Apart from some traffic accidents and a couple of car burglaries, local police and fire officials saw a somewhat quiet holiday weekend, with many in Starkville gone for the away Mississippi State football game or out of town for Labor Day.
According to Sgt. Brandon Lovelady, the Starkville Police Department issued over 113 citations since Friday during the department’s holiday enforcement period.
Over the weekend, Lovelady said SPD logged 29 reports with 488 calls for service and 13 arrests. Omitting security checks, city police responded to 331 calls for service.
In the county, Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon Davis said other than a few DUI arrests, the primary calls were two auto burglaries that have yet to see arrests made.
One auto burglary occurred on Village Loop, while the other was at Steele Plantations, Davis said.
On the MSU campus, only minor calls were reported, but MSU Police Chief Vance Rice said a campus police patrol car was totaled on Monday night when a student made a left turn in front of the patrol car, which was doing about 35 mph from the on-ramp to get on to Highway 12.
“Everybody was OK, the airbags went off in both cars,” Rice said. “Other than that there was nothing substantial, just minor misdemeanor stuff. Nothing caught my eye on the morning report.”
Rice chalked up the quiet weekend to many of the students being gone for the holiday or to attend the Mississippi State football game in New Orleans on Saturday.
With a home game slated for next weekend, Rice knows things will pick up.
“I just hope that this next weekend is just as quiet, with a game out of town a lot of students were gone, so we had a pretty quiet holiday weekend for us,” Rice said.
On the emergency side, one wreck was reported in Oktibbeha County on Monday near Sturgis, with one man being transported for injuries, while the city of Starkville also saw a quiet weekend, responding to some medical calls, in addition to one car fire and a grass fire, according to Starkville Fire Chief Charles Yarbrough.