The Administrative Offices of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran's Day. The phones will still be available 24 hours at 662-363-1411. For emergencies, remember to dial 911. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
PIO NUMBER: 2019-31-10
DATE OF INCIDENT: 10-31-2019
TIME OF INCIDENT: 10:48 P.M. (2248 Hours)
LOCATION: OLD SUB AREA - ANDERSON STREET/EDWARDS AVENUE - TUNICA, MS 37686
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
Thursday night, October 31, 2019, Tunica County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired on or near Anderson Street and Edwards Avenue in the Old Sub area in Tunica. One caller advised of one black male suffering gunshot wounds.
Deputies and first responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, it was discovered the victim needed medical attention. Pafford transported the subject to the Tunica Airport to be transported by air (Pafford AirOne) to Region One Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Tunica County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the name of the victim at this time. An update to victim's condition is currently unknown.
This is an ongoing investigation. The Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information pertaining to the crime, please contact the Tunica County Sheriff's Office at (662) 363-1411 or Tunica County Crime Stoppers at (662) 910-0400.
Warden Reginald Boykin and Chief Deputy Randy Stewart were surprised with a luncheon in their honor to show appreciation for the vital role they play in the success of Sheriff Hamp's administration. These two individuals have been a part of the Sheriff's team since his first term in 2004. Sheriff Hamp explained that his administration has seen various people come and go for a multitude of reasons.
He expressed his thankfulness that Warden Boykin and Chief Stewart have stood by his side since day one, and that they will continue to stand with him as he enters his fifth term. The Sheriff thanked each of their wives also, Faye Stewart and Jacqueline Boykin, for allowing their husbands to serve - even when serving has meant answering and responding to calls in the middle of the night.
Sheriff Hamp paid tribute to Warden Boykin and Chief Stewart by presenting each man a plaque for 16 years of outstanding direction, leadership, and service on the Command Staff and for their devotion, dedication, and hard work for the Tunica County Sheriff's Office.
Always keep the barrel of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Firearms should be unloaded when not in use. Don't rely on your gun's safety. Treat all firearms as if they're loaded and ready to fire. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it. Use proper ammunition. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using. Treat a misfire as though the gun could fire at any moment. Make sure the gun is unloaded before attempting to clean it. Do not use alcohol or drugs while handling a firearm. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot. Never cross a fence, climb a tree or stand or jump a ditch with a loaded gun. Never load a firearm until you are ready to use it. Always unload firearms before riding in any vehicle, including ATVs. Watch your muzzle so the other hunter doesn't have to. Dress for the weather. Wear hunter orange so you can be seen. If you take a dog with you, make sure it also wears bright colors. Know the range of your firearm. Remember, even a .22 rim fire can travel over 1-1/2 miles. Tell someone where you're going and when you plan to return. If you move from one area to another advise someone. Carry a flashlight while walking through the hunting area before or after daylight. Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
Portions of Northern Mississippi, including Tunica and surrounding counties Tate, DeSoto, Coahoma, and Quitman are under a flash flood watch now through Saturday afternoon. Please continue to monitor weather conditions!
If you have to travel in these rainy conditions, be sure to follow our tips to be safe while there is water in the roadway:
1. TIME - give yourself plenty of time and do NOT rush. Highway 61 is known for holding water in the roadway, allow plenty of time to get to and from your destination, especially if traveling this highway.
2. LIGHTS - turn on your headlights. Help yourself see and be seen by other drivers!
3. DO NOT SPEED - obey speed limit signs and slow down in heavier rain conditions. If your view becomes obstructed, find a safe area to pull over out of the roadway until the rain lightens up.
4. DISTANCE - leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Should you or the vehicle in front of you have to stop suddenly, it is important to have enough space to safely do so.
5. ATTENTION - do not drive distracted. Pay attention to road signs, do not use your cellphone or other handheld electronic devices, and be aware of changing road conditions as well as other drivers.
If you have any additional tips for drivers to follow while driving in the rain, be sure to comment them below!
Hollywood Casino and 1st Jackpot hosted the fifth annual Sheriff's Survival Pink Luncheon on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Hollywood Casino. This year, the event was in loving memory of Pastor J. W. Seals. Guests dressed in shades of pink to show their support for the occasion. While enjoying their lunch, guests were moved by testimonials, messages, praises, and music by various pastors and patrons that Tunica County is blessed with throughout the community.
Pastor Henry Hargrow, the emcee for the luncheon, shared with guests, "God will hear your cry. God will ease into the room and take care of your needs. Somehow you will now understand that weeping may be endured for nights, but joy, real joy, comes in the morning. And if you have not experience this, then keep on living. Keep on fighting, you can only talk about what you've experienced. Keep on living."
One theme discussed through the luncheon among guests and speakers was one commonly seen regarding the battle against cancer, 'no one fights alone.' While one individual may be the one with cancer; it is fought together with family, friends, loved ones, pastors, and the Almighty God. Testimonials were shared reiterating this from battlers, champions, heroes, over comers, survivors, and warriors.
