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November 27, 2012

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin confirmed that University of Mississippi student John Howard Strickland has been arrested and charged with DUI in the car accident that killed Ole Miss students John and Sarah Wheats in October.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin confirmed that University of Mississippi student John Howard Strickland has been arrested and charged with DUI in the car accident that killed Ole Miss students John and Sarah Wheats in October.

“John Strickland has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI (does not mean DUI alcohol, includes all toxicants),” Martin said.

Strickland, a junior business major from San Antonio, collided into the Wheats’ vehicle on the 18th Street overpass on Highway 6 on Oct. 27.

November 1, 2012

Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin is retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2013. Martin has held the chief position for almost six years, after replacing previous Chief Steve Bramlett in September of 2007. Martin was Bramlett’s assistant chief until Bramlett retired in June 2007.

Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin is retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2013. Martin has held the chief position for almost six years, after replacing previous Chief Steve Bramlett in September of 2007. Martin was Bramlett’s assistant chief until Bramlett retired in June 2007.

“I decided to retire back in April of this year,” Martin said. “OPD has some really good folks working for them. It is very family-oriented, and we are all like a family here at OPD.”

October 17, 2012

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

Oxford Mayor George Patterson and the Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to discuss the search for a new Oxford police chief, among other issues prevalent to Oxford businesses.

A committee was formed to replace current Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin, who is retiring. The committee, along with Patterson, will supervise the screening of applicants and choose the new police chief.

Patterson said he believed that the application period for the position should start Nov. 1, and the window will close around Nov. 15.

October 3, 2012

Oxford police are never too far away to make sure students and Oxonians are abiding by the law on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

 

Oxford police are never too far away to make sure students and Oxonians are abiding by the law on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.
“The main thing that gets you in trouble is getting intoxicated and causing a scene,” he said.

September 20, 2012

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community.

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community. According to an Oxford Eagle article, Diana Wells, a parent of a Lafayette Elementary School kindergartener, claimed to see a bus driver talking on her cell phone while children were on the bus. The consequences of bus drivers using their cell phones while driving children are discretionary and situational, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

September 18, 2012

At approximately 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, the Oxford Police Department responded to a call of a bomb threat involving vehicles at Lexington Pointe apartments off Jackson Avenue, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

At approximately 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, the Oxford Police Department responded to a call of a bomb threat involving vehicles at Lexington Pointe apartments off Jackson Avenue, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.
 
The Oxford Fire Department and the University Police Department were also notified due to a threat that was made in regard to an Ole Miss football player’s vehicle, Martin said.
 
“We made a search of every vehicle in that parking lot and didn’t find anything,” he said.
 

September 11, 2012

Local bars and Oxford police are dealing with an increased number of people who have been drinking on the Square on any given night. During the fall, the party is mainly in the Grove on football game days, but for the rest of the school year, the Oxford Square is the place to go for a good time. This party atmosphere on the Square every weekend has forced bar owners, bartenders and Oxford police to evaluate the best ways to deal with people who have been drinking.

Local bars and Oxford police are dealing with an increased number of people who have been drinking on the Square on any given night. During the fall, the party is mainly in the Grove on football game days, but for the rest of the school year, the Oxford Square is the place to go for a good time. This party atmosphere on the Square every weekend has forced bar owners, bartenders and Oxford police to evaluate the best ways to deal with people who have been drinking.

August 30, 2012

 
As children, danger seemed a foreign concept as we raced our bikes, devil-may-care, through our hometown streets. 
However, bikers face a serious danger in the cars with which they share the road.

 
As children, danger seemed a foreign concept as we raced our bikes, devil-may-care, through our hometown streets. 
However, bikers face a serious danger in the cars with which they share the road.

August 28, 2012

Reports of gunshots at the Connection Apartments were received by the Oxford Police Department late Saturday night.  

Reports of gunshots at the Connection Apartments were received by the Oxford Police Department late Saturday night.
“There was no shooting at the Connection," Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said in an interview with Oxford Crime Report. "We did respond to a large disturbance, and the caller did say shots were fired, but we did not locate anyone shooting or anyone injured, etc.”
Martin said there was a crowd from a party that had gotten of control. After subduing the crowd, they were sent home.

April 9, 2012

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

While the K-9 program, which started in the 1990s, is not new, Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said the officers that will attend the training course are new K-9 handlers.

March 22, 2012

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

 

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

There have been close to 268 automobile accidents and an estimated 99 DUIs within the Oxford city limits since January, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

Martin said there were minor to no injuries with most of these accidents, and there have been no serious injuries that were alcohol-related.

March 8, 2012

Oxford High School’s test scores give it the highest rating possible while Lafayette High School rates in the third-highest category.  

 

Oxford High School’s test scores give it the highest rating possible while Lafayette High School rates in the third-highest category.  

OHS is ranked a Star school. Lafayette is ranked Successful.

Oxford School Board president Bella J. Chain said other schools in the district were ranked as high performing, which is the ranking between star and successful.

March 5, 2012

Hotty Toddy Taxi found itself face to face with the Oxford Police Department again Saturday morning when one of its buses ran over three University of Mississippi students. 

