Meridian Star

November 2, 2013

MPD makes several arrests

From Staff Reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Authorities with the Meridian Police Department have investigated and levied charges against several people in connection with recent incidents.

    MPD Lt. John Griffith, executive officer for the MPD, said the arrests have come after investigations into the incidents have resulted in the apprehension and arrest of the suspects.

    Griffith said Thursday MPD detectives charged Viva Marie Lee, 38, and Michael S. Wood, 32, with various offenses stemming from a traffic stop initiated by the department's Direct Action Response Team (DART). Griffith said DART officers were able to confiscate 1.68 grams of methamphetamine along with a firearm during the stop.

    Lee has been charged with possession of a controlled substance while Wood has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Lee's bond was set at $10,000 and Wood was placed on $20,000 bond for his two charges. Griffith said both Lee and Wood are on hold for authorities with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

    In other incidents, Griffith said 29-year-old Amanda Weems has been charged with auto burglary. Griffith said this charge comes from an incident that reportedly occurred October 25 in the 300 block of Indian Hills Drive. Bond for Weems was set at $30,000 but she is currently on hold for authorities with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

    Griffith said James Harrison Jr., 47, has been charged with burglary. Harrison was charged in connection with a burglary that was reported on October 26. Bond for Harrison was set at $20,000. Harrison, Griffith said, is on hold for authorities with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

    Griffith said Charles Jacoby Hall has been charged with statutory rape. Bond for Hall was set at $20,000. He is also being held pending Mississippi Department of Corrections actions.