Laurel Police Department

  • Agency: Laurel Police Department
  • Address: 317 S. Magnolia Street, Laurel, 39440 MS
  • Chief: Walter Martin (Chief of Police)

Laurel Police Department is located at 317 S. Magnolia Street, Laurel, 39440 MS. The Chief of Police of the department is Walter Martin. The Laurel Police Department phone number is (601) 425-4711.

Laurel Police Department News

Officer Blancett and his K-9 partner Kastor visited the children at First Trinity Church.

An I-Pad with AT&T service has been turned in at LPD. The device is password protected and has a brown and black case. Anyone who has lost such a device can contact Captain Cox at 601-428-6537.

On 05-11-18 at approximately 0222 hours, LPD Officers were dispatched to an Armed Robbery at the Exxon station located at 3705 Highway 15 North. The suspect, a white male wearing a gray jumpsuit and mask, entered the store, brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled on foot behind the store but no vehicle description is available. There were no injuries reported from the incident. LPD is seeking any information about the suspect or if any citizens may have witnessed anyone in the area at the time of the incident. (The attached pictures are not great but we do have a video if anyone wants to come by and film it at LPD.) Inv. Abraham McKenzie is assigned the case. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

LPD - Scam Warning Residents have received letters with counterfeit checks related to participation in a survey. Always be cautious when individuals send unsolicited checks.

Inv. McKenzie participated in a Church Safety Event at Mill Creek Methodist last night.

Healthy Hero’s visited Nora Davis 3rd grade.

*UPDATE* Eric House had his initial appearance for Murder this morning where the bond was set at $750,000. Eric House is being sought by the Laurel Police Department for Murder; House should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS; any one with information in regards to his location is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department at 601-399-4440 or Jones County Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP. Do Not Approach this individual, contact your local Law Enforcement Agency.

Another LPD Healthy Hero’s Event. Today with the second grade at Mason School.

It is this Saturday!

Proclamation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Laurel Police Department News Release 04-11-18 On 04/10/18 at approximately 1059 hours, LPD Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun outside of Laurel High School. Officers worked with School Resource Officers to ensure the safety of the school. Erich M. Taylor (White/Male, 30 years of age) was taken into custody across from the school but did not possess a weapon at that time. During the subsequent investigation LPD Investigators located a weapon inside the suspect’s home that appeared to have been altered. We are currently in communication with the ATF in reference to that weapon. During the investigation LPD has learned that the students who initially spotted the suspect were inside the school at the time and the suspect did not have a weapon on school property yesterday. The miscommunication appeared to have come from the suspect’s prior arrest and misinformation spread through social media. We would like to note that the prior arrest occurred at 0200 in the morning when no students were present and the subject was charged at that time. The suspect is still in custody at this time. LPD is working through the CIT program, Pine Belt and the Mississippi Crisis Intervention Response Team in order to help resolve the current situation as well as prevent further problems. As always, LPD continues to work closely with the Laurel School District and their Resource Officers to ensure the safety of all students. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

On 04-06-18 the Laurel Police Department welcomed two new Officers. These Officers were sworn in during a 1000 ceremony at Laurel City Hall. Seth Crabtree comes to LPD with two years of experience having previously served with the Sumrall and Hattiesburg Police Departments. Crabtree holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi. Clint Hedgepeth comes to LPD with 10 years experience having previously served with the Monticello Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hedgepeth served as a K-9 Officer with Monticello Police. The Officers and Staff of the Laurel Police Department would like to welcome them to the team.

On 03/29/18 at approximately 1832 hours, LPD received a report of a vehicle accident on Leontyne Price at the entrance of the SCRMC Emergency Room. It was revealed that the vehicle was transporting a gunshot victim from the scene of the shooting to SCRMC at the time of the accident. LPD Officers immediately transported the victim to the ER. The victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound and reported that the incident occurred in the alleyway between 1st and 2nd Avenue. The victim was later transported to Forrest General Hospital for treatment. LPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect in the incident Tyrone Morgan (Black/Male, 22 years of age). Inv. Brandon Evans is assigned the case. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

LPD Officers visited with the kids at Highland Church Day Care today.

Update Kearson Kenneth Levett (White/Male, 36 years of age) was arrested Friday at approximately 0930 hours. LPD was assisted in the Pendorff area arrest by the JCSO. Levett was charged with one count of Armed Robbery and his bond was set at $50,000 Saturday. LPD would like to thank all the citizens who provided information about the suspect. On 03/11/18 at approximately 2317 hours, LPD Officers responded to Clark’s located at 2531 Ellisville Boulevard on an Armed Robbery complaint. Witnesses reported that a white male (Video Att. – Male enters the store 1 minute into the video) with a semi-automatic handgun had robbed the clerk of a small amount of money. The suspect fled the scene on a small blue and white motorcycle that was possibly a dirt bike. LPD believes the suspect may reside in the Pendorff area. No injuries were reported. Sgt. Michael Reaves is assigned the case. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

LPD enjoyed participating in Mason Schools Career Day

Congratulations to Officer Brian Lilly on being named the Laurel Police Department and Laurel A-1 Tire Center Officer of the Month.

Another LPD Healthy Hero’s Event today at Maddox School.

Inv. Abraham McKenzie visited the children at St. John's today.

SCAM LPD has received reports that a black female subject has been soliciting funds in our area for a Hawaii Beta Club trip. The suspect also informs residents that Mayor Magee is supporting this effort. This appears to be a scam as there is no trip and Mayor Magee has not endorsed this effort. Please call LPD or Dispatch if contact is made with the suspect. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

SCAM ALERT The Laurel Police Department would like to warn the public of a scam currently being attempted in our area. An unknown caller, that is generally reported to have a heavy accent, identifies himself as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service and states that the citizen receiving the call owes the IRS money. The caller goes on to state that the local police will arrest the citizen unless payment is received. The caller attempts to get the citizen to make a payment via wire transfer, debit card or prepaid credit card. The caller may also attempt to gain personal information such as date of birth, social security number and bank account numbers. The IRS does not do business in this manner and the public is advised to ignore these requests. The IRS has a page dedicated to these scams on their website. LPD has received numerous reports of attempts in our area. For further information call LPD. As always, any persons with information about criminal activity may contact LPD or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.

The Laurel Police Department seeks information that will lead to the arrest of the following wanted person: Laderit Malik Barber (Black/Male, 24 years of age) – Aggravated Domestic Assault The charge stems from an incident reported to LPD on 02/05/18. Sgt. Michael Reaves Case.

Laurel Police Department News Release 01-29-18 On 01-29-18 at approximately 0400 hours, LPD received a report that a white male had jumped from the I-59 Tallahala Creek Bridge. At that time LPD was assisted by LFD with nothing located. As a precaution, LPD is now researching the area with the assistance of the volunteer dive team and Jones County EOC. LPD wants to make the public aware of the exercise as not to raise alarm. Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP. Update: The search has concluded with no persons located. LPD would like to thank the following for their support: LFD, JCSO, Jones County Search and Rescue, Jones County EOC, HFD Swift Water Rescue, FCSO Dive, all Volunteers and to American Legion Post #210 for use of their facility.