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Vicksburg man charged with embezzlement of TJ Maxx

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Rogers Zakolby Wesley (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Thursday for embezzlement.

Officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store, 3405 Pemberton Square Blvd., where they arrested Rogers Zakolby Wesley, 20, of Vicksburg, on Thursday, Nov. 19. Wesley is accused of stealing $2,641.16 in merchandise from the store.

He appeared before Judge Penny Lawson in Vicksburg Municipal Court Friday, Nov. 20, charged with one count of embezzlement. Lawson set his bond at $2,500 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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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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Tallulah man among three arrested in Louisiana for internet crimes against children

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Sean Ramey (photo courtesy LBI)

Since the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared, the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Unit has seen a 200% increase in online sexual predator cases. Despite this surge and a need for more resources to help with these investigations, the CCU has gone above and beyond to bring child predators to justice. Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced three of their recent arrests.

“Policies have consequences, and one consequence of the governor’s shutdowns and mandates is an increase of online activity – including internet crimes against children. Maintaining the status quo when it comes to protecting our children during these perilous times is dangerous and jeopardizes the safety of our communities,” Landry said in a press release. “While understaffed and overworked, my team and our law enforcement partners continue working tirelessly to find and apprehend criminals who produce, possess, or distribute sexual abuse images and videos of children.”

Sean Ramey, 57, was arrested in Tallulah on three counts of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 (possession). This arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana State Probation & Parole, Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Tallulah Police Department. Ramey was booked into the Madison Parish Jail.

Jesse Barker, 32 of Arabi, was arrested on two counts of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 (distribution). This arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. Barker was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Joseph Payne, 29 of Marrero, was arrested on two counts of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 (possession). This arrest was a result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Payne booked into Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

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