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Suspect arrested after alleged shooting near school


Steven Bryant Thomas Jr.

Steven Bryant Thomas Jr.



Carl Smith



Steven Bryant Thomas Jr., 19, of Starkville, turned himself in to Starkville police officers Monday and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 


Two warrants for Thomas' arrest were issued May 2 and stemmed from a shooting incident near Armstrong Middle School on April 30. 


At approximately 10 p.m. that night, multiple shots were fired at two juveniles near the Starkville School District campus. No injuries were reported from the incident. 


Thomas appeared before Starkville Municipal Judge Rodney Faver after his arrest and was later transported to the Clay County Jail where he is remains on hold for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 




Police donation scam reported 


Starkville Police Department warns residents of an ongoing police donation scam, where scammers attempt to take money for fraudulent police foundation, charity or benevolent fund donations. 


SPD does not solicit funds via phone calls or emails, a release states. Residents who receive these fraudulent calls should immediately hang up their phones. 


Law enforcement agencies are also seeing an influx of scammers sending fictitious checks and asking people to wire money in order to collect a sweepstakes prize. 


SPD suggests the public be watchful of emails and social media messages asking for personal information and be wary of sweepstakes asking for money before sending prizes. The release also says residents should never cash a check on someone else's behalf and always research organizations to ensure they're registered with the secretary of state's office.


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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