It’s a wrap for the 100 Men DBA Hall.
On Saturday, HGTV filmed the Loya family’s bluesy style of living for the network’s show, “You Live in What?”
“It was crazy and fantastic,” 100 Men DBA Hall’s CEO Kerrie Loya said. “The House Katz performed to a sold-out show that night.
“It was a great crowd full of newcomers, the New Orleans crowd and people from the Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs areas.”
Loya said crews arrived at 10:30 a.m. and left at 10 p.m.
“The producer was easy to work with,” Loya said. “It was a pleasurable experience for both parties.
It’s a wrap for the 100 Men DBA Hall.
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) –
A human torso was found on the beach in Bay St. Louis Thursday evening. Construction crews working on the county’s beach replenishment program discovered the remains of an unidentified white female near Bay Oak Drive.
According to Hancock County Sheriff’s investigator Glen Grannan, the body has no head, legs or arms. Grannan said the body also has a stab wound in the chest. He told WLOX News that the body appears to be that of an adolescent in her late teens or early twenties.
Authorities are not sure if the limbs were intentionally removed.
Authorities confirmed they don’t have any missing females reported in Bay St. Louis at this time but there are reports of missing females in our neighboring states.
From March 9-11, Bay-Waveland Yacht Club (BWYC) will host the final qualifying round for the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) 2012 Team Trials Championship to be held in late April.
The USODA Team Trials event selects sailors to represent the United States in international competitions including the Worlds and several continent events. The United States National Team is also selected from the top sailors at this very competitive event. Approximately 70 young sailors, male and female, from the ages of 9-15 will compete in the Red, White and Blue fleets on Saturday and Sunday.
Sailors who have registered for the event come from the entire Gulf Coast area including Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas and other southern states such as Arkansas, North and South Carolina and Tennessee.
Because this is a national scoring event there are registrants from afar including St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco CA, Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis MD, Chester Yacht Club in Brooklyn, NY, Brant Beach Yacht Club in New Jersey and Nagawicka Lake Yacht Club in Hartland, WI.
Local sailors include William Diaz from Bay-Waveland Yacht Club, Michael Burns, Boyd and Claire Housey from Pass Christian Yacht Club and Ricky Welch from Long Beach Yacht Club.
Pre-registered beginning sailors from Fairhope Yacht Club in Alabama and Lakewood Yacht Club in Spring Texas will compete in the Green Fleet an race on the same course as the more experienced sailors.
Participants and their families will receive the typical BWYC hospitality along with the sailing experience via a Welcome Party Friday evening, an Outdoor Movie Pizza Night on Saturday and an Italian buffet at the Awards ceremony Sunday night.
Richard “Boo” Heausler is Regatta Chair and Clinton Edwards is Race Committee Chair. Lucien “Beau” Gex is the current Commodore of the BWYC.
By: The Sea Coast Echo
Hancock County’s on-again, off-again “limited buy-out” program to help frequently-flooded homeowners is apparently back on again.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham on Monday brought a team of his top staff members to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors to assure the board it has MEMA’s full support.
“I’m making sure you understand that anything I can do to facilitate and expedite things, I will do that,” Latham told supervisors. “I don’t want any perception we were yanking the rug out from under you.”
He was referring to MEMA’s request in February to de-obligated $6 million of the $10 million previously earmarked for property acquisition in response to home-owners’ needs after Hurricane Katrina.
However, the money had been dormant since 2008 because, as District 4 Supervisor Steve Seymour said at the time, “there’s so many different game plans, people are jockeying back and forth for money,” that the program has not yet moved forward.
MEMA staff said last month that it was not “due diligence” on their part to let those funds remain idyll while other communities are suffering.
Latham said Monday that his staff still believes $4 million should be sufficient to cover the properties the county needs to acquire, but added, that’s just an estimate.
“If we get to the point where you need more,” he said, “you can probably get it.”
“So basically you’re saying, ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s going to be okay,'” District 1 Supervisor David Yarborough said. “Yes, sir,” Latham said.
The board approved a request from engineer Ben Benvenutti of CDM to begin advertising for appraisers and an attorney for the project.
