The Daily Press Daily Times Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-24T17:54:39-05:00 Point’s very own Santa2014-12-24T17:54:39-05:002014-12-24T17:54:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point native Jim Crum may not be the real Santa Claus but he spends his time doing Santa’s work in the community. Just about any time a West Point or Clay County resident sees a jolly old elf with a long white beard during the holiday season, that beard probably belongs to Crum. He said he started playing Santa in 2001 after a chance encounter at a supermarket. “I was in the grocery store one day and a lady approached me and asked if I’d ever played Santa Claus, I guess because I had a white beard,” Crum said. “I told her I had not. Turns out she was the recreation director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.”The serendipitous encounter turned into a regular gig playing Santa for St. Jude, and it didn’t take long for Crum to bring the red suit and bag of toys back home to West Point.“When they asked me to play Santa for St. Jude they asked if I already had a suit, and I told them I didn’t,” he said. “So they provided a suit for me and I wore that for a little while. That suit was so hot I couldn’t wear it, so my wife made me a new one and I’ve worn it ever since.”Crum said he still does some appearances as Santa for St. Jude, but spends the lion’s — or reindeer’s — share of his time playing Santa for local kids.West Point, MSNo author availableWest Point’s very own SantaDaily Times arrested in shooting2014-12-24T17:53:08-05:002014-12-24T17:53:08-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police Department investigators have made two arrests in a weekend shooting incident that left two people injured.Police apprehended Tommie Earl Malone, 16, and Tyron Cortez Coleman, 16, both of West Point, Wednesday evening in connection to the incident, according to a WPPD statement to media. Both Malone and Coleman were charged as adults on counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault. According to the incident report, police were dispatched about 11 p.m. Friday to Point Place apartments on North Forest Street in West Point in response to alleged shots fired. Upon arrival, officers were approached by a man, whom police have declined to identify, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to a WPPD statement. Shortly thereafter, 911 dispatchers notified police a second man, whose identity has also not been released, was being treated for gunshot wounds at North Mississippi Medical Center emergency room. Both were injured in the same incident, according to the report.West Point, MSNo author availableJuveniles arrested in shootingDaily Times turns out to support Sally Kate Winters kids2014-12-24T11:23:20-05:002014-12-24T11:23:20-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comSally Kate Winters Family Services has been a safe place for children removed from abusive and neglectful situations since 1990. During that time SKWFS has always been able to count on support from the West Point, Clay County community for the children in its care, according to Heather Usry, outreach coordinator for SKWFS. “I cannot say enough about the kindness and support we receive every year from the community”, Usry said. “This year SuperTalk Mississippi sponsored a remote with Matt Wyatt and Richard Cross from 'Head to Head' where we received $300 in donations, in addition to toys and gifts donated by Adam Watson with Farm Bureau and the community.”West Point, MSNo author availableCommunity turns out to support Sally Kate Winters kidsDaily Times police investigate burglaries 2014-12-24T11:20:56-05:002014-12-24T11:20:56-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWest Point Police Department investigators are looking for any information on a group of robberies from early 2013.n About 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2013, officers responded to the 2300 block of Old Tibbee Road in reference to a burglary of a business. According to the incident report, a 301-piece Pittsburgh tool set valued at about $300 was taken from the building. The owner reported that several car batteries were also stolen. The front door may been left unlocked, according to the owner.n About 9 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, officers responded to S and W Mini Storage on Highway 45 South. According to the incident report, the victim said a Johnson 7.5 horsepower boat motor was stolen from their storage unit. The motor was valued at more than $1,000.n About 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2013, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Division Street in reference to a burglary of an automobile. According to the incident report, the victim came outside and found that items were stolen from their car. The victim said a Toshiba laptop, including a black leather computer bag, and a black HTC Hero cellphone. The phone’s serial number was 270113178911066626. The owner reported that they may have left the car door unlocked.West Point, MSNo author availableLocal police investigate burglaries Daily Times responders prepare2014-12-24T11:19:21-05:002014-12-24T11:19:21-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadereditor@dailytimesleader.comWhile many residents are opening presents under