New rifles for Oktibbeha sheriff

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department will soon be getting new rifles.

County supervisors agreed this past week to advertise bids for acquisition of new rifles.

The Starkville Daily News reports that deputies’ patrol cars are equipped with a 12-guage shotgun and a Ruger .223-caliber rifle.

Sheriff Dolph Bryan says the rifles have been in service for a while.

Bryan says he is happy with Rugers but deputies have been carrying them for 15 years. He says most of the rifles have been stored in the trunks of patrol cars where they’ve been exposed to heat and cold over the years.