Poplarville Police Department arrested a fugitive wanted in Texas on Sept. 28.
Capt. Rossi Creel was driving on U.S. Highway 11 at about 7 a.m. that day when he noticed a man staggering across the road in front of Pearl River Community College. He said the man seemed intoxicated.
When Creel made contact with the suspect, Roy Allen Postell, 21, of 319 N. Main St. in Poplarville, he was uncooperative, intoxicated and refused to give his name.
Creel arrested him for public intoxication. When Postell was taken to the station, he told officers his name and information. After running the name through the system, Poplarville Police discovered he was wanted by the Brazoria Sheriff’s Department in Texas for burglary.
Creel said Postell will be extradited.
On Sept. 27, two Carriere residents were arrested by Poplarville Police on grand larceny charges as suspects in the theft of jewelry.
A Poplarville resident reported that jewelry had gone missing from her home after a visit from Stephen Kerry, 38, and Erica Nielsen, 30, on 73 N. Hill Dr. W. in Carriere.
Creel said that because they were from the south end of the county, the Poplarville police department called the Picayune police department to see if any of the jewelry was on their list of pawned items.
He said Picayune Police Officer Christa Groom told Poplarville officers that the jewelry had been sold to Rushing Jewelers in Picayune.
Rushing Jewelers, as mandated by law, made a photo copy of the seller’s identification, which helped police officers to identify the jewelry.
Unfortunately, more than 30 days had passed since the incident was reported, so the jewelry wasn’t able to be recovered because the jeweler had already sold it or melted down the gold, Creel said.
Kerry and Nielson’s bonds were set at $2,700 each.
The Poplarville Police DUI Officer arrested three suspects during a traffic stop for no license on Sept. 28 at 9:10 p.m.
Earlier in the night, Poplarville Police received a report from a clerk at the Shell gas station that the drivers of a white, Ford van and a white, Nissan Frontier has entered the store and that she could smell alcohol on their breath and they both seemed intoxicated, Creel said.
He said the DUI officer made a traffic stop at Culpepper Automotive on Mississippi Highway 53 on the Ford van. When the van pulled over during the traffic stop, so did the Nissan Frontier.
The drivers, Eustacio Valzquez-Ortiz, 37, of Pascagoula and Alexander Franco, 31, of Gretna, La., were arrested and charged with DUI first offense. Valzquez-Ortiz was also charged with possession of beer and no driver’s license, Creel said.
The passenger of the Ford van, Rodriguez Gabriel, 34, of Jacksonville, Fla., was charged with possession of marijuana, which the officer discovered during a safety pat down, Creel said.
All three suspects were booked into Pearl River County jail for misdemeanors.
On Sept. 25 at 1:50 a.m., Poplarville Police arrested Savannah McDermott, 18, of Destin, Fla., and Joseph Culpepper, 21, also of Destin after discovering a .45 caliber gun, $615, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Creel said.
He said, McDermott and Culpepper were unauthorized visitors on Pearl River Community College’s campus. When campus police saw them, he chased them, but they were able to evade campus police officers.
Poplarville Police were able to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle on Main Street without the suspects evading the Poplarville Police, Creel said.
He said the officer immediately detected the odor of marijuana and upon inspection, discovered a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, the money and the gun.
Culpepper was charged with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of paraphernalia. McDermott was charged with disregard of a traffic device, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of paraphernalia, Creel said.
Poplarville Police Department arrested a fugitive wanted in Texas on Sept. 28.
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