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Wendy McDonald in ICU at New Orleans hospital
Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald

Bay St Louis Ward 2 City Councilwoman Wendy McDonald continues her fight for recovery in a New Orleans-area hospital after being airlifted yesterday.
McDonald was critically injured Monday morning when she was hit by a vehicle in the parking lot of Our Lady of the Gulf Church, where she was attending a funeral. Witnesses at the scene said McDonald was standing on the sidewalk when an elderly driver pulling into a handicapped spot accidentally hit the gas pedal rather than the brake and plowed into the crowd.
The car reportedly hit McDonald, throwing her into the air and slamming her down backwards on the concrete, causing multiple fractures, bruising, and significant brain injury.
“I actually pulled into the parking lot just moments after it happened,” Mayor Les Fillingame said in an emotional interview Tuesday. “She carries the love for her community right out front and always has something positive to offer."

May 3, 2016, 17:25

Update: Authorities seek next of kin of three killed in I-10 crash
Three people died after a crash near the two-mile marker on I-10 Monday evening. Mississippi Highway Patrol officers said that a car with five people in it got caught between two 18-wheelers and another vehicle.

Three people were killed and three more were hospitalized Monday after a four-vehicle crash on I-10 near the state line.
The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. near the one-mile marker on the west-bound lanes of I-10.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper First Class Chase Elkins said Tuesday that four vehicles were slowing near construction near the two-mile marker Monday evening when an 18-wheeler impacted the back end of a small blue car. There were five people in the car, officials said.
The car was pushed into the back of another 18-wheeler and another vehicle then slammed into the car.
Three occupants of the car were ejected, Elkins said.

May 3, 2016, 17:24

Local man beaten with golf club at Bayside
The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the beating of a local man on Saturday in Bayside Park.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Monday that authorities received a report of a man lying in the road near West Jones Street about 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
When deputies arrived, Bass said, they discovered Ronald "Steve" Ladner, who was bloodied and showed signs of being severely beaten.
Ladner told deputies that he had gone to a trailer on West Jones Street to see a friend when he was attacked by a man wielding a golf club.
Ladner said he was struck several times in the head and chest area, but escaped the attack and fled down the street.
He was later transported to the hospital via ambulance.

May 3, 2016, 17:23

Bay St. Louis Police Department promoting neighborhood watch
Local residents can often be law enforcement's best friends when it comes to solving crime and members of the Bay St. Louis Police Department said Friday that they want to strengthen their already good relationship with the community.
The city recently hired long-time police officer Ernest Taylor as BPD's new community liaison.
Taylor, who recently retired from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, has more than two decades of law enforcement experience.
Taylor worked for BPD for nearly 20 years from the '90s until after Hurricane Katrina.
"In most cases, crimes are committed before the officers can get on scene," Taylor said. "Information from residents is often crucial in helping us solve cases. We are trying to reach out to the existing neighborhood watches and encourage new ones to start."

May 3, 2016, 17:22

Bay-Waveland Habitat hosts ‘Women Build’
Local military battalions, Bay St Louis Rotary members and local business leaders totaling more than 40 volunteers, Habitat Bay-Waveland volunteers and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers are working together from today, May 4, through May 7 to help local families build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home.
This project is part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, which takes place April 30-May 8.
Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by its Women Build program that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing.

May 3, 2016, 17:21

Bay artist selected for international exhibit
Herb Willey’s watercolor painting, “3 Fishermen at Bayou Caddy,” is one of the pieces selected for the Louisiana Watercolor Society’s 46th annual international exhibit.

Bay St. Louis artist Herb Willey has been selected for the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 46th annual international exhibit to be held May 7-21 at the Place St. Charles at 201 St Charles Ave. in New Orleans.
The painting selected is titled "3 Fishermen at Bayou Caddy." The reception is open to artists and friends on May 14.
This is an international show and only 65 artists from around the world were juried in.
“I am the only Mississippi watercolorist selected for the show,” Willey said. “If you go to the link and click on the ‘Accepted Artists,’ you will find a list of the artists and their country or state of residence. I am humbled to be listed among them.”

May 3, 2016, 17:20

One killed, one hurt in separate motorcycle crashes
David Samuel Lightell, 39, died early Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash on Hwy. 43 near Hwy. 603. A short time later, a second man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on Lakeshore Rd.

One man is dead and another hospitalized after two separate motorcycle accidents in Hancock County early Saturday morning. 
Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said at the scene that 39-year-old David Samuel Lightell died after he lost control of his motorcycle and left the roadway. 
The accident occurred on Hwy. 43, just a couple of miles from Hwy 603. Some of Lightell's fellow Asgard Motorcycle Club members were on the scene and assisted in the clean-up as a sign of respect. 
While authorities worked to clear that scene, another one occurred on Lakeshore Road near the railroad tracks. Officials believe the driver may have lost control of his bike in the curve, causing him to strike a railroad arm, then jumped the tracks.

May 2, 2016, 09:22

Flooding hits north Hancock
Severe weather caused major headaches for residents north of Interstate 10 on Thursday. Hancock County EMA Director Brian Adam said Friday that four homes had flooding damage. The rains also caused the dam at White Cypress Lakes to overflow.

Several north Hancock County homes were flooded and emergency officials rescued a White Cypress woman during a torrential downpour on Thursday, with drastic after-effects lasting well into Friday.
Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said Friday that the flooding began at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.
A strong line of thunderstorms passed through the area, dropping between five and ten inches of rain in a short period, officials said.
According to EMA Deputy Director John Albert Evans, four homes were damaged when rain waters entered the respective homes.
The houses that were damaged were in Leetown, White Cypress, Crazy Horse Drive in Kiln, and Clearwater Drive near Firetower Road.
The dam in White Cypress Lakes overflowed, leading to the rescue of a woman from her home.

Apr 29, 2016, 19:52

Disguised woman arrested at ATM
Diamondhead police on Friday arrested a local woman who apparently donned an elaborate disguise and attempted to withdraw money from a bank ATM using counterfeit credit cards, authorities said Friday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Friday that Stoyanka Kolf, 42, of Diamondhead was arrested and charged with possession of counterfeit items.
According to Grannan, police had received a report Thursday of a woman wearing a disguise and going to a local bank ATM, attempting to withdraw money.
About 2 p.m. Friday, a woman fitting the description was spotted at the Diamondhead branch of the People's Bank, Grannan said.

Apr 29, 2016, 19:51

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