Victim Recovering In Assault, Police Still Investigating

WATER VALLEY – The victim in a brutal assault on Panola Street on May 22 continues to recover and has been released from the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Water Valley Interim Police Chief Spring Crenshaw reported that her department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) continues to track  down leads in the investigation.

The victim was discovered in her home mid-morning after officers conducted a welfare check and was flown to the Memphis hospital in critical condition. 

Law enforcement activity reported during the last week includes:

• Officers made five misdemeanor arrests, one for possession of paraphernalia and four for no driver’s license.

• Officers wrote seven traffic citations.

• Officers took a report of attempted credit card fraud. 

“Thankfully in this case, the victim closed her bank account before they  were able to gain access,” Crenshaw reported. The interim chief explained that fraud cases are common in the city and often target senior citizens.

“If it is a government entity like the IRS or Social Security office, they are not going to call you on the phone,” Crenshaw explained. “They are going to mail you a certified letter stating what is going on.”

• Crenshaw also explained that city ordinance prohibits the discharge of any firearm inside the city limits of Water Valley, responding to a question from a resident who reported her cat had been shot by a pellet gun.  (See letter, page 5 of this weeks Herald). 

“No matter what type of firearm it is,” Crenshaw added about the ordinance, which would include air rifles.

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