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Fire chief to stay in position

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Chief Danczyk, left, at the recent installation of three new firefighters (Photo by David Day)

At the meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman Monday morning, Mayor Flaggs spoke on the on-going issue of Fire Chief Craig Danczyk’s comments on social media.

The chief made the comments regarding the riots in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. The chiefs comments were taken as racially insensitive by some members of the community. Others came to the chief’s defense saying the comments were taken out of context and that they would say the same thing as the chief. The firestorm of comments prompted the city to look at its social media policy and to see if the chief had violated any standards.

“On May 31, 2020 I made a Facebook post. My comments were against looting and rioting and protecting my family,” Danczyk said at Monday’s meeting. “It was not my intent to be insensitive during a difficult time for our community. I am deeply sorry if it may have caused offense. In the future, I will be more sensitive to other people’s viewpoints. I am committed to the success of the Vicksburg Fire Department, Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and the citizens of Vicksburg.”

The social media policy was addressed at today’s meeting in executive (closed) session. After the closed executive session the Mayor spoke about the policy.

In a prepared statement, the Mayor explained no action will be taken against the chief:

“The city sought the advice of outside legal council. It was ultimately determined that no action against the employees will be taken. The city of Vicksburg respects the first amendment rights of employees of the city,” Flaggs said. “The city is reviewing our social media policy.”

 

 

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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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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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