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November 8, 2012

Two arrests were made early Wednesday morning during a disturbance on campus that followed the election results Tuesday night, but no one was injured according to University officials.

Two arrests were made early Wednesday morning during a disturbance on campus that followed the election results Tuesday night, but no one was injured according to University officials.
 
Chancellor Dan Jones said the use of the term “riot” was inappropriate in light of the real scale of the event.
 
University Police Chief Calvin Sellars declined to provide details about the disturbance beyond the statements made by university officials.
 

October 17, 2012

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

A committee was formed to replace current Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin, who is retiring. The committee, along with Patterson, will supervise the screening of applicants and choose the new police chief.

Patterson said he believed that the application period for the position should start Nov. 1, and the window will close around Nov. 15.

October 3, 2012

Oxford police are never too far away to make sure students and Oxonians are abiding by the law on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

 

Oxford police are never too far away to make sure students and Oxonians are abiding by the law on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.
“The main thing that gets you in trouble is getting intoxicated and causing a scene,” he said.

September 20, 2012

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community.

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community. According to an Oxford Eagle article, Diana Wells, a parent of a Lafayette Elementary School kindergartener, claimed to see a bus driver talking on her cell phone while children were on the bus. The consequences of bus drivers using their cell phones while driving children are discretionary and situational, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

September 18, 2012

At approximately 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, the Oxford Police Department responded to a call of a bomb threat involving vehicles at Lexington Pointe apartments off Jackson Avenue, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

At approximately 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, the Oxford Police Department responded to a call of a bomb threat involving vehicles at Lexington Pointe apartments off Jackson Avenue, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.
 
The Oxford Fire Department and the University Police Department were also notified due to a threat that was made in regard to an Ole Miss football player’s vehicle, Martin said.
 
“We made a search of every vehicle in that parking lot and didn’t find anything,” he said.
 

August 28, 2012

Reports of gunshots at the Connection Apartments were received by the Oxford Police Department late Saturday night.  

Reports of gunshots at the Connection Apartments were received by the Oxford Police Department late Saturday night.
“There was no shooting at the Connection," Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said in an interview with Oxford Crime Report. "We did respond to a large disturbance, and the caller did say shots were fired, but we did not locate anyone shooting or anyone injured, etc.”
Martin said there was a crowd from a party that had gotten of control. After subduing the crowd, they were sent home.

April 9, 2012

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

While the K-9 program, which started in the 1990s, is not new, Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said the officers that will attend the training course are new K-9 handlers.

March 26, 2012

A man has been arrested and is being held in the shooting death of John Sanderson, a student at Mississippi State University. 

A man has been arrested and is being held in the shooting death of John Sanderson, a student at Mississippi State University.  
Mason Perry Jones, 21, of Jackson, was arrested in DeSoto County on March 26 on capital murder charges, said MSU Police Chief Georgia Lindley.

March 22, 2012

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

 

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

There have been close to 268 automobile accidents and an estimated 99 DUIs within the Oxford city limits since January, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

Martin said there were minor to no injuries with most of these accidents, and there have been no serious injuries that were alcohol-related.

February 26, 2012

 

The University of Mississippi Police Department is looking for a student involved in a campus hit and run that sent a student to the hospital.

 

The University of Mississippi Police Department is looking for a student involved in a campus hit and run that sent a student to the hospital.

University Police Chief Calvin Sellars said UPD has identified a suspect behind the wheel, but no arrest has been made.

“We’re going to give him a chance to turn himself in,” Sellars said. “If he hasn’t come in by (today) we’re going to the judge and have a warrant taken out for him.”

October 31, 2011

The crime rate in Oxford has been considerably lower in the last six years compared to those of other cities in Mississippi.

 

The crime rate in Oxford has been considerably lower in the past six years compared to those of other cities in Mississippi. With the relatively small population of 18,000, Oxford has proven itself to be a reasonably safe place to live in Mississippi.

“The No. 1 crime in Oxford now is property theft from residences and autos,” Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said. “There are really no ‘bad’ areas in Oxford.”

October 26, 2011

Two months and $37,000 later, Oxford Police Department’s security cameras on the Square are still filming in an effort to decrease crime.

 

Two months and $37,000 later, Oxford Police Department’s security cameras on the Square are still filming in an effort to decrease crime.

After working on the idea of adding 10 extra video surveillance cameras on the Oxford Square since April, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the purchase July 5, and the cameras were installed on Aug. 15 by the Madison-based company ADGIX. 

October 2, 2011

If you are driving uninsured, you might want to rethink that.
With Mississippi having one of the highest percentages of uninsured drivers, police officers are working harder to get uninsured motorists off the road.  
The national average is 13 percent, while Mississippi is at 28 percent according to the Insurance Research Council.  
Like the rest of the state, Oxford has a problem with uninsured motorists. To prevent this, police officers are charged with the task of ticketing uninsured motorists.  

