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NEMiss.News Confiscated arms and drugs

Two adult females and one adult male, all from Oklahoma, are in the Union County Jail on drug and firearms charges.

Two 16-year-old females, one reported as a missing person from Texas, were with the adults when the arrests were made.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Deputy Sheriff Chris Whiteside spotted the vehicle, eastbound on Interstate 22 with a Texas license plate, commit an illegal moving violation as the vehicle was about to enter New Albany at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

Whiteside and other Union County deputies arrested and booked into the Union County jail:

Tericka Jackson, age 32, of Elk City, Oklahoma. She is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and bond was set at $200,000.

Graylan Ninedors, age 23, of Oklahoma City. He is charged with trafficking in controlled substances and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Ninedor’s bond on the drug trafficking charge was set at $200,000 and $10,000 on the firearms charges.

Isis Abriana Edwards, age 20, Lawton, Oklahoma (near Fort Sill). She is charged with trafficking in controlled substances and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Her bond was set at $200,000 on the drug trafficking charge and $20,000 on the firearms violations.

Sheriff Edwards said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations  (MBI), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had been notified of the arrests.

He said he believes he FBI will bring charges based on evidence that the two minor females may have been victims of sex trafficking and “headed for a very dark and dangerous life” in Atlanta.

The 16 year-old-girl, who had been reported missing from Texas, has been picked up and returned to Texas by that state’s child protective services people. The other teenage girl, still in Union County, had a hearing before a juvenile court Monday and measures will be taken to for the child’s safety.

Besides the three felony arrests and the recovery of the two teenaged girls, Union County deputies also confiscated 18 pounds of marijuana and several semi-automatic firearms including at least one AK-47 type assault rifle. The weapons could involve the ATF in the case.

NEMiss.News Perkins, Orbison, Cash & Lewis



Jerry Lee Lewis has occasionally been in my thoughts during the last several weeks. While “The Killer” had a long career in American music, his success as a performer is not why I thought about him. Although I liked a couple of his songs, I was not a “fan” and never attempted to see him perform.

When I heard Friday that Lewis had died, I was a little surprised. I’d presumed he was already long dead.

My recent transient thoughts about Jerry Lee started while reading Carl Rollyson’s new biography of William Faulkner. Jill Smith had Rollyson speak at the Union County Heritage Museum in July, and I bought the biography from the museum shop.

Rollyson’s two-volume, 1,097-page, biography of Faulkner is based on many years of research into the life and literary career of the Mississippi Nobelist. Rollyson did an enormous amount of research of his own. Additionally, he had access to the research of Faulkner’s early biographer, Joseph Blotner, and the work of several other writers over the last 60 years.

Until now, Blotner’s book would have been considered the most important Faulkner biography. Blotner was a friend of Faulkner’s from the latter’s time as a lecturer at the University of Virginia. He had first person access to Faulkner and was a pall bearer at the novelist’s funeral in 1962.

Blotner was a good writer of straight forward prose, but his 1974 biography and a subsequent 1991 condensed paperback version were relatively sparse on details about the darker aspects of Faulkner’s life. Blotner does write about Faulkner’s alcohol problem and touches on other details of an unhappy life. However, the reader of Blotner’s Faulkner is spared the many, many ugly details. Some believe Blotner left out most of the nastier stuff to avoid offending Faulkner’s widow and their daughter Jill Faulkner Summers.

Not so with Carl Rollyson’s book. While reading the first volume I was somewhat put off by the abundance of detail about everything from minutia about Faulkner’s personal wardrobe to excruciating details about his long and lucrative career as a screenwriter in Hollywood. I thought it distracted from the flow of the narrative. However, I read Rollyson’s published comments regarding his belief that every detail of the subject’s life is relevant.

Rollyson gives heavy emphasis to the fact that much of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha fiction is about Southern Decadence: violence, predatory miscegenation, rape, incest, racism, alcoholism, debauchery in general and “the Rise of the Redneck.” He spares us no details in discussing Faulkner’s own dissipation, his many dalliances with very young women and his self-destructive binges on alcohol. The genius of Rowan Oak was brought close to death by his drinking bouts many times, wallowing for days in his own filth, and was hospitalized dozens of times to salvage him from dipsomania.

Faulkner died in 1962 at Wright’s Sanitarium, a small private clinic for alcoholics in Byhalia, Desoto County, Mississippi. He was two months shy of his 65th birthday.

What does Faulkner have to do with Jerry Lee Lewis? It is very unlikely that Faulkner ever heard a recording of Jerry Lee singing and even less likely that The Killer ever read a single page of anything Faulkner wrote. Lewis did have a unique singing style and could literally set fire to a piano, but those are not the reasons I thought of him while reading about Faulkner’s life.

