Law Enforcement Report

An ambulance arrives on the scene of a one car crash on South Main Street just south of the Champion Circle Intersection last Friday evening. A vehicle driven by James Elliot Turner left the road and struck a brick driveway entrance post around 6:22 p.m. Only minor injuries were reported. – Photo by Jack Gurner

Lottie Johnson

WATER VALLEY – Police arrested Orlando Hall, 24, of Water Valley for possession of a controlled substance, according to Lt. Rick McCuan. The arrest was made on Edgefield Street Monday, March 9, around 8 p.m.

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

• Made six arrests for simple domestic assault;

• Made five arrests for driving under suspension;

• Made three arrests for disorderly conduct with two subjects also charged with resisting arrest;

• Made an arrest on a shoplifting warrant and also charged the subject with resisting arrest;

• Made an arrest on a jail commitment order;

• Made an arrest for uttering a forgery;

• Made an arrest for DUI first offense;

• Made an arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor;

• Took two reports of shoplifting;

• Took a report of simple domestic assault;

• Took a report of telephone profanity;

• Took a report of auto burglary;

• Took a report of an accident;

• Took a report of disorderly conduct;

• Issued a citation for dog running at large;

• Issued 27 traffic citations;

• Investigated four crashes.

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 Yalobusha Woman Nabbed In Food Stamp Fraud Case

WATER VALLEY – The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Office of Fraud Investigations arrested Lottie Johnson for fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.

On February 10, 2009, Johnson was found guilty in the Yalobusha County Justice Court where Judge Gary Tippit ordered her to pay $2,340 in restitution and fines. Johnson was also permanently disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits.

 “This arrest is part of a statewide investigation that will continue as MDHS strives to seek out those who wish to steal from Mississippi’s taxpayers,” said MDHS Public Information Officer, Julia Bryan.

The MDHS Office of Fraud Investigations is charged with detection, investigation and verification of alleged fraud in federal public assistance programs administered by MDHS.

During State Fiscal Year 2008, the office handled 2,816 suspected program violations and recovered $1,213,002. Ken Palmer, director for the Office of Fraud Investigations, warned that more arrests statewide are forthcoming.

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Crime Stoppers

To report information about criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS (8477), or 473-4935 or email to TIPS@YalobushaCounty.net.

No one will ask your name and you may earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and felony indictment. You will not be required to testify, and you will never be identified.

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