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Scaring Up Some Fun: Bayside Haunted House kicks off Halloween events
The Bayside Fire Department on Friday kicked off its second annual Haunted House. The Haunted House will be open again today and Sunday, from 7-11 p.m. both nights. Admission is free, but Bayside F.D. is asking for donations for Hope Haven.

While Mother Nature is busy trying to put a little chill in the air this weekend, the Bayside Fire Department is trying to put a chill down your spine -- for a good cause.
Freddie Krueger, a killer clown and the Horrible Dr. Shots are just a few of the ghouls, ghosts and goblins ready to greet you this weekend at Bayside Fire Department's second annual Haunted House.
"We're doing it all for the community," Bayside F.D.'s Adele Hoffman said Friday, outside the Haunted House. "We've been working on this for over a month. This year, we're doing it to benefit Hope Haven. There is no admission fee, but we're asking for donations to Hope Haven."
"All of our firefighters are strictly volunteer," firefighter Michael Taylor said. "Nobody is being paid to be here. … To be able to do this for the community is really a thrill. It just warms everybody's heart to be a part of this."

Oct 21, 2017, 00:53

Judge denies parole request for Hancock sex offender
Raymond Greer

Circuit Court Judge Roger Clark recently denied a request from a convicted Hancock County sex offender who was seeking a hearing in front of the Mississippi parole board.
On March 24, 2017, Raymond "Rusty" Greer, 52, filed a petition for parole recommendation in Hancock County Circuit Court.
In 1999, Greer was convicted of capital rape and sentenced to life in prison.
Greer was 32 years old and the victim was under the age of 16 when the crime was committed.

Oct 21, 2017, 00:52

Former Bay resident convicted of molesting a child
A jury in Harrison County this week convicted a former Bay St. Louis resident of unlawful touching of a child.
According to a press release from Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker, Michael Gros, 29, inappropriately touched a five-year-old at a residence in Long Beach in August 2016.
Parker said Gros formerly lived in Bay St. Louis.
After the trial concluded, Circuit Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced Gros to 15 years in prison.
The victim, now 6, testified and the state presented a video of a forensic interview with the child.

Oct 21, 2017, 00:51

Bay keeps $13 utility fee to pay FEMA
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday approved a motion to extend the $13 fee on utility billings through Dec. 31 to satisfy a payment to FEMA for the Beach Blvd. sewer, drainage and lift station project.
Mayor Mike Favre told the council that MEMA owes the city about $168,000 for the Rutherford Pier project.
"We write the check back to them and they give it back to FEMA," Favre said.
The city owes FEMA about $238,925, he said, for the Beach Blvd. sewer, drainage and lift station project. That would leave the city owing $70,000, which is due by March 31, Favre said.
Favre said the second appeal to FEMA for engineering costs reimbursement was denied in December 2016.

Oct 21, 2017, 00:50

Waveland votes to remove oak tree, clean blighted property
The Waveland Board of Aldermen on Wednesday voted to approve the removal of a Live Oak tree on Highway 90.
The move will help pave the way for a new drive-through car wash and oil change business which will be located on property just west of the Central Fire Station.
Mayor Mike Smith said Friday the decision was based on the city's need to develop business areas on the highway.
"It's unfortunate that the tree will be removed, but this is progress for the city," Smith said. "We are trying to encourage business."
The decision to remove the 100-year-old tree did not come without opposition.

Oct 21, 2017, 00:49

Seniors celebrate ‘Greatest Generation’ at the Hancock County Senior Citizens Prom
Irma Woodard and Tommy Martin, queen and king of the 2017 Hancock County Senior Citizens Prom.

Hancock County's senior citizens on Wednesday danced back in time to the World War II-era during the Hancock County Senior Citizens Prom. This year's theme was "Dancing at the Canteen."
The event included a special performance by the Victory Belles from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
The Hancock County Senior Prom Committee sponsored the annual event and several groups volunteered their services. This year's volunteers included Hancock County RSVP, Hancock County S.A.L.T., St. Stanislaus students, Our Lady Academy Interact Club, Bay High School ROTC, Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Seabees.
The tables featured patriotic-themed centerpieces designed by table sponsors.

Oct 21, 2017, 00:47

‘Samurai sword’ attack lands one in hospital, one in jail
Charles Parker

Hancock County sheriff's deputies last week arrested a Bayside Park man who allegedly hacked another man several times with a "samurai sword," officials said Monday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said Monday that Charles Parker, 49, was arrested on Oct. 11 and charged with aggravated assault – manifesting extreme indifference to human life.
Apparently, Bass said, Parker and another man got into "an altercation" at a residence on Choctaw Street in Bayside Park early in the morning on Oct. 11.
"Mr. Parker and an acquaintance began arguing and Parker grabbed this samurai sword type weapon and started hacking the other guy," Bass said. "He struck him in the arm and in the head."
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was able to grab a pipe or bicycle frame and ward off Parker's attack, Bass said.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:06

Missing Teen Found: Father arrested for harboring her
Missing OLA student Courtlee Hilton was found safe on Monday.

Long Beach police on Monday located a local teen who had been missing for two weeks and arrested her father, who had allegedly been harboring her.
According to a press release from the Long Beach Police Department, Courtlee Hilton was found safe on Monday.
She was with her father, Shawn Hilton, who did not have legal custody of her.
Shawn Hilton was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Courtlee, a student at Our Lady Academy, was last seen on Oct. 1.
During the past two weeks, she did not go to school, nor has there been any sighting of her, officials said.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:05

Former D’head city manager notifies city of pending lawsuit
Former Diamond-head City Manager Clovis Reed recently notified the city that he intends to file a lawsuit related to his employment with the city.
Under state law, anyone wanting to file a lawsuit against a governmental entity must first file a "notice of claim" prior to filing the lawsuit.
A notice of claim generally outlines the plaintiff's arguments and allows the city to potentially work out a settlement prior to litigation.
Diamondhead City Attorney Sean Tindell said last week that the city has received the claim, but he could not comment on it.
Reed served as city manager for nearly two years.
He announced his resignation on May 2, the morning of this year's municipal elections.

Oct 17, 2017, 17:05

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