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Two Kiln men arrested for murder in the death of Diamondhead man found in N.O.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam and investigators on Tuesday executed a search warrant at a home on Ponderosa Loop in Kiln.

Hancock County sheriff's investigators on Tuesday arrested a father and son from Kiln in connection with the murder of Philip Whitaker whose body was found wrapped in a piece of carpet near the Michoud Blvd. exit on Interstate 10 in Louisiana last week.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Terry Smith, 70, and Carl Smith, 46, were both arrested Tuesday and charged with murder.
According to Adam, the Smiths and Whitaker had been friends for "many years."
Whitaker, who had several medical problems, did not travel very far from home, but he would sometimes stop by the Smith home on Ponderosa Loop in the Jourdan River Ranchettes subdivision, Adam said.

Nov 21, 2017, 19:04

Happy Thanksgiving -- holiday activities in Hancock
Delisa Thomas, left, Aletris Thomas and Holeigh Hawkins -- of the Krewe of Real People: The Next Generation -- on Tuesday help to prepare and serve dozens of free Thanksgiving meals at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church in Waveland.

The Krewe of Real People: The Next Generation on Tuesday hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church in Waveland, serving dozens of free dinners with turkey and all the trimmings.
There are plenty of other activities planned in Hancock County this year – the annual Turkey Trot is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day and several area organizations are scheduled to serve free Thanksgiving dinners.

Turkey Trot
The Thanksgiving Day 6th annual Fit First Turkey Trot 5K and 1 mile Fun Run is scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m. Race day registration and packet pick-up begin at 7 a.m. at the Bay St. Louis Depot. 
The race benefits the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Hancock County. Please bring pet food, treats, or toys as part of your race entry.
The 5K is a certified route and it's Chip Timed.

Nov 21, 2017, 19:03

Woman cleared in Hancock exploitation of vulnerable adult case
Lynda Wolfe

A Saucier woman returned home this week after spending five terrifying days behind bars for a crime authorities now say she didn’t commit.
“Lynda Wolfe’s identity was stolen and used fraudulently,” Hancock County Investigator A.J. Gambino said Tuesday.
Wolfe, 55, got the scare of her life last week when she learned from her two sons that she was the subject of a nationwide manhunt. She was arrested at her home and carted off to the Hancock County jail the next evening and charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit wire transfer fraud, exploitation of a vulnerable adult, wire transfer fraud, and identity theft.
Gambino said new information he and the investigative team uncovered this week proved Wolfe had been the victim of identity theft, allegedly perpetrated by her former neighbor Shara Leon.

Nov 21, 2017, 19:02

Waveland police searching for clues in Hancock Bank robbery
Officials at the Waveland Police Department said Tuesday that they are still searching for information about a man who robbed the Hancock Bank last week while wearing an orange wig.
WPD Criminal Investigator David Buckley said Tuesday that WPD has received dozens of tips about the man and the robbery.
"We have been going through all of the tips," Buckley said. "We have been able to eliminate some potential suspects and looking for further information on others."
According to Buckley, a black male walked into the bank shortly before 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday and handed a teller a note that demanded money.

Nov 21, 2017, 19:01

County courthouse to get new roof
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday opened bids for installation of a new roof for the Hancock County Courthouse.
Supervisors recently hired local architects Michael Reeves and Kevin Fitzpatrick to compile a report of which items needed to be repaired at the century-old courthouse and what could be done for security enhancements.
The roof replacement was the first of two phases of repairs and improvements that supervisors are planning.
The low bid for the roof replacement came in at about $350,000.
Supervisors are expected to award a contract for the repairs at their next meeting.

Nov 21, 2017, 19:00

Body found in New Orleans East confirmed to be that of missing Hancock man
The Orleans Parish Coroner's office confirmed Monday morning that a body found wrapped in carpet and dumped near I-10 in Louisiana last week was that of 54-year-old Philip Sherman Whitaker of Diamondhead.
Authorities with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office last week teamed up with Louisiana officials to examine a grisly discovery found along I-10 last Wednesday afternoon. The body of a badly decomposed man was discovered wrapped in carpet on the Michoud on-ramp in New Orleans East, officials said.
Whitaker was reportedly shot to death.

Nov 20, 2017, 16:18

Two arrested for taking advantage of an elderly Diamondhead man
Shara Leon. Photo courtesy of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office

Two Saucier women were arrested this week on suspicion of stealing money from an elderly Hancock County man, Hancock County Investigator A.J. Gambino said.

Nov 17, 2017, 23:43

King's Kitchen celebrates 5th anniversary; more than 260,000 meals served
Volunteers serve up hot food at King's Kitchen. Photo by Cassandra Favre

Central Bible Church's soup kitchen The King's Kitchen on Friday celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Since its opening, the kitchen has served "approximately," 260,000 meals, Central Bible Church Pastor Mike Ramsey said.

Nov 17, 2017, 23:41

Hancock Bank robbed; suspect still at large

The Hancock Bank in Waveland was robbed Tuesday evening and the suspect in still at large, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Friday.

Nov 17, 2017, 23:30

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