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Flaggs asks judges to assist in curbing crime

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a May 15, 2020 interview with the Vicksburg Daily News. (Photo via video screen grab. Video by David Day)

In a letter sent to Vicksburg and Warren County judges Monday, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. asked for help to curb crime in the River City.

Flaggs wrote that crime is “running rampant” in Vicksburg, and he “prayerfully and humbly” requested the judges consider adding two criteria to bails for anyone arrested on firearm-related offenses: GPS monitoring devices and a 7 p.m. curfew.

“I believe the only exceptions to the curfew should be for travel to or from work or to seek necessary medical treatment,” the mayor wrote. “These conditions of bail will help in protecting the public from future violence and assist our law enforcement officers in reducing and preventing crimes in our city.”

He added that he believes the measures are “imperative for the safety and future of our city.”

Read the entire letter below.

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Mayor to hold news conference Friday on COVID-19

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at a news conference Oct. 8. (photo via video screen grab/Video by Thomas Parker)

 Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room regarding COVID-19.

The current proclamation expires Monday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.

Look for updated information and plan to watch the news conference live on the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page.

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Man drowns in Biloxi after filming Hurricane Zeta

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An Alabama man drowned Wednesday in Mississippi after attempting to get video on Hurricane Zeta.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed the man’s identity Thursday morning.

Leslie Richardson, 58, of Theodore, Alabama, was filming the effects of Zeta for his sister near the Broadwater Marina in Biloxi Wednesday night, the Sun Herald reports.

After filming, Richardson got into his car and attempted to leave the area.

“The deep water started to come around the vehicle,” Switzer told the paper. “He realized he was in trouble and called 911,” around 7:30 p.m.

By that time, it was too late. Water on U.S. Route 90 was already deeper than the military-style vehicles used by the police, and they could not reach him.

The last contact dispatchers had with Richardson, he said he thought his vehicle would float away. He then left the car in search of higher ground.

Around 9:30 p.m. a guest at a nearby hotel called 911 to report a body in the water. The guest attempted to revive Richardson without any luck. Switzer pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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(photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash)

Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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