Oren Lewis was arrested for capital murder on Monday
A Waveland man was arrested Monday for capital murder in the August death of his daughter, 23-month-old Ma’leah "Gracie" Bush.
Waveland Police Detective Eddie Peterson said Monday that Oren Lewis, 32, was charged with capital murder.
Lewis, a former college football player at Pearl River Community College and Louisiana Tech, was apparently at his Amar Street residence with the child on the evening of August 25.
Lewis and the child's natural mother were not together at the time of the incident, family members said Monday.
Originally, Lewis told police that Ma'leah had fallen out of a bed while asleep.
She was transported to Children's Hospital in New Orleans with "massive head trauma," and succumbed to her injuries two days later Peterson said. Dec 10, 2013, 21:26
Bay must re-hire dismissed detective Nearly a year after first hearing the case, the Bay St. Louis Civil Service Commission last week ordered the city to rehire police detective Joe Kepfer.
Kepfer, a 22-year veteran at BPD, was terminated last April in the wake of the Maurice Colley murder investigation.
City officials have said the reason for Kepfer's termination was because he allegedly mis-represented evidence to a city judge in order to obtain warrants to arrest suspects in the Colley case.
Two people were arrested after Kepfer obtained the records and it was later determined that neither individual had anything to do with the case. Dec 10, 2013, 21:25
‘Jane Doe’ to be exhumed in two weeks An unidentified woman buried at the Rotten Bayou cemetery will be exhumed within two weeks, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Tuesday.
The woman, buried as Jane Doe, was killed during a hit-and-run traffic accident on I-10 in 1998.
Earlier this year, Faulk successfully petitioned the Hancock County Circuit Court to allow him and other medical professionals to exhume the remains in an attempt to identify the woman.
Faulk said he is putting the final touches on the plans to exhume the body, which will include using ground-penetrating radar. Dec 10, 2013, 21:24
Seniors seek more mass transport in Hancock Co. "There's a need for public transportation," Julie Burke said. "Nobody wants to be stuck at home."
On Tuesday, Burke and Gary Geoffrey of Bay St. Louis' Ole Blue Eyes Transportation spoke to residents at Notre De La Mer assisted living facility about public transportation in the city.
Currently, Ole Blue Eyes has one shuttle bus service to about 37 stops in Waveland and Bay St. Louis, according to Burke.
Ole Blue Eyes also offers taxi and limo services.
"We have two shuttle runs a day," Burke said. "It's getting hard to afford it if we don't get the riders. Dec 10, 2013, 21:23
Second Saturday: Bringing Happy Holidays to Bay St. Louis The December Second Saturday Artwalk in Bay St. Louis is traditionally the liveliest of the year-long series of events. On Dec. 14, from 4- 8 p.m., the sounds of familiar carols, the smell of fresh baked treats, and the laughter of giddy children in Old Town will blend to make the evening seem like a happy illustration from a Dr. Seuss book.
The two featured “Hot Spot” businesses for December are perfect examples of small family enterprises that have become Bay St. Louis icons, thanks to support from out-of-town visitors and loyal local customers. Dec 10, 2013, 21:22
Pork belly futures pretty good in Hancock County Jasmine is a potbellied pig whose owner lived in an apartment. The manager of the apartment building was not thrilled to discover a 250 pound indoor pig as a tenant. Jasmine had to go!
The Hancock County Animal Shelter got the call and agreed to take possession and try to place her. One of the veterinarians in the area offered to take our portly pig and put her on a diet, then get her to a pig sanctuary where she can be with others of her kind. So far so good -some pig chow and fresh vegetables and walks are taking the pounds off. Dec 10, 2013, 21:21
BSL Unplugged concert series kicks off on Friday The Sliver Slipper Casino, in association with Darden Music, presents "BSL Unplugged", a new concert series set for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
"BSL Unplugged" will feature national artists in an intimate setting in the Bay, at the new Longfellow Civic Center, on Court St., just off the beach.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Kimbrough, a frequent collaborator with Jimmy Buffett and honorary member of the Coral Reefer Band, will make his first ever appearance in Bay St. Louis to kick off "BSL Unplugged" on Friday, Dec, 13th. Tickets are $20 apiece, and can be purchased at the Silver Slipper Gift Shop or at the venue on the day of the show. Dec 10, 2013, 21:20
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series examining the effects of methamphetamine addiction on Hancock County, its people and economy.
Christie is a 42-year-old single mother who has worked hard most of her life, she says, trying to help others.
However, she adds, "Almost everyone who knows me knows I'm a drug addict."
Now, she is battling a crippling addiction to methamphetamine, trying to put her life back in order, and help others get the aid and advice they need to avoid the mistakes she has made.
"I have used and abused substances since I've been a very young girl," Dec 6, 2013, 21:41
An artist’s conception of the proposed Jacobs Entertainment Group casino complex
The Diamondhead City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting economic development projects, including two proposed casinos south of Interstate 10.
The resolution stated, in part, that the mayor and city council are in initial support of the Diamondhead Casino Corp. and Jacobs Entertainment projects.
Mayor Tommy Schafer said Friday that the resolution is not a final vote on either project.
"The resolution encourages developers to take the initial steps in development," Schafer said. "The first step is applying to the gaming commission." Dec 6, 2013, 21:40