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Law Enforcement Report

Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery

By Jack Gurner

COFFEEVILLE – Police are investigating an armed robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary that occurred Tuesday, Oct. 7, around 4 p.m.

George Fly was assaulted and pistol-whipped by two males, possibly juveniles, inside his home at 955 Tennessee Street. The pair took an undetermined amount of money, according to Police Chief Mark Martin.

“The victim is at home recovering from his injuries,” Martin said.

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Judge Sets Bond For Man Charged In Nightclub Shooting

Eight-Year Old Connected To Burglary

By David Howell

    Bond has been set for a Coffeeville man was has been charged with aggravated assault stemming from a club shooting in August that injured five. Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys said a second person could face charges.

    Justice Court Judge Gary Tippit set bond at $105,000 for Marcus Lavar Hardy, 30, during an initial appearance Tuesday morning.

    Hardy was extradited from Cook County, Illinois, back to Yalobusha County for his alleged role in the shooting at the Grand Palace, a night club located approximately three miles of Coffeeville on County Road 436.

    Humphreys reported that his department was working closely with the District Attorney’s office and charges will be presented to a grand jury later this month to determine if a security guard will also be charged in the incident.

    Investigators found eight .45 caliber shells in the parking lot and several 9mm shells near the front door of the club, which could indicate there were more than one shooter involved.

    Humphreys reported Hardy arrived back in the county after the sheriff’s department hired a transport service to retrieve the suspect from Illinois.

    “It was cheaper to hire someone to go and pick Hardy up,” Humphreys said, explaining the detail would have taken two deputies three days to go to Illinois and get Hardy.

    “The Cook County Jail is so big it takes almost a full day just to negotiate the buearcracy to actually retrieve the prisoner,” Humphreys explained.

    In other county law enforcement news:

    • An eight-year old is in hot water after being linked to a break-in on County Road 95 near the Velma Community.

    “The boy had kicked the back door in,” Humphreys said about the case. Several of the suspects friends, who were also at the residence, gave investigators details of the crime, according to the sheriff.

    “They said he back up and kicked it two or three times,” Humphreys explained. The eight-year old allegedly took some candy once inside.

    The juvenile’s parents will likely be responsible for making restitution and the suspect has been turned over the youth court.

    • Deputies are working a missing person case. Kyle Clinton Dehetre, a white male, age 20, was reported missing by his family. He was last seen on Friday, October 10. Dehetre is a resident of County Road 113. (The family reports that Dehetre has returned home safely.)

    “We do not have any leads on this case,” Humphreys said.

    • Deputies are investigating a child fondling case that was referred by the Department of Human Service.

    “We are going to present this to a grand jury in late October,” the sheriff said.

    • Deputies took a report of harassing phone calls on October 12 at County Road 80.

    • Deputies answered a call about a stolen car on County Road 9 on October 12. Humphreys said the car was likely taken to be sold for the metal.

    • Deputies made an arrest on County Road 211, near Oakland, for DUI, first offense.

    • Deputies took a call of harassment and threats from a Yalobusha resident on Hwy. 51. Humphreys said the complainant had received threatening phone calls and letters, and that his wife’s car tires had been punctured.

    • Deputies answered a family disturbance on County Road 224 on October 12.

City 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 five arrests for public drunk;

• Made an arrest driving under suspension;

• Made an arrest for DUI, first offense;

• Made an arrest for DUI, second offense;

• Made two arrests for minor in possession of alcohol;

• Took two reports of petty larceny;

• Took a report of malicious mischief;

• Took a report of disorderly conduct;

• Issued a citation for violation of the city noise ordinance, loud music in a motor vehicle;

• Issued a citation for violation of the city dog ordinance;

• Issued 18 traffic citations;

• Investigated three crashes.

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