After a busy spell for much of June, the weekly crime report from the Water Valley Police Department indicated things are returning to normal.
Chief A.J. Hernandez reported damage at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley after a car veered off of the road and struck several tombstones last Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The chief said it appeared the driver of the vehicle missed the curve and the incident may have been an accident. But Hernandez said charges could still include leaving the scene of an accident.
Debris from the car was recovered and Hernandez speculated it would have substantial front-end damage after dragging a tombstone several feet.
Other police activity during the last week includes:
• Pursued a shoplifter from Dollar General store. Hernandez said an officer was on the scene within a couple of minutes and spotted the shop lifter walking away from the store with an armload of clothes and other items. The suspect took off running and evaded capture.
• Responded to a petit larceny on Boyd St. on June 22 after the caller reported a family member stole a cell phone. The cell phone was recovered when the suspect rode by the house and was stopped by police.
• Investigated a call of a man who was threatening employees at Rascals on Central Street. The caller declined to press charges when officers arrived.
• Responded to a complaint that a pit bull was running at-large on Jones Street on June 24. The dog was captured and the owner, Antonio Franklin, ticketed for violation of the city’s leash ordinance.
• Made an arrest for domestic assault on Wagner Street on June 24. Darnell White was charged in the incident.
• Made an arrest for domestic assault in Rolling Hills. Michael Crowder was charged in the incident.
• Wrote 14 traffic citations.