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Grady completes Certified Instructor Program



Vicksburg Police Investigator Mario Grady has completed the Certified Instructor Program at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy.

Grady, a 12-year law-enforcement veteran, began his career as a campus police officer at Hinds Community College in Raymond in 2007. He has since served as a Warren County sheriff’s deputy, an undercover agent with the North Central Narcotics Task Force, a constable and most recently, as a member of the Narcotics Enforcement Team for the Vicksburg Police Department.

Detective Mario Grady

The CIP class is a grueling 400 hours of classroom training that lasts for over five months. The program covers techniques in an established curriculum to provide the overall skills to investigators for them to do their job in the best way possible. The class is taught in two-week intervals so law enforcement agencies do not have investigators absent from their duty post for an unreasonable period of time throughout the year while completing the program.

The plaque commemorating Grady’s accomplishment.

Twenty five law enforcement officers from across the state participated in the program with Grady the only one from Vicksburg and Warren County.

Please join us in congratulating Detective Mario Grady in this momentous accomplishment.


Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital



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



(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



(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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