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Vicksburg man arrested on child exploitation and porn charges

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Eric Maurice Wilson, Jr. Photo courtesy Warren County Sheriff's Office

A Vicksburg man was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, Attorney General Jim Hood announced today in a press release.

Eric Maurice Wilson, Jr., 19, was arrested at the Warren County jail after an investigation into his suspicious online activity. Investigators seized multiple electronic devices. Wilson was booked and his bond was set at $10,000.

“He surrendered, accompanied by his attorney, Wednesday at the sheriff’s office,” said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

If convicted, Wilson faces up to 40 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the AG’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with assistance from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, which is an ICAC affiliate. Prosecution will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

 

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Man transported to UMMC after being shot in head

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Update/correction:

The Vicksburg Police Department said in a release Saturday morning that the victim was stopped because he was speeding, not that he flagged down police.

VPD states the victim was a 17-year-old male from Edwards, Mississippi, and that the shooting occurred at a party in Raymond, Mississippi, from where he drove himself to Vicksburg.

Original story:

Vicksburg Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning.

At around 2:33 a.m., a shooting victim flagged down Vicksburg Police Officer Brad Lyons at Clay Street and Mission 66 near the Walgreens.

Officer Lyons requested emergency medical response from the Vicksburg Fire Department, indicating the victim had been shot in the head.

The victim told investigators that the shooting occurred in Hinds County. The vehicle that the victim was riding in has Hinds County registration and tags.

Investigators are communicating with Hinds County authorities in hopes of locating the incident scene and determining if the vehicle needs to be held as potential evidence.

The victim has been transported to Merit Health River Region from where he will be airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Mississippi football player accused of statutory rape

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La’Monte Kelly (photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

La’Monte Kelly, 21, a Southwest Mississippi Community College football player, has been arrested after being accused of having sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl.

McComb, Mississippi, law enforcement arrested Kelly Wednesday after the parents of the child made the complaint, charging him with statutory rape. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Kelly also has a hold placed on him from Jefferson County where he faces a charge of solicitation of child pornography.

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Columbus woman arrested for possessing meth

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Amanda O'Callaghan (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a Columbus, Mississippi, woman Thursday in connection with an incident from September.

Amanda O’Callaghan, 49, was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 4, Vicksburg police officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the Ameristar Casino parking lot. Officers found what they suspected to be a controlled substance in O’Callaghan’s possession and sent the substance to the Mississippi Crime Lab for testing. The arrest occurred after police received the results and issued a warrant for her arrest.

O’Callaghan appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court before Judge Angela Carpenter Wednesday. Carpenter set her bond at $5,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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