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Port Gibson resident in ICU after being assaulted with hammer

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One person is in custody and another is fighting for their life following an assault in Port Gibson Tuesday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m., deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Port Gibson Police Department responded to a home directly across the street from the CHA apartments, located on the campus of the former Chamberlain Hunt Academy at the intersection of Old Port Gibson Road and U.S. Highway 61 South.

Officers found a victim who had been assaulted with a hammer and a knife. The victim has been transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is being treated in the intensive care unit.

Claiborne County Sheriff Edward Goods identified the suspect as Joshua Scott.

Scott was apprehended by Vidalia, Louisiana, authorities around 2:30 p.m. and has been returned to Claiborne County where he will face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Goods said his office and the Port Gibson Police Department are continuing their investigation into the incident.

The sheriff added that the CHA apartments, which house Alcorn State University students, are becoming a frequent location for law enforcement response due to the young people there refusing to comply with state and local mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vicksburg police make a drug bust after brief pursuit

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James Morris (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Tuesday on drug charges after a brief pursuit.

James Morris, 30, of Vicksburg was arrested shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, on U.S. Highway 80 just outside the city limits. The officers found that Morris was in possession of crack cocaine.

Charged with one count of possession of cocaine, Morris appeared Tuesday before Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court for his arraignment. Carpenter bound him over to the Warren County grand jury on a $30,000 bond.

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Williams arrested for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall

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Felix Williams (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg, for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall.

For a break-in Sunday, Oct. 11, into the mall and Jordan’s, Williams was charged with two counts of business burglary. Williams was also charged with two counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny for the Oct. 2 burglary at the Sports Addition.

Monday, Oct. 12, Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court set Williams bond at $400,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Felon arrested for firearm possession after brief chase

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Marquette McCroy (photo courtesy VPD)

A Vicksburg police officer arrested Marquette McCroy, 38, of Vicksburg after a brief chase Sunday.

McCroy failed to stop the vehicle he was driving and led the officer on a brief chase. After he stopped, the officer found that he was in possession of a handgun. He arrested McCroy shortly after midnight Sunday and charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon.

McCroy appeared before Judge Penny Lawson in Vicksburg Municipal Court Sunday, where she gave him a $75,000 bond and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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