Domestic Incident Ends With Knifing - April 04, 2010
A domestic incident turned ugly in Attala County last Saturday. Sheriff William Lee says his officers made no arrests because those involved refused to press charges. He says officers responded to an altercation on Attala Rd. 5016. When deputies arrived they discovered someone had been nicked in the stomach with a knife. One female was transported to Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital, but Lee says that was not the person with the knife wound.
Sheriff's Dept. Investigates Thefts - April 03, 2010
Attala County investigators have not yet made arrests in two theft cases in the county. Sheriff William Lee says officers responded to the Thomas Gardner residence at 8733 Attala Rd. 4101 in Sallis last weekend. Gardner reported that a gas cooker and tank were taken from the rear of his house. Monday deputies responded an abandoned home owned by James Hawthorne on Connor Rd. He reported several feet of copper wire had been stolen from the walls and ceiling of the house. Lee says both incidents are under investigation.
No New Break-ins, No Arrests - March 26, 2010
Kosciusko business owners continue to be on the look-out for business burglars after several incidents in which cash or items that could easily be converted to cash were stolen in the past two weeks. Kosciusko Police report no arrests in any of the thefts. That includes two break-ins at Family Dollar on Hwy. 12, a one-night barrage of burglaries that included Attala Lawn and Garden, Performance Power Sports, Attala Glass and A-1 Car Wash, a break-in at Craft Cleaners and a burglary at Summer Snow. Sources say the safe from Craft Cleaners was recovered and mostly cash was missing. Police indicated earlier in the week that the investigation is on-going. There have been no burglaries reported since Tuesday. It remains unclear if investigators believe the burglaries and a Friday armed robbery at Dixie Gas are related.
Photo: The lock to Craft Cleaners was busted out when theives gained entry early Monday.
KPD Arrests Two in Business Burglaries - March 26, 2010
Kosciusko Police report two arrests in the rash of business burglaries that has occurred over the past two weeks. Chief R.J. Adams says one of the subjects was trying to burn a vehicle in the Kosciusko Police Dept. parking lot that may have been related to the burglaries. Adams says investigators arrested 20-year-old Paul Greer, Jr., charging him with possession of burglary tools, possession of a stolen firearm and felony marijuana possession. Adams says Greer’s car was seized and searched and items related to the burglaries were found. Officers also arrested a 15-year-old whose name cannot be released due to his age. He says that 15-year-old was first charged with attempted arson for allegedly attempting to burn Greer’s car. Investigators say more arrests are coming. The burglaries include two break-ins at Family Dollar on Hwy. 12, a one-night barrage of burglaries that included Attala Lawn and Garden, Performance Power Sports, Attala Glass and A-1 Car Wash, a break-in at Craft Cleaners and a burglary at Summer Snow. Sources say the safe from Craft Cleaners was recovered and mostly cash was missing. There have been no burglaries reported since Tuesday. It remains unclear if investigators believe the burglaries and a Friday armed robbery at Dixie Gas are related.
Burglaries Continue-Summer Snow Hit - March 24, 2010
The rash of burglaries continues in Kosciusko and police have still made no arrests. Summer Snow on Hwy. 12 is the latest business to be hit. Police say the store was broken into and cash taken Tuesday. The break-in was reported Tuesday morning. Summer Snow was closed when we visited, but Kim Gentry who operates Jenna’s Cakes next door says she is worried. “I just hope they catch whoever it is,” she said Wednesday. Monday Family Dollar and Craft Cleaners were burglarized. Nothing was taken from the dollar store, but sources say a safe and cash were taken from Craft Cleaners. Last week several businesses on Hwy. 12 were victimized, including A-1 Car Wash where cash and a handgun were stolen according to police. Business owners we’ve spoken to say they’ve noticed a beefed up police presence, especially in the night hours. Storekeepers like Gentry, however, would like to see an arrest made soon.
