Police have busy Tuesday with three different felony incidents

November 13th, 2020     General News

Tuesday, Nov. 10, proved to be a busy day for New Albany police with three different sets of felony arrests. There was an armed robbery, stolen checks and a car destroying a shed.

Joseph Powell

Chief Chris Robertson said the first incident came about noon when police got a call from the Laundromat at the intersection of East Bankhead Street and Hwy. 15.

“A lady was working there, taking care of the laundry when a black male came in and was acting strangely,” he said. The suspect produced a fixed blade knife about 8 inches long and began closing the gap between the suspect and woman, the chief said.

“She got scared and ran out to a store next door and called police,” he said.

Officers arrived and arrested Joseph M. Powell, 28, of 121 Summer Street and charged him with strong-arm robbery.

His bond was set at $100,000.

Gavin McWilliams

Ryan Eaton

Robertson said the second incident was about 1:20 p.m. when police received a report about checks being stolen.

“One was cashed and one was attempted at Regions and BNA Bank,” he said. “We were able to identify two who are in custody and we are looking for one more.”

Charged with false pretense are Gavin McWilliams, 28, of 1286 Hwy. 178 West at Twin Creeks, and Ryan Eaton, 24, of 1032 CR 115.

Bond for each was set at $5,000.

Wiltavion Finley

The third incident, about 4:53 p.m., was at 711 Shady Grove Road.

Robertson said Wiltavion Finley took his mother’s car without permission, driving it through a neighbor’s yard and into a shed. “He destroyed the shed,” the chief said.

Finley was charged with felony malicious mischief and his bond was set at $15,000.

Chief Robertson also reported another arrest.

Amy Willard, 38, no address given, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or distribute.

Robertson said a traffic stop was made on Willard and what he described as several different pills were found inside.

Amy Willard

He said Willard was on probation for a previous conviction and when she went to report to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, police made them aware of the outstanding warrants on her.

Her bond was set at $15,000 for the marijuana charge and $25,000 for the methamphetamine charge.

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