Monday, May 20 2013 5:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:22:27 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 are 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 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:57:46 GMT
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning. According to Pascagoula Police Lt. James DeShannon Massey, motorists are asked to avoidMore >>
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:19 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:19:41 GMT
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, James Decker III, 32, of GeorgeMore >>
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support.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.
Although state law requires convicted sex offenders to register every 90 days, not all of them do so. That problem is now the target of a piece of legislation sailing through the capitol.
"The fact is these are just the kinds of criminals who repeat their offenses and all these bills do is enforce our current sex offender laws using modern technology," said Senator Will Longwitz, a republican from Madison.
The bill, known as Lenora's Law, was originally designed to require any sex offenders convicted of not complying with the state's sex offender registry law to be monitored with a GPS device. It already passed the senate and has now passed the house with amendments.
"It protects victims of sex offenses from people who have proven they can't follow the law," said Longwitz.
Longwitz, who is the author of the bill, says he's all for the changes.
House members added in language that would give a judge discretion to require a tracking device on any convicted sex offender. New language also increases the distance a sex offender can live from places like schools and playgrounds. That distance would go from 1,500 feet to 3,000.
Longwitz says support for the bill has been overwhelming.
"Everybody I talk to, democrat, republican, liberal, conservative has told me they wish we could do more of this," said Longwitz.
The bill is named after Lenora Edhegard who investigators say was killed by a convicted sex offender who did not register in Rankin County. When the bill first gained traction at the capitol, Edhegard's sister, Becky Macon said she just wished the law already existed.
"This may not have happened to our sister had this law been in place," said Macon.
Longwitz says he plans to ask the senate to agree to the additions made by the house and hopes to have the bill sent to the governor's desk as early as next week.
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