JACKSON, Miss.–If you’re not in the mood to give up any of your hard-earned cash to hardened criminals, here are some news briefs that might warm your heart.
BIG FRAUD RING BUSTED
If you get a package from South Africa, asking you to ship it back somewhere else, it’s probably a scan and one just like that in Mississippi is what led to a big international bust Tuesday, with 15 people arrested in places like Canada, Africa, Wisconsin and California. The whole thing started in Gulfport when a lady got scammed back in 2011. Now the feds and police in all the places these guys were operating found all kinds of scams: romance scams, re-shipping scams, fraudulent checks and work-at-home scams, along with bank, financial and credit card account take-overs.
BAD DOGGIE TREATS
Treats that could make your doggie sick are being sold right here in Mississippi, at Petco. The treats are not made is the good ole USA, but the store is gonna stop selling ’em by the end of the year. Petco Vice Pres. John Sterm said the store will stop selling treats from China and only sell made in the USA treats or at least treats from somewhere they know is safe. It was your complaints that got it stopped.
KEEPING YOUR KIDS SAFE
If you’ve seen Andre Lamar Carter of Laurel, call police in Ellisville. They want to talk to him about the molestation of a five-year-old.
It’s fifteen years for Jonathan Keaton of Columbus. He pleaded guilty to sex with a child under 14 this week. He was arrested in November.
It was domestic violence call that ended with a man dead in George County, and a deputy there pulled the trigger. It happened Monday night when a deputy says the man at the house near Lucedale refused to put down his rifle and pointed it at him. The deputy shot him. The MBI is looking into it.
HATTIESBURG CLINIC EVACUATED
If you saw smoke in the building, you’d probably think it was time to get out. About 200 patients and employees at the Hattiesburg Clinic evacuated Tuesday when they saw a haze. WDAM reports it wasn’t a fire after all. Turns out it was the city smoke testing the sewer lines for breaks. The smoke was so intense it caught the employees off guard.
PARTY DOWN SOUTH
It’s a party down south, coming to the Miss. coast…
Steps are being taken to increase the number of recreational fishing days for red snapper, but it won’t happen this year…