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Pursuit leads to massive pot bust

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Officer Michael Battle with confiscated marijuana (photo by Thomas Parker).

At around 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Vicksburg Police officer Michael Battle attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Impala for traffic violations on Military Avenue.

The vehicle refused to yield to lights and sirens and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued. The Impala went into the median area on Interstate 20 eastbound between the highway and South Frontage Road.

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The driver fled on foot going towards Manor Drive before crossing the interstate where he was apprehended on the property at 1901 North Frontage Road (most commonly known as Captain Jack’s).

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The individual was carrying a backpack containing a large quantity of marijuana. He has been transported to the Police Department for booking and processing.

Numerous Vicksburg Police officers were involved in the apprehension along with Sheriff Martin Pace and Mississippi State Trooper Sgt. Kervin Stewart.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as it becomes available to us.

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Suspect in LD’s Kitchen fatal shooting still at large

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James Earl Winters (photo courtesy VPD)

The Vicksburg Police Department continues its search for James Earl Winters, 29, of Vicksburg, in connection with the death of Wade Carter, Jr.

Carter was shot twice in the abdomen at LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., Oct. 6, and died of wounds Oct. 9. Two other victims were also shot at the time but survived their injuries.

Anyone having information concerning Winters’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 800-355-8477 (800-355-TIPS).

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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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Robber uses a gun to steal bike from 13-year-old

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports the following incidents occurred Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Monday at 5:52 p.m. officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the area of Fairground Street in reference to a strong-arm robbery. The complainant stated that an unknown black male pushed his 13-year-old son off his bike, and when his son tried to retrieve his bike, the unknown male pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Cain Ridge Road in reference to shots fired. According to witnesses, subjects in a maroon sedan fired six shots. One 9-mm shell casing was recovered at the scene. An hour later, officers were dispatched to Domino’s Pizza, 725 Highway 61 South, where one of the delivery drivers reported someone had shot at his car while he was stopped at the intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue. A bullet hole was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Tuesday at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated that an unknown black male entered his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and took less than $10 in loose change.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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