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Hit and Run Arrest

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014

On 12/1/14, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to North Mississippi Center to take a report of a hit and run accident. Upon arrival deputies talked with a 23 year old female victim who had been apparently run over on CR 1205 in the Nettleton area. Upon investigation into the incident it was found […]

Two Arrested on Grand Larceny Charges 12/2/14

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014

During the month of November numerous reports were filed with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Saltillo Police Department of trailers, ATVs, and two vehicles that have been stolen. A joint investigation with the Saltillo Police Department, Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was conducted. With the assistance of all agencies […]

Burglary Arrests

Posted on: November 12th, 2014

On 11-05-14 two individuals were arrested on suspicion of home burglaries. The individuals were suspected in numerous home burglaries and thefts occurring in the Lee County area over a month period of time. During the investigations numerous pieces of evidence were recovered that ultimately resulted in charges being filed against two suspects at this time. […]

Narcotics Arrests

Posted on: October 27th, 2014

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by AUSTIN GASAWAY and RACHEAL KEITH for traffic violations while patrolling the Skyline community.  During a search of the vehicle deputies discovered methamphetamine and a firearm.  GASAWAY and KEITH were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine.  This […]

John Wesley Newell

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014

On Oct 21, 2013, a Lee County Gran Jury convened for the inquiry into the Deputy involved shooting and pending criminal charges against John Wesley Newell. All evidence in the shooting case was present by the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Office as an outside agency. The Lee County Grand Jury concluded the Lee County Deputy Sheriff […]

Deputy Truman Carter

Posted on: October 16th, 2014

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10/1/14 Press Release

Posted on: October 1st, 2014

  Press Release On September 30, 2014 at 15:49 hours, Lee County Communications notifies the Lee County Sheriff’s Department of a pursuit involving a Tupelo Police Officer. The information given to Lee County Sheriffs Department contained the following: * Pursuit by Tupelo Police Department * White sedan * Traveling on Tulip Creek Road toward CR […]

Narcotics Arrest

Posted on: September 29th, 2014

On Friday, September 26, 2014, Lagary Springer of Willow St, Shannon, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The arrest follows a several week long investigation where Springer was also charged with sale of methamphetamine and sale of a counterfeit substance. Both sale charges are a result of the same investigation in […]

Narcotics Arrest

Posted on: September 29th, 2014

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department deputies were patrolling the area of CR 300, (Pontocola Community) and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for numerous traffic violations. During the initiation of the traffic stop deputies witnessed an object thrown from inside the vehicle. When the object was recovered deputies discovered methamphetamine […]

Narcotics Arrest

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a business at the intersection of Highway 178 and Highway 371 to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Deputies made contact with the vehicle and during the investigation deputies arrested the driver, identified as Jerry Smithey, for Possession of Methamphetamine. Along with the methamphetamine, […]

Press Release 8/25/14

Posted on: August 25th, 2014

Harold D Scruggs aka Dee Mallette Charges: Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Simple Assault on a Police Officer, and 3 counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer On August 22, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance involving a male suspect and a female victim. Upon arrival, the deputies discovered […]

Sex Offender Arrest – Richard Earl Cooper

Posted on: August 18th, 2014

Richard Earl Cooper is a registered sex offender residing in Pontotoc County. He recently came to do some yard work at a residence in Lee County this month. It was reported to our officer that while he was at this residence he molested three young children. An investigation into the allegations was conducted. Enough evidence […]

Narcotics Arrest

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and the North MS Narcotics Unit conducted a search warrant at 127 CR 748 (Palmetto Community) and arrested Henry Betts for Possession of Crack Cocaine with the intent to distribute. During the search of the residence deputies and agencies discovered approximately 20 grams of crack […]

Sexual Battery of a Child

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014

On 7/1/14 the Lee County Sheriff’s Department arrested an individual for Sexual Battery of a child. An investigation into the alleged allegations were made and it was determined that enough evidence was compiled to ask the courts for a warrant. Marty Wayne Oswalt was arrested and additional felony charges will be presented to the next […]

Linda Beichler

Posted on: June 28th, 2014

  It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own. Linda Beichler, one of our Correction Officers and head of Commissary, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. Please be in prayer for her family and friends as she will be missed.  Arrangements will be posted when they […]


Posted on: June 23rd, 2014

UPDATE:  SUSPECT IN CUSTODY 6/23/14   TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Law enforcement is asking for your help in finding a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Verona. He is identified as 33-year-old Roy Ray Merritt. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says Merritt is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted […]

Narcotics Arrest

Posted on: June 21st, 2014

On June 13, 2014, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle at Auburn Road for a traffic violation. As a result, one of the occupants of the motorcycle, Hugh “Hughey” Armstrong was arrested for a misdemeanor arrest warrant and Possession of Methamphetamine. Hugh “Hughey” Armstrong 41 years of age 253 Mountain Leader Trail, Saltillo […]

Web Deposits Coming 7/1/14 for Inmate Accounts

Posted on: June 12th, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department will no longer accept money orders for inmate commissary accounts. To use your credit or debit card from any location, visit  If you would rather use cash, you can use the kiosk in the lobby of the department to make a deposit (cash or credit/debit […]

Scam Alert 6/12/14

Posted on: June 12th, 2014

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department would like to continue to warn citizens about a phone scam that is targeting individuals by using law enforcement as their identity to collect money.  These scammers are calling different individuals and posing as Law Enforcement with the threat of a warrant for the person’s arrest. The scammer then demands […]

Four Arrests in Sex Offender Cases

Posted on: June 9th, 2014

On May 28th, 2014, the US Marshall’s Office did a compliance check on Lee County sex offenders. It was found that 4 convicted sex offenders were not in compliance with state law. Lee County Investigation Division then went and signed Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender charges against all individuals. Once warrants were […]