Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Commish announces arson arrest at MDCC

Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney issued the following statement.


Joint Investigation Results in Arson Arrest for Fire at Mississippi Delta Community College

Jackson – A joint investigation between the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) Police Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sunflower County Emergency Management has resulted in the arrest of an individual for the December 14, 2017 fire at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, MS.

Timothy Jones, of Indianola, MS was arrested last week by the Mississippi Delta Community College Police Department and charged with one count of arson in the 1st degree and one count of arson in the 3rd degree along with several other felony charges from assisting agencies.

“This arson case was solved quickly thanks to the teamwork and cooperation of state and local agencies,” Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said.

MDCC President, Dr. Larry Nabors also praised the team effort.

“We at MDCC would like to thank the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office who have worked tirelessly in a collaborative effort with our campus police department. The Deputy State Fire Marshal was quick to arrive on the scene the morning of the fire, and the MBI’s assistance began shortly after.  The college is greatly appreciative of both agencies’ solid direction and dedication to the investigation.  A large part of the swift movement in this case is due to their thought, planning, and action,” said Dr. Nabors.
The fire was intentionally set in the Administration Building of the college on the morning of December 14, 2017, and a van belonging to the college was stolen and set on fire a few miles from the school.
 

6 comments:

Louis LeFleur said...

Not surprising that this story would have no comments almost 4 hours after posting since after an initial quick check of local media (no, I didn't check JJ archives!), I saw no reference to the original story of the fire/arson/burglary. My own initial reaction was "what fire at MDCC?" All that said, glad I know about it now and glad they caught the guy (suspect?).

Go Head Mo Head! said...

That's good news! Last time I remember a Campus Cop being really successful with praise heaped on was the ticket-officer who became Police Chief Of Jackson, MS. And she wound up with a starched white shirt and FOUR STARS!

Anonymous said...

I love it how Mike Chaney announced this arrest when it is simply a local law enforcement deal.....every State of MS figure is trying to get their 5 sec of spotlight....next the lunch lady will be announcing the obesity rate of MS has only increased at a slightly slower rate than last year

Anonymous said...

6:56 - I'm not sure what data you're searching for, but make a note of this: The obesity rate in Mississippi increases by about six percent while the legislature is in session.

Anonymous said...

And, you know, the suspect, if found guilty, will do more time behind bars than he would if he'd just hauled off and shot somebody. Because if you shoot a human being, that's only a crime against the people's peace and dignity; burn an insured building, though, and you've committed a mortal sin against the peace and dignity of some insurance company.

If we want criminals to do the time for the crime, make murder insurance mandatory for everybody. The insurance companies would then lobby the Legislature -- successfully, no doubt -- for a 100% rule.

Anonymous said...

9:56. Did you not get your claim paid? Arson is a crime against the property owners, anyone who could be occupying the structure, the fire fighters who put themselves at risk extungusing the fire and yes the insurance company.

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