Crime news for South Mississippi

July 7, 2014 

DMR in Biloxi arrests 8 on BUI charges

BILOXI -- Marine patrol officers arrested eight people over the holiday weekend on a charge of boating under the influence, said Keith Davis, chief of marine patrol for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, they checked 352 boats and 1,486 people, issued 28 boat and water citations and responded to a minor accident involving two personal water crafts.

DMR had beefed up patrols the previous weekend to remind boaters of safety issues and to warn about the dangers of combining alcohol with boating. One person was arrested that weekend on a BUI charge.

Davis said he urges boaters to have a designated driver if they plan to drink alcohol. He also is reminding boaters to make sure they have all the necessary safety equipment for the protection of their passengers.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Police warn public about potential scams

GULFPORT -- Gulfport police are warning the public about possible scams from peddlers and solicitors.

They may offer home improvement or asphalt work, or be trying to sell vacuum cleaners or magazines.

Peddlers, those who try to sell goods such as meat, fruit and vegetables, must have a peddler's license from the city. Solicitors, who distribute literature in attempts to take orders, must have a business license. They also must show their permit or license when asked.

Also, they are not allowed to use sound equipment to attract attention.

To report suspicious activity, call the Gulfport Police Department at 868-5959.

-- Sun Herald

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