WATER VALLEY – A police officer and the store manager were allegedly assaulted during the arrest of a shoplifter Dec. 20 at the Dollar General Store on Central Street.
Jerry Lynn Pomlee, 40, of Water Valley has been charged with felony shoplifting, assault on a police officer, assault on the store manager, and resisting arrest in connection with the incident that occurred at 6:55 Saturday evening.
Pomlee is currently being held in the Yalobusha County Jail, according to Lt. Rick McCuan.
Police are also investigating a burglary that occurred early Saturday morning at the Shell Gas Station on Central Street. Several packages of cigarettes were taken.
Lt. McCuan reported the following additional law enforcement activity within the Water Valley City limits during the past week:
• Made an arrest for driving under suspension;
• Made an arrest for the Oxford Police Department;
• Took a report of petty larceny of gasoline;
• Took a report of simple domestic assault;
• Took two accident reports;
• Issued 21 traffic citations.
JACKSON – The Christmas and New Years holidays bring more danger to the roads. The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) will again step up its enforcement beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, December 22, through midnight, Wednesday, December 31, according to MHP Sgt. Leslie White.
The Department Public Safety has received extra funds from the federal government to offset the expense of troopers working on their days off.
“You will see a marked increase in the number of troopers on the roads,” reported Sgt. White. “They will especially be targeting high crash areas and will be implementing checkpoints for sobriety, drivers licenses and insurance, as well as seatbelt usage.”
White re-minds all mo-torists that not wearing your seatbelt is a primary offense, which gives any law enforcement officer the right to pull a motorist over.
In addition, some motorists need to also be reminded of the “Move Over” law, which took effect last July.
“This law requires drivers to move at least one lane away when they approach emergency and law enforcement vehicles that are parked on the roadside with lights flashing,” White added. The “Move Over” law also includes tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.
“If a lane change is impossible, the driver must go slow and be prepared to stop,” White added.
The trooper will be observing driving behaviors including speeding and careless driving and especially the impaired driver.
“We encourage all motorists to observe all traffic laws, do not drink and drive, to buckle up and to have a safe holiday. Once again, “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” no exception,” White concluded.