July 18 local headlines

posted by Kelly Bennett - 

The year is barely halfway over and already 51 Mississippians have died in house fires. That's almost double the number of people killed in the first six months of last year. And today, fire chiefs from across the state will gather in Pearl to talk about ways to prevent those tragedies. The State Fire Marshal's office says most of the victims have been senior citizens and over half of the homes that caught fire had no working smoke detector.

D’Iberville leaders are hoping to break ground on a new police station by the end of the year.  It’ll be built on Lamey Bridge Road just south of I-10, and more than double the size of the current station, which is seriously overcrowded, at a cost of about $4.5-million. 

A Gulfport teen—Dontavis Magee—is one of 2 suspects being charged as adults in the murder of an elderly Covington County man.  Jessie Lee Doby died of head injuries last month.  Investigators believe he was beaten during a robbery. 

A 30-year-old Gulfport man is being held on a quarter-million-dollar bond following his arrest for alleged human trafficking in Harrison County. Maxwell Phillips was taken into custody after detectives executed a search warrant at InTown Suites, an extended stay hotel on Highway 49 where an 17-year-old female trafficking victim was found. She's in the custody of Homeland Security.

Shad White is our new State Auditor.  The Jones County native was sworn in yesterday.  He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to complete the year and a half left in the unexpired term of Stacey Pickering, who left the post to head up the state's Veterans Affairs Board.

The HSSM is temporarily closed due to a leaky roof that had tiles falling from the ceiling in some areas of their building in Gulfport.  The animals are fine, but some had to be shifted to areas where the water didn’t get in. 

You'll get another chance to strike it rich with no winner matching all six numbers in last night's Mega Millions drawing. The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at 422-million-dollars for Friday night's drawing. The odds of hitting all six Mega Millions numbers is one in slightly more than 300-million.

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