Thursday, December 13, 2007
Deputies nab two; one after manhunt
By SUE WATSON
Officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department took two men into custody last week.
Larry D. Howell, 42, of 134 Howell Road in the Potts Camp area, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a law officer, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. He also faces misdemeanor charges stemming from the complaint and incident leading up to the arrest, according to the sheriff.
Howell was taken into custody in the early morning hours of December 9 after deputies responded to a complaint of harassment from people in the area, Dickerson said.
Howell was located and while deputies attempted to arrest him, he is alleged to have rammed a Marshall County patrol car head-on with a white four-wheel drive Chevrolet pickup, causing several thousand dollars in damage to the patrol car, Dickerson said.
Howell is being held in jail on $100,000 bond with initial appearance set for December 26 in Marshall County justice court.
In a separate, unrelated incident December 7, deputies arrested Randall a.k.a. “Randy” Pasco, 39, of 7956 Highway 309 South, following a manhunt and chase.
Pasco was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a probation violation order for his arrest, Dickerson said.
“Deputies were looking for burglary suspects and making a ground and aerial search, and during the search investigators encountered Pasco driving behind a house,” he said. “He abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area.”
Law officers with the Byhalia Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and with the Mississippi Highway Patrol searched the area with dogs and a helicopter, but Pasco was not found,” Dickerson said.
The schools in Byhalia were locked down several hours while the initial search took place.
Later that evening sheriff’s investigators received a call that a white male was seen leaving from behind a residence on Daves Drive and walking toward Highway 78.
Pasco was spotted by investigator Kelly McMillen crossing Highway 78, and after a chase on foot, McMillen apprehended the suspect and took him into custody without further incident.
Pasco was charged with several misdemeanors. He was transported back to state facilities by Mississippi Department of Corrections, Tuesday, Dec. 11, Dickerson said.
Pasco was sentenced in August 2003 on larceny, burglary and robbery-related charges and was out of prison on early release before Probations ordered his arrest on probation violation charges, Dickerson said.
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