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Flaggs expresses concerns about growing violence in Vicksburg

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Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, May 4, 2020. (Photo via VTV screenshot)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. spoke on the recent violence in the city Tuesday at the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

The city recorded its 10th homicide of 2020 last week when 19-year-old A’Treio Markis Richards was murdered Friday, Nov. 6. Flaggs indicated that police were not trained to handle the types of violence seen lately in the city.

“The kind of violence that we are seeing in our community, the kind of shooting, the kind of killing, it cannot go unnoticed,” Flaggs said. “I am not satisfied.”

“You can’t stop a man from killing a man right in his face in front of six people (if) they’re determined to kill,” he added.

The mayor went on to say that the senseless violence he’s seeing now comes from “the absence of love and caring and respect for another human being,” he said, saying he is reaching out to the city’s preachers and the community for their assistance.

The mayor further urged Vicksburg residents to reach out and assist their loved ones.

“If you know you’ve got somebody who needs some mental help or (has) mental challenges, seek help,” Flaggs said. “If you know somebody who is always angry for no reason, seek help.”

“I’m not lecturing, I’m just frustrated,” he added, “… but I believe there’s hope.”

The hope, he indicated, comes from his belief that the community can come together to mitigate the violence.

 

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Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital

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Photo by Thomas Parker

A local man was injured after crashing into a pole Sunday morning.

Vicksburg EMS/Fire and Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Mission 66 near its intersection with Military Avenue at around 7:30 Sunday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole.

The driver was transported by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 to UMMC for treatment.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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