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Numerous roadway incidents causing havoc in Warren County

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Old Highway 27 [photo courtesy Kimble Slaton]

Folks, it’s a mess out there.

Road crews with Warren County and Mississippi Department of Transportation have been busy today. A series of downed trees also brought area utility providers into the equation.

Just after 3 a.m., Thursday, trees took down utility poles on Nailor Road near the intersection of Poole Road. This incident required a pole to be replaced.

A similar situation was reported on U.S. Highway 61 South near the intersection with Ring Road, just after 4 a.m. At around 2:15 p.m., a mudslide was reported in the 8600 block of 61 South. MDOT is inspecting the area to determine if there is a possible undermining of the roadway.

A large mudslide occurred on North Frontage Road near the Church of Christ just after 7 a.m. creating havoc for morning commuters. At the same time, Old Jackson Road experienced another major slide and was closed again.

Old Jackson Road [photo by David Day]

Highway 61 North between the Blakely subdivision and Redwood has been problematic with two incidents of vehicles being struck by falling trees. No injuries were reported, and both incidents were cleared up quickly.

Boy Scout Road

A major slide has occurred at the northern end of Boy Scout Road isolating one home.

This afternoon just after 1 p.m., trees took down two power poles in the 1600 block of Old Highway 27 causing a widespread power outage. Entergy reported more than 3,000 service outages as a result of this incident.

Vicksburg Warren School District officials dismissed three Highway 27 area schools—Beechwood Elementary, Warren Central High School and River City Early College High School—at 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ headquarters building on Clay Street closed to the public at about 2:30 p.m. due to a power outage. Employees with telework agreements in place may telework. All other employees will be placed on administrative leave.

To the north, the wind and rainfall have begun to eat away the shoulder on Highway 465, just south of the old Eagle Lake Gin. It appears that 465 will be closed within the next few days due to water overtopping the roadway.

Erosion on 465 at Eagle Lake.

The Vicksburg Daily News continues to monitor developments and encourages everyone to allow extra travel time. Thus far, we are not aware of any significant injuries as a result of these incidents.

COVID-19

Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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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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