Armed Robbery at Dixie Gas Friday - March 20, 2010
Kosciusko Police investigated at least three break-ins last week, but Friday were investigating an armed robbery at Dixie Gas on Hwy. 12. Police were dispatched shortly before 10 p.m. after two subjects described as black males wielded guns and came away with an undisclosed amount of money. It is unclear if there were any arrests made. Witnesses to the crime say police were using at least one dog to try and track the individuals responsible. It was unclear hoe the two left. A Dixie Gas employee who was present at the time of the robbery told Breezynews the men banged on the door as she was getting ready to close and showed her a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. The station was robbed in a similar fashion July, 2009, when a male employee was present.
Cold Pills Bill Signed Into Law - February 12, 2010
Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law legislation that will require consumers to get a doctor's prescription to buy cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant and key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine. The law goes into effect July 1. Barbour said officials are serious about reducing meth use in the state. Last year, there were 981 meth arrests and nearly 600 meth labs were seized. Mississippi becomes only the second state to have such a law. Legislators have said soon after Oregon passed a similar law in 2006 there was a decrease in meth arrests. Local law enforcement officers have praised the bill. Attala County Sheriff William Lee says he sympathizes with those who legitimately use the drug, but says meth is too much of a problem.
Cold Pills Law Passes in Senate - February 03, 2010
Mississippi is poised to become only the second state in the nation to require a doctor's prescription for cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illicit drug methamphetamine. The Senate on Tuesday sent to the governor a bill that supporters say is designed to curtail the state's escalating meth activity. The House earlier passed the bill. Gov. Haley Barbour said he would sign the bill. The law would go into effect July 1. Oregon passed a similar law in 2006. Only four senators voted against the bill. None were from this area. Dozens of law enforcement officials, including Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher, were in the Senate gallery listening to the debate. Many of them have said they're "sick" of the toll the drug has taken across the state, where 981 arrests were made in 2009 and nearly 600 meth labs were seized. A substantial number of those busts were in Leake, Attala, Neshoba and Winston counties. Cleaning a contaminated meth site could cost the state as much as $7,000.
Arrests Made in Kosciusko Jr. High Incident - February 02, 2010
Three arrests have been made in an incident that took place at Kosciusko Jr. High School in mid-January. Breezynews confirmed those arrested were juveniles and students at the school. Police Chief R.J. Adams declined to release the names because of their age, but did say a 16-year-old will be charged with a sex crime, which he did not specify. Two younger students are charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in the matter, which concerned an alleged assault on a fellow student. Breezynews does not identify victims of sex crimes. Adams says the 16-year-old's charges may be changed by prosecutors following an initial court appearance. Superintendent Tony McGee acknowledged the incident, saying an investigation that involves the school and the Kosciusko Police Dept. is on-going, but declined further comment. Breezynews first reported the incident last week. At that ime McGee would only say a disciplinary matter was handled, but said he was unable to comment further, citing district policy on privacy.
Series of Burglaries Investigated - January 02, 2010
A series of burglaries has kept Attala County investigators busy. Sheriff William Lee says a burglary was reported by Louanne Parker at her residence on Attala Rd. 3022 on Dec. 16. Parker told deputies she was napping when someone entered her home and took her TV. No arrests have been made. The VFW on Hwy. 12 west was reported burglarized on Dec. 19. Lee says a small amount of cash was stolen from a pool table at the club. A home on Attala Rd. 4110 in the Sallis area was burglarized Dec. 23. Lee says Dennis Horton reported the burglary. Horton said a small safe and a .410 shotgun were taken. Lee says each case is being investigated and anyone with information should call his office.
Eric Matthews contributed to this story.
Stolen Car Discovered Burned - January 02, 2010
Attala County deputies say a car that was stolen in early December was recovered, but was a total loss. Investigators had been on the lookout for a 1990 Chevy Corsica that was stolen from the Joe Alvin Lewis residence on Attala Rd. 4002 while he and his family were at church. Lewis told deputies the car was worth about $4,500. Sheriff William Lee says the car was discovered in the Sallis are on a logging road near Attala Rd. 3101 on Dec. 16. Lee says the car was burned. No arrests have been made and the theft and burning of the car remain under investigation.
Eric Matthews contributed to this story.
