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UPDATE: Authorities to reopen Mary Ann Farve murder case
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam, center, Bay Police Chief Mike De Nardo, and Chari McIntyre-Rapp of the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers group announced Thursday that they are reopening the Mary Ann Farve murder case.

Mary Ann Farve may be gone, but she is far from forgotten – local authorities announced Thursday that they are reopening the unsolved 40-year-old murder case of Farve, a Bay. St. Louis teen who was abducted on April 22, 1974 and found dead in a Pass Christian field nine months later.
"This case has to be solved," Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Thursday at a press conference. "This young lady and her family deserve closure. It is our duty and obligation to locate this killer and bring him to justice."
The new investigation will be a collaborative effort between the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the Bay St. Louis Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:52

Murder trial ends with no decision
The murder trial of Gary Hall ended Tuesday night in the 15th Circuit Court in Poplarville after the jury was unable to come to a decision.
Hall’s attorney built a case based on self-defense during Tuesday’s court proceedings, while the prosecution presented testimony from a forensic pathologist that would suggest the shooting death of William Graham was not self-defense.
Hall, who was a resident of the Catahoula community in Hancock County, was on trial for the November 2011 shooting death of William Graham. Court testimony revealed Hall, a resident of the Catahoula community in Hancock County, was at a Pearl River County woman’s home when another man, Graham, arrived to find the two in bed together. A fight ensued, leading to Graham being shot by Hall.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:51

Waveland joins move for RESTORE Act funding
The city of Waveland on Wednesday officially joined Bay St. Louis and Diamondhead in a county-wide effort to secure RESTORE Act funds.
The RESTORE Act, enacted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, provides funding administered by the Department of Marine Resources for eco-system restoration projects.
Nancy Depreo of Seymour Engineering told aldermen Wednesday that there are several waterways in Hancock County which fall into the scope of the RESTORE Act.
Depreo said eligible projects include dredging and marsh replenishment, erosion control, and marsh enhancement.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:50

‘Stennis Tech Park’ developer gets prison term for wetlands violations
An Alabama man on Thursday was sentenced to serve time in federal prison for violations of the federal Clean Water Act involving a failed Bay St. Louis development.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola sentenced William R. "Rusty" Miller to 15 months in prison and to pay more than $34,000 in fines and restitution.
Miller pled guilty in December 2013, and admitted to having caused the excavation and filling of wetlands on a 1,710 acre parcel of undeveloped property in Hancock County, west of the intersection of Hwy. 603 and Interstate 10.
In 2001 and 2002, three companies--Hancock County Land, LLC, Stennis Land, LLC, and Stennis Technology Park, Inc.--purchased about 1,700 acres of undeveloped land in Hancock County.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:49

Chamber sponsors FAM tour
The Hancock Chamber of Commerce this week sponsored a FAM Tour of Hancock County for the State Tourism Sales Team with the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau.
Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, said the tour is a significant step toward boosting tourism in Hancock County and across the Mississippi Coast.
Williams said tourism is the Coast’s primary economic engine and one of the most important for Mississippi. In the 2013 Travel and Tourism Economic Contribution Report just released by the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, travel and tourism expenditures by visitors to the three Mississippi Coast counties are estimated at over $1.7 billion, employing more than 24,000 people.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:48

40 years later, no one knows ‘Who killed Mary Ann Favre?’
Mary Ann Favre

It was every parent's worst nightmare, a crime so heinous that it was unfathomable that it could ever happen in a place like friendly Bay St. Louis.
But the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Mary Ann Favre did happen and, 40 years later, the person responsible may still be alive, free, and walking the streets of South Mississippi.
The Sea Coast Echo recently partnered with the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers group to periodically spotlight some of our communities' unsolved cold cases.
Our first case involves the disappearance and murder of Favre, who vanished on April 22, 1974 after escorting her sister to school at North Bay Elementary.
The Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and/or information in other cold cases across the Gulf Coast.

Apr 15, 2014, 21:34

Bank robber pleads guilty, gets 5- year jail sentence
Officers from the Hancock Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi Highway Patrol on the scene of a bank robbery at Keesler Federal in Diamondhead in December 2012.

The female half of a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robbery team on Monday pleaded guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to her part in the 2012 robbery of the Keesler Federal Credit Union in Diamondhead on Dec. 6, 2012.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois on Monday accepted the plea of Aleisha Landry, 34, and sentenced her to 15 years in prison, suspending 10 years, and leaving her five to serve.
Landry and her husband, Jessie Landry, 43, were arrested a few weeks after the heist at their home in Pearl River, La.

Apr 15, 2014, 21:33

Stennis: Going for the Gold
John C. Stennis Space Center on Saturday hosted the Area III Special Olympics Track and Field Competitions. More than 150 athletes participated.

Going for the gold, or for blue ribbons, more than 150 athletes of all ages competed at the 2014 Stennis Space Center Area III Special Olympic Games on Saturday morning.
There was something for everyone, with events such as the 50-meter dash to the standing long jump and even the softball throw.
"We look forward to this every year," said Dave Golden, Area III Special Olympic Games chairman. "It's so rewarding for the athletes and volunteers alike.
"It's such a good way to spend a Saturday."

Proud to participate
Carrying the Special Olympics torch for the second year in a row, Jerry West, 44, led the March of the Athletes to the opening ceremony.
West said marching with the torch is a tribute to his mother, Connie West, who died in March. "She used to watch me compete in every game."
Competing in the Games for his 20th year, West said, "I love it. It's people like me and it's all ages of us out there."

Apr 15, 2014, 21:32

25th annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-off is April 21
The 25th annual American Cancer Society Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off is scheduled Monday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall, Blaize Avenue, next to the historic Depot. Once again,co-chairmen for the event will be Hancock County Tax Collector-Assessor Jimmie Ladner, Jr., and Ernie Zimmerman.
Ladner's administrative assistant, Sandra Hoda, handles the registration of cooking teams. She said there's still plenty of room for new teams.
Entry for a team is a donation of $100 to the American Cancer Society.

Apr 15, 2014, 20:54

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