CRIME ROUNDUP: Four arrested in Vardaman home invasion

1STOCK Yellow Crime SignVARDAMAN — Calhoun County authorities have arrested four men in connection with a home invasion and assault of a man in Vardaman early Sunday morning.

Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said the phone of one of those arrested was found at the scene and the victim had been robbed by another one of the culprits about a year ago. That culprit had been adjudicated as an adult, sent to detention in Jackson and had been released.

“It appears they broke into the home on Richard Street some time after midnight and surprised the resident in bed,” said Pollan. “They assaulted him and got him to say where his money was, took the money and fled the scene.”

Dulaney Collums, 20, of 446 County Road 98 in Houston, has been charged with aggravated assault of a vulnerable adult and burglary.
Austen Martin, 18, of 100 Furr Drive, of Houston is charged with strong armed robbery and burglary.
Andrew Fowler, 18, of 202 Milford Street, Tupelo and Christopher Haimes, 16, of Calhoun City have been charged with burglary.

All four were arraigned Monday and bond was set at $100,000 each.
Pollan said the Vardaman Police Department, Houston Police Department and Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department combined on the investigation and participated in the arrests.


Rubbish fire


CHICKASAW COUNTY – County volunteer firefighters and the Mississippi Forestry Commission were called to a large rubbish fire off of Okolona Cutoff Monday afternoon to contain the blaze.

“We got the call about 4 p.m. and they had a 30-foot tall trash fire when we got there,” said Linda Griffin, of the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency. “The fire never really got out of hand, but we had to contain it to keep it from spreading to a nearby abandoned wooden house.”

Griffin said the fire was on County Road 116 and there was no easy way in to the scene.

“The Forestry Commission cut us a road into the area and then cut a firelane around the fire,” said Griffin. “We stayed there until the fire cooled down. It was a very big fire.”

Griffin said despite recent rains, grass, leaves and sticks are still very dry and she cautioned against burning outside without proper precautions.

“The wind was blowing from a lot of different directions and the size of this fire prompted the property owner to call,” said Griffin. “It’s probably a very good thing that they did. We were able to contain it before it became a wildfire and damaged somebody’s home.”

Storm damage


CHICKASAW COUNTY – Chickasaw County saw straight-line winds and lots of rain with only minor damage reported to homes and trees in a quick moving cold front that moved in Thursday night.

A tree fell on an unoccupied house on Hamilton Street in Houston doing extensive damage to the porch and a vehicle drove into a downed tree on Highway 389 Thursday night, but no one injured in that accident.

“We saw strong winds and lots of rain, but not a lot of damage and no injuries because of the weather,” said Linda Griffin, of the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency. “We had real good response and about six or seven trees that fell across roads. The roads were blocked only about 30 minutes.”

Griffin said lightning struck a transformer in Houlka and caused an outage. She said Woodland residents, south of Houston, also reported downed power lines and local outages.

Griffin said Chickasaw County emergency crews were put on standby prior to the fast moving front moving through about 8 p.m. Thursday


Traffic stop yields drug arrest


ABERDEEN – A traffic stop led to a man’s arrest on crack cocaine charges.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit arrested Roosevelt Moore, 77, of Aberdeen on Monday. Moore was arrested as the result of a traffic stop on Sharpley Bottom Road.

Moore is charged with possession of crack cocaine and is currently being housed at Monroe County Detention Center. Bond has not been set at this time.


Two arrested on drug charges


AMORY – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested two men following the execution of a search warrant Monday.

The arrests were made at 22016 Highway 45 North. Michael Yielding, 51, of Aberdeen and Jonathan Wade Cole, 38, of Hamilton both face drug charges.

Yielding was charged with possession with intent of ICE. Cole is charged with possession of ICE.

Both subjects are currently being held at Monroe County Detention Center. Bond has not been set for either man.


Neglected horses seized


SHANNON – Three horses and three ponies were seized by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on Monday after their owner was arrested on animal neglect charges.

Clyde Southworth of Shannon was arrested and charged with six counts of confinement of an animal without proper nutrition, said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Officers received a call that the horses were malnourished about a month ago, and officers have checked on the horses weekly. After discovering the horses in bad shape, the department called on Dark Horse Rescue of Byhalia to help take the horses.

Though the horses had hay on Monday, they’d not been fed for days, Johnson said. The horses’ coats were in bad shape and a few horses had bones showing, said Christy Gross, president of Dark Horse Rescue.

Dark Horse will quarantine the horses, make sure they’re seen by a veterinarian and will then begin rehabilitating the horses, Gross said.

Johnson said the arrest was made without incident. The charges are misdemeanors and each carries the possibility of a fine and jail time.


AG asks Court for two execution dates


JACKSON (AP) – The Attorney General’s office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.

In the motions filed Monday, the attorney general’s office says the U.S. Supreme Court had denied requests by Charles Ray Crawford and Michelle Byrom to hear their appeals.

Attorneys for Byrom are asking the Mississippi high court for permission to file more post-conviction motions on her behalf.

The court has not ruled on the motions.

Crawford was sentenced to death in 1994 in Tippah County for the murder and rape of junior college student Kristy Ray.

Byrom was convicted in 2000 in Tishomingo County of killing her husband. In a rare move, she asked the judge, instead of the jury, to decide her sentence. The judge sentenced her to death.

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