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Vicksburg Police take 16-year-old into custody for bomb threat hoax

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The Vicksburg Police Department responded to a bomb threat at Porters Chapel Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The threat turned out to be a hoax.

School officials called the police after being notified that the threat was communicated via social media Monday, Jan. 6, against the school, which is located at 3460 Porters Chapel Road in Vicksburg.

When the 16-year-old student who allegedly made the threat arrived at school, officers took the student into custody. The student is being housed in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police conducted a thorough search of the facility and no device was found. One of the K-9 officers with the Vicksburg Police, Cezar, is a trained bomb dog and was used in the search.

Although no charges have been filed against the student, yet, making such a threat is serious business. Capt. Mike Bryant of the Vicksburg Police said it is likely one of two felony charges could be filed against the juvenile: false reporting of placing explosives or making terroristic threats.

Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years behind bars, a fine of up to $10,000.00 or both. In the case of the terroristic threat charge, not having the intention or capacity to carry out the threat cannot be used as a defense.

The juvenile’s name is being withheld pending formal charges and arraignment.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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