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Funeral for retired Pascagoula Police Captain Shannon Massey

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www.wxxv25.com – Jazell Ladner – 2022-11-30 17:14:42

Today in , family, friends, and colleagues gathered for the funeral of retired Captain James Deshannon Massey also known as Shannon Massey.

On November 25th, Massey died after a courageous fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his immediate family who will continue honoring his legacy and remembering him and the many titles he carried throughout his life.

Some of those include United States Marine, Pascagoula police captain, National FBI Academy graduate class 264, esteemed father, and loving husband.

More than 600 people came to pay…

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Waveland arrest three with shoplifting, seek fourth suspect

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-11-29 12:12:51

Waveland have arrested three people and are looking for a fourth suspect in connection with a shoplifting case.

Police Chief Michael Prendergast said three people were arrested: 45-year-old Keith Bell of , 44-year-old Brian Johnson of Gulfport and 24-year-old Mahalia Willis of . All three were charged with felony shoplifting and trespassing. Willis also has an outstanding warrant for felony shoplifting out of Slidell, Louisiana. No bond has been set.

Police also have issued a warrant for the fourth suspect, 24-year-old Kalisha Crockett of Gulfport,…

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Alleged Ocean Springs Shooter recently released from Harrison County Jail

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www.wxxv25.com – Rick Gogreve – 2022-11-25 18:24:22

We’re learning more about an early morning shooting that left a man dead at an bar on Bienville Boulevard.

Shots rang out just before six this morning.

coroner Bruce Lynd Jr. confirms one person was killed at Kahuna-OS Bar & Grill.

Lynd confirmed the victim was Chase Galloway — aged 34 — of Ocean Springs.

According to Ocean Springs Captain Ryan Lemaire, the shooting happened outside the bar in the north parking lot around 5:40 this morning.

Captain Lemaire said there was another shooting at that location about four years ago in…

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Gautier police sergeant beats the odds in cancer battle

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www.wxxv25.com – Lorraine Weiskopf – 2022-11-22 11:01:30

Gautier officers, among many others, gathered inside of the Cancer Treatment Center in , eager to watch one of their own ring the bell, which signifies victory against cancer.

Gautier Police Sgt. Benjamin McQuagge rang the bell three times, celebrating the completion of his almost three-year-long battle with stage four colon cancer.

“I’ve been through multiple rounds of radiation, multiple rounds of chemo, seven or eight major surgeries,” McQuagge said. “It was a struggle for the last couple of years, but I had a great support system.”

In…

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Feed the Needy needs volunteers to help deliver

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www.wxxv25.com – Kate Holzhauser – 2022-11-18 18:23:45

Feed the Needy is gearing up to deliver 1,500 meals on Thanksgiving Day — and they could use your help.

Law enforcement agencies in are spearheading the effort — taking donations and signing up people to receive the meals that are boxed up and delivered Thanksgiving morning.

Last year, the group sent out more than 1,000 meals. This year, they topped that mark by almost 500.

But that also means they need some help getting those meals to those who might otherwise go hungry on Thanksgiving.

Capt. Tom Goldswothy With says volunteers are…

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5 Louisiana men charged with vehicle burglaries in Waveland

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www.wxxv25.com – Kate Holzhauser – 2022-11-17 10:51:29

Five men from Louisiana are behind bars today after a Ring doorbell alerted a potential victim of a car burglary.

The suspects are 22-year-old Tyler Hartley of New Orleans, 20-year-old Caden Nix of Slidell, 19-year-old Thaddeus Thompson Jr. of Slidell, 21-year-old Eugene Wellington of Slidell and 19-year-old Tyre-Malek Young of Metairie.

Waveland say a call came in about 3:30 a.m. this morning. A resident of the Idlewood Subdivision said their Ring doorbell alerted him to someone moving around their vehicle.

Police sent out to the call arrested four suspects —…

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Gulfport PD searching for man wanted for murder

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www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2022-11-16 16:15:51

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have issued an active felony warrant for Royce Barthelemy in connection to a murder that happened yesterday morning in Gulfport.

Barthelemy is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. He also has brown eyes and black hair.

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information about the murder or know the location of Barthelemy, they are asked to call Gulfport Police at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crimestoppers at 877-787-5898.

