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UPDATE: Harding found not guilty of assaulting mayor's daughter, grandson
Jeff Harding's customized "Les Fillin-machine."

Bay St. Louis Municipal Judge Stephen Maggio on Tuesday found local businessman and political activist Jeff Harding not guilty of two counts of simple assault by menace and a charge of following too closely after a four-hour trial in city court.
Maggio found Harding guilty of reckless driving and issued him a $243 fine.
The charges against Harding were filed by Katie Stewart, the daughter of Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame.
Stewart testified Wednesday that she and her eight-year-old son had been visiting the cemetery on Highway 90 on the afternoon of Aug. 13.
On their return home, Stewart said, she noticed a van, and recognized its driver, Harding.
Stewart said Harding began honking a loud horn and following her very closely--and, a few times--"bumper to bumper."

Dec 2, 2016, 17:45

Happy Holidays: Christmas Celebrations all Around Hancock County and Pass Christian
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blaine Lafontaine, left, and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Thursday welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus to Diamondhead’s third annual Town Green Holiday Celebration.

Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Thursday helped Santa and Mrs. Claus light the city's Christmas tree to kick off the third annual Diamondhead Town Green Holiday Celebration.
The event was the first in a host of Christmas-themed events going on in Hancock County and Pass Christian this month.
Hundreds of Diamondhead residents turned out for the Town Green Celebration, enjoying free hot chocolate and music from the Hancock Middle School Choir.
Children were able to visit with Santa and write down their wish lists and drop them in a special mailbox headed to the North Pole.
Even “The Grinch,” got in on the holiday action Thursday, greeting the people of “Whoville” and posing for photos with the kids.

Dec 2, 2016, 17:44

Bay woman arrested for alleged contraband
Authorities in Stone County last week arrested a Bay St. Louis woman who allegedly threw several packages of contraband over the fence at the Stone County Jail so an inmate could retrieve them.
Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer told the Stone County Enterprise this week that Jessica Lewis, 29, of Bay St. Louis was arrested and charged with felony furnishing of a cell phone into a correctional facility and felony furnishing of a controlled substance.
Lewis had apparently received a phone call from a federal inmate housed at the jail asking her to provide him with several items not allowed in the jail, officials said.
The plan was apparently to throw the packages over a fence while the inmates were on yard call, investigators said.

Dec 2, 2016, 17:43

Two jailed after high speed chase
Authorities in Louisiana on Thursday arrested two local men after a high-speed pursuit that began on Highway 603 ended near Pearl River Louisiana.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Friday that a Hancock County patrol unit attempted to pull over a grey Nissan Altima on Highway 603 at 10:36 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle did not stop and took off at a high rate of speed, Bass said.
Deputies chased the vehicle down Highway 603, where the vehicle slowed and an unknown suspect jumped out and fled on foot, Bass said.
The vehicle then took off again, turning on Bayou Lacroix Road and then again on Highway 90, heading west towards the interstate, Bass said.
Several other police units joined the chase and the Louisiana State Police were also notified.

Dec 2, 2016, 17:42

Local artist Herb Willey’s work displayed in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Herb Willey’s watercolor painting, “Crab Fest 2014.”

A Bay St. Louis artist can now add “international acclaim” to his already extensive resumé.
Watercolorist Herb Willey has been juried in to several noteworthy watercolor exhibits recently, including this year’s River Road Show in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Watercolor Society exhibition in New Orleans (for which he was the only Mississippi watercolorist to be chosen); national shows including the Water Tower Watercolor Show in Mendocino, Calif. and the Mighty Tieton annual show in Tieton, Wash.
Willey said his most noteworthy recent accomplishments, however, were in the International Watercolor Society shows in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Of interest to local Mississippians, his entry in the Hong Kong show was "Bay St Louis Crab Boil," and his entry in the Taiwan show, “Live Crabs,” was purchased by a Chinese collector.

Dec 2, 2016, 17:41

The man who defeated Castro: St. Stanislaus boxing legend once knocked out future Cuban dictator
A young Martin Koch.
A young Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro defeated a United States backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs, brought the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and befuddled the the most powerful country in the world for more than 50 years, but there was one American who he could not defeat.
Long before Castro led a communist revolution and seized power in Cuba, the future dictator stepped into a boxing ring with a young American named Martin Reymond Koch, who, Koch's daughter Nanette Lamothe recalls her father saying--"taught him a few licks."

Dec 2, 2016, 16:13

Hancock Resource Center provides for community year-round
People who decided to adopt an angel will need to bring this card back with the gift when dropping them off at the Hancock Resource Center. Photo by Cassandra Favre

"Every child deserves a Christmas," Hancock Resource Center Director Rhonda Rhodes said when she spoke of the center's collaboration with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree and the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots programs.
This year, more than 250 children in Hancock County are registered to receive presents and there is still a large number of adoptable angel tags hanging on Christmas trees.

Dec 2, 2016, 15:55

Toy drive ongoing for children in foster care
The majority of children in Hancock County will awaken Dec. 25 to brightly lit Christmas trees with numerous wrapped presents placed beneath their branches.
However, there are 300 children in the county's foster care system and 120 with open prevention and protection cases with the Mississippi Department of Child of Protective Services, who – without generous donations from the community – may not have a toy to unwrap this Christmas Day.

Dec 2, 2016, 15:43

DH fire district employee charged with embezzling
Sandra Zitterkopf

Hancock County Sheriff's investigators on Monday arrested an employee of the Diamondhead Fire Protection District who had allegedly been embezzling money from the district.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a press release that Sandra Zitterkopf, 55, was arrested and charged with embezzlement.
Zitterkopf, a clerk at the fire protection district, collected monthly fees from residents who own property in the fire district.
Recently, Adam said, an internal audit by the district indicated that about $25,000 was missing.
Fire district officials asked the sheriff's office to investigate and they "fully cooperated" with the investigation, Adam said.

Nov 29, 2016, 18:52

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