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Investigators looking at Coast store fire, suspect arson

MOSS POINT— Authorities suspect arson in a fire at a Moss Point convenience store. Fire Chief Clarence Parks tells The Sun Herald  a passer-by saw the fire at the store on Main Street about 4:15 a.m. yesterday and alerted firefighters. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire along with the Moss Point Fire Department. Parks says the building ...

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Officials track down stolen equipment in N. Miss.

CHOCTAW COUNTY — Investigators from the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, in conjunction with Sheriff Cloyd Halford of the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department, has seized over $250,000.00 of stolen property. After a lengthy investigation, MALTB investigators and Halford seized the stolen items, which were located on ...

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DMR criminal investigation includes charter boat trips

BILOXI — About $80,000 in charter boat trips are now part of a criminal investigation of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, an official has told The Sun Herald. Invoices and letters provided by the DMR indicate the trips were to sample fish for research about artificial reefs, even though the department owns a $389,000 boat custom-made for the Rigs ...

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Investigators: Social media at heart of election night incident at UM

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi faculty/staff Incident Review Committee (IRC) assigned to determine the facts of a widely reported election night incident has released its report, finding that student misrepresentations on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were fuel for the events that happened on campus that night. The IRC has forwarded the names of 14 students to either ...

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DMR employee's house searched; pols give back money

BILOXI — Investigators have searched the home of Tina Shumate, coastal management and planning director at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. David Huggins, who heads the Investigative Audit Division of the State Auditor’s Office, tells The Sun Herald a search warrant was served at Shumate’s home Tuesday. Huggins would not release any details about the search, part of an ...

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Investigators testing neighborhoods for pollutants

HATTIESBURG — State and federal agencies are testing neighborhoods around a former chemical plant in Hattiesburg for possible pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company, have drilled test wells within a half-mile of the plant, the Hattiesburg American reported. The wells are drilled in the path that water flows underground, MDEQ ...

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Power strip caused fire that destroyed historic court

WALTHALL — Authorities say a predawn fire that gutted the Webster County courthouse in Walthall was caused by an electrical short. Sheriff Tim Mitchell told supervisors an investigation showed yesterday’s predawn fire started when a power strip in a first-floor office on the southwest corner of the building shorted out. Mitchell says the fire marshal’s office says the fire is ...

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Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. The Sun Herald says it ...

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Coast woman accused of posing as bail agent

GULFPORT — A 33-year-old Gulfport woman posing as a bail agent and collecting thousands of dollars from clients of A Grant Bail Bonding has been arrested on two felony charges of false pretense. Harrison County Sheriff’s Maj. Ron Pullen tells The Sun Herald Susan A. Johnson was arrested after deputies received a tip about her possible whereabouts in Pass Christian. ...

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