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Crime Report

By Jack Gurner

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

• Made four arrests for driving under suspension;

• Made two arrests for simple domestic assault;

• Made an arrest for simple assault;

• Made an arrest for possession of marijuana;

• Made an arrest on a warrant from the Miss. Dept. of Corrections;

• Made an arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Made an arrest for public drunk;

• Made an arrest for no driver’s license;

• Took a report of petty larceny;

• Took a report of simple domestic assault;

• Took a report of simple assault;

• Issued a notice of violation of the city junk ordinance;

• Issued 18 traffic citations.

Water Valley Police have joined law enforcement agencies all over the nation for the “Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” campaign that began August 15  and will run through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

During the period, drivers can expect to see an increase in patrols and checkpoints, according to Lt. McCuan.

Of the 884 traffic fatalities during 2007 in Mississippi, 345 were alcohol-related. The program is an effort to lower these numbers. At the checkpoints, officers will be looking for seat belts, proper identification and any signs of impairment.


Valuables Are Prime Targets In Autos Left On The Roadside

You’re headed down Highway 7 and a loud pop from your car is followed by shaky handling.

No big deal, right? You’ve had flats before. It’s late, so you’ll just catch a ride home and come back in the morning to get your car.

When you make it back 12 hours later, you discover you have to replace more than a blown tire. Your windows are broken out, the CD player is gone and your checkbook is missing.

A $40 tire change just turned into an expensive “road nightmare”.

“People whose automobiles break down are prime targets for vandals and thieves”, according to Deputy Eddie Foster, and the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department.

Foster said even though you may not be able to prevent your car from breaking down, there are some things people can do to protect it when it does happen;

1. Make sure no valuables are left in the vehicle – If you have a radar detector, GPS, camera, purse or something like that on the seat, that is interesting to a thief. And even though nothing is fool-proof when it comes to people breaking in your car, this can help to minimize your losses.

2. Do not leave your vehicle for an extended amount of time  – This will help decrease the chance of it being broken into.

3. It is a good idea to have the vehicle towed immediately Taking your vehicle to a safe place for repair is always better for you, and your vehicle.

Valuables aren’t the only thing you should worry about if your car breaks down. If a vehicle isn’t moved out of the way of traffic, it can cause an accident. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for warning oncoming traffic that his car is not operating, by using flares or blinking lights.

Approximately one in 10 people killed on the highways are pedestrians, and the majority of those are tending to broken-down vehicles.

Asking for police assistance may be the best thing to do if you’re planning on picking up your vehicle within a couple of hours.

“Don’t be afraid to call 911 and tell them where you are and to see if an officer can check on your vehicle,” Foster said. “It can save you a lot of heartache and money in the long run.”

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William F. (Lance) Humphreys, Sheriff.

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