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Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department makes several arrests

In the last few weeks the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department has made several arrests.

According to a press release from the department, on July 8 deputies conducted a traffic stop on Anchor Lake Road for careless driving. During the stop deputies discovered that John E. Smith, 44, 102 E. Sycamore Rd., was under the influence of narcotics, prompting an inventory of the vehicle to be conducted. Deputies discovered methadone in the vehicle, leading to charges of D.U.I and felony possession of a controlled substance.

On July 1O, deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. II in Ozona for careless driving. Deputies discovered marijuana and crack cocaine in the vehicle of Kevin Marange, 40 of 1182 Walnut St., Slidell La. Marange was charged with possession of marijuana and felony possession of controlled substance.

On July 12, deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 11 in Carriere on a vehicle pulling a trailer with a blown out tire. The deputy discovered the driver, William Easterling, 27 of 217 Frances Burge Rd., Carriere had a warrant for no insurance. During an inventory of the vehicle, deputies discovered a bag of methamphetamine and charged Easterling for the warrant for no insurance and for possession of a controlled substance.

On July 10, during a investigation into burglaries in the Carriere area, deputies discovered that Gerald Easterling, 41, of 3 Ruston Rd., Carriere, allegedly had broken into two vehicles and one house in the area. The deputies were able to recover the items taken from the three burglaries. Deputies charged Easterling with two counts of commercial burglary and one count of residential burglary.

On July 12, deputies conducting an undercover operation in the Carriere area contacted Lindsey Marie Hogsten, 26 of 30130 Uncle Charlie Jones Rd., Picayune. That day, Hogsten met with the person who she had contacted about selling methamphetamine. Once Hogsten had made the saIe of the drug deputies placed her under arrest and charged her with sale of a controlled substance.

On July 14, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Mississippi 53 in Poplarville for caress driving. When the deputies approached the vehicle they observed what they believed to be crack cocaine sitting in the center console. Deputies charged the driver, Alen Scott Hernandez, 43, 213 Coreth St., Bay St. Louis, wtih possession of a controlled substance.

On July 13, deputies conducted at traffic stop on McNiell-Steephollow Rd., for careless driving. As deputies approached the vehicle they observed the driver Rodney Walker, 25 of 58 Bill Dice Rd., McNeill, throw something out the window. The deputies recovered the itern, found it to be marijuana. The deputies arrested Walker for possession of marijuana and then began to inventory the vehicle where they discovered methadone hid. Walker was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

On July 16, deputies responded to a call concerning a suspicious person on Miss. 43. where they located Don D. Guynes, 44 of 1503 N. Royal St., Bogulasa La., walking. When approached by deputies, Guynes attempted to toss a bag of crack cocaine. Deputies recovered the cocaine and charged Guynes with possession of a controlled substance with intent.

On July 15, deputies responded to caIl that a house had been broken into. Upon arrival, deputies found the suspect was being held at the residence by the complaintant. Deputies processed the scene and then charged Jaffery D. Silk 36, 3740 Georgetown Rd., Cleveland, Tenn., with residential burglary.

Deputies arrested Jerry Bubba Hedgwood Jr. of 95 Woodland Rd., Carriere, with home repair fraud. Hedgwood would go to houses in reference to doing work and sign a contract and requesti a deposit. Hedgwood would not return to do the work. Anyone who has similar problems with this contractor or any other is asked to contact the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies conducted search on July 15, at 162 Bluebird Ln., Nicholson where they found methamphetamine along with a scale, baggies and other items used in the sale of the drug, the release states. Deputies arrested Kent J. Smith, 24, of that address, Jason E. Richards, 33, of 3369 Jackson Landing Rd., and Jennifer R. Lindsey, 18 of 1071 River Rd., all for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,500 feet of a church.

All above suspects were taken to the Pearl River County Jail and booked on their respective charges.