, to his knowledge, has no history of discipline problems.
Ward 5 Selectman Jasper Pittman says the encounter was entirely out of line if it occurred as Jefferson alleges.
"It doesn''t matter if he had a bill or not. It''s not appropriate for (Plunkett) to approach him. That''s not Shasta''s job to collect money," said Pittman. "We''re going to look into these allegations seriously and going to make a decision accordingly. We''ll have to talk to the city attorney and see what''s appropriate disciplinary action."
Matt Swartz commented at 10/10/2009 8:14:00 PM:
What a damn idiot. Who is Plunkett to play god about people not paying their bills? Ya know, some people have stuff come up and it's not any of Plunkett's damn business. Plunkett, I hope you get your stupid ass fired. Stuff like this makes me glad I'm getting out of Mississippi.
Jack commented at 10/11/2009 8:05:00 PM:
All you got was one side of the story, so how can you form an intelligent opinion? "No comment" is an admit to guilt. I'm afraid you'll find problems anywhere you move; if you don't believe that then Mississippi doesn't want you anyway. I could careless how this turns out, I just can't stand small minded people.
Jack commented at 10/11/2009 8:07:00 PM:
"No comment" is NOT an admit to guilt.
Jimmy commented at 10/12/2009 1:16:00 PM:
All yall have heard is one side of the story. I live in West Point and that is not what happened. Shasta never yelled and he never was belligerent. West Point has become a town of corrupt politicians who think they can do whatever they want too. Matt who are you to say that people do not have to pay there bills. If I did not pay my bills I would not have electricity, water, gas, vehicle, house, cable, internet, ext.... The person who cannot pay there bills always tries to put the blame on someone else and not on the fact that they cannot pay them. What happens when you are late on a car payment?? They repoe it!!! What happens when you are late with a gas bill?? They disconnect it!! What happens when you are late with a cable bill?? They turn it off!!! A man does not need to get fired for doing his job. Matt evidently you must not have any bills!! What the hell do you live in?? A cardoard box!!! It should be easy for you to move.
Kitty commented at 10/14/2009 2:06:00 PM:
I suppose Shasta should be given a promotion for approaching this citizen at 1:40 a.m. about an unpaid water bill. He had no business approaching this man in a public place, after business hours. If the bill was outstanding, why didn't he just go to his residence and disconnect it? That is what happens when you don't pay your bills, isn't it!
Jeff commented at 10/14/2009 4:56:00 PM:
West Point has become very crooked and the new board is trying to oust every dept. head who they don't feel suitable. Im not a law man but I thought a misdemeanor has to be witnessed by an officer. Anyway the other half of this story that people are not hearing is that Jefferson went crying to one of our GREAT new selectman that shasta threatened to cut his lights off and the selectman picked him up and escorted Jefferson to the Station to sign papers on Shasta. From what i understand a few of our new selectman have made it habit to turn on lights for friends in their names so that when the bill goes unpaid it doesn't get cut off. I wish i was eligible for this plan but i don't associate with the scum we call elected officials in WP. So yea shasta was wrong place wrong time but our city is that crooked something needs to be done.
Rae commented at 10/29/2009 11:24:00 AM:
Apparently, certain people have lost their minds in West Point and think that they are exempt from paying their utility bills. I, along with other intelligent human beings, understand that if you use electricity then you have to pay for it-it is not a gift that the City just gives out free of charge. Here is a thought: Maybe Mr. Jefferson should just pay his bills like he is supposed to and stop wasting time running all over West Point whining and crying about it to the "Great Selectmen".
Camilla commented at 10/29/2009 10:08:00 PM:
In a normal world, the answer to Kitty's question is "yes" you would have your service disconnected for non payment. There should be a standard across the board policy that EVERYONE should have to pay their bills,selcetmen,mayor,chiefs of departments,bankers,attorney's,doctors and the average citizen.Failing to not pay would result in no service, as Jimmy pointed out concerning other bills we are required to pay. Duh! If Jeff is correct why does a selectmen support someone that has not paid their bill and why do we elect this type of representive?
Kay commented at 10/30/2009 2:38:00 PM:
I think this paper which was so quick to print one side of this story should now be willing to print the results of the trial. Shasta was found not guilty and rightly so. This did not happen as the paper reported that it did.
Shyanne commented at 10/31/2009 3:00:00 PM:
The top comment, your the idiot and you look like one. You should never, ever make comments like you made without researching and knowing the whole story! MS needs more people like Mr. Plunkett who are not afraid to ask these people to pay their bills and will not let it go unpaid. You cannot expect a business to grow, prosper and thrive when some people think they are "exempt" from paying their bills. Mr. Plunkett pays his bills. You should be congratulating Mr. Plunkett for his contribution to his town and state. He is one less person that your sorry self has to support thru your paycheck. Why should someone be fired for taking their job seriously and following thru with their responsibilities. Are you one who does just enough to get paid and that is as far as you go, well Mr. Plunkett is not and he should be commended.
The paper fails to report that Mr. Jefferson said on the stand that he "was trying to get his groove on" when Mr. Plunkett was trying to do a job. This is why Mr. Jefferson was upset b/c his fried chicken got cold and his "groove" was interrupted. Do you know that no effort has been made to "come to the office" and settle the claim? Do you know that Mr. Jefferson said Mr. Plunkett knew where he lived, well guess what, how would Mr. Plunkett know that when Mr. Jefferson stated he was married, but had a new girlfriend and old girlfriend, so who knows where he stays?? No, you dont know all of this, you just want to make "off the cuff" comments. Who knows why you would make these comments unless you fall into the "making no contribution to our society" like so many others do. These are the ones who like to run their mouth and make smart comments b/c they do not know any better, they dont know what its like to work 40 hours a week, HAVE to pay your bills, then have your paycheck go to assisted living. They just dont understand job responsibilities and work ethics like the rest of us Mississippians do. Get out of MS fast, go let another state support you b/c I am tired of it!
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