Shooting into Dwelling, Aggravated Assault – Odis Thomas, Jefferius McFarland

                                             

 

On September 10, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 25 year old Odis Dangelo Thomas charging him with one count of Shooting into Dwelling House. On September 11, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 20 year old Jefferius McFarland, of Gulfport, charging him with one count of Aggravated Assault.

On September 10, 2018 at approximately 5:16 p.m., officers responded to Magnolia State Apartments located at 1005 W Birch Dr in reference to two males armed with handguns shooting at each other. During the incident a vehicle and an apartment were struck. Gulfport Detectives responded. The resulting investigation identified the suspects as Thomas and McFarland. The incident was believed to be a verbal dispute which escalated to shots being fired.

Thomas returned to the scene and was taken into custody. McFarland was located on September 11, 2018 at 1:10 a.m. in the area of Wildwood Drive and West Birch Street. Warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner for both Thomas and McFarland. Their bonds were set at $200,000 each. They were each processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

Jefferius McFarland 

Odis Thomas             

Malicious Mischief Arrest – Rebekah Leigh Bennett

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On August 14, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 35 year old Rebekah Leigh Bennett, of Gulfport, charging her with one count of Malicious Mischief.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response, on July 17, 2018 at 12:47 a.m., to the 900 block of Courthouse Rd in reference a report of an egged vehicle. The complainant stated that their vehicle was damaged by juveniles throwing eggs. The vehicle was damaged in excess of $1,000. A Gulfport Detective was assigned. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of Bennett. A warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who set bond at $1,000.

Bennett turned herself in to the Gulfport Police Department where she was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. There were four juveniles involved in the incident (identity withheld) who will be referred to Harrison County Youth Court.

On August 21, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Bennett turned herself in to the Gulfport Police Department for a felony warrant for Directing or Causing Felony to be Committed by Minor. She was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. The Warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who set bond at $1,000.

Armed Robbery – Waffle House East Pass Road

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On August 21, 2018 at 3:07 a.m., two black males entered the Waffle House located at 2233 East Past Road wearing masks. The males displayed firearms and demanded money. They took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business and fled. Surveillance images of the suspects are added below. There were no injuries during this incident.

If you know the identity of the photographed suspects please contact the Gulfport Police Department or Crimestoppers.

This investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests or warrants obtained. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – Labor Day 2018

                                             

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The Gulfport Police Department will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement campaign from August 17, 2018 to September 3, 2018.

During Labor Day weekend, many people choose to celebrate and enjoy themselves by having a few drinks, but even one too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
Due to the increase in drunk-driving related fatalities during the holidays, the Gulfport Police Department will be out in force apprehending all drunk drivers and spreading the message that impaired driving will not tolerated. High visibility enforcement, electronic signboards, and sobriety checkpoints will be utilized to spread the message to the motoring public. Here are some reasons why this is necessary for the Gulfport Police Department as well as other law enforcement agencies;

– In 2016, 9,477 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver.
– In December 2013, there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher. Twenty-three (23) of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day.

Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe and happy;
– One drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for DUI or worse – increase your chances of being involved in a crash.
– If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before the party begins.
– If you have been drinking, DO NOT DRIVE. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Impaired driving is a choice you make and people get hurt or die as a result of that bad choice. If you fail to make a safe/ wise decision to call a sober friend for a ride, a cab, or family member versus driving while impaired, we will not fail in deciding to arrest you for impaired driving. Some people think that if they get stopped and suspected of DUI, they can just refuse a breath test to avoid the DUI charge. NOT TRUE!!! You can be arrested and will lose your driving privilege immediately. The only way to avoid a DUI charge is to DRIVE SOBER or DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER ahead of time.

Don’t let your Labor Day end with a DUI arrest. Plan before you go out, and remember, whether you’ve had a lot to drink or a little to drink, it’s just not worth the risk.
The message will be very clear on the topic. “DRIVE SOBER or GET PULLED OVER!!!!!”

 

Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer x 2 Arrest – Kendall Fernando Daniels

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On August 17, 2018, Officers arrested 26 year old Kendall Fernando Daniels, of Bay St Louis charging him with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, the warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set bond at $25,000 per count. Daniels currently has a no bond hold due to his status with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

On August 1, 2018 at approximately 10:32 p.m., two Gulfport Police Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Pass Road and 32nd Avenue. As the vehicle stopped a passenger fled on foot. While the suspect fled, he pointed a handgun toward the Detectives and fired. Thankfully the shot missed. There were no injuries. The resulting investigation identified Daniels as the suspect. He was served his warrants while already in custody at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center for Aggravated Domestic Assault, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Cocaine Base, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Daniels was previously arrested on August 2, 2018 for the other charges during followups to the shooting incident.

