Thursday, April 12, 2007
Pruitt gets life plus 50 years
By SUE WATSON
Michael Wallace Pruitt was sentenced Tuesday in Marshall County Circuit Court for the aggravated assault, kidnapping and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Laws Hill girl that happened July 22, 2006.
Board attorney resigns
Tacey Clark Locke, attorney for the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, tendered her resignation last week. She will continue to serve the board until the end of May and finish any litigation she is working on for the county.
County, cities unite to recruit industries
By SUE WATSON
Manufacturing jobs are on the minds of elected officials all across Marshall County as they work to develop a unified strategy to bring more manufacturing jobs to the area.
City bond sale April 17
By SUE WATSON
The City of Holly Springs will hold a bond sale Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. in city hall to market $3.25 million in revenue bonds and $3.5 million in general obligation bonds.
Deputies get training
By SUE WATSON
Two Marshall County deputies, Cathy Elliott and Bernita Fountain, recently attended certification training as part of the department’s school resource officers and juvenile officers training programs, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Three face assault charges
Holly Springs police officers made three arrests last week on aggravated assault charges, according to chief Robert Pearson.
Lashun L. Berry, 26, was arrested Thursday, April 5, and charged with aggravated assault; Robert LeSueur, 63, was arrested Friday, April 6, and charged with domestic violence/aggravated assault; and James B. Jones, 27, was also arrested April 6 on an outstanding warrant charging aggravated assault, Pearson said.
Officers responded to 15 incident calls last week as follows: expired tag/no tag (4); no driver’s license (1); driving with license suspended (2); disorderly conduct (1); simple assault (2); reckless driving (1); driving under the influence (1); disregard for traffic devices (2); and leaving the scene of an accident (1).
Anyone with information regarding any crime committed in the Holly Springs/Marshall County area is asked to contact the police department at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
Two die in Hwy. 78 wreck
Two Marshall County men died in a single vehicle accident Friday, April 6, just west of the Town of Byhalia on Highway 78, according to coroner John Garrison.
The accident occurred at about 11:50 p.m. as the men were westbound on 78, he said.
Garrison pronounced both men, Jeffrey Todd Brown, 35, of the Red Banks area, and Michael James Bland, 32, of the Cayce area, dead at the scene.
The vehicle rolled several times and both men were ejected from the vehicle, Garrison said.
Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of services for Bland and services for Brown are to be held in Martin, Tenn., Garrison said.
Byhalia officers go to 47 calls
Byhalia police responded to 47 calls last week, according to chief Mike Novay.
Incidents included abandoned and suspicious vehicles (4); alarm (6); animal (2); assist (7); burglary (1); disabled vehicle (2); disturbance (7); escort (3); harassment (1); juvenile (1); reckless driving (2); shots fired (1); suspicious person (1); traffic accident (1); trespass (1); miscellaneous (4); and fire (3).
In addition, officers issued eight citations and made eight arrests for the following: careless driving, DUI first; credit card intent to defraud; failure to stop, DUI; failure to appear warrants for Byhalia (3); trespass; and warrant for DeSoto County.
Firemen spend two hours containing brush blaze
The Holly Springs Fire Department responded to 49 calls over the last two weeks from March 26 to April 9, according to chief Kenny Holbrook.
Grass fires have declined in number but not necessarily in severity, he said, citing a brush fire that spread to about 12 acres and took about two hours to contain Saturday.
Holbrook cautioned homeowners not to burn rubbish or brush when there is strong wind such as during late last week, even though temperatures were lower than normal.
For the two-week period, the department responded to 31 medical assistance calls; three vehicle fires; three structure fires; seven grass fires; two vehicle accidents with extrication; one fire alarm; one smell of gas; and one auto accident with injuries.
Officers coming on board as businesses grow in city
By JANET OLANGO
Recent reports from the Holly Springs Police Department show a high percentage of reported cases of domestic violence in the city.
Deadline May 1 for flag contest
Show your city pride by participating in the City of Holly Springs flag contest to design a city flag.
The contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 who attend schools in the City of Holly Springs. Entry deadline is May 1.
Submit entries to Mayor’s Office, 160 South Memphis Street, Holly Springs, MS 38635. The winner will receive a $100 savings bond.
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