Latest Hattiesburg News

Local marks 5 years, big success with Big Loud Records label

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Craig Wiseman’s first five years of living in Nashville, he found himself playing drums for $25 a night in the popular, upbeat bars of downtown Nashville. Now, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Hattiesburg native is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the launch of...

Miss. National Guard unit has first female battalion leader

Aug. 2, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit has its first female battalion commander. Lt. Col. Annie Lee assumed command of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered in Hattiesburg, during a ceremony Friday, multiple news outlets reported. The battalion is one of...

Judge tapped for trial in killing of 2 Mississippi officers

Jul. 31, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A retired judge will preside over the capital murder trial of a man charged in the 2018 shooting deaths of two Mississippi police officers. Judge Richard W. McKenzie of Hattiesburg was appointed Thursday by Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Randolph. Two circuit...

3 more sentenced in huge health care fraud scheme

Jul. 23, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG Miss. (AP) — Three more people accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar pharmacy scheme were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Mississippi. U.S. District Senior Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Glenn Beach, 47, of Sumrall, to 13 years, and Hope Thomley, 53, of Hattiesburg to 14...

Mississippi man pleads guilty in big health care fraud case

Jul. 12, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty to his part in a $510 million health care fraud scheme involving high-priced prescription pain cream. Wade Walters, 53, of Hattiesburg, appeared in federal court Thursday and...

Nurse draws 18-month sentence in health scheme

Jul. 9, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Federal authorities in Mississippi say a nurse has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for her role in a health care fraud scheme. A U.S. Justice Department news release says Fallon Page, 37, was sentenced Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Prosecutors said Page was part of a...

Tennessee doctor, Mississippi nurse sentenced for fraud

Jun. 25, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Tennessee doctor and a Mississippi nurse were sentenced to prison for their role in a health care fraud scheme. Freda Covington, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said...

Louisiana man gets 11+ years for Mississippi heroin delivery

Jun. 20, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A 61-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced in Mississippi to more than 11 years in federal prison for heroin dealing. Peter Oliver Henry of Chalmette was sentenced Monday by District Judge Sul Ozerden to 11 years and 3 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in...

Mississippi doctor gets 4 years in health care fraud scheme

Jun. 17, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Mississippi doctor to four years in prison for his role in a health care fraud scheme. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett handed down the sentence against Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, 38, of Madison, and ordered...

Max the German Shepherd released from custody after 5 years

Jun. 13, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — After spending five years in a Hattiesburg animal shelter, Mississippi Max has found a new home in South Carolina. The 7-year-old German shepherd was at the center of a federal lawsuit after allegedly attacking emergency responders in his previous owner’s home in 2015....