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 >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:26:30 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:43:50 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
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.
An East Texas sailor is sentenced to 10 years in a Japanese prison after pleading guilty to raping and robbing an Okinawan woman.
Seaman Christopher Browning of Athens, 24, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker of Muskogee, Oklahoma, admitted to committing the crimes while temporarily deployed to Japan with their unit.
Reports released following the investigation say prosecutors sought up to 12 years for Browning who they say robbed the Okinawan woman of about $87 after the rape, but reports say the defense argued that too excessive.
Both men confessed to the crime, Browning was sentenced to 10 years in a Japanese prison while Dozierwalker was sentenced to nine years.
Christopher Jenks is a professor at the SMU Dedman School of Law. He has served more than 20 years in the military and specializes in military law.
Professor Jenks said the outcome was not a surprise.
"Sadly, no. Under the status of forces agreement we have with Japan, they had primary jurisdiction over the offense," Jenks said.
Back in October, ABC News reported that an Okinawan woman said she had been sexually assaulted and robbed in front of her apartment building.
Seaman Browning faced charges of rape by group resulting in injury and robbery, allegations he denied.
Dozierwalker faced a charge of rape by group resulting in injury, it is a charge authorities said he confessed to.
Further into the investigation, authorities said Browning confessed and said the men had been drinking prior to the incident.
There are also reports that the crime was captured on security cameras.
"Essentially, the rape took place over some 50 minutes and all of which was shown to a Japanese court. So, there's damning, damning evidence," Jenks said.
Professor Jenks believed it may have played out differently had the U.S. obtained jurisdiction.
"It is disconcerting that I would say on average, a U.S. service member who is convicted of rape in Japan receive the sentence of roughly twice as long as the average Japanese that is convicted in Japan of rape," Jenks explained.
The Japanese court convicted the sailors, who are now sentenced to years in a Japanese prison.
"A Japanese prison is extremely regimented and very austere. Hours and hours of just sitting by yourself. Not able to read or do anything. Now, the Japanese in response to I think in response to our criticism that that's cruel. The Japanese would point out, I think, that they have no prison gangs, you are not going to be sexually assaulted in a Japanese prison. Now, the American service members while being incarcerated in Japanese prison because of the status of forces agreement are afforded frankly, better treatment than Japan affords it's other prisoners," Jenks said.
Browning's father declined to comment on camera, but said his son was always a "good boy." KLTV also spoke to former teachers of Browning who said they had never had any problems with him in school and were "shocked" at the allegations.
This case has resulted in stricter alcohol rules and a curfew for the 50,000 U.S. Military Personnel stationed in the country.
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:53 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:53:53 GMT
Fire departments from Arp, Troup and Whitehouse responded to a house fire that broke at approximately 8:30 P.M. Sunday at 210 W Melton St in Troup. The Smith County Fire Marshal said the fire is being considered as 'suspicious' by authorities and is currently under investigation.More >>
Fire departments from Arp, Troup and Whitehouse responded to a house fire that broke at approximately 8:30 P.M. Sunday at 210 W Melton St in Troup.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:51 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:51:29 GMT
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler .Authorities say the accident happened near the intersection of County Road 2142 and County RoadMore >>
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 7:11 PM EDT2013-05-14 23:11:18 GMT
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.According to Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Smith and Sydney Brook Side were arrested and charged with solicitationMore >>
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.More >>
Saturday, May 11 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-12 01:20:29 GMT
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.The current mayor, Kenneth Melvin took home 389 votes (41%), while Rob Gowin took home 426 (44%)More >>
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.More >>
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