UTICA WOMAN INJURED IN WRECK ON U.S. 61N A

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2000

UTICA WOMAN INJURED IN WRECK ON U.S. 61N

A Utica woman was in the intensive care unit at a Jackson hospital this morning after a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 61 North Thursday afternoon.

Thelma Taylor, 86, Route 2 Box 157-F, was taken to ParkView Regional Medical Center and transferred to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

“She’s doing OK,” said Taylor’s daughter, Amy Foote. “They still want to keep her for observation.”

Taylor suffered a cracked pelvis, bruising and a gash on her forehead when the Dodge Dynasty she was driving collided with a Pontiac Sunfire on U.S. 61 North at Culkin Road, said Mississippi Highway Safety Patrolman Daniel Lewis.

The driver of the Pontiac, Billy Middleton, 23, 8 Biedenharn Drive, was northbound when Taylor attempted to cross the highway from Culkin Road, Lewis said.

“We need a stoplight there,” Foote said. “If we had a light there, my mother would not be in the hospital now.”

No other injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

2 HELD FOR FALSE PRETENSE AFTER BRIEF FOOT CHASE

An attempt to cash a forged check led to the arrest of two city residents Thursday, and police were continuing to look for a third suspect this morning, Vicksburg Police Officer Beverly Prentiss said.

Evelyn Wilson, 26, 610 N. Poplar St., and David Harris, 21, 911 Meadow St., were arrested by Patrolmen Mike Caldwell and Cammie Branch after employees at Trustmark National Bank on North Frontage Road became suspicious of the check a customer was trying to cash at about 11:30 a.m., Prentiss said.

After leaving the bank, the suspects stopped at Direct General Insurance on North Frontage, where Wilson was arrested.

After a brief foot chase, Harris was arrested in a wooded area between John Allen Street and Wisconsin Avenue, Prentiss said.

Wilson and Harris were being arraigned this morning on charges of false pretense in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Detective Randy Naylor said this morning that a search is continuing for another man, who may have been involved.

ARGUMENT LEADS TO ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED ARSON

An argument this morning led to a Vicksburg woman being charged with attempted arson, Vicksburg Police Officer Beverly Prentiss said.

Thelma D. Bell, 38, 910 Bowman St., was arrested by Patrolmen Darlene Jackson and Kerry Bell.

Bell was arrested after officers were called to the 1900 block of Court Street, where a woman was threatening to throw a container of gasoline on the home of person with whom she had argued, Prentiss said.

Bell was to be arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court this morning.

FOUR PEOPLE INJURED IN MORNING WRECK

Four people were taken to an area hospital after a two-vehicle wreck on Washington Street this morning, Lt. David Beard of the Vicksburg Police Department said.

The wreck was reported at 6:30 a.m. at Washington Street and Interstate 20.

The names of the four people taken to ParkView Regional Medical Center were not available this morning.