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Aberdeen mayor faces up to 100 years behind bars

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Mayor Maurice Howard. Photo courtesy City of Aberdeen

Aberdeen Mayor Maurice Howard was arrested yesterday for embezzlement. If convicted, Howard faces up to $25,000 in fines and 100 years in prison.

The mayor is accused of accepting advance payment to attend meetings and conferences on the city’s behalf, then not showing up to the events, reports WLBT. In addition, he allegedly stole $3,500 in taxpayer funds and used a city vehicle for personal travel.

Maurice Howard courtesy State Auditor’s Office.

“Politicians should not lie to the voters about working on their behalf when they are not. And they certainly should not lie in order to financially benefit at the same time,” State Auditor Shad White told WLBT.

Aberdeen is a small town about halfway between Tupelo and Columbus in North Mississippi, and is the county seat of Monroe County. Sitting on the banks of the Tombigbee River, it was once one of the busiest ports in the state, but that was long ago. Today, Aberdeen’s claim to fame is more than 200 buildings on the National Historic Register.

Its current mayor has had his share of disagreements with the town’s aldermen, who cut his salary by $15,000 in July.

Howard denies the charges against him. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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