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Update:  The 2 juveniles who went missing from an RV park in Murray this morning have been found.

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  A Murray man has been arrested and charged with operating three illegal moonshine stills within city limits.

Brandon Dick, 31, is charged with a Class A misdemeanor for operating the alcohol-producing stills out of his home at 204 Poplar Street.

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Update: Chad Lampe speaks with Sgt. David Howe about the Citizens Police Academy on Sounds Good.

Murray residents are again getting a chance to learn first-hand the ins and outs of local policing. The Murray Police Department is offering an 8-week Citizens’ Police Academy from October 12th to November 30th.  

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National Night Out is a campaign designed to give people in high crime neighborhoods a secure area for local residents to have a block party. Since Murray isn't really a high crime area, the Murray Police Department has helped adapt the concept to be an emergency and public services block party, where the public can interact with first responders and public services to become more familiar with who they are in a non-emergency setting. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Sgt. David Howe of the Murray Police Department about the event including some unique educational response demonstrations.

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 UPDATE: 5:23 p.m.

 A Puryear, Tennessee man is now in custody and faces a murder charge in connection with the death of Murray resident Wallace Key earlier this week.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 28-year-old Jonathan William Backer Tuesday night after receiving information from the Murray Police Department. Backer was initially wanted on an evidence tampering charge, but MPD investigators obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday charging him with Key's murder.


UPDATE: The Murray man found deceased at a residence on Broad Street  yesterday morning has been identified.  

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Murray Police Department officers responded at the WATCH, Inc. Activity and Wellness Center Tuesday morning after receiving reports of a man with a gun in the nearby area.

Calloway County coroner Rick Harris confirms that 48-year-old John Mark Dillon died at the scene as a result of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Harris says an autopsy will be performed Wednesday in Louisville to confirm that Dillon's wound was self-inflicted.

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Police officers understand that often their interaction with the public is during high-stress times, so the Murray Police Department and other forces reach out to explain more about what they are trained to do in an eight-week Citizens' Police Academy with night classes through March and April. On Sounds Good, Sergeant David Howe and Kate Lochte do an overview of the course, which includes the basics of police work, a tour of the 911 call-center, understanding drug investigations, demystifying criminology, a tour of the jail and more.

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UPDATED 8/5/14 3:07 p.m.

The Murray Police Department has arrested Gary Vanderwerff in the CVS robbery. Police took the 62 year old into custody Tuesday without incident.

Vanderwerff is charged with with first degree robbery, a Class B felony and is lodged at the Calloway County Jail.

Original post:

The Murray Police Department is seeking a suspect in a robbery of the local CVS pharmacy.  MPD Crime Prevention Seargant Dave Howe says that  approximately 4:20 p.m. officers responded to a reported robbery at the pharmacy located on 12th and Main Street.

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Sergeant Dave Howe of the Murray City Police Department joins us on Sounds Good today to talk about the National Night Out event on August 5th at Chestnut Park, 7 to 9 p.m. It's a national program where police departments partner with neighborhoods to provide a block party and public safety fair.