Man faces trial on fondling charges

A Starkville man has been indicted on charges of child fondling and sexual battery in connection with a series of incidents involving children ranging in age from 3 to 14.
David Parrish, 26, was arraigned Thursday morning in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court on two counts of child fondling and one count of sexual battery.
He remains jailed under a hold placed on him by Corrections Department officers, who are seeking to have his post-release supervision from a prior narcotics conviction revoked.
According to Circuit Court documents, Parrish is accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, 2009, fondling a 4-year-old boy on Feb. 3 and sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl on Feb. 3.
The Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department investigated the reported fondling and sexual battery incidents. Parrish’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 1.

Burglary suspect indicted

One of two suspects in the break-in of a local clothing store more than a year ago is facing trial on a burglary charge in that incident and multiple other charges in other crimes.
Edward Lamar Ware, 23, of 135 Sand Road, Apt. 85, was arraigned in Circuit Court Thursday on charges of burglary of a commercial building, cocaine possession, marijuana possession and fleeing from a law enforcement officer. His bond was set at $30,000, and his next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 3.
Ware is one of two suspects charged in the July 2009 break-in at Kadoo’s clothing store on Highway 12 just east of Louisville Street.
In the Kadoo’s burglary, the manager discovered the break-in on July 15, 2009, when he arrived to open the store for business that morning.
The manager arrived to find a lower front window broken and the electricity to the store cut off. He called the police, and responding officers searched the store to make sure the area was safe, police reports state.
Once inside, the officers and manager found that the store’s cash register, a laptop computer and three devices used to remove anti-theft tags from clothing being purchased were stolen.
Ware and the other suspect in the case were identified in the first few days after the incident, but police were not able to develop solid information on their involvement until investigating another commercial burglary several months later.
Ware and the other man, Anthony Grayer, 19, of 1672 Glenn Lane, were arrested in late January.

Sentences handed down

In Circuit Court action Wednesday and Thursday, the following defendants were sentenced after pleading guilty or having prior suspended sentences, probation or post-release supervision revoked. They are listed by name, charges, sentence, fines and restitution (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Eric Bishop, possession of less than .1 gram of cocaine, 1 year in prison, $1,000 fine.
• Walter Young, two counts of uttering a forgery, 5 years of probation on a 10-year suspended sentence (with time in a restitution center), $1,000 fine, $2,486.42 in restitution.
• Derrick Howard, possession of cocaine, 5 years of probation on an 8-year suspended sentence, $500 fine.
• Lacondra Guyton, embezzlement, $500 fine, $518.50 in restitution.

Arraignments continue

In Circuit Court action Wednesday and Thursday, the following suspects were arraigned on various Oktibbeha County Grand Jury indictments and are listed by name, charges, bond and date of next court action (any similarities in name to other individuals in the community is purely coincidental):
• Anthony Woods, felony malicious mischief, no bond under a hold by the Corrections Department, Oct. 20.
• Clifford Kelly Jr., DUI (third offense), $5,000 bond, Nov. 3.
• Arthur Tate, possession of cocaine, no bond under a hold by the Corrections Department, Oct. 21.
• James Sayer, intimidating a witness, $10,000 bond, Oct. 20.
• Adam Cox, sale or transfer of less than 30 grams of marijuana, $5,000 bond, Oct. 21.
• Tina Lucious, sale or transfer of cocaine within 1,500 feet of a day care center, no bond granted, Nov. 2.
• Randy Bell, grand larceny, $5,000 bond, Oct. 20.