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VPD incident report for April 29 includes counterfeiting, burglaries and auto theft

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Vicksburg Police Station (photo by David Day)

The Vicksburg Police Department reported the following incidents for Wednesday, April 29.

The Circle K convenience store at 3060 Indiana Ave., called the police around 5 a.m. in reference to counterfeit currency. The complainant said an unknown male tried to pass a fake $20 bill.

The Purks YMCA at 267 YMCA Place was the site of a commercial burglary. Officers responded at 8:16 a.m., and the complainant stated that someone broke into a storage container and stole 25 reels of copper, two light fixtures and a wheelbarrow.

Officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of Elizabeth Circle in reference to an auto burglary at 6:56 a.m. The victim said that someone entered his 2004 GMC Yukon and took an Avon laptop, Sony desktop speakers, two IPhone chargers, a grey book bag and two bottles of prescription medicine. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

At 8:59 a.m., officers responded to an address in the 200 block of Starlight Drive in reference to an auto theft. The victim stated someone stole a 2009 Dodge Charger from their driveway.

Vicksburg Police officers responded to two calls of shots fired Wednesday. They found no signs of suspicious activity or shots fired at either location:

  • At 2:03 p.m., officers responded to the area of Hamilton and Clay Streets.
  • At 10:10 p.m., officers responded to the area of Harrison and Martha Streets.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(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 indicated 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, Bonjara O’Quin of Chicago, 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, a rented 2021 Nissan Rogue with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quin is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. He was treated and released from Merit Health River Region. He has been charged with domestic violence and felon elude. 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’Quin’s capture.

Bonjara O’Quin (photo by David Day)


This story has been updated to include the correct spelling of the suspect’s name and where he is from in addition to a few other details.

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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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.

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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 and is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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(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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