Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County attorney is taking legal action to force the county to fix the acoustics at the renovated courthouse. Jimmy McGuire filed a motion after a judge declared a mistrial last week in a case because jurors simply could not hear the attorneys or witnesses.
"This is the only courthouse in the State of Mississippi where you can't hear yourself talk, hear the witnesses speak or hear the judge's commands," McGuire said.
The 102-year-old courthouse reopened last summer after extensive Katrina repairs were completed. The sound problem became apparent when the gavel fell for the first case. WLOX News first reported on the courthouse echo a year ago. Now, Lady Justice could finally force supervisors to find a fix.
"I wrote them a letter asking them to take action because I have a criminal case a murder case coming up in October, and I want the jurors to be able to hear everything that's being said in order to be able to represent my client to the fullest."
County supervisors are aware of the problem.
"This room right now resonates or reverbs approximately three and a half seconds too long," an acoustical expert told WLOX News last year. "That has to be brought down to a comfortable one and a half seconds. Anything over that is just impractical and unacceptable."
"The straw that broke the camel's back was Thursday of last week, whenever Judge Lisa Dobson had to declare a mistrial in a civil case because the jurors raised their hands and said they couldn't hear what was being said," McGuire said.
Jonathan Caston was one of those jurors.
"The sound in there was such a bad echo you couldn't hear the lawyers, you couldn't hear the judge, you couldn't hear the witnesses," Caston said. "You found yourself trying to infer what everybody was saying, especially the witnesses."
Caston said the mistrial left the plaintiff in the case in tears because she had waited years for her case to come to trial.
The mistrial also cost the county time and money. The case will now have to be rescheduled and a new jury selected.
Hancock County Board Attorney Ronnie Artiques said the county has been trying, but protecting the historic integrity of the building has made finding a solution difficult.
"Everything from throw rugs, to curtains, to sound panels, to fabric; We've had a merit of options thrown at us, but really nothing concrete that we know [the Mississippi Department of] Archives and History will approve," Artigues said.
County supervisors are expected to address the issue at their board meeting this Wednesday.
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