Pastor McKinley Daley, also a Tunica County Board of Supervisors member, reminded guests of the 23rd book of Psalms and read, "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." He then said, "See, I shall not want to allow anything to separate me from the love of God. No, I will not allow anything to defeat me because I trust in God. Whatever your will is, Lord, it is not always easy. I hear a lot of people say I have a lot of faith; nothing bothers me. Well, that's because you haven't faced anything. When trouble comes in your body, I don't care how much faith you have, it'll make you cry. It'll make you wonder, and ask the Lord, 'Why?' That's when you will hear the Spirit of God remind you that he's holding you in the palm of His hand and saying 'Just trust Me.' Joy will come in the morning. God is going to deliver you; just hold faith. Like in verse three [Psalms 23] 'He restores my soul' because sometimes our souls get weary, but God is going to restore our souls in the morning hour.'"
Pastor Seals' wife, Betty Seals, shared that she was surprised to pick up the program and see the luncheon was in honor of her beloved husband. She shared that when she saw his picture on the program of him smiling and waving, she knew he is in Heaven and watching over her. She shared that when her husband was near his final day on earth, he reminded her not to be weary, but to be strong and courageous. He told her was going to a place of eternal healing. Seeing the picture confirmed her husband's promise to her.
Sheriff Hamp paid tribute to those that have fought, are currently fighting, that will one day fight, and those that lost their battle to the horrific disease known as cancer. He gave the opportunity for members of the luncheon to light a candle in honor of a loved one, or themselves personally, that have courageously fought the fight against cancer. In a moving display of love, guests came up and paid great respect to those they know and love while the Tunica County Sheriff's Office Choir sang "Let It Rain" in a beautiful melody, creating a truly moving tribute to the men and women that have battled cancer.
The TCSO thanks Hollywood and 1st Jackpot for their generosity to host this event, as well as all speakers and performers for their contribution to the program that made the day so special. Lastly, thank you to our guests for joining us to celebrate and honor those battlers, champions, heroes, over comers, survivors, and warriors against cancer.
PIO NUMBER: 2019-19-10 CASE NUMBER: 54528
DATE OF INCIDENT: 10-19-2019
TIME OF INCIDENT: 7:17 P.M. (1917 Hours)
LOCATION: LEVEE COMISSARY NEAR CUTOFF, TUNICA, MS 38676
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
At approximately 7:17 p.m. Saturday evening, October 19, 2019 the Tunica County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting an accident between a golf cart and a pickup truck near the Levee Commissary and Tunica Cutoff.
After receiving the call, the Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies and first responders from Pafford Ambulance Service and Tunica Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. Upon arrival, it was discovered three individuals that were passengers on the golf cart needed serious medical attention. One white male, driver of the pickup, was taken into custody from the scene for a DUI charge.
One juvenile golf cart passenger was air lifted by Pafford Air One to LeBonheur Children's Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee for treatment for internal injuries. One male golf cart passenger was transported by air to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The third golf cart passenger was transported by ambulance to Baptist DeSoto in Southaven, Mississippi for treatment.
As of the morning of October 20, 2019, the Sheriff's Office was advised the juvenile remains in ICU at LeBonheur, one male remains hospitalized, and the third male was released from Baptist DeSoto.
Field Sobriety Training Course
Tunica County Sheriff's Office participated in a three day field sobriety training course at the G. W. Henderson Sr., Recreational Center. This course prepares officers and other qualified persons to conduct field sobriety tests for use in DWI/DUI investigations. This training has experienced remarkable success since its inception in the early 1980s.
The field sobriety test is subject to updates and changes based on advances in technology and science. Tunica County Sheriff's Office is committed to being up to date with the most current and correct procedures for conducting field sobriety tests. The test can be revised with contributions from sources in health care, toxicology, jurisprudence, and law enforcement. Modifications are made to improve the quality of instruction and standardization of guidelines for the implementation of field sobriety curriculum.
Pictured are deputies Terrence Webb and Donald Davern conducting a practice field sobriety test for instructors.
Tunica County Sheriff's Office hosted 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Tunica, Miss. - The Tunica County Sheriff's Office hosted its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Tunica National Golf and Tennis in Robinsonville, Mississippi. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Le Bonheur's Children Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Le Bonheur functions as the region's primary Level 1 pediatric trauma center. This year, the golf tournament was in honor of Tunica native, Madysen Acey, who received life-saving care from Le Bonheur in 2010.
There were seven teams to participate. The tournament was a four-man 18 hole scramble. First place, with a score of 58, was Big Six Farm's team of Tommy Swindoll, Jeff Bailey, David Graves, and Greg Arnold. Second place, with a tie-breaking score of 60, was Chuck Graves, Jack Clayton, Donny Flowers, and John Graves. Third place, with a score of 60 was Rodney Whitl, Lance Hardison, Mark Mask, and Kerry Parker. Beau Gregory won the closest to the pin contest.
This years sponsors were Gephart Electrical Construction Company, Howard Industries, Inc., Canon Farms, Planters Bank, Mississippi Supply Company, Inc., Joseph and Barbara Aycock, Canines & Crooks Law Enforcement Supplis, McDonald Outdoor Advertising, Tunica Pharmacy, Citizens Bank & Trust Company, and Delta Southern UAS.
The Sheriff's Office thanks all of the tournament participants and sponsors for their contributions to make this year's tournament a success. We are so appreciative of the support shown and given from our community. We look forward to seeing you all next year, and invite everyone to join us to support this great cause!
Tunica County Sheriff's Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 26 at Sheriff's Office
Tunica, Miss. - On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tunica County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Sheriff's Office at 5126 Old Mhoon Landing Road in Tunica, Mississippi 38676. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds-approximately 5,900 tons-of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else's medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.