14 suspected undocumented aliens held here|[04/07/08]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 2008

CRIME & ACCIDENT * From Staff Reports

Fourteen people in a van stopped on Interstate 20 East in Vicksburg this morning were being held by police for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

The bust occurred at about 6 a.m. following a traffic stop by Patrolman Bo McLeod near the Indiana Avenue exit, where the van was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph, Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

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Emile Fernandez, 51, a Houston man driving the white 2005 Chevrolet passenger van, told police he was driving for a Houston-based transport company called Motorcoach Enterprises.

“It’s a bogus company,” Stewart said, adding Fernandez and another man, Jesse Fernandez, 43, said they were headed as far north as New York with some of the others in the van.

“They’re all illegals. What they do is take them to Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina,” Stewart said. Items such as deodorant and toothbrushes were found inside duffel bags most were carrying.

It was unclear whether the two men who provided identification to police are related. Police did not issue a citation for speeding, Stewart said.

Burglaries reported in cars, residences

Four burglaries were reported to Vicksburg Police and Warren County Sheriff’s officials Monday.

At 12:22 p.m., a 25-caliber pistol was reported missing from a home in the 1500 block of Redwood Road.

At 2:30 p.m., two gold rings and $800 were reported missing from a home in the 2400 block of Marshall Street

At 7:52 p.m., a purse and a cell phone were reported missing from a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library.

At 11:45 p.m., a cell phone was reported missing from a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of Mission 66.

City man injured when car’s brakes fail

A Vicksburg man was injured Monday when the brakes of a car on which he was working gave way and he became pinned between two vehicles.

Bobby Martin, 35, 820 Fisher Ferry Road, was working on a Mazda 929 at a parking lot on Cherry and Crawford streets at about 11:30 a.m. when the accident happened.

When the brakes did not work, Martin attempted to stop the car from rolling into a Dodge Dakota pickup about 15 feet away, Vicksburg Police Officer Steven Snow said.

A River Region Medical Center spokesman said he was released after treatment.

Baby remains at UMC after wreck on I-20

A 1-month-old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle that wrecked on Interstate 20 near U.S. 61 Monday morning remained in a Jackson hospital this morning.

Danyiah Neal was listed in fair condition, a University Medical Center spokesman said. Danyiah’s mother, Shatara Lee, 19, 4798 U.S. 61 South, who was driving the Dodge Neon in which they were traveling was treated and released from River Region Medical Center.

A witness told investigators with the Vicksburg Police Department that Lee’s car was cut off by a pickup near the intersection, causing her to lose control, then leave the road and become airborne before hitting a tree and landing upside down.