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Old River Bridge struck again this morning – video and story

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(Photo from video screen capture. Video courtesy Paul Ingram)

A southbound tow boat struck pier 4 on the Old Mississippi River Bridge this morning at 7:11 a.m., according to Warren County Bridge Superintendent Herman Smith. The Motor Vessel Blake Denton had 25 loaded barges in tow when it struck the pier.

Smith said damage appears to be minimal to both the structure and the barges; however, the 92-year-old structure is temporarily closed to rail traffic awaiting an inspection by the Bridge Commission engineer and Kansas City Southern Railroad.

The Denton is owned by Paducah, Ky., based Marquette Transportation. This is the second bridge strike in as many weeks by Marquette owned vessels.

Smith said one factor leading to the early morning bridge strikes is the Coast Guard halting night travel southbound through the structure due to the high river level.

The current in the area could be another contributing factor. Longtime Mississippi River experts contend that the current flow just north of the bridge near Delta Point is among the strongest in the entire river system.

This incident is under investigation as of this writing.

Saturday morning. Ergon Marine is an amazing collection of craft and crafty crews. They do this dangerous work all the time.

Publiée par Paul Ingram sur Samedi 11 avril 2020

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

Photo by David Day

Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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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 is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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