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Warren County residents have $4.5 million in unclaimed money and stock. Here’s how to claim it

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The State of Mississippi wants to give you your money.

Under state law, dormant or unclaimed money or stock must be turned over to the State Treasurer after 5 years.

Vicksburg South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour said his office contacted the state treasury to find all the unclaimed property in Warren County.

“It equates to about four and half million dollars here,” Monsour said, adding, “It can range from $100 all the way to $10,000 to $197,000.”

To find out if the state has your money or stock, go to the State Treasury website and look for “Unclaimed Property” on the left side of the page. Enter your last name to see a list of all unclaimed property for that surname in Mississippi. If your full name appears, click on “THAT’S ME!” and follow the directions to download and submit a claim form.

State Treasurer David McRae is determined to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners.

“This is not the state’s money. It is your money, and especially with families struggling during the COVID-19 crisis, we want to make sure it’s returned to you,” McRae says on the website. “As such, we continue to process claims and cut checks to those determined to be the lawful heirs to unclaimed property. While we continue to process claims as quickly as we can, some delays must be expected. The process may take several weeks, depending on the nature and complexity of the claim.”

Note that a claim form must be notarized to be valid. During the COVID-19 crisis, the requirement for in-person notarizing has been waived, meaning that you can use remote notarizing.

“This waiver allows Mississippians to conduct business and tend to vital transactions while still following COVID-19 health guidelines,” Secretary of State Michael Watson said in a statement.

For information about remote notarizations, including a list of vendors, visit the Secretary of State website.

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his last high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State,  including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

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

Photo by David Day

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.

Photo by David Day

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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(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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