Sheriff Makes Gambling Arrests
By Jack Gurner
TILLATOBA – Sheriff Lance Humphreys seized a pair of illegal poker machines from the Pit Stop in Tillatoba on Tuesday. Humphreys said that he was making a beer permit inspection of the establishment when the machines were observed in a back room.
Current owner of the business is Randy McGregor of Grenada. At press time Tuesday investigators were preparing paperwork to charge McGregor with two counts of possession of gaming devices. The misdemeanor charges carry a fine of up to $500.
The gambling arrest was the second in a week after deputies entered Pit Row on Hwy 330 East on June 16 and discovered a illegal poker game in progress.
Owner Cecil Harrison was charged with one count of an owner permitting gaming on premises and one count of display of gaming devices, Humphreys said.
The charges carry up to a $2000 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each count.
Humphreys reported the following additional activity during the law week:
• Took a report on of a disturbance of the family on CR 19 June 19;
• Took a report of an attempted car burglary June 20;
• Investigated a report of child molestation just off Hwy. 51 June 20;
• Took a report of child in need of supervision on CR 432 June 20;
• Took a report of a hit and run on Red Bud in Oakland June 21;
• Took a report of disorderly conduct and public drunk in Tillatoba on June 21; and
• Recovered a four-wheeler stolen from Leflore County June 22.
City Crime Report
WATER VALLEY – Police responded to a complaint of a loud lawn mower on South Main Street last Thursday just before 9:30 p.m. The caller told the dispatcher that they were trying to sleep and the lawn mower didn’t have a muffler.
The lawn mowing had been finished and the mower put up when police arrived, according to radio traffic from the responding officer.
Lt. Rick 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 speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle;
• Made an arrest for malicious mischief;
• Made an arrest for simple domestic assault;
• Took two reports of petty larceny;
• Took a report of leaving the scene of a crash;
• Took a report of telephone profanity;
• Took a report of grand larceny involving a withdrawal from an ATM;
• Took a report of auto burglary – purse taken from the vehicle;
• Issued 16 traffic citations;
• Investigated one vehicle crash.