Aggravated Assault x 2 Arrest – Antwion Jermaine Curry

                                             

 

On August 10, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 29 year old Antwion Jermaine Curry, of Gulfport, charging him with two counts of Aggravated Assault.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response, on August 9, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.,  to the 2000 block of 41st Avenue in reference to a firearm discharge. Officers located a vehicle which was struck several times by gunfire. Gulfport Detectives responded and the resulting investigation led to the identification of Curry as the suspect. Interviews revealed that the incident was due to a verbal dispute between two individuals. During the dispute it, it was reported, that Curry displayed a handgun and fired  several shots which struck an occupied vehicle.

The warrants for Curry were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who set total bond at $500,000. Curry was located and arrested on August 10th without incident. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

 

Armed Robbery Arrest – Jaquan Terrell Moffett

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On August 7, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 20 year old Jaquan Terrell Moffett, of Gulfport, charging him with one count of Armed Robbery.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response, on July 8, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.,  to the 13000 block of Tracewood in reference a report of armed robbery. The victim stated that a small amount of narcotics was taken from him at gunpoint by Jaquan Moffett. The victim and Moffett were known to each other. They were meeting to conduct a narcotics transactions when the incident occurred. Gulfport Detectives responded and the resulting investigation led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of Moffett by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $50,000.

On August 7, 2018, Moffett was located and arrested. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Murder Arrest – Sandra Marie Goff

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On August 7, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 23 year old Sandra Marie Goff, of Gulfport, charging her with one count of Murder First Degree.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response, on August 7, 2018 at approximately 8:47 p.m.,  to the 13000 block of River Road in reference to a report of a gunshot. A witness stated that a gunshot was heard from a residence in the area. Responding Officers located a 38 year old white male (identity withheld pending family notification) deceased inside of the residence. The male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Gulfport Detectives, Crime Scene Units, and the Harrison County Coroner responded to assist in the investigation. Search warrants were obtained and executed on the residence.

Gulfport Detectives and Patrol units located evidence and witnesses to include Sandra Goff, who was still on the scene. As a result of the investigation, Sandra Goff was identified as a suspect. The shooting appeared to be due to a verbal altercation which escalated to the shooting. A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Goff from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who ordered no bond. Goff was denied bond due a pending case where she was charged with Motor Vehicle Theft by the D’Iberville Police Department in 2017.

Goff was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959.

 

 

 

Armed Robbery Arrest – Sidney Warren

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On August 6, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 26 year old Sidney Oshay Warren, of Gulfport , charging him with one count of Armed Robbery.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response, on May 29, 2018,  to the 600 block of Georgia Street in reference a report of armed robbery. The victim stated that an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from him at gunpoint by Sidney Warren. The victim and Warren were known to each other and had an ongoing dispute over Warren, allegedly, taking a firearm from him on a prior incident. Gulfport Detectives responded and the resulting investigation led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of Warren by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $50,000.

On August 6, 2018, Warren was located and arrested. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Public Assistance Request – 401K Fraud Scam

                                             

 

On July 18, 2018, a female entered the Walmart located at 9350 Highway 49 and scammed a cashier into transferring money onto a gift card. The female convinced the clerk that she was transferring money from her 401K to a Walmart gift card. The transaction was found to be fraudulent.  She was accompanied by two other individuals photographed below. Scams similar to this have been occurring at other Walmart locations outside of Gulfport.

If you know the identity of the photographed suspects please contact the Gulfport Police Department or Crimestoppers.

This investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests or warrants obtained. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Back to School 2018

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This week marks the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year.  The Gulfport Police Department wants to ensure the safety of the pedestrians walking in or near school zones.  Attached is a copy of the schools and the school zone times.  Be mindful that when the school zone traffic lights are active, the speed limit is 15 mph in that area.  We are asking motorists to pay attention and adhere to the speed limits during school zone times as well as non-school zone times. Motorists should also remember that passing a stopped school bus is prohibited.

In December of 2009, a bill known as “Nathan’s Law” was submitted and passed by the state legislature as a result of the death of Nathan Key.   As stated in the amended Mississippi Code of 1972, the driver of a vehicle upon a street or highway upon meeting or overtaking any school bus which has stopped on the street or highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall come to a complete stop and shall not proceed until the children have crossed the street or highway and the school bus has proceeded in the direction it was going.

