Crime briefs for South Mississippi

July 11, 2014 

Man indicted in child porn case

PASCAGOULA -- A Pascagoula man has been indicted on five charges of child exploitation, court records show.

Robert Hinger Jr., 48, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 1 for an arraignment.

He is accused of downloading images of children under age 18 engaged in sexual activity.

The Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit investigated the case.

Hinger is accused of downloading the images onto a computer flash drive sometime in August, then again on or about Oct. 7.

He is out of jail on bond.

If convicted, he could go to prison for up to 40 years on each count.

Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn is prosecuting the case.

-- Margaret Baker

Man arrested in possession of weapon after traffic stop

GULFPORT -- Marcus Jermaine Lashley, 41, of Gulfport, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said Lashley was found to be in possession of a handgun during a traffic stop. McDaniel said officers later learned he was a felon.

Lashley was held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

-- Patrick Ochs

Gulfport woman accused of stealing $1,500 from sister

GULFPORT -- Police arrested a Gulfport woman Thursday in the theft of about $1,500 from her sister.

Sgt. Damon McDaniel said officers were called about a disturbance at a residence in the 4400 block of 30½th Street on June 29. He said officers learned a woman went to the home to confront her sister, April Marie Smith, 24, about the theft about $1,500 in cash.

McDaniel said a grand larceny warrant was obtained for Smith's arrest and she was entered into the National Crime Information Center as wanted.

Smith was arrested Thursday and was being held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

-- Patrick Ochs

Two arrested in burglary, pawning of jewelry, phone

GULFPORT -- Police arrested two Gulfport residents Thursday in a June 16 burglary in the 2300 block of Kelly Avenue, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said.

Police arrested Phillip Jermaine McClendon, 33, on a charge of burglary, and Rebekah Leanna Marie, 24, on a charge of accessory after the fact to burglary. McClendon is accused in the theft of jewelry and a cellphone.

Police said Marie pawned some of the stolen jewelry at a Biloxi pawn shop.

McClendon was picked up by Mobile police and then extradited to Harrison County to face the burglary charge here. Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set McClendon's bond at $100,000 and Marie's bond set at $25,000.

-- Sun Herald

Pool man accused in thefts from Long Beach family

LONG BEACH -- A pool man contracted to clean in-ground pools at rental homes has been accused in the theft of a family's belongings as they prepared to move from one house to another.

Police arrested Cullen Bryant Wilson, 44, Thursday on a charge of grand larceny after the family filed a complaint. The couple had items in boxes stored in the garage of the house they were leaving, Police Chief Wayne McDowell said.

Neighbors reported they saw Wilson loading items from the house onto the trailer of his work vehicle June 19.

The couple reported they were missing items valued at $7,500 or more, including jewelry, tools, military memorabilia, wind chimes and the frame that held their wedding picture.

Wilson told police he thought the family had moved and left the items, and returned part of the items the couple reported missing, McDowell said.

Wilson was held at the Harrison County jail on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Melvin Ray. He posted bail later Thursday.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Man accused of discharging gun on Old Pass Road

GULFPORT -- Tyrone Antonio Robinson, 28, of Gulfport, was arrested Thursday after a firearm was discharged on Old Pass Road, Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Officers responded to a shooting call at Genevieve Drive and Old Pass Road about 6 p.m. Thursday, McDaniel said. Officers were told an argument took place between Robinson and the complainant. While leaving as the passenger in a vehicle, McDaniel said, Robinson held a handgun out the window and fired it into the air. McDaniel said the vehicle was later stopped on Hewes Avenue near Second Street and Robinson was arrested on a charge of discharging a firearm.

Officers later learned Robinson was a felon and charged him with possession of a weapon by a felon.

Robinson was held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner. He was also given a bond of $662.75 by the Gulfport Municipal Court for discharging a firearm.

McDaniel said the driver was arrested but was not charged.

-- Patrick Ochs

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