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Clay County escapees arrested in Chickasaw County

WEST POINT – Two people have been arrested in connection to the escape of a pair of Clay County prisoners. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department announced that Dyandra Gill, 20, of West Point and Gary Parker, 44, also of West Point, were both charged with two counts of harboring and concealing-escape. Gill and Parker are […]

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Parent arrested for assaulting coach

VARDAMAN – The parent of a Vardaman Junior High School softball player has been arrested after allegedly striking a coach at a softball game Thursday evening and spent the night in the Calhoun County Jail. Vardaman Police Chief Kenneth Scott said James Tedder, of Vardaman ,was arrested by Vardaman police and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies […]

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TUPELO – Tupelo Police are looking for an Okolona woman who is accused of embezzlement under contract. Cherinicka S. Smith, 36, of Okolona, is a 5-foot 5-inch black female. Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of North Mississippi at (800) 773-8477. Anyone with information can be paid up to […]

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Okolona closes out Circuit Court

Drug cases, sexual assault, sale of counterfeit goods cases disposed of   OKOLONA – The July term of Chickasaw County Circuit Court had 73 cases set and disposed of 13 during the two weeks court was held in Okolona. The docket saw 32 drug-related cases set for this term, down from the 36 on the […]

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Houston Social Security phone scam thwarted

HOUSTON – Not only will they break into your home, they will get into your bank account if you let them. John Hall of Houston got a telephone call recently from someone saying he needed a new plastic Social Security card and one would be sent if he would answer a few simple questions. “He […]

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Police to enforce curfew

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department is cracking down on juvenile crime and parents of kids caught out after curfew will be fined. Houston has a weeknight curfew of 11 p.m., and midnight on weekends. While parents are responsible for any fines imposed by the court for curfew violation, any juvenile who violates the city’s […]

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Police, firefighters busy last week

HOUSTON – A fire at Pearson’s Chapel, a series of break-ins and a suspicious car selling jewelry kept local police and fire departments busy last week. “We’ve got a number of crimes we are investigating in the community,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “If people see something suspicious they need to call us and […]

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EDITORIAL: Eye and ears

tipThere are several stories in this week’s newspaper dealing with crime. A Social Security scam, burglaries and a crackdown on curfew in the City of Houston grabbed the headlines. Houston is not in the midst of a crime wave. Okolona, Houlka and even little ole Woodland have their share of crime, too. We hope each […]

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DNA: The new fingerprint

  Law enforcement uses a lot of tools to track down law breakers and one of the most telling and accurate is DNA profiling. Also called DNA testing, DNA typing or genetic fingerprinting – DNA profiling is a technique employed by forensic scientists and law enforcement to assist in the identification of people by their […]

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Houston seeks new police officer

HOUSTON – Houston is a nice, quiet, safe little town and city leaders want to keep it that way. The Houston Board of Aldermen has voted to advertise for a new police officer and hopes to have that person hired this summer. “Hiring police officers is one of the most important things we do,” said […]

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Circuit Court wraps up first term in Houston

HOUSTON – Drug charges took up just under half of the 91 cases in Chickasaw County Circuit Court earlier this month. The docket saw 44 drug-related cases set for this term with alleged crimes of theft, burglary or embezzlement ranking second with eight cases. The court calendar also lists eight sex-related charges and seven alleged […]

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SURVIVAL honored for work with violent crime victims

HOUSTON – The local numbers are staggering and the wounds inflicted by violent crime in this community can take years to heal. SURVIVAL, Inc. is currently working with more than 30 people in Chickasaw County who have been the victim of violent crime. The organization is working with hundreds of people in a six-county area. […]

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Okolona changes curfew age limit

  OKOLONA – Juveniles out after curfew in Okolona must now be accompanied by an adult or face being detained by police. Aldermen passed an amendment to its curfew ordinance last week that requires anyone under the age of 18 out after hours to be accompanied by someone over the age of 25. The new […]

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Boy Scout fundraiser is Tuesday

HOUSTON – Good food and good fellowship for a good cause are the focus of a Boy Scout fundraiser set for next week. The Pushmataha Council of Boy Scouts of America will host its annual fundraiser and meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Training Room of the Houston Fire Department in downtown […]

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