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Law Enforcement Report

Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department:

Weekend Altercation Leads To Fight At Hunting Camp

    An weekend altercation on County Road 82  at a hunting camp neared Coffeeville culminated with shots being fired several hours later.

    Sheriff Lance Humphreys said the victim had filed charges for aggravated assault on six people allegedly involved in the fight.

    Humphreys said the victim had left the area after the first altercation and returned later with a buddy.

    When the two arrived back at the hunting camp, they were both beat up and shots were fired, hitting one of the men and the pickup.

    “One of the men got peppered with shotgun pellets,” the sheriff said. The charges will be presented to a grand jury.

    In other sheriff’s department news:

    • Deputies are working an identity theft case reported on October 15. Humphreys said the victim had over $600 in charges assessed to her bank account from a South African county.

    • Deputies responded to a malicious mischief report on Hwy. 315. The caller stated that someone had poured water in her gas tank.

    • Deputies responded to a vehicle fire on County Road 435 on October 19. Humphreys said the car was a total loss.

    • Deputies are investigating a burglary on County Road 27 near Oakland.

    “There was a necklace and diamond cluster ring reported missing,” Humphreys reported.

    • Deputies responded to a simple assault call on County Road 25 on October 18. Charges have been filed in the incident.

    • Deputies are investigating the theft of an old car that was taken near the Boat Landing area on Hwy. 32.

    • Deputies made an arrest for DUI, first offense on October 18. The driver was stopped on County Road 211 and was also charged with careless driving and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

    • Deputies investigated a gunshot fired on Hwy. 7 on October 20. Humphreys reported the deputy was sitting at the Exxon Station in Water Valley near the Hwy. 7 and 32 intersection when he heard the shot fired.

The deputy stopped the driver of the vehicle.

    “We think he was shooting at a deer,” Humphreys added. Charges were not filed after the deputy could find not evidence of a dead deer.

    Humphreys said his department attempted to make contact with a Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officer, but was unsuccessful.

    • Deputies responded to a disturbance of the family on County Road 95. The caller decline to press charges and no one was arrested in the incident.


Water Valley Police Report

WATER VALLEY – Police charged Charles Pitcock, 48, of Courtland with felony DUI after a traffic stop Friday, Oct 17, at 1:58 a.m on South Main Street. Pitcock is currently being held in the Yalobusha County Jail, 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 two arrests for possession of marijuana;

• Made an arrest for DUI first offense;

• Made an arrest for public drunk;

• Made an arrest for simple domestic assault;

• Took three reports of vehicle crashes;

• Took two reports of credit card fraud;

• Took a report of burglary which occurred over the weekend of Oct. 11-12 at the municipal football field concession stand.

• Took a report of malicious mischief;

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

• Issued 40 traffic citations;

• Investigated three crashes.


Vallian Killed In DeSoto Car Crash

A Water Valley women was killed and another injured when their vehicle was struck from behind on I-69 in DeSoto County last Friday.

The driver, Geraldine Kuykendall, 58, of 400 Blackmur Drive, died as a result of injures she received in the Oct. 17 crash. A passenger, Barbara Kuykendall, 55, was also injured, according to Sgt. Leslie White of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

The two women were westbound on I-69 just west of Hwy. 713 around 8:10 p.m. when an unknown vehicle struck them from behind. Kuykendall lost control of the vehicle and it flipped over, Sgt. White said.  

The unknown vehicle fled the scene and is being sought in the investigation.

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