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July 3rd, 2014

Trial date set in capital murder case

July 3, 2014

DTL staff

A West Point woman will face trial in September on a capital murder charge.
The trial date for Brittania Smith, of 904 Hillside Park in West Point, was set at a bond hearing Wednesday at the Clay County Courthouse.
Smith, 24, was arrested on April 9 in connection with the December death of her 2-month-old son, Brinston Smith. According to the Mississippi Crime Lab, Brinston Smith allegedly died from a lethal dose of codeine and his death was ruled a homicide.

July 2nd

EMCC band hosts camp, offers scholarship chance to GT area student body

July 2, 2014

DTL staff

SCOOBA — The East Mississippi Community College Mighty Lion band is preparing to kick off the 2014-15 season, and it's starting with two summer band camps.
According to an EMCC press release, area students who wish to participate in the band must be prepared to attend one of two camps, a residential camp held Aug. 1-5 and a day camp held Aug. 12-15 at the Scooba campus.
Auditions for the EMCC band remain open through Aug. 1.
Students must be enrolled and registered for the band prior to the start of the first camp, and camps are mandatory for band students.

WPPD, CCSD clarify towing procedures

July 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

When a citizen is arrested in a traffic violation or stopped at a routine traffic stop only to find there’s an active warrant out on them, there’s always the question of what will happen to their car.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the West Point Police Department has received many questions about the department’s authority to have the vehicles towed. He said he wants the public to be aware that once a person is taken into custody, their property becomes WPPD’s responsibility.

Region hosts July 4 festivities

July 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

For most Americans, July 4 means family celebrations, barbecues, music, the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Clay County residents will have a couple opportunities to experience all of the above during this year’s July 4.
While West Point itself isn’t hosting any holiday activities this year’s holiday — as Old Waverly’s festivities are closed to the public — there will be opportunities to enjoy food, fireworks and live music in Starkville and Tupelo.

July 1st

WPPD takes over animal control

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Beginning July 1, the responsibility for West Point’s animal control enforcement will come under the control of the West Point Police Department.
Previously the city’s animal control officer fell under the banner of public works, but West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the animal control officer didn’t have the authority to enforce city laws. He said the city has run into issues with animal control throughout the years because the officer didn’t have the authority to make arrests and enforce city code.

Officials urge fireworks safety

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With the July 4 holiday coming up, many residents will be barbecuing, boating and shooting off fireworks. Local officials urge citizens to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that it’s unlawful to shoot firecrackers in the city limits. He said the West Point Police Department will be responding to calls about fireworks in the city and will be issuing citations to residents violating the law.

Officials urge fireworks safety

July 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

With the July 4 holiday coming up, many residents will be barbecuing, boating and shooting off fireworks. Local officials urge citizens to take proper care during the holiday, and be as safe as possible while enjoying themselves.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said that it’s unlawful to shoot firecrackers in the city limits. He said the West Point Police Department will be responding to calls about fireworks in the city and will be issuing citations to residents violating the law.

June 27th

Third annual ‘Head to Heels’ health fair slated for Saturday

June 27, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Upsilon Pi Omega chapter of Starkville are doing their part for the West Point community by sponsoring the “Head to Heels” Health Fair from 9 – 11 a.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center.

Thefts remain police concern

June 27, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Police Department is advising all residents to keep a close check on their valuables, as burglaries continue to be an issue in the city. WPPD Chief Investigator Albert Lee said the summer months see more and more burglaries, especially of items that are outside and unsecured.

June 26th

District Attorney’s office to brief businesses on HB 585

June 26, 2014

DTL staff

The West Point Police Department is hosting a forum for a representative from the district attorney’s office to meet with local business owners and discuss a new law which lessens property crimes at 6 p.m. July 15 in the courtroom at the West Point Police Department.
Mississippi legislature passed House Bill 585 in March, and it will take effect July 1. The bill was intended to avert prison population growth, according to a statement from Gov. Phil Bryant’s office, but it will also change the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.

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