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Vicksburg Police officers make seven felony arrests Thursday



Top row, left to right: Willie Lee Myles, Dame Beard and Olivia Wells. Bottom row: Horatio Carson, Jason Balliet, Christopher Raney and Amanda Uzzle. (Photos courtesy VPD)

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department made seven felony arrests Thursday, May 7. Six of the arrests were on drug charges.

Willie Lee Myles

Willie Lee Myles, 36, of Vicksburg, was arrested after a brief foot chase on Grant Avenue. He was wanted in connection with a burglary in the 2600 block of Confederate Avenue earlier this month.

Myles appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, May 8, where he was formally charged with one count of residential burglary and bound over to the Warren County grand jury on a $50,000 bond.

Vicksburg Police officers made seven narcotics-related arrests on Thursday.

Dame Beard and Olivia Wells

Shortly after 8 p.m., officers responded to the New Main Apartments, 2727 Alcorn Drive, for a report of drug activity centered around a vehicle. The officers recovered marijuana and powder cocaine from the vehicle and arrested two women at the scene.

Dame Beard, 31, and Olivia Wells, 32, were both charged with possession of cocaine. Beard and Wells appeared before Judge Carpenter on Friday, where she set Beard’s bond at $25,000 and Wells’ bond at $15,000. Both women were bound over to the Warren County grand jury.

Horatio Carson

Horatio Carson, 33, of Vicksburg, attempted to flee from officers of the Narcotics Enforcement Team during a traffic stop at 9:49 p.m., Thursday. After he wrecked his vehicle, police took Carson into custody. He was charged with one count of felony eluding, one count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor warrant. On Friday, Judge Carpenter set his bond at $70,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

At 11:42 p.m. officers made a traffic stop for curfew violation in the 1300 block of Clay Street. A consensual search of the vehicle revealed a felony amount of methamphetamine.

Jason Balliet, Christopher Raney and Amanda Uzzle

Officers arrested Jason Balliet, 37, of Vicksburg, Christopher Raney, 45, of Vicksburg, and Amanda Uzzle, 38, of Edwards, Miss., charging all three with possession of methamphetamine.

They appeared before Judge Carpenter on Friday where she set bonds for each at $25,000 and bound them over to the Warren County grand jury.


High speed chase ends in fiery crash



(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



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



(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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