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Vicksburg Police have two shooting suspects in custody

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Quinterrious Vincent McCoy, 22, and Ricky Dewayne Larkins Jr., 23. Photo from the Vicksburg Police Department.

From the VPD:

The Vicksburg Police Department detained two individuals for questioning after they eluded police yesterday, Sept. 4, 2019, around 6 p.m. in a 2007 Toyota Camry. In the area of Lane’s Alley, three men jumped out of the vehicle and fled into a wooded area.

Police were investigating a shots fired call in the area of Farmer and Jefferson streets where the alleged shooters were riding in a white Toyota Camry with the back window missing. Vicksburg police spotted the vehicle in the area of Cherry and Shannon streets, and it sped off, failing to stop for the officer’s lights and siren. The vehicle later stopped in the area of Lane’s Alley where three men left the vehicle on foot and ran into a wooded area, where they were able to elude police.

Police were able to identify two of the men: Quinterrious Vincent McCoy, 22, of 2001 Ford St. and Ricky Dewayne Larkins Jr., 23, of 1101 First North St.  Police received information that the two men were seen in the 1300 block of Walnut Street around 8:30 a.m. today, Sept. 5. They were detained at the Relax Inn, 1313 Walnut St., after they were found hiding in a breezeway of the hotel. Both men are being detained for questioning at this time. They are currently being held in the Madison County Detention Center. Both men are out on bond for other felonies.

Police also recovered weapons from yesterday and today, which have all been reported stolen. The men will possibly face charges of possession of stolen firearms and possession of firearms by convicted felons.

If anyone has additional information concerning the third person involved, or have other information about this investigation please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601.636.2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601.355.TIPS or visit www.p3tips.com.

This statement has been edited for clarity.

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Body found in garbage bags belongs to small child; suspect charged with capital murder

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Celeste Smith

An autopsy of a badly decomposed body found in a garbage bags last week confirm the remains belong to a small child.

Meridian, Miss., police found the bags Wednesday, Sept. 11, after Celeste Louise Smith, 35, directed officers to the scene in a house basement, reports The Meridian Star.

An autopsy showed the child suffered cracked and broken ribs on both sides and burns.

Smith has been charged with capital murder and child neglect. She was denied bond on the murder charge.

Jakie Toole, 5, a special needs child, had been in Smith’s care, the paper reports. Toole has not been seen since April; however, he was only reported missing Sept. 4. A DNA test has been conducted but may take weeks to verify that the body found is Toole’s.

It is not clear at this time why Toole’s mother did not report her child missing for five months.

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Vicksburg shooter sought; victim in critical condition

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Jacorey Wright

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, around 12:36 a.m. Vicksburg police were dispatched to Merit Health River Region Medical
Center in reference to male who had been shot.

Shooting victim Mario Luckett is in critical condition.

The hospital staff told officers that Mario Marquie Luckett, 31, of 3013 Washington St., had been dropped off at the emergency room by an unknown person. Luckett had been shot once in the buttocks area. He was stabilized and air lifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where he was last listed in critical condition.

Police are looking for Jacorey Terrell Wright, 36, of 235 Smith Road, in reference to this shooting. Witness told police that Luckett and Wright had gotten into an argument in the 500 block of Hutson Street, which ultimately led to Wright shooting Luckett.

Wright is considered armed and dangerous, and this shooting remains under investigation.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Wright, please call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or go online to www.P3tips.com or www.centralmscrimestoppers.com. Remember we don’t want your name, only the information.

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Vehicle burglarized while at Crawford Street United Methodist Church

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While he was attending church services this morning at the Crawford Street United Methodist Church, Jay Ehrgott’s gray Silverado had items stolen out of the truck bed near the corner of Cherry and Crawford streets.

 

Ehrgott’s gray Z71 Silverado was parked in the driveway on church grounds, on the south side of the church. He had backed into the spot. After church he discovered his Echo Straight Shaft weed eater and Honda self propelled lawn mower were gone. The thief, in broad daylight, with church in process, stole items out of the back of the church goers truck while it was parked right next to the church.

Jay Ehrgott had backed into driveway next to the church.

A Vicksburg police officer, Alexis Hall, showed up to take a report and tried to capture some fingerprints from the scene.

Vehicle owner Jay Ehrgott speaks with a Vicksburg Police Department officer, Alexis Hall, about the burglary.

The City of Vicksburg has been plagued with property crime for some time now. In a recent report on crime stats, the city admitted that they capture only a small percentage of criminals who commit non-violent crimes.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. is planning yet another summit on Sept. 24 to engage the community on the crime problem. Summits and committees have become a hallmark of the Mayor’s approach to reducing crime.

As always, we ask that the community remain committed to respecting our hard-working law-enforcement officers who put their life on the line for you.

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