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Police Report Indicates Minor Activity

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – A report of a stolen car in Lafayette County on July 11  topped the weekly activity log from the Water Valley Police Department.  Chief A.J. Hernandez reported his officers assisted the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Depart-ment after receiving a report of a stolen vehicle. The car was intercepted on North Main Street in the city limits, but officers determined the incident occurred in the neighboring county and the investigation was handled by Lafayette deputies.

Other police incident reports include the following activity from July 10 – 18:

• Responded to a simple assault on Gore Circle on July 11. No charges were filed by the complainants.

• Answered a malicious mischief call on Blackmur Drive on July 12. Damage included a swimming pool that had been cut and a broken window. The incident remains under investigation.

• Responded to another malicious mischief on July 12 after a water bottle had been thrown in a window on Martin Street.

• Arrested Lareco Lee on Blackmur Drive following a traffic stop. Charges included driving without a license.

• Responding to a shoplifting call at Main Street Liquor store after merchandise was allegedly taken. 

• Took a  walk-in report at the police station of identity theft.

• Responded to an accident on July 15 after a motorist collided into a stop sign near First Baptist Church. According to the report, the concrete slab holding the sign caused extensive damage to the vehicle.

•  Responded to a complaint of four-wheelers riding on Blackmur Drive and slinging gravel on the pavement on July 15. The officer located the teenagers and gave them an option of a citation or to sweep the rocks off the road. The teenagers opted to sweep the rocks off the road.

• Took a  walk-in report at the police station of a domestic disturbance on July 15.

• Picked up a pit bull dog on Blount Street after receiving a complaint that the dog was not restrained on a leash. The dog was turned over to the Second Chance Animal Alliance until the owner could be located.

• Responded to a dog call on Gore Circle on July 16 after several juveniles let the dog loose. The dog was picked up and later returned to the owner. 

• Responded to possible overdose involving a 20-year old on July 17.

• Worked an accident on North Court Street on July 17. According to Chief Hernandez, somebody was cutting grass and lost control of their lawnmower, striking a parked vehicle.

• Recovered a Stihl  blower that had been stolen from a city crew. Hernandez said the blower was dropped off at the police department after he received information about the stolen property and sent officers to inquire about it. The incident remains under investigation.

• Assisted the sheriff’s department with serving a capias on Main Street. Hernandez said the arrest was made without incident after eight officers surrounded the house. 

• Responded to the Head Start center after a student observed a pill bottle and some razor blades in the parking lot.

• Arrested Thomas Walton for DUI on Boyd Street on July 17. Walton was initially stopped for a traffic violation.

• Responded to a trespassing call on July 18 that turned out to be a civil matter involving a landlord and renter.

• Wrote seven citations that included parking violations on Main Street and Blackmur Drive.

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