Fifth missing gun turned over to police

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A fifth gun believed stolen from the Sports Center on Sept. 13 was recovered Monday when a man turned in the weapon after hearing police were looking for it.

No charges were brought against the man, Lt. Bobby Stewart of the Vicksburg Police Department said.

The man took the Taurus 44 Magnum valued at $380 to Vicksburg Police headquarters at about 5 p.m.

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One arrest had been made early Monday in the theft. Bernard Smith, 16, 3011 1/2 Green St., is accused of the break-in and theft. 

Four city men held in two burglaries

Four Vicksburg men were charged this morning with two business burglaries, one reported today and one Monday, and items believed stolen in  the Monday theft were recovered.

The four were arrested after a burglar alarm sounded at County Market grocery, 2101 Clay St. The store is on Clay at Hays street, which intersects with Grove Street.

Three of the four were arrested in the 2000 block of Grove Street at 2:52 a.m.:

• Lakenya Smith, 19, 1717 Martin Luther King Drive

• Robert Heads, 20, 103 Galtney Drive

• Benjamin Johnson, 20, 3135 Washington St.

A fourth, Alton Burden, 39, was arrested at 7:12 a.m. at his home at 4114 N. Washington St. Lot 2.

The grocery store alarm sounded after a roll-up door along Hays Street was broken. Nothing was reported missing.

The four men also were charged with the business burglary reported at 6:27 a.m. Monday at Superquick, 2700 Alcorn Drive, in which 27 cartons of cigarettes valued at $2,000, a box of bottle-shaped cigarette lighters valued at $30, Lucky 7 scratch-offs valued at $400 and prepaid phone cards valued at $3,500 were reported stolen, Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

The cigarettes and phone cards were recovered.

All four were being held without bond at police headquarters pending initial court appearances.

Today’s arrests come just weeks after break-ins have been reported in blocks just east and west of County Market.

A theft of about $4,300 in goods was reported at Maurice’s T-shirt shop, 2121 Clay St., on Aug. 23. No arrests have been reported in that case.

Separately, four teens were seen inside and outside a Payless Shoe Source at 1500 Clay St., which was broken into on Aug. 28. In that case, two arrests have been made, and police have said those arrested possibly are suspects in the T-shirt shop burglary.

In yet another case, a theft of six cell phones were reported at Dollar General at 2203 Clay St. on Aug. 16. No arrests had been reported.

Stewart said this morning that investigators are comparing all of the cases.

City man jailed after car, foot chase

A Vicksburg man was charged with felony eluding after a vehicle and foot chase that ended at Alcorn Drive and East Main Street Monday night.

Patrolmen had attempted to stop Ronnie Earl Newsome, 26, 1313 Walnut St., in a 1994 Infinite on Buck and Hossley streets, Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart said. He was suspected of possessing stolen property, Stewart said, but none was recovered.

Newsome was being held on $10,000 bond at the Warren County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

Cocaine charge lands city teen in jail

A Vicksburg teen was charged with sale of cocaine after surrendering to police Monday.

Jermarcus Curry, 17, 3505 N. Washington St., was being held on $10,000 bond at the Warren County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

Police had been looking for Curry for almost two weeks.

One person injured in morning wreck

At least one person was taken to River Region Medical Center this morning after two cars collided at Clay and Adams streets.

A blue Geo Prizm was westbound on Clay Street when it was struck by a black Ford Mustang headed east on Clay and turning onto Adams, Vicksburg Police Patrolman Bobby Jones said.

The only driver identified was Stephanie Clark, 36, of Clinton, driving the Mustang, who was cited for failure to yield and driving with a suspended license, Jones said. Clark was alone.

Police on scene initially reported three children were inside the Prizm when the wreck was reported at 9:05. The injured person was not identified, so a condition report from the hospital could not be requested.