Teen charged with growing pot at home

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 8, 2010

A disturbance reported at Porters Chapel Academy Wednesday morning led Vicksburg police on a foot chase with dogs to find 24 marijuana plants being grown at a nearby home.

During field day for students in grades seven through 12 at the private school, a Vicksburg teen stood in a wooded area near the school’s football field and yelled “inappropriate comments” to students, head master Doug Branning said.

“He was saying some extreme comments and showed a knife,” said Branning. “We called the police.”

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He said he was not sure if the teen was on the school’s property.

When police arrived, the teen fled into the wooded area leading canine units to 3670 Porters Chapel Road, the home of Andrew Gillis, 17, Lt. Bobby Stewart, chief of investigations, said.

“After speaking with the suspect, police found 24 marijuana plants growing in some pots on the back patio,” said Stewart.

Gillis was charged with manufacturing marijuana, but no charges were filed in reference to the disturbance at the school because he was not on school property, Stewart said. No knife was found.

The teen was released from the Warren County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Bicyclist, 11, injured when hit by car

An 11-year-old bicyclist hit by a car Wednesday evening was in good condition at River Region Medical Center today.

At about 5:55 p.m., Sheridan Bell, 3703 Park View, was riding his bike at Meadow and Lake streets when he was hit by a 1999 Ford Contour driven by Glennis Knight, 44, 801 Speed St., Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

“Apparently, the child was riding the bike, and he (Knight) didn’t see him when he came to the intersection,” said Stewart.

Knight was charged with misdemeanors, Stewart said, because, “He was not on the scene when police arrived.”

Knight was released from police headquarters on a $308 bond.

City man jailed on 3rd domestic charge

A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail today for a third offense domestic violence charge.

Keon Denzel Hatchett, 23, 2907 Oak St., was arrested at 1:35 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop at U.S. 61 South and Cedars Road on a warrant for a simple assault reported on Nov. 14, 2008, Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

His charge was upgraded during his initial appearance in court Wednesday because it was his third offense, and therefore a felony, Stewart said.

Hatchett is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at 587 Hall Road, Stewart said.

She was not reported injured.

Hatchett was being held on a $5,000 bond.

TV reported stolen at Waltersville

A television was reported missing in a residential burglary reported in the Waltersville Estates apartments in the 100 block of Kings Drive Wednesday night, Vicksburg police Sgt. Sandra Williams said.

At 11:32 p.m., a 32-inch Sanyo TV valued at $579 was reported stolen.