It is simply this: The life of Jerry Lee Lewis’s exemplified Southern Decadence.

Lewis married a 13-year old child, a first cousin, in 1957. The scandal of his incest and statutory rape of the girl derailed his early success as a rock-and-roll artist. However, a dozen years later he came back strong as a performer of country and gospel music. By 1970 he was on top.

His outrageous incidents while under the influence of alcohol and other chemicals were legendary.

He accidentally shot Butch Owens, his base player, in the chest with a handgun in 1976. That same year, the Memphis police arrested him, stoned, at the front gate of Elvis Presley’s house on old Highway 51. He was brandishing a handgun and demanding that Elvis come out, so they could settle who was really “The King” or some such nonsense.

The Killer was married seven times, and two of his wives died under what were called “mysterious circumstances.” A grand jury looked into the 1983 death of one of his wives, who died of an overdose with some of Lewis’s own methadone in her body. He had good lawyers and was not indicted.

I thought of Jerry Lee Lewis several times while reading about debauchery in the life and literature of William Cuthbert Faulkner. The life of The Killer would have made an appropriate character and plot for a Faulkner novel. Brother Will would have had to tone it down a little to make it believable, sort of obscure it in those thousand-word sentences.

Jerry Lee Lewis died at age 87, also in Desoto County, living 23 years longer than William Faulkner. Hard living punishes some more, and quicker, than others.


NEMiss.News David Neal Cox executed



David Neal Cox was executed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman today, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, for a murder he committed in Union County 11-1/2 years ago.

The Department of Corrections said Cox died at At 6:12 PM.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards witnessed the execution. “It seemed to me that the Department of Corrections had the execution well planned and it went according to plan. Cox appeared to quietly go to sleep,” Edwards told NEMiss.News while he and Chief Deputy Baron Baker were enroute back to Union County from Parchman. The sheriff said members of the victim’s family were present as were members of Cox’s family

Cox was executed for the May 2010 murder of his estranged wife Kim Kirk Cox.  Cox, age 50, died by lethal injection,

In early 2010, David Cox had been incarcerated for about nine months, charged with the sexual abuse of his young step-daughter. He had also found in possession of illegal drug-related items; a $200,000 bond was set. His wife, Kim, had pressed the abuse charges that had him arrested. Throughout his incarceration, Cox had often voiced threats to kill his wife whenever he managed to make bond.

About one month before the murder, Cox managed to have his bond reduced, and Kim Cox began to fear for her safety after learning that he was out on bond.

Having made plans to enter a safe house the following Monday, May 17, Kim Cox had left her home, and was in her sister’s home, with her teen daughter and two young sons. David Cox shot his way into the house in Sherman on Friday, May 14, 2010. Kim Cox’s sister managed to grab one of the boys and they escaped to a neighbor’s house.

When law officers began arriving on the scene, David Cox was holding his wife, his pre-teen step-daughter, and one of his sons hostage. He shot his wife and left her to a lingering death, observed by her children. He also raped his step-daughter in view of her dying mother.  When officers stormed the house over eight hours later, Kim Cox was dead. David Cox surrendered.

David Cox eventually pleaded guilty to capital murder and several other charges. He was sentenced in Union County Circuit Court to death for the murder and to over 180 years for other charges. Then began a long series of appeals of his sentence. This ended in 2021 when a court ruled in favor of Cox’s request to waive further appeals and go ahead with his execution.


Lee County MS Sheriff Dept website

On Nov. 19, the Lee County Sheriff Department along with the North Mississippi Narcotic Unit executed two search warrants at 4907 A. Raymond Ave. Verona. Upon executing the search warrants the Sheriff Department and agents found a felony amount of crack cocaine, felony amount of marijuana, felony amount of methamphetamine and a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. Agents also seized $1,331.00 and a 2004 Infinity SUV. Arrested were Marcus Satterwhite, Juana Toney and Jamie Fields all three have extensive drug arrest in the past.

(#1) Arrested: Marcus Satterwhite; DOB 05/19/1977, 43 years old

Address: 4907 A Apt. 162 Raymond Ave., Verona, Lee County

Charges: (1) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – Crack Cocaine

Bond was set at $10,000


(#2) Arrested: Juana Toney; DOB 05/17/1974 46 years old

Address: 4907 A Apt. 162 Raymond Ave. Verona, Lee County

Charges: (1) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – Crack Cocaine

Bond was set at $10,000


(#3) Arrested: Jamie Fields; DOB 02/11/1989 31 years old

Address: 1353 Red Circle Tupelo, Lee County

Charges (1) Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance – Marijuana

(2) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

(3) Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

Bond was set at $50,000

Jamie Fields was already out on bond for previous charge of trafficking Methamphetamine

New Albany police have made several arrests for drug and burglary offenses as well as a case of apparently pointless vandalism.

