Headlines – 7/18/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 18, 2003

Panolian Headlines: July 18, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 7/18/03  issue of The Panolian

Serious Crash
A single-car accident Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Cole Drive and Tubbs Road in Batesville left three injured after the auto ran through a guard rail and collided with a concrete slab before coming to rest in the bottom of a ditch.

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Two were taken by helicopter to The Regional Medical Center in Memphis and one by ambulance to Tri-Lakes Medical Center. According to a source at the scene, the car was traveling in excess of 100 mph and could not make the turn. Batesville Police Chief Roger Vanlandingham said he could not immediately confirm that report. The extent of the injuries were not known at press time.

Five Arrested in Multi-County
Burglary Spree of 70 Houses
Five Shelby and DeSoto County residents have been arrested and charged for their involvement in a five-county burglary spree.

According to Investigator Craig Sheley of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, four have been charged for the actual burglaries while one has been charged with receiving stolen property.

"Darrin Tunstall, Christopher Tunstall, Michael Chism and Kelsey Brown have been charged with the burglaries that took place in DeSoto, Tate, Marshall, Panola and Shelby County," he said. "Danny Schenzel has been arrested and charged with receiving stolen property."

More arrests are expected in the case.

"We are looking to arrest at least two more for their involvement," he said. "At this point it’s hard to say if they took part in the actual burglaries or received property, but we believe they were involved in some way."

Sheley said during the crime wave approximately 70 homes were burglarized.


A small pot-bellied pig was almost too much to handle for Caitlin Seay, 4, as she and others at New Beginning day care were treated to a visit from Happy Times Farm Traveling Petting Zoo of Memphis. Caitlin is the daughter of Paul and Jami Seay. For more photos, see Page A13.

Citizens Police Academy
Enrolling for Free Fall Class

During the early fall, men and women from Batesville will have the opportunity to see what goes on behind the doors of their Police Department.

According to Dean Jones, facilitator of the fourth session of the Citizens’ Police Academy, people from the community can sign up by contacting him at the Batesville Police Department. There is no fee for the program.

Jones said the Citizens Police Academy came into being after Chief Roger Vanlandingham returned from the FBI training academy.

"The chief had heard about the program and spoke with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen about beginning the program here," he said. "They liked the idea and gave him the go ahead."

Class of ’93 Reunion Set for SPHS Building

A problem South Panola School District Board of Trustees President Lygunnah Bean said has been plaguing him for months has been 10 years in the making.

Bean said at the school board’s monthly meeting he has been told by members of the South Panola Graduating Class of 1993 they want to use areas of South Panola High School for a 10-year class reunion. They also want to tour the building from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.

"I find it interesting because the building they actually attended school in is currently used as our Junior High building," he said. "I don’t know why they would not want to use that building instead."

Despite that confusion, Bean said there are other problems surfacing from the request.

"They asked about using the building, and I told them they would have to get liability insurance, because the district cannot be held responsible if someone at this function were to fall," he said. "When I told them that, I had no idea liability insurance was that high."

Due to the insurance exceeding $400, members of the reunion committee asked for a waiver of other usual fees associated with using the building.