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Two suspects in Saturday shooting appear in court; one still at large



Kenan Kenneth Jackson and Carissa LaShae Branch (photos via VPD)

The Vicksburg Police Department has released the names of the two suspects arrested in connection with the shooting of Sebastian Davis on Saturday.

The shooting occurred on Irene Street in Vicksburg’s Kings neighborhood on Saturday around 5 p.m. Davis, 48, was shot once in the lower left abdomen, according to police at the scene, and was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers apprehended the suspects at a residence on Alfred Drive in the Hillcrest subdivision off U.S. Highway 61 South just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kenan Kenneth Jackson, 17, and Carissa LaShae Branch, 22, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Monday, Feb 10.

Jackson and Branch were both charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, attempted aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling and shooting into an unoccupied vehicle.

Carpenter set Jackson’s bond at $400,000, and Branch’s bond at $250,000. She bound both suspects over to the Warren County Grand Jury.

Deontre Smith

Still at large in the incident is Deontre Smith, whose last known address is 107 Athens Avenue, Vicksburg.

If anyone has any information or knows the whereabouts of Smith they are urged to call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).


Carson arrested on felony warrants



Officer Matt Barnes, Horatio Carson, Officer Joseph Stubbs, and Inv. Donnie Heggins (photo by David Day)

Horatio Carson, 34, of 272 Cedars School Circle, was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for probation violation.

Heggins, Barnes, Carson, Stubbs, Grady (photo by David Day)

Investigator Donnie Heggins, Lt. Jeff Merritt, and Mario Grady, Investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, executed the warrant after Carson was spotted at the carwash on Grange Hall Road.

Stubbs, Carson, Barnes, Grady (by David Day)

Carson was indicted in the October session of the grand jury as a habitual offender on charges of possession of a controlled substance and fleeing or evading a police officer.

Horatio Carson and Joseph Stubbs (photo by David Day)

Carson has been transported to jail by Officer Joseph Stubbs to await trial.

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Former community college employee arrested for embezzlement



(photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Northeast Mississippi Community College employee, Amy Haynie, after she was indicted for embezzlement. Hanie was issued a $68,762.87 demand letter upon her arrest. That demand total includes interest and investigative expenses.

Amy Haynie (photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Haynie is accused of embezzling cash from a college petty cash fund and from students as they paid various college-related fees. Investigators determined over $57,000 was stolen from the college. Haynie was able to hide the alleged scheme from May 2016 to February 2020 because the internal controls in her office allowed her to manipulate records of how cash was collected and deposited.

“The auditor’s office is committed to putting a stop to all fraud, but particularly fraud that involves theft from the students of Mississippi,” said Auditor White. “These are not victimless crimes. We will continue to pursue cases like these to make sure every dollar is spent in accordance with the law.”

Haynie surrendered to Special Agents at the Prentiss County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 by the court.

If convicted, Haynie faces up to 20 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney John Weddle.

A $10,000 surety bond covers Haynie’s employment at Northeast Mississippi Community College. A surety bond is similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Haynie will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.

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Couple wanted for kidnapping in Copiah County



Donald Free and Monica Barnett (photos courtesy CCSO)

Donald James Free, 25, and Monica Denise Barnett, 30, are wanted for the commission of a kidnapping in Copiah County in connection with an incident that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Authorities believe they are traveling in a white 2001 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan with Mississippi license plate JCA2783.

Free and Barnett are considered armed and dangerous.

If you come in contact or know the whereabouts of Free or Barnett, please contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office Investigations unit at 601-892-2023.

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