June 18, 2009
Three local men are in jail today after they were arrested this week on weapons theft charges by the Columbus Police Department.
The CPD Monday arrested Antonio Markell Gregory, 24, of 808 17th St. N in Columbus, and Bryant Reshawn Thompson, 23, of 1513 Fifth Ave. N. in Columbus, and charged each with felony counts of grand larceny. Gregory also was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
After a brief search, police Tuesday also arrested 24-year-old Brandon Roland, 24, of 1122 15th St. S., No. 10, in Columbus, on one count of grand larceny.
The charges were the result of a CPD and Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office investigation into a Monday firearms theft from the CPD firing range near the intersection of College Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
"The joint investigation led to the recovery of some of the weapons at a location on the south side of town," CPD Capt. Fred Shelton wrote in a press release.
Because the investigation is ongoing, authorities have released few details of the theft.
"This is an ongoing investigation, and the police department is still in the process of recovering other weapons that were taken," Shelton wrote. "If anyone has information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151."
The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to reports released from the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office:
Noxubee whiskey still arrest
A Meridian man was arrested Monday by the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board after investigators discovered the man was operating an illegal whiskey distillery near Shuqualak.
Elbert Williams, 69, of 5286 Water Valley Road in Meridian, was arrested by the ABC and charged with one felony count of possession of an illegal still.
The arrest came as the result of a six-month ABC investigation, which led ABC agents to the still at 8299 Shuqualak Road in southern Noxubee County.
Agents seized a 500-gallon cooker, a radiator condenser, 82 gallons of moonshine whiskey and several other items after raiding the 10-barrel distillery. Agents also seized a 1994 Toyota Camry and $452 cash in the arrest.
Because Williams previously had been charged with one count of sale of marijuana and another count of possession of an illegal distillery, he is considered a repeat offender and could face between five and 10 years in jail.
As of Wednesday, Williams had posted a $15,000 bond and was awaiting his case''s presentation to a Noxubee County grand jury.
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