Tallulah woman, 22, dies in crash on U.S. 80|[02/25/08]

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 25, 2008

CRIME & ACCIDENT * From Staff Reports

A 22-year-old Tallulah woman was killed just east of Waverly Sunday morning when her vehicle crossed the center line of U.S. 80, ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, according to Louisiana State Police Troop F.

Lauren Ann Johnson was traveling west on her way to work in a 1995 Buick LeSabre at the time of the accident at about 8:20, said Troop F Public Affairs Officer Mark Dennis. Johnson was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Madison Parish Coroner’s Office.

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It was not known why Johnson’s vehicle left the roadway, said Dennis, but alcohol was not suspected as a factor.

Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers have investigated eight fatal car crashes thus far this year, resulting in nine deaths.

Motel guest reports cash taken from room

A motel guest reported $1,200 missing from his motel room Sunday, according to police reports.

A guest at the Ridgeland Inn on Warrenton Road reported the missing cash at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. No forced entry to the motel room was apparent, said Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart.

City man shot twice, taken to Jackson hospital

A man was shot twice outside his home on Wisconsin Avenue early this morning, Vicksburg Police said.

James Quincy Davis, 31, 3032 Wisconsin Ave., was discovered lying in his driveway with gunshots in each leg and taken to University Medical Center, Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

A spokesman at the hospital this morning said she had no information on Davis’ condition.

Police found Davis after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots at around 1:30, Stewart said.

According to a police report, Davis had returned home when he was robbed in his driveway for $740 and a cell phone valued at $220.

Stewart said the man’s wife was home asleep at the time.

Nearly three hours later, at 4:12, a burglary was reported at the victim’s home, and a .22-caliber revolver and $150 were reported missing.

“Entry was gained by forcing open the front door,” Stewart said.

Also, a window to a vehicle parked in the driveway was broken, but nothing was taken, Stewart said.

Whether anyone was home at the time of the burglary was not known.

Car reported stolen along Cherry Street

A 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen from Cherry Street early this morning.

Vicksburg Police received a report of the missing vehicle, with a Mississippi license plate 573WCF at 2:25 a.m. No further details were available.

Tools, CD player among missing items

Several burglaries and thefts were reported in Vicksburg and Warren County this weekend.

A miter saw valued at $475 was reported stolen from a shed in the 1400 block of Harrison Street at 4:20 p.m. Friday.

A 2006 Polaris 4-wheeler was reported stolen from a home on Dunigan Road at 8 p.m. Friday. It was valued at $8,000.

Two saws and an extension cord, valued together at $300, were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Overlook Drive at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

A gas lantern and antique light pole valued at $2,000 were reported stolen from a home in the 1300 block of Wells Road at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Jumper cables, an extension cord and $50 were reported missing from a vehicle parked at the corner of Main and First North streets at 9 a.m. Sunday. The window to the vehicle, a 1997 Ford Contour, was broken.

A Pioneer CD player valued at $400 was reported stolen from a Ford Explorer parked in the 200 block of Buena Vista Drive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A stereo valued at $200 was reported stolen from a Dodge pickup parked in the same block at the same time.