Union County Sheriff’s Department makes arrests in series of unrelated cases

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Union County Sheriff, Jimmy Edwards


The Union County Sheriff’s Department has made arrests in a series of unrelated burglaries and thefts.

Felony child abuse

On Tuesday, June 29, deputies arrested Austin Trigg at his Pleasant Ridge residence and charged him with felony child abuse.

Edwards said that a 911 call received this past Thursday about a four-to-five-month-old infant that was choking or unresponsive. An ambulance took the infant to North Mississippi Medical Center.

On Friday, investigators went and talked to the parent and medical staff. Also, the infant was transferred by helicopter to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Edwards said they noticed a bruise on the child’s head and when they got the medical information from Tupelo and Memphis they learned that an MRI showed a brain bleed in the child. That is when they charged Trigg.

The sheriff said he did not have an update on the baby’s condition Tuesday.

Bond for Trigg was set at $50,000.

Commercial burglary and child endangerment

Randy Barnes

Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said someone broke into the farm shop of Pannell Brothers Farm at Pumpkin Center Monday, June 21. The suspects took several pieces of small equipment.

Based on information and investigation, Edwards and deputies arrested Randy Barnes in Tippah County Tuesday, and later arrested Joey Corrigan in that county as well. Both have been charged with commercial burglary as well as child endangerment because a child was in the car during the crime.

The stolen items were recovered.

Barnes is in Tippah County Jail because he was on probation for a conviction there. Corrigan is in custody in Union County Jail with bond set at $25,000 for the burglary and $10,000 for child endangerment. Barnes’ bond is the same.

Trailer theft

A trailer was stolen from an address on County Road 51 Tuesday, June 22.

Deputies identified Jeffery Hill as the suspect and arrested him, also in Tippah County.

He was charged with grand larceny of the trailer, which was recovered.

He was still in custody Tuesday at the Union County Jail.

Auto burglary and theft

About four weeks ago, the sheriff said, someone broke into a vehicle in the Center Community off Hwy. 348. That same night a vehicle was stolen on the same road.

Later, the stolen vehicle was stopped in Lowndes County with a switched tag.

Union County investigators went to Lowndes County where the driver, Matthew Crump, apparently confessed to both crimes.

Deputies recovered the car and Crump is being charged with one count of grand larceny and one count of burglary of an auto. He remains in custody in Lowndes County.

Burglary and grand larceny

Eric Allen Bedford has been charged with burglary and grand larceny.

Sheriff Edwards said Bedford is accused of breaking into a vacant house on County Road 107 (Liberty Road) next to his residence June 26. He is accused of taking a starter motor from inside and wheels, tire and an air conditioner outside.

His bond was set at $10,000.

Possession of burglary tools and meth

On Sunday night after midnight, June27, Justin Nichols was stopped for a traffic offense. On investigation, he was charged with possession of burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine as well as a traffic charge.

His bond has not been set but the Mississippi Department of Corrections has ordered a hold placed on him regardless.

Robbery with a deadly weapon

Sheriff Edwards said two of four suspects have been identified in an incident that occurred June 11.

He said an individual living in the Pleasant Ridge area apparently involved a guy over to drink. “Three people showed up. One girl never got out of the car,” Edwards said. “They determined he had money – maybe he flashed it, we don’t know.”

Regardless, the three left and returned soon with another individual, he said. “They put an AK-47 to his head and took $4,000, a pistol, an AR-15 and left,” Edwards said.

The victim was not injured.

Jarvis Jones

The sheriff said they have identified two suspects and have one in custody with the help of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and U. S. Marshal’s Service.

Jarvis Jones is charged with robbery with use of a deadly weapon and his bond was set at $150,000.

Edwards said a warrant has been issued for a second suspect and he is confident they will identify the other two with time.


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