CRIME & SAFETY
Driver loses control of pickup truck, hits tree in Jones Co.
JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Law enforcement and other emergency officials responded to a one-vehicle collision in Jones County Monday afternoon after a pickup truck struck a tree. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the crash happened in the 400 block of Sandhill Church Road. Reportedly, the driver lost...
Two Saturday crashes prompt response from Jones County firefighters
Witness the bravery and dedication of Jones County firefighters as they respond to two separate crashes on a busy Saturday. Experience the intensity of their job and the crucial role they play in ensuring public safety in this gripping news report.
2 injured, 1 airlifted after accident near Soso
JONES COUNTY Miss. (WDAM) - A rollover collision late Saturday night on Mississippi 29 north left two injured, including one who was critically injured and airlifted from the scene. The Jones County Fire Council said Soso, Hebron, Calhoun and Pleasant Ridge volunteer fire departments responded about 11:50 p.m. Saturday to...
Mississippi man killed after motorcycle crash in Stone County
STONE COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - A man from Mississippi has died after a single-motorcycle crash near Cape Fair, Missouri Monday afternoon. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, around 11:20 a.m., 71-year-old Richard King of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was riding his BMW motorcycle on Missouri Highway 76. The crash...
Resident from Jones County successfully flees mobile home fire
Experience the harrowing tale of a Jones County resident's narrow escape from a devastating mobile home fire. This gripping news story showcases the resilience of the human spirit in the face of life-threatening adversity.
Jones County sheriff faces civil complaint
A civil complaint has been lodged against the Jones County sheriff, stirring controversy in the local community. Tune in to understand the allegations and the potential implications this could have on the sheriff's office and Jones County at large.
3-vehicle accident at fork of U.S. 11/Moselle-Seminary Road leaves 4 with minor injuries
JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A three-vehicle accident Saturday night at the fork of U.S. 11 and Moselle-Seminary left four people with minor injuries, including one who was taken to the hospital. Jones County Fire Council Public Information Officer Dana Baumgardner said three others declined transport. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper...
Southern Miss student dies on Hattiesburg campus
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – A Southern Miss student has died after an incident at the university’s parking garage in Hattiesburg on Thursday, September 28, according to officials. In a message to faculty and staff, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) President Joseph Paul said University police are investigating the death of the unidentified student, but no […]
Mother in Ellisville faces charges after child tests positive for drugs
An Ellisville parent faces charges after their child tests positive for drugs. This shocking case has left the community in disbelief. Tune in to learn more about the unfolding investigation and the potential consequences for the accused.
Jones Co. man charged after crashing vehicle into Dollar General Thursday
JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A man is behind bars after crashing his vehicle into a Dollar General outside of Ellisville Thursday afternoon. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, 32-year-old Cullen Carter was arrested by Cpl. La-Dean Byrd and Deputy Jarone’ Walker at the scene and charged with DUI-Other.
Columbus mom convicted of killing 11-year-old son in Mississippi because he 'was a demon'
A Columbus mother who was drawn to voodoo and told investigators that she killed her 11-year-old son with a metal "stake" in a Mississippi hotel room because she believed he was a demon has been convicted of capital murder. Latina Marie Lee Oates, 36, who lived on Columbus' Far North...
Missing Laurel man may be in Jackson area
LAUREL, Miss. (WHLT) – Laurel police are searching for a missing 43-year-old man. Investigators said Travis Smith has not been in contact with his family for the last several weeks. They believe he may be in the Jackson area. Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts can contact the Laurel Police Department at 601-399-4440 or Crime […]
Vehicle collides into Dollar General store in Ellisville
ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - A vehicle ran into the Dollar General store in Ellisville Thursday, caving in a small section of the store’s façade and slowing area traffic for awhile. What caused the accident is not known at this time, but law enforcement is investigating. This report will...
Ohio woman sentenced to life with no parole after being found guilty of capital murder
LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - An Ohio woman accused of killing her 11-year-old son in a Laurel hotel bathroom in 2020 was found guilty of capital murder Thursday evening. After a four-day trial, Judge Dal Williamson sentenced Latina Oates to life in prison without parole. The state did not seek the...
Missing Jones County woman found safe after house fire
A Jones County resident, previously reported missing following a devastating house fire, has been found safe. Tune in to hear the gripping story of survival and the community's relentless search efforts that led to this heartwarming outcome.
Security Footage - Clark's Gas Station in Laurel - March 2020
This security footage helped law enforcement locate Latina Oates and her two surviving sons following the murder of 11-year-old Josh Oates.
Hattiesburg asking public’s help locating missing teen
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg police are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen. Saira Lopez, 15, Hattiesburg, was last seen around 8 a.m. on Aug. 3. in the area of West Pine Street in Hattiesburg. Lopez stands about 4 feet, 7 inches, and weighs...
Ohio Mother Latina Oates' Murder Trial Progresses: Jury to Decide Between Premeditated Act or Temporary Insanity
The murder trial of Latina Oates, an Ohio woman accused of the alleged murder of her 11-year-old son, Joshua, is now in its critical stage. Oates is being charged with her alleged crime, which supposedly took place in a hotel room in Laurel.
Recap of second day of murder trial in Jones Co.
Day two of the Latina Oates trial revealed graphic and disturbing details in the death of Oates’ 11-year-old son.
Elderly Ellisville man killed in Jones County crash
ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WHLT) – A 91-year-old man has died after a crash in Jones County on Sunday, September 24. The Laurel Leader Call reported the man was identified as George Tisdale, of Ellisville. The crash happened on Highway 588 at Oak Bowery Road just before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Officials with the Jones County Fire […]