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Sislow objects to ethics report of illegal Diamondhead meeting
Diamondhead Ward Three Councilman Tom Sislow will appear in Jackson next week to object to a preliminary ethics report released last week which said four members of the Diamondhead City Council held an illegal meeting with State Auditor Stacy Pickering early this year.
Apr 21, 2017, 17:40

Iced Out: Local seafood dealer behind ice house idea
Bruce Sellier of Pinchers Seafood in Lakeshore on Friday sorts through some freshly caught blue crabs. Pinchers is leading the charge for a new ice house facility in Lakeshore which owner Kendall Marquar says will increase business, create jobs, and help revitalize Hancock County's seafood industry. Currently, Pinchers only produces about 10 percent of the ice needed for pre-Katrina seafood harvest levels. Photo by Dwayne Bremer.

Hancock County's once proud seafood industry is only a shell of what it once was, but local merchants and state representatives alike said this week that building an ice-making facility could help the industry regain some of its old glory.
Earlier this week, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors raised concerns about a potential Tidelands appropriation for a "working water-front development."

Apr 21, 2017, 17:35

Bay ponders collection agencies: The city seeks to recoup delinquent court fines and utility bills
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday heard from Ken Duncan with Municipal Services Bureau Government Services about the collection of court fines and delinquent utility bills.
Apr 21, 2017, 17:16

Better Than Before: Pass Christian Mayor speaks about the city’s progress during Breakfast with the Mayor
Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott on Thursday speaks to the crowd at Breakfast with the Mayor. Photo by Cassandra Favre

Pass Christian Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott on Thursday said, "the city is looking better every day," during the Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce's Breakfast with the Mayor.

Apr 21, 2017, 16:19

Couple jailed for trafficking while out on bond for previous drug arrests
Gerome Benton

Leslie Dahl

Agents of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division and Special Response Team on Tuesday arrested a Bayside Park couple for the second time in six months for suspected drug trafficking.
At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, agents "executed an operation to serve a felony narcotics arrest warrant and a narcotics search warrant at (a home on) Como Street in the Bayside Park community," Sheriff Ricky Adam said in a press release. "Narcotics agents recovered large amounts of marijuana and synthetic marijuana, packaged for distribution in approximately 70 individual bags, along with packaging and distribution equipment and other evidence.
"Agents also recovered a significant quantity of multiple types of controlled prescription pills."
Adam said Gerome Benton, 38, and Leslie Dahl, 32, were arrested at the residence and each charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and one count of felony Possession of Controlled Substance.

Apr 20, 2017, 16:00

Hancock County Farmers Market: Constantly Growing
A customer decides on which vegetables she will purchase. Photo by Cassandra Favre

Since its Dec. 3 opening, the Hancock County Farmers Market has been "constantly growing," coordinator David Kenny said.
On a consistent basis, Kenny said, the market features about 20 vendors. There are a total of 36 signed up, he said.

Apr 19, 2017, 10:11

Political forum set today in Bay St. Louis
The Hancock County Democratic and Republican Committees will host a forum for the Bay St. Louis candidates today, Wednesday, April 19, at the Bay St. Louis Community Center, 301 Blaize Ave., from 6-9 p.m.
Candidates who have registered to participate include:
• Mayor: Les Fillingame (D), Rachael Ramsey (D).
• At Large: TJ Collier (D), Gary Knoblock (R), Susan Veglia (I), Mike Weems (D).
• Ward 1: Doug Seal (I), George Williams (R).
• Ward 2: Gene Hoffman (R), Carol Strohmetz (D).
• Ward 3: Kevin Avery (D), Jeffrey Reid (D).
• Ward 4: Tad Black (D), Giselle Bradley (D), Kyle Lewis (R), Larry Smith (R).
• Ward 5: Buddy Zimmerman (R).
• Ward 6: Josh DeSalvo (R).
The public is invited to submit questions in advance to Details: The event is free and open to the public.

Apr 19, 2017, 08:55

Bay man jailed for allegedly possessing child porn
Peter Skladzien

A Bay St. Louis man allegedly used a PayPal account to view explicit webcam "shows" involving minors and collected thousands of images of child pornography in the past two years, federal prosecutors said this week.
According to documents on file at the U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Peter Skladzien, a former NASA contractor who currently lives in Bay St. Louis, was charged with violations of federal statutes which prohibit a person from knowingly transporting, shipping, receiving, distributing, and reproducing, images of minors involved in sexually-explicit behavior.
According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 27, but made public this week, officials became suspicious of Skladzien in April, 2016 when he took a trip to Thailand.

Apr 18, 2017, 17:09

Identity Politics: The ‘real’ Susan Ladner files identity theft complaint with sheriff’s office
Thomas Genin, owner of The Blind Tiger in Old Town Bay St. Louis, last week offered a $10,000 reward for the identity of the person using the Facebook alias “Susan Ladner” who had called for a boycott of the restaurant after cars were booted at a separate business. Now, a woman who claims here identity was stolen to create the Susan Ladner social media page has filed a criminal complaint.

Louisiana resident Susan Ladner has filed a criminal complaint with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office claiming that someone recently used her pictures and likeness to create a Facebook account which has been the center of controversy in Bay St. Louis over the past few weeks, authorities said Tuesday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Tuesday that his office has opened an identity theft investigation.
"Mrs. Ladner does not live in Hancock County and she said that she did not create this particular Facebook profile," Bass said. "She has asked us to look into it."
About a month ago, a person posing as Susan Ladner apparently started an account on the popular social media site.

Apr 18, 2017, 17:08

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