Fake bills lead to arrest

Published 10:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Jackson man accused of passing counterfeit bills at a Vicksburg casino was held without bail this morning.
Jason Johnson, 34, 1099 Westhaven Blvd., Jackson, was taken into custody from the Rankin County Jail where he was held on unrelated charges at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and charged with thee counts of uttering forgery, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.
Johnson is accused of passing counterfeit money at a casino Sept. 12, Williams said.
Johnson was held without bail this morning in the Issaquena County Correctional Facility awaiting an initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Man held in burglary at hospital
A Vicksburg man accused of breaking into an abandoned hospital was held without bail this morning.
Brent Shelby, 21, 1990 Royal St., was arrested at about 1:15 a.m. today by Vicksburg police investigator Eric Paymon and charged with commercial burglary and possession of burglar’s tools, VPD Capt. Sandra Williams said.
Paymon was providing security at the former Parkview Regional Medical Center, 100 Mcauley Drive, when he saw Shelby leaving the abandoned building, Williams said.
The hospital, which has been abandoned since it closed in 2002, is a frequent target for burglars.
Shelby was held without bail this morning in the Issquena county Correctional Facility awaiting an initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court.

Bail set for suspects in drug bust
Municipal Court Judge Toni Terrett set bail Wednesday for 10 accused drug dealers and a woman accused of cocaine possession who were arrested in a raid by Vicksburg police.
Bail was set at $50,000 apiece for Herman Barnes, 52, 4407 I-20 Frontage Road, Lot 35, and  Jimmy McCool, 57, 2649 Oak Ridge Road, who were both charged with sale of methamphetamine.
Barnes posted bail and was released from the Issaquena County Correctional Facility. McCool was held in the Issaquena jail this morning.
Whether any other suspect had posted bail was unclear this morning.
The two men were arrested Tuesday as part of months long investigation, Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.
An early-morning raided netted eight more suspects including Carol Stowers, 53. 103 Athens Ave. who is accused of selling hydrocodone in front of children.
Terrett set bail for Stowers at $35,000 on the charges of sale of hydrocodone and child endangerment.
Bail was set at $20,000 for Christopher Galloway, 40, 402 Locust St., Apt. 404. Galloway has prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine, possession of a weapon by a felon and sale of cocaine, according to a release from Vicksburg police.
Bail was set at $10,000 for the remaining suspects in the roundup.
Those suspects, including name, age, address and charge are:
• Shawn Coffie, 24, 1538 Skyfarm Ave. — sale of marijuana.
• Latosha Galloway, 35, 402 Locust St., Apt. 404 — possession of cocaine.
• Mike Malone, no age available, 727 Adams St. Apt. 9 — sale of cocaine.
• Doff Nicholson, 55, 103 Athens Ave. — sale of hydrocodone.
• Mary Turner, 58, 1408 Main St. — sale of cocaine.
• Umeka Williams, 32, 1103 Jefferson St. Apt. 301 — sale of cocaine.
• Victoria Wheeler, 27, 1950 Hope St. Apt. 1B — sale of cocaine.

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