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Law Enforcement Report

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – A three-week investigation culminated with the arrest of a Water Valley man last Friday. Tiacol Coffey, 19, was arrested at his residence on 290 Fly Street, according to Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

    Coffey faces drug charges after an undetermined amount of alleged powder and crack cocaine was discovered during the execution of a search warrant last Friday afternoon around 4 p.m.

    Humphreys and deputies, accompanied by officers with the Water Valley Police Department made the arrest in a show of manpower.

    “We felt we needed a strong presence because we knew the house was occupied with almost a dozen people,” Humphreys said about the arrest. Coffey also had a warrant from the City of Water Valley for failure to appear in court. The suspect was also out on parole from the Mississippi Department of Correction (MDOC), according to Humphreys. He remains incarcerated in the county jail after MDOC officials placed a hold on him, the sheriff stated.

    In other county law enforcement news:

    • Deputies took a report of arson after a tractor and barn caught fire on County Road 212  on Sunday. The incident remains under investigation.

    • Deputies responded to a report of domestic violence on County Road 10 on April 20. The victim had been struck and scratched by his ex-wife, who had fled the scene before deputies arrived. Charges will be filed when the victim signs the prepared paperwork, according to the sheriff.

    • Deputies worked a traffic accident on County Road 212 after a four-wheeler was allegedly forced off the road. The operator of the ATV was transported to the emergency room in Oxford by private vehicle.

    • Deputies worked a traffic accident on County Road 25 in which one of the drivers left the scene of an accident. Law enforcement officials later caught up with the driver, who was charged with public drunk and leaving the scene of an accident.

    • Deputies took a report of simple assault at 53 Persimmon Street in Oakland on April 16. The aggrieved party declined to file charges in the incident, according to Humphreys.

    • Deputies answered a complaint of simple assault and trespassing on County Road 68 on April 16. The call stemmed from a neighbors’ dispute.

    • Deputies were able to return stolen property after Justin Wayne Burris, 27, of 1059 County Road 229, Coffeeville, allegedly broke into a shed on Hwy. 330.

    Humphreys said a Crime Stoppers tip ultimately helped authorities learn of the incident before the homeowner realized his hedge trimmers and other lawn tools had been stolen.

    “The tip was where the goods were located and who took them,” Humphreys said.

    Deputies were able to recover the missing items at Burris’ residence. Burris faces burglary and larceny charges in the incident.


City Crime Report

Water Valley Police Captain Roger Thomas reported the following law enforcement activity in the Water Valley City limits during the past week:

• Took three reports of simple assault;

• Took four reports of disturbing the peace;

• Took a report of public profanity;

• Took two reports of disorderly conduct;

• Took a report of burglary;

• Took a report of child in need of supervision;

• Took a report of possession of alcohol by a minor;

• Took a report of violation of the beer ordinance;

• Took a report of malicious mischief;

• Issued a citation for DUI;

• Issued five citations for seat belt violations;

• Issued four citations for speeding;

• Issued five citations for no drivers license;

• Issued a citation for improper equipment;

• Issued three citations for careless driving;

• Issued a citation for running a stop sign;

• Issued two citations for driving with no insurance;

• Issued two citations for expired tag; and

• Issued a citation for obstructing traffic.

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