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DeWitt’s attorney alleges harsh sentence due to her ‘orientation’
Leslie Danielle DeWitt on Monday filed an appeal of her conviction last week in Hancock County Circuit Court.
In addition to the appeal, DeWitt is also seeking reconsideration of her 30-year sentence, along with a bond so that she can be free throughout the appeal process.
According to state law, a defendant must first ask the sentencing court for a new trial before to the court term ends.
In DeWitt's case, the current court term ends on Oct. 31.
DeWitt, 34, was convicted last week of two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes. She was acquitted of two charges of sexual battery.
Touching a child for lustful purposes carries a sentence of two-to-15 years.

Oct 25, 2016, 18:50

Scare at Hancock High School
An anonymous post on a cell phone application Tuesday caused officials at Hancock High School to ask for extra security from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, officials said.
Hancock County Schools Superintendent Alan Dedeaux said Tuesday that someone used the application "After School" to post a threat.
The application states on its website that it is a "social network that allows high school students to share and connect with fellow students." It also states that students can use the app to speak "openly and honestly, without fear of judgement or ridicule."
The app allows users to post material under their own names or anonymously.
On Monday, Dedeaux said, someone used the app to post an ominous message.

Oct 25, 2016, 18:49

Order in the Court: Supers eye repairs, security upgrades
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors aims to use new bond to help fund improvements at the Historic courthouse, including upgraded security measures.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors may finally be tackling the well documented security issues at the Hancock County Courthouse.
Board of Supervisors President Blaine Lafontaine said last week that the county is seeking to obtain a new bond for capital improvements.
According to Lafontaine, the county has several bonds which will be expiring soon. Supervisors want to obtain a new bond, therefore, there will be no need to raise millage and bond payments would remain virtually the same as the current payments that will be coming off the books.
Supervisors are eyeing between $4 million to $5 million, he said.
Some of the cash will be used for upgrades at the courthouse, Lafontaine said.

Oct 25, 2016, 18:47

CASA names royalty for 2017 gala
CASA of Hancock County on Friday revealed the identities of the 2017 Krewe of CASA Mardi Gras gala king and queen, King Myron Labat and Queen Elise Deano.

CASA of Hancock County on Friday threw a “reveal party” at Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln to announce the 2017 king and queen of the organization’s largest fundraiser, the “Krewe of CASA” Mardi Gras Gala.
CASA – the Court Appointed Special Advocate program – aids the more than 300 children currently involved in the Hancock County foster care system through no fault of their own.
Cynthia Chauvin, executive director of Hancock CASA, announced that the 2017 King is Myron Labat and his Queen is Judge Elise Deano.
“CASA of Hancock County relies heavily on the Krewe of CASA Gala to continue the organization’s work with abused and neglected children,” Chauvin said. “On behalf of CASA, we're happy to have two such outstanding individuals to represent us.”

Oct 25, 2016, 18:43

Bay council discusses status of search for city prosecutor and police chief
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Monday held a recessed meeting and discussed the status of the search for a new city prosecutor and Bay St. Louis police chief.
Oct 25, 2016, 17:21

Local establishes program to help women pay for mammograms
Samantha Kelton, a mammographer at Hancock Medical, places the paddle in the mammogram machine. Echo staff photo by Cassandra Favre

About sixteen years ago, Bay St. Louis resident Linda Tucker, along with her friend Charlene Schneider, started "Pride With a Purpose."
Since then, Tucker has raised more than $215,000 and helped more than 1,200 women afford mammograms by establishing Hancock Medical's Mammography Assistance Program.

Oct 25, 2016, 17:17

BWSD celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Students in Pamela Terry's second grade class at Waveland Elementary wore bright colors and big smiles during Wednesday "Too Bright To Do Drugs" activity. Echo staff photo by Cassandra Favre

Each year, the National Family Partnership sponsors the National Red Ribbon Campaign, in honor of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camerena, who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985.
This week, students attending the Bay-Waveland School District are celebrating drug awareness with colorful outfits, crazy hats and school spirit.
Waveland Elementary interim principal Jenny Seymour said educators within the district teach students about drug awareness all the time, but this week is a special celebration recognized nationwide.

Oct 25, 2016, 17:13

Blue light special: Bay eyes folding police department into sheriff's office
The Bay St. Louis City Council met with Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam to discuss a possible consolidation of the Bay St. Louis Police Department with the sheriff's office. Echo staff photo by Cassandra Favre

The Bay St. Louis City Council met with Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam Tuesday in a workshop to discuss the possible consolidation of the Bay St. Louis Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.
Several Bay St. Louis police officers and officers with the sheriff's office also attended the workshop.
Council President Lonnie Falgout said the discussion was not about "one particular place or department, it's just research so we can make decisions as we may need to make them or leave them like they are or improve them, whatever we may be able to do."

Oct 22, 2016, 00:25

Gunfight breaks out over ATV theft
Gunfire erupted Friday morning in Kiln after a man chased down a suspect who allegedly had stolen his four-wheeler, authorities said.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Friday that a Kiln man discovered that his four-wheeler had been stolen early Friday morning.
Authorities did not identified the victim because two of the suspects are currently at large.
After discovering that his four-wheeler had been stolen, Bass said, the victim posted information about it on Facebook.
Soon after, he received a tip that the four-wheeler had been spotted near Dolly's and Kiln-Picayune Road, Bass said.

Oct 22, 2016, 00:24

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