By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A Picayune man has been charged with displaying a weapon to students riding a bus in response to them making rude gestures, while in a shoplifting case one of the suspects allegedly was found to be in possession of narcotics.
Investigation into the gun incident showed the gun reportedly displayed by 31-year-old Jesse Salva of 13090 Sixth Ave., was actually a BB gun.
Jeremy Magri, assistant to the Picayune Police Chief, said officers were called to a local elementary school on Thursday in reference to the incident, which occurred the day before. When they arrived they spoke with a few children that were riding the bus at the time who told officers that they were making rude and obscene gestures to a driver, later identified as Salva, who was behind the bus, Magri said. Then Salva reached down into the his vehicle’s door panel and pulled out a black handgun holding it on the steering wheel and looking at the students for some time before putting it away, Magri said.
Later Salva turned off the road into a driveway, where his tag number was recorded, Magri said.
Officers went to the home registered on the vehicle registration, coming into contact with Salva, who confirmed the statements made by the students, Magri said. It was during discussions with Salva that officers learned the gun was actually a BB gun, Magri said.
Three parents of the students involved signed charges against Salva for three counts of exhibiting a weapon, on which Salva was arrested for on Friday, Magri said.
In a separate case on Saturday, officers were sent to Family Dollar store on Mississippi 43 North in reference to a reported incident of shoplifting, Magri said. When officers arrived, they found the manager had detained 24-year-old Gabrielle D. Lege of 19023 Pin Oak Way, Kiln, and 30-year-old Raymond Fairchild of 884 Sones Chapel Rd., Poplarville, Magri said.
The manager advised officers that the pair of suspects were seen placing items from the store in a book bag they brought with them, Magri said. Lege was seen putting makeup items in the bag while Fairchild was seen placing lace panties in the bag, Magri said. The total of the stolen items was $6.50. Both Lege and Fairchild were charged with shoplifting, Magri said.
A search of Lege’s backpack found a white case that contained a straw commonly used to consume narcotics along with two plastic bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine, Magri said. Lege was additionally charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, Magri said.