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VPD incident report: armed robbery, thefts and burglaries

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The Vicksburg Police Department reported the following incidents from Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12.

Saturday at 3:56 p.m., a complainant came to the police station and reported an armed robbery. She said two individuals robbed her son at gunpoint, taking $860. The incident is under investigation.

Officers responded to two calls of auto theft Sunday:

  • At 8:53 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 2600 block of Pearl Street where the victim reported someone stole a 1985 Ford LTD. The officer later recovered the vehicle in the 1100 block of Bowmar Avenue.
  • At 11:31 a.m., officers responded to the Eastview Apartments at 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road where the victim stated that someone stole a 2008 Honda Accord.

On Saturday at 7:59 a.m. officers responded to the Best Western Hotel, 2445 North Frontage Road, in reference to a theft, which was categorized as grand larceny. The victim stated a male perpetrator stole a 9mm Taurus handgun and a Galaxy 10 Plus cellphone.

Officers responded to two business burglaries:

  • The Temple of Christ Church, 1922 Pearl Street was burglarized Friday. Officers responded to the church at 12:30 p.m., where the complainant reported that someone broke into the church through the back door and stole a television and a Roku stick.
  • A storage unit at Centrex Storage, 19 Centrex Drive was broken into Saturday. Officers responded at 2 p.m. It is not clear if anything was stolen from the unit.

Saturday at 3:34 a.m. officers responded an address in the 500 block of Dabney Avenue for a vehicle burglary. The victim stated someone entered a 2014 Ford Fusion and stole a Taurus .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

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

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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MS Dept. of Agriculture offering organic certification cost-share program

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The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is offering a cost-share program for Mississippi organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a United States Department of Agriculture accredited certifying agent, Commissioner Andy Gipson announced Tuesday.

“This is a great opportunity for farmers that have received the USDA Organic Certification in the past year to help offset some of the costs associated with this certification,” Gipson said in a statement, “I am glad that we are able to offer this program again for 2020, and I encourage our farmers to take advantage of this opportunity during these unprecedented times.”

Funding is available for those who received the certification between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020. Individual organic operators are eligible for reimbursement of 50% of their fiscal year 2020 certification costs up to a maximum of $500 per category of certification. The National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program currently recognizes the following categories of certification eligible for reimbursement: crops, wild crops, livestock and handler.

To be eligible for reimbursement, the following must be provided to MDAC by applicants: proof of certification issued by a USDA accredited certifying agent, a reimbursement form, an itemized invoice for certification-related expenses, an IRS W-9 form and documentation of the payment in the form of a canceled check. Applicants must be Mississippi organic producers and handlers located within the State of Mississippi. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted. Operations may receive one reimbursement per year. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 15, 2020.

For more information about this program or to obtain an application, visit the MDAC website or contact Susan Lawrence at [email protected] or 601-213-7542.

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Flaggs asks judges to assist in curbing crime

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a May 15, 2020 interview with the Vicksburg Daily News. (Photo via video screen grab. Video by David Day)

In a letter sent to Vicksburg and Warren County judges Monday, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. asked for help to curb crime in the River City.

Flaggs wrote that crime is “running rampant” in Vicksburg, and he “prayerfully and humbly” requested the judges consider adding two criteria to bails for anyone arrested on firearm-related offenses: GPS monitoring devices and a 7 p.m. curfew.

“I believe the only exceptions to the curfew should be for travel to or from work or to seek necessary medical treatment,” the mayor wrote. “These conditions of bail will help in protecting the public from future violence and assist our law enforcement officers in reducing and preventing crimes in our city.”

He added that he believes the measures are “imperative for the safety and future of our city.”

Read the entire letter below.

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