News 25’s Top Five Stories of 2022
As we wind down on 2022, we are taking a look at some of the stories that captured the attention of our viewers this year.
From the state legislature to the death of a beloved mascot to the loss of two police officers. Let’s take a look at how the top stories of 2022 lined up this year.
We begin our countdown to the top stories of 2022 with a familiar name in the sports world: former NFL quarterback Brett Favre. Favre’s name has come up as part of an investigation of the Department of Human Services. Although he has not been charged with a crime, Favre continues to be linked to the misuse of state welfare funds. Favre said he has been unjustly smeared in the media.
Coming in at number four, the death of Ocean Springs’ beloved mascot Carl the Rooster 2.0. The animal was taken from its roost on April 24th and was later found dead in Biloxi. A former Jones County Corrections officer, Kendra Shaffer, was charged in the rooster’s death and was found guilty in October. Her attorney said she would appeal and her sentencing has not been set.
The state legislature comes in at number three with two big stories. The state passed a teacher pay raise bill that will provide an average increase of $5,100, about a ten percent raise. The legislature also approved medical marijuana in the state, paving the way for it to be grown, processed, and sold to those who have a prescription.
Coming in at number two was one of the biggest stories in South Mississippi: the race for the fourth congressional district seat. Former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell took on Steven Palazzo in the Republican primary and defeated the incumbent in a runoff. Ezell then faced down former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree and Libertarian Alden Johnson in the general election. Ezell will be sworn in on January 3rd.
Also deserving of mention in our top stories are the K-9 officers wounded or killed in action. K-9 Officer Buddy was wounded on March 29th and K-9 Exo was killed pursuing a suspect. Buddy, and other K-9 officers, received protective vests after the incidents.
We come now to our top story of 2022. Officer-involved shootings in the state hit home when two officers lost their lives in the line-of duty.
Just two weeks ago, Bay St. Louis lost two in the eighth officer-involved shooting on the Coast this year. There were 36 that occurred statewide in 2022. The Coast mourned the losses of Sgt. Steven Robin and Officer Branden Estorffe, who were killed after responding to a welfare check at a motel in Bay St. Louis. They were buried just days before Christmas in a service that saw law enforcement from all over the country join family and friends to mourn.
Other officer involved shootings in South Mississippi included:
- June 23rd: shooting near Aster Street in Moss Point
- August 22nd: shooting near Benachi Avenue in Biloxi
- October 6th: fatal shooting of Jaheim McMillan in Gulfport
- October 19th: a carjacking and pursuit in Vancleave
- October 21st: a domestic call in Lucedale
- October 28: deadly shooting after subject fired at officers
- December 10th: burglary in progress deadly shooting in Hancock County.