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Chris Thies is the Digital Content Manager for WDAM 7.
Recent Articles by Chris
Escaped inmate captured in Covington County; 2 still on the run
One of the inmates who escaped from the Covington County Jail late Wednesday night is back in custody.
Published January 17, 2020 at 9:54 AM
Manhunt continues for escaped Covington County inmates
The search is on for three inmates who escaped from the Covington County Jail.
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Published January 16, 2020 at 2:50 PM
Man convicted in Deen, Tate murder case arrested again
The man who pleaded guilty to selling a gun to the suspect accused of killing two Hattiesburg police officers in 2015 is back behind bars in Forrest County.
Published December 4, 2019 at 3:39 PM
Former student accused of threatening high school shooting in song lyrics
A former FCAHS student is behind bars, accused of making a song with lyrics threatening a shooting at the school.
Published November 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM
Woman killed in Hwy. 49 crash identified
A 21-year-old woman from Mendenhall was killed in a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 49 in Forrest County on Wednesday.
Published November 14, 2019 at 1:12 PM
Escaped MDOC inmate captured in Marion County
A state inmate who escaped from a work detail in Lincoln County on Monday is back in custody.
Published November 7, 2019 at 1:32 PM
Second man sentenced to prison for Mississippi cross burning
A second man who pleaded guilty to participating in a cross burning in a predominantly African American neighborhood in Mississippi has been sentenced to prison.
Published November 5, 2019 at 2:23 PM
4 soldiers remain hospitalized after training mishap at Camp Shelby
The paratroopers are expected to fully recover and be able to return to active duty.
Published October 3, 2019 at 11:33 AM
23 soldiers injured in training accident at Camp Shelby
Several soldiers were injured during a nighttime airborne training exercise Wednesday at Camp Shelby.
Published October 3, 2019 at 12:41 AM
Newton Co. supervisor accused of fraud
A Newton County supervisor has been arrested by special agents with the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office after being indicted for fraud by a grand jury.
Published September 26, 2019 at 1:51 PM
Man accused of leading police on three-county chase
A Hattiesburg man is facing charges after reportedly leading police officers and sheriff’s deputies on a chase through three Pine Belt counties on Tuesday.
Published September 25, 2019 at 12:08 PM
One killed in Wayne County oil tank explosion
One person was killed when two oil storage tanks exploded Friday morning in Wayne County.
Published September 20, 2019 at 11:45 AM
Woman reported missing in Hattiesburg found safe
A Hattiesburg woman who was the subject of a Silver Alert has been found safe, according to police.
Published September 17, 2019 at 12:22 PM
Police: ‘Suspicious person’ at Miss. Walmart had guns, hundreds of rounds of ammo
Around 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, Petal police received the initial report of an armed man acting suspiciously at Walmart.
Published August 20, 2019 at 12:59 PM
Man charged in Miss. cross burning pleads guilty to federal hate crime
A second suspect pleaded guilty Monday to burning a cross in a predominantly African American area of Seminary on Oct. 24, 2017.
Published August 6, 2019 at 10:31 AM
USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen
The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.
Published July 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM
Girl kidnapped from Lamar Co. found in Ala.; uncle in custody
A Lamar County man accused of kidnapping his 6-year-old niece was arrested in Alabama and is now awaiting extradition to Mississippi.
Published June 15, 2019 at 12:21 PM
Video showing brutal attack sparks outrage in Wayne Co.
A brutal assault caught on camera has the Wayne County community in an uproar, with many suspecting the attack might have been a hate crime.
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Published April 16, 2019 at 12:59 PM
89 marijuana plants seized from ‘elaborate’ grow house in MS
The Jones County Sheriff’s Office seized nearly 100 marijuana plants Thursday from what investigators are calling the “largest and most elaborate” indoor growing operation in recent county history.
Published April 12, 2019 at 1:13 PM
HPD: Remains found in Forrest Co. belong to missing mother
Experts at the Mississippi State Crime Lab have identified the human remains found in Forrest County last week as Falisa Carter.
Published April 10, 2019 at 1:03 PM
KOHLER expansion expected to bring 250 jobs to Hattiesburg
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday morning that KOHLER Engines is expanding its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.
Published March 17, 2019 at 9:29 AM
Wayne County teacher facing drug charge on MS Coast
A Wayne County High School teacher is facing a drug charge on the Mississippi Coast.
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Published March 5, 2019 at 1:25 PM
Parents charged amid disturbing allegations of child abuse in Jones Co.
The parents of a young child in Jones County have been arrested and charged following disturbing allegations of abuse.
Published February 27, 2019 at 12:23 PM
Richard Ward, cofounder of Ward’s Restaurants, passes away
Fast food lovers across state are mourning the loss of a true Mississippi visionary and businessman.
Published February 19, 2019 at 5:47 PM
3 kilos of cocaine seized during Lamar Co. traffic stop
Several kilograms of cocaine were discovered during a traffic stop in Lamar County on Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Danny Rigel.
Published January 17, 2019 at 7:44 PM
Petal mayor pulls out of race for governor after wife’s cancer diagnosis
Petal Mayor Hal Marx announced Thursday he is pulling out of the race for Mississippi governor to support his wife as she fights cancer.
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Published January 3, 2019 at 12:14 PM
Man reported missing in Pike County
The Pike County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a man who has been missing for nearly a month.
Published November 29, 2018 at 10:17 AM
Cyclist killed in crash was riding for children’s cancer research
A 32-year-old man killed in a cycling accident in Mississippi on Tuesday was riding cross-country to raise money for children’s cancer research.
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Published November 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM
Pedestrian killed in early morning crash; driver charged with DUI
One man is dead after being hit by two vehicles early Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.
Published October 20, 2018 at 12:21 PM
McComb man charged with 3 counts of homicide by vehicle in PA
A Mississippi man is facing three counts of homicide by vehicle, among other charges, after causing a crash that killed three people and sent seven others to the hospital in Pennsylvania, according to ABC affiliate WHTM-TV.
Published October 15, 2018 at 3:14 PM
First responders on scene of crash on Fisher Ferry Road in Vicksburg
Motorcyclist injured in Raymond Rd. crash, JPD investigating
Jackson man critical after being stabbed by boyfriend at gas station
Security cameras help Brandon police make auto burglary arrests
Madison doctor arrested, charged with sexual battery of 14-year-old