Ocean Springs man arrested on burglary charge



 Ocean Springs police arrested a 21-year-old man last week and charged him with burglary of an occupied dwelling, authorities said.

Blake Johnson of State Street was charged shortly after a burglary that took place Saturday on Calhoun Avenue, Lt. John Flowers said.

“(Johnson) entered their residence with intent to commit burglary,” Flowers said. “The homeowner chased the suspect for a short distance as the police were notified.”

Johnson’s bail was set at $200,000, but the state Department of Corrections has charged Johnson with probation violation and placed a hold on him, Flowers said.

Anyone with information should call the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211.


Two suffer minor injuries in Tuesday night accident 


Elizabeth Potter, 24, and Johnathan Balius, 26, both of River Road, suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday night, according to the Pascagoula Police Department.

Potter was at Singing River Hospital on Wednesday morning, and her condition was described as stable. Balius was treated and released Tuesday night.

The wreck occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Catawba Street, which is between Telephone and River roads in Pascagoula. Potter was driving, and both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors, Lt. Davy Davis said.

“Several witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at very high rates of speed — between 65 and 85 mph,” Davis said. The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

“Going west on Catawba, they had to cross a set of railroad tracks that were raised in the roadway, which witnesses said caused the vehicle to start bouncing uncontrollably and flip.

“We were contacted immediately.”

The Police Department on Wednesday was awaiting results of a blood test Potter submitted to at the hospital. 


Six arrested at Ocean Springs house 


Ocean Springs Police arrested six people Tuesday afternoon while responding to a call of disturbing the peace at a home in the 200 block of Woodland Circle, authorities said Wednesday.

Joseph S. Marinovich, 36, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, three counts of child neglect, one count of simple possession of marijuana and one count of possession of paraphernalia.

The Department of Human Services was called to take possession of the three children, Lt. John Flowers said. Weapons and drugs also were confiscated from the home.

Others present at the home also were arrested.

Richard John Stefanini, 44, who also resides at the Woodland Circle home, was charged with possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

Another resident, 26-year-old Justin Wilson, was charged with three counts of child neglect and two misdemeanor warrants relating to traffic offenses.

Edward Matt Fisher, 25, who resides in the 200 block of Beverly Drive in Ocean Springs, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and three counts of child neglect.

Andrea Grecco, 33, who resides on the 2000 block Westbrook Drive in Ocean Springs, was charged with one count of child neglect.

Ryan Elizabeth Gildea, 24, who resides at the 3600 block of Hamill Farm Road, was charged with two counts of child neglect and a misdemeanor warrant issued for old fines.

Anyone with information should call the Ocean Springs Police Department at 228-875-2211.

By Mississippi Press Staff Report


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