Motorists should be mindful of this statute and that children sometimes cross in front of the stopped school bus upon exiting it.  Therefore, motorists should be more cautious when they see a stopped school bus or a bus slowing to stop.

Potential incidents occurring from this violation can be prevented.  Please be patient.  We want every child to have a safe and productive 2018/19 school year.

!Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

Aggravated Domestic Assault, Stolen Firearm, Narcotics Arrest – Kendall Fernando Daniels

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On August 2, 2018, Officers arrested 26 year old Kendall Fernando Daniels, of Bay St Louis charging him with one count of Aggravated Domestic Assault, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Cocaine Base, Possession of Methamphetamine . The warrant for Aggravated Domestic Violence was issued by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $250,000. The additional warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set total bonds at $50,000 per charge.

On February 23, 2018 an adult female victim contacted to the Gulfport Police Department to initiate a complaint of domestic violence. The victim stated that Kendall Daniels strangled and struck her with his fists. The incident occurred in the 11000 block of Highland Avenue. Officers observed visible signs of injury on the victim consistent with an assault. Daniels was not located for arrest at the time of the incident reporting.

On August 2, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Gulfport Detectives received information that Kendall Daniels was inside of a residence in the 1900 block of 46th Avenue in Gulfport. Detectives traveled to that location where they made contact with the residents. Daniels was located and arrested without incident. During his arrest a firearm which was reported stolen from another agency, methamphetamine, and cocaine was recovered. Daniels was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

Drive By Shooting – Timothy Wright, Markell Cooley, Alexander Henderson

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Updated August 7, 2018

On August 6, 2018, Gulfport Detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Alexander Jordan Henderson for five counts of Drive by Shooting. The warrants were obtained by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at a total of $250,000. The warrants were the result of the continued investigation into this incident.

On August 7, 2018 at approximately 2:26 pm, Henderson turned himself in to the Gulfport Police Department. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

If you have information regarding this incident please contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

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Updated August 6, 2018

On August 2, 2018, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Markell Cooley was located and arrested without incident by Gulfport Police Department Patrol Officers. Cooley was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. His total bond was set at $250,000, for five counts of Drive by Shooting, by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

Traveon Williams and Jermarcus Naylor are no longer considered suspects after further investigation. If you have information regarding this incident please contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Markel Cooley 

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On August 1, 2018, Officers arrested 19 year old Timothy Terrell Wright, of Gulfport charging him with five counts of Drive by Shooting. The warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $250,000 total bond.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response to the 1700 block of 45th Avenue in reference to five residential homes which had been struck by gunfire. Witnesses notified police after hearing gunshots from a vehicle on July 30, 2018 at approximately 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries. Gulfport Detectives responded along with Crime Scene Units. The resulting extensive investigation has let to warrants being issued for five counts of drive by shooting for an additional suspect. The warrants have been issued for, 21 year old Markell Deshawn Cooley of Gulfport. These incidents are believed to be due to an ongoing dispute between the suspects and a victim in the 1700 block of 45th Avenue.

Timothy Wright was located and arrested without incident on August 1, 2018. He has been processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

These individuals are believed to be armed. Please do not approach them.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident, or the location of wanted suspects, please contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Markell Cooley 

Timothy Wright 

 

 

 

 

Aggravated Domestic Assault – Trent Royale Callahan

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On July 30, 2018, Officers arrested 28 year old Trent Royale Callahan, of Gulfport charging him with one count of Aggravated Domestic Assault. The warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set bond at $50,000.

On July 30, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. an adult female victim traveled to the Gulfport Police Department to initiate a complaint of domestic violence. The victim stated that Trent Callahan strangled her until she lost consciousness. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of 21st Avenue. Officers observed visible signs of injury on the victim consistent with an assault. Officers located Callahan and took him into custody without incident. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

 

Public Assistance Request – Credit Card Fraud

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On July 10, 2018, the Gulfport Police Department responded to a report of credit card fraud. The victim stated that his credit card was used at a Gulfport Walmart and Sonic without his permission. Gulfport Detectives recovered video surveillance of the suspect and a vehicle in this incident. The suspect pictured used the credit card on July 9, 2018 at approximately 1:00 pm.

 

This investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests or warrants obtained. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Armed Robbery – Sleep Inn

                                             

 

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 2:55 a.m., Officers responded to the Sleep Inn, located at 10393 Old Highway 49, in reference to an Armed Robbery. Patrol Units and Detectives responded.

