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Law Enforcement Report

By David Howell

    One man is behind bars after a series of burglaries in Coffeeville and as many as four others could face charges according to Coffeeville Police Chief Mark Martin.

    James Kisner, 43, faces three burglary counts after allegedly breaking into a shop, and two houses. Kisner had an Oxford address, but Martin reported he had been in the Coffeeville area most recently, and was homeless.

    Many of the items taken in the incidents were tools, including chainsaws, a polesaw, an air compressor and numerous other items. Martin also said the buildings targeted were scattered across town, ranging from Fly Street to Front Street Extended and Tennessee Street.

    Although many of the items had been sold, police officers were able to recover numerous items, according to Martin.

    “We were able to recover a lot of the stuff through his cooperation,” Martin said.

    After the first burglary was discovered by the owner on Friday, May 30, an investigation revealed two additional unreported burglaries. Kisner was arrested at 6:14 Saturday evening.

    “We actually got a call on Friday and recovered some of the items before the owner knew they were missing,” Martin said.

    Kisner is currently in the Grenada County Jail. A $5,000 bond has been set and the case had been bound over to a grand jury. Kisner also has two previous convictions.

    Martin also said the additional suspects could be charged with accessory after the fact or receiving stolen property for their alleged role in the crime spree.


Water Valley Police Report Light Action In Last Week

WATER VALLEY – Lt. Rick McCuan of the Water Valley Police Department reported the following law enforcement activity within the Water Valley City limits during the past week:

• Made four arrests for driving under suspension;

• Made an arrest for DUI, first offense;

• Made an arrest for simple assault/domestic violence;

• Took a report of credit card fraud;

• Took a report of simple assault;

• Took a report of disorderly conduct;

• Took a report of petty larceny;

• Took a report of telephone profanity;

• Took a report of an accident;

• Issued a citation for parking on the grass in a city park;

• Issued a citation for disturbing the peace, loud music in a motor vehicle;

• Issued 27 traffic citations.


Longstreet Faces Federal Gun Trafficking Charges

A Coffeeville man has a new list of charges added to his rap sheet after agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested him.

Chris Longstreet has been indicted on county counts, including conspiracy to transfer firearms to individuals residing in another state and making false statements to acquire firearms. He surrended to federal agents last Tuesday.

Longstreet also faces a state charge for aggravated assault for his alleged role in the May, 2007, shooting of Lawrence Covington in Coffeeville. He has not stood trial for this charge, but a co-conspirator, Darryl Necaise was convicted of a kidnapping charge. Necaise was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with Judge Andrew Baker suspending half of the sentence.

An article in the Clarion Ledger reported the federal indictment against Longstreet states he conspired from July 2000 to October 2005 to illegally purchase guns from owners or pawn shops in north Mississippi and transport them to Chicago. He would sell the guns to “known gang members and drug dealers in exchange for money or drugs.”

The indictment also reported Longstreet would attempt to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities of his illegal firearms trafficking by claiming that some of the firearms he purchased in Mississippi had later been stolen from him, according to the Clarion Ledger article.

The federal indictment included a statement that Longstreet recruited people to pose as buyers to obtain guns from federally licensed dealers.

Longstreet is scheduled for trial on July 21 in Aberdeen, according to the Clarion Ledger.

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