Unknown Suspects Attempt to Gain Access to ATM at Toledo Pharmacy

MANY, La – Shortly before 2AM Saturday morning, unknown suspect(s) in a tan Ford F250 4-door truck attempted to gain access into the Bank of Montgomery ATM at Toledo Pharmacy on LA Highway 6 west of Many. The incident was not discovered until after 5AM when a passerby noticed the ATM doors were forced open.

It appears a cutting torch was used to cut the arm which is in place to prevent access to the ATM doors. The arm was moved and the ATM doors were pried open. No money was taken.
Detectives were dispatched to the scene and the pharmacy surveillance video and other evidence was collected.
Shortly after 11AM, the suspected vehicle was located on a lease area on Pilcher Road off LA Highway 191.
The initial investigation reveals this truck used in the attempted heist was stolen last night from Mark’s Wholesale Tires on Texas Highway in Many.
Many Police Department along with the Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case and collecting evidence.
There was also an ATM heist at the Sabine Bank in Hemphill, Texas last night. The suspect(s) vehicle was left at the scene and an unknown amount of cash was taken.
If you remember, the Bank of Montgomery ATM on US Highway 171 in Many was hit on November 12, 2020. The suspect(s) vehicle was left at the scene and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
No suspect(s) have been arrested at this time in any of these 3 ATM robberies.
Law enforcement authorities in Louisiana and Texas believe this is a large criminal organization which has targeted ATM locations across the South over the last 2 years.

Community rallies to help raise funds for Sabine Parish teacher battling cancer

Cyndle Eyre was diagnosed with Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with CNS in 2020 and have been undergoing treatment at MD Anderson. 

Last year, Cyndle underwent successful Yescarta CAR T-cell treatment that sent her into remission. Despite hopes that CAR T had finally helped, new scans in August of 2021 revealed that the cancer was back. Her doctors are recommending a second round of CAR-T-cell treatment using a different brand, Breyanzi, as her best chance at beating this again. They believe her body is at a much stronger starting point and can accept the treatment to attack the source of the cancer.
The issue now is that her insurance has denied coverage for this treatment. With the support of her doctors, Cyndle and her family have submitted three appeals and just received a denial in response to her third and final external appeal. The team at MD Anderson said this is rare, so we do not understand why insurance has denied this, especially considering how necessary this treatment is to save her life.
Please join the community of Sabine Parish in helping get this mother and teacher the medical treatment she needs. 

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Honors Dispatcher’s Retirement

Today we are celebrating one of the legacies of what makes Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office great as we honor the service of one of our dispatchers in her retirement.
Jan Potter Coburn was born July 13, 1955. She married Kenneth Coburn on September 15, 1973. Jan has two sons: Thomas Coburn and daughter-in-law Robin and Christian Potter. Thomas and Robin blessed Jan with the apple of her eye, her granddaughter Olivia. Jan started working for the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office in February of 1998 under the Pattison administration. She served under Sheriff Pattison, Sheriff Richardson, and currently Sheriff Mitchell for a total of 24 years.
Before serving at the Sheriff’s Office Jan was employed at Hodges Gardens state park. Jan enjoys making jewelry, spending time with her family, and taking care of her mother. Jan loves working for the Sheriff’s Office and has been responsible for training many new dispatchers. Jan will leave a gap in the dispatch office that will take a lot to be filled. Jan has a big, generous heart and loves to help anyone who needs it. She always has a positive attitude and handles anything thrown her way with a smile. Lucky for us Jan will continue serving on a part-time basis as needed.
Sheriff Mitchell and the entire staff at the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office wish Jan the best in her retirement and thank her for her dedicated service over the last 24 years.

Notice of Death – January 30, 2022

Lonnie Green
May 30, 1952 – Jan 23, 2022
Service: Saturday, February 5 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Charles Benny Cofield
Nov 7, 1946 – Jan 28, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Junnie Neal
January 28, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Donald Ray Jackson
January 16, 2022
Service: Saturday, February 5 at 11 am at the Greenville Baptist Church in Clarence

Marie Roberts
July 30, 1934 – January 27, 2022
Service: Tuesday, February 1 at 12 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis

Gary Lirette
February 10, 1945 – January 27, 2022
Service: Monday, January 31 at 10 am at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Frederick Lawson
Aug 15, 1956 – Jan 26, 2022
Service: Friday, February 4 at 10 am in Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

James Rachal
Arrangements TBA

Irene Johnson
Walk-through visitation/viewing: Friday, February 4 from 3-7 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches, coupled with a private family funeral service on the following day at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Natchez (formerly called the Bermuda Community). Interment in the church’s cemetery will immediately follow that family celebration.

Nicholas Flakes
Dec 5, 2000 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Conrad Allen Broomfield
December 16, 1942 – January 28, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Sammy J. Franklin
May 24, 1940 – January 28, 2022
Service: Tuesday, February 1 at 1 pm at Midway Baptist Church in Jena

Cindy Renee Blake
November 16, 1973 – January 27, 2022
Service: Monday, January 31 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home

Barbara Gayle Alderman
October 5, 1943 – January 7, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Sabine County Sheriff’s Office Continues Search Efforts for Man Convicted of Murder

Sabine County, Texas- (Jan. 29, 2022)

Hemphill, TX- As of this press release the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for Matthew Hoy Edgar, who was sentenced by a jury, to 99-years, in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the murder of Livye Lewis on October 31, 2020.
Edgar had failed to show up for the trial on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. His trial continued in his absence through his attorney.

