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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 12:00 am

During a recent meeting of the Greensville County Neighborhood Watch, the Emporia Police Department and Greensville County Sheriff’s Office gave a crime report.

Sheriff Tim Jarratt spoke about the recent violent crimes. In fact, seven murder or death investigations, including two murders in Emporia, are currently active in addition to the investigation of a violent armed robbery in which a female motel manager was shot. Jarratt said the victim had to have a hip replacement but is expected to be okay.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for three men who stole $50 from the American Inn before one of the suspects shot the manager after she said there was no more money.

The second degree murder trial of Benjamin Dugger, 32, of Emporia has yet to be heard in general district court. Leo Pope, 31, was killed after an altercation involving weapons at a home on Dry Bread Rd. on June 30.

Police are looking for Stevie Lambert, who is a fugitive wanted for charges of felony child neglect. Shakes Mitchell has already been charged in the death of their child who suffocated in a crib/bed.

Hoszon Mabry’s case is also still making its way through court. On Feb. 8 he is accused of the hit and run death of Tyrel Young, 22, which occurred on Skippers Rd. (Hwy 301 N.)

The murder of Quentin Ivey on Church St. on May 20, 2017, is another case winding its way through circuit court. The case is set for trial on Oct. 9. A Richmond man, Michael Rocky Marciano, was charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm by a nonviolent felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The Emporia Police Dept. obtained warrants in the violent death of James “Jimmy” Webb, 79, at his home on Temple Ave., on Oct. 28, 2017.

Dickie Brown, a 26-year-old male with a Washington, DC address, was located in December when he was arrested in Prince Georges County, Md.. Brown is charged with second degree murder, burglary, robbery and grand larceny. His preliminary court date is set for Sept. 18.

Another murder case making its way through the court system took place at a trailer park off Lowground Rd. on June 21, 2017. Anthony Small is charged with the second-degree murder of Tyeesha Bittle. His jury trial is set for Nov. 7.

Charges are still pending in the death of a six month old baby on Aug. 10, The child was left in a car for five hours by its mother, Blondia Curry. The child’s autopsy still hasn’t been received by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

The Sheriff said that so many violent crimes shows where our society is today. “That’s why we try to get you to be aware of your surroundings,” said Jarratt.

He stressed that law enforcement rather check out something that seems suspicious than to find out later that a crime happened.

“Something you see might prevent a crime if you call us or you could help us make a case against the perpetrator,” he said.

Emporia Police Chief Ricky Pinksaw urged people to be mindful that law enforcement needs the public’s help to solve crimes. He noted that his door is always open to residents.

Officer Valerie Rodriquez gave the city’s crime report which included assault and battery, 5; assault and batter of a family member, 3; assault of a police officer, 1; capias, 1; credit card theft, 1; death investigations, 2; destruction of property, 2; driving while intoxicated, 7; forgery, 1; forgery, uttering, 1; grand larceny, 8; possession or manufacturing a controlled substance, 1; possession of forged coin or bank notes, 1; possession of marijuana, 7; possession of a controlled substance, 2; public intoxication, 2; shoplifting, 4; and wearing a mask in a public place, 1.