| Shoplifting prominent on short court docket
By Emily Darby
During a short session of Batesville Municipal Court Wednesday, a Water Valley man entered a guilty plea to shoplifting at Harry B’s.
Michael Turner of 803 Thornton Cove, Water Valley, admitted to Judge Bill McKenzie that he had stolen 56 "University of Mississippi" hats worth $497 from Harry B’s.
Turner told Judge McKenzie he could return about 10 of the hats.
When Judge McKenzie asked how he had gotten out of the store with 56 hats, BPD Captain Jimmy McCloud spoke up saying that the store surveillance camera had filmed him making three different trips in and out of the store.
Turner was fined $610 and ordered to pay restitution of $497 and credit for the merchandise that was returned with the exception that the hats are "unspoiled" and can be resold. He was also banned from Harry B’s.
In another shoplifting charge, Mary Brassell of 131 Milam Rd., Batesville, entered a guilty plea, admitting that she took night gowns worth $21.49 from Vanity Fair.
Judge McKenzie made a clear point that second offense shoplifters go to jail.
She was fined $610.
The case of Lisa Barksdale of 165 Henry Dr., Courtland, who was charged with shoplifting, has been continued to a later date.
Judge McKenzie dismissed a simple assault charge filed against Rebecca Blackburn of 107 Martin Luther King #6, Batesville, after affiant Napolean Harris failed to appear to prosecute.
Will Mister of 133 Hoskins Rd., Batesville, had an embezzlement charge withdrawn by affiant Claude Herron. The case was dismissed.
Failure to appear
Judge McKenzie issued a warrant for Shervidia Reeves of 1039 Hawkins Rd., Courtland, who has owed $2,549 since September of 2003.
Kelvin Wadley of 123 CR 105, Oxford, failed to appear for contempt of court-old fines of $480 that have been due since April of 2004. Rebel bonding was notified.
Christopher Ellis of 113 Clinton St., Batesville, entered a not guilty plea to reckless driving, no tag and failure to yield to blue lights. A trial date was set for October 5.
Larry Ford of Batesville had two counts of petit larceny continued after entering a not guilty plea. His bond was set at $5,000.
Thomas Dunavent of 107 Roseleigh Cove, Batesville, had a case of domestic violence-simple assault continued to give him time to speak with his lawyer.
Also continued was the case of Corey Campbell of 4253-B Barnacre Rd., Sardis, who had charges of contempt of court-old fines of $536 that have been due since March of 2004 and new charges of speeding and driving while license suspended.
Campbell told Judge McKenzie he was guilty of speeding, but he had already paid his old fines. His license was suspended because of the old fines.
Judge McKenzie gave him a week to show proof of payment. If he provides proof of payment the driving while license suspended charge could also be dismissed. If he doesn’t provide proof, he could owe a total of $1,015 in fines.
Garcia Martin of 114 Holly Cove, Batesville, entered a guilty plea to DUI (second), no driver’s license and old fines. He was sentenced 10 days in jail and was enrolled in the city’s work release program for 47 days instead of paying a fine of $1,933.
Judge McKenzie explained to Martin that third time DUI offenders can go to the penitentiary for a year.
Paula Fields of 84-F Azzie Lee Rd., Courtland, was fined $356 for driving while license suspended and owed $340 for old fines. She also had a no proof of insurance charge dismissed and expired tag charge dismissed after providing current proof.
William R. Anderson of 1884 Charlie Pride Hwy. 3, Marks, was fined $864 for no proof of insurance and no driver’s license.
Rosie Stapleton of 107 W. Second St., Clarksdale, had a no proof of insurance fine reduced to $183 after providing proof she had purchased insurance after the ticket was issued.