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 >>
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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 5:11 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:11:29 GMT
In a WLOX News exclusive, former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat says despite what people may think, he had no role in the 1987 murders of Vincent and Margaret Sherry.More >>
In a WLOX News exclusive, Pete Halat says despite what people may think, he had no role in the 1987 murders of Vincent and Margaret Sherry. "I can tell you that there isn't a word in the English language that I'm not intelligent enough to know," the former Biloxi mayor said, "that can more strongly deny that I was ever involved in anything to do with Vince and Margaret being hurt, and Vince and Margaret being killed."More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 2:43 PM EDT2013-05-17 18:43:04 GMT
Two bank robbery suspects are on the run in Moss Point. But, their get away car has been recovered. According to Moss Point police, the suspects entered the Hancock Bank on Hwy 613 just before 11:30More >>
Two bank robbery suspects are on the run in Moss Point. But, their get away car has been recovered. According to Moss Point police, the suspects entered the Hancock Bank on Hwy 613 just before 11:30 this morning wearing masks, holding guns an demanding money. More >>
WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -
After around three years, the Wiggins Police Department has a new K-9 at the station. His name is Tank, a 15-month-old, blonde, male Labrador trained in narcotics detection. Interdiction Sgt. Mike Carter is Tank's handler.
Carter spent eight days this past October in Hillsboro, TX to train on the handling on Tank. Tank spent about eight months training at Century Place, a facility that trains bomb and narcotic detector dogs. The pooch cost about $5,500, which was money gathered mostly from donations.
"He [Tank] is actually a rescue dog. He came from a shelter. It just shows that you don't have to have any particular blood line, he is very good at narcotics detection," Carter explained.
Tank is one lucky pooch. Carter said the day he was rescued; Tank was actually scheduled to be euthanized.
Now that Tank's life has been spared, he has a job and he'll have a new place to call home at the Carter residence.
Tank will be living with Carter and his family, as well as, their family dog--Slate, a German Shepherd.
He'll be subjected to monthly training and is exercised daily.
"He only eats a high protein exclusive chicken and rice diet," Carter said.
And unlike the dual purpose K-9's that have criminal apprehension, handler protection and narcotic detection capabilities, Tank is a single purpose K-9. His scoop of training is in smelling distinct odors like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroine.
"There is a lot less risk with a dog without attack capabilities," Carter said. "He's a safer dog to be around the public."
When traveling, Tank is held in a K-9 car which has a cage built in specifically for him.
Carter's worked at the police department for seven years. He's also spent two years on the Stone County and Wiggins Narcotics Task Force.
As for Tank, he's already got a few weeks of patrolling under his collar.
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