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Delta Housing Official Indicted

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Ann Jefferson is charged with three counts of interfering with witnesses. The charges were read to her Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Greenville. A federal grand jury indicted Jefferson recently. In 2010, the FBI began investigating South Delta Regional Housing Authority, where Jefferson is executive director. So far, federal officials have not specified what they’re looking for. During Monday’s hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Sanders explained to Jefferson that she was accused of interfering with three witnesses — a former tenant of South Delta rental property, a former employee and a current employee. He set bond at $25,000 and ordered Jefferson to have no contact with the witnesses. The arraignment is set for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Jefferson’s attorney, Willie Griffin, declined to comment. Attorney Bennie Richard, who represents South Delta’s board of directors, attended the hearing. He said afterward that Jefferson could continue working unless the board takes action. Jefferson has been at the center of several controversies, including major increases in rent for tenants of apartments and houses rented by South Delta. A lawsuit on that matter is pending in federal court.
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Suspect in LD’s Kitchen fatal shooting still at large

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James Earl Winters (photo courtesy VPD)

The Vicksburg Police Department continues its search for James Earl Winters, 29, of Vicksburg, in connection with the death of Wade Carter, Jr.

Carter was shot twice in the abdomen at LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., Oct. 6, and died of wounds Oct. 9. Two other victims were also shot at the time but survived their injuries.

Anyone having information concerning Winters’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 800-355-8477 (800-355-TIPS).

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Vicksburg mayor extends COVID-19 restrictions and mandates another month

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during July 15 news conference. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

Friday, Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. extended the city’s COVID-19 restrictions and mandates for an additional 30 days.

The extension also applies to the juvenile curfew and the special crime task force previously put in place by the city.

The following is a summary of the new proclamation:

RETAIL BUSINESSES

Face Coverings are still required in the City of Vicksburg inside all retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, cigar shops, convenience stores, liquor stores, and any other store that sells items to the public. However, maximum capacity may go back to 100% as long as strict social distancing, 6 feet separation, can be ensured between persons who are not in the same household.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Face coverings are still required of employees and customers while not eating or drinking. Maximum capacity may go back to 100 % as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between tables and parties/groups. Limit of 10 to a table. Places that sell alcohol or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises must stop serving, selling or consuming by 11 p.m. and close the business by midnight.

SALONS, BARBER SHOPS, SPAS, MASSAGE PARLORS, TATTOO PARLORS, PERSONAL GROOMING OR PET GROOMERS

Face coverings are still required of employees and customers. Maximum capacity may go back to 100% as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between customers.

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS

Face coverings are still required and must not exceed 75% capacity. Must clean and disinfect high contact equipment and areas frequently. Hand sanitizer must be available at entrances and exits.

MOVIE THEATERS & AUDITORIUMS

Face coverings are still required and must not exceed 75% capacity. Must clean and disinfect high contact equipment and areas frequently. Hand sanitizer must be available at entrances and exits.

DANCE STUDIOS, LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS, INDOOR RECREATION & PLACES OF AMUSEMENT, OUTDOOR RECREATION & PLACES OF AMUSEMENT

Face coverings are still required indoors and may go back to 100% maximum capacity as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between persons not in the same household.

RECEPTION HALLS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Face coverings are still required and may go back to 100% maximum capacity as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between persons not in the same household. For seated dinners only, there shall be at least six (6) feet between tables and a maximum at ten (10) persons at each table.

IN GENERAL

  1. Face Coverings are still required in all businesses, except manufacturing businesses.
  2. Exceptions to the face covering requirement:
    1. Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual and can maintain social distancing (6 feet apart);
    2. Any child under 8, but strongly encouraged for ages 2-7;
    3. Any individual with a medical condition that prevents wearing a face covering;
    4. Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;
    5. Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired;
    6. Any individual giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; and
    7. . Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes.

GROUP GATHERINGS

All persons in public or private social gatherings/activities shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household. If indoors, a face covering is required if persons are not able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Places of worship are encouraged to follow the Safe Worship Guidelines adopted May 20, 2020. Face coverings are encouraged.

Worshipers shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household.

FUNERALS

Funerals are encouraged to be grave side. May be held at Church or Funeral Home at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. or at the City Auditorium at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. All persons shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household. Upon proof of death due to COVID-19, the cost for the City Auditorium for the funeral shall be one-half of the regular auditorium fee.

JUVENILE CURFEW

The curfew for juveniles 17 and under will remain in place with the exceptions of traveling to or from work, being with a parent or guardian, traveling to or from a legitimate school function or organized youth sport activity.

SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE

The special law enforcement task force will remain in place on Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

BUSINESS SCREENING AND CLEANING

Businesses shall continue to screen employees and customers and disinfect high contact areas.

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Man arrested for fourth DUI offense

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Fabian Armstead (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested a man Thursday for his fourth drunken driving offense.

Officers stopped Fabian Armstead, 34, of Vicksburg, around 8:15 p.m. Thursday after noticing his vehicle had a switched tag. They arrested him for driving under the influence, his fourth DUI offense, on Court Street near East Magnolia Drive.

Armstead appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court Friday, Oct. 30. Carpenter set his bond at $10,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

 

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