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Seminary man wanted in Jones County burglary
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators are searching for a Seminary wanted in a burglary in southern Jones County. Taylor Brennon Hunter, 27, is a suspect in the burglary and faces other charges in other counties, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.
Police searching for suspects in armed robbery of Laurel Check Into Cash store
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Police are searching for two suspects involved in the armed robbery of a check cashing store in Laurel Saturday afternoon. The robbery happened around 2:30 p.m.
Jail brawler gets warning, corrections officers get fired
• A “high-risk” offender who injured two corrections officers during a recent fight at the Jones County Adult Detention Center is not getting sent back to prison for assault — not yet, at least.
Laurel PD and Good Samaritan work to “Stuff a Truck
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Good Samaritan partners with the Laurel Police Department and other organizations for their annual Stuff a Truck food drive. All non-perishable food donations go towards the Good Samaritan’s Soup kitchen.
Person wanted for questioning in credit card fraud case
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police need help identifying a person wanted for questioning in a credit card fraud case. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said the person is wanted for questioning in regards to a stolen credit card being used to make purchases at two departmen
Bond set for 2nd suspect in Jones County shooting
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A second suspect arrested in connection to shooting that injured a man in Jones County on Nov. 29 stood before a judge Friday afternoon. Legerrian Blakely, 28, was given a $10,000 bond for each amount he’s facing. His bond total was set at $30,000. Blakely was charged with
Crash on 84 sends three to emergency
Jones County, Miss. (WJTV) - A vehicle crash at Masonite Lake Road and Highway 84 East in Jones County on Saturday night sent three people to the hospital, according to the Jones County Fire Council.
Mississippi defeats Alabama in 32nd All-Star game
MONTGOMERY, AL (WDAM) - Mississippi defeated Alabama 24-20 in the 32nd Mississippi-Alabama All-Star football game on Monday night in Montgomery. The win was Mississippi’s second straight win in the annual game.
Retired Mississippi police dog rescued from animal shelter as handler gets demotion
A Mississippi cop has been demoted from the K9 unit to patrol duty after taking his retired four-legged partner to an animal shelter to be put up for adoption. Ringo sniffed out drugs for the Jackson Police Department for nine years until the dog's retirement this past October. Nevertheless, the Lab
Johnson retires from United Way
• After 19 years of service as executive director of the United Way of the Pine Belt Region, Barbara Johnson has retired. Many folks involved with the organization never thought the day would come that Johnson would actually leave, even though she had talked about retiring for several years.
Mississippi Man Gets 15 Years for Fleeing Zombies
GULFPORT, MS (Ben Caxton) — The State of Mississippi wants it to be known that if you’re trying to get away from an attack of Zombies you still have to obey all traffic laws. Or suffer the consequences of becoming one of the undead in a Mississippi jail cell. 32-year-old Shaun Michael Stroud of Kiln
Jones Walker attorneys recognized in the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
BEFORE YOU GO… … we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most compreh
One man’s broken plastic tree is another’s treasure in Laurel
Late Saturday night, a food fight erupted in our living room. In one corner were Walter the alien dog and me. I call him the alien dog because when he wandered up to my small home in Ellisville four years ago, he literally appeared out of nowhere.
WDAM Coach of the Year: West Jones head coach Scott Pierson
SOSO, MS (WDAM) - Scott Pierson spent 18 years wandering in the wilderness that can be Mississippi High School football, trying to guide the West Jones High School Mustangs to the postseason promised land.
Laurel man charged with molestation
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man has been charged after allegedly touching a young girl inappropriately. Shane Ishee, 44, made his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court on Tuesday afternoon. Ishee is charged with molesting-touching a child for lustful purposes.
Hattiesburg police are asking you to help find missing girl
Hattiesburg police are asking for the public’s help in finding a juvenile runaway. Story continues below photo. Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore said 12-year-old Kenadie Lindsey apparently ran away from her home on Oliver Avenue on Dec. 14.
18-year-old dies after accidental shooting at Waynesboro shopping center
WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - An 18-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself in the head at a shopping center in Waynesboro Friday evening. Officials received the call of the accidental shooting at 4 p.m. on Mississippi Drive and Robinson Street. According to Waynesboro Police Department Inves
LPD to hold ‘Fill -a-Truck’ food drive
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department will be holding a “Fill-a-Truck” food drive at Walmart on Highway 18 on Friday and Saturday. The drive will benefit The Good Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen. The department will be at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
Pine Belt practitioner appointed MSDH head
JACKSON, MS (WDAM) _ Six weeks ago, Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs was handed the reins of Mississippi’s State Department of Health on an interim basis. Thursday, the Pine Belt practitioner was appointed the state’s top health figure on a full-time basis.
More than 200 graduate in Class 49 Youth Challenge
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than 200 former high school drop-outs from across Mississippi completed their education by graduating from the Mississippi National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.