The vandalism case actually is likely related to drug use, Police Chief Chris Robertson said.

About 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, police received a report that someone was vandalizing property in the vicinity of the Windshield Doctor on East Bankhead Street. A white male in a semi-truck was seen busting out the window of the New Haven transport bus there.

A witness was able to get a video of the incident and officers, after seeing the video, were able to locate the truck in the Wal-Mart area. They arrested the driver, Audie Keene, 64, of a Florida address.

“For some unknown reason he stopped, got out with a club or wooden board and busted the window with no apparent motive,” the chief said.

Keene has been charged with malicious mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

Keene was apparently just passing through town with no connection here so the only reason for the destruction appears to be that the suspect was under the influence of drugs, the chief said.

The first drug case occurred about 3 a.m. Sept. 19.

“Officers were operating a DL checkpoint when a Chevy Silverado came through,” Robertson said. “They smelled what they believed to be the odor of burnt marijuana.”

Officers asked the driver, Robert K. Nabors, 35, of Ripley, to get out of the truck and they then found a quantity of MDMA, also known an “molly,” or Ecstasy, and marijuana wax in the vehicle.

Nabors was charged with possession of a Schedule I narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the third case, officers made a traffic stop on Brittney Spencer, 30, of Hickory Flat after she was seen driving at a high rate of speed on Bankhead Street about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Driving a red Mazda, she was finally pulled over on Moss Hill Drive, where she produced an ID card. Robertson said they found that she was a convicted felon as well as having a previous DUI charge.

Officers found a handgun in the vehicle console as well as miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be Xanax and Ecstasy. She was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV and I drugs, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

In the next case, officers were called to the Townhouse Apartments on Oxford Road for a possible vehicle burglary.

They found Scott Ensey standing next to a vehicle and after talking with him determined he had been in the vehicle and taken an EBT card from it. Both Ensey and the victim are residents of the apartment complex.

He was charged with burglary of an auto.

Finally, officers received word about a red Ford 150 driving carelessly and erratically on Hwy. 30 West. They stopped the vehicle driven by Hunter Campbell, 20, of Charleston, Miss., and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana, Robertson said.

Officers found a clear bag with a green substance in it and a small pill believed to be Ecstasy.

He was charged with driving under the influence first offense, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, no proof of insurance, having a switched tag and possession of ecstasy.

The Union County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy that can do things no other deputy can. He is Caesar, a specially-trained canine.

Caesar is a two-year-old Belgian Malanois who has been in training since he was about eight months old.

Deputy Chris Whiteside is his handler and spent two weeks of 12-hour days learning how to work with Caesar.

“He came from the Little Rock Canine Academy,” Whiteside said. He added that while he was there officers from all around the country were there being trained to work with their canines.

Sheriff Jimmy Edwards asked for the new canine because their current dog, Dutch, was getting old and having some health problems. “It’s time for him to retire,” Edwards said, but noted that Dutch had more than paid for himself many times over and he hopes Caesar will do as well.

Supervisors have vote for the retired Dutch to be officially owned by his handler, Adam Fitts.

Acquiring and training Caesar cost about $11,000, but none of that was from taxpayers’ money. It all came from seized drug funds.

Edwards said that might seem expensive but that during his career Dutch may have brought as much as a million dollars in, since one drug case alone involved $600,000 and another was $200,000.

Caesar is certified in narcotics detection and patrol, which includes search, apprehension and tracking.

Although Caesar looks a bit smaller than a German Shepherd, Edwards said he has no trouble taking down an armed adult and is not startled by gunfire. The breed is known for having a bite-and-hold-on nature making them good for law enforcement.

He is trained to give a passive alert when he finds something, which Edwards said is better than the older method in which dogs scratched or pawed. In some cases people complained that a canine damaged their vehicle as a result.

“Most can work until they are 10 or 11 years old,” Edwards said of the breed. “They don’t have the hip problems some others do.”

In addition to patrolling, Whiteside said he will take Caesar to schools, career days and senior citizens programs. Like many law enforcement canines, Caesar has been trained with commands in a foreign language. Sometimes that is because the dogs are trained overseas but it also makes it unlikely the canine could pick up on an inadvertent or wrong command.

But although Caesar will live with Whiteside and family, he is not a pet. “You have to bond with him, but he is not a pet. He is a working dog,” Whiteside said.

And after watching Caesar for a few minutes it becomes clear that he is not only intelligent, but very high energy and can become bored quickly.

“He can be aggressive but is not aggressive by nature,” Edwards said.

