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Sheriff apprehends suspect in auto theft and multiple burglaries

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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace and his deputies captured a suspect wanted in connection with a vehicle theft and numerous burglaries in Warren County.

A suspicious person was noticed on Nailor Road late this afternoon. The young white male in his early 20s was asking a resident for help getting to Bovina Grocery so he could get to his girlfriend’s house in Bovina. The resident offered to help but soon realized the individual may be in some sort of distress and instead called 911. The young man ran off before deputies could speak with him.

“He had dropped some property that we believed to be stolen,” Pace said.

A short time later, officers were called to another location.

“A call came in of an alarm being sounded at the Southside Baptist Church,” just before 7 p.m., Pace told the Vicksburg Daily News. “In the process of searching that church, we found a vehicle on the lot that had just been stolen from the area where this young man had been seen earlier.”

The Vicksburg Daily News reported on a white Ford pickup truck that had crashed into a ditch near Southside Baptist Church. The driver had abandoned the vehicle, which also turned out to be stolen (see Tommy Parker’s live report from the scene).

As the Sheriff and deputies were gathering evidence from the abandoned truck and church break-in, the Sheriff received a call from our own Tommy Parker that a suspicious person was in the area of Drusilla Lane and Fisher Ferry Road. Parker had just left the scene at Southside Church after deputies had not found anyone inside.

Pace and his deputies quickly arrived in the area near Drusilla and began a search. They noticed movement in the back of a pickup truck parked in the lot behind Beautiful Deliverance Church and found the suspect hiding in the truck’s bed. He was arrested without incident.

The as-yet-unnamed suspect is in the Warren County Jail. Apparently, he is well known to law enforcement. He is described as a white male in his early 20s with numerous aliases.

The suspect will be arraigned in Warren County Justice Court in the morning and most likely will face several more charges beyond the church burglary, the home burglaries and vehicle theft.

 

 

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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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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