Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.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 >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr wants his guilty plea for stealing FEMA funds thrown out. In papers filed Friday, Warr told the court he is actually innocent of the charge to which he pleaded guilty to stealing Hurricane Katrina recovery funds.
Warr and his wife, Laura, were both charged in the FEMA fraud case. Warr's 2009 plea agreement allowed his wife to avoid jail time.
Warr points to newly discovered evidence to support his argument to toss out the plea. The former mayor said FEMA never determined he wasn't eligible to receive the FEMA grant money and the government did not share that information with him prior to pleading guilty.
Warr said he would never had pleaded guilty if the government had not withheld that evidence.
The court filing reads in part; "In late 2011, Congress and Homeland Security began to scrutinize the eligibility to determinations for disaster assistance benefits made by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) during Hurricane Katrina and determined that numerous errors had been made. The government did not advise movant (Warr) prior to his guilty plea, that these eligibility determination errors had been made by FEMA."
The Warrs' battle with the feds centered on whether the couple lived in their beachfront home at the time Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Warrs listed that property as the family's primary residence when applying for disaster aid. Federal prosecutors argued the Warrs were not really living there when Katrina hit.
In the latest court papers, Warr confirms what he said from the start, that the beach home "needed extensive renovations..." and while Warr "did a substantial amount of work... the Warrs were staying in a house owned by a family member just blocks from Beach Drive..."
To support his motion, Warr also cited a statement by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General which read "Following Hurricane Katrina survivors encountered conflicting and confusing information when seeking federal disaster assistance."
Warr also contends the government violated his right of Due Process.
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