Local shrimpers were busy Thursday, loading up with ice and supplies for the opening of the 2017 Louisiana White Shrimp Season. More than two dozen local fishermen left from Bayou Caddy on Friday.
Dozens of local commercial fishermen are headed west this this weekend with the opening of Louisiana's white shrimp season.
The Mississippi shrimp season opened in June, but Louisiana has only been open for brown shrimp.
Brown shrimp and white shrimp are different species of shrimp, but they both command similar prices, officials said.
Many local fishermen, however, find it easier to catch white shrimp because of the equipment they use, Kendall Marquar of Pinchers Seafood in Lakeshore said Friday.
"Many of our guys use skimmer nets, which are used to catch the white shrimp," Marquar said. "This is a big time for our fishermen coming out of Bayou Caddy." Aug 19, 2017, 00:14
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for an 81-year-old Diamondhead resident who was last seen on Wednesday in Metairie.
The man, William Renfrow is a white male, who is five feet, eight inches tall with light brown hair and brown eyes. He weighs about 108 pounds.
The Biloxi Police Department is working the case.
Biloxi Police Lt. Christopher De Back said Friday that Renfrow was last seen at a bank in Metairie at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
De Beck said Renfrow was not in his vehicle when he went to the bank.
"We know where his vehicle is," De Back said. "We don't know if he was in a rental car or how he got to the bank." Aug 19, 2017, 00:13
Officers on Friday arrest Herman Rodgers, of Gulfport, after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase through Hancock County.
A high-speed chase through Hancock County came to an end Friday evening after a brief foot pursuit through a wooded, marshy area just off Kiln-DeLisle Road in Pass Christian.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Daren Freeman said Hancock County Central Dispatch alerted all officers just before 3:30 p.m. to be on the look-out for a white Volkswagen traveling north on Highway 603. The man behind the wheel was apparently wanted for allegedly breaking into vehicles in the Lowe's parking lot.
Freeman said both Bay St. Louis and Waveland Police officers spotted the suspect, 48-year-old Herman Rodgers of Gulfport, on Hwy. 603 and attempted to stop him. Rodgers eluded authorities and led them on a high-speed chase down I-10, Freeman said. Aug 19, 2017, 00:12
Bay P.D. warns of counterfeit currency The Bay St. Louis Police Department is advising merchants and citizens to be aware of recent attempts to pass counterfeit currency in the area.
According to a Bay P.D. release, on Aug. 17, a local merchant reported that an unidentified subject attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
When the merchant advised the subject that the bill appeared to be counterfeit, the subject reached across the counter, grabbed and inspected the bill and gave a vague answer for having the bill in his possession before leaving the store, the release said.
According to video surveillance, the subject is a medium-to-heavy-set black male. He was wearing a white polo shirt, blue jeans and a black hat with "Miami" printed on the front. Aug 19, 2017, 00:11
Hancock supers offer cities compromise on library board With the clock ticking towards a Sept. 30 deadline for a new agreement on the Hancock County Library System, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors has offered a compromise about representation on the library board moving forward.
The county's latest proposal was announced at Wednesday's meeting of the Waveland Board of Aldermen.
The Hancock County Library System has been in place since 1991, when the county and two cities agreed to a service plan that created a five-person board to oversee operations of the county's libraries.
Under that agreement, the county held two appointments to the board, Bay St. Louis had two, and Waveland had one. Aug 19, 2017, 00:10
Bay Council budget workshop on donations to non-profit groups The Bay St. Louis City Council on Thursday heard from representatives of several agencies requesting donations during its latest 2017-2018 budget workshop.
First, Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau Director Myrna Green requested $2,500 per month from the city, or $30,000 per year. Last year, the city gave the bureau $22,500.
She said the bureau spends about $100,000 annually in radio advertisements.
About 90 percent of promotional efforts are geared towards New Orleans, where most of the customers come from, Green said. In addition to seeking funding from the county, Waveland and Diamondhead, Green said, she is also exploring other sources of funding, such as corporate sponsorships. Aug 19, 2017, 00:08
Police in Slidell last week arrested a Kiln man who allegedly "kicked and beat" a puppy for 10 minutes and then stuffed the animal in the trunk of his car at the Slidell Warmart while he went shopping.
Two days later, deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office arrested four people at the man's home and discovered a large amount of methamphetmines, authorities said Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Slidell Police Department, SPD responded to a report of animal cruelty at Walmart at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 11.
Witnesses told police that a man--later identified as Louis Brent Ladner, 39, of Kiln--repeatedly kicked and beat a pit bull puppy.
"They heard a dog screaming bloody murder," the press release said. "Witnesses said he beat the puppy for about ten minutes." Aug 18, 2017, 10:35
Tammy Brady – the Sea Coast Echo Law Enforcement Officer of the Week Our Law Enforcement Officer of the week is Tammy Brady of the Bay St. Louis Police Department. Brady, a civilian employee, was nominated for the honor by Chief Daren Freeman, who also nominated her for the department’s Employee of the Quarter.”Your work ethic and dedication has not gone unnoticed by myself and your peers,” Freeman told Brady in an official letter. “During the past year you have taken on more responsibilities and tasks without hesitation or complaining. We have observed you working on Sundays and after hours on more than one occasion to make sure the job gets done. Your efforts to streamline our paperwork and the daily operations of the Department has allowed us to run more efficient and become more professional. Aug 16, 2017, 09:19
Local authorities on Friday investigate a crash near the Clermont Harbor Fire Department. The crash was a culmination of a series of events, during which, authorities said a local man fired two shots at a woman's ace. The person detained in this photo was later released. He was not the shooter.
Hancock County Sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a local man after one apparently fired two shots into a woman's car during what police described as a "domestic dispute."
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that Charles Mueller, 32, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder.
According the Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glen Grannan, Mueller had spotted his ex-girlfriend driving on the highway in a small blue SUV at about 2:50 p.m. on Friday.
Mueller began to follow the woman and--as the vehicles neared Highway 90 and Lower Bay Road--Mueller fired two shots into her car, Grannan said.
The two vehicles then traveled down Lower Bay Road with Mueller following the victim, officials said. Aug 15, 2017, 18:39