The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the murder of a 69-year-old man who was allegedly beaten to death in the county at about 9 p.m. last night.
Investigators are not releasing how the victim, Derald “Pete” Connell, was killed; only that he was the victim of an assault.
Investigator Scott Mills said the assault took place off Highway 6 East near Oxford.
“We have no motives at this time,” Mills said. “Although, we do have some suspects.” (April 2, 2010)
Burglaries in Lafayette County continue to keep investigators with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department busy. After a surge of residential burglaries in both the city of Oxford and county during the holidays, break-ins in the county continue at a steady rate. (March 31, 2010, Page 1)
The family of Joseph Ja-mel “JJ” Ivy is asking for donations to help with medical expenses after Ivy was critically injured in a one-car wreck Monday on Clear Creek Road. (March 10, 2010, Page 2)
A Friday afternoon wreck involving an all-terrain vehicle has left a father and his teenage daughter fighting for their lives.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene on County Road 309 at about 1:30 p.m., on Friday. The father and daughter, from Wisconsin, where visiting family to attend a funeral on the weekend. (March 8, 2010, Page 1A)
CrimeStoppers and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal are collectively offering $1,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected arsonists in connection with recent fires at Wellsgate and at the old Galilee Church on County Road 108. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)
Willie Frank Bowie’s family has raised additional funds to add to the CrimeStoppers reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of his killer. According to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills, there is now a $2,000 reward being offered. (February 22, 2010, Page 1)
CONTINUING COVERAGE — Lafayette County Sheriff’s investigators are still seeking information from community members on the apparent homicide of county resident Willie Frank Bowie on Monday. (January 13, 2010, Page 2)
Willie Frank Bowie, 83, was apparently killed while in his vehicle which was parked just a few feet away from his home. Bowie’s body was discovered at about 7:25 Monday morning. Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department officials are investigating the death as a homicide. (January 12, 2010, Page 1)
CONTINUING COVERAGE — Burglaries continue to climb in Oxford and Lafayette County keeping police officers and investigators scrambling to try and solve the recent rash of home thefts and restore a sense of security to residents. Over the New Year’s holiday weekend, the Oxford Police Department investigated 15 burglaries within the city and eight in the county. (January 5, 2010, Page 1)