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Law Enforcement Report

WATER VALLEY – What’s big and yellow and disappeared over the Thanksgiving holidays?

1: Big Bird mistaken for a turkey

2: School bus number 13.

If you guessed answer 2, you get an A on the test.

Police are seeking information regarding the theft of the school bus from the high school parking lot last week. The bus was recovered on CR 214 on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, according to Lt. Rick McCuan.

The bus apparently ran out of gas and was abandoned undamaged on the county road by the thief or thieves.

The Water Valley School District keeps four buses parked at the school in case of emergency, said Mario Weekley, school resource officer and transportation director. “From now on there won’t be any buses left on campus overnight.”

This kind of thief who steals a school bus will probably brag. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 473-2933 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS or by email to

Lt. McCuan reported the following additional law enforcement activity within the Water Valley City limits during the past week:

• Made two arrests for driving under suspension;

• Made an arrest for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle;

• Took two reports of shoplifting;

• Took two reports of malicious mischief;

• Took a report of simple domestic assault;

• Took three accident reports;

• Took a report of shoplifting;

• Took a report of disturbing the peace;

• Issued a citation for open container violation;

• Served a jail commitment warrant;

• Issued 8 traffic citations.


County Crime Report

Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported the following activity during the last week:

• Worked a traffic accident on County Road 221 at Gum’s Crossing after a vehicle flipped over.

• Responded to a domestic call on County Road 220 on Nov. 30. One person was arrested.

• Answered a domestic call on Nov. 29 on County Road 169. The victim did not press charges in this incident.

• Worked a traffic accident on County Road 38, on U.S. Corps of Engineers property. No one was injured, but the vehicle was towed.

• Responded to a report of simple assault on County Road 14 on Nov. 28. The subject told authorities that he will fill out paperwork to press charges in this incident.

• Responded to a trespassing call on Nov. 28 on Hwy. 330, East of Coffeeville. Charges have not been filed in this incident at presstime, according to Humphreys.

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