Threat closes local business
A call-in bomb threat caused the evacuation of a local bank and an area around downtown on Tuesday, March 1.
Around 11 a.m., the Tunica Police Department and Tunica County Sheriff’s Department were summoned to First Security Bank. Authorities ordered personnel to evacuate the building and closed Harris Street, a section of Edwards Avenue and a portion of School Street. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were alerted and on standby.
Man dies after club shooting
A shooting in the parking lot of the Delta Kream in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 19 left one local man fighting for his life.
Jimmy Keys of Tunica was hospitalized in critical condition and later died from his injuries, after being shot in the leg by a security guard for After 5 Sports Bar on Highway 61 in Tunica, according to Tunica Police Chief Richard Veazey.
Census figures collected in 2010 indicate that the town of Tunica’s population has decreased by 100 people, according to Mayor Chuck Cariker.
Cariker revealed the figures to the Board of Aldermen on March 1, saying that redistricting of the town’s wards will now be necessary. The board authorized the mayor to approach Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson, who is also handling a redistricting effort for Tunica County. The board must complete redistricting before the next election in two years.
Beat Two Supervisor files trespassing charges
A dispute between a local couple and a county supervisor escalated last week, leading to the involvement of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief Deputy Randy Stewart said deputies arrested citizen Robert B. Tuchel on Thursday, Feb. 24 after receiving a trespassing complaint by Beat 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett. According to Stewart, Burnett signed an affadavit reporting that Tuchel had been observed taking pictures at his home at 1370 Beatline Road on Tuesday, Feb. 22. A warrant for Tuchel’s arrest was issued and signed by Justice Court Judge Rodney Hibbler.
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