Detroit fugitive arrested in city

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Detroit man wanted on 17 felony charges in Michigan,  including five counts of assault with intent to commit murder, was in the Warren County Jail this morning without bond, awaiting an extradition hearing, after Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the U.S. Marshals Service with his arrest in Vicksburg this morning.

Darnell Eugene Hodges, 36, 9203 Pierson St., was arrested at 6:15 a.m. at a home in the 2400 block of Lake Street, said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

“The U.S. Marshals Service had information that the suspect was in Vicksburg at this specific address, and we arrested him without incident,” said Pace, who added the Lake Street home was occupied by a Hodges acquaintance.

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Pace said Hodges likely will have an extradition hearing today and will spend a week or two in the Warren County Jail before being taken back to Michigan on the 17 charges he faces in Wayne County, Michigan — which encompasses Detroit. The charges stem from several incidents, said Pace, one as recent as Feb. 26. Hodges has three previous felony drug convictions, the sheriff said. 

3 fires reported in city, county

Three fires were reported in the city and county Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Around 4 p.m., workers at Thomas Furniture, 2009 Drummond St., reported a small fire had started in the attic while they were using a blow torch, Battalion Chief Marion Cole of the Vicksburg Fire Department said. The fire was contained, he said.

At a mobile home park on Mississippi 3 in the county, Warren County Volunteer Fire Department coordinator Kelly Worthy said a fire had started in a tool shed behind a home, which then spread to a motorcycle and 4-wheeler.

Worthy said the fire, reported just after 5 p.m., was contained in “20 minutes.” The cause was not known.

At 6 p.m., a fire was reported at Toddler Land Educational Center, 1207 Grove St., by owner John Daniels when he was notified by a neighbor that there was smoke coming from the building, Lt. James Goodwin of the Vicksburg Fire Department said.

The cause of the fire, he said, was a printer that “had shorted out.” No one was inside the building at the time.