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The shakeup at Teamsters Local 492 in New Mexico continues with the resignations of two of the local’s top officers: Trey White and Melissa Malcom-Chavez. White had been the local’s principal officer and secretary-treasurer, and Malcom-Chavez had been the local’s business agent for the movie industry.

Their resignations come in the wake of last week’s announcement, first reported by Deadline, that following an investigation and audit of Local 492’s financial records, the executive board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters had transferred Local 492’s jurisdiction over film and TV production in the state to Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399.

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Sources tell Deadline that prior to the takeover, Local 492’s movie division had been run like a “dictatorship” in a state that has become a major production hub thanks to its generous tax incentives program. Local 399 has long preserved its jurisdiction over film and television work in the 13 Western States through its “Black Book” agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The resignations of White and Malcom-Chavez were announced Saturday at a Local 492 membership meeting held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which was attended by some 400 of the local’s members. White and Malcom-Chavez have subsequently been removed from the list of officers on Local 492’s website.

Saturday’s membership meeting was presided over by Lindsay Dougherty, who is Local 399’s secretary-treasurer, Director of the Teamsters Motion Picture Division and an IBT Western Region vice president. Dougherty reportedly received a standing ovation when she outlined the changes that were being made at Local 492.

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Joshua Staheli, a business agent at Local 399, has been named the business agent in the state of New Mexico, effective immediately. Andrew L. Palmer, formerly Local 492’s president, now is listed on the local’s website as its secretary-treasurer, succeeding White. Malcom-Chavez still is listed as a member of the executive board of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, though that’s also expected to change now that she’s no longer an officer of Local 492.

Prior to Saturday’s meeting, Dougherty, who also serves on the IBT’s executive board, outlined the changes that are being made in a notice sent to Local 492’s members.

“This is what we currently know,” she wrote:

• Effective immediately, Teamsters Local 492 members working in the Motion Picture Industry will become Local 399 members. Again, this is only those 492 members working in the Motion Picture Industry. All other divisions represented by Local 492 will remain the same.
• The current referendum to change the Movie Roster Rules is null and void.
• We will be reviewing all ‘Exhausted List’ individuals that have been working in the industry for many years and work to create a path to membership to be voted on by current and active members.
• The operation of production work in New Mexico will remain the same. This resolution is not to take work away, but instead an opportunity to enhance the work in a more structured and fair process.
• The Local 399 ‘Black Book’ Agreement will in no way be altered or impacted from this change of representation.
• New Mexico Teamsters will be involved in the development and enlisted to vote on a process of referral rules and a fair seniority system.
• The seniority system will be separate and apart from our Los Angeles Industry Experience Roster. New Mexico will have its own roster that is not tied to the Industry Experience Roster that is followed in Los Angeles.
• We are committed to working together to ensure this process is done quickly, efficiently, and with the respect that each and every Teamster member deserves. That includes all 492 staff and representatives.
• We believe this change of representation to be positive. Teamsters Local 399 is a craft Local which only represents Teamsters working in the Motion Picture Industry. We are well equipped to support any and all members in this Industry.
• We are committed to represent each and every Local 399 member equally with the utmost dignity and respect.
• We are grateful for the opportunity to represent and serve you.

Dougherty went on to note that this is “what we are working on immediately this week”:

• Effective immediately, Joshua Staheli will be the assigned Business Agent in the state of New Mexico
• A simple and efficient process to transfer to Local 399. For this week as we are working to set-up the process of transfer, any outstanding payments can still be made to 492. We will share an update later this week regarding dues or fee payments.
• The expansion of our Local 399 Call Board to support the dispatch of New Mexico Teamsters based on the developed seniority system.
• The expansion of our Local 399 Call Board to support the dispatch of New Mexico Teamsters based on the developed seniority system.
• Developing a path to membership for those that have been working in this Industry for years as part of the ‘Exhausted List’.
• Revised and simplified referral rules vetted by legal counsel to avoid any future issues. These rules are to be voted on by the members.
• Building solidarity, trust, and getting to know New Mexico Teamsters by visiting productions, listening to feedback and answering questions.
• Hosting an in-person meeting in New Mexico open to ALL Motion Picture Industry 492 Members and ‘Exhausted List’ individuals.
• Keeping you all as informed and educated on the process as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions and come to the meeting prepared with topics you wish to discuss.

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“At this time there are more questions than answers,” Dougherty wrote. “We plan to use this week to fully understand everything we can about how Local 492 members in this Industry have been supported thus far.”


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A 33-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge in the shooting of rapper Takeoff, who police on Friday said was an “innocent bystander” when he was struck by gunfire outside a Houston bowling alley.

Patrick Xavier Clark was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said. Clark’s arrest came one day after another man was charged in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting, which authorities said followed a dispute over a dice game and wounded two other people.

Clark was being held in jail Friday awaiting a bond hearing. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him, but indicate he was arrested as he was preparing to leave the country for Mexico.


