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Second Eagle Lake drowning victim found

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The scene at Eagle Lake Wednesday morning. (Photo by David Day)

Authorities have recovered the second victim in a tragic double drowning at Eagle Lake that occurred sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey has identified the victims as James and Debra Reno of Raymond, who owned a weekend home on Eagle Lake. James Reno was 57 and Debra Reno was 61. Debra Reno’s birthday was Monday, and they were on the boat to celebrate the occasion.

The Renos were last heard from around 4:30 p.m. Monday. When family members could not reach them Tuesday morning, they called E911. Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive search.

The couple’s pontoon boat was found at around noon Tuesday near Australia Island. Numerous personal items, including both of the victim’s cell phones, were on the vessel when it was recovered.

James Reno’s body was recovered Tuesday at around 3 p.m. between Buck Chute and Maxwell’s Landing.

Numerous agencies resumed the search for Debra Reno just after daylight Wednesday morning after an exhaustive effort that began Tuesday. Many rescuers, including Eagle Lake Fire Chief Chris Libbey and Deputy Sheriff Billie Joe Heggins have been on the scene for more than 24 hours.

Officials spotted Debra Reno’s body near Buck Chute at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, using a drone from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. From there, authorities moved into the area to recover her body.

Agencies involved in the search included the Eagle Lake Fire Department; the Vicksburg Fire Department Dive Rescue Team; Warren County Emergency Management; Warren County Sheriff’s Office; Hinds, Madison, and Rankin County Emergency Management teams; Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; and the drone team from MEMA. Many of the officials involved have previously trained together on Eagle Lake for incidents such as this. At one point as many as a dozen boats from the various agencies were involved, and numerous Eagle Lake residents also joined the search.

Numerous family members and friends have rushed to Eagle Lake to offer support to the Reno’s children, including several of their fellow church members from Raymond.

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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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