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The Week in Pictures – October 27, 2019

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Saturday night’s shooting scene on Ethel Avenue. Things had been quiet for a while. Let’s hope this is an isolated incident.

Africa Hunter is recognized for her 10 years on the Vicksburg Police Ddepartment. Thank you for your service.

This accident on Iowa Boulevard and 61 South looks a lot worse than it was.

Warren County Fire Fighters.

The scene of a motorcycle accident where Old 27 meets Clay Street.

Fisher Ferry Fire Chief Mitch Lange listens intently during a training session Thursday night.

Donnie Heggins, Mario Grady and Jeff Merritt work hard every day to make Vicksburg a safer place to live.

This home on Dewitt was spooked out to discover bones under the porch.

The bones look very human. They were later determined to be ….


pig bones.

A city worker makes it look easy as they operate that rather heavy piece of equipment and tamp the fill.

Zach Hearn is the youngest firefighter in Warren County. He works hard to earn his place on the team.

This suspect was from Hinds County and fled from law enforcement when they attempted to pull him over.

Dedrick Hall carries one of the flashing lights to be installed. Those lights a lot bigger than they appear.

The massive amount of damage to this vehicle led to no injuries. Amazing how far we’ve come.

The truck his the car that hit the 18 wheeler that cause the car to hit a different truck. All four of the vehicles involved were towed away from the scene. No one was injured.

The scene on Wisconsin where one vehicle rolled over and the other was totaled. Two women were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The driver left the car running as they ran inside for a quick minute. When he came back out the car was on fire.

This accident happened about 10:30 p.m. There were two more accidents before daylight and nearly a dozen before this one on a rainy Monday.

This photo still awes me. The heat was so intense from the fire it shut down my camera.

A water leak from in front of Walnut Hills was handled by the city water department.

Mayor George Flaggs shows off his boots prior to marching in support of domestic violence victims and their families.

Sgt. Bobby Jones is everywhere, all the time and rocks some high heels in support as newly promoted Deputy Chief Penny Jones looks on from the left and County Prosecutor candidate Ken Harper from the right.

And one more…

Judge Carpenter is interviewed by Marcus James of Channel 12 in Jackson. We had way too much fun pointing out the college ad in the background (highlighted by the arrow). A much younger version of James is featured in the ad. He was a good sport.

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Louisiana to begin I-20 Mississippi River bridge work in January 2020

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A nearly 50-year-old major interstate crossing over the Mississippi River will soon be receiving a face lift and modern structural improvements, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Nov. 15.

The project to rehabilitate the two-mile-long Interstate 20 bridge over the Mississippi River is set to begin in the next couple of months.

Built in 1973, the bridge connects Madison Parish, La., to Warren County, Miss., and provides one of the few interstate roadway crossings over the river.

The $27.7 million project will provide a number of significant repairs including the bridge deck, electrical system, and roadway lighting components.

“Ensuring these integral crossings over the Mississippi River are properly maintained and modernized is crucial to growing the state’s economy,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson in a statement. “This project will extend the service life of this bridge for decades to come, an example of strategically investing in our existing infrastructure with our available funding and maximizing the use of those dollars.”

The old deck will be resurfaced with new concrete to improve traction and preserve the structural aspects of the bridge flooring. The current electrical circuits will be replaced, in addition to the replacement of nearly 100 roadway lighting fixtures with a modern LED system.

Roadway fiber optics will also be replaced with new cameras and radar, which will integrate the system into Mississippi’s IT network.

Additionally, selected bridge bearings will be adapted to provide the ability to re-position the bridge truss upriver as necessary. The steel structural connections at certain locations on the bridge will be modified to improve resilience against all loads and conditions.

New navigational lighting and aerial beacons will also be installed, along with improvements to the bridge monitoring system and enhancements to the inspection access walkways.

During construction, single-lane closures will be required, though there will be no lane closures conducted in both directions at the same time in order to maintain traffic flow as much as possible.

Work on the project is expected to begin mid-January 2020 and is anticipated to wrap up in early 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions.

 

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Korean War casualty comes home to Greenwood after 69 years

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Cpl. Joe T. Avant of Greenwood, Miss. went missing in 1950 during the Korean War. Photo from the DPAA.

After 69 years, the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant will come home to Greenwood, Miss.

On Nov. 30, 1950, during the Korean War, Avant went missing in action after his unit was attacked. He was 20 years old at the time. Three years later, Avant was declared dead, reports the Greenwood Commonwealth.

His funeral is scheduled for Dec. 13.

“He will have the same military honors of someone who is killed in war today,” Delores Moore, Avant’s younger sister, told the paper.

Avant’s remains will be in Jackson a few days before the funeral. From there, the family and a group of retired and active military motorcycle riders, the Patriot Guard Riders, will accompany his body back to his hometown.

In 2018, the North Korean government gave 55 boxes containing the remains of American service members lost during the Korean war to the U.S., according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Avant’s remains were among those identified from those remains through DNA and other methods.

Some 7,600 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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Vicksburg Police seeking help in locating William Taylor

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The Vicksburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating William Alexander Taylor.

Taylor, 30, is wanted for discharging a firearm in the city limits and for weapon possession by a felon.

If you have any information on Taylor’s whereabouts, please call the Vicksburg Police at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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