The Clarksdale Board of Mayor and Commissioners approved the promotion of Fernando Harris to assistant police chief and the hiring of four new officers during a special meeting held Friday at city hall.
Report for Dec. 21-26
* 1400 block of North State Street. Television, speakers and an amp were taken.
* 500 block of First Street. Exercise ball and office chair were taken.
* 400 block of MLK Boulevard. Hand-held radios and a laptop computer were taken.
A woman has been charged with embezzlement from the C-Spire office in Clarksdale.
On Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 a.m., Clarksdale Police responded to the C-Spire office located at 1005 S. State St., Suite B, regarding an armed robbery.
The Clarksdale Police Department will be out in full force over the holidays as they participate in a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over blitz.
The blitz started Dec. 14 and will continue through Jan. 1.
There were 82 indictments against 45 defendants handed out by members of Coahoma County grand jury that met Dec. 4-6 at the Coahoma County Courthouse in Clarksdale.
There were 23 cases in which the grand jury issued a no true bill which means the grand jury didn’t find enough evidence to charge the defendant with violating a law.
Report for Monday, Dec. 17
* 700 block of Mississippi Street. A fireplace insert, ladder, several carpentry tools and an air compressor were taken.
* 1000 block of South State Street. U.S. currency was taken.
A man charged in a Clarksdale murder in mid-November made his initial court appearance on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Nikolus TaShawn White, 19, had his request for bond denied by Clarksdale Municipal Court Judge Derek Hopson and White remains lodged in the Coahoma County Jail.
Editor’s Note: Listed below is an edited summation of the report presented by members of the Clarksdale Police Department on Monday night. The recommendations are based on a one-year assessment by the leadership of the police department.
I. City of Clarksdale high-crime areas
Careful, Clarksdale criminals. You don’t know who is watching.
That’s the message Clarksdale city leaders are saying as they agreed Monday to seek bids for a system that will place cameras in the city’s high-crime areas.
The leaders of the Clarksdale Police Department have put together their wish list and it appears the city’s elected representatives are willing to grant those wishes.