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Operation Triple Beam results in 149 arrests in North Mississippi.

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Law enforcement officers have arrested 149 individuals in North Mississippi as part of an effort to reduce violent crime, drug crime and gang activity.

“Operation Triple Beam,” a U.S. Marshals led initiative, brought together federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in an effort to reduce crime in the Golden Triangle area by identifying and arresting violent fugitives, targeting violent gang activity, and collecting intelligence to allow for the systematic removal of individuals who are responsible for committing crimes in North Mississippi.

Among those arrested were 50 gang members. The operation also resulted in the seizure of approximately $65,820 worth of narcotics and narcotics related proceeds. In addition, 155 registered sex offenders living in Northeast Mississippi and the Golden Triangle area were checked for compliance with sex offender registration requirements. Compliance checks were also conducted on eight moderate and high-risk federal and state probationers.

The operation ran from July 15, 2019 through Aug. 30, 2019. It combined the efforts of a half dozen local law enforcement agencies across three counties in North Mississippi, along with state and federal law enforcement partners.

U.S. Marshal McKittrick and Chief Deputy Jeff Woodfin praised the collaboration.

“This initiative gave the public a small glimpse of what law enforcement carries out on a daily basis. We couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who worked diligently during this highly effective operation,” McKittrick said in a statement. “This all-hands-on-deck approach was pivotal in the success of this operation, which will make a difference in our communities. Some of these cases will be prosecuted in federal court and some in state court. There are additional ongoing investigations that may lead to future arrests, all of which are important in the pursuit of dismantling the criminal element in the Northern District of Mississippi.”

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Vicksburg Police arrest six teenagers for robbing and beating a man

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Six teenagers arrested for robbery. Top row: Lushunta Fulks, Ashanti Hardin and Kenan Jackson. Bottom row: Samuel Smith, Cameron Roby and Demarian Smith.

On Friday, Nov. 15, Vicksburg Police officers arrested six local teenagers in connection with a robbery.

Five of those arrested were under the age of 18.

Officers responded to a report that a man had been robbed at gunpoint and beaten at the apartments at 1101 Bowmar Ave. The officers arrested four males and two females.

The six defendants appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Monday, Nov. 18. All six were bound over to the Warren County Grand Jury.

Lashunta Fulks, 18, of Jackson, was arraigned on one count of strong-armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. Her bond was set at $175,000.

Ashanti Hardin, 17, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of strong-armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. Her bond was set at $150,000.

Kenan Jackson, 17, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of strong-armed robbery, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. His bond was set at $165,000.

Samuel Smith, 17, of Vicksburg, was arraigned on one count of strong-armed robbery, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. His bond was set at $190,000.

Cameron Roby, 17, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of strong-armed robbery, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. His bond was set at $190,000.

Demarion Smith, 15, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of strong-armed robbery, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. His bond was set at $190,000.

The Vicksburg Police Department also reported the following:

Residential Burglary

On Friday, Nov. 15, officers responded to an address in the 3000 block of Washington Street, where the complainant reported an earlier burglary. According to the complainant, tools and ladders were taken,

Shots Fired

On Friday, Nov. 15, officers responded to the 2700 block of Alcorn Drive in reference to shots fired. When they arrived on the scene, the officers saw no signs of suspicious activity.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, officers responded to the 3200 block of Iowa Boulevard in reference to shots fired. When they arrived on scene, officers saw no signs of suspicious activity.

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Carroll County man pleads guilty to triple homicide; receives three life sentences

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A Mississippi man has been sentenced to three life sentences plus 20 years for a triple homicide and aggravated assault in Carroll County.

Michael Martin Barnhill, 30, pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Marlee Jones Barnhill, and a couple, Brooks and Jim Harrell.

On March 1 of this year, the four were together to celebrate Marlee’s 27th birthday.

Over the course of the evening, Michael Barnhill got drunk and became “angry and combative,” when others tried to get him to stop his belligerent behavior, according to a statement from Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker,  the Clarion Ledger reported at the time.

Michael Barnhill’s victims: wife Marlee Barnhill, left, and Brooks and Jim Harrell.

Marlee Barnhill kept her husband’s keys to stop him from driving drunk. Michael Barnhill retrieved a .40 caliber pistol from his vehicle and returned to shoot his wife in the chest.

When Jim Harrell went to her defense, Michael Barnhill also shot him and then shot Brooks Harrell as she tried to help her husband.

Also in the house at the time of the shooting where two other women, Mauri Suggs and Amber Garrard, and a 10-year-old boy, who escaped to an upstairs room and locked themselves in. Apparently, Michael Barnhill shot at one of the women.

Michael Barnhill was not at the scene when police arrived, but he returned while they were still there, claiming he didn’t know what happened. The survivors told deputies that he was the killer. Michael Barnhill was arrested that night.

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Clinton Police ask for public’s help in finding convicted felon

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Alphonso Hill. Photos courtesy Clinton Police Department.

The Clinton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Alphonso Cantrell Hill of Jackson, Miss.

Hill is wanted by the Clinton Police for felony fleeing and multiple counts of auto burglary. He is a convicted felon, out on parole for multiple auto burglary convictions.

If you know Hill’s whereabouts, please call the Clinton Police Department at 601-924-5252 or Central MS Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477, or visit the Crimestoppers website where your anonymous tip could earn you up to $2,500.

Clinton Police remind residents to lock and secure their valuables. Taking an extra second to remove valuables from plain view and securing a vehicle will reduce the number of auto burglaries in our city.

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