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Vicksburg PD arrest woman for aggravated assault; incident reports for Jan. 17 to Jan. 20

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Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested Erica Ferguson for aggravated assault, domestic violence on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Ferguson, 31, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court for her initial appearance, and Carpenter bound her over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $75,000 bond.

Police also reported that the following incidents occurred from Friday, Jan. 17 through Monday, Jan. 20, 2020:

Officers responded to the Kings Empowerment enter, 224 R.L. Chase Circle, for a report of an aggravated assault on Friday, Jan. 17, at 4:42 p.m. The victim had been shot once in the buttocks. He was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for treatment. This case is still under investigation.

On Jan. 20, 2020 at 12:56 a.m. officers responded to Battlefield Discount Drugs, 3040 Indiana Ave., for a business burglary. The victim stated that several bottles of cough syrup were missing.

Officers responded to a residence in the 3600 block of Oak Street On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1:17 p.m. in reference to a residential burglary. The resident stated a recliner, an air conditioning unit, two refrigerators, a stereo, and two tables were taken.

Vicksburg Police officers responded to two auto burglary calls this past weekend:

  • On Friday, Jan. 17, at 9:09 p.m. officers responded to the 1800 block of Cherry Street where the complainant stated someone broke into her 2013 Nissan Versa and stole her groceries, an iPad and a Dell book bag.
  • On Monday, Jan. 20, at 12:14 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Alcorn Drive where the complainant stated someone broke into her car and stole her cellphone.

Vicksburg Police officers responded to three shots fired calls this past weekend. Officers did not find evidence of shots fired at any of the scenes.

  • Friday, Jan. 17, at 10:11 p.m., officers responded to the area of Jackson and Locust streets.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8:05 p.m., officers responded to Jefferson Circle.
  • Monday, Jan. 20, at 12:47 a.m., officers responded to Cairo 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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Vicksburg PD arrests woman for possession of methamphetamine

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Charlotte Coulter-Hull

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested a woman on drug charges yesterday.

During a traffic stop near Interstate 20 and Clay Street on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Charlotte Coulter-Hull, 50, of Oak Ridge Road was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Hull is scheduled to appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, Feb. 28.

Also on Wednesday, officers responded to a shots-fired call in the area of Indiana Avenue and North Frontage Road around 3 p.m. Officers found no evidence of shots fired.

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Statutory rape trial of former Warren County pastor begins Monday

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Troy Anthony Piccaluga

The trial of a former pastor of two Warren County churches is set to begin Monday, March 2, in Warren County Circuit Court.

Troy Anthony Piccaluga, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery. The two female victims in the case were between the ages of 14 and 16. An initial report filed by one victim’s parents led to the second victim.

Piccaluga was arrested in March 2018, and the alleged incidents took place from January to March of that year. At the time of his arrest, Piccaluga was Pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Redwood United Methodist Church.

The trial is expected to take several days.

A separate civil action was filled in Warren County Circuit Court in recent days.

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Five teenagers charged with capital murder in Biloxi teen’s death

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Arrested, left to right: Willow Blackmon, 15, Yakeshia Blackmon, 17, Jarvis Cook, 17, Jasmine Kelley, 15, and Jaquez Porter, 17.

Biloxi Police have arrested five teenagers in the shooting death of a 16-year-old.

Officers were called to a home for a medical emergency Monday, Feb. 24 around 2 p.m. They found Madison Harris, 16, had been shot and was unresponsive. She was taken to the hospital where she later died of her wounds, reports WJTV.

Madison Harris (source: WLOX)

Police determined that Harris had been shot during an attempted robbery. The home’s Ring Doorbell app captured the suspects entering and leaving.

Arrested in connection with the shooting were Willow Blackmon, 15, Yakeshia Blackmon, 17, Jarvis Cook, 17, Jasmine Kelley, 15, and Jaquez Porter, 17.

Reportedly, Harris knew the suspects and considered some of them friends.  All five have been charged as adults with capital murder.

Cook is being held without bond as he was out on bond in a separate incident. The other four are being held on bonds of $1 million each.

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