By Geoff Belcher
The Sea Coast Echo
Two men have been jailed and a third hospitalized in an apparent “contract hit” sparked by a romantic triangle, Hancock Sheriff Ricky Adam said.
Dallas Pinion, age 30, surrendered to authorities on Monday. He was charged with aggravated assault, which stems from a beating-for-hire scheme, Adam said in a press release.
This past Valentine’s Day, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault which took place in the parking lot of the Diamondhead Country Club, Adam said.
“The victim, a 26-year-old white male, suffered numerous injuries during the assault and was required to have surgery,” Adam said.
Investigators quickly identified Destin Johnson, 22, of Bay St. Louis as the assailant, Adam said. Johnson was arrested the next day, according to jail records.
“Further investigation by the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office revealed that Johnson and Pinion had entered into an agreement to assault the victim,” Adam said.
The victim’s name has not been made public, although officers said Tuesday he had been released from the hospital. “It was a personal deal – it actually had to do with a woman,” Chief Investigator Glen Grannon said Tuesday. “They got in the middle of a romantic deal with a female. I guess (Pinion) thought this was something that shouldn’t be going on.”
Pinion turned himself in at the Hancock County Public Safety Complex on Monday evening, Adam said, and later posted a $10,000 bond.
“To commit such a complicit act is reprehensible,” Adam said. “Behavior such as this will not be tolerated in Hancock County. I’m proud of the efforts of our investigators getting two arrests in this case.”I would also like to commend the district attorney’s office for their contributions and support in our investigation.”
By Geoff Belcher
The Sea Coast Echo
Hancock County’s beaches will soon get rejuvenated thanks to the Pass Christian Harbor expansion project and the board of supervisors agreed Monday that, yes –this time – Lakeshore will also benefit.
Beginning next week, nearly 350,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped more than seven miles underwater from the Pass Harbor project directly to Bay St. Louis. The move is being paid for through $5 million from a BP grant. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Chicago is the contractor doing the actual work.
At its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the board assured District 1 Supervisor David Yarborough that Lakeshore would get sand, as well.
“Let’s get the sand pumped at Lakeshore,” Yarborough said, reiterating remarks he made at the board’s previous meeting in February.
At that meeting, he asked why the sand coming to the county from the dredging project was being pumped in at the Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis, rather than at Lakeshore.
District 4 Supervisor Steve Seymour said that it was because it was closer, easier and cheaper for the contractors to start the project in Bay St. Louis, and since the county is getting nearly $4 million worth of sand free, then no one should complain.
“If you ride through Lakeshore in the summer time,” Yarborough said later, “you’ll see that other than Nicholson Ave., Lakeshore is probably the most used beach there is, and it’s only right that we fix it.
“My concern is, the last time we had dredging done in Hancock County, they ran out of sand before it got to Lakeshore. I’m no fool, it’s gonna happen again.”
However, the board passed a resolution Monday ensuring that Lakeshore’s beach will be replenished, no matter where the sand from the Pass Harbor project is pumped.
By Geoff Belcher
The Sea Coast Echo
The Diamondhead Council heard voting district and budget proposals from its city planner at Monday’s meeting.
A draft map drawn by Bridge and Watson of Oxford, Miss., divides Diamondhead into four wards. Each proposed ward is composed of about 2,090 people.
“This is step one of the election process of June 2013,” said Mayor Chuck Ingraham. “It can be approved after public discussion.”
In drawing the proposed district lines, the company tried to follow existing divisions done by the Census Bureau and the county supervisors, said Chris Watson.
Ward one is on the west side of the city and is composed of the area north of I-10, up Diamondhead Dr. to Twin Lakes. Ward two is composed of the area from Twin Lakes to the county line and includes part of the golf course. Ward three covers the area south of I-10 and part of the business district to the country club. Ward Four stretches from the country club to the county line.
Watson also presented a balanced budget proposal of about $285,000 for fiscal year 2012, which ends Sept. 30. It anticipates about $22,600 of monthly revenue from sales tax. However, the numbers are based on a 2007 study and don’t factor in the new Rouse’s.
