Alleged Club Shooter Arrested
SOUTH HOLLAND, ILL. – A Coffeeville man on the run since an August 17 nightclub shooting that injured five was arrested early Saturday morning in Cook County, Illinois.
Marcus Lavar Hardy, age 30, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault for his alleged involvement in the shooting at the Grand Palace.
Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported his office is currently working on extraditing Hardy back to Yalobusha County. Hardy was arrested during an traffic stop by law enforcement in South Holland, Illinois.
“We had heard all along he was on the run and had relatives in Illinois,” the sheriff said about the six-week search for Hardy. “We had been working with the U.S. Marshals, they had tried to run him down two or three times,” Humphreys had.
The shooting, which was reported around 1:30 a.m. on August 17, occurred after an argument in the parking lot, according to the sheriff. Witnesses reported that a man stepped out of a vehicle and fired several shots toward the building. There are also conflicting reports that someone returned fire. Investigators found eight .45 caliber shells in the parking lot and several 9mm shells near the front door of the club.
Humphreys said the club had not reopened after the shooting and that the club owners told him they were trying to sale the facility. The club about three miles north of Coffeeville of County Road 436.
County Law Enforcement
Authorities Search For Suspect In House Break-In
By David Howell
TILLATOBA – Yalobusha law enforcement officers are investigating a home burglary that occurred on Hwy. 330 near Tillatoba last Thursday, October 2.
These perpetrators forced entry on this house and were brave enough to park their vehicle in the driveway,” Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys said about the break-in.
The homeowner’s son came home, apparently as the brazen thieves were preparing to leave after taking a “substantial” amount of jewelry and other items. Humphreys said the perpetrator acted like he was at the residence with intentions of purchasing the property.
“We were able to get his tag number, but it did not match the vehicle,” Humphreys said.
Authorities are searching for a black male who was driving a tan Chevrolet Tahoe with a Tennessee license plate.
“When he left the house, he turned north on I-55,” the sheriff said about the thief. The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and Panola County deputies were notified, but the suspect was able to get away.
Anyone who may have information about this crime, or any other crime in the county, is urged to contact Yalobusha Crime Stoppers by calling (662) 473-4935.
In other law enforcement news:
• Deputies made one arrest for second offense DUI on October 4 at the Water Valley Boat Landing area.
• A youth court summons was issued after law enforcement officials were called to a domestic dispute between a juvenile and his mother on County Road 436.
•Authorities are investigating a simple assault reported on County Road 125 on October 4. Charges were filed in the incident.
• Deputies answered a call at 330 Superstop, outside Coffeeville, after a lady had her cell phone stolen from her vehicle while she was inside the store.
• Deputies answered a fire call at the Lake Estates, located on Hwy. 32, near Enid lake.
• Deputies responded to a traffic accident near Water Valley Boat Landing on October 3.
• Deputies responded to a domestic violence report on County Road 170 on October 2.
• Charges were filed following a report of malicious mischief on Sept. 30.
• Charges were filed for contributing to the delinquency of a minor for an incident that occurred on Sept. 30.
City Law Enforcement
Police Investigate Auto Theft
WATER VALLEY – Police investigated the theft of a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice on Friday, Oct 3. The vehicle was recovered later the same day in the county, according to Lt. Rick McCuan.
Lt. McCuan reported the following additional 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 DUI, second offense;
• Made an arrest disturbing the peace;
• Made an arrest public drunk;
• Took two reports of petty larceny;
• Took a report of stalking;
• Took a report of simple assault;
• Took a report of trespassing;
• Took a report of telephone profanity;
• Issued 17 traffic citations;
• Investigated two crashes.