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Nevels apprehended after weeks on the run

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Johnny Wayne Nevels (Photo courtesy MDOC)

Johnny Wayne Nevels, 50, is in custody after weeks evading a drug conviction.

A team of Warren County investigators and uniformed patrol officers led by Chief Deputy Billy J. Heggins arrested Nevels near the intersection of Chickasaw and Falk Steel Roads at around 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. The sheriff’s office had the area under surveillance as they believed Nevels was hiding in the flooded area.

Arrested for multiple drug counts in 2017, Nevels failed to appear for trial after appearing for several pre-trial hearings. Circuit Court Judge M. James Chaney allowed the trial to proceed, and Nevels was convicted in absentia on three counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) on Feb. 24.

On March 20, Chaney sentenced Nevels to eight years each on two counts, and 20 years on the third count, with 15 years to serve and 5 years post-release parole. The three sentences are to be served consecutively.

Nevels, who has a lengthy criminal history, was convicted under the habitual offender statute which means he will serve 31 years on this conviction.

Pace said Nevels is being held in the Warren County Jail awaiting transfer to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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