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Vicksburg NET officers make two arrests in separate incidents; VPD incident report

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Tabitha Neal and Johnnie Hicks (photos courtesy Vicksburg PD)

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team made two arrests in separate incidents on Friday, Feb. 28.

Tabitha Neal, 42, was arrested on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine at 7:45 p.m.

Following a traffic stop at around 10:33 p.m., officers arrested Johnnie J’Darius Hicks, 20, for two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Neal and Hicks appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court today before Judge Penny Lawson who bound both over to the Warren County Grand Jury. She set Neal’s bond at $10,000 and Hicks’ at $250,000.

In other police activity, officers responded to an address in the 1500 block of South Street in reference to a residential burglary on Friday at 10:40 a.m. The victim said that someone broke into the home and stole a PlayStation 4 valued at $500.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Claremont Circle in reference to an auto burglary on Sunday, March 1, at 3:17 a.m. The victim stated someone broke into his 2011 Dodge Ram, and he fired a warning shot and the burglar fled. Nothing was missing from the truck.

Vicksburg officers responded to four incidents of shots fired from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 1. They did not find any evidence of shots fired at any of the locations.

  • On Friday at 10:06 p.m., officers responded to the 4400 block of Interstate 20 Frontage Road.
  • Saturday at 11:49 p.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Forrest Street.
  • Sunday at 3:15 a.m., officers responded to the area of Fifth North and Poplar Street.
  • Sunday at 11:16 p.m., officers responded to Demby Drive.

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

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

Original story:

The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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(Photo source: WAPT)

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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