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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 >>
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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 >>
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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