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Thursday, January 8, 2009

[MS] Judge doesn't want severe beating of Emily to cost Firefighter McCaffery his job

...[JACKSON POLICE CHIEF MALCOLM] MCMILLIN DESCRIBED EMILY MCCAFFERY'S INJURIES AS SERIOUS AND HE SAID THE ALLEGED ATTACK OCCURRED IN THE PRESENCE OF SMALL CHILDREN... THE CHARGE AGAINST HIM WAS BUMPED UP TO FELONY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BECAUSE OF THE SEVERITY OF HIS WIFE’S INJURIES... [SPECIAL HINDS COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE BILL] GOWAN SAID HE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE MCCAFFERY LOSE HIS JOB FOR THE SAKE OF THE COUPLE'S TWO SMALL CHILDREN... JACKSON FIRE CHIEF VERNON HUGHES HAS NOT MADE A DECISION WHETHER TO SUSPEND MCCAFFERY...

JACKSON FIREFIGHTER CHARGED IN WIFE'S BEATING REMAINS IN JAIL
$25K bond set for firefighter accused of beating wife
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS
By Jimmie E. Gates jgates@clarionledger.com
January 7, 2009
Bond was set today at $25,000 for a Jackson firefighter accused of severely beating his wife on New Year’s Eve. James McCaffery, 30, had his initial court appearance before special Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan... Gowan said if McCaffery makes bond, he will have to abide by the following restrictions:
-- He can have no contact with his wife.
-- He has to live with his parents until the criminal charge is resolved in some way.
McCaffery was arrested Dec. 31 by Hinds County deputies for domestic violence, but the charge against him was bumped up to felony aggravated assault on Monday because of the severity of his wife’s injuries... Jackson Fire Chief Vernon Hughes has said he has not yet made a decision whether to suspend McCaffery. Gowan said he didn’t want to see McCaffery lose his job for the sake of the couple’s two small children, ages 2 and 5. [Full article here]

FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED IN ASSAULT
James McCaffrey faces charges of attacking his wife on New Year's Eve
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS - Jan 6, 2009
Kathleen Baydala kbaydala@clarionledger.com
January 7, 2009
A Jackson firefighter who was charged with severely beating his wife on New Year's Eve remained in custody Tuesday. James McCaffrey, 30, faces a felony aggravated assault charge stemming from the alleged attack that occurred at the couple's Byram home... "He (James McCaffrey) was arrested for domestic abuse, but we are upgrading the charges because of the injuries sustained by the victim," McMillin said. "What makes this so horrible is that it was done in the presence of small children"... Fire Chief Vernon Hughes said he and his staff will review the circumstances of McCaffrey's arrest and determine what course of action to take... A.J. Bryant, head of the firefighters' union, described McCaffrey as a "darn good fireman"... [Full article here]

JACKSON FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Fort Mills Times, SC - Jan 7, 2009
January 07, 2009)
...Jackson Police Chief Malcolm McMillin says James McCaffery was initially arrested for domestic abuse and the charges were upgraded because Emily McCaffery sustained injuries and was hospitalized after the attack... McMillin described Emily McCaffery's injuries as serious and he said the alleged attack occurred in the presence of small children. James McCaffery was taken into custody after his wife signed an affidavit Monday. [Full article here]

BOND SET FOR FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Sun Herald
hursday, Jan. 08, 2009
JACKSON, Miss. -- Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 30-year-old Jackson firefighter charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly beating his wife... Jackson Fire Chief Vernon Hughes has not made a decision whether to suspend McCaffery. [Full article here]

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