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Vicksburg Police make drug arrest with FBI agents; respond to armed robbery and burglaries



Mose Hearron Jr. Photo courtesy Vicksburg Police Department.

On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, members of the Vicksburg Police Department Narcotics/Criminal Investigation Division and Patrol Division, along with agents of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force, served a search warrant at 353 Grange Hall Road, Lot 15, as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Investigators recovered approximately 1/2 pound of high-grade marijuana, digital scales, a semi-automatic weapon and $640 in cash.

A second search warrant led to the discovery of a second firearm.

Officers arrested Mose Hearron Jr., 38, charging him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Hearron had an initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court before Judge Penny Lawson on Wednesday, who set his bond at $55,000.  He was transported to the Warren County Jail pending a Grand Jury hearing.

Other crimes reported for Dec. 4, 2019

Armed Robbery with a Firearm
Officers responded to the Dollar General store at 4000 U.S. Highway 61 South in reference to an armed robbery. The two suspects robbed the cashiers at gunpoint, and stole approximately $100 cash from the register.

Officers responded to 276 YMCA Place in reference to a burglary. The complainant stated that a Dewalt Power Wrench and a Dewalt Power Drill, valued at $300 each, were missing.

Auto Burglary
Officers responded to the Circle K at 3400 Halls Ferry Road in reference to an auto burglary. The complainant reported someone stole his Igloo lunchbox and $175 cash from his 2018 Dodge Journey.

Residential Burglary
A resident flagged down a Vicksburg Police officer in reference to a burglary in the 2400 block of East Main Street. The complainant said someone broke into his home and stole a Colman generator, two Stihl chain saws, a Stihl pole saw, a Stihl weed eater, a Cub Cadet weed eater, three Porter nail guns, a Stihl backpack blower and an air compressor. Total estimated value of the stolen items is $2,450.

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


Vicksburg man charged with embezzlement of TJ Maxx



Rogers Zakolby Wesley (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Thursday for embezzlement.

Officers were dispatched to the TJ Maxx store, 3405 Pemberton Square Blvd., where they arrested Rogers Zakolby Wesley, 20, of Vicksburg, on Thursday, Nov. 19. Wesley is accused of stealing $2,641.16 in merchandise from the store.

He appeared before Judge Penny Lawson in Vicksburg Municipal Court Friday, Nov. 20, charged with one count of embezzlement. Lawson set his bond at $2,500 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Carson arrested on felony warrants



Officer Matt Barnes, Horatio Carson, Officer Joseph Stubbs, and Inv. Donnie Heggins (photo by David Day)

Horatio Carson, 34, of 272 Cedars School Circle, was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for probation violation.

Heggins, Barnes, Carson, Stubbs, Grady (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg police Investigator Donnie Heggins and Lt. Jeff Merritt, and Mario Grady, investigator for the Mississippi attorney general’s office, executed the warrant after Carson was spotted at the carwash on Grange Hall Road.

Stubbs, Carson, Barnes, Grady (photo by David Day)

Carson was indicted in the October session of the grand jury as a habitual offender on charges of possession of a controlled substance and fleeing or evading a police officer.

Horatio Carson and Joseph Stubbs (photo by David Day)

Carson was transported to jail by Officer Joseph Stubbs to await trial.

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Former community college employee arrested for embezzlement



(photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Northeast Mississippi Community College employee, Amy Haynie, after she was indicted for embezzlement. Hanie was issued a $68,762.87 demand letter upon her arrest. That demand total includes interest and investigative expenses.

Amy Haynie (photo courtesy of Mississippi Office of the State Auditor)

Haynie is accused of embezzling cash from a college petty cash fund and from students as they paid various college-related fees. Investigators determined over $57,000 was stolen from the college. Haynie was able to hide the alleged scheme from May 2016 to February 2020 because the internal controls in her office allowed her to manipulate records of how cash was collected and deposited.

“The auditor’s office is committed to putting a stop to all fraud, but particularly fraud that involves theft from the students of Mississippi,” said Auditor White. “These are not victimless crimes. We will continue to pursue cases like these to make sure every dollar is spent in accordance with the law.”

Haynie surrendered to Special Agents at the Prentiss County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 by the court.

If convicted, Haynie faces up to 20 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney John Weddle.

A $10,000 surety bond covers Haynie’s employment at Northeast Mississippi Community College. A surety bond is similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Haynie will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.

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