Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:29 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River.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 >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:04:19 GMT
It is the end of an era for one Biloxi elementary school. A long-time PE teacher is retiring at the end of the month. And when he leaves, so will a popular tradition he started three decades ago.More >>
It is the end of an era for one Biloxi elementary school. A long-time PE teacher is retiring at the end of the month. And when he leaves, so will a popular tradition he started at the school three decades ago. Thousands of students consider him the "coolest" teacher around.More >>
JACKSON (WLOX) -- Governor Haley Barbour signed legislation Monday to strengthen the state's crime laws.
Senate Bill 2712, also known as "Miss Breland's Law," increases the prison term for criminals who use a credit card, bank draft, or other identifying information taken from its rightful owner by means of a violent crime or burglary. Under the new legislation, offenders can be sentenced to a prison term of five years, in addition to other penalties.
The law is named in honor of Irene Breland, a 99-year-old retired public school teacher from Jackson who was robbed and beaten in July 2006. She later died as a result of the violent crime in which offenders stole her purse and used her credit card.
"This legislation calls for tougher penalties for offenders who engage in identity theft, which is among the fastest growing types of crime in the nation," Governor Barbour said. "I am pleased to sign this bill, which falls in line with the efforts of my administration to curb violent crime and protect the safety of our citizens."
According to WLOX's sister station WLBT in Jackson, there have been no arrests in the crimes against Breland, although 22-year-old Chancellor Christmas is said to have made a jailhouse confession to the attack. Christmas was convicted of a separate attack on an elderly person, but authorities have not been able to positively link Christmas to the use of Breland's credit card.
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