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Frank Leach in surgical intensive care unit after hit and run

There are 37 comments on the WLOX-TV Biloxi story from Nov 23, 2008, titled Frank Leach in surgical intensive care unit after hit and run. In it, WLOX-TV Biloxi reports that:

Former Jackson County Supervisor Frank Leach is in the Ocean Springs Hospital after a hit-and-run incident outside of his home Friday night.

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Bob

Sioux City, IA

#1 Nov 25, 2008
Get well Mr. Leach.

I don't really follow local politics so I can't say anything about your career as a supervisor but I have met members of your family and they are very polite and nice.

I wish you a speedy recovery.
Yancey Drew

Moorhead, MN

#2 Nov 25, 2008
It's a sad day when you're not even safe in your own driveway. Hope thay catch the little devils who did this. How horrible and needless! Praying for a speedy recovery for Frank so that he can get home to his loving family during this special time of year. Frank is a fighter and I know he will work hard to overcome this senseless tragedy. Good luck Frank!
moriarty

Gulfport, MS

#3 Nov 25, 2008
Yancey Drew wrote:
It's a sad day when you're not even safe in your own driveway. Hope thay catch the little devils who did this. How horrible and needless! Praying for a speedy recovery for Frank so that he can get home to his loving family during this special time of year. Frank is a fighter and I know he will work hard to overcome this senseless tragedy. Good luck Frank!
what happened?
Yancey Drew

Moorhead, MN

#4 Nov 25, 2008
He and his wife were out late Friday night looking for their cat and noticed some boys near their home relieving themselves right out in public. Frank approached the car and leaned into the open drivers window to ask what they were up to. The other boys jumped back into the car and the driver sped off - dragging Frank for a while and then he went down and they ran over the left side of his body. Crushed ribs - collasped lung and so on. He is still in ICU. Terrible!
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#5 Nov 25, 2008
Were they on his property. If they weren't then my opinion of the matter will change.

Please tell me they were on his property. I'd hate this situation to be he was out being a 'community watchman' or some crazy shit like that.
Yancey Drew

Moorhead, MN

#6 Nov 26, 2008
He and his wife were out looking for their cat - right in front of his house. If I saw a strange car at 11:30 at night parked in front of my house and then saw boys peeing on the side of the road in front of my house - I would certainly inspect the situation - you wouldn't?
David

Ocean Springs, MS

#7 Nov 27, 2008
Bob wrote:
Were they on his property. If they weren't then my opinion of the matter will change.
Please tell me they were on his property. I'd hate this situation to be he was out being a 'community watchman' or some crazy shit like that.
You need help a lot of it!
Comment

Anniston, AL

#8 Nov 27, 2008
He should have called the cops and let them handle it. Why stick his head in the window of a car? Why noy approach the guys who were relieveing themselves? Only an idiot would poke his head through the window of a strangers car. Wouldn't surpris me to learn he was yelling in the drivers ear or grabbing him. The driver probably freaked and was just trying to get the hell out of there. Leach brought this situation on himself just like he always does.
Janie D

AOL

#9 Nov 27, 2008
Frank Leach has earned the reputation of a hot-head, but nobody deserves what happened to him in this case. As for why he didn't call the police, that's not hard to understand. He doesn't have the best relationship with the OSPD, and I'm sure he knows it! The OSPD needs to work diligently to catch and punish the little punks who acted so irresponsibly (possibly under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs), and Frank Leach needs to enroll in an anger management course. Just my opinion.
outside insider

Sioux City, IA

#10 Nov 28, 2008
I'm sure there will be some more strange twists to this story before it is finished. Frank, I hope you get better soon.
Parent

Boise, ID

#11 Nov 28, 2008
Comment wrote:
He should have called the cops and let them handle it. Why stick his head in the window of a car? Why noy approach the guys who were relieveing themselves? Only an idiot would poke his head through the window of a strangers car. Wouldn't surpris me to learn he was yelling in the drivers ear or grabbing him. The driver probably freaked and was just trying to get the hell out of there. Leach brought this situation on himself just like he always does.
Well said....There were two parties on that street that night going on. My thought is that the Leach grabbed or leaned into a strangers car causing fear to the driver and the car sped away. From Leach's reputation, I would not doubt that he allowed his temper to get the best of him. I honestly do hope he recovers and learns a lesson if my thoughts are right!
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#12 Nov 28, 2008
No -- I wouldn't inspect it - I'd call the police.

I knew a guy who I went to college with who made that mistake. He was walking his dog and instead of minding his business decided to interfere in a domestic dispute between a few young male friends and one of the boy's girlfriend.

Long story short my aquaintence was beaten to within an inch of his life for playing policeman.

That's all I'm saying.

If you have the guts to walk up to a car full of grown men who probably have weapons ---- have fun.
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#13 Nov 28, 2008
After reading the newer messages in this thread I have to come to the conclusion. I do not know Mr. Leach at all. I have read about him periodically in the local papers and I have met some people who I assume were his relatives because they had the same last name. They were nice people.

Like I said - I wish him a recovery.

However -- if somebody stuck their head into my car I could assume only a few things:

1) I was being robbed
2) I was being assaulted by some deranged maniac
3) I was being sexually assaulted and/or somebody in the car with me was being.

All I can say is that from what others have said on here - even with his bad relationship with OS Police - he still should have called.

Had he called chances are the kids/men inside would have been busted for public drunk, dope, or DUI charges. Fill in the blank yourself.

Either way you look at it -- I'm beginning to think Mr. Leach should call the police instead of trying to be Gomer Pile and do a citizen's arrest when he has no legal ground to do so.

