Capt. Thelma Curry of the University Police Department was selected the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association Tuesday. Sheriff’s secretary, Cathy Connor, was awarded Support Personnel of the Year. (January 30, 2014, Page 1, 14)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department recently received a $16,900 grant to purchase diving equipment. The grant was spurred by the disappearance of a teen in the Yocona River last year in which the sheriff’s department was required to borrow divers and diving equipment from neighboring counties. (January 22, 2014, Page 1)
Friends refused to stop searching after Michael “Big Mike” Brown went missing Dec. 9. After spending almost 24 hours in his truck, hurt and cold, Brown is gaining steps in his recovery at The Med. (December 24, 2013, Page 1, 3)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department has made three arrests in the shooting death of University of Mississippi graduate student.
According to Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Alan Wilburn the three men were on and off again students at the University of Mississippi and lived next door to the victim, Zacharias Herculese McClendon of Gulfport. Wilburn said the motive was robbery.
Charged with capitol murder are: Steven Matthew Wilbanks, 22, of North Carolina; Derrick Boone, 23 of Laurel and Joseph Lyons, 20, of Houston, Texas.
Oxford Police and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department warn citizens to take some extra precautions during the holidays to protect their homes from being burglarized. (December 11, 2013, Page 1, 2)
During his 26 years in law enforcement, Lafayette County Chief Deputy has seen and heard just about everything when it comes to crime but now he feels it’s time to hang up his hat and take out a fishing pole. (October 23, 2013, Page 3)
Members of the local chapter of the NAACP met with law enforcement officials Thursday to discuss the rash of murders in the county and how they can help each other to bring the communities together to bring an end to the violence. (July 15, 2013, Page 1, 12)
The open-carry law which was set for today but has been postponed until a hearing on July 8 has caused concern with local law enforcement and officials. (July 1, 2013, Page 1)
Extra patrols have been added to Wellsgate after two car wrecks in two days. (May 10, 2013, Page 2A)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and area search and rescue teams were back out this morning in the Grinder Switch area searching for missing 19-year-old Stephen Tyler Emerick.