 

Hotty Toddy Taxi found itself face to face with the Oxford Police Department again Saturday morning when one of its buses ran over three University of Mississippi students. 

The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the Oxford Mall near the Malco movie theater, according to OPD Chief Mike Martin. Officers responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a bus. 

February 29, 2012

A city taxi ordinance strengthening liability insurance and licensing requirements has created controversy between city officials and local cab companies in recent weeks.

A city taxi ordinance strengthening liability insurance and licensing requirements has created controversy between city officials and local cab companies in recent weeks.
The tensions reached a new high this past weekend, when the Hotty Toddy Taxi company was cited for failing to display a taxi tag on one of its chartered buses.
Opponents of the law are becoming more vocal about their discontent.
Hamadi Njoroge, owner of Oxford Taxi, said the ordinance will burden small taxi companies and reduce the availability of cab transportation for students.

November 27, 2011

Oxford law enforcement officials are investigating instances of animal cruelty following reports by homeowners claiming that their pets have been shot and wounded.
The shootings are being investigated by the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.
A recent incident occurred when a woman’s cat was shot with a pellet gun, according to Oxford Police Department Chief Mike Martin.
Lee Payne, a veterinarian at Animal Clinic of Oxford, said shootings could certainly be lethal and cause serious medical problems.   

October 31, 2011

The crime rate in Oxford has been considerably lower in the last six years compared to those of other cities in Mississippi.

 

The crime rate in Oxford has been considerably lower in the past six years compared to those of other cities in Mississippi. With the relatively small population of 18,000, Oxford has proven itself to be a reasonably safe place to live in Mississippi.

“The No. 1 crime in Oxford now is property theft from residences and autos,” Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said. “There are really no ‘bad’ areas in Oxford.”

October 26, 2011

Two months and $37,000 later, Oxford Police Department’s security cameras on the Square are still filming in an effort to decrease crime.

 

Two months and $37,000 later, Oxford Police Department’s security cameras on the Square are still filming in an effort to decrease crime.

After working on the idea of adding 10 extra video surveillance cameras on the Oxford Square since April, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the purchase July 5, and the cameras were installed on Aug. 15 by the Madison-based company ADGIX. 

October 20, 2011

The Oxford Police Department confirmed a 60-year-old man died Thursday afternoon in a one-car wreck on Highway 6. 

The Oxford Police Department confirmed a 60-year-old man died Thursday afternoon in a one-car wreck on Highway 6. 

Tommy Brown, who was driving a white 2011 Ford F-250 pickup, was traveling east on Highway 6 between Coliseum Drive and Old Taylor Road. The vehicle crossed over the median and left the roadway near the off-ramp from Old Taylor, according to Police Chief Mike Martin. 

Brown, who was the owner of Brown Insurance on South Lamar Boulevard, was the only passenger in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

October 2, 2011

If you are driving uninsured, you might want to rethink that.
With Mississippi having one of the highest percentages of uninsured drivers, police officers are working harder to get uninsured motorists off the road.  
The national average is 13 percent, while Mississippi is at 28 percent according to the Insurance Research Council.  
Like the rest of the state, Oxford has a problem with uninsured motorists. To prevent this, police officers are charged with the task of ticketing uninsured motorists.  

September 6, 2011

Have you ever looked around the bar and said to yourself, “Wow, that kid looks like he’s 14.” Well, he might have been.

During the first half of 2011, the Oxford Police Department charged approximately 50 individuals with possession of false identification; however, this number represents only a small portion of the fake IDs that were seized in Oxford this year.

August 29, 2011

Leaving your car running to get the mail, starting your car before you get to the door and warming up your car in the winter are now illegal.
Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said that while he cannot remember a specific incident in which a ticket was written for a vehicle left unattended, officers do warn drivers about leaving their vehicles running or parking in an unsafe manner.

August 24, 2011

 

The Oxford Police Department is watching you. 

Security cameras have been placed outside various bars and businesses on the Square at a reported cost of $50,000 and will be monitored by dispatchers at the OPD. 

 

The Oxford Police Department is watching you. 

Security cameras have been placed outside various bars and businesses on the Square at a reported cost of $50,000 and will be monitored by dispatchers at the OPD. 

August 22, 2011

 

According to local law enforcement officials, the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol has increased in both Oxford and Starkville.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin stated that 296 DUI arrests have occurred so far in 2011, in contrast to 274 arrests in 2010, an 8 percent increase. 

 

According to local law enforcement officials, the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol has increased in both Oxford and Starkville.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin stated that 296 DUI arrests have occurred so far in 2011, in contrast to 274 arrests in 2010, an 8 percent increase. 

July 7, 2011

 

In an effort to cut down on crime and increase safety on the Square, 10 security cameras will be installed by Aug. 15.  

Last Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen approved the purchase and installation of the security cameras from the Madison-based company ADGIX for $37,000. 

Mayor George “Pat” Patterson and the Oxford Police Department have been working on the idea of adding extra security cameras downtown since last April.