WLOX-TV news reporter Toni Miles has lost her job after being arrested on a felony cocaine charge.
Her attorney, Charles P. Wilson Jr., said her dismissal today “was based on mere allegations. Just because somebody has been accused of something, it doesn’t mean that they have broken the law.”
WLOX Station Manager Dave Vincent has not returned phone calls for comment.
Miles, a member of the TV station’s news team since 2001, was arrested early this morning at the home of Gulfport businessman Ronnie Wayne Blacklidge Jr. They and two others were arrested at his Bayou View home on Quincy Avenue. The Gulfport Police Department said they entered the home with a search warrant at 3:12 a.m.
Miles was a field reporter for WLOX during the week and a weekend co-anchor.
Blacklidge is a local developer and helps run a family-owned asphalt company, Blacklidge Emulsions. He lives in a neighborhood west of Courthouse Road.
Miles, 32, of Biloxi, and Blacklidge, 36, have both been released from the Harrison County jail. Both are charged with possession of cocaine. They were booked in at the Harrison County jail at 10:15 a.m. Both posted bail around 1 p.m.