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Hattiesburg police release more details on Falisa Carter death investigation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department released more details Thursday surrounding the Falisa Carter death investigation. Captain Branden McLemore said, based on their timeline, they believe Carter died around the time of her disappearance back in November.


Man charged with capital murder in death of Hattiesburg mother

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police charged a Laurel man with murder Wednesday in connection to the death of a Hattiesburg mother. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said 32-year-old Demarcus McGruder was charged with capital murder in the death of 25-year-old Falisa Carter,


Business owners share mixed feelings on 1% tax increase

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg restaurants and hotels will raise their sales tax by 1 percent, but not everyone is on board with the change. Tuesday night, Hattiesburg residents voted in favor of the increase by 81 percent.


40 Years: Edwards Street Fellowship is a beacon of hope for many

Forty years ago, Reverend Warren Pittman, superintendent of the Hattiesburg District of the Methodist Church, had the foresight to transform an empty Methodist church in Palmer’s Crossing into a center for after-school and weekend programs for youth in the community.


Hattiesburg man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Miguel McCallum, 43, of Hattiesburg, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to serve 240 months in federal prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and


Council to review city inventory policy

It’s been about five years since the inventory reports for the city of Hattiesburg have been fully reviewed and brought up to date – a span of time during which certain city-owned items have not necessarily been accounted for in the best way possible.


Two men charged with growing marijuana in Forrest County

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two men have been charged with growing marijuana in Forrest County. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said Metro Narcotics agents and the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Forrest County Sheriff’s deputies and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics arre


4 from Mississippi killed in Louisiana accident on I-12

LIVINGSTON, La. — Four people from Mississippi have died in an early morning accident on Interstate 12 in Louisiana. Louisiana State Police tell Baton Rouge-area news outlets that the accident happened around 5 a.m. Thursday in Livingston Parish.


WCU Hall of Fame inductions: Petal resident honored with Young Alum award

William Carey University inducted three people into the Carey Alumni Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2019: Philip Fortenberry, professional pianist; Vernon Mangum, military master instructor and cyber transport expert; and Ron Melton, lifelong educator. DiDi Ellis, founder and CEO of Hub Kids Advoca


Water association accuses Mississippi woman of taking $40K

A Mississippi woman has been charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from a small group that supplies water in a rural area. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Prentiss County sheriff’s deputies arrested 54-year-old Janet Lynn Patton of Booneville on April 17. She is charged with embe


Tatum Park Facility: Two Hattiesburg Clinic departments relocate

Two Hattiesburg Clinic departments, Connections, and Psychology & Counseling, have relocated to their new facility near Tatum Park in Hattiesburg. The two clinics share the facility, located at 102 Medical Park in Hattiesburg, just off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11. They moved from their pr


Officers seize money, drugs in traffic stop

Hattiesburg police officers, along with Metro Narcotics Agents, seized more than 450 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop last Wednesday. The officers pulled over a vehicle just before 10 p.m. on April 17 in the 2500 block of West 7th Street.


Regions Bank opens branch in downtown Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Regions Bank cut the ribbon Thursday morning on a newly renovated office in downtown Hattiesburg. The branch is now located in the old Carter Building on North Main Street.


Picasso Nelson Jr. puts in work as NFL Draft arrives

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - “I’ve been waking up 4:30 [a.m.],” said Picasso Nelson Jr. “4:30, before the sun comes up.”. There's been no shred of daylight to waste since Nelson Jr. graduated from Southern Miss as he works toward a dream of making it to the NFL.


Third measles exposure found in new location in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLBT) - A new location of possible measles exposure has been added to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) investigation into an out-of-state traveler who was contagious with measles while in Mississippi. The exposure happened at various locations from April 9-11. The n


A Forrest County woman is missing

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) - The Forrest County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing woman. Shonda Lynne Ryals was last spotted in the Brooklyn community area on April 19, 2019.


Storm shelters in Forrest, Jones counties open

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Storm shelters in Forrest and Jones counties have opened for people needing a safe place to stay during the strong storms expected to blow through the Pine Belt today.


Tornado Watch issued for New Orleans Metro Area, parts of Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A tornado watch has been issued for the following parishes in the New Orleans Metro Area until 7 p.m. The tornado watch also extends to parts of southern Mississippi.


Mississippi mulling hemp farming

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Could hemp farming be a new cash crop for Mississippi? The legislature created a task force to look at the potential pros and cons. It's important to note that while hemp is similar to marijuana, it doesn't contain the chemical that makes people high.


NWS confirms at least 40 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi last week

MISSISSIPPI- WJTV - The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday at least 40 tornadoes touched down across the Magnolia State the week of April 14- April 20. Tornadoes hit Hinds, Scott, Copiah and many other counties throughout the state.