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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.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 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -
Hundreds of South Mississippians stopped by the D'Iberville Walmart Saturday to drop off bags of old documents to get shredded. The state attorney general's office puts on events like this throughout the state in hopes of protecting people from becoming a victim of identity theft and to raise awareness about the problem.
"We get calls almost daily, we've opened 50 or 60 files already this year on felony level identity theft cases," Special Assistant Attorney General Mark Ward said. "Unlike having your car broken into, it's a one time event it's over with that day, identity theft can last days, weeks, months and years."
Victims can have a tough time getting their name cleared, but the state attorney general's office works with law enforcement to help.
"We are able to give to creditors, banks and other things that can help you regain your identity and it is a long, long term process," Ward said.
That is why Ward stresses it is important to do everything you can to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.
"Always destroy your bank statements, tax returns, anything you may put in the garbage," Ward said. "Also there's really no need these days to have your social security card in your wallet or purse."
Lisa Ferrell who came to the event said she takes extra precautions with her mail and any other sensitive documents after her husband's bank account was compromised and it took them months to straighten it out.
Ferrell said, "I just make sure the word VOID is written all over it when I throw a credit card it never goes in the same garbage bag it goes in four or five different bags in tiny pieces, if you are going to put it together you are going to work to find it."
Being cautious like that is how Ward said is the best way to protect yourself. If you think you have become a victim of identity theft you should call 1-800-281-4418.
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