Gulfport murder victim identified
GULFPORT -- The victim from Thursday's murder has been identified.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Quintin Brinkley, 39, of Gulfport, died from blunt-force trauma to the head.
Gulfport police arrested William Cullen King Jr., 25, on Thursday in Brinkley's murder, Police Chief Leonard Papania said.
Police responded to a call in the 2700 block of Gulf Avenue about 11 a.m. Thursday, Papania said, and found Brinkley suffering from a head injury by unknown means.
Brinkley was taken to an area hospital where he died, Papania said.
During the investigation, police identified King as the suspect and learned he had assaulted Brinkley following an argument, Papania said. Police later found King walking in the area, Papania said, and arrested him without incident.
King is being held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner. The investigation is ongoing.
-- Patrick Ochs
Man gets 20 years for shooting fiancée's ex
GULFPORT -- Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois has sentenced a Gulfport man to 20 years in prison for shooting his new fiancée's ex-husband in an argument over their children.
The judge sentenced Carl Lee Jordan, 35, Thursday after a Harrison County jury found him guilty of aggravated assault.
The wounded man was shot several times in his thigh and buttocks Dec. 10, 2011.
District Attorney Joel Smith said the jury heard testimony that the couple went to the man's home on 29th Street and began arguing, and Jordan fired several shots and ran away. Gulfport police arrested Jordan in a traffic stop.
The wounded man was treated at Memorial Hospital and recovered.
Smith said jurors in the three-day trial deliberated about 40 minutes before reaching their verdict.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Matthew Burrell and Robert McCormick.
-- Robin Fitzgerald
Moss Point man to serve 15 years for sexual battery
PASCAGOULA -- A Moss Point man will spend 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to three counts of sexual battery.
Joseph Dewberry Jr., 21, entered the pleas before Circuit Judge Dale Harkey.
Harkey sentenced Dewberry to a total of 30 years, with 15 years to serve day-for-day and the remainder under post-release supervision. In addition, the judge ordered Dewberry to pay a $3,000 fine, $1,000 to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund and told him to have no contact with the victims. Dewberry will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Dewberry is accused of having sex with two children, ages 10 and 11, in the summer of 2012.
"I am proud that the victims and their families were able to see justice served in court today," Assistant District Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk said. "While this sentence will not bring back their innocence, it holds the defendant accountable for his actions against these two vulnerable members of society."
District Attorney Tony Lawrence added, "I am proud of the individuals in the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and in my office who brought this case to a successful conclusion. When a defendant commits an act against a child, it affects that child's childhood, that child's future and that child's family. This is a young man who will spend 15 years day-for-day behind bars for the acts that he committed. A lot of families, including his, were hurt due to his actions."
-- Margaret Baker
Bay man faces kidnapping, sexual assault charges
BAY ST. LOUIS -- A Bay man has been arrested on charges including one alleging he kidnapped two people from Ridgeland.
Police arrested Robert Kelly Hanson Jr., 33, at his home Thursday after being notified Ridgeland police were looking for two kidnapping victims, Police Chief Mike De Nardo said.
The quick response of police and sheriff's investigators and others "brought a very dangerous situation to a quick end," De Nardo said in a news release.
Police arrested Hanson on two counts each of kidnapping and possession of stolen property, three counts of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of simple domestic assault.
De Nardo declined to say if those kidnapped are adults or children and if they are the ones believed to be sexually assaulted.
"Any further details may jeopardize the investigation," he said.
He said more charges could be filed.
Hanson was held at the Hancock County jail pending bond hearings on the felonies. His bond on the misdemeanor is $5,000.
-- Robin Fitzgerald
Gulfport woman arrested on false pretense charge
GULFPORT -- Police arrested a 35-year-old Gulfport woman Wednesday on a charge of false pretense.
Police Chief Leonard Papania said Amber Leigh Lyons was arrested after the department followed up on a complaint initiated Nov. 11 by the Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union on U.S. 49.
Papania said investigators learned Lyons attempted to cash more than $3,000 in fraudulent checks in July.
Lyons was held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.
Papania said the investigation is ongoing.
-- Patrick Ochs