Wednesday, January 28 2009 7:36 PM EST2009-01-29 00:36:46 GMT
Word of Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr's 16-count indictment quickly spread through the city of Gulfport. Many people say they were shocked, not only with the federal charges against the mayor and his wife, but also the many years of prison time and millions in fines the Warrs could face, if they are convicted. Trang Pham-Bui has reaction to the Warrs' legal troubles.More >>
Wednesday, January 28 2009 7:34 PM EST2009-01-29 00:34:39 GMT
Reaction from Gulfport city council members ranged from shock to sorrow after hearing news of the mayor's federal indictment. The city's chief administrator, John Kelly, wants citizens to know that the business of the city will continue to move forward. Dr. Kelly said he expects Mayor Warr back at his desk at "seven forty five" Thursday morning.More >>
Wednesday, January 28 2009 5:10 PM EST2009-01-28 22:10:41 GMT
The rumors that have swirled around Brent Warr for almost a year are true. The federal government has built a case that accuses Gulfport's mayor -- and his wife -- of Katrina fraud. Brent and Laura Warr both pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a 16 count indictment. Brad Kessie reports.More >>
Wednesday, January 28 2009 4:56 PM EST2009-01-28 21:56:46 GMT
It started with an e-mail last Tuesday. A Gulfport businessman dropped me a note, because he heard gossip that Brent Warr had been indicted. By late Friday afternoon, the phones at WLOX News rang off the hook. People "in the know" claimed that the Gulfport mayor had been served with legal papers.More >>
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Brent Warr became Gulfport's mayor on June 7th, 2005. Before that, he ran the family business -- a men's clothing store. He served on a bank board, and he dabbled in real estate.
He may have been a political newcomer. But Brent Warr 's fresh approach to running Gulfport was exactly what its citizens wanted in 2005.
"I'm pro-condominium. I'm pro-development. But I'm very, very concerned with the integrity of our neighborhoods," Warr said.
Warr won his first election by receiving a whopping 78 percent of the vote. Nobody knew that his honeymoon would last less than two months.
On August 29, Katrina stormed ashore, wiping out large pockets of his city. The monstrous hurricane forced Warr to shelve his campaign concepts. Instead of focusing on new development, he had to make sure families had basic necessities.
"We're going to turn this thing around, I can already feel it happening. So everybody, go back and tell your friends the gulf coast is coming back, coming back strong."
By 2008, Warr felt the city was strong enough to launch what he called the year of bricks and mortar.
"We're building a better Gulfport and our possibilities are endless."
While Mayor Warr was making that announcement, another, more personal storm was beginning to form. The mayor admitted that the federal government was looking at the legality of the home rebuilding grant he received -- a grant that was administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. Issues surfaced about when the home became his family's primary residence.
In a 2008 interview with WLOX News, Warr said he did nothing wrong.
"We filled it all out very thoroughly. We went out there just like everyone else did. We talked to people who didn't know us. We took a number and filled out our applications, answered every question just as honestly and sincerely as we could. We supplied them with all the documentation they asked for. I'm very comfortable with it," Warr said.
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