Hancock County

Former Hancock road manager, wife plead not guilty

A former Hancock County road manager and his wife pleaded not guilty in federal court today. They are accused of a conspiracy to accept bribes and launder money in a scheme involving Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts that the federal government says were awarded to close family members of the defendants.

Former Hancock Co. road manager Roger Ladner and his wife Sharon, of Kiln, will face trial March 5th in federal court. They are allowed to remain free until the trail but they had to surrender their passports and they had to each post a $25,000 appearance bond. The bond will be forfeited if they do not appear for trial.

Sun Herald follows this story in Tuesday's editions.