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Gun found at Laurel High School; student in custody

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel High School student was taken into custody Thursday morning after being found with a gun on campus. Officials with the Laurel School District said the student was removed from class and searched after an anonymous tip suggested the student was in possession of a firearm.


Student with gun nabbed at LHS

A Laurel High School student was caught with a gun while in class on Thursday morning after school officials received an anonymous tip, they said. No threats were made, Laurel School District spokeswoman Lacey Slay said. After the school got the tip, Laurel police were called and the student was tak


Federal judge rules Mississippi state Senate district violates Voting Rights Act

A federal judge ruled this week that a Mississippi state Senate district violates the Voting Rights Act and needs to be redrawn before statewide elections in November. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves, an Obama appointee, ruled on Tuesday that State Senate District 22 — which has been held b


Ellisville to host first Mardi Gras parade Saturday

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - They’ll be saying “Let the Good Times Roll” in Ellisville this Saturday night as city merchants host the town’s first Mardi Gras parade. Organizer Rita Sumrall said the route will be the same as the Jones College Homecoming Parade and will start and end along South Front Stre


2 charged with statutory rape in Jones County

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Two Mississippi men are behind bars on statutory rape charges. James Curry, 32 of Petal, was arrested on Feb. 12, 2019, in Hattiesburg for allegedly touching an underage girl. Authorities interviewed the girl where she gave detailed information about the inappropriate behavior o


Laurel Dog Park officially opens

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -There is a new place for you and your furry friends to play in Laurel. Leadership Jones County along with several sponsors cut the ribbon on the brand-new Raising Canes Laurel Dog Park.


NTSB Releases Report On Sinking Of Tugboat In Mississippi River That Killed 2

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released the cause of the tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River in December 2017. The Captain of the Ricky Robinson, Keith Pigram and his 19-year-old stepson, deckhand Anquavius Jamison were on the boat when it sank


Reward offered after apparent hit-and-run in Jones County

JONES, MS (WDAM) - Metro Crime Stoppers and Clarkco Oilfield Services Inc. are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an apparent hit-and-run that seriously injured a man in Jones County.


Mississippi Supreme court refuses to review three separate cases

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Supreme Court refused Thursday to review a Jackson murder case. 22-year-old La’Darrian McCray was sentenced to life in prison for murder in the shooting death of Glentez Brown in 2014, and the attempted aggravated assault of Brown’s infant son.


Mississippi man accused of raping boy: Kenner police

Kenner police arrested a Long Beach, Miss., man accused of raping a young boy. Michael Ladner, 38, was booked Tuesday (Feb. 12) with two counts of first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 and aggravated assault, said Lt. Michael Cunningham, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.


President Trump Approves Mississippi Disaster Declaration

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Mississippi's Disaster Declaration is approved by President Trump. That means Federal assistance will help State and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes from December 27 and 28 of last year.


Today’s Profile an ode to what is possible

How many of us would venture down South Magnolia Street for an iconic PDI burger and gaze across the street at the mammoth brick building sitting in disrepair? Many likely remember when a thriving industry was contained within its walls, only to have it shuttered for years.


California man sentenced for role in Jones Co. drug conspiracy

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A California man was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to traffic heroin in Jones County. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Derryle Smith with the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Tuesday that Juan Pablo Zamora


Man arrested for arson following north Mississippi furniture plant fire

PONTOTOC COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A man accused of setting fire to a north Mississippi furniture plant has been arrested. A joint investigation between the Mississippi State Fire Marshal Office and the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of 30-year-old Jason Lee Doss.


11 confirmed cases of chronic waste disease in Mississippi, last day of deer hunting

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Today is the last day for deer hunting season in Mississippi. The current season is for archery or primitive weapons only. Hunters can only kill legal bucks on private or open public land. Open public lands include U.S. National Forests or corps of engineers lands.


The heat is on Saturday in Laurel

• Weather-guessers are predicting cool weather with little chance of rain for Saturday, which is shaping up to be one of the busiest of the year in Laurel. The eighth annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off is scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the 500 block of Central Avenue.


Hattiesburg Police search for robbery suspect

HATTIESBURG, Miss (WJTV) - Hattiesburg police need your help finding a person of interest in an ongoing burglary investigation. Chad Dawkins, 46, is considered a person of interest in a Tuesday, February 5, 2019 robbery in the 1300 block of Main Street.


Laurel to host 8th Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - More than two dozen of the area’s best chili cooks will gather in downtown Laurel Saturday to showcase their finest recipes. The annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off will feature 29 chili chefs, who will compete for prizes.


'Boys of Spring' return to diamond with dreams of long season

As the temperatures begin to show a slight warming trend, spring is just around the corner. And with that, baseball returns to the diamond with dreams of long season in the youthful minds of the returning players.


Drivers without insurance are a problem in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Uninsured drivers are a problem on Mississippi roads. The state Insurance Commissioner is raising awareness of having uninsured motorist insurance — and has some good news for consumers.