July 6 local news

posted by Kelly Bennett -

The manhunt for an inmate that escaped from the South MS Correctional Institution in Leaksville yesterday continues.  Michael Wilson was serving 2 consecutive life sentences for the murders of Carmen Edwards and Kenneth Gibson in Biloxi and Gulfport, and police believe he could be somewhere on our coast.  He’s been hitching rides since his escape, and was spotted yesterday in Jackson County. 

A Gulfport man is in custody after leading police on a chase through a neighborhood in Biloxi last night.  Elwyn Smith refused to stop when they tried to pull him over for improper equipment near Camp Wilkes and Popps Ferry Road. 

A 2 year old from Vancleave is dead after being found unresponsive in a pond during a July 4th get together at his grandparents home.  Bryan Chapman’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning. 

A woman that suffered serious burns in a mobile home fire in Harrison County earlier this week has passed away.  Another person was hurt in the blaze on East Adams Road.  The cause of that fire is still under investigation. 

An Ocean Springs woman and a 17 year old from Biloxi are being charged in a string of car burglaries in the Cedar Grove neighborhood in St. Martin, and more charges are expected.  The Sheriff’s Dept says none of the vehicles were locked.

The results are out for an enhanced traffic enforcement operation during the brief July 4th holiday period. The Mississippi Highway Patrol says that between July 3rd and midnight on the 4th, troopers worked more than 60 accidents that left two people dead and 17 injured. Forty-one people were arrested for driving under the influence.

Mississippi gets a new state auditor today. Governor Bryant this morning is announcing his choice to replace Stacey Pickering, who resigned to become executive director of the State Veterans Affairs Board. The appointee will serve the remainder of Pickering's term.

Beryl is now the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Beryl's center Is located about eleven-hundred miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles.  Right now, Beryl is expected to weaken and become a tropical storm by late Saturday and degenerate further near the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday or Monday.  You can track the storm on our website, just click on Operation Stormwatch. 

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