In fact -- had the police actually come -- and had he "held them there" he could have been successfully charged with false imprisonment and perhaps even kidnapping charges. Not the least simple assault, damage to property(the car), and perhaps even inpersoninating a police officer?

Hell - isn't that what brought OJ down?
Yancey Drew

Moorhead, MN

#14 Nov 29, 2008
Bob wrote:
No -- I wouldn't inspect it - I'd call the police.
I knew a guy who I went to college with who made that mistake. He was walking his dog and instead of minding his business decided to interfere in a domestic dispute between a few young male friends and one of the boy's girlfriend.
Long story short my aquaintence was beaten to within an inch of his life for playing policeman.
That's all I'm saying. Don't think so! If you have the guts to walk up to a car full of grown men who probably have weapons ---- have fun.
For the record they were not grown men - they were teenagers still in high school. Do you honestly think they would have stuck around for the police to arrive - don't think so.
If you'd have read the paper - it also states there are some adults who are "persons of interest" - that is because some parents right around the corner were having a big teenager party. Frank definitely made a bad decision by sticking his head in the window to ask the boys why they were urinating in public right in front of his house. Who would have dreamed these young boys would do what they did. If they had been raised properly they would have apologized profusely and been very respectful and things would have probably ended up quite differently.Both Frank and these boys, when they are caught, will have both suffered needlessly. It's an all around sad situation for both parties. Can't take it back now - just have to go forward and pray for the best.
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#15 Nov 29, 2008
Yancey:"For the record they were not grown men - they were teenagers still in high school. Do you honestly think they would have stuck around for the police to arrive - don't think so."

The article said young males - could have been 20-somethings or teens over 18. Who knows. My pt. was - either way - I'm not sticking my head into a car where somebody might have guns and knives. If you want to - good luck. I hope you have a good medical and/or life insurance policy.

Yancey:"If you'd have read the paper - it also states there are some adults who are "persons of interest" - that is because some parents right around the corner were having a big teenager party. Frank definitely made a bad decision by sticking his head in the window to ask the boys why they were urinating in public right in front of his house. Who would have dreamed these young boys would do what they did."

Who would have dreamed these young boys would do what they did? I hate to break it to you - but maybe you have more guts and balls than I do. I'm not going up to some punks and try and pick a fight or at least try and act tough. You want to do it - please do. Drunk people are crazy and they do crazy and stupid things.

If he would have gotten the plate number and reported them to the police this situation would not be the case. And if they were pissing on public property(I assume the road or ditch)- then what business did he have interfering?

As far as I know he's not a policeman.

Do the right thing - that's why we pay policemen to protect us.

Again - if you want to risk death or maiming - have fun.

Yancey:"If they had been raised properly they would have apologized profusely and been very respectful and things would have probably ended up quite differently.Both Frank and these boys, when they are caught, will have both suffered needlessly. It's an all around sad situation for both parties. Can't take it back now - just have to go forward and pray for the best."

You're fucking kidding right?

"Raised right?" Have you ever lived outside of this state or in a larger city? Believe me God - public urination really isn't that big of a deal.

When I lived in Dallas 3 of the houses on my street were robbed in daylight. And I lived in a middle-class neighborhood.

Is pissing in public is the only thing hanging up this guy perhaps he should switch careers and stop wasting his time as a politician and perhaps pursue a career in law enforcement? I mean he seems to like being community watchman.

"Respect?" "Raised right?"

You sound like a Baptist or Mormon preacher telling a bunch of punks the correct way to live.

The real world outside is not so pretty. And public urination isn't that big of a deal when taken in the grander picture of things.
Yancey Drew

Moorhead, MN

#16 Nov 29, 2008
Whatever - excuses, excuses - it was a terrible thing and I just hope Frank recovers and the boys are caught and it is a shame if their stupidy ruins their young lives. For the record, I am by no means a Baptist or a Mormon. I am just a responsible parent who raised her children to be respectful of adults. We do not live in New York or a major city - we live in little old OS. Have traveled far and wide and that's why I choose to live here. It is silly to even try to place the blame on anyone - it happened - and hope it all turns out ok. You are right he just should have taken the plate number - but can't recreate history.
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#17 Nov 29, 2008
lol - Excuses? I wish Mr. Leach the best as well. But it doesn't change the fact he did something really stupid.

My point about mentioning the cities was - OS has a very low crime rate and yet some on this board act like it's Harlem.

All I'm saying is - Mr. Leach did something very stupid. Instead of obeying the law - he took the law into his own hands and paid the price for it.
Frank Leach III

United States

#18 Feb 4, 2009
Get well soon. I can`t believe what some of these people would say to a person in their time of need. Disgusting. Keep your head up and get well soon.

Atlanta, GA via Indianola, MS
little red headed citizen

Anniston, AL

#19 Feb 5, 2009
Frank Leach III wrote:
Get well soon. I can`t believe what some of these people would say to a person in their time of need. Disgusting. Keep your head up and get well soon.
Atlanta, GA via Indianola, MS
Get well soon. Mr. Leach has never been anything but nice to me and my family. Scott Walker for MAyor! Greg Denyer Alderman Ward 4! Get well soon Mr. Leach!
Bob

Sioux City, IA

#20 Feb 6, 2009
Frank Leach the 3rd - I can only assume he is your father/grandfather.

You have to understand something - you can't play policeman. If you do - you bring it on yourself.

I mean no offense to your father. I wish him a speedy recovery. But he, like me and everybody else cannot play cop. It's against the law.

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