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Jacques’ cited for ordinance violation, one arrested on narcotics charges

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Just after 2 a.m. Friday, Vicksburg police radio traffic indicated one person had been taken into custody at Jacques’, 1306 Washington St., after a brief foot pursuit.

Lt. Jeff Meritt advised Vicksburg Warren 911 that the front door to the establishment was locked but people were using a side entrance, and there were at least a dozen people inside the business. The individual that ran from Meritt and Investigator Donnie Heggins threw keys and narcotics down during the course of the pursuit.

Multiple officers responded to the establishment. Deputy Chief Penny Jones cited the establishment for violation of the city’s ordinance requiring bars to close at midnight. One person was booked on narcotics charges and will be arraigned later today in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Owner Operator Jay Parmegiani was not on scene at the time of the incident, as radio traffic indicated he was notified by phone at the request of the watch commander.

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore confirmed these events to the Vicksburg Daily News and said information on the arrest would be forthcoming.

This is the second weekend of Vicksburg’s Crime Task Force being on duty with as many as a dozen officers along with a watch commander and deputy chief responding to calls for service and taking additional steps to combat crime in the River City.

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Zeta’s path of destruction leaves two dead and millions without power

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Source: NOAA / NHC

Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday night as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing winds of up to 100 mph along with torrential rain to the already battered coast. At least two deaths have been attributed to the storm.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of the storm was over New Orleans. After making landfall, the storm weakened, but remained at hurricane strength as it raced over the southern portions of Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving more than 2 million people without power.

Zeta is continuing its northeast path Thursday but has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Strong, damaging wind gusts, which could cause tree damage and power outages, will continue to spread well inland across portions of northeastern Alabama, northern Georgia, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia Thursday. Zeta will exit over the Atlantic and dissipate Friday.

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Kroger to offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

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Kroger announced Wednesday that it will soon offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests for $25 in its pharmacies.

Antibody tests detect whether a person has had COVID-19 in the past. They do not detect active infections. The test will be taken by a small sample of blood from the finger and results will be ready within 15 minutes.

At this time, the tests are offered in California and Michigan, but Kroger expects to have the tests in all of their pharmacies by the end of November.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger Heath has remained committed to helping people live healthier lives by offering in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 testing solutions supported by our multi-disciplinary team of licensed, trained and experienced health care providers,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health in a statement. “Making rapid antibody testing available across our family of pharmacies will not only provide an affordable and convenient testing solution for individuals who want to understand if they have previously been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, but also help clinicians understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and potential public health strategies for fighting the disease.”

Research is still underway to determine how long antibodies are present following infection and if the presence of antibodies provides protective immunity. Regardless of the testing result, all patients should continue to practice FDA-recommended safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks.

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USACE temporarily closes part of Arkabutla Lake campground

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(Photo by Thomas R Machnitzki - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12730385)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has temporarily closed part of the South Abutment Campground at Arkabutla Lake due to a power outage.

A total of 57 campsites are affected, and repairs to the electrical system are expected to continue into next week. Current campers may move from their original sites during this time. The impacted sites will remain closed to reservations until repairs are completed.

The remainder of South Abutment Campground is open for reservations, as well as Dub Patton Campground. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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