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Chris Thies is the Digital Content Manager for WDAM 7.
Recent Articles by Chris
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
Hattiesburg council approves $26.5M contract to build public safety building
After years of discussion, negotiations and planning, it appears a new state-of-the-art law enforcement complex will finally become a reality in Hattiesburg.
Published February 19, 2019 at 3:40 PM
Officials give all clear at USM campus; escaped inmates still on the run
USM has lifted the order to shelter in place but urges students to use caution as the search continues for two state inmates who escaped from the Forrest County Jail.
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Published February 16, 2019 at 3:20 PM
Gun found at Laurel High School; student in custody
A Laurel High School student was taken into custody Thursday morning after being found with a gun on campus.
Published February 14, 2019 at 7:46 PM
State Auditor: Former city clerk stole $300K from Bay Springs
Approximately $300,000 was stolen from the City of Bay Springs after a city clerk got caught up in an international lottery scheme, according to State Auditor Shad White.
Published February 13, 2019 at 11:43 AM
First responders working crash involving train in Forrest Co.
Sheriff’s deputies, paramedics and emergency management officials are responding to a crash involving a train and passenger vehicle in Forrest County.
Published February 12, 2019 at 4:53 PM
Teen accused of shooting Longleaf Trace runner with air rifle
Lamar County deputies have arrested a 13-year-old on a charge of simple assault for allegedly shooting a runner on the Longleaf Trace with a BB gun or air rifle.
Published February 8, 2019 at 5:45 PM
Bond set for former police officer charged in alleged insurance fraud scheme
Bond has been set for two men, including a former Heidelberg police officer, indicted after an investigation by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office uncovered an alleged insurance fraud scheme.
Published February 7, 2019 at 1:46 PM
HPD: 14-year-old girl found safe
The Hattiesburg Police Department announced Thursday, Jan. 31 that their search for teenager Ashley Allen is over and she has been found safe.
Published January 31, 2019 at 4:37 PM
2 Forrest Co. deputies resign following deadly crash
WDAM has learned two deputies have resigned from the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office.
Published January 30, 2019 at 11:40 AM
Couple wanted in Forrest Co. now behind bars
A couple wanted by several Pine Belt law enforcement agencies is now behind bars.
Published January 29, 2019 at 6:43 PM
Missing Ellisville man found, safe
Police said 55-year-old John Thornton has been reported missing.
Published January 28, 2019 at 3:57 PM
Coroner identifies two killed in crash involving Forrest Co. deputy
We now know the identities of the man and woman killed in a crash involving a Forrest County Sheriff’s deputy over the weekend.
Published January 28, 2019 at 11:56 AM
Ammonia leak forces evacuation of Wayne Farms in Laurel
Workers at Wayne Farms in Laurel had to be evacuated from the facility after an equipment failure led to an ammonia leak late Sunday night.
Published January 28, 2019 at 12:15 AM
MBI investigating early-morning shooting on I-59
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting that happened early Sunday morning on Interstate 59 in Forrest County.
Published January 27, 2019 at 4:01 PM
Officials call off search for suspect in Forrest Co.
Authorities are no longer actively searching for a suspect who ran into a wooded area in Forrest County after leading a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper on a chase Saturday afternoon.
Published January 26, 2019 at 3:33 PM
AG: ‘Pedophile’ sentenced for child porn in Covington Co.
A Simpson County man will spend the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of child exploitation.
Published January 24, 2019 at 1:04 PM
Boil water advisory affects dozens of Arnold Line customers
Dozens of customers with the Arnold Line Water Association are under a boil water notice after a water line break along U.S. Highway 98.
Published January 23, 2019 at 1:40 PM
Name of pedestrian killed by vehicle released
A man is dead after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night in Hattiesburg.
Published January 19, 2019 at 11:23 PM
First Alert: All tornado warnings have expired
All tornado warnings in the WDAM viewing area have expired.
Published January 19, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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USM’s Sumerlin named to all-tournament team
PRCC’s Page picks up pair of pitching honors
United Way hosts annual awards meeting in Laurel
Five JC soccer players sign scholarships
Greer’s Food Tiger closes after serving Heidelberg community nearly 40 years