Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary again raised concerns that something needs to be done to stop violent crimes. Just recently in Midland City, Alabama a young boy was held captive for days until police shot and killed the suspect.
Crimes, like these, are taking over the news almost every day and one Mississippi official says more needs to be done.
Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz said, "Most of the time these things happen, people come back and say 'oh so and so, we knew this, we knew that, he was violent.' I think as law enforcement we have kind of dropped the ball on this, too."
Santa Cruz said many times there are signs something is not right. In Alabama, neighbors have now come forward about several things that should have raised a red flag.
"We need to do something about it. I think, what's a child's life worth? Or a life, period? What's it worth?"
Officers say they need your help to stop crime. If you notice something, even if you think it is not a big deal, pick up the phone and call authorities.
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said, "It's a team effort without all of us working together, we will fail."
Sgt. Doug Adams with Pascagoula Police Department said, "We answer every single call no matter how big or small it is. If you feel something is wrong, you need to call us to check it out because you never know where it's going to lead."
The officers said another way to help is by snapping a picture or taking a video on your cell phone.
"That word gets to the bad guys and they will not be coming to that community very long, but unfortunately they might go to a community that is not doing those things," Ward said.
Officers say they realize in some situations it may be uncomfortable to call, but they would never reveal anything that would put you in jeopardy.
"I think we can do more to curb it than what we are doing, but we all need to work together. That's the bottom line," Santa Cruz said. "The public and law enforcement needs to work together on this."
If you see a crime happening or know something that may happen soon, officers say you should call 911. If you know of information about a crime that already occurred, you can call your local police department or call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-787-5898.
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