On 12/17/14 a Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on 5th St. in Metropolis near Fort Massac. During the traffic stop, the Deputy conducted a search of the vehicle. The search of the vehicle uncovered a small amount of cannabis and a small amount of a substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. The Deputy also found a bag containing dirty Hypodermic Syringes along with two Hypodermic Syringes that had a liquid substance in them. The liquid substance tested positive for Methamphetamine. Arrested were 45 year old Jacquiline Zickefoose of South Fulton, TN and 52 year old Guana Branam of South Fulton, TN. Zickefoose was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Branam was charged with Possession of Cannabis.
Two scams have been hitting the area. The first scam involves a person calling the victim claiming to be Sheriff Ted Holder of the Massac County Sheriff's Office. The phone number that appears on the caller ID is the Sheriff's Office number. The person claims to be the Sheriff and notifies the victim that they have an outstanding warrant from Massac County. The person tells the victim that they can take care of the warrant by paying a fee over the phone. The Sheriff's Office will never call someone and allow them to take care of the warrant over the phone.
In the second scam, the victim receives a debt collection bill in the mail. The debt collection company on the logo is Convergent Outsourcing. The bill states that the victim has an outstanding debt with a company, such as Verizon Wireless or At&T. The bill has an account number and a phone number to call to settle the debt. It also gives the victim a drastically reduced settlement amount. When the victim calls the number on the bill, the person answering the phone then begins to ask for the victim's social security number. If you get a debt collection bill, call the company you supposedly have the debt from and confirm that you have an actual debt to that company.
The Massac County Sheriff's Office and the Joppa High School will be conducting a training drill today at Joppa High School. Again, this is a training drill. Please share so that everyone knows that this is a training drill.
On 10/18/14 Deputies were called to the Joppa Water Treatment Plant to investigate a Burglary. The investigation showed that someone forcefully entered the treatment plant and took several feet of copper wire. Evidence was collected at the scene leading Investigators to a suspect. The investigation continues and an arrest is expected.
Another Residential Burglary had occurred on 10/01/14 that was linked to the string of Burglaries reported last week in Massac County. This Burglary took place on Midway Rd. near HWY 145. Guns and money were taken from that Burglary. Investigators do not believe the Brookport Vehicle Burglaries were related to the Burglaries reported in the County. Investigators have been collecting forensic evidence to help identify who is responsible for these Burglaries. A Burglary was reported in Johnson County yesterday. In that Burglary, a possible suspect vehicle was identified as a white Buick passenger car. Investigators are unsure if the Johnson County Burglary is related to the Massac County Burglaries. Massac County residents are asked to be looking out for any suspicious vehicles or persons in their area.
On 10/17/14 a Brookport resident called the Sheriff's Office to report that they were chasing a person they saw breaking into their vehicle. The Deputy located the suspect fleeing the area on foot. The Deputy chased the suspect on foot several blocks. The suspect hid in tall weeds and was eventually located. The suspect, who had to be tazed to be subdued. The Deputy arrested 18 year old Nicolas Ablett of Brookport. The investigation showed that Ablett had broken into several vehicles in the Brookport area. Ablett was charged with Burglary to a Motor Vehicle. Further investigation showed that Ablett had taken money from a woman's purse at the Dollar General Store in Metropolis in September 2014. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
The Massac County Sheriff's Office has been receiving reports of residences being broken into. One of the residences was located on Airport Rd. That residence was owned by a person who lives out of town and recently discovered the residence broken into. Burglars went through the residence searching for items to take. In another Burglary on Orchard Rd., Burglars entered and took a firearm. The third Burglary happened on Powers Church Rd. In that report, Burglars took firearms and a change jar with a large amount of assorted coins. In the Burglaries on Orchard and Powers Church Rd., the houses belonged to elderly individuals who had passed away. In both Burglaries, the Burglars were looking for guns, medication, jewelry and loose change. Investigators believe all three reports are related. The Sheriff's Office also took a report of a Vehicle Burglary on Crestwood Rd. In that Vehicle Burglary, electronics, cash and medication were stolen. All of these Burglaries are taking place in the late night/early morning hours. If you see any suspicious people or vehicles in your area late at night or early in the morning, please contact the Massac County Sheriff's Office at (618)524-2912 or through our TIPS page.
On 09/24/14 a Sheriff's Deputy located a large case on Liberty Ridge Rd. It is believed that the case may have fallen off of a vehicle as it traveled on Liberty Ridge Rd. We would like to return the case and it's contents back to the rightful owner. If you are the owner or know the owner, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (618)524-2912.
Deputies were called to a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the Country Club. Deputies arrived and found 30 year old Shaunna Hornback of Metropolis yelling at family members. Deputies learned that Hornback had driven to a family members residence with a suspended drivers license. Deputies determined that Hornback was also intoxicated. Deputies later determined that Hornback had used her vehicle in an attempt to run over a family member and also used her vehicle to strike another vehicle intentionally. Hornback was arrested and charged with DUI, Criminal Damage to Property, Driving on a Suspended License and Aggravated Assault.