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Suspended Madison County swim coach indicted for sexual battery

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A Madison County swim coach has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

Savannah Reis worked at Madison Station Elementary School and coached for Performance Elite Aquatics, reports WLBT.

Reis husband, Fernando Reis, is head coach at Performance Elite, and the couple has four children.

The Madison County School District placed Reis on leave July 24, before the school year began. She was suspended for “allegations of misconduct” by Swimming USA, which governs swimming standards,  on Aug 2.

Mississippi law defines sexual battery of “sexual penetration” with another person without his or her consent, making the crime nearly the equivalent of rape.

“A person is guilty of sexual battery if he or she engages in sexual penetration with a child under the age of eighteen (18) years if the person is in a position of trust or authority over the child including without limitation the child’s teacher, counselor, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, minister, priest, physical therapist, chiropractor, legal guardian, parent, stepparent, aunt, uncle, scout leader or coach,” the statute states in part.

If convicted, Reis faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Vicksburg PD arrest 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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