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Vicksburg man sentenced to 31 years on drug charges

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Johnny Wayne Nevels (Photo courtesy MDOC)

Circuit Court Judge James Chaney sentenced Vicksburg resident Johnny Wayne Nevels to serve 31 years behind bars earlier this week.

Nevels, 50, was indicted in November 2017 on three counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was charged as a habitual offender because of two previous felony convictions.

Chaney sentenced Nevels to eight years each on two counts, and 20 years on the third count, with 15 years to serve and 5 years post-release parole. The three sentences are to be served consecutively.

Nevels was also fined $5,000, which he must repay if he is released.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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Shooting reported on Grove Street in Vicksburg

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One of the two vehicles apparently hit in Friday's shooting. (photo by David Day)

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The Vicksburg Police Department does not have the shooting suspect in custody.

In a statement released around 6:50 p.m. Friday, VPD states that Akeyah Daniels, a 26-year-old female, shot twice at a male subject who was in the parking lot. No one was injured in the incident, but a Nissan Altima parked in the lot was struck by one bullet in the right front fender.

Daniels is being sought by Vicksburg Police for one count of drive-by shooting.

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An argument, apparently over a parking spot, turned into a shooting Friday in Vicksburg.

Vicksburg police and Warren County deputies responded to the 2200 block of Grove Street to the apartments near Cross Street around 3:30 p.m. Friday initially on a report of a loud argument.

No one was injured, but police are continuing to investigate the incident. One vehicle shows evidence of being shot.

Police have taken one person into custody that may have a connection with the incident, and they confiscated two weapons.

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Thanksgiving homicide victim identified

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Photo by David Day

Shots rang out over Vicksburg Thursday night, killing one man and injuring at least two others.

Deputy Coroner Kelda Bailess has identified the deceased victim as Joshua Coffee, 28, of Demby Street in Vicksburg.

Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore identified the two injured men as Michael Jones, 29, and Kameron Reed, 27.

The shooting is under investigation by the Vicksburg Police, however according to Chief Moore, suspects have not yet been identified.

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