the tree or hosting meals with their loved ones, it's business as usual for local law enforcement and emergency personnel on Christmas. While most agencies have reported call volume is lower on Christmas day, deputies still have their concerns, according to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley. Brinkley said though office staff would not be working on Christmas, after hours emergency systems were in place and staff patrol units worked just as any other day."If someone needs to file a report or needs assistance, there's a system in place," Brinkley said. "All of our weekend and after hours calls are dispatched through 911 anyway. … There's a call box at the building where they can just push a button and be put through to a dispatcher. West Point, MSNo author availableFirst responders prepareDaily Times What to watch for - Orange Bowl preview2014-12-23T17:33:05-05:002014-12-23T17:33:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leader<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>West Point, MSNo author availableVIDEO: What to watch for - Orange Bowl previewDaily Times investigates shooting2014-12-23T11:16:33-05:002014-12-23T11:16:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times LeaderWest Point Police Department officers are investigating a shooting within a gated community in the city.According to a WPPD statement to media, police were dispatched about 11 p.m. Sunday in reference to shots fired and "someone running" at Point Place Apartments on North Forest Street in West Point. Upon arrival, officers were approached by a man claiming to have been shot. While on scene, E911 dispatchers notified officers of another man suffering from a reported gunshot wound at North Mississippi Medical Center emergency room. Preliminary investigation revealed that both parties, who police have declined to identify as of Monday, were injured as a result of the incident at the apartment complex. West Point, MSNo author availableWPPD investigates shootingDaily Times, county offices close up for holiday2014-12-23T11:15:02-05:002014-12-23T11:15:02-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comWith Christmas on Thursday, many local businesses and government agencies will be closing up shop for a few days in observance of the holiday. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said City Hall will be closed only on Christmas Day, and would resume normal hours Friday. Jones said the Public Works Department would be closed Thursday, and will pick up Thursday's normal trash routes on Friday."The staff at many of our agencies will be pretty light this week and next week as many of our employees will be taking vacation days," Jones said. "We'll still be able to get to everyone if there's a problem, though."Clay County District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the holiday wouldn't affect garbage pick-up in the county.West Point, MSNo author availableCity, county offices close up for holidayDaily Times offers residents holiday cheer with annual Christmas celebration2014-12-22T11:25:24-05:002014-12-22T11:25:24-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leaderlife@dailytimesleader.comDugan Memorial Home in West Point was full of Christmas cheer during the annual Christmas party Friday. Family and friends gathered with residents and staff to eat, distribute gifts and enjoy time together. Jackie Jackson, director of activities at Dugan, said the staff starts planning the Christmas party before the end of November. “I put together a list of residents, and each member of the staff chooses someone to buy a gift for,” Jackson said. “The staff start asking me before Thanksgiving about the list. They are eager to do something nice for our residents.” Jackson said staff members know residents so well that it is typically easy to pick out a gift that will be enjoyed. She said everyone is like family at Dugan.To subscribe to the E-edition, please <a href="/eedition">click here</a>.</strong></p>West Point, MSNo author availableDugan offers residents holiday cheer with annual Christmas celebrationDaily Times Boulevard inspection complete; road likely to open by Christmas2014-12-22T11:20:19-05:002014-12-22T11:20:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Daily Times Leadernews@dailytimesleader.comLocal officials look for Yokohama Boulevard, the four-mile road stretching from Highway 45 north of West Point to Barton Ferry Road, to open later in the week.The $19 million road project was one of the conditions Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a plant in the area. The deadline set forth by the county's contract with Yokohama required the road to be complete by Dec. 31 and open Jan. 1.Calvert-Spradling Engineers President Robert Calvert said the road underwent final inspection Thursday and that the road was essentially complete."There were a few items that came up during the inspection that we'll need to take care of," Calvert said. "They were all minor. There was some erosion in some spots and the paint wasn't thick enough in a couple places."He said the grassing around the road also wasn't complete but likely wouldn't be until the spring as the winter months weren't conducive to growing grass.West Point, MSNo author availableYokohama Boulevard inspection complete; road likely to open by ChristmasDaily Times