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More arrests in arson probe
Volunteer firefighters allegedly burned this home on Third Street in Clermont Harbor in September.

Hancock County Sheriff's investigators last week made more arrests in the county's recent arson scandal, and for the first time, police released some details about the case.
Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Saturday that investigators served four warrants last week in connection with the alleged arsons.
Grannan said Crystal Mooneyhan, 26, turned herself in Friday in connection with a woods fire on Colley Road on Sept. 11, 2014.
Mooneyhan was charged with arson.
Additionally, Grannan said, investigators rearrested Marie Gill, and charged her with three counts of arson. Gill had been previously arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with arson and conspiracy, but had posted bond on those charges.

Jan 27, 2015, 18:39

Alleged child molester arrested
A man wanted for child molestation charges in Hancock County took a bus from Georgia to Mississippi to turn himself in Monday, authorities said Tuesday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Stephanie Stewart said Tuesday that Robert Trotter, 57, formerly of Kiln, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes and sexual battery.
According to Stewart, investigators received a complaint last June about Trotter allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile female on several occasions from 2009 until 2013.

Jan 27, 2015, 18:38

Diamondhead FD building new station
Construction crews on Tuesday began tearing down the Diamondhead Fire Department. Officials said a new facility, which will provide more space, will be built at the same location.

It was out with the old and in with the new this week at the Diamondhead Fire Department's main station.
Construction crews on Tuesday began tearing down the 35-year-old fire department in advance of a new $238,000 facility which is expected to be complete by July.
"We had outgrown the current facility," DFD Chief Jerry Dubuisson said. "Obviously, this will give us some more room."
When the fire department was built in 1980, it was only designed to house one or two firemen, Dubuisson said.
Today, DFD employs 15 full-time firemen and administrators and additional part-timers. A few years ago, the district constructed a second fire station at 88157 Gulf Club Drive. "As our community has grown, so has the fire department," Dubuisson said.

Jan 27, 2015, 18:37

Police i.d. suspect in BWMS bomb threat
Bay St. Louis Police last week arrested a Bay-Waveland Middle School student who was allegedly responsible for a bomb threat which closed the school for several hours on Jan. 21, Police Chief Mike De Nardo said.
Bay High, Bay Middle, and North Bay Elementary schools were evacuated last Wednesday after school officials discovered a note which said a bomb was in the building.
The bomb threat came on the heels of a similar threat the day before at Hancock High School.
Authorities searched the schools, but no explosives were found.

Jan 27, 2015, 18:35

Krewe of Pupseidon parades in Diamondhead
The Mystic Krewe of Pupseidon on Saturday kicked off the 2015 Carnival season in Hancock County with its inaugural parade in Diamondhead.

The Mystic Krewe of Pupseidon kicked off the Carnival season in Hancock County on Saturday with its first-ever canine parade.
“What a wonderful, fun celebration of the pets we share our lives with,” event organizer Kathy Wilkinson said. “It gives us all a chance to be creative and light hearted at the same time that we are supporting a fundraising event in an effort to right the terrible injustice suffered by all the abandoned and abused animals that have not been as lucky as our beloved pets.
“I truly believe that real change in the world begins and flourishes at the grass roots level, and I am so proud of all the people of the Gulf Coast that have joined together with us for this purpose, including all our volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen, the individuals and businesses who sponsored us, and all the media who helped us spread the word.”

Jan 27, 2015, 18:33

9th-grader busted for HHS bomb threat
Hancock County sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a ninth-grade Hancock High School student who is believed to be responsible for Tuesday's bomb threat, which closed the school for more than two hours.
Sheriff Ricky Adam said Friday that a male juvenile was arrested Thursday in connection with the bomb threat.
The child is a student at HHS, Adam said.
Authorities did not release the student's name.
According to Adam, school officials became aware of a message which said a bomb was in a school building about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The message was written on a wall in the boys bathroom in the main building.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:55

Mardi Paws: Krewe of Pupseidon kicks off Carnival season
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Friday toasted King Marley and Queen Sadie of the Krewe of Pupseidon, which conducted its first annual "meeting of the court" at Harbor House. Marley is the companion of Liz Singley and Sadie is owned by Michael Casano. The krewe's parade will take place today beginning at the country club at 1 p.m. Residents can register their dogs at the event starting at 11:30 a.m., officials said.

The Mystic Krewe of Pupseidon is scheduled to kick off today’s 2015 Carnival parade season today at 1 p.m., marching from the Diamondhead Country Club to the water tower.
The krewe bills itself as “the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s first all-canine krewe.
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Friday toasted the krewe’s King Marley and Queen Saide at a “meeting of the court” at the Harbor House restaurant, granting the furry pair a “key to the city.”
Despite the cold, wet weather on Friday, krewe organizer Kathy Wilkinson was excited.
“King Marley is here with all the dukes and duchesses,” she said. “We’re anticipating great weather and a huge turn-out for Saturday’s parade.”
The theme is "Diamonds Are a Dog's Best Friend.” Participants are invited to bring their canine companions dressed in Mardi Gras regalia.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:54

4th suspect arrested in fire fighter scandal
Hancock County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested another local volunteer firefighter in connection with a recent arson investigation.
Hancock County jail records show that O.J. Smith, of the Clermont Volunteer Harbor Fire Department, was arrested Thursday and charged with being an accessory to arson.
Smith's arrest is the fourth in the scandal, and sheriff's department officials said Friday that more arrests may be forthcoming in the next few days.
Details have been sketchy so far about the nature of the alleged crimes.
Sheriff's Investigator A.J. Gambino said Friday that investigators have been conducting numerous interviews and gaining new information.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:53

Critics take complaints over city clerk’s raise to Waveland aldermen
The Waveland Board of Aldermen is still dealing with fall-out over its decision earlier this month to give its city clerk a $7,000 pay raise.
The board voted earlier this month to increase wages for City Clerk Lisa Planchard, Fire Chief Tony Mallini and Police Chief David Allen.
No one complained about the raises for Mallini or Allen, but social media lit up shortly after that meeting ended, with one person even forming a Facebook group called "Citizens of Waveland Outraged at the Unjustified City Clerk's Pay Raise!"
Mikelle Tingstrom Williamson was one of the most enthusiastic critics and took her complaints directly to the board at its second meeting of the month on Wednesday, as did a few other Waveland residents.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:52

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