After the search Thursday which involved the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lufkin Police Department, Texas Parks and Wild Life, and the United States Marshall’s Office the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office continued to search. The Sheriff’s Office has responded to a number of sightings of Edgar throughout the County overnight, and this involved additional locations in both Jasper and Orange Counties. The Sabine County Sheriff’s Office has never stopped searching for Edgar and will continue to do so with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies. To date, Edgar, has not been located and the search continues both in Texas and Louisiana with the assistance of Texas Rangers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, US Marshall’s Service, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Tom Maddox would like to remind residents to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (409)787-2266 or 911, if they either see or encounter, Edgar, in or around Sabine County. He asks that residents do not contact Edgar, but rather contact the Sheriff’s Office or nearest law enforcement agency.

The two photos were attached by Sabine County Sheriff’s Office

Sabine Parish School Board to Offer Pre-Training Course for CDL with Bus Endorsement

The Sabine Parish School Board will be offering a 30 Hour Pre-Service Training Course for persons interested in pursuing a Louisiana CDL with a school bus and passenger endorsement. 

Classes will be held Monday, February 7th, Tuesday, February 8th, Thursday, and February 10th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The classes will be held at the Sabine Parish Support Center at 265 Middle Creek Rd. Many, LA 71449.

The cost to participate will be $75

If anyone is interested, please contact Diette Ezernack at (318) 431-6234 ext 210 to reserve a seat. 

Investigation results in two narcotics arrests

FLORIEN, La – A search warrant was executed late last night at a home in the Pirates Cove area of Toledo Bend Lake in southwest Sabine Parish.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating the illegal narcotic activity of Eugene Patrick Kavanagh III (age-56) of Florien for a couple of months. Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies and T.N.T. Agents located approximately 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and 5 firearms, one being an illegal length shotgun, during the search.
Kavanagh’s friend, Miranda Rebecca Setliff (age-41) of Shreveport was also inside the residence at the time.
Kavanagh was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS, Felon in possession of firearm, Possession of illegal shotgun, and a warrant for 6-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
Setliff was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS.
No bonds have been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Sabine Prevention Alliance and City of Many Host Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Class

The Sabine Prevention Alliance and the City of Many hosted a Youth Mental Health First Aid training class at Many City Hall today.
Members of the Sabine Prevention Alliance, Sabine Parish School Board, Department of Children and Family Services, Many Police Officers and Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives attended the 8 hour course.
The instructors were Jill Waltemate and Serenitie Garner.
Attendees were trained to provide initial help to young people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance abuse disorders. They also learned how to assess for risk of suicide or harm, listen, give reassurance, encourage professional or self-help, and other support strategies.
It was a very hands-on, interactive class which kept everyone engaged in the training material.
Lunch was provided by the HardKor Cafe and we thank them for the delicious meal. Sheriff Aaron Mitchell wanted to thank the Sabine Prevention Alliance and the City of Many for the opportunity for his staff to attend.
Detectives Lamar Thomas, D.W. Seegers, Shelly Sepulvado and Trevor Beason attended the training course.

‘First Amendment Auditor’ films arrest at local library

Natchitoches Police officers responded to the Natchitoches Parish Library on Jan. 22 in response to a call from concerned library staff reporting a patron who was behaving bizarrely. This involved carrying multiple bulky bags into the building, setting up multiple cameras for recording purposes, trying to access areas restricted to the public, and pulling on door handles to areas that are off limits.

When officers made contact with the suspect he refused to give any information or provide them with an ID. Later identified as Travis Heinze, the suspect was taken into custody for resisting arrest and brought to the corrections center where he bonded out.

Heinze stated that he was just using the library and looked around the building since he’d never been to it before. When asked for identification he responded, “What does that have to do with anything,” and “How are you going to go above my constitutional protections on this because there is no crime?”

So who is Travis Heinze? He’s a “First Amendment Auditor” or “Police Auditor” from Aberdeen, Wash. What’s an auditor? These are individuals who film encounters with law enforcement officers/public officials. If an actual/perceived violation of the auditor’s protected rights occurs, the video will likely be posted on social media and/or serve as the basis for a claim or suit.

According to cirsa.org, one Colorado municipality recently agreed to pay a “First Amendment Auditor” $41,000 to settle a wrongful detention claim.

Heinze’s claim is that he was arrested illegally for not giving his name, but according to LRS 14: 108, resisting arrest is the refusal by the arrested or detained party to give his name and make his identity known to the arresting or detaining officer or providing false information regarding the identity of such party to the officer.

One of Heinze’s many internet followers commented, “Failure to I.D. is a secondary charge, these guys don’t have a primary charge of a crime committed.”