“Let’s hope [the estimate] is on the low side,” said Ingraham during the meeting.
The proposed budget involved some guess work, Watson said. If adopted, it is not set in stone and could be amended if necessary, he said.
The city will hold a public hearing about both proposals April 2 at 6 pm in the country club.
The council also passed an ordinance creating a planning and zoning commission.
The commission will be responsible for maintaining zoning maps, responding to variance requests, and advising the council on changes in land use. It will also provide input to Bridge and Watson as a comprehensive plan is developed.
“This is about getting our comprehensive plan together for land use,” Ingraham said. “Once you have a comprehensive plan, there are limited ways you can change, so doing it right the first time is important.”
The commission will be composed of seven members. The mayor and each council person will appoint one member. The other member will be selected by majority vote. They will meet at least once a month.
The meeting was recessed until Wednesday, March 6 at 6 pm at city hall.
In other council action: • City Manger Lloyd Ramirez announced the opening of the city website, http://www.diamondhead.ms.
• The council created the position of city historian and is seeking a volunteer to staff it.
• The mayor declared March as American Red Cross Month.
By Jace Ponder
The Sea Coast Echo
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to assist in the apprehension of a man who has been exposing himself to women in the Diamondhead community.
In the past two weeks, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received two reports of indecent exposure which investigators believe are related to the same suspect.
The first report was received on Feb. 27.
According to the complainant, a black male driving a four-door silver Altima followed her to a residence in Diamondhead and then pulled into the driveway and exposed himself. The suspect then drove off towards Diamondhead Drive East.
On Saturday, March 4, deputies responded to another complaint of indecent exposure from a different complainant.
The female complainant said that she was sitting in her dinning room reading the newspaper when she observed a black male in a front window of her residence.
The man was apparently holding a cell phone in one hand and his genitals in the other.
The woman went to get her husband, but when she returned, the suspect was gone.
The woman reported the suspect as being in his 40s, about six feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket, and a dark stocking hat.
Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that investigators have looked into several leads, but no arrest has been made yet.
Adam said anyone who may have information related to this case can call central dispatch at 228-255-9191 or the criminal investigation unit at 228-466-6910.
The Sea Coast Echo
By ROBIN FITZGERALD – firstname.lastname@example.org
The attorney representing the man suspected of killing a Louisiana priest at a Waveland beach house in July said he was shocked to learn Jeremy W. Manieri was found dead in his state prison cell this morning.
“I’m still trying to process it,” Brian Alexander told the Sun Herald.
Alexander said he was notified by e-mail this morning that corrections officers found Manieri dead about 5 p.m. in his cell at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.
He also was awaiting prosecution on charges of murder and grand larceny in the slaying of the Rev. Edward Everitt, shot in the head at a beach house used by his Dominican order. Manieri was later arrested in Florida, where authorities said he had driven the priest’s car to take his family on a vacation to Disney World.
Alexander this morning said he has spoken to the coroner handling Manieri’s death investigation.
Manieri’s murder case has not yet been presented to a grand jury. Alexander had filed a motion asking a judge to have the case reviewed by a grand jury outside of Hancock County.
“A decision has not been made and a hearing has not even been set on the motion,” Alexander said.
Everitt, 71, was pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Hammond, La., and at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in nearby Tickfaw.
Manieri, a handyman, had claimed he had smoked marijuana with the priest and had woken up to find the cleric was fondling him, according to a detective’s testimony in a preliminary hearing.
SunHerald.com is following developments in this news story.
By MARGARET BAKER – email@example.com
Police early this morning arrested a Pensacola, Fla., man on a charge of armed robbery, according to Biloxi police Lt. Bobby Darden.
Shane Edward Hartman, 36, is accused of robbing a person in the 800 block of Bayview Avenue, police said. The victim suffered minor injuries in the robbery.
After his arrest, Hartman was taken to the Harrison County jail, where Justine Court Judge Albert Fountain set his bond at $200,000. He remained jailed late this morning.
The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday’s edition.