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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 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 >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.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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