Our K9 Aquiles recently was given a bulletproof vest at no charge to our agency. An organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc raises money each year to provide the vests to working k9s in the field. You can learn more about this great program at www.vik9s.org. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to this organization for an awesome job!!!
As Sheriff of Calhoun County, one of my goals is to encourage proactive efforts when it comes to public safety. As we face a new season of winter weather, now is the time to ready ourselves and our families for storms and potentially hazardous driving conditions.
The best advice we have for you during a winter storm is to stay at home and keep off the roadways if at all possible until conditions improve. However, it is always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected. Below is a good checklist (from www.Ready.gov) outlining how you can best prepare your vehicle for winter weather.
Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
windshield scraper and small broom
battery powered radio
extra hats, socks and mittens
first aid kit with pocket knife
tow chain or rope
road salt and sand
fluorescent distress flag
For more information, visit www.Ready.gov.
As always, if you have a cell phone, charge it before you begin your journey.
Wishing you safe travel and a happy holiday season,
Sheriff Greg Pollan
Scam involving Natchez Trace Electric Power customers. Caller claiming name is John with call back number of 1-801-289-6211 ( but could be made to show anything) calls and says your power will be cut off if you don't pay immediately with a credit or debit card. If a message is left they will say power will be cut off in 45 minutes. Do not give any information to anyone that calls and says they are with the Power Company. This is a known scam.
Troy Gene Stewart, 39, of Raymond, MS was arrested by Chief Deputy Dean Poynor on 5 counts of Sexual Battery of a Child under the age of 14 and one count of touching a child for lustful purposes. The incidents happened over a period of several years in Calhoun County.