Caesar has a special compartment in Whiteside’s patrol vehicle and the deputy makes sure he has plenty of water and adequate breaks outside the vehicle. The SUV has a special alarm that sounds if the temperature gets too high or low for the dog’s safety. Before the alarms were available, some canines died from heat exhaustion in the summer when the engine and air conditioning quit and the deputy was not aware of it. Whiteside said they obviously don’t want that to happen.

Caesar was not the Union County department’s first choice but Edwards said they are happy with him. “We looked at another dog but he did not qualify,” Edwards said. “All beagles don’t run rabbits. They have to have pretty high energy. A canine could be a good dog but not have that drive.”

The earlier canine apparently did not have the drive that Caesar does.

Caesar and Whiteside must be recertified every year in order for court convictions to hold up.

But for now he and partner Chris will be on patrol together on a routine basis, not just in special situations.

City and county law enforcement officers served simultaneous search warrants on four area convenience stores Wednesday and seized thousands of dollars worth of illegal and unknown products the stores were selling to minors.

The businesses were Regal Truck Stop on Hwy. 30 West and Central Station on South Central in New Albany and Poolville Quick Stop on Hwy. West and J and J Grocery on Hwy. 15 South out in the county.

Sultan Slshami

One clerk at each store was arrested and charged with selling tobacco to a minor. New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson said this was just the first step in an ongoing investigation and more charges possibly including felonies are possible.

Charges will depend on results after the crime lab in Tupelo analyzes the dozens of different products, some of which are labeled in foreign languages or not at all.

“We have been getting complaints for the past two or three months from concerned parents,” Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said. “Their kids would come home high.”

Mussa Bander

“These products have become very popular with 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds as well as some adults,” Edwards said.

While some are merely harmless placebos, other contain CBD and THC, psychoactive components of marijuana

that cause differing effects. Chief Robertson said one product they seized was 100 percent THC.

“The Chief and I have been working on this awhile,” Edwards said. “We have made traffic stops on individuals as they left the stores and found them with the products.” He later added that undercover individuals were used to facilitate charges and officers also seized surveillance recorders from the stores that should have video recordings of sales.

Mohamed Fadal

“We hope to send a message that we are not going to tolerate selling chemicals to our children,” the sheriff said. “If you can’t make a living without selling this poison you need to look for another way.”

“Children in the city and county are affected,” Robertson said. “One problem is that we don’t know what it is. Those selling it don’t and the children certainly don’t.”

And there are many, many products that come and go and it is difficult to control them. “When the law changes (and outlaws a product), they just change one part and it becomes legal.”

Brandi Rollins

The city and county have managed to outlaw spice and a somewhat controversial kratom, as well as products with high concentrations of caffeine being sold to minors, but those problems pale in comparison to what is available now.

Few of these products have even been seen by the Food and Drug Administration, much less approved.

“This is a new type of problem to this generation,” Robertson said. Kids are used to alcohol, smoking and, now, even vaping and don’t see a danger to what one can buy over the counter so easily.

“Kids don’t understand that this is very dangerous,” he said.

The sheriff said he talked with one adult who has been a consistent drug user most of his life. He said the man tried one of these products. “He said he has never been so messed up in his life and he wants nothing more to do with them,” Edwards said.

He added that a woman in the jail now is charged with a felony, although she had an ideal life when younger until being introduced to spice. “It ruined her life,” he said.

Another problem with these products is that they have no good track record.

“We have no idea of the long-term effects, either,” Robertson said.

The products are sold under a number of brands such as Aspen Vape, Colorado Tips, Daze, Addall and others. One might easily argue that the colorful package designs for some target young users. Some are designed to look like marijuana or other drugs.

It’s not clear where the products come from at this point but officers said they think they are from the same general source.

Store operators may not have as much incentive to drop the products on their own because of the potential profit. Most of these products are expensive. For example, one package with two capsules sells for $49.95 and one small bottle with 10 ml. of liquid costs $200.

Even so, most of the products sell out quickly, the sheriff said, and people often buy multiple items despite the expense. They have attempted to make an undercover purchase of one of the products only to discover none was left at the store.

“This is just the first part of the first phase of an ongoing investigation,” Chief Robertson said. “There possibly will be more charges out.”

The four arrested were clerks who made the sales although one may also be the proprietor. The store operators could be charged later.

The initial charge was selling tobacco to a minor, which only required a $500 bond and a potential fine of $202.75. All four are free on bond. They include Sultan Mohamed Saleh Alshami arrested at Regal Truck Stop, Mussa Rahimee Bander arrested at Central Station, Brandi Nicole Rollins arrested at Poolville Quick Stop and Mohamed Fadal arrested at J & J Grocery.