Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 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 were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 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 >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:41:59 GMT
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday. Once deputies arrived to the home theyMore >>
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday.More >>
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -
James Hagan finds it difficult to talk about what he's been through.
"It's even hard to describe. It's been definitely the most difficult position I've ever been in my life. I've lost things that can never be replaced," Hagan said.
Those closest to him provided comfort.
"All my immediate family, my parents all stood behind me 100 percent. There was never a question that there was anything to any of it. They all fully understood it was all false." Hagan stated.
At one point, the family grew smaller for awhile when DHS intervened in the case.
"It's very emotional. I keep thinking about, I was locked up in jail and my nine-year-old son was taken away from his mother, never spent a night without me or his mother and because somebody decided that, no Hagan needs to suffer, let's take the kid away." Hagan recalled.
He also lost his job as a building inspector for the City of Moss Point, and the future employment does not look promising.
"The couple of times that I would look into a job, once they found out what was going on, they didn't need that for their business." Hagan explained.
He still believes in the American system of justice, but only to a certain point.
"Innocent until proven guilty. I don't know where people think that comes into play, because it doesn't." Hagan lamented.
Most elected officials, when confronted with such allegations would have either resigned or taken a leave of absence from office, but not James Hagan. He was adamant about staying in his job as alderman and serving the people. I asked him why he felt that way.
"This is a position where I am at the top and I did not do anything wrong and I was not going to step down and make it look like I had done something wrong," Hagan said.
Despite all charges being dismissed, the alderman is still bitter about what has happened to him, and why it happened.
"I don't know if it was personal or political or what the situation is. I just know that it's wrong and false and I do wonder who is responsible. Who do I hold accountable for this?" Hagan asked.
It's a question that will haunt James Hagan for years.
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