Fifth suspect arrested in murder in Tallulah

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The fifth suspect in a drug cartel-linked killing in Tallulah was captured this week, Louisiana State Police announced Tuesday.

Harold Brinkley, 25, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Monday in Prescott Valley, Ariz., by the U.S. Marshals Service, LSP spokesman Albert Paxton said.

Brinkley, who uses the alias “Yella Boy” and four other suspects are accused of killing Jamary Quincy Wafer of Kent, Wash., on April 14 in Tallulah.

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Wafer was found dead, lying face down, shot and partially burned on Tampa Street in Tallulah after he and the five suspects checked into the Days Inn, 143 U.S. 65.

The murder is believed to be the result of a stolen shipment of drugs that were in route to Alabama, Paxton said. The drugs and the suspects have ties to a Mexican drug cartel.


Woman hospitalized in dog attack

A Warren County woman was hospitalized this morning after being bitten while breaking up a fight between her pit bull and a Great Dane.

At 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, the 32-year-old woman reported being attacked while trying to break up a fight between the dogs, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

“She had to barricade herself in the bedroom with the Great Dane until deputies got there,” Pace said. “She tried to break up the fight and was bitten multiple times on her arms, legs and back.”

It is believed the pit bull caused most, if not all, of the injuries, Pace said.

“It’s never advisable to break up a dogfight,” he said.

“Neither of the dogs showed any aggression toward the officers,” he said.

The woman was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where her condition was unavailable this morning.

At the owner’s request, the pit bull was picked up by the Vicksburg-Warren Human Society, Pace said.


Electronics, guns hot in burglaries

Electronics and guns were missing this morning following four burglaries reported Tuesday in Vicksburg.

At 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, a set of speakers valued at $500 and an amplifier valued at $300 were reported missing from a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in the 100 block of Elizabeth Circle, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

At 10 a.m., a .45-caliber Taurus pistol, two 12-gage shotguns, an automatic rifle with a scope, a .50-caliber muzzleloader and a container of money were reported missing from a home in the 10 block of Stillwater Drive, she said.

At 1:20 p.m., two televisions, a laptop computer and a bed were reported stolen from a home in the 100 block of Williams Road, she said.

At 11:15 p.m., an LG air conditioner was reported stolen from Morning Star Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1954 Skyfarm Ave, she said.


Five held for drug court

Five Vicksburg and Warren County residents were held without bail this morning for Ninth Circuit Drug Court.

Held Wednesday morning were:

• Dustin Lawrence, 32, 301 N. Fairview Drive.

• Minor Ray, 52, 801 Clay St.

• Heather White Patrick, 39, 4225 I-20 Frontage Road, Apt. K-19.

• Phillip L. Moore, 31, 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road, Apt. 6-B.

• Elizabeth Somerville, 34, 300 Lafayette Lane.