Crime news for South Mississippi

July 14, 2014 

Gulfport felon accused of having a gun

GULFPORT -- A felon was found with a handgun after a person flagged down police following an argument with him, police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Zandius Kentrel Coleman, 31, and the person had argued in the street Saturday, and the person reported Coleman had a handgun as he got in the passenger seat of a vehicle.

Police stopped the vehicle in the 4600 block of Old Pass Road and Coleman tried to hide a gun under a seat, McDaniel said. Police checked his criminal background and learned Coleman has a prior felony conviction.

Police arrested Coleman, of Gulfport, on a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Coleman was booked at the Harrison County jail and held on a $15,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Gulfport man arrested on felony DUI charge

GULFPORT -- Police arrested Doward Eugene Gardner Jr. on a felony drunken-driving charge early Monday after determining he has two prior DUI convictions.

A patrol officer stopped him on a traffic violation about 11:47 p.m. Sunday at Pass Road and Jody Nelson Drive. Gardner appeared to be impaired and further investigation revealed his DUI convictions, police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.

Gardner, 47, of Gulfport, was held at the Harrison County jail.

Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set bond at $15,000.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Mobile man arrested on weapons charge

GAUTIER -- A Mobile man was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Police arrested Ray Von McCall, 26, after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Gray Cliffe Drive.

Police arrested McCall after a search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of a stolen firearm.

After the arrest, McCall was taken to the Jackson County jail.

-- Margaret Baker

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