Warren County man jailed in rape, battery of child

Published 12:34 pm Friday, April 22, 2011

A Warren County man was in jail this morning charged with forcible rape and sexual battery on the same child in two incidents.

Askew T. Frazier, 25, was arrested Thursday afternoon after meeting investigators at the jail for questioning, Sheriff Martin Pace said this morning.

He said the investigation began three weeks ago, soon after a family member reported that the child had been forcibly raped, on April 2.

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Frazier also is charged with sexual battery on the same child in December, and both attacks occurred in Warren County, Pace said.

Frazier was being held without bond pending his initial court hearing today.

4 held for burglary of Belva Drive home

Burglary has been added to the charges against four Warren County men arrested late Wednesday and early Thursday in a home burglary Tuesday on Belva Drive in Vicksburg.

Cody Whitehead, 17, 4602 Halls Ferry Road; Chase Youmans, 19, 4816 Gibson Road; and Joshua Presson, 19, 125 Timberlane Drive, were arrested after a traffic stop Wednesday and charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit burglary. Ruben Williams, 18, 4909 Gibson Road, was arrested early Thursday morning and faces the same charges in the burglary.

The four were to appear in Warren County Justice Court today.

The burglary had been reported to the Vicksburg Police Department Tuesday evening by a resident of the 200 block of Belva Drive, near Redbone Road.

Items recovered were two handguns, jewelry and cigarettes.

Fire destroys home on Erves in county

A home was destroyed, but no injuries were reported in a fire reported late Thursday night on Erves Lane.

Occupants of the home at 30 Erves Lane were not inside the home when firefighters from Fisher Ferry, Culkin and Bovina volunteer departments arrived, Warren County Fire Coordinator Kelly Worthy said.

Flames were tearing through the roof when firefighters arrived at 11:17 p.m., Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Tommy Stewart said, adding the blaze appeared to have started in a bedroom.

The cause remains under investigation, Stewart said.

Electronics hot in city burglaries

Various electronics were reported missing to Vicksburg police Thursday in separate reports from a home and two vehicles.

• A radar detector valued at $60 was reported missing at 12:25 p.m. from a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix in Eastview Apartments, 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road. The items were valued at $1,950.

• A 9 mm handgun, a Samsung 48-inch, flat-screen television, a Nintendo Wii video game system and an HP laptop were reported missing at 8:56 a.m. from a home in the 100 block of Elizabeth Circle.

• Air Jordan tennis shoes, a stereo amplifier, a pair of subwoofers and a wallet were reported missing from a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier in the 2400 block of Oak Street. The items were valued at $660.