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Teenager detained in church vandalism case; congregation thankful for community support

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Mount Alban MB church boarded up its windows and doors after two nights of vandalism. (photo by Thomas Parker)

A 13-year-old has been detained for vandalism of the Mount Alban MB Church that occurred July 12 and 13.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says interviews are still taking place on the incidents and additional arrests are possible.

Church member Pam Durman says this gives church members some hope that this is an isolated incident.

“We have literally been in tears over this, but the outpouring of support from the community has kept us in tears as well,” she said Thursday.

The church was vandalized Sunday night and again Monday night. Numerous windows were broken in both incidents. Church leaders made the decision to board up the windows and doors as a precaution to protect the church, which is more than 100 years old, and the multipurpose building under construction.

The church has called a special board meeting for next weekend to discuss the way forward.

If you would like to make a donation in support of the church, you can do so at any area Trustmark Bank location. Please tell them Mount Alban MB Church, special account.

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VPD reports auto theft and business burglary for Tuesday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports an auto theft and a business burglary occurred Tuesday, Oct. 13.

At 5:34 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Washington Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The complainant reported that someone stole a 2015 Chrysler 200.

The Days Inn at 90 Warrenton Road was the site of a business burglary Tuesday. Officers responded to the motel at 9:09 a.m. where the victims stated that someone kicked a room door in and stole a Dewalt paint sprayer, two Magnavox paint sprayers, a Minolta hand sander and a Milwaukee reciprocating saw. Two other saws of unknown brands were also taken. The total value of the missing equipment is estimated at $5,500.

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Vicksburg police make a drug bust after brief pursuit

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James Morris (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Tuesday on drug charges after a brief pursuit.

James Morris, 30, of Vicksburg was arrested shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, on U.S. Highway 80 just outside the city limits. The officers found that Morris was in possession of crack cocaine.

Charged with one count of possession of cocaine, Morris appeared Tuesday before Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court for his arraignment. Carpenter bound him over to the Warren County grand jury on a $30,000 bond.

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Williams arrested for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall

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Felix Williams (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg, for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall.

For a break-in Sunday, Oct. 11, into the mall and Jordan’s, Williams was charged with two counts of business burglary. Williams was also charged with two counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny for the Oct. 2 burglary at the Sports Addition.

Monday, Oct. 12, Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court set Williams bond at $400,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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