CRIME & SAFETY
One hospitalized, one jailed after family argument leads to a shooting in Biloxi
A 30-year-old man is in critical-but-stable condition after the incident on Greater Avenue.
Biloxi National Cemetery ‘lucky’ to avoid extensive damage in weekend truck incident
A veteran driving a pickup truck drove through several sections of the cemetery Sunday, causing damage.
Weekly Safety Report: Teacher Arrested for Inappropriate Relationship, Man Assaults Officer in Ocean Springs
This week in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, two incidents occurred that raised concerns for the safety of the community. In the first incident, a physics teacher from Ocean Springs High School was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. He has been charged with sexual battery and has been fired by the school district. The second incident involved an Ocean Springs man who assaulted a police officer after attempting to flee from him. The man was arrested and faces multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance, assault of a police officer, and DUI.
Federal grand jury considers criminal charges in fatal Hancock shooting, authorities say
Attorney Lance Stevens successfully appealed to attorneys this week to review camera footage of the Dec. 10, 2022, shooting death of Isaiah Winkley by Hancock County sheriff’s deputies. “It’s absolutely horrible,” he said.
Mississippi man sentenced to 17 years for selling 56 grams of methamphetamine to confidential source
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – A judge sentenced a Mississippi man to 17 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 56 grams of methamphetamine. The sentencing of Calvin Deshun Vaughn, 48, took place in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport on November 30. Court records show that in...
Mailbox break-ins on the rise this holiday season
GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - If you drive past post offices on the Coast, you’ve probably noticed some mailboxes draped in white. That’s because the mailboxes have been vandalized by people looking to steal mail. Mail theft isn’t limited to the postal services’ mailboxes. It’s also an issue for...
Mississippi Coast man arrested after search uncovers methamphetamine & marijuana
Harrison County narcotics authorities executed the search warrant on Wednesday in Pass Christian.
Emergency Landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Due to Smoke in Plane Lavatory
• A plane made an emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. • The plane, a CommutAir flight, landed safely around 5:30. • The crew reported smoke in the lavatory.
Pass Christian Suspect Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges
Thursday morning, November 30, 2023, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Mario Christopher Lawton from Pass Christian, Mississippi on drug trafficking charges for possessing with intent to distribute, methamphetamine and marijuana. According to Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at approximately 4:30pm, the...
Lyman Senior Center presents Sheriff Troy Peterson with plaque
The Lyman Senior Center had a presentation for Sheriff Troy Peterson Monday morning at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Gulfport.
Woman, 18, pleads guilty to dealing fentanyl at Bay St. Louis hotel
Four suspects were found with more than 1,000 fentanyl-laced pills.
UPDATE: Biloxi make arrest in Sunday night shooting on Greater Avenue
On Sunday, December 3, 2023 around 8:13 pm, the Biloxi Communications Center received a report of an altercation between two family members in the 1900 Block of Greater Avenue. Due to the call for assistance, Biloxi Patrol Officers responded to the area. As officers responded, the Communications Center received additional...
Bay woman pleads guilty in fentanyl distribution case
A Bay St. Louis woman pled guilty this week to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 dosage units of pills containing fentanyl. Emma Kate Stoute, 18, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Nov. 27. According to court documents, on Aug. 29, the Hancock County Sheriff’s...
West Harrison County Family Escapes House Fire
Units from the Harrison County Fire Rescue and Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) responded to a structure fire on Woodbridge Drive off Highway 53 in West Harrison County early Tuesday morning, November 28, 2023. According to the family, two spouses, an 80-year old parent and two pets escaped the fire...
Mississippi officers say this teen is wanted for shooting into a vehicle. Have you seen him?
Mississippi law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating a 16-year-old who is wanted in connection with a shooting on Thanksgiving Eve. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that Elijah Ladale Zember, 16, is wanted for Shooting into a Motor Vehicle. The shooting occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in the Latimer Community.
Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office asking for help finding individuals connected to Latimer shooting
JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - In a post made Monday night by Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers on Facebook, they announced that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help finding individuals wanted in connection to the Nov. 22 shooting in Latimer. Jaclyn Nicole Sisti, 33, is...
Biloxi Fire Department Urges Residents to Prioritize Fire Safety During Holiday Decorations
The Biloxi Fire Department is encouraging residents to consider fire safety during the holiday season. Fire Chief Nick Geiser noted that while Christmas tree fires are rare, they can be severe if the tree is not adequately watered. The National Fire Protection Association states that Christmas trees cause around 150 home fires each year. Decorations, excluding Christmas trees, cause nearly 800 home structure fires annually.
Don’t let the porch pirates ‘Grinch’ your holiday! Mississippi police offer tips to protect packages.
A Mississippi police department offered tips to help keep the Grinch away from your special packages Wednesday, National Package Protection Day. According to the Gulfport Police Department, 23 million Americans have had packages stolen with at least one of those packages coming from their front porch. Package theft, which is...
Teen arrested following shooting in Latimer, more arrests expected
LATIMER, Miss. (WLOX) - An 18-year-old was arrested following a shooting Wednesday night in the Latimer community. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Matt Fletcher was arrested that night. He’s charged with shooting into a motor vehicle. Officials received reports of gunfire on Scott Street around 5...
Biloxi Police Department Needs Help Identifying Burglary Suspect
The Biloxi Police Department is asking the public to help identify the individual shown in the photos. Police say on November 21, they responded to a business in the 100 Block of Main Street in response to a burglary incident that happened that morning. The suspect(s) is described as a...