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2 face additional charges after Hattiesburg armed robbery

A man and woman charged Friday night in connection to an armed robbery in Hattiesburg face additional charges, Hattiesburg police officials said Wednesday. Michael James Smith, 39, of Avondale, Louisiana, and Cynthia Lenann Buchner, 45, of Hattiesburg, were arrested Friday at Broadway Inn, 1818 Broa

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2018-03-21 21:55:57

Hattiesburg man arrested for auto burglary

Hattiesburg police arrested a man for auto burglary Monday evening. Police responded to the scene in the 4000 block of Highway 11 around 8 p.m. Floyd Davis, 52, of Hattiesburg, was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of auto burglary, according to Hattiesburg police. Officers gathered

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-20 22:10:00

Thieves target City of Hattiesburg trucks

The City of Hattiesburg is stuck footing the bill after over $800 worth of car batteries were stolen from city-owned trucks. Hattiesburg Police said surveillance video appeared to show at least one suspect, with a flashlight, entering Highland Cemetery around 3 a.m. on March 5. The 10 batteries were

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-22 02:10:42

Stion ordered to pay $92M for failed Hattiesburg facility

State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Performance Audit Division of the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor (OSA) have issued the department's largest ever demand against Stion Corporation, in the amount of $92,943,780.86. In a report issued Wednesday, officials said Stion should not have been

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-21 15:12:24

New Hattiesburg doctor practices new medicine

There is a new doctor in town with a new way of looking at older problems. Her name is Dr. Claudia Karam with Hattiesburg Clinic, and the unique approach is called Functional and Integrative Medicine. Karam said this new treatment is about working with the patient, an approach she is passionate abou

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-21 20:21:20

Death sentence reinstated for Mississippi's only woman on death row

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has reinstated the death sentence of Lisa Jo Chamberlin, Mississippi's only female death row inmate.. The ruling Tuesday came almost three years after a federal court ruling granting her a new trial in a double homicide in Hattiesburg. The full 5th U.S. Circuit

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2018-03-20 21:10:06

Doctor convicted in compound pharmacy scheme files motion for new trial

Dr. Albert Diaz was taken into custody late Friday night after he was found guilty on all 16 counts of his indictment for charges related to a $400 million compound pharmacy scheme. Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American Dr. Albert Diaz, convicted on 16 counts related to a $400 million compound pharma

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2018-03-22 11:05:07

Student sentenced for Wayne Co. High School bomb threat

A Wayne County High School student will be spending the next five years in a Mississippi youth development center. Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley said the student was sentenced to five years at the Oakley Youth Development Center in Raymond on Tuesday. This comes after an anonymous threat was mad

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-20 18:17:59

Convicted doctor wants a new trial in compound pharmacy fraud scheme

Convicted doctor wants a new trial in compound pharmacy fraud schemeConvicted doctor wants a new trial in compound pharmacy fraud scheme Updated: Tuesday, March 20 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-03-21 01:26:56 GMT The Gulfport doctor convicted in a multi-million dollar compound pharmacy fraud scheme has filed

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-21 01:23:55

Hattiesburg businesses offer rewards for return of Jeff the wallaby

Jeff the wallaby went missing Wednesday night after pushing through his fenced yard in the Acadia Oaks subdivision in Hattiesburg. (Video courtesy of Lance Whitehead) Wochit The search for Jeff, the missing wallaby, continued over the weekend in Hattiesburg, with local businesses stepping up to hel


Convenience store robbery suspect charged by Laurel PD

The suspect accused of robbing a Laurel convenience store at gunpoint on March 11 is now in custody. Capt. Tommy Cox, with the Laurel Police Department, said Kearson Kenneth Levett, 36, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of armed robbery. Levett is accused of robbing the Clark's convenie


Publishers Clearing House scam reported in Ellisville

Ellisville police are warning residents of scammers claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. According to a Facebook post from the police department, a resident reported receiving a letter with a Publishers Clearing House letterhead, claiming they had won $7,000 a week for life. The scammers r


Hattiesburg Firefighters to see a pay raise next month

Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department will see changes to their paychecks starting next month. City Council unanimously approved the pay scale alignment for the department Tuesday evening. The pay scale alignment includes a $1,500 increase, per position, from the base salary with experience. I

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-21 00:10:29

Hattiesburg School Board approves special election for bond renewal

The Hattiesburg Public School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting that considered the approval of a bond renewal Tuesday. Last month, Mayor Toby Barker and Superintendent Dr. Robert Williams held a joint announcement at the district's main office to propose the approval for this bond r

WDAM-TV - 2018-03-20 17:35:41

TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple crashes on I-59, expect delays

TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple crashes on I-59, expect delaysTRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple crashes on I-59, expect delays Updated: Sunday, March 18 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-03-18 20:24:41 GMT Two crashes on I-59 in Hattiesburg have traffic at a stand still. More >> Two crashes on I-59 in Hattiesburg have traffic at


Arrest by Hattiesburg police yields slew of stolen goods

Subscribed, but don't have a login? Hattiesburg Police detectives ended up getting much more than they expected Friday during the arrest of an armed robbery suspect at a Hub City motel. Several stolen items were found that authorities say links Michael J. Smith, 39, of Louisiana, to other crimes. S


3 in Hattiesburg charged for drugs, weapons possession

Hattiesburg police arrested three people, charging them with possession of illegal drugs and weapons. Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, HPD detectives searched an apartment at Plantation Place Apartments, 101 Plantation Blvd. at Ellis Drive, where they discovered two weapons, one of which was reported sto


Man arrested for breaking into Sharkheads

The University of Southern Mississippi swept a Conference USA-opening doubleheader from the University Texas-San Antonio, 12-2 and 4-3, Saturday at Pete Taylor Park. The University of Southern Mississippi swept a Conference USA-opening doubleheader from the University Texas-San Antonio, 12-2 and 4-


2-year-old boy drowns in improperly fenced apartment pool

United Blood Services was hoping in addition to sharing luck, patrons would share their blood on St. Patrick's Day. The organization hosted their annual "Share the Love... Share the Luck" event Saturday at the donor center in Hattiesburg. Although all blood types are welcomed, United Blood Services