Christmas Shooting Occurred Near Head Start - December 28, 2009
A Christmas Day shooting happened about a block from the Kosciusko Head Start. Sources say the shots were fired in the street in front of 408 East South St., at the intersection with Allen St. The victim, Joshua Ellis of West, was driven by private vehicle to Montfort Jones Emergency Room before police and ambulance units arrived. Witnesses did not see the shooting, but heard shots at about 1 a.m. Ellis was shot in the right leg according to sources. He was transported to University Medical Center in Jackson, where he remained hospitalized Monday. No arrests have been made in the incident, but police say Bobby Ferguson of Ackerman is being sought in connection with the shooting.
Photo: The site of a Christmas Day shooting. Neighbors heard shots at 1 a.m. on East South St. at the intersection with Allen St.
Sheriff's Dept. Makes Two Arrests - December 18, 2009
Attala County deputies are credited with at least two arrests over the past couple of weeks. Sheriff William Lee says Chief Deputy Tim Nail was dispatched to the Patrick Engelbert residence Dec. 5 in response to a complaint by his wife that he had hit her in the face with his fist and thrown her down. Nail says Engelbert was not there when he arrived, but later turned himself in and was charged with domestic violence, simple assault. On Dec. 10 Deputy Hugh Curry arrested Wesley Ashford, charging him with driving on a suspended license after finding him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in the middle of the road on Attala Rd. 4171. Lee says officer suspected intoxication but the keys were not in the ignition so he could not be charged with DUI.
Police Officer Promoted, Dept. Gets Donation - December 16, 2009
A Kosciusko police officer has been approved for a promotion. Officer Mark Hill is now Corporal Mark Hill. The move was approved by the Kosciusko Board of Alderman at their regular meeting Tuesday. Hill will effectively replace Cpl. Louis Gowan, who left the department due to a chronic medical condition. Gowan was sidelined for several months and was terminated by joint agreement. Hill has been credited with numerous arrests in the past year, ranging from DUIs to drug busts. In other police news, a donation from Fred’s was approved and both the police and fire departments will receive checks in the amount of $291.63. The money must first go to the general fund. According to Mayor Jimmy Cockroft, Fred’s makes the yearly donation to “give back” to the community.
Officer Terminated in Joint Agreement - December 01, 2009
A Kosciusko police officer has left the force after a joint agreement between he and the Board of Alderman. Mayor Jimmy Cockroft says the decision was made in an executive session on Nov. 17, after the regular board meeting. Cockroft told of the decision during Tuesday's regular meeting. Cpl. Louis Gowan has been off work for several months because of an on-going medical condition. Doctors have determined his condition prevented him from performing his duties as a police officer, according to the mayor. The joint decision will allow Gowan to recieve disability compensation. Cockroft tells Breezynews that Gowan's departure will not leave a personnel deficit because three officers were recently hired. Darren Fleming was hired to replace the late Officer Joe Fulton. Steven Allen was also hired, as was Jimmy Evans, who graduated the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy two weeks ago. Cockroft says the department is at or near its personnel capacity. During his time on the force Gowan was credited with numerous arrests and received promotions.
Three Attala Men Charged in Jackson Murder - October 27, 2009
Authorities say three small time crooks from Attala County have graduated to capital murder in the big city. Jackson Police arrested 20-year-old Stephan Adams of Kosciusko, 20-year-old William Fleming of the Sallis area and 21-year old Kerrick Nash, also believed to be from Attala County or to have connections in the area in the Oct. 19 murder of two Jackson barbers at the Magic Mirrors Salon on Hanging Moss Rd. Dead are Gerrick Watson and Chris Bowling. Joseph Daughtry, a spokesman for the Jackson Police Dept. says detectives believe robbery was the motive. The three are charged with capital murder because the murders happened during a robbery. Daughtry says Nash was arrested the day before on an unrelated domestic violence charge, but was out on bond. All three are being held without bond at the Hinds County Detention Center. More arrests are anticipated in the case. Sheriff William Lee and Attala County Investigator Randy Blakely say Adams was involved in a phony hold-up of the Exxon on Hwy. 12 in 2007, which involved an employee of the store. Four were involved and split $682.
