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The Event Place closed after downtown brawl and shots fired

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The call originally came in reporting a huge fight in the 1400 block of Washington Street last night, Aug. 24, around 10:40 p.m. Several officers responded, and within five minutes four marked Vicksburg Police patrol cars were on the scene.

 

The Vicksburg Daily News arrived there just before the patrol cars and heard five shots fired in the vicinity. We observed dozens of young people running away from the scene in all directions. Other eyewitnesses stated that there were people running everywhere.

Police speak with some of the young people involved at The Event Place brawl.

This morning, Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore has ordered The Event Place closed until a meeting can be had with building owner Daryl Hollingsworth. In the past, the city has required a property owner who hosted an event where shots were fired to sign a letter of agreement to improve security procedures.

The city has two cameras in front of The Event Place, one looking north and one looking south.

Two city cameras outside the front door of The Event Place.

 

 

 

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Mississippi hotelier charged with felony after stolen suitcases found in his car

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Dinesh Chawla and his wife Parveen. Photo from his Facebook page.

Greenwood hotelier Dinesh Chawla is facing felony charges after his arrest Aug. 22 for theft.

According to WREG in Memphis, Chalwa admitted stealing luggage from the Memphis airport.

Police say Chalwa was seen Sunday taking a suitcase from baggage claim. He put the bag in his car, then went back in and caught a flight out of town. An Aug. 20 post on his Facebook page indicates Chalwa was headed to Florida for business.

Police towed his vehicle where they found several stolen bags containing thousands of dollars worth of items.

They arrested Chalwa Thursday when he returned to Memphis, charging him with felony theft of property.

Chawla is the founder and chief executive officer of the Greenwood-based Chawla Hotels, which owns 17 hotels in Mississippi, and is part of the Chawla Global Development Group.

Dinesh Chawla, his wife, Parveen Chawla, and Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant introduced Chawla to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Photo from his Facebook page.

Son of an immigrant from India, Chawla leapt to national prominence in 2017 when the Trump Organization announced it would be partnering with him and his brother to build four new hotels in the Mississippi Delta. The New York Times published a profile in July 2018, emphasizing the excitement caused by the announcement across the state, especially from the governor’s office. Gov. Phil Bryant had introduced Trump to Chawla in 2016.

“There are days when you hang up the phone and say, ‘Oh, goodness gracious,’” Chawla said to the Times of his interactions with the Trumps, “but you don’t let it overwhelm you.”

Chawla’s partnership with the Trump Organization fell through earlier this year, but the flagship hotel is being completed without the Trump name. The Scion Hotel is scheduled to open this fall in Cleveland, Miss.

“Politics has become putrid,” Chawla noted in the Facebook post where he uploaded photos of himself and his wife, Parveen, in the company of Gov. Bryant.

Chawla’s Facebook page seems to have been taken down.

 

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Warren County Sheriff’s Office recovers stolen property from Chickasaw area

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the rural Chickasaw area on Aug. 23.

Property owners contacted the Sheriff’s office upon visiting their property there and finding two unclaimed vehicles in the yard.

Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies discovered a Harley Davidson motorcycle and the shell of a Cadillac Escalade. Neither vehicle was in operating condition.

Running the VINs on the vehicles revealed that the Harley Davidson motorcycle had been reported stolen in 2018 and the Cadillac Escalade was listed as stolen in 2017.

Both vehicles were recovered and towed. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is further investigating to determine how and when the vehicles were deposited in the area as well as who is responsible.

If you have any information, please call 601-636-1761.

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