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Warren County supervisor candidate Ed Herring named in lawsuit over the death of Carson Kurtz



Edward Herring, a candidate for Warren County District 1 supervisor, and his ex-wife, Stacey Herring,  have been named in a lawsuit over the death of Carson R. Kurtz, who was killed in an accident in Louisiana on June 21.

Carson was 15 and a student at St. Aloysius High School at the time of his death.

The lawsuit, which was obtained by the Vicksburg Daily News today, was filed in Madison Parish, La., on Oct. 4 by Jamey and Shawn Kurtz, Carson Kurtz’ parents.

The Herrings are named along with three other defendants, Jack M. Varner, Brent Fortenberry and Jan Marie Avery, all of whom reside in Madison Parish.

According to the suit, Kurtz was a guest of Fortenberry and Avery, and on property belonging to Varner on the day he died.

The suit alleges that the Louisiana defendants “purchased and/or provided” alcohol to Kurtz, Jackson Fortenberry and Reece Herring, all of whom were minors at the time. Further, the suit alleges that they “provided a Polaris Ranger utility motor vehicle capable of high speeds” to the minors “without proper instruction, training, warning or supervision,” and that the road on the Varner property was “inadequately marked” and “inadequate for travel” at the speeds the Ranger was capable of traveling.

Jackson Fortenberry or Reece Herring “procured the alcohol” and were operating the vehicle at the time of the accident, according to the suit.

Finally, the suit claims that Brent Fortenberry, “intentionally removed and/or altered evidence of the cause(s) of the accident, including without limitation the removal of all evidence of alcohol consumption by the minor children from the scene of the … fatal accident.”

Edward and Stacey Herring are included in the suit because they are “responsible for damages occasioned by” their minor son, Reece Herring.

Edward Herring has not responded to our calls for this story.

This story represents only one side of a legal action and should not be interpreted as a statement of guilt or innocence.

Read the lawsuit: Kurtz lawsuit October 2019


A happier ending



You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.


It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.

A bewildered Taylor Ransone surveys the damage from the car that struck the back porch of his house.

On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.

The car came down the side street, where people are standing, swerved left, missed the grey car parked behind the home and impacted the back porch with enough force to dislodge the pillar.

The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.

Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”

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Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor



Ask the Mayor anything.


Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.


The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.


Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.


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Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12



Kamille Cupcake McKinney

The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.

She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.

Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.

If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841  or call 911.

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