POLICE REPORT: Identity sought of man burned in Labor Day fire

Authorities continue to seek the identity of man whose body was found in a house fire in the 600 block of Page Street sometime over the Labor Day weekend. Police reports provided last week said Clarksdale Police and the Clarksdale Fire Department were called to a vacant house on fire in north Clarksdale at 8:35 p.m. that weekend. As the fire department put out the fire, a body was discovered in the house.

The Coahoma County Coroner, Scotty Meredith, was called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if the man died prior to the fire. At this point the identity, age or other distinguishing features has not been released by authorities.

The man is being described at a black male.

Police reports list the case as an Arson/Death and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s office, the Clarksdale Fire Department and the Clarksdale Police Department are working the fire investigation and trying to identify the man. Clarksdale Assistant Police Chief Norman Starks is asking the community to check on friends, family and people in their neighborhood to help determine who this might be. Police and fire officials are asking anyone who might have information on what they believe to be arson, to please contact police immediately.

The Clarksdale Police Department can be reached at 621-8156, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or simply dial 911. The Clarksdale Fire Department can be reached at 662-627-8484 and the State Fire Marshal’s office can be reached 601-359-1062. All calls remain anonymous and cash is paid to those providing information that leads to solving a crime.

There are varying degrees of arson with First Degree Arson defined as “willfully and maliciously” setting fire to a dwelling house (occupied, vacant, or unoccupied). A conviction can result in a prison sentence of from five to 20 years in prison and the payment of damages caused by the fire.

Arson that results in a death, or a murder that is followed by arson can be a capital offense and can result in a life sentence and even a death sentence, depending on the circumstances. Person with knowledge of such crimes, who fail to come forward, can also be charged with crimes that carry prison sentences.

West Second Shooting

Clarksdale Police is also continuing its investigation into a shooting that sent a man to the hospital over the Labor Day weekend and is asking the community for information on this incident in central Clarksdale.

Police were called to the 500 block of West Second Street at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.

4 in reference to a man who had been shot. It is believed the incident began on a nearby street and ended with the victim running to a house on West Second where he collapsed.

 Police reports said officers found a black male subject lying beside a vehicle in a driveway just off West Second and the subject had been shot.

Officers spoke with several subjects that were in the area and collected information and evidence about the shooting. Police were able to speak with the victim who said he was walking home and a vehicle drove by shooting and he was shot in the left upper leg area.  The victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition and later released.

The Clarksdale Police Department is continuing their investigation at this time.

Clarksdale Assistant Chief Norman Starks has asked anyone with information about this incident to call the Clarksdale Police Department at 621-8156, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or simply dial 911. All calls remain anonymous and cash is paid to those providing information that leads to solving a crime. Aggravated assault is defined as injury or threat to a person to make them fear for their life or assault with a weapon.

It is punishable by up to 20-years in prison and a £10,000 fine. An adult who assaults a juvenile can find the penalty enhanced to 30-years in prison. Aggravated assault is a felony and shooting into a home can also be deemed a felony if prosecutors and judges wish to pursue it.

Aggravated  Assault

Clarksdale Police are investigating what it has deemed an aggravated assault that occurred over the past weekend.

Police were called to the  700 block of Garfield Street on a report of a shooting.

Officers talked to a man who said he was standing on the street when an orange vehicle drove in the area and people inside began shooting from the vehicle. The man said he was shot in the leg area and was taken to hospital by a privately owned vehicle. Police said the victim was in stable condition and the Clarksdale Police Department is still investigating the incident.

Weekend Report

Clarksdale Police are investigating the following incidents that occurred from Friday, Sept.

10 to Monday Sept.

13.

o Police were called to a home burglary in the 1700 block of Apple Lane. The occupants reported two 65-inch TVs, a 32-inch TV, a 40-inch TV, a 58-inch T.V., two laptop computers, two purses and a gold wedding ring stolen from the residence. o Police responded to a grand larceny reported in the 500 block of Medical Drive. Officers reported an air conditioner unit stolen from the building. o Police responded to a report of a stolen car in the 100 block of Magnolia Street.

The victim reported a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was stolen from the area and police reports said Brandy Games, 35, a black male, from Clarksdale, was identified at a possible suspect.

The vehicle was stopped in Tunica and Games was the driver of the vehicle.  Games was arrested by the Clarksdale Police Department for the crime of Grand Larceny. Games was awaiting an initial appearance in Clarksdale Municipal Court.  A person convicted of grand larceny faces the following felony penalties:

– If the property is valued at £1,000 or more but less than £5,000, the offender faces up to five years in prison and a £10,000 fine. The penalty increases to a ten-year felony sentence if the property is stolen from a place of worship. – If the property is valued at £5,000 or more but less than £25,000, the offender faces a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment and a £10,000 fine.

– If the property is valued at £25,000 or more, the offender faces a 20-year maximum prison sentence and a fine of £10,000.

Shots Fired Calls

The Clarksdale Police Department has responded to the following reports of shots fired: o 400 block of Garfield Street- nothing found

o 700 block of Pecan Street- nothing found o 500 block of Page Street- nothing found

o 700 block of Lynn Street- nothing found Police are asking residents to call them immediately when they hear shots fired in their neighborhood, give a location of where the shot came from and police will respond to the scene and check for evidence. Firing shots inside the city limits of Clarksdale is a misdemeanor but can be enhanced to a felony if the person shooting has a previous conviction for certain crime or the shots were premeditated with intent to cause hate, harm or fear.

Commercial  Burglary

Clarksdale Police were called to a report of two commercial burglaries over the past weekend. o Officers responded to the 300 block of Anderson Blvd. after it was discovered a vending machine was vandalized inside the building and cash and coins stolen.

o Police also responded to the 1800 block of Sunflower after it was discovered a building has been broken into.

Initial police report it was unknown what might have been taken.

 Credit Card  Fraud

Clarksdale Police were called to the 5100 block of Hwy.

61 recently about a  credit card used to obtain items/goods of value fraudulently in the felony amount of over £100.

The incident is under investigation by the Clarksdale Police Department.

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