Federal judge cancels hearing for leader of Mississippi chapter of Simon City Royals Jason Bullock

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A federal judge has canceled a pretrial conference that had been scheduled for Thursday for an alleged Mississippi gang leader charged in a racketeering case.

The hearing for Jason Marshall Bullock, also known as “Sir J-Mac,” was scheduled to take place in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett canceled the hearing, but the court website did not say why… […]


Former USM professor dead at 69

– In the past two weeks, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has suffered great losses. The tornado that ripped through the front of the campus on Feb. 10 uprooted trees, destroyed buildings and altered many lives.

“But our beloved University has incurred an equally devastating loss with the passing of Dr. Gene Wiggins,” said Van Arnold, of USM Office of Communications.

Wiggins, who was director of the USM’s School of Communication for 20 years, died Thursday, Feb. 21, at his home in Hattiesburg.

Wiggins was 69. […]


Tornado damages closes black military museum in Hattiesburg

The African American Military History Museum will be closed for at least one year because of damage it suffered from last Sunday’s tornado.

Rick Taylor, executive director of Hattiesburg’s Convention and Tourism commissions, which oversee the museum, tells The Hattiesburg American roof damage caused damage to the museum.

Museum manager Latoya Norman said rainwater soaked many of the items in the museum, both those that were on display and those that were in the archives. […]

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USM tornado damage estimated in tens of millions

Officials estimate it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair damage at the University of Southern Mississippi caused by Sunday’s tornado.

The College Board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds to sign contracts and take other actions without board approval to help the 16,000-student school in Hattiesburg recover. […]


Tornado strikes Hattiesburg; USM declares state of emergency

A tornado ripped through historic Hattiesburg Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and injured more than a dozen people.

The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg’s main streets and mangled homes, commercial buildings and structures on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Emergency officials said at least 10 people were injured in surrounding Forrest County and three were hurt to the west in Marion County, but they weren’t aware of any deaths. […]


Hattiesburg murder suspect arrested in Ohio

A suspect wanted by police in Hattiesburg on a murder charge has been arrested in Lorain, Ohio.

The Hattiesburg American reports 37-year-old Tamira Peoples was arrested without incident at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Police say her 3-year-old son was with her.


Woman sought in fatal shooting

HATTIESBURG – Authorities in Hattiesburg have secured a warrant for a woman they believe shot her neighbors Monday, killing one and leaving another seriously injured.

Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said they are looking for Tamira Peoples, 37, in association with a shooting at the Briarfield apartments near the corner of East Second and Gordon streets.

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East Carolina downs Southern Mississippi 24-14

Shane Carden threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and East Carolina capitalized on three third-quarter turnovers to beat Southern Mississippi 24-14 Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

The Pirates (2-1) trailed 7-3 at halftime, but forced freshman quarterback Anthony Alford of Southern Mississippi (0-2) into an interception and two fumbles on three third-quarter drives, which led to three touchdowns. […]


Missing Oxford mother, daughter found safe

From Media Reports NORTH MISSISSIPPI – A woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who were reported missing, have been found safe. Investigators say 32-year-old Christina Howie and her daughter Caitlin of Oxford, Mississippi, were discovered around 4 […]