Suspect named in roadside killer case
Multiple law enforcement agencies converged at the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, May 21, to announce an arrest in two linked shootings along roadways in North Mississippi. The suspect was taken into custody in Tunica County and is being held at the Tunica County jail.
James Willie, 28, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the deaths of Lori Carswell of Hernando and Thomas Schendler of Nebraska. Carswell , a local casino worker, was discovered along Highway 713 in Robinsonville at 2:17 a.m. on May 11. Three days earlier, Schendler was found along Interstate 55 in Panola County. He sustained fatal gun shot wounds.
New crop sprouts in county
A steep shift in the price of peanuts over the past year has prompted several Delta growers to include the protein-packed legume in the mix of crops they planted this spring.
And, at least a few Tunica County growers are among those looking for a payout from the crop.
According to Anthony Bland, county agent with the Mississippi State Agricultural Extension Service in Tunica, three or four local growers are among those planting peanuts on land traditionally reserved for cotton.
For The Fallen
Local law enforcement officers and citizens gathered for Police Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 15 in Rivergate Park. Mayor Chuck Cariker thanked all officers “who put our lives ahead of theirs” and encouraged all to tell those who protect and serve “thank you.”
Injured cyclist reunited with companion
John Allen is living proof that a horror story can have a happy ending.
While travelling on bike through Tunica County in early February, Allen and his dog Lady Marie were struck by a car, whose driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. The accident, which occurred about two miles south of Tunica, along Highway 61, left Allen critically injured and in the hospital for more than three weeks.
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