Thursday, December 12 2013 10:51 PM EST2013-12-13 03:51:02 GMT
(WFAA/KTVT/CNN) - A Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk and his attorney chose an unusual defense to keep him out of prison. Ethan Couch got drunk then jumped behind the wheel of hisMore >>
A Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk and his attorney chose an unusual defense to keep him out of prison.More >>
Scientists call it the "kiss of death." The "kiss" comes from a tiny bug that can actually kill humans and pets. More >>
Have you ever seen one of these around the house? Scientists say these little insects can deliver the "kiss of death" to humans and pets -- and they're becoming more common around the Mid-South.More >>
The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.More >>
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial says he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world...More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 3:40 PM EST2013-12-11 20:40:52 GMT
This is a news release from the Attorney General's Office Jackson, MS—A Hattiesburg resident has been arrested on charges of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. William Conley,More >>
A Hattiesburg resident has been arrested on charges of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.More >>
Harvey Updyke, the man who is accused of poisoning the iconic oak trees on the campus of Auburn University, took a deal Friday afternoon and agreed to plead guilty.
Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese announced the deal, saying Updyke withdrew his plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Damage to an Agriculture Facility, a class C felony.
Updyke was sentenced to three years and remains incarcerated until he finishes serving at least six months.
After being released, Updyke will be under supervised probation for a five year period.
As part of the plea deal, Updyke's probation will require him to abide by a 7 p.m. curfew, and he is forbidden to attend any collegiate athletic event. He is also banned from entering any property owned by Auburn University.
Updyke is also ordered not to speak with any member of the media.
Restitution costs have not yet been determined, DA Treese said. But he added that whatever the cost is to Updyke, it will be doubled under the Alabama Farm Animal, Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act.
"We have a significant number of violent felonies awaiting trial in Lee County," DA Treese said, "and I could not in good conscience justify financing a three week trial merely to arrive at no better a resolution."
Reese said the trial, which was to be held in Elmore County, would have forced the state to pay for transportation and lodging for as many as 50 witnesses, not including the fees that would have been required by experts.
Harvey Updyke, a die-hard fan of the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide, caught the attention of the nation after he called into a popular sports talk show months after the 2010 Iron Bowl win by the Auburn Tigers.
Updyke, who went by the alias "Al from Dadeville" claimed to have poisoned the oaks with a herbicide known as Spike 80DF as a way of getting back at the Tigers for disrespecting his team.
Officials with the University's Agriculture Department immediately began testing the soil around the trees and confirmed the presence of the chemical. Unsuccessful efforts were made to save the trees, which are considered a symbol of the University. The last time the trees will be rolled will be during the Auburn Tigers' A-Day game on April 20. They'll then be removed pending a permanent replacement.
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:23 PM EST2013-12-13 03:23:18 GMT
Reports of an explosion that caused a fire at the Moselle Generator Plant were called into Jones County officials Thursday night around 7:00 p.m. The fire has been extinguished, no reports of injuriesMore >>
Jones County fire officials were notified just before 6:45 p.m. about the fire at the J.T. Dudley, Sr. Generation Complex in Moselle, but when they arrived, it was already out.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 8:19 PM EST2013-12-13 01:19:20 GMT
Police received on Tuesday afternoon reports of shots fired at Courtyard Apartments off 7th Street. Police responded to the call, but upon arrival no victim or suspect was discovered at the scene. ReportsMore >>
Reports of shots fired at Courtyard apartments off 7th Street were called in to the Hattiesburg Poilce Department Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:49 PM EST2013-12-13 00:49:18 GMT
After a rash of burglaries at Hattiesburg High School, school officials started making strides to replace storm damaged cameras 11 months after the February 10, 2013 tornado. Security Systems IntegratorMore >>
After a rash of burglaries at Hattiesburg High School, school officials started making strides to replace storm damaged cameras 11 months after the February 10, 2013 tornado.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:46 PM EST2013-12-13 00:46:20 GMT
Hattiesburg Police are hoping you can help them catch the men who robbed a Hub City convenience store at gunpoint earlier this week. The suspects held-up Lamar's Convenience Store last Monday night justMore >>
The suspects held-up Lamar's Convenience Store last Monday night just after 7:30 p.m.More >>