Thursday, August 21, 2008
Police probe stabbing incident
A stabbing incident under investigation by the Holly Springs Police Department found three men being treated at Alliance Healthcare System, according to chief Robert Pearson.
The investigation began after officers responded to a call from the hospital Saturday, Aug. 16. They learned that 25-year-old Cortez Cowan, of Holly Springs, was being treated for three stab wounds, one on the arm and two on the right side of his body, Pearson said.
Cowan told officers the incident occurred in the 100 block of West Park Avenue.
“While Cowan was at the hospital, two other persons who had been stabbed and involved in this same incident arrived,” Pearson said.
Daniel Woodson, 19, was treated for five stab wounds, three to the lower left side of the back, one to the right side of the neck and one to the upper right shoulder area. Pearson said Woodson was transported to the Memphis Medical Center.
Clifford Rayford, 19, of Holly Springs, was treated for one stab wound to the left shoulder area and for several cuts on his hands, Pearson said.
The incident remains under investigation.
Pearson advised that the public should be aware of potential “Pigeon Drop” scams.
“Be wary of individuals who promise large sums of money for a ride to a specified location or who may ask you to withdraw large sums of money, promising a large return for your money,” Pearson said. “They may ask you to hold a large sum of money for them in exchange for your money and then ask you to take them to a specified location to meet a friend. At this point, they generally disappear with your money and leave you holding a roll of newspaper that previously appeared to be a large roll of dollars.”
If anyone asks you to withdraw money, Pearson advised the potential victim to talk to his or her bank manager before withdrawing any money from the bank account. Explain to the banker what is going on and also report it to the police.
Pearson also advised not to agree to give anyone a ride in exchange for money.
Labor Day patrols
The Holly Springs Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies throughout Mississippi and the nation in participating in the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” during the Labor Day holiday. Activity begins August 15 and continues through September 1.
Officers responded to the following activities last week: driving while license suspended (1); no driver's license/suspended license (1); no proof of insurance (1); seatbelt violation (1); disregard for traffic device (1); improper passing (1); simple assault (1); and simple assault-domestic violence (1).
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