According to the NPD, Heinze was legally detained because of the reports regarding his suspicious behavior in the library and his refusal to provide identification. Under Louisiana law this gave officers probable cause for making the arrest.

What about those cameras Heinz set up in the library? From three different angles he filmed officers arriving in the library’s parking lot, his conversation with them inside, and his arrest. He publishes videos like these to his YouTube page for his followers. He also posted his “Top 10 Complaints Against My Arresting Officers in Natchitoches, La.” on Twitter with a link to his blog on a wordpress site.

On his Twitter profile, Heinze describes himself as “a homeless bum who lives out of my car, travels, offers health advice and shares anything on my mind.”

Following the posting of the Natchitoches videos, the library and police station began receiving an onslaught of calls from Henize’s first amendment audit peers/followers voicing their concern/disdain over the arrest and the fact that the library called the police on him in the first place. These same people have also taken to Facebook, flooding comment sections on the library and police department pages with links to the YouTube videos and comments along the lines of:

Don’t go to this place unless you want to get arrested. These horrible people are bigoted against folks using their facility stay away its for your own good. we need to close this place down. #TravisHeinze #ExchangeIDs

As he documents his travels across the country on his YouTube page “Life in a Car with Travis Heinze,” he documents his encounters with law enforcement along the way on his “Lets Exchange IDs with Travis Heinze” account, which dates back to 2017. These videos sport titles like:

“Reading and proofreading my lawsuit against Williston, ND”
“Officer Harris arrests me at city hall in Bethany, Missouri”
“Deputy Mortensen was called twice on me in Pembina, North Dakota”
“Comments about arrest in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho; showing a picture ID is the law?”

The City of Bethany, Mo. released a statement on Nov. 4, 2021 reporting charges were dismissed against Heinz, who entered the City Hall on Nov. 2 and began making repeated inquiries with the staff regarding parking regulations and parking availability. City Hall Staff members attempted to answer questions, but soon became uncomfortable and called police as a security measure. Heinze refused to identify himself when questioned by officers. He was placed under a 24-hour investigative hold at the Harrison County Detention Center. He was charged with Disturbing the Peace and Second-Degree Harassment by the Harrison County Prosecutor.

The bottom line is that there’s two sides to every story, so are these auditors “professional agitators” or are they performing a service for the American people?







NSU Spring 2022 Commencement will be May 11-12

Northwestern State University will hold Spring 2022 commencement exercises with four ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, according to University Registrar Barbara Prescott. Commencement will take place in Prather Coliseum. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the university’s website, http://www.nsula.edu.

Graduates and guests should note some changes in entrance and exit procedures for the upcoming ceremonies. Graduates will enter the Coliseum on the west side facing the Kappa Sigma House. Guests for graduates with last names beginning A-L should use entrance and exits on the east of Prather Coliseum, which faces the tennis courts. Guests for graduates with last names beginning M-Z should use the entrance and exits on the west side of Prather Coliseum, facing the Kappa Sigma House.

ADA accessibility entrance is located at the main entrance at the front of the Coliseum.

Faculty and stage party will enter on the east side of Prather Coliseum, the side facing the tennis courts.

Detailed information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at http://www.nsula.edu/graduation.

The Spring 2022 commencement schedule is as follows.

10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health (Bachelor and Associate Degrees)

BAS – Allied Health
BS – Radiologic Sciences

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ASN – Associate of Science in Nursing

2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11

Graduate School (Graduate Degrees)

College of Arts and Sciences

MA – Art, English

MM – Music

MS – Homeland Security

College of Nursing and School of Allied Health

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

MS – Radiologic Sciences
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development

EDD – Adult Learning and Development

EDS – Educational Leadership and Instruction

MA – Adult Learning & Development, Counseling, Student Affairs in Higher Education

MAT – Early Childhood Education-Grades PK-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 1-5, Middle School Education-Grades 4-8, Middle School Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 4-8, Secondary Education-Grades 6-12, Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate-Grades 6-12

MED – Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, Special Education
MS – Health and Human Performance, Psychology-Clinical

College of Business and Technology (Bachelor Degrees)

BS – Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Hospitality

Management &Tourism

10 a.m. Thursday, May 12

College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor and Associate Degrees)

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts
BFA – Dance, Fine and Graphic Arts

BGS – General Studies

BM – Music

BS – Applied Microbiology, Biology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration
AD – Veterinary Technology
AGS – Associate of General Studies
AS – Engineering Technology

Louisiana Scholars’ College (Bachelor Degrees)

BA – Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Liberal Arts

BFA – Fine & Graphic Arts
BM – Music

BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12

BS – Accounting, Applied Microbiology, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Electronic Engineering Technology, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching, Theatre, Unified Public Safety Administration

BSW – Social Work

2 p.m. Thursday, May 12

Gallaspy Family College of Education & Human Development (Bachelor Degrees)

BME – Music Education-Instrumental-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal-Grades K-12, Music Education-Vocal/Instrumental -Grades K-12

BS – Addiction Studies, Child and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education-Grades Pre-K-3, Elementary Education-Grades 1-5, Health and Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education-Grades K-12, Psychology, Secondary Education and Teaching

BSW – Social Work