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Christian academyregistering students

Central Christian Academy is now registering students from preschool through sixth grade for the 2008-09 school year.

The school year begins Aug. 18.

Details: 463-1628.

-- SUN HERALD

BILOXI

Schooner tradition willbe racing on Saturday

A schooner race between the "Glenn L. Swetman" and the "Mike Sekul" will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with the start at the Schooner Pier Complex.

Residents can watch on the beach from the complex to the Biloxi Lighthouse.

The race will kick-off the beginning of the Blessing of the Fleet activities that will be Saturday and Sunday.

A schooner will also be parading in the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum office trailer for $25 each.

Details: schooner, 435-6320; blessing of the fleet, 435-6370 or biloxiblessing.com.

-- SUN HERALD

Red Cross to holdfirst-aid classes

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrates National CPR/AED Awareness Week June 1-7 with a "You've Got the Power" theme.

The week will be observed by holding classes in basic first aid, CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

The classes will be held at the Red Cross office, 2782 Fernwood Road.

Classes: CPR/First Aid Recertification, 3 to 5 p.m., June 2, cost: $25; Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Training Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 3, cost: $30; CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4, cost: $45.

Details: 896-4511.

-- SUN HERALD

GULFPORT

Marshals find fugitivein subdivision trash can

A fugitive sought in a child sex-crime case in Macomb County, Mich., was found hiding in a trash can in Turnberry subdivision on Thursday.

Deshaw Sims, 26, was wanted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force.

Federal marshals developed information that he was in the Orange Grove area. They were looking for him with Gulfport police when an officer saw Sims walking in the Pine Hills subdivision, marshals said. Sims fled into the new Turnberry neighborhood just east of Pine Hills. About an hour later, they found him hiding near a house on Turnberry Lane.

Marshals said Sims has a violent criminal background with convictions in Michigan of carjacking, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

He was held at the Harrison County jail to await extradition.

-- ROBIN FITZGERALD/SUN HERALD

Gulfport man accusedof shoplifting at Wal-Mart

Police on Wednesday charged a Gulfport man with felony shoplifting on a complaint from the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 49.

Police said Douglas Allen Lively Jr., 32, is accused of trying to leave the store with items valued at more than $500.

Felony shoplifting is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.

-- ROBIN FITZGERALD/SUN HERALD

Biloxi man faces DUI,hit-and-run charges

Police on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old on a felony drunk driving charge following a hit-and-run accident and a brief chase that ended with the suspect zapped with a Taser, authorities said.

Jon-Paul Ryan of Biloxi plowed his southbound 1999 Chevrolet Blazer into a Mazda Miata at the corner of Lorraine and Seaway roads Thursday, said police spokesman James Griffin. The Blazer did not stop and continued south. However, a citizen tailed the vehicle.

Ryan led police on a brief chase that ended when he ran from the vehicle and into a wooded area. Ryan put up a struggle, police said, and they used a Taser to subdue him.

Ryan was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving while his license was suspended, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest and felony DUI.

-- MICHAEL A. BELL/SUN HERALD

Residents can disposeof hazardous waste

On Saturday, Hancock County residents will have the chance to dispose of hazardous waste from 8 a.m. until noon at the county government complex off Longfellow Road.

Collection stations will be located near Reserved Street, which runs beside the county complex and soccer fields and connects Longfellow Road and Chapman Road.

A long list of items can be disposed of at the event, including up to 25 tires, cleaners, automobile and household batteries, motor oil, insecticides, transmission fluid, paints, thinners, gasoline, scrap metal, old appliances, electronics and other items.

Some things will not be accepted, including medical waste, syringes, radioactive or explosive materials, and animal, human, or biological waste. Mold-damaged items also will not be taken.

-- J.R. WELSH/SUN HERALD

HARRISON COUNTY

Saucier teens accusedof sexual assault of child

Sheriff's investigators arrested two Saucier teenagers Thursday on sex-crime charges involving a 13-year-old girl.

One suspect, 18, is charged with molestation. His bond was set at $50,000. The other, 16, is charged with sexual battery; he was held on $75,000 bond.

The victim was identified as a family acquaintance. Authorities allege the boys sexually assaulted the girl earlier this month.

Both suspects were held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

-- ROBIN FITZGERALD/SUN HERALD

HARRISON COUNTY

I-10 traffic stop findsfugitive from Florida

A deputy conducting a traffic stop on a careless driving violation on Interstate 10 ran a check on the driver and found he was a fugitive from Bay County, Fla., authorities said.

Cory Sciambra, 25, of Panama City, Fla., was wanted for probation violation on a drug conviction, sheriff's officials said. The 4:20 a.m. traffic stop Thursday was near the 33 mile-marker on I-10.

Sciambra was held at the Harrison County jail to await extradition.

-- ROBIN FITZGERALD/SUN HERALD

OCEAN SPRINGS

Food drive will bein front of Rouses

A Fill the Beetle to Feed The People food drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be in front of Rouses Market, 3164 Bienville Blvd., where Nerds On Site will park its signature red VW Beetle nerdmobiles and collect nonperishable food items.

Grace Church Gulf Coast children s ministry will also help with the food collection.

The food items will help the Lord is My Help food bank restock its shelves.

-- SUN HERALD

$26K grant is forcity's new generator

The City of Ocean Springs has received a $26,293 Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to purchase and install a natural gas powered generator.

The heavy-duty 125-kilowatt generator will be used to provide backup power in the event of power failure to the water-well system on Halstead Road, south of Colonial Drive.

The generator will also support other critical systems, including sensors, meters and a chlorine-leak alarm. Installation of the generator is expected by July 2008.

-- SUN HERALD

PASCAGOULA

Ocean Springs womanarrested for child abuse

Bambi Bradley, 28, of Ocean Springs, has been arrested on a charge of child abuse involving her 3-year-old daughter, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

The sheriff said investigators found bruising on the child's legs and a burn mark on another part of her body, possibly from an iron.

-- MARGARET BAKER/SUN HERALD

Appeals Court upholdsmanslaughter ruling

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a manslaughter conviction against George County resident Patricia L. Simpson, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday.

In July 2006, Simpson petitioned the court to be tried without a jury, and Circuit Judge Dale Harkey presided, later convicting her on a reduced charged of manslaughter in the Dec. 22, 2003 killing of her husband, Don Simpson.

The Appeals Court said in its opinion issued this week it found no error in the case that justified a reversal of the conviction as she'd requested of the higher court.

Simpson had been out of prison on an appeal bond pending the higher court's ruling. She was picked up after the ruling to start serving her 20-year sentence for manslaughter.

-- MARGARET BAKER/SUN HERALD

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