Most-wanted story nets 2 more suspects



Two more of South Mississippi’s most-wanted criminal suspects have been taken into custody.

With the latest arrests, five of South Mississippi’s most-wanted are now in custody as a result of their stories featured in Sunday’s Sun Herald.

“As soon as the story came out Sunday, informants and the public started calling in with tips,” said Curtis Spiers, commander of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County. “We even had a couple (suspects) call in and say they were going to turn themselves in.”

Harrison County deputies arrested Nicholas “Nicky” Earl Hay, 23, shortly before noon Sunday after a report of his whereabouts at Interstate 10 and Canal Road. Deputy Carl Rhodes said Hay, on the run since November, was turned over to Jackson County to face a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Hay, Spiers said, hadn’t been seen since he fled Singing River Hospital in November, where he was being treated for allegedly ingesting a large quantity of cocaine just as authorities went to arrest him. Hay has an extensive arrest record, with other drug-related charges documented in Harrison and Jackson counties.

Christopher McKee, 34, called narcotics agents shortly after he saw himself profiled in the most-wanted series. He turned himself in Monday after a visit with his children, Spiers said. He and another most-wanted suspect, Daniel Vashon Cantino, 27, are accused in a June 16 meth-lab explosion in St. Martin.

Two others — Jason Fortenberry, 36, and Marjorie Diane Williams, 52 — called Jackson County narcotics agents, Spiers said, saying they planned to turn themselves in.

Fortenberry was out of jail on bond on two previous meth-manufacturing charges when he suffered burns in an alleged meth-lab explosion in December. He fled an Alabama hospital shortly after he was hospitalized there in December.

Fortenberry, Spiers said, called to give authorities his address and told them he wanted to surrender after he completed skin-graft treatments related to the meth explosion.

Williams, also wanted on meth-related charges, called authorities to say she planned to surrender, Spiers said.

Three other most-wanted suspects featured Sunday — two wanted in Harrison County and one in Long Beach, were arrested Sunday and Monday.

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