Child porn suspect Marcus Ryan Ladner contacted "numerous" girls under the age of 15 on social media sites during the past six months, asking them to share nude pictures and--in at-least one case--to meet with him, authorities said Thursday.
New details of Ladner's alleged scheme came to light Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Waveland Municipal Court.
Ladner, 21, was arrested last week on two counts of enticing a child and three counts of possession of child pornography.
Waveland Police Chief David Allen testified Thursday that Ladner was the mastermind of an elaborate social media scheme in which he contacted underage girls and asked them to send nude photos. Mar 7, 2014, 20:36
Pearl River Community College Waveland Campus Director Raymunda Barnes on Wednesday welcomed a crowd of students and residents who turned out to see a special presentation by the National WWII Museum. The presentation included stories from former Marine Bert Stolier, above, and an interactive slide show.
Bert Stolier was stranded in the placid waters of the Pacific Ocean for three days and three nights in December 1942 after his ship, the U.S.S. Northampton, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Tassafaronga.
With no food, no water, and little hope, all Stolier could do is reminisce about his family and home in New Orleans and sing every song he could remember.
Then, Stolier said, a miracle happened.
"The tide pushed me between two islands and I saw a ship," he said. "As I got a little closer, I saw, with apologies to my future wife, the most beautiful sight of my life."
What Stolier saw that cold December morning was the Stars and Stripes flying on the deck of an American ship. Mar 7, 2014, 20:35
Eight file for state’s 4th District House seat A total of eight candidates from three different political parties have thrown their respective hats in the ring for this year's Mississippi 4th Congressional District race.
The race will feature five Republicans, two Democrats, and one Libertarian party member.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on June 4.
In Hancock County, voters will be able to cast votes at their traditional county voting precincts with a few notable exceptions.
Voters in the Waveland West precinct will now cast their votes at the fire station on Highway 90 and voters in the North Bay West precinct will cast votes at American Legion Post 139. Mar 7, 2014, 20:34
Animal shelter recovers from viral outbreak In February, the Hancock County Animal Shelter was hit with an unknown epidemic that claimed the lives of some of the dogs in its care.
Officials announced Thursday, what they believe might have caused the outbreak. Micky Evans, vice-president and founder of Friends of the Animal Shelter in Hancock County, on Thursday updated the Bay St. Louis City Council on the situation.
"The shelter was closed for about two weeks while they tried to get the epidemic under control," Evans said. "They took one of the dogs to Dr. Askew in Saucier, who is a specialist and he feels that what the organism was in the shelter was an aberrant strain of distemper which is very, very serious.
"The shelter rose to the occasion and worked very hard to contain the epidemic and keep it from getting into the public." Mar 7, 2014, 20:33
Visit Old Town BSL for “Soup’er Mudfest” Throughout the winter, record-breaking crowds flocked to the Second Saturday Artwalk in Bay St. Louis, undeterred by often-chilling temperatures or rain. As the Spring season of Artwalk series kicks off today, Saturday, March 8, event organizers expect attendance figures to rise even further as balmy coast weather makes strolling through the historic streets of Old Town irresistible.
The March celebration coincides with the return of the “Soup’er Mudfest,” an event that’s become a favorite Old Town tradition. More than a dozen local potters craft unique bowls that are sold at a booth at the corner of Main and Second Streets, beginning at 4 p.m. For the rest of the evening, free samples of specialty soups will be served into those bowls by 18 participating merchants. Mar 7, 2014, 20:33
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Tuesday toasts King Diamond VII Nick Saucier and Queen Diamond VII Terri Saucier and proclaims it “Krewe of Diamonds Day” in the Bay.
Temperatures dipped into the 30s and rain fell incessantly on Fat Tuesday, but the Krewe of Diamonds soldiered on for its seventh annual Mardi Gras Day parade.
Despite the inclement weather, the krewe was greeted Tuesday by an enthusiast crowd of spectators.
Nick Saucier served as this year's King Diamond; his wife, Terri Saucier was Queen Diamond VII. Dr. Barbara Coatney, executive director of the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, served as parade grand marshal.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame toasted the royals on Main Street in front of Maggie May's and proclaimed Fat Tuesday as "Krewe of Diamonds Day" in the city. Mar 4, 2014, 18:07
Seahorse King Carter Church and Queen Wendy McDonald
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse made history Monday evening, becoming the first evening Lundi Gras parade to roll in Bay St. Louis.
"It was amazing," Seahorse co-founder Margaret Rafferty said. "I could not believe how many people came out."
The krewe is named after the U.S.S. Seahorse, a War of 1812 schooner, which valiantly fought a contingent from the British Fleet on Dec. 14, 1814 during the Battle of Bay St. Louis, a precursor of the Battle of Lake Bourne and the Battle of New Orleans.
Monday's parade is a kick-off of a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the battle, officials said.
Monday's parade consisted of about 70 golf carts and vehicles decorated with lights, colors, and pirate garb. Dozen of walkers also joined the parade, many of them in costume. Mar 4, 2014, 18:06
Authorities in Louisiana and Mississippi are seeking information about a 19-year-old Slidell woman who was last seen early Saturday morning.
According to a press release from the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office, Hayley Howard was last seen leaving the University of New Orleans campus about 2 a.m. Saturday and headed to her home in Slidell.
Howard reportedly called a friend to say she had a flat tire and a passing motorist had stopped to help her.
Neither Howard nor her vehicle have been seen since. Mar 4, 2014, 18:04
Dusty Rhodes retires after illustrious banking career Walking into the First Bank in Bay St. Louis isn't like walking into a regular bank.
There's a warm, welcoming vibe in the air.
There's a smile on every face and everyone is vying to assist.
Then you see the man himself, Charley E. "Dusty" Rhodes, Hancock County president of the The First Bank.
Friday was a bittersweet day for the employees and customers; they were celebrating Rhodes' retirement.
Bank patrons congratulated him and told him how much he was going to be missed. Mar 4, 2014, 18:03