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Five people cited for killing alligators on Yazoo Backwater Levee

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Five individuals were cited Monday afternoon for the illegal possession and killing of two alligators on the Yazoo Backwater Levee. The alligators killed were 4 feet and 8 feet in length.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and Deputy Johnny Beauchamp assisted with the investigation of the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m.

Capt. Tracy Tullos of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said the cases will be prosecuted in Issaquena County Justice Court.

Tullos reminds the public that the punishment for killing alligators is up to a $5,000 fine on each count and loss of fishing and hunting rights for at least one year. You could also face time in jail.

Mississippi has a brief alligator hunting season that runs this year from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Special permits are required and only 960 are granted each year statewide.

Tullos also encourages the public to call 1-800-Be-Smart (237-6278) to report hunting violations.

 

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

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

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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