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Space Crusaders: SpaceX opens new engine test stand at Stennis
From left. Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, SpaceX CEO Gwynne Shotwell, and Stennis Space Center Director Rick Gilbrech on Monday cut the ribbon for the new SpaceX project at the Stennis Space Center. SpaceX will be conducting rocket testing using the NASA facility.

The path to space will once again pass through Hancock County as the private company SpaceX announced Monday that it will begin testing its new Raptor methane-powered engines at John C. Stennis Space Center's E2 rocket-testing stand.
Officials from SpaceX, a California-based space transportation company, NASA, and state and federal leaders cut the ribbon on the new project on Monday.
"I believe SpaceX, with the help of NASA, will one day take a person to Mars," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday. "If they do, they will have to pass through Hancock County to get there."
SpaceX recently signed an agreement with NASA to use the testing stands to develop its rockets.

Apr 22, 2014, 18:03

Hancock torso case moves to Kenner
The investigation into the murder of a New Orleans woman whose body washed ashore in Bay St. Louis in 2012 has been transferred to authorities in Louisiana.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Monday that his office has turned over the Jared Lockhart case to Kenner, but investigators may still seek charges here.
"We are working in conjunction with Kenner," Bass said. "We have some things working here, but they are now handling the murder investigation."
Hancock County had been the lead agency in the case; however, trying to determine exactly where Lockhart was killed has been a sticking point in the case so far, officials said.

Apr 22, 2014, 18:02

‘Clyde’ gets 15 years for D’head bank heist
The second half of a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robbery team pled guilty Monday in Hancock County Circuit Court to his role in the 2012 heist at the Keesler Federal Credit Union in Diamondhead.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois accepted the plea of Jessie Landry, 43, of Pearl River La. and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, suspending 10, and leaving 15 to serve.
Last week, Landry's wife Aleshia Landry, 34, pled guilty and received a five year sentence.
The Landrys were arrested a few weeks after the heist at their home in Pearl River.
Officials said the couple "cased" the Keesler bank before robbing it.

Apr 22, 2014, 18:01

Red Beans & Rice Cook-off draws crowd
Hancock Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr’s office won the judge’s overall prize at the 2014 Red Beans & Rice Cookoff.

Hundreds turned out on Monday for the 25th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall.
After the event, co-chairmen Jimmie Ladner, Jr. and Ernie Zimmerman announced the winners.
The People's Choice Overall winner annual display trophy went to the Sportsman's Club.
The Judges Overall Award went to Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr's office; the Business Award went to the Silver Slipper Casino; Restaurant, Dempsey's; Organization, Hancock County Republican Women; Corporation, Sabic; and the "Ms Beam

Apr 22, 2014, 18:00

Woman trapped under vehicle in Diamondhead
A Diamondhead woman was hospitalized Tuesday after a freak accident at a residence on Iolani Court.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that authorities received a report of a woman--whose name was not released by press time Tuesday-- trapped under a car at the residence about 2: 15 p.m. Tuesday.
"The lady had gotten back from the store and apparently did not put the vehicle all the way in park," Adam said. "The vehicle rolled back and trapped her underneath and between a tree."
The Diamondhead police and fire departments responded to the scene and were able to jack up the car and administer CPR, Adam said.

Apr 22, 2014, 17:59

UPDATE: Authorities to reopen Mary Ann Farve murder case
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam, center, Bay Police Chief Mike De Nardo, and Chari McIntyre-Rapp of the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers group announced Thursday that they are reopening the Mary Ann Farve murder case.

Mary Ann Farve may be gone, but she is far from forgotten – local authorities announced Thursday that they are reopening the unsolved 40-year-old murder case of Farve, a Bay. St. Louis teen who was abducted on April 22, 1974 and found dead in a Pass Christian field nine months later.
"This case has to be solved," Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Thursday at a press conference. "This young lady and her family deserve closure. It is our duty and obligation to locate this killer and bring him to justice."
The new investigation will be a collaborative effort between the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the Bay St. Louis Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:52

Murder trial ends with no decision
The murder trial of Gary Hall ended Tuesday night in the 15th Circuit Court in Poplarville after the jury was unable to come to a decision.
Hall’s attorney built a case based on self-defense during Tuesday’s court proceedings, while the prosecution presented testimony from a forensic pathologist that would suggest the shooting death of William Graham was not self-defense.
Hall, who was a resident of the Catahoula community in Hancock County, was on trial for the November 2011 shooting death of William Graham. Court testimony revealed Hall, a resident of the Catahoula community in Hancock County, was at a Pearl River County woman’s home when another man, Graham, arrived to find the two in bed together. A fight ensued, leading to Graham being shot by Hall.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:51

Waveland joins move for RESTORE Act funding
The city of Waveland on Wednesday officially joined Bay St. Louis and Diamondhead in a county-wide effort to secure RESTORE Act funds.
The RESTORE Act, enacted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, provides funding administered by the Department of Marine Resources for eco-system restoration projects.
Nancy Depreo of Seymour Engineering told aldermen Wednesday that there are several waterways in Hancock County which fall into the scope of the RESTORE Act.
Depreo said eligible projects include dredging and marsh replenishment, erosion control, and marsh enhancement.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:50

‘Stennis Tech Park’ developer gets prison term for wetlands violations
An Alabama man on Thursday was sentenced to serve time in federal prison for violations of the federal Clean Water Act involving a failed Bay St. Louis development.
U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola sentenced William R. "Rusty" Miller to 15 months in prison and to pay more than $34,000 in fines and restitution.
Miller pled guilty in December 2013, and admitted to having caused the excavation and filling of wetlands on a 1,710 acre parcel of undeveloped property in Hancock County, west of the intersection of Hwy. 603 and Interstate 10.
In 2001 and 2002, three companies--Hancock County Land, LLC, Stennis Land, LLC, and Stennis Technology Park, Inc.--purchased about 1,700 acres of undeveloped land in Hancock County.

Apr 18, 2014, 18:49

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