Community mourns loss of beloved Natchitoches resident

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Natchitoches resident Rose Long passed away April 30, 2017 After an 11-month courageous battle. Service arrangements are pending at this time. Please continue to pray for the Long family as they go through this dark time.

SPJ interviews finalists for NSU Presidency

 

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The SPJ had some one-to-one time with the two finalists selected for final interviews with the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors on May 4 in Baton Rouge. Dr. Chris Maggio and Dr. William Wainwright are the finalists in the running for the Presidency of Northwestern State University after a round of interviews with the NSU Search Committee April 27.

The SPJ asked the following questions to get to know the finalists a little bit better.

Q: How will you, as the new president, make sure more of NSU’s public and foundation dollars are spent with local vendors and not out of town and out of state?

Wainwright: I would lean on the university’s procurement policy, but at the end of the day it’s about the quality. When you look at the overall success and image of Natchitoches, it’s clear we have the quality locally to support our institution.

Maggio: On top of the relationships I have with the business and industry leaders in Natchitoches, I will strive to recruit the best and the brightest to NSU. The university will continue to partner with the community on projects and focus on creating an innovative student experience. It’s important to get the students involved in the local community.

What attracts students isn’t just NSU, but the locale and you’ll continue to see this collaboration between NSU and Natchitoches in the years to come.

Q: NSU and Natchitoches value preservation and progress. What’s your take on the balance of these two important aspects in our area?

Wainwright: When you look at the history of the university and the city, what’s been preserved to date is fundamental to the success of both. Ensuring students, faculty alum and external stakeholders understand the importance of preservation is key. This can be demonstrated through the curriculum, student life and civic responsibility.

Maggio: It’s so important that we continue to maintain our identity and our commitment to historical preservation. It’s important to find the balance where history meets progress. I can see University Parkway becoming an innovation corridor. It’s amazing the history Natchitoches has to offer and the programming NSU can provide. With ties to the community through the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society, the Sports Recreation Center and beautification projects, NSU can bring its resources to aid the community in preservation.

Q: With the media interviews taking place in AA Fredericks, and with the College of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) being such a large part of Northwestern, what’s the most creative thing you’ve ever done?

Wainwright: Although it shocked my wife, I handled the majority of the interior design when we opened a new STEM campus at the Northshore Technical Community College in February. From the stained glass, to the writeable walls, outdoor classrooms and creative spaces, it was one of the most creative endeavors I’ve participated in recently.

Maggio: The CAPA students have gotten me out of my comfort zone and I became part of a production for a cameo role in the performance of a skit from High School Musical during the Lady of the Bracelet Pageant.

MPD handles standoff at local business

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The Many Police Department, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police were involved in a standoff at a local business on Nabours Street near the Texaco Station on San Antonio Avenue in Many April 27 at 11:18 am. At 12:27 officers reported that the individual was taken into custody without any harm to him or the officers.

The situation started with a domestic concern that progressed to one individual arming himself and threatening family members. All family members were removed from the small business, except a male that remained barricaded and armed. Hwy. 6 was closed at the location. Other businesses in the immediate area were also impacted.

News Release: SPSO

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Recent Bookings at the Sabine Parish Detention Center

Posted 04/24/17

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Rhonda Jean Maddox, female, 50, arrested on charges of 2 Sabine Parish bench warrants, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah Beth Cooley, female, 30, arrested on chagres of Sabine Parish warrant for unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Wayne Kimbrough, male, 21, arrested on charges of simple criminal damage to property, entry after being forbidden, disturbing the peace, simple battery, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Tina Wright Callender, female, 54, arrested on charges of Many Bench warrant, by Many Police Department.

Anthony Terrell Ebarb, male, 46, arrested on charges of sexual battery, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Larry D. Cooley, Jr., male, 32, arrested on charges of Sabine Parish warrant for aggravated assault with firearm, Simple battery, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Alonzo Lee Mullen, black male, 18, arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. He bonded.

Marjana Etheridge, female, 21, arrested on charges of improper display, misuse of Tomp Tag, no proof of insurance, simple possession of schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Cody Kelly Booth, male, 30, arrested on charges of Red River County Texas, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Billy Joe Franklin, male, 28, arrested on charges of possession of schedule I, possession of drug parpahernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a minor under Controlled Dangerous Substance Law, unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverage by person on behalf of persons under the age of twenty-one, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Croquetta Garner, female, 32, arrested on charges of Sabine Parish warrant, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Cacace, male, no age reported, arrested on charges of possession of schedule IV, careless operation, operating vehicle while license is suspended, by Converse Police Department.

Michael Turner, male, no age reported, arrested on charges of Sabine Parish warrant, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. He bonded.

Ronald Hollins, male, 39, arrested on charges of DeSoto Parish warrant, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. He bonded.

Any indication of arrest does not mean does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven in a court of law.

South Carolina man sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting juvenile

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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a South Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 480 months in prison for producing child pornography and traveling to Louisiana to have sex with a juvenile.

