prentiss county

Suspect apprehended in August robbery

BALDWYN - A suspect has been arrested in the August armed robbery of a Baldwyn business.

"We received information from the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department about an armed robbery," said Lee County Chief Deputy Steve Brooks. "Officers got (the suspect) and questioned him, and he turned out to be the one who hit the lady."

David R. Vandergriff, 37, of Booneville, is charged with one count of armed robbery for his role in the Aug. 28 robbery of Fish Lake Grocery in Baldwyn. Brooks said an individual walked into the store with a pistol and told the clerk he wanted money, and that he wouldn't hurt her.

"When she backed up, he hit her on the head and took some money and a case of beer," Brooks said. The money was not recovered, Brooks said.

Vandergriff is being held in the Lee County-Tupelo Adult Jail. Holds have been placed on him from other departments, according to jailers.

lee county

United Way climbs toward goal

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi recently reached the 71 percent mark in its effort to reach its goal of $1.43 million by the end of this year.

United Way campaign associate Tara Laney said, as of Friday, the United Way has raised $1,019,900.30.

This time last year the United Way had raised $608,806, or 45 percent of its goal.

The Northeast Mississippi United Way chapter serves 36 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Union, Prentiss and Chickasaw counties.

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