This image provided by the Houston Police Dept., shows Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, who has been arrested in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff. (Houston Police Dept. via AP).


Born Kirsnick Khari Ball, Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the Grammy-nominated rap trio from suburban Atlanta that also featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

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The 28-year-old musician was shot outside the downtown bowling alley at around 2:30 a.m., when police said a dispute erupted as more than 30 people were leaving a private party there. Police previously said another man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening gunshot injuries and that at least two people opened fired.

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Police Sgt. Michael Burrow said during a Friday news conference that the gunfire followed a disagreement over a “lucrative” game of dice, but that Takeoff was not involved and was “an innocent bystander.” Finner said police do not know whether Clark was invited to the party or if he knew Takeoff.

Every person on the scene left without talking to police, Burrow said. Some of those people have since been located by the authorities, who have also worked to piece together events with ballistics, video and audio recordings, according to Burrow. He said investigators are still trying to track down witnesses.

“We will be looking to find you,” he said. “It will be easier if you come find us.”

On Wednesday, authorities announced the arrest of Cameron Joshua in connection to the shooting. Joshua was charged with illegally having a gun at the time Takeoff was shot, but prosecutors said the 22-year-old is not believed to have fired the weapon. Christopher Downey, Joshua’s attorney, told reporters that he has not seen anything to suggest that his client was involved in Takeoff’s killing.

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Burrow said that investigators believe it was Clark’s gunfire that killed the rapper.


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Prosecutors on Friday asked a court to set Clark’s bond at $1 million, arguing he is a flight risk. After Takeoff’s shooting, Clark applied for an expedited passport by submitting the itinerary for an “imminent” flight to Mexico, according to court records. They say he was arrested the day he received the passport and was in possession of a “large amount” of cash.

Fans and other performers, including Drake and Justin Bieber, celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy in a memorial service last month in Atlanta.

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Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted on Instagram that attributed it to “senseless violence.”

Migos first broke through with the massive hit “Versace” in 2013. They had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, though Takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trilogy of albums called “Culture,” “Culture II” and “Culture III,” with the first two hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Takeoff and Quavo released a joint album “Only Built for Infinity Links” just weeks before his death.

Bleiberg reported from Dallas.

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Wising up! Jana Kramer took to social media to celebrate her birthday — and share what she’s learned after 39 trips around the sun. 

“For the first time probably ever I’ve started to love who I am. What I am, and who I continue to become,” Kramer, 39, wrote via Instagram on Friday, December 2. “38 was a year of an immense amount of growth and healing through some very hard things.” 

The One Tree Hill alum revealed that as she turns another year older, it feels “really good” to be “proud” of herself after searching for “validation” from others for so long. “I have found it from within and that’s the greatest birthday gift I could receive,” she explained. 

Sharing that she “had therapy the other day,” the Michigan native said that she “started to cry” after opening up to her therapist. 

“She asked me what the tears were. I couldn’t answer because I started to cry more and she said, ‘It’s because you’re proud of yourself isn’t it.’ And I shook my head yes and cried even harder but not out of sadness. HAPPY TEARS… cause I never thought I would be here,” she gushed. 

The “Whine Down” podcast host concluded her tribute to self-love by thanking her fans for “all the lessons” and “making me dig in,” noting how “excited” she was to “continue to grow, learn, heal and connect with others” on this “journey with all of you.” 

Kramer has undoubtedly had a few difficult years. The country crooner split from Ian Schinelli in April after six months of dating. In July 2021, she finalized her divorce from ex-husband Mike Caussin, with whom she shares daughter Jolie, 6, and son Jace, 4. 

The pair were known for being transparent about their relationship ups and downs, including when the former NFL player, 35, revealed he was in treatment for sex addiction. 

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“I acknowledge that certain actions and behaviors have caused issues in my marriage and I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused Jana,” he said in a statement in September 2016. “I have and will continue to take the steps needed to change who I am as a person in order to be a better husband and father.”

After reconciling and renewing their vows in 2017, the pair got candid about his “relapses” through their podcast and in their 2020 book, The Good Fight, before calling it quits for good. At the time of their split, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that the “Whiskey” singer would continue to be open with her fans through her divorce. 

“Time will heal her wounds, and when she’s ready, she’s going to open up more about the marriage ending,” the insider shared. “She doesn’t hide her emotions … She’s really leaned on the support of her fans. She’ll get DMs and comments from people saying they’ve gone through similar situations and that really helps her.”

During a Red Table Talk appearance in October, Kramer told host Jada Pinkett Smith that Caussin had cheated on her with “more” than 13 women. “I know we’re both in better situations. But I think about this year … my kids won’t wake up at my house on Christmas day. That one’s gonna hurt,” she said while holding back tears. 

Despite their struggles, the former couple reunited earlier this week to celebrate Jace’s 4th birthday. 

“Happy almost 4th birthday my little spidey,” the actress captioned a sweet snap via her Instagram Stories of the exes crouched down with their toddler, who was dressed as Spider-Man. 


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