PRESS RELEASES

Drugs and stolen property arrest

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department served an arrest warrant for sale of a controlled substance on Jason Scott Hicks, 39, at his residence on CR 1216 in the Nazareth Community. Upon arrival, officers entered the residence and made contact with Jacob Wayne Porter, 26, who was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Both Hicks and Porter were transported to the Jasper County Jail, where they remain while waiting on their initial appearance before Judge Marvin Jones. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department also ran a search warrant on the residence and the surrounding property controlled be Hicks. Approximately one pound of marijuana, twenty ecstasy pills, and powdered cocaine were discovered and taken into evidence. Stolen firearms were recovered along with more items believed to be stolen. The items seized during the search range from computers to various power tools, welding equipment, and hunting supplies, along with various other items. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department will be documenting the property recovered and attempting to find the rightful owner. If you believe some of these items are yours, please contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 601-764-2588.
I would personally like to thank the following officers of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work and dedication: Investigator Jody White, Narcotic Officers Derick Knight and R H Stockman, and Deputies Jeremy Pinson, Larry Hayes, Steven Graeser, Chris McCullough, and Kirk Thornton.

Chop Shop arrest made

On September 25th Jasper County Authorities arrested Dale Culpepper of Stringer, MS for operating a Chop Shop, a violation of MS Code 63-25-5. Culpepper is accused of changing or having someone change the VIN number on a flood vehicle in order to obtain a clear title. Jasper County notified the Mississippi Highway Patrol and an Agent with NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) of Culpepper’s alleged activity. MHP and NICB were also notified that Culpepper was going to bring the vehicle in question for salvage inspection to MHP on Tuesday morning. Culpepper was detained at the  MHP Salvage Office until Jasper County Authorities arrived and took Culpepper into custody. Deputies and NICB personnel searched Southern Collision Body Shop and the surrounding property where additional evidence was collected. Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone who purchased a vehicle from Dale Culpepper, D and D Auto Sales, Southern Collision Body Shop or Culpepper Auto Sales to please contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at 601-764-2588 so we can check your vehicle and make sure you actually received what you purchased.

Harris captured

Acting on a tip on the whereabouts of Malik Harris, Bay Springs Police Department along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home on Smith St. in Bay Springs. Authorities made verbal contact with Harris at the residence. Harris refused to surrender to authorities. We reached out to Jones County Sheriff’s Department for support and they were responding with an armored vehicle and additional swat members. After a 30 to 45 minute standoff, Harris surrendered to authorities without incident, and Jones County was notified their assistance was no longer needed. Harris was transported to the Jasper County Jail and is being charged with Aggravated Assault. Harris bond will be set by Judge Marvin Jones at a later time.

Murder investigation

Around 2:30 AM on May 19, 2018 the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a drive by shooting on Hwy 11 north of Heidelberg, MS. An 18 year female was pronounced dead at the scene and 2 male passengers 18 and 19 years of age received non life threatening injuries. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. Please contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department at
601-764-2588 or Crime Stoppers with any information. You can remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward.

Lawhorn found dead!

A body believed to be that of murder suspect from TN, Casey Lawhorn, has been found in Vossburg, MS. It appears to be death by self inflicted gun shot. Jasper County Sheriff and Coroner along with MS BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION are on the scene as of 10 am.

Body found in Jasper County

*BREAKING NEWS* According to Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson, a body has been found in the Vossburg, MS area. It is believed to be the body of TN murder suspect, Casey Lawhorn. More details to come.

Caught Again

On March 30, 2018, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were conducting a Safety Checkpoint in Heidelberg. During the checkpoint Deputies made contact with a Silver 4Runner driven by Kenneth Ray Brown of Heidelberg. While speaking to Brown, Deputies detected an odor believed to be Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. As  Officers prepared to search the vehicle an Officer at the scene witnessed Mr. Brown throwing a plastic bag into the wooded area next to Brown’s vehicle. Deputies found the plastic bag which contained what is believed to be ten small bags of Marijuana and one small bag of Hashish. Mr. Brown was taken into custody for two Felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substances. He was brought before Judge Marvin Jones where his bond was denied due to the fact that Brown is currently out on bond for three Sale of Controlled Substance Charges in 2017.

McKenzie in Custody

Jeremy Oshea McKenzie is now in custody.

Murder

Quaddarrius Margun Sumlin, 25,Travis Kentrell Bunch, 25, Keyshad Donnell Arrington,21, all of Jasper County have been arrested in connection with the murder of Mercedes Angelique Dudley, 18, of Mendenhall, Ms. and aggravated assault of Rosalind Tykiara Taylor, 18 of Magee, Ms.and Diyquaviousc Kardall Ellis,19 of Laurel, Ms. A fourth suspect, Jeremy Oshea McKenzie, 29, is being sought by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department for murder and aggravated assault. This crime occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 24,2018. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jeremy McKenzie is asked to call the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department 601-764-2588. We want to thank the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and MBI for their assistance in this case.

Not Involved!!!

Azevaya Zykee De’Quarius Arrington was picked up and held on suspension of murder and aggravated assault. After interviewing Mr. Arrington and other witnesses,it has been determined that he had no part in the murder and assault and has been released.