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Waveland P.D. roots out ‘viper pit’
The Waveland Police Department this week made three major arrest in the city's recent spree of violent crime and more arrests are on the way, Police Chief David Allen said Friday.
In the past two months, there have been three shootings, four armed robberies, and two kidnappings in the normally sleepy town of a little more than 4,000 people
Allen said most, if not all, of the violent crimes were committed by a small group of people.
"It's like a viper pit," Allen said. "As you are aware, there's has been an unprecedented up-swing of violent crimes in our city over the past few months. The police department has been working diligently on the cases and we are now being able to show some results."

Feb 12, 2016, 18:47

Wildfire near Port Bienville
Huge, billowing clouds of smoke could be spotted dozens of miles away from the wildfire near Port Bienville on Thursday that charred nearly 500 acres and threatened nearby tankers hauling flammable chemicals. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze.

A wildfire Thursday evening sent one firefighter to the hospital and scorched an estimated 500 acres of wooded area in Hancock County.
Authorities say the flames had first been reported around 1 p.m. Thursday. The blaze swelled in size quickly, charring hundreds of acres from the north gate of Port Bienville and moving east along Lower Bay Rd. prompting officials and Port Rail Commissioners to take precautions and move dozens of rail cars containing flammable chemicals.
Large dark clouds of smoke could be spotted miles and miles away billowing in the sky. An air support unit hovered close by keeping watch and communicating with ground crews on which direction the flames were moving.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:46

Alleged shooter was not indicted
There will apparently be no murder charges filed in a fatal shooting last year on Felicity Street in Bay St. Louis which left Wes Staten, 24, dead.
Earlier this week, Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said that the case was set to be presented to the Hancock County Grand Jury.
On Wednesday, De Nardo qualified his remarks, saying that the case had already been presented; however, Bay P.D. had not yet received official notification on the ruling.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel said Friday that the previous grand jury heard the case in January and returned a "No True Bill" on Randy Haas, the owner of the home on Felicity Street.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:45

Krewe of Diamonds wraps up 2016 Fat Tuesday in Bay
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Tuesday toasts Krewe of Diamonds King and Queen Bruce and Jeanine Jones.

Mardi Gras 2016 in Hancock culminated in style Tuesday when the Krewe of Diamonds rolled through the streets of Bay St. Louis.
King and Queen Bruce and Jeanine Jones presided over this year's parade which saw thousands of locals lining the parade route.
Maurice Singleton was the grand marshal.
"It's been a terrific Mardi Gras season," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said Tuesday. "For the most part, the weather was nice and all of the parades went off without any major problems."
On Monday evening, the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse rolled through the streets of downtown Bay St. Louis.

Feb 9, 2016, 18:44

Mystic Krewe of Seahorse hosts third annual Lundi Gras parade
Queen Tethys III Yuki Northington reigns over the third annual Mystic Krewe of Seahorse Lundi Gras Parade in Bay St. Louis on Monday.

Queen Tethys III Yuki Northington and King Oceanus III Jim "Bubba" Wyly on Monday presided over the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse's third annual Lundi Gras parade in downtown Bay St. Louis.
"It was great," Donald Rafferty -- one of the krewe's founders and organizers – said Tuesday. "The association thought it went off as well as it could have gone off. It was a fantastic day.
"We finished as it got dark, that was a plus. The crowds were great, we fulfilled everything we wanted to do, and I think some of the golf carts were decorated as nicely as, typically, floats are in other parades."
This year's parade theme was "Bars and Restaurants of the Past," with the decorated carts and floats paying tribute to long-lost local establishments such as the Dock of the Bay, the Firedog Saloon and the Good Life."

Feb 9, 2016, 18:43

UPDATE: Two killed, four injured in shooting after Pass parade
Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks briefs media Monday on the deadly shooting at the St. Paul Carnival Assoc. parade. Two people were killed and four more were injured.

Panic and terror gripped the streets of Pass Christian after the St. Paul Carnival Association parade Sunday, when a mass shooting left two people dead and four more wounded.
"This was a senseless and horrible act," Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks said Monday. "We are committed to bringing justice to these families. This type of behavior will not and cannot be tolerated."
Hendricks said the shooting took place about 15 minutes after the end of the parade on Davis Avenue near the railroad tracks.
He said officials estimated that more than 50,000 people were in town for the parade and there were at least 1,000 people within a few blocks of where the shooting took place, including children and elderly people.

Feb 9, 2016, 18:42

Bay P.D. will present Felicity St. shooting to grand jury
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Tuesday that the case of a fatal shooting last June on Felicity Street will be presented to the Hancock County Grand Jury.
Grand juries meet in secret and determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
On June 19, 2015 Bay P.D. was called to the 100th block of Felicity Street regarding a shooting.
Police said that home owner Randy Haas and friend Richard Jordan were sitting on the porch when a group of men approached.
A fight broke out a short time later and one of the men who had approached the house--Wes Staten--was shot, officials said.

Feb 9, 2016, 18:41

Grand jury recommends more training and courthouse security
For the sixth consecutive time, a Hancock County Grand Jury has recommended that the board of supervisors provide more security at the Hancock County Courthouse.
Grand juries in Hancock County meet from February to August and then from August to February every year.
At the end of their respective sessions, the grand juries issue reports, along with recommendations for county government.
Outgoing Grand Jury Foreman Gene Moran on Monday read the final report for his grand jury.
Afterward, a new grand jury of 20 Hancock County residents was chosen.
According to Moran, the outgoing grand jury heard 144 cases.

Feb 9, 2016, 18:40

Editorial: Fillingame vs. Bay Council
The Bay St. Louis City Council versus Mayor Les Fillingame circus just seems to keep rolling along. All the financial shenanigans, true or imagined, certainly make for interesting reading and is the number one topic of talk on the street. Rumors, innuendoes and gossip are running amok.
Feb 7, 2016, 11:23

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