79-year-old serial sex offender facing charges for lewd act in La.

August 7, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A 79-year-old Biloxi, Miss., man is facing additional charges in Slidell, Louisiana after he was allegedly caught masturbating at the Northside Mall there. Authorities said Jack Mozier has been arrested on 27 separate occasions in several different states on similar sex-related charges.

Mozer was arrested at his Biloxi home in July and extradited to Slidell to face two charges of obscenity in St. Tammany Parish.

Louisiana authorities said in both cases, the incidents occurred a woman’s clothing store. In the first case, Mozer allegedly “brushed up” against two females and while smiling at them began to fondle himself through his pants. The two females, who worked at the store, told their manager about the incident. By the time police arrived, the Mozer had fled the scene, WAFB reported.

Louisiana man hits $2.1M slot jackpot

July 23, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Baton Rouge, La., man became a millionaire Friday after hitting a $2.1 million jackpot at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi.

The man, identified in a casino news release as Aaron K., works as a cook on a riverboat. He says he had been playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine for less than five minutes when he hit the progressive jackpot.

Miss. to give $15M for Biloxi minor league stadium

June 4, 2013 in Entertainment, News, Sports, Statewide News

Mississippi plans to use $15 million of BP oil spill recovery money to help build a minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi.

Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Thursday.

The rest of the $35 million stadium will be paid for by up to $21 million that the city of Biloxi has agreed to borrow.

Bryant says it’s appropriate to use BP money because the stadium will enhance tourism on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, offsetting effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

Ex-Biloxi mayor still denies role in killings

May 22, 2013 in News, Statewide News

Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat, now free from prison, still says he had no part in a murder plot that led to him spending almost 16 years in federal prison.

Halat told WLOX-TV that he had “absolutely nothing” to do with the murders of Harrison County Circuit Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife, Margaret, in 1987.

Sherry and Halat had been law partners starting in 1981. Halat was elected mayor 1989, losing a re-election bid in 1993.

Halat was convicted in 1997 of conspiracy to commit racketeering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Officials say body is that of missing kayaker

March 13, 2013 in Top Stories

The body found Friday in the Mississippi Sound is that of a kayaker who had been missing for 10 days.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says an autopsy Saturday confirmed the body as that of 23-year-old Nick Rainer, who went missing Feb. 27 while kayaking with his father.

The state Marine Patrol found the body more than four miles south of Biloxi. The body had been spotted by a charter boat fisherman.

Mississippi Country Music Trail honors Chris Ledoux

November 19, 2012 in Entertainment, entertainment/national_entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News

Country music star Chris Ledoux was recently honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker unveiling took place at the at the Biloxi Town Green at 710 Beach Blvd., in Biloxi.

Born on Oct. 2, 1948, in Biloxi, Chris Lee LeDoux was the son of an Air Force major stationed at Keesler Air Force Base. Young Chris lived in Biloxi for the first year and a half of his life and for another year at the age of 12, which yielded the boyhood memories of fishing holes and black-eyed peas reflected in his song, “Born in Mississippi.”

Actor, TV host Gary Collins dies at 74 in Miss.

October 15, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Obituaries, Statewide News

Gary Collins, an actor, television show host and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died Saturday, authorities said. He was 74.

Collins, a resident of Biloxi, Miss., died of natural causes just before 1 a.m. Saturday after he was admitted Friday evening to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove.

Boy killed on family outing

October 12, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A tragedy Tuesday night has devastated a young family and given nightmares to those who witnessed it. An 8-year-old boy died after being hit by a car on Highway 90 Tuesday night in Biloxi while enjoying Cruisin’ the Coast, WLOX reported.