Frankie Maldonado, 51, of Reevesville, S.C., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on two counts of production of child pornography and one count of traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. A federal jury found the defendant guilty on January 4, 2017 after the conclusion of the two-day trial.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Maldonado began communicating with a 15-year-old girl living in Louisiana. The defendant had known the victim since she was about 4 years old, as a result of his friendship with the victim’s father. Maldonado sent sexually explicit pictures of himself to the juvenile using text messaging in June of 2014. Thereafter he requested that she send sexually explicit pictures of herself. After receiving the images, the defendant convinced the victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct while he watched on Skype. Thereafter, he traveled to Louisiana on June 22, 2014 where he picked up the juvenile, brought her to a motel, and engaged in sexual acts with her while producing images of that sexually explicit conduct.

Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office High Tech crimes unit investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and Jamilla A. Bynog prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) also encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) 347-2423. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls.

Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online by visiting their website at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or through the Operation Predator smartphone application www.ice.gov/predator/smartphone-app. Tips may be submitted anonymously.

Notice of Death – April 28, 2017

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Larry Don Kirkland
April 22, 2017
Arrangements Pending

Betty Johnson
April 20, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Service: Monday, May 1 at 10 am at Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mianda Lynell Jackson
September 10, 1968 – April 21, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at noon in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield

Goivanni Dontae Harris
April 10, 2017 – April 26, 2017
Service: Tuesday, May 2 at 1 pm in Gainsville

Mildred Speir
December 24, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Elizabeth “Betty” Lasyone
January 16, 1942 – April 25, 2017
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 5-8 pm and Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-11 am
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Homes Interment: Cox-Guin Cemetery in Winnfield.

Gregory Charles Derry
October 19, 1966 – April 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 12-1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Methodist Cemetery in Allen

Bobby Lynn Gorum
December 17, 1963 – April 21, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, April 29 from 10-11 am at Trinity Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 11 am at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches

Cedric Patton
Service: Friday, April 28 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield

Doris Woods Smith
May 19, 1928 – April 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth Church Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens
Visitation Saturday, April 29 from 9 m – 2 pm at Calvary Woodworth.

Patricia Bennett Greenland
September 24, 1942 – April 24, 2017
Visitation: Friday, April 28 from 9-11 am
Service: Friday, April 28 at 11 am in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Discover Your State: Global Wildlife Center

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Growing up the Global Wildlife Center was one of my favorite places to go. The zoo is always fun, but this free-roaming wildlife preserve is the largest of its kind in the country.

I always looked forward to the safari wagon tours. We’d get a big 5-gallon bucket full of corn to feed the animals. You can feed them from cups or, if they’re the friendlier species, right out of the palm of your hand. The corn has since been swapped out for more nutritious food pellets, but the animals don’t seem to mind one bit.

The only animal that gets left out is the zebra. We can’t help it if their “love bites” seriously hurts humans! While it’s against the rules to feed them, I’m sure they still get plenty of treats.

On my most recent visit, my parents treated my family to a private tour. I’d never been on one of these and I have to say it really blew me away. Instead of a wagon train, we rode in an all-terrain vehicle. The layers of dust on the vehicle and the manual stick-shift turned the tour into a safari experience. I really felt like we were trekking through the wilderness, although the Center is only 900 acres.

Our tour guide Megan gave us information about the center and its residents. The tour guides are always friendly, which I think is a key element of any trip. If the guides, as Megan did with us, make their group laugh and feel at home then they’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The most amazing part of any of the tours is how close you get to the majestic animals that live at Global Wildlife. Species include giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, camels, bison, llamas and many more. It’s home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world.

Open year round, 7 days a week it’s a good idea to always call (985) 796-3585 first for safari check–in times and availability.

Recent Bookings at the Sabine Parish Detention Center

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Posted: 04/17/2017

Mark Allen Snell, male, 29, arrested on charges of 3 Zwolle bench warrants, 2 Many bench warrants, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Dryer Deville, male, 63, arrested on charges of DWI-2nd offense, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph K. Eddington, male, 28,arrested on charges of DWI-first offense, reduced speed zones, driving left of center, by Louisiana State Police. He bonded.
Brandon Scott Sepulvado, male, 27, arrested on charges of DWI-second offense, stop signs and yield signs, careless operation, expired vehicle registration, by Louisiana State Police.He bonded.

Clifton Wysinger, Jr., male, 60, arrested on charges of entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. He bonded.
Jack Kelly Holmes, male, 41, arrested on charges of probation violation, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.

Colby Phillip Parrie, male, 20,arrested on charges of reduced speed zones, aggravated flight from an officer, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. He bonded.
Austin Bernard Lynch, male, 44,arrested on charges Zwolle warrant for theft of goods, by Zwolle Police Department.

Sharon Ann Brock, female, 53, arrested on charges of 2 Many bench warrants, by Many Police Department.

Linda K. Taylor, female, 47, arrested on charges of Many bench warrant, by Many Police Department.

Linda K. Taylor, female, 47, arrested on charges of possession schedule I, possession schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, by Zwolle Police Department.

Dcoriea Pittman, female, 25, arrested on charges of Sabine Parish warrant , by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Heather Manshack, female, 35, arrested on chagres of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelligns, simple criminal damage to property, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Meagan Corley, female, 23, arrested on charges of Sabine Parish bench warrant, Many pickup warrant, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office adn Many Police Department.

Marcie Sepulvado, female, 35, arrested on charges of Zwolle Police Department warrant, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. She bonded.

Evelyn Sneed, female, 51, arrested on charges of disturbing the peace by intoxication, by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Any indication of arrest does not mean does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven in a court of law.