One man dead, one injured in shooting in Claiborne County this morning

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 22, 2009

One man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting this morning in Claiborne County, Sheriff Frank Davis said.

The shooting apparently happened on Tilman Road just before 9 a.m., Davis said.

Deputies were on the scene investigating and no further details were expected until later today.

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Arkansas man jailed in home-repair scam

An Arkansas man was in the Warren County Jail this morning charged with felony home-repair fraud, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Michael Sharp, 25, 12007 Dollarway Road, Pine Bluff, was the ringleader in a group selling substandard asphalt paving, Pace said.

Two others were nabbed on misdemeanor charges of operating a business without a license.

The trio approached an older couple in the Yokena community last week and through what Pace called intimidating tactics convinced the couple to contract with them for driveway paving. The couple was charged several thousand dollars for about a hundred dollars worth of asphalt laid on inferior footing, he said.

Pace cautioned, “Legitimate companies won’t show up unsolicited at your door asking if you need work done.” Instead, look in the Yellow Pages, check references and Better Business Bureau reports and make sure companies hired to do home repair and maintenance work are reputable, he said.

Sharp was being held without bond this morning.

BMW stolen at mall while owner at movie

The cost of attending a movie was steep for a Vicksburg resident who exited the theater Wednesday to find his $30,000 BMW had been stolen.

The car, a blue 2000 BMW 323CI with Mississippi tag 238WCG, was stolen from the Pemberton Square mall parking lot while the owner was at the movies, said police crime analyst Suzan Ebeling.

Broken glass was found in the area where the vehicle had been parked. Video footage from the mall’s security cameras is being examined by investigators.

Cookies, guns, car parts among stolen items

Guns and cookies were among the items stolen in several burglaries and thefts reported Wednesday, police crime analyst Suzan Ebeling said.

At 12:11 p.m., the theft of two T-top covers to a 1987 Monte Carlo convertible were reported at Steve’s Consignment Lot at 4218 Halls Ferry Road. The covers, value unknown, had been taken off the car on the lot for two months.

At 4:55 p.m. a residential burglary was reported in the 800 block of Main Street. Stolen were a vehicle buffer valued at $100, a car stereo valued at $250 and a bag of cookies valued at $2.50.

At 7:33 p.m. a residential burglary was reported in the 1800 block of Natchez Avenue. Stolen were a Winchester rifle, a Marlin rifle, two diamond rings and one ruby ring. No values were given.