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Chris Thies is the Digital Content Manager for WDAM 7.
Recent Articles by Chris
Woman killed in Hattiesburg hit-and-run identified
Hattiesburg police continue to investigate a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a 54-year-old woman late Tuesday night.
Published August 22, 2019 at 5:29 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
3 charged in string of Lamar Co. burglaries
Three suspects have been charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Lamar County.
Published August 16, 2019 at 4:27 PM
Awning falls on students at Runnelstown Elementary; 2 injured
The students were taken to an area hospital as a precaution and have since been released.
Ashley Jackson and
Published August 15, 2019 at 5:05 PM
Deputies searching for leads in deadly Jones Co. hit-and-run
The hit-and-run happened on Hillcrest Road in the Hebron community early Monday morning.
Published August 13, 2019 at 3:37 PM
New cases of West Nile virus reported in Forrest, Lamar counties
Two cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Forrest and Lamar counties, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Published August 12, 2019 at 11:26 AM
Man accused of taking hostage in Jones Co. standoff identified
A tense hostage situation and standoff that started late Sunday night in Jones County came to a peaceful end early Monday morning.
Published August 12, 2019 at 9:21 AM
Man reported missing after leaving assisted living facility in Petal
fficials with the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office are asking members of the community to be on the lookout for a man who unexpectedly left an assisted living facility in Petal.
Published August 8, 2019 at 5:42 PM
Federal agents raid Bay Springs chicken plant
Federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ICE Homeland Security Investigations are conducting raids at multiple locations across the state.
Jayson Burnett and
Published August 7, 2019 at 1:07 PM
HSUS takes Senne lawsuit to Mississippi Supreme Court
The case dates back to July 11, 2018, when the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and HSUS seized 55 dogs, 34 cats and 17 dead animals from property belonging to David and Mary Ellen Senne on Lyon Ranch Road.
Published August 7, 2019 at 8:03 AM
Runoff will decide Republican candidate for Forrest Co. Sheriff
The hotly contested race for the Republican nomination for Forrest County Sheriff will be decided in a runoff.
Published August 6, 2019 at 11:37 PM
Voters select Perkins, Anderson as candidates for Covington Co. Sheriff
The list of candidates in the running to be the next Sheriff of Covington County has been narrowed down by Tuesday’s primaries.
Published August 6, 2019 at 9:59 PM
Johnson wins Democratic nomination for Jasper Co. Sheriff
Randy Johnson is almost certain to be elected to serve a second term as Sheriff of Jasper County.
Published August 6, 2019 at 9:41 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
MUGSHOTS: Suspects in murder of Hattiesburg grocery store owner
Beloved grocery store owner Lisa Nguyen, 59, was gunned down during an armed robbery at her business, Steelman Grocery, on July 21.
Published August 5, 2019 at 12:09 PM
Police: ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect wanted in murder of Hattiesburg grocer
Hattiesburg police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a fifth suspect wanted in the shooting death of grocery store owner Lisa Nguyen.
Published August 5, 2019 at 11:43 AM
1,000 high-grade THC cartridges seized in Lamar Co. drug raid
Thousands of dollars worth of high-grade THC oil vape cartridges were seized during a drug raid early Friday morning in Lamar County.
Published August 2, 2019 at 4:14 PM
FCSO warns of phone scam targeting the area
The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is sending out a warning about a phone scam targeting people in the area.
Published August 2, 2019 at 12:40 PM
Convicted felon accused of selling meth near Laurel church
A convicted felon is facing charges for allegedly dealing methamphetamine near a church and illegally possessing a gun.
Published August 2, 2019 at 12:24 PM
500 affected by boil water notice in Perry Co.
Anyone serviced by the Arlington W/A-Hintonville system should boil all water for at least a minute before drinking until the advisory is lifted.
Published August 2, 2019 at 12:03 PM
2 more charged in slaying of Miss. grocery store owner
Two more suspects have been charged in the murder of beloved Hattiesburg grocery store owner Lisa Nguyen.
Published August 2, 2019 at 9:35 AM
Jones Co. gets $210,000 check for fire trucks
Jones County received a $210,000 check from the Mississippi Insurance Department on Wednesday to go toward the purchase of fire trucks.
Published July 31, 2019 at 1:39 PM
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
Waynesboro wins 2019 Blood Bowl
The race for donor dominance is over and the numbers are in.
Published July 28, 2019 at 6:06 PM
Escaped inmate captured in Perry County
MDOC officials said Corey Alred was captured around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Published July 24, 2019 at 1:29 PM
Sheriff: Man charged after trying to hit Perry Co. deputy during chase
A suspect is facing two felony charges after leading Perry County deputies on a chase and trying to hit one deputy with his truck Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Mitch Nobles said.
Published July 23, 2019 at 7:28 PM
State inmate escapes work detail in Perry Co.
A Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate escaped from a work detail Tuesday afternoon in Perry County.
Published July 23, 2019 at 3:34 PM
Power restored to 5,000 homes and businesses in Lamar Co.
Power has been restored to nearly 5,000 homes and businesses in Lamar County.
Published July 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM
Forrest Co. man found safe; Silver Alert canceled
The Silver Alert issued for 75-year-old Terry Wayne Dearman, of Forrest County, has been cancelled.
Published July 18, 2019 at 9:44 AM
SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2
On Monday, SMRHI started its 2019 Back to School Immunization Fair that runs through Aug. 2.
Published July 15, 2019 at 4:06 PM
NASA names Mars rock after the Rolling Stones
Mississippi State hit with NCAA sanctions, probation, vacated wins for academic misconduct
DECISION 2019: What to know before you vote
Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case
MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
Bay Springs shuts out Stringer in season opener