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  1. MDOC Officer Dies in the Line of DutyRead the original story w/Photo

    19 hrs ago | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The Mississippi Department of Corrections says an officer died in the line of duty Memorial Day, while transporting an inmate. SGT Iris Smith, 53, of Lucedale, died instantly when the MDOC van she was driving collided with the back of an 18-wheeler at J. M. Tatum Industrial Drive on U.S. 49 in Hattiesburg.


  2. Officer Liquori Tate's Final Ride Met With Endless SupportersRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday May 16 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The funeral concluded in Hattiesburg shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon and began the nearly 200 mile long journey to his final resting place in Fox Cemetery in Starkville. That journey brought Officer Tate through Meridian where supporters were lining roadways and overpasses in support of Officer Tate and his family.


  3. Gun Found That Was Used to Kill Hattiesburg Police OfficersRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 15 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says landscapers Friday found the .40-caliber pistol that police believe Marvin Banks used to shoot officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate. Police say a ballistic test confirms it's the gun.


  4. Deen Remembered in HattiesburgRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 14 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Lots of tears were shed Thursday at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. But there were smiles mixed in as people remembered Police Officer Benjamin Deen as a family man who loved his job.


  5. Fifth Person Charged in Connection with Murder of Hattiesburg OfficersRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday May 13 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation have charged 29-year-old Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin of Hattiesburg with obstruction of justice. He's being held in the Forrest County Jail awaiting his initial appearance in justice court.


  6. Two New Persons of Interest Wanted for Questioning in Murder of Hattiesburg Police OfficersRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Authorities say they want to question two more people in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Tuesday that surveillance video shows a man and a woman getting out of an SUV at the motel where police later arrested Marvin Banks.


  7. Laurel Subway Employee Fired for Posts Celebrating Police DeathsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg. Multiple news outlets report Sierra McCurdy, who worked at a Subway in Laurel, wrote "GOT EM" in reference to the Hattiesburg officers on a post accompanied by emojis of a handgun over a photo of herself in a Subway uniform.


  8. Slain Mississippi Officers MournedRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 11 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    More than 1,000 people attended a memorial in Hattiesburg for two slain police officers, Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and 25-year-old Liquori Tate, who were gunned down over the weekend. A bagpiper played a mournful song to open the memorial Monday at the city's convention center.


  9. National Police Week ObservedRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 11 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    This week is National Police Week. Newscenter 11 spoke with law enforcement officials from several local counties Monday about the challenges officers face.


  10. Trial Likely to be Postponed for Purvis WomanRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 11 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The trial for a Purvis, Miss., woman charged with providing alcoholic drinks to six teenagers prior to a September wreck that killed three of the teens will be postponed. The Hattiesburg American reports Kristi Morris was arrested Dec. 17 after a fatal accident that killed 17-year-old Justin Kelly, 16-year-old Carrigan Arban and 16-year-old Reagan Woolbright.


  11. Trial Set for Woman Accused of Giving Alcohol to TeensRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Apr 26 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    A May 12 trial date is set for a woman accused of providing alcoholic drinks to six teenagers, three of whom died in a car wreck. The Hattiesburg American reports Kristi Morris, of Purvis, is scheduled for trial in Lamar County Justice Court on six counts of letting minors possess or consume alcoholic drinks on her property.


  12. Lamar County Wins Dispute with PHWDRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 20, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The Mississippi Supreme Court says Lamar County is not required to provide financial support to the Pat Harrison Waterway District beyond the date of its withdrawal from the district. The district argued contractual obligations with a trio of federal agencies that created the district's eight water parks remained with each of Pat Harrison's 15 member counties "into perpetuity."


  13. Hattiesburg Mayor Files for Stay on Appointees' OrderRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked the 12th Circuit Court to stay a ruling that required him to submit any remaining administrative candidates for approval, pending his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. In response, The Hattiesburg American reports city council members, Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley, have asked that a stay not be granted, and argued that the appeal to the Supreme Court is not appropriate because a final judgment has not been rendered.


  14. MDOC Task Force Seeks Public InputRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the group in November after former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory were indicted on federal corruption charges tied to prison contracts. The two men have pleaded not guilty and await trial in April.


  15. Councilmen Want Time Frame for DuPreeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Two Hattiesburg councilmen have asked for a modified court order that would require Mayor Johnny DuPree to bring forward administrative candidates within 30 days. The Hattiesburg American reports Robert Gholson, attorney for City Councilmen Carter Carroll and Kim Bradley, filed a motion Thursday, asking that Special Judge L. Breland Hilburn modify an order he issued last week that required DuPree to bring forward directors for any city department that has not been confirmed by the City Council.


  16. Mississippi to Use More Detailed State Budgeting ProcessRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Mississippi lawmakers say they're moving toward performance-based budgeting, a system requiring state agency leaders to set clear goals and provide detailed information about whether programs are working. Republican Rep. Toby Barker of Hattiesburg said Wednesday that the system is being phased in a few agencies at a time.


  17. Similar Dancing Events Will Raise Funds for Local Non-Profit AgenciesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: "Dancing Like The Stars" to benefit CareLodge Domestic Violence Shelter Friday, December 5th Frank Cochran Center, Meridian 6:00 Doors Open 7:00 Events Begin Tickets are available for $35.00 or $50.00 at the Door or Call 482-8719. Tickets can also be purchased at 5th Street Deli, The Nelson Center for Women, Poplar Springs Animal Hospital, The Vein Center Of Rush, and Elegance Ballroom, all in Meridian.


  18. Three Plead Guilty to Voter FraudRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    The Hattiesburg American reports the pleas were entered this past week in Forrest County Circuit Court by Alethea Michelle Shaw, Carmon Yvette Anderson and Joseph Lee Anderson. Prosecutors say Shaw was cited for voting in the June 4, 2013, general election even though her legal residence was listed in Lamar County outside Hattiesburg city limits.


  19. Hattiesburg Councilmen Sue MayorRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Councilmen Kim Bradley and Carter Carroll asked a Forrest County circuit judge to make DuPree submit nominations to the council. The Hattiesburg American reports that 12 top city jobs are vacant, including police chief, city attorney and seven Municipal Court positions.


  20. EMBDC Town MeetingRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | WTOK-TV Meridian

    Attracting jobs was the talk of the town as the largest economic development agency in East Mississippi sponsored a town hall meeting Wednesday. Almost 100 members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation gathered for the meeting.


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