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 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 >>
Wednesday, January 28 2009 11:18 AM EST2009-01-28 16:18:26 GMT
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. Brad Kessie has this look back at the last four years of Brent Warr's life.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - How will the mayor's indictment affect the City of Gulfport's business?
Not at all according to city council members and Gulfport's chief administrator.
Despite Brent Warr's legal troubles, it's business as usual for the state's second largest city.
The federal indictment against Mayor Warr involves questions about his personal business. That's why his attorney says it should not impact city business.
"There is nothing in the indictment that in any form or fashion relates to his functions as the mayor of the city of Gulfport," said attorney Joe Sam Owen.
"In talking with Mayor Warr, I know it is his intention to be at his desk at seven forty five tomorrow morning," said John Kelly, the city's chief administrative officer.
Dr. Kelly told WLOX News he's not in a position to speculate about the indictment, which he calls the "mayor's personal business."
"What I can tell you is that he's been mayor of this city for four years. He's a great mayor and I can tell you we have wonderful, wonderful, very talented department heads and the business of this city will go on," Kelly promised.
Gulfport city council members echoed Dr. Kelly's assurance that, despite the indictment, the day to day business of the City of Gulfport will move forward.
Libby Roland told WLOX News, "It's a personal matter the family has to take care of. The mayor will continue to be in his office and the City of Gulfport will continue to move forward."
Council member Jackie Smith said, "I'm sorry about the situation and my prayers go out to his family and the city. We're going to get through this thing."
"It is business as usual for the City of Gulfport," said Dr. Kelly.
Several Gulfport city council members are attending the Mississippi Municipal League conference in Jackson.
Barbara Nalley called WLOX News on her way back to the coast.
"My heart goes out to Mayor Warr and his family. I'm still in a little bit of shock. I don't expect it to affect the day to day operation of the city. He is still the mayor," says Nalley.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
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Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.