BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
Monroe County Woman Killed in Sunday Accident
A Smithville woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sun., April 28. According to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, Trina Jay Pace, 43, of Mt. Zion Road, was pronounced dead at the scene when the driver of the 2006 Chevrolet SUV in which she was a backseat passenger lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn.
The accident occurred on Wren Cemetery Road in Northern Monroe County. Gurley said Pace was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, which happened around 8:30 p.m.
Pace’s 16-year old son was also a passenger in the vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center — Tupelo where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
A source related to the driver said she was driving with a suspended license and was also taken to NMMC with injuries. The driver on Monday was released from ICU. She had not been discharged from the hospital at press time.
The accident was investigated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Aberdeen Man Injured in Saturday Morning Shooting
An Aberdeen man is recovering at North Mississippi Medical Center — Tupelo after being shot at his Aberdeen home Saturday morning.
According to Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle, David Puddester, 56, was shot in the yard of his home at 206 Mobile St. between around 8:00 a.m. Puddester is a clerk at the US Bankruptcy Court in Aberdeen.
“We apprehended the suspect later that day,” Randle said. “The suspect is a 17-year old male. We are pushing for him to be tried as an adult for the assault.”
Randle said the juvenile was held in a juvenile detention center in Corinth until Tuesday when he was transported to the Monroe County Juvenile Detention Center. The name of the suspect has not yet been released due to his age. Randle said the suspect was unarmed when he was arrested but later led the police to the gun allegedly used in the shooting.
Puddister sustained three bullet wounds and Randle said but he was listed in stable condition and he is expected to be released from NMMC before the week’s end.
“My officers did very well in this situation,” Randle said. “We appreciate all of the help of the outside agencies who assisted us. MedStat did an outstanding job. Even though it was a bad situation, it was law enforcement working together at its best.”
Mower Thief’s Freedom Cut Short
After an ongoing investigation Monroe County Sheriff’s Department have Tommy Karl Cagle 50 years old of Mantachie in custody. Cagle is charged with Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling and Grand Larceny. In October of 2012 Cagle is accused of breaking into a residence on Whispering Pines Rd in Monroe County. Cagle is accused of stealing a John Deere Zero Turn riding mower and a 5 X 8 utility trailer. Cagle was arrested by a law enforcement agency on separate charges in Tennessee. After he was arrested in Tennessee, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was then notified and transported Cagle back to Monroe County Detention Center where he is being held on the B & E of Dwelling and Grand Larceny charge. No bond has been set at this time.
Caledonia Resident gets Burned on Marijuana Charges
Monroe County Sheriff’s Department have arrested Stuart Shawn Reeves 41 years old of Caledonia on April 28th, 2013. Reeves is charged with Manufacture of Marijuana. Deputies responding to a call at a residence where Reeves had been staying discovered 14 marijuana plants allegedly belonging to Reeves. Reeves is currently being held at Monroe County Detention Center. Bond has not been set at this time.
Community Turns Out for National Take Back Initiative
Monroe County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank everyone that participated in the National Take Back Initiative. The program was held Saturday, April 27th at Monroe County Sheriff’s Department from 10 am- 2pm. The program gives residents a chance to safely dispose of their unwanted, expired or unused prescription medication. At the end of the program on Saturday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department collected close to 45 pounds of unwanted, expired or unused prescription medication.0