Five arrested in prostitution sting in city, county

Published 7:30 pm Friday, July 19, 2019

A joint investigation Thursday by Vicksburg police, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Gaming Commission and the FBI Task Force into complaints of prostitution resulted in the arrests of five people, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

He said four women and one man were arrested on prostitution charges in the Thursday night sting operation.

Pace declined to release the names because the charges are misdemeanors. None of the people arrested were from Vicksburg, authorities said.

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Vicksburg police booked two people from Grenada, while three from Jackson were booked at the Warren County jail.

Four of the people were later released on bond. One remained at the county jail on a hold issued by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

In other cases:

4Christina Laverne Hall, 43, 2616 Pearl St., a former supervisor at Walmart, was charged with embezzlement in the reported theft of $1,900 from the store. She was released on $25,000 bond.

4Timothy Strong, 29, 204 Winter Lane, was arrested Thursday on a charge of discharging a firearm in the city limits. According to Vicksburg police, he was reportedly shooting from a bedroom window at the Admiral Apartments, 1200 Mission 66, into a wooded area behind the complex.

4Timothy Carr Jr., 21, 1015 Urban Court, faces a charge of aggravated domestic assault. He is accused of beating his pregnant live-in girlfriend.

4Stephanie Merritt, no age listed, 111 Hillside Circle faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine after her arrest Thursday at Lady Luck Casino 1380 Warrenton Road.

4 Shots were reported fired about 3:10 a.m. in the area of Fayette and Locust streets.

About John Surratt

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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