Driver charged in death of passenger

Published 9:23 am Friday, March 31, 2017

The driver of a car involved in a Nov. 22 wreck on Moseley Gap Road that resulted in the death of a Vicksburg woman, has been charged in her death, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Curtis Lee Valentine, 20, is charged with aggravated DUI resulting in a death in the wreck that killed Katherine “Katie” Nicole Martin, 20. He was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

According to sheriff’s office reports, Valentine was driving at a high rate of speed on Moseley Gap Road when he went into a curve and lost control of the car, which overturned.

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Pace said a warrant for Valentine’s arrest was issued after a report from toxicology tests indicated he had been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the wreck. He said deputies attempted to serve the warrant at Valentine’s home, but were unsuccessful. He said Valentine, accompanied by his attorney, later turned himself in at the sheriff’s office.

In another cases:

4 Gregory Lee Bunch, 21, 3320 Tiffin Town Road, face residential burglary charges in the Jan. 10 burglary of a home in the 3000 block of Tiffin Town Road in which several items, including tools, power tools and binoculars were reported missing.

He is being held without bail in the county jail pending an initial appearance Friday in Justice Court.

4 Electronics were among the items reported missing in the Monday burglary of a home in the 100 block of Capri Drive, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

The burglary was reported about 3:30 p.m. Missing were three Trek tablets valued at $90 each, a Galaxy tablet valued at $90, and assorted jewelry, valued at $700.

4 James Lofton was arrested Sunday about 5:15 p.m. at the Vicksburg Police Department on a warrant from Greenville charging him with robbery.

Lofton was arrested after he came into the police station to report an assault, and a records check revealed the warrant.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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