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Claiborne County men charged with insurance and wire fraud

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Derrick Gaines and Johnny Lakerias Thomas (Photos courtesy CCSD)

Two Claiborne County men have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy by the public integrity division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

The charges were the result of indictments sought by the attorney general’s office, said Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Goods.

Derrick Gaines and Johnny Lakerias Thomas were booked into the Claiborne County Jail, according to a social media post on the Claiborne County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

The suspects were released on $10,000 bonds Wednesday set by Circuit Judge Tameka H. Irving. They also have to appear in Judge Irving’s court in Jefferson County Monday.

T.J. Werre, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, declined comment citing an ongoing investigation.

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Early morning armed robbery on Speed Street Tuesday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that an armed robbery and assault occurred Tuesday on Speed Street.

At 3:24 a.m. Tuesday, a victim entered the police station at 820 Veto Street reporting that he had been robbed.

The victim said he had given a Black male who he knew a ride from the Kings community to an address on Speed Street. When they arrived, the male struck him several times on his head with a handgun, causing minor injuries. The suspect then fled on foot with the victim’s Glock handgun.

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

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VPD reports two business burglaries including one at a church

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that two business burglaries occurred this past weekend, one at a church.

The first occurred Friday, Oct. 16, at the Plaza Self-Storage, 3207 Plaza Drive. Officers responded to the site at 10:45 a.m. where the victim reported someone cut the lock off his storage unit, stealing an Echo chain saw valued at $500 and an Echo trimmer valued at $350.

The second burglary was discovered Saturday, Oct. 17, at 6:34 a.m. when an officer patrolling the area of 1117 Clay Street noticed the door of Mount Heroden Baptist Church had been kicked in. The key holder stated that the PA system was missing from the church.

If you have information on either of these burglaries, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Vicksburg police recover stolen handgun

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Jeremy Johnson (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers recovered a stolen handgun after responding Sunday to a call of shots fired.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 11:24 p.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of Stadium Drive after receiving a call that shots had been fired in the area. The officers saw a dark colored Honda leaving the area and stopped the vehicle.

Noticing the strong smell of marijuana coming from the Honda, the officers searched it and found a Springfield .45-caliber pistol that had been reported stolen from an address on Cain Ridge Road Aug. 3.

Officers arrested Jeremy Johnson for possession of a stolen firearm.

Johnson appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday, Oct. 19. Carpenter set his bond at $75,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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