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40 years later, no one knows ‘Who killed Mary Ann Favre?’
Mary Ann Favre

It was every parent's worst nightmare, a crime so heinous that it was unfathomable that it could ever happen in a place like friendly Bay St. Louis.
But the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Mary Ann Favre did happen and, 40 years later, the person responsible may still be alive, free, and walking the streets of South Mississippi.
The Sea Coast Echo recently partnered with the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers group to periodically spotlight some of our communities' unsolved cold cases.
Our first case involves the disappearance and murder of Favre, who vanished on April 22, 1974 after escorting her sister to school at North Bay Elementary.
The Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case and/or information in other cold cases across the Gulf Coast.

Apr 15, 2014, 21:34

Bank robber pleads guilty, gets 5- year jail sentence
Officers from the Hancock Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi Highway Patrol on the scene of a bank robbery at Keesler Federal in Diamondhead in December 2012.

The female half of a modern day "Bonnie and Clyde" bank robbery team on Monday pleaded guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to her part in the 2012 robbery of the Keesler Federal Credit Union in Diamondhead on Dec. 6, 2012.
Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois on Monday accepted the plea of Aleisha Landry, 34, and sentenced her to 15 years in prison, suspending 10 years, and leaving her five to serve.
Landry and her husband, Jessie Landry, 43, were arrested a few weeks after the heist at their home in Pearl River, La.

Apr 15, 2014, 21:33

Stennis: Going for the Gold
John C. Stennis Space Center on Saturday hosted the Area III Special Olympics Track and Field Competitions. More than 150 athletes participated.

Going for the gold, or for blue ribbons, more than 150 athletes of all ages competed at the 2014 Stennis Space Center Area III Special Olympic Games on Saturday morning.
There was something for everyone, with events such as the 50-meter dash to the standing long jump and even the softball throw.
"We look forward to this every year," said Dave Golden, Area III Special Olympic Games chairman. "It's so rewarding for the athletes and volunteers alike.
"It's such a good way to spend a Saturday."

Proud to participate
Carrying the Special Olympics torch for the second year in a row, Jerry West, 44, led the March of the Athletes to the opening ceremony.
West said marching with the torch is a tribute to his mother, Connie West, who died in March. "She used to watch me compete in every game."
Competing in the Games for his 20th year, West said, "I love it. It's people like me and it's all ages of us out there."

Apr 15, 2014, 21:32

25th annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-off is April 21
The 25th annual American Cancer Society Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off is scheduled Monday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall, Blaize Avenue, next to the historic Depot. Once again,co-chairmen for the event will be Hancock County Tax Collector-Assessor Jimmie Ladner, Jr., and Ernie Zimmerman.
Ladner's administrative assistant, Sandra Hoda, handles the registration of cooking teams. She said there's still plenty of room for new teams.
Entry for a team is a donation of $100 to the American Cancer Society.

Apr 15, 2014, 20:54

UPDATE: Train Accident in BSL
Debris from a train and vehicle crash Friday evening sits next to the tracks near the Second Street crossing in Bay St. Louis
Nobody was seriously injured Friday night when a train collided with a car in Bay St. Louis.
Bay Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Tuesday that his department received a report of an accident involving a train at 11:15 p.m. Friday.
Apparently, De Nardo said, a Toyota Sequoia driven by Alyssa Pagano, 24, had tried to cross the tracks at Toulme Street near the city park when it was struck in the rear door by a train.
Pagano was able to exit the vehicle safely and the train dragged the vehicle for a short distance, De Nardo said.

Apr 12, 2014, 01:11

‘Serial’ bank robber blamed in DH heist
Police are seeking information about this man, who allegedly robbed the Hancock Bank in Diamondhead on Thursday.

A man who allegedly robbed banks in Indiana and Illionis last month may be responsible for the robbery of the Hancock Bank in Diamondhead Thursday afternoon, authorities said Friday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Steve Saucier said Friday that deputies were notified of a bank robbery the Hancock Bank in Diamondhead about 4:56 p.m. Thursday.
Saucier said a male suspect walked into the bank, handed the teller a note, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man in his late '20s or early '30s. He had a medium build and was wearing a tan straw hat, Saucier said. He got into a silver Honda Accord with an Illinois tag (K66 5434) and left the area before police arrived, Saucier said.

Apr 11, 2014, 22:02

Darkness to Light: Breaking the Cycle of Child Sexual Abuse
Hope Haven now offers training to adults to help prevent child sexual abuse in Hancock County. Pictured above are members of the training team, including Alison Blanchard, volunteer, left; Loraine Wemer, Hope Haven administrative assistant; Rhonda Sherwin, Hope Haven board president; Don Sherwin, volunteer; Robert Stanton, volunteer; and Cindy Hornosky, volunteer.

The number of abused and/or neglected children in Hancock County has grown exponentially since Hurricane Katrina. As of Thursday, according to the Mississippi Department of Human Services, there were more than 330 Hancock County children in foster care.
"The increase in child abuse and neglect cases all along the Coast since Katrina – it's a curse," Terry Latham, executive director for Hope Haven Children's Services, said Thursday. "For 20 years, Hope Haven has been taking care of these kids after they've been abused or neglected. Most of our activity has been caring for parents in crisis and kids in crisis after-the-fact."
Tired, saddened and angered by the vast increase in abuse cases – particularly sexual abuse, Latham said – Hope Haven volunteers are going proactive.

Apr 11, 2014, 22:01

D’head leading Restore Act team
The city of Diamondhead wants to get its part of upcoming Restore Act funding and has invited other local entities to join it.
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer, City Manager Richard Rose, and city council members attended the Bay St. Louis City Council meeting on Tuesday to try to create a partnership with the Bay and other local entities.
"I was eating lunch the other day looking out over the Bay," Schafer said. "What did I see? I saw Bay St. Louis. What affects us, affects you."
The Restore Act, which is administered by the Department of Marine Resources, provides funding for eco-system restoration projects. Schafer said new partnership could target funding which should be available later this year.
He said Diamondhead is asking Waveland and the county to also join in its efforts.

Apr 11, 2014, 22:00

Bay man scolds council about past-due bills
The city of Bay St. Louis has a 97 percent utility collection rate, officials say, but at least one city resident says that isn't good enough.
Ron Thorpe, a member of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government, on Tuesday appeared before the city council and offered an aggressive presentation with props such as a large garbage bag filled with paper and 135 water bottles arranged on a table.
The garbage bag, he said, represented $400,000 in uncollected utility bills. The 135 water bottles represented how many utility customers are more than 60 days past due, he said.

Apr 11, 2014, 21:58

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