Skydiving teacher from Fla. killed in tandem jump

August 8, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Funeral services for a skydiving instructor killed in a tandem jump this weekend will be held Thursday, Aug. 8 in Elberta, Ala. Fifty-six-year-old James ‘Jimmie’ Horak Jr. died Saturday in a swamp about a mile from the airport in Lumberton, Miss., when his equipment apparently malfunctioned, authorities said.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said a student was also injured, but he could not identify the student but believes the man was not from Mississippi.

Three other skydivers who jumped with them told investigators the equipment appeared to malfunction.

Purvis man facing murder and arson charges

May 17, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A 36-year-old Purvis man has been charged with murder and first-degree arson following a fatal house fire on Monday, May 13.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells The Hattiesburg American Timothy Taylor was taken into custody for investigation on suspicion of arson. He says Taylor was picked up in Purvis late Monday night, charged with arson after his arrest, then with murder on Tuesday.

Emergency Management Director James Smith says after the fire was put out, they found human remains inside the home.

2 Miss. inmates wanted for murder captured in La. bar

October 26, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Two Mississippi inmates suspected of fatally stabbing a 95-year-old woman after escaping from a prison were captured Tuesday in a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.

Richard Griffin, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jackson, Miss., said information from confidential sources led authorities to the Razoo bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans., where James Robert Martin, 22, and David Bass, 26, were taken into custody by members of the task force.