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Mississippi poachers arrested for illegally killing nearly 100 wild turkeys

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A group of South Mississippians believed to have killed nearly 100 turkeys during the 2019 season have been charged and arrested. These arrests follow an 11-month investigation by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks  Conservation Officers resulting in approximately 280 wildlife violations being issued to 14 different subjects.

The following individuals have been arrested:

  • Kenneth Ray Britt, (39 of Wesson, MS); charged with 142 wildlife violations.
  • Tony Grant Smith, (25 of Wesson, MS); charged with 68 wildlife violations.
  • Allen Shelton Morgan, (48 of Brookhaven, MS); charged with 28 violations.
  • Breanna Jeanine McKay, (26 of Wesson, MS); charged with 5 violations.

This group is believed to be responsible for poaching nearly 100 turkeys and trespassing on 15 properties in Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson and Lincoln counties. It was discovered during the investigation that the illegal activities were not limited to Mississippi. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also conducting an investigation of the illegal out-of-state hunts.

“This is the most blatant disregard for Mississippi’s conservation laws I have seen in my 33 years of service with this agency,” said Col. Steve Adcock, chief of MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau. “The primary mission of the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau is to detect and hold accountable those persons who jeopardize our rich hunting heritage by committing lawless acts such as these.”

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Man transported to UMMC after being shot in head

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Update/correction:

The Vicksburg Police Department said in a release Saturday morning that the victim was stopped because he was speeding, not that he flagged down police.

VPD states the victim was a 17-year-old male from Edwards, Mississippi, and that the shooting occurred at a party in Raymond, Mississippi, from where he drove himself to Vicksburg.

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Vicksburg Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning.

At around 2:33 a.m., a shooting victim flagged down Vicksburg Police Officer Brad Lyons at Clay Street and Mission 66 near the Walgreens.

Officer Lyons requested emergency medical response from the Vicksburg Fire Department, indicating the victim had been shot in the head.

The victim told investigators that the shooting occurred in Hinds County. The vehicle that the victim was riding in has Hinds County registration and tags.

Investigators are communicating with Hinds County authorities in hopes of locating the incident scene and determining if the vehicle needs to be held as potential evidence.

The victim has been transported to Merit Health River Region from where he will be airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Mississippi football player accused of statutory rape

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La’Monte Kelly (photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

La’Monte Kelly, 21, a Southwest Mississippi Community College football player, has been arrested after being accused of having sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl.

McComb, Mississippi, law enforcement arrested Kelly Wednesday after the parents of the child made the complaint, charging him with statutory rape. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Kelly also has a hold placed on him from Jefferson County where he faces a charge of solicitation of child pornography.

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Columbus woman arrested for possessing meth

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Amanda O'Callaghan (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a Columbus, Mississippi, woman Thursday in connection with an incident from September.

Amanda O’Callaghan, 49, was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 4, Vicksburg police officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the Ameristar Casino parking lot. Officers found what they suspected to be a controlled substance in O’Callaghan’s possession and sent the substance to the Mississippi Crime Lab for testing. The arrest occurred after police received the results and issued a warrant for her arrest.

O’Callaghan appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court before Judge Angela Carpenter Wednesday. Carpenter set her bond at $5,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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