Thursday, May 12, 2011
Three charged with fuel theft
By SUE WATSON
Three people were arrested and charged with grand larceny in the theft of diesel fuel and gasoline, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
James Denton Kirk, 41, of 4590 Forest Hill Road, Olive Branch, Wendy Michelle Kirk, 37, of 50 3rd Street, Byhalia, and Randall Barrett, 55, of 165 McKinsey Lane in Red Banks, were arrested on Mother’s Day in the Red Banks area, he said. The suspects will be charged with multiple counts of theft of diesel fuel and gasoline from businesses in industrial parks and construction sites, Dickerson said.
Investigators with the sheriff’s department seized a Ford F150 pickup loaded with two 55-gallon drums of diesel and five or six five- and three-gallon cans of diesel. They also recovered a pump that belonged to one of the businesses where the diesel was taken, according to Maj. Kelly McMillen with the sheriff’s department. He said the group is believed to have been involved in the theft of fuel from businesses in Marshall County for three months.
In a follow-up on a wreck involving two vehicles on North Slayden Road several weeks ago, the sheriff’s department has charged Tomas Solis, of 2016 Slayden Road, with manslaughter/culpable negligence in the death of Gloria C. Kolesar, 56, of North Slayden Road, the sheriff said. Solis has been released on $75,000 bond.
Also, investigators are seeking the whereabouts of Michael Lashone Smith for questioning in regards to some burglaries in the Byhalia area, Dickerson said.
Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 or to call the sheriff's office at 662-252-1311 and ask to speak to Maj. Kelly McMillen.
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