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‘Samurai sword’ attack lands one in hospital, one in jail
Charles Parker

Hancock County sheriff's deputies last week arrested a Bayside Park man who allegedly hacked another man several times with a "samurai sword," officials said Monday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said Monday that Charles Parker, 49, was arrested on Oct. 11 and charged with aggravated assault – manifesting extreme indifference to human life.
Apparently, Bass said, Parker and another man got into "an altercation" at a residence on Choctaw Street in Bayside Park early in the morning on Oct. 11.
"Mr. Parker and an acquaintance began arguing and Parker grabbed this samurai sword type weapon and started hacking the other guy," Bass said. "He struck him in the arm and in the head."
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was able to grab a pipe or bicycle frame and ward off Parker's attack, Bass said.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:06


Missing Teen Found: Father arrested for harboring her
Missing OLA student Courtlee Hilton was found safe on Monday.

Long Beach police on Monday located a local teen who had been missing for two weeks and arrested her father, who had allegedly been harboring her.
According to a press release from the Long Beach Police Department, Courtlee Hilton was found safe on Monday.
She was with her father, Shawn Hilton, who did not have legal custody of her.
Shawn Hilton was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Courtlee, a student at Our Lady Academy, was last seen on Oct. 1.
During the past two weeks, she did not go to school, nor has there been any sighting of her, officials said.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:05


Former D’head city manager notifies city of pending lawsuit
Former Diamond-head City Manager Clovis Reed recently notified the city that he intends to file a lawsuit related to his employment with the city.
Under state law, anyone wanting to file a lawsuit against a governmental entity must first file a "notice of claim" prior to filing the lawsuit.
A notice of claim generally outlines the plaintiff's arguments and allows the city to potentially work out a settlement prior to litigation.
Diamondhead City Attorney Sean Tindell said last week that the city has received the claim, but he could not comment on it.
Reed served as city manager for nearly two years.
He announced his resignation on May 2, the morning of this year's municipal elections.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:05


Moving Wall: Replica of Vietnam Memorial headed to Diamondhead next week
Visitors view for the Moving Wall in Camden, Tennessee. The wall will be in Diamondhead from Oct. 26-29.

Next week, members of the Diamondhead Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2880 will host "The Moving Wall," a replica of the Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Post 2880 Commander Jerry Peppenger said the names of more than 58,000 Vietnam veterans are etched into the memorial wall in Washington, DC.
"The names are listed by the date when they were killed," Peppenger said.
According to www.themovingwall.org, the half-size replica "has been touring the country for thirty-plus years."
In 1982, John Devitt attended the dedication in Washington and felt the "positive power of 'The Wall,"' the website states, and he "vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington."

Oct 17, 2017, 17:04


Bay utility rates to change
Beginning today, the city of Bay St. Louis is running a utility rate increase notice in the Sea Coast Echo, which states that there will be a $3 increase to the residential city sewer rate and a $.75 increase to the residential garbage rate. The council approved the increases when it approved the budget, which took effect Oct. 1.
The 2017-2018 budget talks included a $10 reduction to the $13 charge, which was expected to drop from customers' bill Nov. 1, Bay St. Louis City Clerk Sissy Gonzales said Tuesday.
However, Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre said Tuesday that the $13 debt service fee – which was to added to pay a bond – will need to be extended until Dec. 31.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:03


Bay PD makes weekend arrests for burglary and impersonating an officer
On Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. officers with the Bay St. Louis Police Department responded to the 800 block of Washington Street for a report of burglary, according to a statement from Bay PD.
When officers arrived on the scene, they learned that the suspect Robert Avrad had forced entry into the residence, law enforcement officials said in the release.
The home owner found Avrad asleep in the residence and detained him until officers arrived, the release states.
Avrad was charged with burglary of a residence and was transported to the Hancock County Adult Detention Center in lieu of bond being set by Judge Steve Maggio.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:02


Local business woman arrested for allegedly embezzling from softball league
Robin Gill

A Bay St. Louis business woman and little league volunteer for the Mississippi West Coast Softball League has been arrested for embezzling nearly $30,000 from the team, officials with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
On Monday, 45-year-old Robin Gill turned herself in to authorities, Investigator A.J. Gambino said, after deputies had investigated allegations of embezzlement.
The investigation was sparked when complainants met with Hancock County sheriff's officials in May 2017, after filing a report with the Waveland Police Department.
Gambino said others affiliated with the little league became worried there had been wrongdoing in January 2017 when they discovered the league's account was at a negative balance.

Oct 16, 2017, 14:59


Hancock man sentenced to 60 years for molestations in Louisiana
A Kiln man on Thursday was sentenced to 60 years in prison for sexual assaults on two girls in Jefferson Parish.
A jury in Westwego last week convicted Billy Joe Howard, 33, of one count of sexual battery and another count of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13.
Officials said the sexual assaults took place in 2015 after Howard met the victims' mother on a dating website.
The two victims were ages 11 and seven, respectively, at the time of the molestations, officials said.
Howard was arrested after the incident, and while on bond awaiting trial, he allegedly molested a third girl, then 16, in Hancock County.

Oct 16, 2017, 14:10


RS-25 engines ready for maiden flight of NASA space launch system
Aerojet Rocketdyne displays the four RS-25 engines slated to fly on EM-1, the maiden flight of NASA’s SLS rocket, at its facility located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), announces the four RS-25 engines slated to fly on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the maiden flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), are ready for integration with the rocket’s core stage.
EM-1 is a three-week mission in which the SLS rocket will launch the Orion spacecraft into a distant retrograde orbit around the moon farther than a human-rated vehicle has traveled before, and also will deliver 13 small satellites to deep space.
“The Space Launch System epitomizes our nation’s legacy of ingenuity and our spirit of exploration,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO & President Eileen Drake. “When it launches, SLS will eclipse the performance of any rocket flying today or currently under development.”

Oct 16, 2017, 14:08






















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