December 20, 2007
Police probe shooting
The Holly Springs Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place December 14 around 11 p.m. in the 300 block of South Chesterman.
“Officers were called to the scene and found that 36-year-old Orlando Stinson had been shot once in the left side of the neck,” said chief Robert Pearson.
Stinson was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Also last week police arrested Travis T. Manning, 22, of Holly Springs December 15 in the early morning hours. Manning was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault, Pearson said.
In another incident, police said a homeowner in the 100 block of Maury Street reported theft of building material from a residence, December 14.
Other activities reported by the department for the week ending December 17, included: driving while license suspended (1); no proof of insurance (3); no tag/expired tag (3); switched tag (1); failure to yield (1); illegal parking in a handicap slot (1); disregard for traffic devices (1); and seatbelt violation (1).
Pearson strongly advised the public not to mix driving with drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Drinking and driving is a serious offense, he said.
“We’ve seen the television billboard ads reminding us of the dangers related to drinking and driving. Yet, each year close to one million people are injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents.”
Those who expect to drink are advised to plan ahead - leave the car at home and ride with a non-drinking friend, use public transportation, etc.
Pearson said it is important for hosts who are serving alcohol this season to have non-alcoholic beverages available for guests who will be driving home.
Safe driving is also important, especially during holidays. Maintain a safe distance from anyone driving erratically and be aware of situations around you, Pearson said. Contact local law enforcement if you suspect someone is driving under the influence.
“Please don’t risk your life, or the lives of others ... don’t drink and drive,” he said.
Patrolling officers will be conducting checkpoints during the holidays.
Anyone having information regarding any crime committed in the Holly Springs or Marshall County area is asked to call police at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
Callers do not have to give their names when providing information to police. The caller may be entitled to a reward of up to $1,000.
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