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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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Body found in Big Black River identified as missing man

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The Big Black River (Photo by David Day)

A body found in the Big Black River in Yazoo County has been identified as a man missing for several weeks.

A fisherman found the body of Phillip Dunn, 36, tangled in tree limbs and called police, WLBT reports.

Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff said the body was found near Highway 16, on Sunday, March 29.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, and an autopsy is pending.

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Vicksburg PD busts a man after he calls to say someone shot into his house; incident report

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Darren Mazie (Photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg Police officers arrested a man Saturday for possession of drugs and a gun after he called to say someone had shot into his house.

Officers arrested Darren Mazie, 34, of 3062 Wisconsin Ave., who had reported that his residence had been shot into around 3:30 a.m. March 28. While looking for bullets inside the house, officers saw bags containing over 100 grams of marijuana. He was also in possession of a loaded handgun.

Mazie has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Other reported incidents for Friday March 27 through Sunday, March 29:

Officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Hillside Drive in for an auto burglary on Sunday, March 29, at 3:53 p.m. The victim stated that someone went into her glove box and stole her 9mm Taurus handgun. The vehicle had been left unlocked the previous night.

Vicksburg Police officers responded to three shots fired calls. They found no evidence of shots fired at any of the scenes.

  • Friday at 11:27 p.m., officers responded to the area of Second and National streets.
  • Sunday, at 1:48 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.
  • Sunday at 9:12 p.m., officers responded to the area of Cherry Street at East Avenue.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Curfew violations lead to two arrests in Vicksburg

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Kevin Wilson and Franklin Barrett (Photos courtesy VPD)

Curfew violations led Vicksburg Police officers to make two arrests in separate incidents unrelated to the city’s curfew.

Just after midnight on Thursday, March 26, police arrested Kevin Wilson, 37, of Vicksburg, on Halls Ferry Road. Wilson was found to have an active warrant from the Mississippi Department of Corrections and was in possession of a handgun at the time.

In a second incident, officers stopped a vehicle on North Frontage Road for a curfew violation on Friday, March 27, at 4:13 a.m. The driver, Franklin Barrett, 53, of Crystal Springs, Miss., was in possession of methamphetamine.

Wilson and Barrett both appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, March 27.

Wilson was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Carpenter set his bond at $30,000.

Barrett was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $40,000.

Both suspects were bound over to the Warren County grand jury.

In an unrelated incident, Vicksburg Police officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Evergreen Drive in reference to an auto burglary on Thursday, March 26, at 9:58 a.m. The victim stated that someone went into the center console of a unlocked 2009 Nissan Maxima, stealing $80 as well as the owner’s manual from the glove compartment.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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