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Faith Healing: Hancock County residents reach out to help handicapped dog walk
Toni Necaise of the Hancock County Animal Shelter says goodbye to "Faith" this week. Faith was adopted by Brandy Creasy, who has secured special medical treatment in Houston for the puppy.

A handicapped dog will soon be getting a new home and some much-need medical attention thanks to the generosity of several local residents.
The dog, named "Faith," is a four-month-old Pitbull and cur mix who has two deformed legs.
Faith was dropped off at the Hancock County Animal Shelter this week and quickly won the hearts of shelter employees.
"We fell in love with her," Animal Shelter Director Toni Necaise said Friday. "We posted a video about her on Facebook. We wanted to reach out and see if anyone would help her."
One person who saw the Facebook post and wanted to help was Bay resident Brandy Creasy.

Mar 27, 2015, 17:46

Fake deputy Tazes motorist
William Signaigo

Hancock County sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a local man who was claiming to be a police officer and used a Taser on another motorist.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Friday that WIlliam Signaigo, 50, was charged with aggravated assault and impersonating a police officer.
According to Grannan, Signaigo--who does mechanic work--had been working on a real police officer's vehicle during the last week.
"One of this guy's customers is an officer from Louisiana," Grannan said. "The officer does details and other things, so he has blue lights in his personal vehicle."

Mar 27, 2015, 17:45

Sheriff won’t turn DHS probe over to Attorney General’s office
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Friday that his office is keeping the current investigation of alleged irregularities at the Department of Human Services, but he will welcome help from other agencies.
Last month, the sheriff's office opened a criminal investigation on several DHS employees after allegations arose that certain employees may have been altering and/or forging documents used in child custody cases.
"We are looking at several complaints," Adam said. "I feel that we have at least one very solid case and we are investigating other things too."
This week, questions over jurisdiction in the case arose. The Mississippi Attorney General's Office had been rumored to be taking the case over, but Adam said that has not happened.

Mar 27, 2015, 17:44

Pleas set in local meth ring
Two members of an alleged drug distribution ring that operated out of Hancock County are expected to plead guilty next week in federal court in Gulfport.
Federal court records show that Angel Case, 47, and Kenneth Casey, 40, are scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday.
Three other suspects in the case, Delano Lewis, 45, Thomas Bernard, 34, and Tonya Winn, 50, are scheduled for trial in April.
According to a sworn affidavit from Homeland Security Agent Benjamin Taylor, the drug ring had been operating on the Gulf Coast for several years.

Mar 27, 2015, 17:43

Dead baby dolphin found on Bay beach
This dead baby dolphin was found Wednesday on the beach near the Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis.

A man walking his dog on the beach in Bay St. Louis on Wednesday made a grisly discovery near the Washington Street Pier – a dead baby dolphin.
Chris Lagarde, of Bay St. Louis, said as soon as he found the dolphin, he notified the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), which sent a team to retrieve the body.
"We did a necropsy and have taken tissue samples and sent them off to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for further study," Dr. Moby Solangi, IMMS president and executive director, said. "Since we're still under an unusual mortality event investigation, we are unable to release any more information."

Mar 27, 2015, 17:42

Diamondhead bandstand is almost complete
Top row, from left: Diamondhead City Council members Blaine LaFontaine and Joseph Lopez, Mayor Tommy Schafer, sponsors Henry Kibler and Lee Seglund, Bandstand Committee members Harold Dawley and Lyle Rice, contractor David Malley and Janene Malley, and sponsor Jim Frisina. Botton row: Committee member Linda Dawley, council members Ron Rech, Ernie Knoblock, and Tom Sislow, sponsors Bill Bahner and Donna Cifranic, builder Will Smith, and sponsor Marcia Frisina.

A small group gathered at the Diamondhead Bandstand last Saturday morning. Some of our sponsors who funded it were there along with our mayor and council members and a few of our committee members.
It was a bright sunny day, perfect for such a festive occasion.
Diamondhead will soon have its completed bandstand. Placed directly in front of city hall, it will play a crucial role in our City. Bands will perform on it on patriotic occasions and holidays. People can bring their lunch and blanket and spread out around it on the adjoining City Green and enjoy the music.
Weddings can even be performed on it. It is also close enough to the adjoining street to serve as a reviewing stand for the Mardi Gras parade that forms up there.

Mar 27, 2015, 17:41

Amy Rogers is the Echo Artist of the Week
Artist and photographer Amy Rogers with a display of her work at last week’s ArtsAlive! celebration in Old Town Bay St. Louis.

Our Artist of the Week is photographer Amy Rogers.
A South Mississippi native, Rogers’ various life experiences mold her artistic sensibility.
Drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry making, and photography are outlets for her creativity.
Her background includes college coursework in oil painting, ceramics, and art for elementary teachers. She’s self-taught in photography, learning every day to her great enjoyment.
In her photos, one sees her knowledge of nature, and the Gulf Coast. Water, the backdrop in the lives of fishermen, their boats, wildlife, and the coastal people plays a large role in Amy’s work.

Mar 27, 2015, 17:40

Coroner: Teen dies after huffing keyboard cleaner
A 14-year-old Hancock County youth died this weekend after he allegedly ingested a lethal amount of computer keyboard cleaner, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Monday.
Faulk said the teen--whose name was not released because of his age-- had apparently been "huffing" the aerosol cleaner at his home on Cuevas Town Road on Saturday.
The child showed visible signs of hypoxia and suffocation due to inhaling the chemicals in the compressed air containers, Faulk said.
"It was just like getting strangled," Faulk said. "People need to know about this. If other kids do not understand the dangers, it could happen again."

Mar 24, 2015, 18:05

Bay man arrested after lewd encounter

A Bay St. Louis man was arrested last week in connection with an incident on March 13 where he allegedly attempted to force another man to perform a sexual act on him, authorities said Tuesday.
Bay St. Louis Detective Lt. Robert O'Neal said Tuesday that Robert Mosley, 64, was arrested on March 17 and charged with two counts of indecent exposure and simple assault, both misdemeanors.
According to O'Neal, Mosley and the victim--a 32-year-old male-- were at a residence on Webster Street on March 13.
The Sea Coast Echo does not name victims in alleged sexual assault cases.
At some point, O'Neal said, the victim was asked to go upstairs with Mosley and another man, whose name was not released.

Mar 24, 2015, 18:04

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