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State Fair Commission director arrested for promoting prostitution

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Stephen Hutton (Photo courtesy MBI)

Stephen Hutton, executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission, is facing charges of promoting prostitution.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation confirmed that Hutton was under arrest.

MBI agents and officers with the Madison Police Department booked Hutton, 45, into the Madison County Detention Center yesterday afternoon.

If convicted, Hutton could serve up to 10 years in jail.

The commission voted immediately to fire Hutton.

“Today, the Mississippi Fair Commission voted to terminate the employment of executive director Steve Hutton,” the commission said in a statement. “The Fair Commission has an experienced staff in place to continue operations at the Fairgrounds. The construction of the new Trade Mart and the installation of new Coliseum seats both continue, as does the partnership with UMMC and the Mississippi Department of Health to provide a convenient and safe location for a COVID-19 testing facility.”

An emergency meeting of the commission will be held today at 4:30 p.m. “to discuss and take action with regard to a personnel matter. The nature of the emergency is a pending criminal investigation,” the commission said in an announcement.

The Fair Commission is a division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

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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 indicated 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, Bonjara O’Quin of Chicago, 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, a rented 2021 Nissan Rogue with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quin is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. He was treated and released from Merit Health River Region. He has been charged with domestic violence and felon elude. 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’Quin’s capture.

Bonjara O’Quin (photo by David Day)


This story has been updated to include the correct spelling of the suspect’s name and where he is from in addition to a few other details.

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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 and is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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