City man jailed after elderly mother is beaten

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail Monday accused of beating up his elderly mother.

Alan Overton, 49, 2312 Oak St., was arrested at his home after a complaint was filed accusing him of assaulting his 76-year-old mother on Feb. 18.

The victim was taken to River Region Medical Center for injuries to her face, arm and body, said Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart.

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She was treated and released the same day she went to the hospital, said Allen Karel, River Region spokesman.

Overton was charged with aggravated domestic violence, and his bond is set at $50,000.

Shooting reported on Bowmar Avenue

Three people were in a car that was shot three times on Bowmar Avenue Monday afternoon, but no one was hit, Vicksburg police said.

The shooting was reported at 12:08 in the 1400 block, said Lt. Bobby Stewart.

The 1999 Mitsubishi Galant’s trunk and roof were damaged, Stewart said.

No arrest had been made, and Stewart declined to give more information.

Rolling Fork teacher charged with rape

A band director at South Delta High School is charged with statutory rape of a choir student has been fired, and his case is expected to be heard by a grand jury in April.

Rodney Ashford, 32, address unknown, surrendered to Rolling Fork police on Feb. 22 after an affidavit was filed by the victim’s mother, said Rolling Fork Police Chief Undrey Williams.

Circuit Judge Frank Vollor signed the warrant for Ashford, said Williams.

He said the victim was younger than 17, but would be no more specific.

Ashford was released on a $5,000 bond. He was terminated from the school the next day after his release, said Williams.

City woman held for drug court

A Vicksburg woman was in the Warren County Jail Monday on a drug court sanction.

Angela Barnett, 37, 103 Smith Drive, was arrested at 6 p.m. and was held without bond.

Purse, GPS, cash among missing items

Two auto burglaries were reported in the city Monday.

A Dooney and Bourke woman’s handbag valued at $125 and $10 were reported missing from a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis at 12:27 p.m. in the 200 block of Alfa Drive.

A Garmin GPS system valued at $180 was reported missing from a 2007 Ford F-350 at 6:02 p.m. in the Wal-Mart SuperCenter parking lot, 2150 Iowa Blvd.

Separately, a storage unit in the 3200 block of Plaza Drive was reported burglarized at 2:08 p.m.

Missing were five Dell Latitude D630 computers valued at $1,200 each.

Two wrecks injure two in city, county

Two people were injured in separate wrecks Monday.

Faye Gaines, 76, 4302 Tiffintown Road, was taken to River Region Medical Center after her vehicle struck a tree at 3000 Tiffintown Road at 3 p.m., Central Fire Station reports showed.

Gaines was admitted and was in fair condition this morning, said Allen Karen River Region spokesman.

Earlier, at 7:14 a.m., Dante Monroe, 36, Port Gibson, was traveling north on U.S. 61 South when the driver of a Toyata Tundra attempted to cross U.S. 61 onto Cain Ridge Road and struck  Monroe’s vehicle on the driver side, said Traffic Investigator Eric Paymon. The Toyota’s driver, Cindy Cooper, 52, 702 Longview St., was cited for failure to yield, said Paymon. Monroe was treated and released, Karel said.