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Vehicle Accident Kills One

An aerial view of the site where the railroad crosses CR 55 in Scobey.

By David Howell

SCOBEY – Emergency officials were scrambling early Sunday morning after an automobile crash in Scobey killed one person and a stabbing at Windsor Foods critically injured a worker.

    Coroner Ronnie Stark reported that Ben Love, 21,  of Tillatoba was killed in the automobile accident after his Ford F250 pickup overturned. Love was one of  seven people in the vehicle, according the Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported. Only one person in the vehicle, a passenger, was wearing a seatbelt according to the accident report.

     “This was a very tragic accident,” Humphreys told the Herald. The vehicle had just crossed the railroad tracks on County Road 55 when Love, who was the driver, apparently lost control.

    Two passengers were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. They were transported by family members although both ambulances in the county had been initially dispatched to the wreck.

    Funeral services were held Tuesday for Love, who served as a volunteer fire fighter for the Tillatoba Fire Department.

    A second unrelated call came in around the same time after a Grenada man was stabbed in the neck at Windsor Foods in Oakland. Germaine Crump, age 28, of Coffeeville was charged with aggravated assault which occurred in a hallway at Windsor.

    “Apparently there had been a verbal altercation earlier in the shift between the two workers,” Humphreys said about the incident.

    The victim was transported by private vehicle to the Charleston hospital and was later flown to Regional Medical Center in Memphis where he remains in critical condition. Crump had an initial appearance in Justice Court Monday where Justice Court Judge Steve Riley set a $7,500 bond. Crump posted bond Monday afternoon and was released from jail.

    Other calls handled by the sheriff’s department in the last week include:

    • Took a report of domestic violence on Jan. 6 on County Road 95. One arrest was made.

    • Took a report of counterfeiting on Jan. 6 after a business received several fake $100 bills.

    • Worked  a traffic accident on Jan. 6 on Hwy. 7. The vehicle struck a deer, according to Humphreys.

    • Took a  report of domestic violence on County Road 95 on Jan. 7. The victim did not press charges.

    • Worked a traffic accident on County Road 113 on Jan. 9.

    • Took a report of simple assault on Jan. 10 at 330 Superstop. Charges will be filed in this case, according to Humphreys.



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