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Judge says drug testing saves Hancock millions
Chancery Judge Sanford Steckler

The senior Chancery Court Judge in Hancock, Harrison, and Stone Counties, recently said that despite the high number of children here in state custody, the children "need to be in protective custody," and that an aggressive and expensive drug-testing policy will save millions in the long run.
On July 8, Chancery Judge Sandy Steckler issued a letter in response to the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) evaluation of the foster care crisis in Hancock County.
In the letter, which is part of a 99-page "findings of facts" report, Steckler defends the work of Hancock County Youth Court and its aggressive drug-testing policies.
"I am strongly convinced that the Hancock County children in DHS custody are there because they need to be in protective custody," Steckler said.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:41

Waveland in state auditor’s sights over guns
After Hurricane Katrina, Glock, Inc., donated 29 weapons to the Waveland Police Department.

The Mississippi State Auditor's Office has cited the city of Waveland for misuse of public property in connection with 29 handguns given to the city after Hurricane Katrina.
The state auditor's office this week issued its annual "exceptions report" which details findings of misuse of public funds, property, and/or reimbursements to the state.
This year's report listed 30 formal demands totaling more than $2.69 million.
So far, the state has recovered about half of the funds and/or property.
The only finding against a local entity or official was an $11,600 for 23 unaccounted for handguns.
In September, 2005, Glock Inc. donated 29 .40 caliber pistols to the Waveland Police Department.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:40

Chancery race headlines Tuesday's primary elections
Voters will cast ballots Tuesday for party candidates for this November's state and local elections.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
After the polls close, results will be announced at the Hancock County Courthouse on Main Street.
This year's primaries will see more than 40 candidates battle for their respective parties nominations.
In Hancock County, three of the county's six major races are unopposed.
Sheriff Ricky Adam, Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner, and Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr are all running unopposed.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:39

2nd suspect nabbed in Bay ‘holdup’
Valerie Warren

Bay St. Louis Police this week arrested another suspect who was allegedly involved in the attempted armed robbery of a local man on July 4.
Hancock County Jail records show that Valarie Warren, 33, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, contempt of court, and probation violation.
She was not charged with armed robbery or accessory, records show.
Police said Monday that Warren and another woman--who has yet to be identified--contacted Christoper Davis, 44, of Kiln at a local gas station and asked him for a ride to the Economy Inn on July 4.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:38

DIVINE WORDS: Leader of SVD order visits Bay’s St. Augustine
Fr. Heinz Kueleke, Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) meets Wednesday with LiLi Stahler-Murphy at St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis.

Father Heinz Kulueke, the German-born superior general of the Society of the Divine Word, on Wednesday visited with members of the order at St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis as part of his global travels to visit all of the order's provinces
Although his title is "superior general," Fr. Heinz said Wednesday, "I prefer to be called a coordinator. We have a group of 25 people overseeing about 6,000 members of a Holy order. All of us work together.
Kulueke was elected the 11th Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) on July 3, 2012, in Rome, and is considered the tenth successor to Saint Arnold Janssen, a German diocesan priest, who founded the Society of the Divine Word in 1875.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:37

JoAnn Wheeler is Artist of the Week
JoAnn Wheeler

Artist of the Week JoAnn Wheeler works in many mediums including, oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Along with traditional canvas paintings, shown in galleries along the coast, JoAnn creates custom murals.
JoAnn primarily works with acrylics, it allows her to produce pieces that are bright, exciting and fun. The water, marine creatures, food, history and culture offer a wonderful opportunity of expression in her paintings how much she loves living here.
She is always researching, learning new techniques, and experimenting with new products.

Jul 31, 2015, 19:35

PEER committee issues findings of Hancock DHS, Youth Court review
The Department of Human Services has moved its Division of Family Services to the building at the corner of Highway 603 and Interstate 10.

The Mississippi Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) on Tuesday issued its long-awaited report on Hancock County Youth Court and the state's Department of Human Services branch operating here.
The report was launched more than a year ago and sought to determine why Hancock County had the most children in DHS custody and ten times more children in state custody than the state average.
In its report, the PEER committee said--among other things--that the county's crime rate and number of child maltreatment complaints are not the reason for the record number of children in state custody, but rather the cause is a combination of esoteric policies, demographics and overworked and inexperienced DHS staff.

Jul 28, 2015, 19:44

Bay man arrested for motel ‘holdup’
Khristopher Trevon McDonald

Bay St. Louis Police on Monday arrested a local man who allegedly waited in the bathroom of a local motel while two female accomplices lured an unsuspecting man inside where they could rob him, authorities said Tuesday.
Hancock County Jail records show that Khristopher Trevon McDonald, 27, of Bay St. Louis was arrested and charged with armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Tuesday that the arrest stems from an incident that took place on July 4.
Apparently, De Nardo said, a man named Christopher Davis had stopped at a local gas station when he was approached by two women.

Jul 28, 2015, 19:43

Waveland chief leading charge against predators
Waveland Police Chief David Allen surfs the internet on Tuesday looking for potential child predators. Allen is one of the leading investigators in the state regarding crimes against children.

Waveland Police Chief David Allen is one of the foremost forensic computer investigators in the state and now, he is using his knowledge and skill to help educate others about the dangers of today's technology.
Allen, a self-proclaimed "computer nerd," has been a member of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for several years.
The task force is administered by the state Attorney General's office and is made up of police officers from dozens of agencies in Mississippi.
Allen currently assists agencies across the Coast with child pornography cases and gives classes to law enforcement officials, schools, teachers, churches and more.
"There are really two things we are trying to do," Allen said Tuesday. "First, we are tracking and identifying people who download and share child porn. Second, we want to educate parents and youths about the dangers of technology and the internet."

Jul 28, 2015, 19:42

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