Father and Son Accused in Drug Operation - October 20, 2009
A father and son are among five people arrested Friday by state and local officers in the Stallo community of Noxapater in Winston County, near the eastern Attala County border, ending a months-long drug investigation, according to Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher. A search warrant served by MBN agents, Neshoba County and Winston County deputies led to the arrest of John Barry Hatcher, 54, of Noxapater on a manufacture of methamphetamine charge. Officers also arrested Hatcher’s son, Samuel Dubard Hatcher, 18, of Noxapater on a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charge. Others charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine include the elder Hatcher’s girlfriend, Kristie Flowers, 35, of Noxapater; Charlie Dempsey, 38, of Ackerman; and Joshua Henley, 19, of Philadelphia. In conjunction with the arrests, agents seized a methamphetamine lab as well as nine firearms from John Hatcher, who, as a convicted felon, is prohibited from owning a firearm.
KPD Investigates Accidents, Gas Drive-Off - October 12, 2009
Kosciusko Police responded to at least two accidents, including a hit-and-run, over the weekend. A two vehicle wreck was reported Friday in front of the Exxon on Hwy. 12. No injuries were reported, however, officers investigated the wreck as a hit-and-run as one vehicle drove off. Later Friday evening, a two car wreck was reported in front of Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital on Hwy. 12. There were some injuries reported with that accident and at least one person was transported to the emergency room. Police also investigated a gas drive-off at the Kangaroo Crossing Friday and were looking for a white male with a camo hat, driving a GMC pick-up. Police have not released any details on arrests in the case. Kosciusko cops also investigated a breaking and entering call on Shanks St.
Check Stolen While Man Was in Hospital - October 07, 2009
Attala County Sheriff William Lee says thieves were taking advantage of a man who was sick in the hospital when they stole a check last Thursday. Lee tells Breezynews that James Dodd called deputies when he realized that a Wells Fargo check for $3,000 was missing from his truck. Dodd lives on Attala Rd. 2211, but he says the check was taken while he was in the hospital for surgery. Lee says there are no suspects, but the case is still under investigation.
A four-wheeler theft was reported on Attala Rd. 4996 by the owner, Michael Wingard, last Friday. Wingard told deputies that he had left the Honda parked in front of his home while he was away driving a truck. He said the vehicle was gone when he returned. Wingard speculated that the theft occurred some time last week. In other Sheriff’s Dept. activity:
- Deputies worked a minor car accident near Sallis Oct. 3, when a woman hit a dog on Hwy. 429.
- Deputies responded to a family disturbance where Stephanie Thompson reported her brother was threatening her with a stick on Attala Rd. 4225 on Oct. 1. No arrests were made.
- A man reported that he was stuck by a pickup truck on Rd. 1115 on Oct. 2. He could not provide details about the vehicle and had no major injuries.
- Deputies arrested Ricky Winters, charging him with disturbing the family peace, after an incident on Attala Rd. 4213 Saturday. He was alleged to have been throwing possessions into the yard of a residence and deputies say they arrested him after a third warning to leave the property.
- A disturbance was reported Saturday when Dixie Swindell, who was renting a house from Wayne Meyers, reported Meyers had cut off her water. She told deputies that Meyers was living in a camper on the property on Rd. 5001, and the two had agreed to share utility costs. Deputies say there was a dispute about the bill, but both eventually agreed to resume their agreement.
Several Charged With DUI Over the Weekend - October 06, 2009
Kosciusko Police made several DUI arrests over the weekend, including a 17-year-old. Police say 36-year-old Tammie Beck Barber was arrested by Officer Thomas Clark after an accident Saturday at 2:39 p.m. on West Adams St. at West Haven. She was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a misdemeanor. Officer Brice Cole arrested 23-year-old Isaac Blocker on Hwy. 12 near Wendy’s, charging him with 2nd offense DUI, improper equipment and driving on a suspended license. A 17-year-old juvenile was charged with DUI 1st offense after a traffic stop by Officer Michael Henson just after 10 p.m. Saturday.