Law Enforcement Report

Shayanna Simmons, 17-months, was killed Tuesday just before 4 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle traveling west in the 700 block of Blackmur Drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark. Officer Jamie Caldwell (left) of the Water Valley Police Department investigates the vehicle involved in the incident as the ambulance leaves the scene. – Photo by Jack Gurner

City Court Moved To Monday Beginning On August 31

By Jack Gurner
Reporter

WATER VALLEY – City Court has been moved to Mondays at 4 p.m. starting on Aug. 31 by order of City Judge Trent Howell.

The move is for an indefinite period, according to Lt. Rick McCuan of the Water Valley Police Department.

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

• Made three arrests for driving under suspension;

• Made an arrest for DUI, first offense;

• Made an arrest for DUI, second offense;

• Made an arrest for malicious mischief and trespassing;

• Served a warrant for the Southaven Police Department;

• Took reports from a couple who were cross filing against each other for simple domestic assault;

• Took a report of desecration of a grave which turned out to be caused by animals;

• Took a report of petty larceny;

• Took a report of violation of the city junk ordinance;

• Took a report of malicious mischief;

• Issued a citation for violation of the city beer ordinance, open container

• Issued 30 traffic citations.

• Investigated one vehicle crash;

• Issued 32 traffic tickets.

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Mississippi Highway Patrol Sends Warning Of Labor Day Crackdown

By Sgt. Leslie White
MHP Dept. of Public Safety

    America is facing an impaired driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months. That’s why the Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced today that it will join other police agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this August 21 through September 7.

    Impaired driving is a deadly crime. In all 50 states, 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher is impaired driving.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that as many as 13,500 in one year were killed involving impaired drivers. Impaired driving is NOT an  ACCIDENT. It is an epidemic of careless disregard for human life. All together, innocent law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones.

 “ We are committed to intensifying the crackdown, especially during night-time and weekend hours when a high percentage of alcohol related crashes occur,” Sgt. White reported, adding, “No one should ever get that late-night phone call from the police telling them their loved one has died due to an impaired driver.”

  Possible consequences from driving impaired include: jail time; loss of driving privileges; and financial complications, including increases in insurance costs, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work or loss of job and job prospects, not to mention seeing your name printed in the local newspaper. Driving impaired is simply not worth the consequences.

  So remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  Over the Limit-Under Arrest Public Information and Education Campaign, coupled with strict traffic enforcement by state and local departments,  document that our state has made significant progress in reducing deaths on our roadways.

    Traffic enforcement not only saves lives, it also supplements many criminal enforcement activities. Reducing the incidences of DUI and increasing the use of occupant protection are two of the most cost effective methods to reduce death and injury on our roadways. Seat belts remain one of our best defenses against impaired drivers, whether being a crime victim or crash victim.

    All citizens ultimately pay the societal costs for health care and public safety resources.

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