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The Focus Group announces headquarters relocation, launches media company

The Focus Group full-service strategic marketing, advertising and PR firm is celebrating 10 years in business with a move to downtown Biloxi, a new organization structure, new services and the launch of a separate media-buying company, Intrinsic Media. “In 10 years, our industry has shifted and changed dramatically, and we are evolving to remain ahead for our clients,” says Allison ...

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Most of a human skeleton found on a Mississippi roof

Police say most of an adult human skeleton has been found on the roof of a building in downtown Biloxi, Mississippi. Investigators say no foul play is suspected. Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells WLOX-TV that the bones were found Sept. 19 and are being examined by a forensic anthropologist. Biloxi Police Maj. Chris De Back says officers have ...

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Investigation into former VA surgeon prompts federal review

Federal inspectors have found a veterans hospital in Mississippi in violation of several policies. News outlets report a report filed last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General says the Biloxi VA hired a thoracic surgeon in 2013 who lacked proper credentials. The 53-page report says leaders made the hire despite being aware of licensure and ...

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Gulf Coast paramedic arrested on new sex abuse charges

A Gulf Coast paramedic has been arrested on new charges after being accused of sexually assaulting patients in the back of his ambulance. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reported this week that 55-year-old James Lavelle Walley has been indicted on two felony sexual battery counts. Six women sued Walley and the ASAP EMS Corp. for gross negligence and other claims ...

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Mississippi Coast Coliseum closer to having hotel

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center could have a hotel operating on its Biloxi beachfront property as early as the fall of 2021. Mississippi news outlets report that the Harrison County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a 99-year lease between the Coliseum Commission and a developer. The 150-room hotel would be under the Marriott flag. Coast Coliseum officials ...

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3 teenagers drown in Mississippi’s Biloxi River

A Mississippi coroner has identified three 14-year-olds who drowned in the Biloxi River. Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed that Travis Roberson, Javonte Johnson and Eric Smith Jr. were pulled from the water Thursday evening. Their deaths were determined to be accidental drownings. Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt told news outlets that witnesses said the boys appeared to be ...

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Assistant tax collector put on leave days after arrest

An assistant tax collector indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government has been placed on administrative leave. News outlets report Harrison County Tax Collector David LaRosa says 53-year-old Denise Renee Gill had her last day at work Wednesday. The Sun Herald reports Gill was arrested July 15 and briefly returned to work at the tax ...

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Suspect’s brother accused of helping him

The brother of a man accused of gunning down a police officer is accused of aiding him. Davian Lewanika Atkinson was booked into the Harrison County jail late Monday on accessory charges. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania confirms to The Associated Press Tuesday that the 21-year-old Atkinson is accused of aiding his brother, 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson. The younger brother ...

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Mississippi: Police hunt killer of officer outside station

Police in Mississippi are looking for a gunman who approached a uniformed officer outside a Biloxi police station and shot him dead.Authorities say the man walked up to the Biloxi officer in the station’s parking lot Sunday night, shot him multiple times and then ran off. Firefighters rushed the officer down the street to a hospital emergency room, where he ...

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Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program. The Sun Herald reported Monday that it has obtained documents indicating the investigation involves complaints by district employee and whistleblower Victoria Moon Conway. A November letter by Conway to the school board accuses the district of illegal activity and the ...

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