August 29, 2011

Leaving your car running to get the mail, starting your car before you get to the door and warming up your car in the winter are now illegal.
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said that while he cannot remember a specific incident in which a ticket was written for a vehicle left unattended, officers do warn drivers about leaving their vehicles running or parking in an unsafe manner.

August 24, 2011

 

The Oxford Police Department is watching you. 

Security cameras have been placed outside various bars and businesses on the Square at a reported cost of $50,000 and will be monitored by dispatchers at the OPD. 

 

The Oxford Police Department is watching you. 

Security cameras have been placed outside various bars and businesses on the Square at a reported cost of $50,000 and will be monitored by dispatchers at the OPD. 

August 23, 2011

 

Another serial case of crude crime has struck Oxford. 

However, this lewd criminal didn’t get away with as much as the “Panty Thief.” 

 

Another serial case of crude crime has struck Oxford. 

However, this lewd criminal didn’t get away with as much as the “Panty Thief.” 

August 22, 2011

 

According to local law enforcement officials, the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol has increased in both Oxford and Starkville.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin stated that 296 DUI arrests have occurred so far in 2011, in contrast to 274 arrests in 2010, an 8 percent increase. 

 

According to local law enforcement officials, the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol has increased in both Oxford and Starkville.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin stated that 296 DUI arrests have occurred so far in 2011, in contrast to 274 arrests in 2010, an 8 percent increase. 

July 7, 2011

 

In an effort to cut down on crime and increase safety on the Square, 10 security cameras will be installed by Aug. 15.  

Last Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen approved the purchase and installation of the security cameras from the Madison-based company ADGIX for $37,000. 

Mayor George “Pat” Patterson and the Oxford Police Department have been working on the idea of adding extra security cameras downtown since last April. 

April 10, 2011

Mayor Pat Patterson called for security cameras to be installed on the Square during the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.

Mayor Pat Patterson called for security cameras to be installed on the Square during the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.  

Patterson said that the move to increase security is the result of more late-night activity in the area.      

“We’re just at a point in our growth where we need more security up there,” Patterson said. “It’s not directed toward anybody or anything — it’s simply what’s needed right now.”

April 7, 2011

A warrant has been issued for University of Mississippi cheerleader Johnny Beasley, who has been charged with a misdemeanor, Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said.

A warrant has been issued for University of Mississippi cheerleader Johnny Beasley, who has been charged with a misdemeanor, Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said.

The simple-assault charge against Beasley was filed by former Ole Miss baseball player Taylor Hashman.

This occurs after the Lafayette County grand jury decided not to indict Beasley for assault-related felony charges on February 18, 2011.  

March 27, 2011

Waymon Russell, 40, and Justin Carol, 26, both of Collierville, Tenn., have been apprehended after a police chase that led to the lockdown of Oxford High School on Wednesday, March 23.

Waymon Russell, 40, and Justin Carol, 26, both of Collierville, Tenn., have been apprehended after a police chase that led to the lockdown of Oxford High School on Wednesday, March 23.

Both men have been charged with at least three counts of burglary with further charges pending. According to Oxford police chief Mike Martin, Carol and Russell have been linked to four burglaries in the Oxford area.  

March 23, 2011

UPDATE: OPD Police Chief Mike Martin confirmed that the vehicle in the car accident was stolen out of Memphis, TN. OPD has apprehended one individual, who is in their custody.

OPD officials have no idea where the rumors of a shooting started, Martin said.

UPDATE: OPD Police Chief Mike Martin confirmed that the vehicle in the car accident was stolen out of Memphis, TN. OPD has apprehended one individual, who is in their custody.

OPD officials have no idea where the rumors of a shooting started, Martin said.

 According to OPD Assistant Chief Joey East, there was no shooting. A car accident happened behind Oxford High School, and two individuals fled the scene. OHS and Bramlett Elementary were placed on lockdown for the protection of the students.

February 22, 2011

The objective of Dexter McCluster’s commercial for Cellular South may soon become state law. Text messaging on a cell phone while operating a vehicle may soon be illegal.

The objective of Dexter McCluster’s commercial for Cellular South may soon become state law. Text messaging on a cell phone while operating a vehicle may soon be illegal.

“One text message can wait, because it’s not worth losing your life or getting in a car wreck and taking someone else’s life,” McCluster said.

February 6, 2011

Vandals attacked Oxford on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Vandals attacked Oxford on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Someone spray-painted a black smiley face and the Roman numeral nine on the outside of Ajax Diner and Skipwith Cottage, a tourist information center on the Square.

This is the second act of vandalism committed on the Square recently.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said he believes it the crimes are connected.

“There are no leads so far, but I imagine it is all one and the same,” Martin said.