The victim stated an unknown black male, approximately 6’00’, with a thin build, wearing a white t shirt and gray sweatpants, came to the front counter to inquire about renting a room. The suspect exited the front door and returned approximately a minute later and pointed a black semi-automatic firearm and demanded money. After removing an undisclosed amount of currency the suspect fled in a four door red vehicle. Surveillance footage of the incident and still images from a nearby gas station where the same suspect stopped are included below.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Disturbance of the Peace Arrest – Sex Offender James Kenny

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On May 25, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Gulfport Police Department arrested 46 year old James Andrew Kenny, of Gulfport, for one count of misdemeanor Disturbance of the Public Peace. His bond was set at $1,000.

The arrest was the result of complaints received against Kenny for following females while in stores, and taking numerous photographs. Kenny has stated that the intended purpose of the photographs was for his personal sexual interests. James Kenny is a convicted sex offender. He is listed on the sex offender registry at http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/  The Gulfport Police Department has received several complaints regarding Kenny’s behavior by citizens who were disturbed and concerned for their safety in the Crossroads Mall area. The Gulfport Police Department has viewed reports on social media of Kenny’s similar activity at other Gulfport locations.

James Kenny was located and arrested without incident in the 12100 block of Five Oaks Drive. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Electronic devices were collected during Kenny’s arrest. The devices are being reviewed for further criminal activity. If anyone has further information regarding these incidents, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959.

 

 

 

Death Investigation / Leaving the Scene 400 block of Live Oak Ave

                                             

 

Updated May 17, 2018

On May 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department arrested 34 year old Erica Chantelle Kelly, of Gulfport, charging her with one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death.

On May 17, 2018 Kelly traveled to the Gulfport Police Department and turned herself in for being involved in the accident. Gulfport Detectives interviewed Kelly then contacted Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray. Judge Ray set bond at $25,000. Kelly was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.


On May 16, 2018 at 12:53 a.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to a report of a injured male lying in the roadway in the 400 block of Live Oak Ave. Responding Officers located a 49 year old black male (identity withheld pending family notifications) suffering from critical injuries. The injuries appeared consistent with being struck by a vehicle. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officers were unable to locate a suspect vehicle.

We will update this release as more information develops.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Public Notice – Oxycodone / Fentanyl

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Gulfport Police want to make the public aware of counterfeit Oxycodone Tablets that actually contain Fentanyl due to the risk of overdose and death. Over the course of the past several weeks, Gulfport Narcotics Detectives have seized multiple blue pills marked with an “A215” which indicate that the pills are Oxycodone. When the pills were analyzed at the DEA Laboratory, the pills were found to actually contain Fentanyl with no Oxycodone present.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania wants to make the public aware of these counterfeit Fentanyl tablets. Individuals illicitly purchasing tablets believed to be Oxycodone may actually be receiving a fatal Fentanyl dose. Drug dealers will many times sell these pills that are not what they claim resulting in drug users being unaware of what they are actually purchasing.  This type of counterfeit pill activity makes the illegal drug trade especially dangerous.

Although the counterfeit pill market is nothing new, it becomes life and death when Fentanyl is involved. The Gulfport Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are working diligently to identify the source of the counterfeit pills. Derryle Smith, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge stated “DEA and our state and local partners are being proactive in investigating these cases. These type of heroin and fentanyl-related compounds are drugs manufactured specifically to meet the demand of opioid addicts. Fentanyl is deadly at the microgram level.  Make no mistake, misuse of fentanyl will kill you! “

The Gulfport Police Department and the DEA encourage residents to call 228-868-5959 to report illegal narcotics activity.

 

 (While not an actual photo of the recovered pills, this photo is very similar)

 

Public Assistance Request – Kevin Demond Thompson

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On May 2, 2018 at approximately 1:53 a.m., Officers responded to the 2400 block of Knox Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. Responding Officers located an adult female who sustained injuries from a physical assault. The victim stated that her ex boyfriend, Kevin Thompson, forced entry to her home and assaulted herself and her teenage daughter. Thompson fled the home after the assault. A Detective responded and the resulting investigation led to warrants being issued for the arrest of Kevin Demond Thompson. Thompson is described as a 41 year old black male 5’08” 180 pounds with short black hair. He is believed to frequent the city of Moss Point. Thompson currently has active warrants for Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, and Burglary.

If anyone has information regarding the location of Thompson, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.