On November 15, 2022, the Gulfport Police Department arrested 44-year-old Renee…

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Federal judge appoints receiver to manage Hinds County Detention Center

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rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi – 2022-11-02 06:31:03

A federal judge has appointed a receiver to temporarily manage a jail near Mississippi’s capital city to improve conditions.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Monday selected Wendell M. France Sr., a public safety consultant, former correctional administrator and 27-year member of the Baltimore Department to remedy “ongoing unconstitutional conditions” at the Raymond Detention Center.

More:Hinds Detention Center staffing ‘particularly egregious’, judge says; officials ‘disappointed’ in ruling

More:Expert: Receiverships uncommon, especially for local jails like…

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Hinds County: Judge appoints receiver to detention center

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Hinds County Jail taken out of local control under appointed receiver

A former Baltimore jail warden and current criminal justice adjunct professor was appointed receiver of the Detention Center, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Monday evening. 

Wendell France Sr. was one of four people Reeves considered for the appointment. He began his role Tuesday but will not take operational control of the jail until Jan. 1, 2023. 

“France’s diverse experience in corrections and criminal justice system leadership equip him with the tools to ensure RDC’s (Raymond Detention Center) compliance,” Reeves wrote in his order. 

France worked at the now-closed Baltimore City Detention Center in the intake center and in pretrial detention and as deputy secretary of state for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He was also an officer with the Baltimore Department. 

France has also worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and studied police departments through the Control Act of 1994, according to court documents. He has also investigated and made recommendations on criminal justice, law enforcement and correctional issues in several states. 

Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and Coppin State University – both in Maryland. 

Reeves appointed France weeks after ordering federal takeover for the jail, which had previously been under a consent decree since 2016 to address unconstitutional conditions. 

In his July order, Reeves wrote receivership is needed because there is a risk of unconstitutional harm to jail detainees and staff. In 2021, seven detainees died and there have been other issues such as violence, understaffing, old infrastructure and contraband. 

During a Monday conference, Board of Supervisors President Credell Calhoun said the county would accept the judge’s decision and work with its legal team on next steps. 

He added that the board has invested millions of dollars at the jail to make improvements, including getting doors that lock.

Hinds County is appealing the appointment of a receiver and Reeves’ decision to hold the county in contempt before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Within 120 days of appointment, the receiver will develop an action plan for how to achieve compliance with court orders, according to court documents. Within 75 days, the receiver will also establish a budget for the first year of jail operation. 

France will receive $16,000 per month for services performed as jail receiver, according to Reeves’ order. 

Reeves asked the county and the DOJ to present candidates for the jail receiver role. The county proposed one person, and the department recommended three, according to court documents.

The DOJ’s other candidates were Susan McCampbell, who has worked as a court monitor at jails and prisons in multiple states, and another person whose name was not mentioned in court records. 

The county recommended Frank Shaw, who served as interim administrator of the Hinds County Detention Center. 

Reeves rejected Shaw as an option because his experience was in prisons rather than jails, according to court documents. Jails hold people who have not been convicted of a crime, while in prison, people held there have been convicted and are serving a sentence. 

He also decided against Shaw because Shaw was in charge of a privately-run prison in Arizona where riots broke out, according to court documents. 

Reeves said he interviewed two finalists for receiver and was confident that either could have taken on the role with integrity and been able to secure results for the people of Hinds County. 

In a separate Tuesday order, Reeves outlined responsibilities of the receiver, which includes:

  • Day-to-day jail operations
  • Remedy for unconstitutional conditions by implementing the new injunction order
  • Determine the annual budget for the jail, including staff salaries and benefits, medical and mental health services, facility improvements and fire safety
  • All executive, management, leadership powers relating to the custody, care and supervision of jail detainees
  • The duty to control, oversee, supervise and direct administrative, personnel, financial, accounting, contractual and operational functions of the jail 
  • The power take over personnel actions of staff who perform services related to jail operation
  • The authority to negotiate agreements with Sheriff’s Office, Board of Supervisors, other state, county, city officials or agencies not under the receiver’s direct control 

The county and DOJ each outlined what kind of duties and responsibilities they wanted the receiver to have, which Reeves took into consideration when determining which to grant.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Biloxi PD participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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www.wxxv25.com – Jazell Ladner – 2022-10-31 15:36:27

The Department held its semi-annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs.

Every six months, the department sets up a table in the front office at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center for the public to drop off any unused prescriptions.

Those drugs will be shipped to Birmingham, where they will be destroyed in a medical furnace.

The department also runs a drop box for unwanted medicines year-round and encourages the public to drop anything off during normal business hours. DEA Supervisor John W. Moore said, “The whole problem with opioids has…

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