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Police make seven arrests in connection with Pass parade shooting
Pass Christian Police Chief Timothy Hendricks said in a press release issued Saturday that his department's investigation into the mass shooting after last week's St. Paul Carnival Assoc. parade has led to seven arrests on various charges – none of which stem from the actual shooting.
"In the past several days the Pass Christian Police Department, in concert with several other law enforcement agencies conducted six search warrants ...," Hendricks said. "Five of the search warrants were for residences and the other for a vehicle. An additional search warrant is pending for another vehicle that we have already secured.
"The results of these search warrants have not as yet led to direct arrest(s) for the shootings; however, (they) have been a catalyst for new information and led us to develop persons of interest. Seven individuals have been arrested on a wide range of charges ... ."

Feb 13, 2016, 13:01

Waveland P.D. roots out ‘viper pit’
The Waveland Police Department this week made three major arrests 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

Pass shooting victims released from hospital
All four victims wounded in last week's mass shooting after the St. Paul Carnival Association's parade have been released from the hospital as the search for the perpetrators continues, Pass Christian P.D. Chief Tim Hendricks said Friday.
The shooting left two people dead and four others were taken to the hospital.
Two of the victims were shot in the leg, one in the knee, and the other in the chest.
So far, police have released few details about the suspects in the case.
Hendricks said the case is complex, with investigators having to interview hundreds of people.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:44

Coast Electric warns of scam
Coast Electric members are being cautioned after the company received word from members in the Saucier area that someone is posing as an employee of the cooperative to try to gain access to residents’ homes. The person is saying they need to inspect the breaker box inside of the home.
Coast Electric members should know:
• There is absolutely no reason a Coast Electric employee should need to enter your home.
• The only exception to this rule is if the member has contacted Coast Electric and made an appointment for a home energy audit.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:43

Old Town Artwalk is for Sweethearts
Martha Whitney Butler, owner of the French Potager in Old Town Bay St. Louis, modeling one of her famous bridal “flower crowns.” French Potager is open for both Second Saturday and Valentine’s Day -- until 8 today and until 5 p.m. on Sunday, with flower delivery. Call 228-364-3091.

This Second Saturday Artwalk falls on Valentine’s Eve. Take a stroll with your sweetheart (or your parents, or your friends, or your dog) and enjoy a little post-Mardi Gras getting-out-of-the-house in Old Town Bay St. Louis!
Shops will be open late, and both of this month’s Second Saturday Hot Spots will have what you’re looking for — whether that’s a scrumptious steak and seafood dinner at Trapani’s Eatery (116 North Beach Blvd), or a 1st-birthday bash with prizes and performances at Smith and Lens (106 South Second Street), or both!
One can never predict the trajectory of a new business venture with complete accuracy, but few would anticipate the sort of attention and success Ann Dinwiddie-Madden and Sandy Maggio garnered with Smith & Lens in 2015, their first year in business.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:42

Vicki Rosendahl is the Artist of the Week
Bay St. Louis artist Vicki Rosendahl is both the featured artist for Second Saturday at Gallery 220 and our Artist of the Week.

Now retired from real estate brokerage and interior décor careers, Artist of the Week Vicki says she feels grateful to be able to follow her dream of being an artist by creating paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces that “make people smile."
"Happy, colorful, a sense of whimsy and a variety of mediums help make it interesting and fun!" Vicki says.
Obtaining a commercial art diploma merely whetted Vicki's appetite for learning more about art and she continued taking painting courses while raising three children. Friend, mentor and renowned artist Jonathan Green, "who loves color as much as I do" encouraged and influenced Vicki's work.

Feb 12, 2016, 18:41

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

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