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Warren County grand jury to reconvene Tuesday

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Mississippi’s Ninth Judicial District will reconvene the Warren County grand jury Tuesday morning, May 26.

Judges made the decision to reconvene the grand jury impaneled in January to expedite the process and lessen the number of people inside the courthouse.

District Attorney Ricky Smith said he usually impanels five grand juries a year in Warren County with a minimum of 15 people each. One regular session of the grand jury was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Smith said his staff is finalizing case files and expects to present approximately 70 cases for review.

The grand jury process includes assistant district attorneys, law enforcement and witnesses presenting information to the jurors, who then determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Grand jurors may also tour county facilities, hear from appointed and elected officials and make recommendations based on their findings.

The process normally lasts about a week in any given case and is followed by indictments and pleadings in front of one of two circuit court judges in the district.

Grand juries can also return a “no true bill” decision if there is insufficient evidence to proceed. In that case, charges are dismissed against the defendant.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

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At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

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Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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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

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

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