Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring-like temperatures in the upper 60s and low to mid-70s were ushered in Monday with rain that ran through the week and ended Friday afternoon. The warm temperatures were expected to continue through this week.

The Mississippi River was at 25.29 feet March 7. It was at 32.47 feet Friday. Flood stage is 43 feet.

Three fire stations will be phased out and be replaced by newer one under a five-year plan proposed by fire department officials at a two-hour meeting with Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Thursday. Officials also discussed the fire department’s equipment needs, inequities in pay between the top-level firefighters compared to employees in other city branches. They also examined proposed locations for the fire stations.

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In other city news, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen took bids for repairs to equipment at the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road and the wastewater treatment plant on Rifle Rang Road and assess the city’s sewer collection system. The city is required under a consent decree with the Department of Environmental Quality to assess, upgrade and replace sections of the city’s 108-year-old sewer system.

• City officials said equipment for Applied Research Associates Inc. of Champaign, Ill., was expected to begin surveying city streets this week. The surveys will determine the condition of the street paving and roadbed, and is part of the city’s plan to spend $4.6 million on a street paving program.

Two Vicksburg police investigators and the wife of a Warren County sheriff’s deputy were injured when their cars collided at the intersection of Clay and Adams streets while the officers were responding to a call about an escape at the Warren County Detention Center. Police Lt. Troy Kimble and investigator Bobby Jones and Rose McKenzie were taken to River Region Medical Center, where they were treated at River Region Medical Center and released.

A 14-year-old boy charged with auto theft escaped from the detention center Tuesday morning and remained at-large Friday.

The Mississippi Supreme Court sent the capital murder appeal of an Alabama man back to Hinds County Circuit Court to address the disappearance of three discs three discs of recorded interviews that were missing from the evidence that was not received by the court. James Cobb Hutto III, 43, of Jasper, Ala., is appealing his conviction in the May 27, 2013, death of 81-year-old Ethel Winstead Simpson of Clinton, who seen leaving the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg with Hutto on Sept. 13, 2010. Hutto was charged with kidnapping and killing Simpson, whose body was found four days later near a hog farm in Edwards.

A Sharkey County man was sentenced in Warren County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery. Johnnie Claudberry Ross of Cary pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two preteen girls in a May 11, 2014 incident. He was also fined $2,000 and placed in five years’ probation.

Local deaths included James Eiting Stevens, Henry Ford Johnson, Stacy Pettway, Cynthia Ann Donerson, Bernetha M. Killian, Marguerite Parker, Laverne W. Williams, Charles Frederick Ashley Sr., Irene Dee, Donald Curry Rosamond, John Edward Wallace, Laverne “Von” W. Williams, Johnny Edward Gatson, Doyle W. Stewart.