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Suspects make initial court appearances on drug and weapons charges

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Adrian Dale Smith

Adrian Dale Smith, Jr., 23, made his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court today, Nov. 6, 2019, before Judge Angela Carpenter.

Smith was arrested Tuesday after officers discovered nearly six pounds of Marijuana valued at around $38,000 at a residence in the 2500 block of Ken Karyl Avenue.

Marijuana valued at nearly $38,000 was seized yesterday.

Carpenter set his bond at $50,000, and Smith was bound over to the Warren County Grand Jury on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Atreio Richards

Vicksburg Police investigators arrested Atreio Richards, 18, Nov. 5, 2019, on two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

Richards also appeared today before Judge Carpenter, who set his bond $15,000 per charge. Richards was bound over to the Warren County Grand Jury.

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Vicksburg PD arrests woman for possession of methamphetamine

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Charlotte Coulter-Hull

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested a woman on drug charges yesterday.

During a traffic stop near Interstate 20 and Clay Street on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Charlotte Coulter-Hull, 50, of Oak Ridge Road was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Hull is scheduled to appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, Feb. 28.

Also on Wednesday, officers responded to a shots-fired call in the area of Indiana Avenue and North Frontage Road around 3 p.m. Officers found no evidence of shots fired.

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Statutory rape trial of former Warren County pastor begins Monday

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Troy Anthony Piccaluga

The trial of a former pastor of two Warren County churches is set to begin Monday, March 2, in Warren County Circuit Court.

Troy Anthony Piccaluga, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery. The two female victims in the case were between the ages of 14 and 16. An initial report filed by one victim’s parents led to the second victim.

Piccaluga was arrested in March 2018, and the alleged incidents took place from January to March of that year. At the time of his arrest, Piccaluga was Pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Redwood United Methodist Church.

The trial is expected to take several days.

A separate civil action was filled in Warren County Circuit Court in recent days.

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Five teenagers charged with capital murder in Biloxi teen’s death

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Arrested, left to right: Willow Blackmon, 15, Yakeshia Blackmon, 17, Jarvis Cook, 17, Jasmine Kelley, 15, and Jaquez Porter, 17.

Biloxi Police have arrested five teenagers in the shooting death of a 16-year-old.

Officers were called to a home for a medical emergency Monday, Feb. 24 around 2 p.m. They found Madison Harris, 16, had been shot and was unresponsive. She was taken to the hospital where she later died of her wounds, reports WJTV.

Madison Harris (source: WLOX)

Police determined that Harris had been shot during an attempted robbery. The home’s Ring Doorbell app captured the suspects entering and leaving.

Arrested in connection with the shooting were Willow Blackmon, 15, Yakeshia Blackmon, 17, Jarvis Cook, 17, Jasmine Kelley, 15, and Jaquez Porter, 17.

Reportedly, Harris knew the suspects and considered some of them friends.  All five have been charged as adults with capital murder.

Cook is being held without bond as he was out on bond in a separate incident. The other four are being held on bonds of $1 million each.

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