Thursday, January 20, 2005

Sheriff looks for fugitive

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators are searching for a suspect who fled the scene of a drug bust off Highway 178 near Red Banks, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

The suspect, identified as James Gray, 37, is wanted on outstanding charges pending for manufacture of a controlled substance; possession of precursors; possession of marijuana and Zanex; eluding and resisting police officers, a felony; and for attempted assault on a law officer, he said. Gray had a weapon at the time he fled on foot and in a vehicle from authorities attempting to serve a search warrant and is considered armed and dangerous, Dickerson said.

Anyone who knows of Gray’s whereabouts should call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Officers of the 3rd Judicial Narcotics Enforcement Team with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in the Red Banks area on Tuesday, January 11, following an undercover investigation and discovered and seized an inactive crystal methamphetamine laboratory. They made two arrests on the scene.

Edward Taylor, 33, of Red Banks, and Jeffery Schooling, 25, of Victoria, were arrested and charged with the manufacture of a controlled substance, crystal methamphetamine. The two men made an initial appearance in Justice Court and were released on $5,000 bond each.

In an unrelated shooting incident that has been under lengthy investigation since November 13, 2004, deputies have arrested four and have issued outstanding warrants for the arrest of three others thought to be involved in a vehicle shooting.

Dickerson said Robert Leon Smith, Sr. 56, and Robert Joseph Smith, 17, both of 166 McKenzie Lane in Red Banks, and Dustin Lee Yeager, 19, of Slayden Road, and Gregory K. Wooten, 19, of 17 Sharpe Cove in Byhalia, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the November 13 shooting incident.

Ten or more shots struck the vehicle occupied by two white males residents as the vehicle sat at an intersection on Taska Road. All four suspects who were arrested and charged have been released on $10,000 bond. The incident is still under investigation and no motive has been determined, Dickerson said. The two men in the vehicle were not harmed.


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