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Be aware: Warren County under flash flood watch along with most of Mississippi

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The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch at 7 a.m. this morning for most of Mississippi. The watch will continue through tomorrow afternoon. A watch means conditions are favorable for a flash flood to occur.

If you must drive, stay aware Some roads may be flooded or possibly closed.

A slow-moving storm system will setup periods of heavy rainfall Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of three to five inches will be common with locally higher amounts possible. These amounts over relatively short periods of time will likely cause some flash flooding.

Turn around; don’t drown. Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you must walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Included in the NWS alert are portions of central Mississippi, east central Mississippi, north central Mississippi, northeast Mississippi, northwest Mississippi, south central Mississippi, southeast Mississippi, southwest Mississippi and west central Mississippi, including the following areas in central Mississippi: Attala, Choctaw, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith and Yazoo counties. In east central Mississippi: Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee and Winston counties. In north central Mississippi, Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery and Webster counties. In northeast Mississippi, Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. In northwest Mississippi: Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. In south central Mississippi: Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln and Marion counties. In southeast Mississippi, Covington, Forrest, Jones and Lamar counties. In southwest Mississippi: Adams, Claiborne, Franklin and Jefferson counties. In west central Mississippi: Issaquena, Sharkey and Warren counties.

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

Photo by David Day

Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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