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USACE Vicksburg District begins drawdown at Eagle Lake

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Banks of Eagle Lake (Photo courtesy Ann Dahl

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, in collaboration and agreement with its local, state and federal partners, plans to operate the Muddy Bayou Control Structure to lower the elevation of Eagle Lake, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, to near 73 feet by early to mid-October.

USACE Vicksburg District engineers anticipate Eagle Lake’s elevation to reach 73 feet by early to mid-October depending on rainfall. In early December, representatives will reconvene to examine hydrologic conditions in the basin and gather feedback from the public on the status of repairs to decide whether to raise the lake back to its winter pool of 75 feet.

The decision is based on standards established in the Eagle Lake Water Level Management Agreement, which permits the elevation of Eagle Lake to be lowered to a minimum of approximately 73 feet if deemed necessary. Lowering the lake will aid in recovery and repairs following the historic 2019 and 2020 Yazoo Backwater floods.

The agreement was signed in 2000 by representatives of the USACE Vicksburg District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the Madison Parish Police Jury.

MDWFP fisheries biologists will monitor the impacts of the water level drawdown on the fish populations and aquatic plant communities. Lower lake levels will also allow MDWFP staff to inspect the boat ramp and courtesy piers and make any necessary repairs.

The USACE Vicksburg District continues to conduct regular inspections of its flood control works and to collaborate with its state, local and federal partners.

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Car theft Friday at Circle K

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The Circle K convenience store at 4150 Washington St. in Vicksburg was the site of an auto theft early Friday.

Police officers responded to a call there just after midnight Friday.

The victim reported someone had driven off in his 2000 Toyota 4Runner while he was inside the store.

If you have any information on this theft, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Williams tied to a third burglary in Vicksburg

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Vicksburg police investigators have tied Felix Williams, arrested earlier this week for two burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall, to another burglary that occurred in September.

Investigators identified Williams as the individual who robbed the BG Junior convenience store, 4110 Clay St., Sept. 12.

Williams, 30, appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Friday for his arraignment on one count of armed robbery and one count of possession of a weapon by a felon. Judge Angela Carpenter set his bond at $80,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

For the mall burglaries, Williams was charged with four counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny. Monday, Carpenter sent his bond for those charges at $400,000.

Williams was also on probation on another felony charge with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. VPD arrested him for possession of meth in May.

He remains in custody in the Warren County Jail.

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91-year-old Crystal Springs man dies in crash

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(Photo courtesy MHP)

John T. Walker, 91, of Crystal Springs, died Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Copiah County. Another person received life-threatening injuries.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol was called to the accident at the intersection of state Highway 27 and Dry Grove Road at 12:04 p.m. Friday. The crash involved a Dodge Journey driven by Walker and an 18-wheeler hauling cattle.

Preliminary reports indicate that the Dodge was traveling westbound on Dry Grove Road, when it crossed into the path of a northbound 18-wheeler on Highway 27. Walker, the driver of the Dodge, died as a result of his injuries and his passenger was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The driver and two occupants of the 18-wheeler were not injured.

The MHP is investigating the crash.

(Photo courtesy Mississippi Highway Patrol)

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