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Phone Lines Down

UPDATE

11:32 a.m.

The phone lines at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office are back up and operating.

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The Administrative Line (662-363-1411) at the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily down.  For non-emergency calls, please call (662-363-2175). All emergencies, dial 911!!!

Crews are currently working to get the phone line up and operating.

We will continue to send updates throughout the day.

One Person Dead; Person of Interest in Custody

Joseph Bland

 Update 2:10 p.m.

The person of interest in the early morning shooting of Olletta F. Jones has been identified as Joseph Bland, 33, of Robinsonville, MS.

Bland has been charged with murder and his bond has been set $1,000,000.00.

This investigation into this incident is ongoing.

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     Oletta F. Jones

10:00 a.m.

At approximately 5:14 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting shots fired in the area of 4920 Casino Strip Blvd in the Tunica Resorts area. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a vehicle parked in the roadway and a subject lying outside the vehicle. 

The investigation revealed that a subject had been shot and was later pronounced dead on the scene by the Deputy Coroner of Tunica County.  The victim was identified as Olletta F. Jones, 45, of Newton, Mississippi.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office has requested the assistance of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.  At this time, a person of interest is in custody.

Traffic was detoured from Casino Way & Fitzgerald Boulevard for approximately five hours.  Traffic is now back open.

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Office Closing

 

The Administrative Offices of the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year Holiday.

All offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

 

 

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Holiday Blitz

 

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over blitz.  Various checkpoints and saturations will be set up to detain those who choose to drink and drive and hopefully deter others from drinking and driving.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a public safety campaign initiative involving state, city and county law enforcement officers across the United States.  

During holiday seasons, there’s an increased number of drivers on the road, and being safe, by all means, is always of the utmost importance.  As always, you should wear your seatbelt, utilize child restraints and obey all traffic laws.  Together, we can make this community safe for traveling.  Tunica County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to use these tips to plan safe travel:

Designate a non-drinking driver to make sure you and everyone with you arrive home safely. Don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Obey all traffic laws to ensure safety to and from your destination. Do not provide or purchase alcohol to anyone underage

Sheriff KC Hamp encourages everyone to enjoy this holiday period.  Please remember that the law requires you to be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Be safe and Happy New Year.

Happy Thanksgiving from theTunica County Sheriff's Office

The Administrative Offices at the Tunica County Sheriff's Office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

All offices will reopen on Monday, November 28th.

 

National Take Back Initiative

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Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Many of us may not even be aware that the Mississippi Legislature recognized September as “Pain Awareness Month in Mississippi”. This resolution is to encourage all citizens of Mississippi to become more informed and aware of the impacts of chronic pain and to support organizations in their search for adequate pain care for Mississippians.

Chronic pain is a major public health problem and hidden driver of rising health care cost.  There is a rising problem with many people abusing “pain killers”, which can lead to an overdosing.  Each year, Mississippi averages about 150 deaths from people from drug overdoses.  Patients are

given abuse-deterrent opioids, which enable them to receive their medication while preventing the medicine from being manipulated and abused, but once tampered with the release of the drug is accelerated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug – including another major opiate:  heroin.  CDC research finds that people who have abused opiate pain killers are 40 times likely to abuse heroin.  In recent years, the number of heroin-related deaths has spiked in Mississippi and many of the deaths can be traced to this narcotic being trafficked into the Mississippi Delta from Chicago.  There were several arrests last year from the trafficking of heroin.

Law enforcement personnel, along with local and national officials, and advocacy groups agree that abuse-deterrent formulations have the potential to create a strong barrier to prevent abuse.  To continue to combat drug/prescription abuse, there are many projects underway to deter and prevent medication from falling into the wrong hands.  The Electronic Prescription Monitoring Program was put in place to keep a track of prescription being filled by patients and eliminate them from seeing multiple doctors obtaining prescriptions for illegal use.  Also, there is the “National Take Back Initiative” which is conducted the DEA, along with local law enforcement agencies, to turn in prescriptions that are no longer being used.        

While the month of September has past, the fight will continue in decreasing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

 

K.C. Hamp, Sr. ~ Sheriff

 

 

Victims Advocacy & Awareness Program

The Tunica County Sheriff's Office cordially invites the community to attend:

 

 

 https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/01/presidential-proclamation-national-domestic-violence-awareness-month

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Tunica County Sheriff's Office Updates Text Alert System on Website

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of Tunica Sheriff MS. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 662-363-1411.

As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.

Sheriff KC Hamp

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Breakfast with a Cop on July 27, 2016

Click here for details about the event.

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