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Home intruder captured red handed in the 6000 block of Indiana

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The call came into the 911 call center at 10:54 p.m. to report a burglary in the 6000 block of Indiana Avenue.

The family said they were home for about 30 minutes when they heard a cough and discovered a woman in their game room.

After a couple of minutes the woman began to talk to the homeowners. She claimed to be from Monroe, La., and said she was hitchhiking with her boyfriend, according to the homeowners report to 911. The homeowner said the woman told them the boyfriend “started to chase her, and she ran into the house to get away from him.”

The homeowners then advised the dispatchers at 911 that the woman, who said she was Sarah Johnson, 47, started screaming and moving around a lot.

The woman was held at the home by the homeowners until deputies arrived.

The first deputy arrived on scene at 11:04 p.m. and dispatchers advised that the homeowners were instructed to “approach the door and point their weapons down.”

The name Sarah Johnson did not come back as valid from the State of Louisiana. The intruder was treated at the scene by ambulance 20 and transported to Merit Health River Region.

 

 

 

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Vicksburg PD arrest woman for possession of methamphetamine

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Charlotte Coulter-Hull

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested a woman on drug charges yesterday.

During a traffic stop near Interstate 20 and Clay Street on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Charlotte Coulter-Hull, 50, of Oak Ridge Road was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Hull is scheduled to appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, Feb. 28.

Also on Wednesday, officers responded to a shots-fired call in the area of Indiana Avenue and North Frontage Road around 3 p.m. Officers found no evidence of shots fired.

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USACE closed Steele Bayou gates around noon Thursday

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The Steele Bayou Control Structure (photo from USACE)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the gates on the Steele Bayou Control Structure just before noon Thursday.

Drew Smith, chief of the Water Management Section with the Corps, confirmed the information earlier today.

The Mississippi River is projected to crest at 48.1 feet on Sunday, March 1.

On Feb. 26, the Yazoo Backwater was at 95.7 feet, which has 460,000 total acres underwater in Mississippi’s South Delta including 176,000 acres of cropland.

The Backwater is predicted to crest at around 96 feet. At 96 feet, 470,000 total acres will be flooded including 183,000 acres of cropland.

While completing the pumps in the Yazoo Backwater will not completely prevent flooding in the South Delta, it can prevent quite a lot of it. Estimates from the Mississippi Levee Board are that about 154,000 acres could have been saved from floodwaters earlier this month.

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Statutory rape trial of former Warren County pastor begins Monday

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Troy Anthony Piccaluga

The trial of a former pastor of two Warren County churches is set to begin Monday, March 2, in Warren County Circuit Court.

Troy Anthony Piccaluga, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery. The two female victims in the case were between the ages of 14 and 16. An initial report filed by one victim’s parents led to the second victim.

Piccaluga was arrested in March 2018, and the alleged incidents took place from January to March of that year. At the time of his arrest, Piccaluga was Pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Redwood United Methodist Church.

The trial is expected to take several days.

A separate civil action was filled in Warren County Circuit Court in recent days.

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