Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:54:24 GMT
Hattiesburg residents took part in a refresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist local first-responders in many different types of emergencies. The class included intensive training for theMore >>
Hattiesburg residents took part in a refresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist local first-responders in many different types of emergencies.
Friday, April 18 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:38:37 GMT
This is a news release from Attorney General Jim Hood's Office A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. BrandonMore >>
A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:23:56 GMT
The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip made it's 10th of 11 pits stops this morning in Hattiesburg at the Canebrake Country Club. The third annual tour is part of the university's effort to connect with alumniMore >>
The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip made it's 10th of 11 pits stops this morning in Hattiesburg at the Canebrake Country Club.More >>
A senior in Surprise says a college took her state tax refund to pay a tuition debt. She says she's never been a student at the school.
Real identity theft is so rampant in Arizona that it's not uncommon for some people to say it happened when it really didn't - just to try to get out of paying a debt. But a 72-year-old special ed teacher with multiple degrees? That doesn't seem like the profile of a liar and a cheat, but Maricopa Community Colleges wasn't so sure.
"I have a master's degree is healthcare management and a master's in special education," Pat Callanan said.
Callanan says she's now going for her doctorate degree. The special ed teacher says she's never been to a two-year college. But in April 2012 she got a strange letter from Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC). It said she had an outstanding balance of $539 and her account was overdue.
"They told me I had taken two classes back in 2007 and they want their money. I said I never took a class at Rio Salada or any other schools in Maricopa County," Callanan said.
It was a clear-cut case of ID theft - that's what Callanan told the MCC. She says they didn't believe her so she demanded verification of the debt.
"If you have my name and my ID, I want to see who signed it, because it wasn't me, and they would not cooperate at all," Callanan said.
To make matters worse, MCC informed Callanan they were confiscating her Arizona income tax refund. State agencies can do that when you're delinquent on a debt. Sure enough, Callanan got a letter from the Arizona Department of Revenue saying it sent her $328 tax refund directly to MCC and she still owes them another $211.
"I couldn't believe that actually happened, I mean you hear about identity theft. You hear about it, you've done a lot of stories on Channel 5 about it, and I thought, no, this can't be happening," Callanan said.
Callanan even hired a lawyer to send MCC a letter demanding verification of the debt and the return of the refund. It's been a year and Callanan says MCC has never responded.
"I want them to return the money that's rightfully mine," Callanan said.
Officials at MCC tell CBS 5 News they were and still are skeptical of Callanan's story mainly because she never filed an official police report on the alleged identity theft. Callanan says she didn't have the time to do it.
In the end, M-C-C decided to wipe out the remaining balance owed and refund Callanan most of the state refund it confiscated.
They say even though there is no proof she was a victim of identity theft, they wanted to do this as a goodwill gesture. CBS 5 News would like to thank MCC for its extensive help in bringing this case to a close.
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Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:57:35 GMT
Hundreds of children and their parents got some early Easter presents at Dahmer Park Saturday morning during the 67th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg and the Lion'sMore >>
The event also featured games for the children. Kids could also have photos made with the Easter Bunny.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:21:52 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan MiltonMore >>
Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan Milton combined to shutout Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech for the second-straight day in a 1-0 decision here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:18:25 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Black squad accumulated 369 yards of offense on its way to a 45-25 victory over the Golden team in Southern Miss' annual Black and Gold game,More >>
The Black squad accumulated 369 yards of offense on its way to a 45-25 victory over the Golden team in Southern Miss' annual Black and Gold game, Saturday afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium.More >>
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