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Body found in garbage bags belongs to small child; suspect charged with capital murder



Celeste Smith

An autopsy of a badly decomposed body found in a garbage bags last week confirm the remains belong to a small child.

Meridian, Miss., police found the bags Wednesday, Sept. 11, after Celeste Louise Smith, 35, directed officers to the scene in a house basement, reports The Meridian Star.

An autopsy showed the child suffered cracked and broken ribs on both sides and burns.

Smith has been charged with capital murder and child neglect. She was denied bond on the murder charge.

Jakie Toole, 5, a special needs child, had been in Smith’s care, the paper reports. Toole has not been seen since April; however, he was only reported missing Sept. 4. A DNA test has been conducted but may take weeks to verify that the body found is Toole’s.

It is not clear at this time why Toole’s mother did not report her child missing for five months.


Crime Report from the Vicksburg Police Department



Business Burglary

On Oct. 8, 2019, Vicksburg Police Department officers responded to a business burglary call at Hair It Iz, 1614 Bodley St.  According to the complainant, someone broke into the building and took an unknown quantity of T-shirts. Total value of the T-shirts is estimated at $50.

Residential Burglary

On Oct. 8, 2019, officers responded to a residence in the 2700 block of Alcorn Drive for an earlier burglary.  The complainant reported a 40-inch television, two laptop computers, a Samsung tablet, a PlayStation 360, a gold chain and $500 in cash were missing.

Arrest Made in Embezzlement Case

On Oct. 9, 2019, \Vicksburg Police Department investigators arrested Haley O’Briant, 128 Hunter Drive, Tallulah, La., on a charge of felony embezzlement. This matter had been reported to the Vicksburg Police on Oct. 4, 2019.

O’Briant is accused of stealing more than $56,000.00 from her employer. She appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter for her initial appearance today and was bound over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $150,000 bond.

Haley O’Briant

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Vicksburg man arrested for Tallulah, La., murder



Chadwick Hearn

Authorities in Madison Parish, La., have arrested a Vicksburg man, charging him with murder.

According to the Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred Oct. 8, 2019, in Tallulah, La. Investigators say they received a 911 call around 7 p.m. about a shooting in the 400 block of Cooledge Street. When they arrived, they found Marvin Guy slumped outside his doorstep. Upon further inspection they discovered he had been shot. The coroner pronounced Guy dead at the scene.

Vicksburg resident Chadwick Hearn was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Chadwich Hearn from his social media.

According to the sheriff’s office, an argument escalated into a shooting. It is believed the two did not know each other prior to the altercation.

Hearn is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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Operation Triple Beam results in 149 arrests in North Mississippi.



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Law enforcement officers have arrested 149 individuals in North Mississippi as part of an effort to reduce violent crime, drug crime and gang activity.

“Operation Triple Beam,” a U.S. Marshals led initiative, brought together federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in an effort to reduce crime in the Golden Triangle area by identifying and arresting violent fugitives, targeting violent gang activity, and collecting intelligence to allow for the systematic removal of individuals who are responsible for committing crimes in North Mississippi.

Among those arrested were 50 gang members. The operation also resulted in the seizure of approximately $65,820 worth of narcotics and narcotics related proceeds. In addition, 155 registered sex offenders living in Northeast Mississippi and the Golden Triangle area were checked for compliance with sex offender registration requirements. Compliance checks were also conducted on eight moderate and high-risk federal and state probationers.

The operation ran from July 15, 2019 through Aug. 30, 2019. It combined the efforts of a half dozen local law enforcement agencies across three counties in North Mississippi, along with state and federal law enforcement partners.

U.S. Marshal McKittrick and Chief Deputy Jeff Woodfin praised the collaboration.

“This initiative gave the public a small glimpse of what law enforcement carries out on a daily basis. We couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who worked diligently during this highly effective operation,” McKittrick said in a statement. “This all-hands-on-deck approach was pivotal in the success of this operation, which will make a difference in our communities. Some of these cases will be prosecuted in federal court and some in state court. There are additional ongoing investigations that may lead to future arrests, all of which are important in the pursuit of dismantling the criminal element in the Northern District of Mississippi.”

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