Three injured in wreck on U.S. 80|[05/12/08]

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 12, 2008

CRIME & ACCIDENT * From staff reports

Three people injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 80 Sunday morning were treated and released from River Region Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

The injured were Angela Sims, 40, 780 U.S. 80, Apartment 12A, and one of her four sons in her westbound Jeep Cherokee, Cory Sims, 16, of the same address.

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Also injured was the driver of an eastbound Chevrolet van, Barbara Albritton, no age or address available, who was traveling alone.

The other passengers in the Jeep, Mark Sims, 15, Robert Wilson, 12, and Marqise Stevens, 17, all of 780 U.S. 80, Apartment 12A, were not injured.

A witness, Tonya Bounds of Vicksburg, said the crash occurred as Albritton attempted to avoid Bounds’ vehicle, which was nearly stopped for a Cadillac that was making a left turn off the two-lane highway.

As Albritton’s eastbound van attempted to avoid the Bounds’ vehicle by moving into the westbound lane, it collided with Sims’ westbound Jeep.

Trooper Daniel Lewis of the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, who investigated the wreck, could not be contacted after the accident.

Missouri man arrested after armed robberyA Missouri man was arrested 17 minutes after an armed robbery at a convenience store left a fuel bill unpaid and two cartons of cigarettes missing, police said.Kenneth McAfoos, 53, 703 Weyland Drive, Boomville, was arrested at 7:29 p.m. Sunday at Interstate 20 and Washington Street. Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart said McAfoos had filled up a vehicle with $71.50 in gas at the BP Station at 3595 U.S. 61 South, then went into the store, displayed a small pocket knife and asked a clerk for the store’s money.According to Stewart, other customers soon entered the building and McAfoos fled before getting the money, but stole two cartons of cigarettes on his way out.

McAfoos fled the scene in a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, which Stewart said had been reported stolen in Boomville.

McAfoos was charged with armed robbery and Stewart said police are looking into charges regarding the vehicle.

McAfoos was at the Vicksburg Police Department on a $50,000 bond this morning.

Copper hot again in weekend thefts

More copper was reported stolen in the city Friday, police said.

At 11:18 a.m., 100 feet of 3-inch copper pipe and 100 feet of 1 1/2-inch copper pipe was reported stolen from the old YMCA building at 821 Clay St.

Vicksburg Police Lt. Bobby Stewart said the copper was valued at $3 per pound. In addition, about 20 feet of copper tubing had been stripped from several window air-conditioning units and three GE refrigerators were reported missing.

About $4,500 in copper and aluminum was stolen Friday from the former Sack & Save at 2080 S. Frontage Road. About 120 feet of copper wire and 120 feet of aluminum were stripped from a transformer in the back of the now-vacant building. Police received the report at 1:06 p.m.

Less than five months into the year, the number of 2008 copper thefts reported in the city and county has surpassed those reported in 2007.

Also in the city, a white 1996 Cadillac valued at $6,000 was reported stolen from OK Used Cars, 4160 S. Frontage Road. Vicksburg Police received the report at 2:05 p.m. Friday.

In the county, a global positioning system valued at $400 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of U.S 80. The Warren County Sheriff’s Department received the report at 1:26 p.m. Saturday.