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Mississippi teenager found safe in Iowa; Oklahoma man charged

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A missing Mississippi teenager has been found in Iowa, and an Oklahoma man has been charged in the incident.

Monica Leeann O’Bryan, 15, of Belmont, Miss., in Tishomingo County, was reported missing on Feb. 24. Authorities believed she had run away from home. The following day, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert.

Yesterday, Mar. 1, officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in Iowa found O’Bryan safe at a high school in Johnston, Iowa, near Des Moines, at about 5:30 p.m.

Jared Michael Wright, 21, of Lawton, Okla., has been charged with harboring a runaway. In his initial court appearance today, an Iowa judge set a $2,000 bond and issued a no-contact order with O’Bryan and her family.

Belmont Chief of Police Donald Thomas told KCCI in Des Moines that he may pursue kidnapping charges against Wright.

As a 15-year-old, O’Bryan “cannot consent to anything,” Thomas said, even if she went with Wright of her own free will.

The sheriff said O’Bryan has a learning disability and is easily manipulated. Officials in Mississippi suspected the girl could have been a sex-trafficking victim, and Thomas indicted he hasn’t ruled it out in his investigation.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting and is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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