Investigation into Sale of Methamphetamine in Sabine Parish Leads to Federal Prison Time for Many, LA Man

SHREVEPORT, La. – Samuel Holbert Brumfield a/k/a “Sammy B,” 35, of Many, Louisiana, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Donald E. Walter, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced. Brumfield was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on drug trafficking charges.

An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on June 16, 2021 charging Brumfield with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Brumfield pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine on September 28, 2021.

According to evidence presented to the court at the guilty plea hearing, law enforcement agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began an investigation in early 2021 in connection with the trafficking of methamphetamine in the Sabine Parish, Louisiana area.  Agents were able to identify Brumfield as the individual who sold approximately 58 grams of methamphetamine to another individual in the Sabine Parish area on April 26, 2021. The methamphetamine that was purchased from Brumfield was seized and taken to the crime lab where it was tested and confirmed to be methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.


Hagewood Man Found Safe by Florien Polic

NPSO UPDATE
Good news to report. Mr. Honeycutt has been found by the Florien Chief of Police and family members in Sabine Parish. Thank you all for your assistance in helping Mr. Honeycutt’s family and law enforcement bring him back home safely.
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NPSO DEPUTIES LOOKING FOR MISSING ELDERLY HAGEWOOD MAN; SUFFERS FROM MEDICAL CONDITION THAT MAY IMPAIR HIS JUDGEMEnt

2/27/2022 (Hagewood)-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies are currently looking for an elderly man that left his residence near Hagewood on Sunday afternoon and has not returned according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Deputies are currently looking for a 1997 Toyota T100 pickup truck, gray in color, bearing La. License# W548935, occupied by 89-year-old Douglas Honeycutt, W/M, Hgt/507, Wgt/100, with black hair and blue eyes of Hagewood, La. Mr. Honeycutt wears glasses, and was last seen wearing a bluish-gray flannel shirt and dress pants.

Family members say Mr. Honeycutt left his home in the 7100 block of La. Hwy 6 West near Hagewood on Sunday afternoon at approximately 4:30pm to dump limbs at a dump site on the Shady Grove Road and he never returned home.

He was reported missing to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:41pm.
Family also confirms that Mr. Honeycutt suffers from a couple of medical conditions including one-that may impair his judgement.

Deputies are currently in the Shady Grove area and on La. Hwy 6 West looking for the vehicle and Mr. Honeycutt. His direction of travel is unknown. Deputies ask that if you see the vehicle which may be traveling slowly or Mr. Honeycutt to please contact the nearest law enforcement agency or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432.

SOURCE: NPSO


200 Years of History Celebrated at Many’s Fort Jesup State Historic Site – Family Fun and History at Louisiana’s State Historic Sites!

This weekend may have been a tad cold and wet, but that did not stop the activities at Fort Jesup State Historic Site in Many.

Fort Jessup was built in 1822 and this May will mark the 200th anniversary of its completion. The bi-centennial celebrations started Friday, February 25 with a ceremony featuring Louisiana’s Lt Governor Billy Nungessor, State Representatives Rodney Schamerhorn and Lawrence Bagley, and State Senator Louie Bernard. Sabine parish had a large contingent with Many Mayor Robert Hable, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell, Police Jury members Mike McCormic & Stephen Steinke, DA Don Burkett and Judge Elizabeth Pickett. Representatives from Senator Kennedy and Cassidy’s office, as well as Congressman Johnson’s office, were also in attendance.

The fort was built in 1822 and named after Brigadier General Thomas Sidney Jesup and remained in operation until 1845. During its service, Ft. Jesup marked the westernmost edge of the United States, the boundary being the Sabine River. Soldiers from the fort patrolled the “No man’s land” that laid between the United States’ border and that of the Spanish Empire, preventing Spanish encroachment and protecting settlers.

Several well-known historical figures were associated with Ft Jesup. The man who was both its first and last commander, Zachary Taylor, was to be elected president and briefly served until his death early in his term in 1850. A young Army officer, Ulysses Grant, served briefly at the fort on his way to the Mexican-American War. One of the more notable non military persons to live at the fort would be Dred Scott, whose suit for his freedom was to be denied by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1850 in the infamous Dred Scott decision. There were many figures from the era who served at what was then the westernmost edge of the United States.

The main building at the Historic Site is a reproduction of the Officers’ quarters which serves as park headquarters, a museum, and a place to hold programs. Only one original building survives, a military kitchen next to the remnants of some stone columns which are all that is left of an infantry barracks.

While the area was not a formal military installation since its closing in 1845, both Union and Confederate forces camped at the site during the Civil War’s Red River Campaign in 1864. The Ft Jessup site was also to serve as a staging area for General Patton’s forces during the Louisiana Maneuvers as the U.S. Army readied itself for WWII. One of the more “modern” touches, if you will, at the fort is a bronze commemorative marker at the fort’s entrance. A careful look shows the bronze to be marred in one corner. That dent came from a collision from a tank taking a corner too fast and hitting it during the maneuvers.

The Interpretive Rangers who work at the site and volunteers who help in any number of ways do a wonderful job of bringing the past to life. The weekend’s events brought in two men from Columbia, South Carolina who were making a road trip to Montana. They heard about the event and came by
Saturday and were invited to join the reenactors at a period tea. The spontaneous hospitality of the staff and volunteers to visitors makes one proud to be a Louisianan. The Office of State Parks employees and volunteers are wonderful ambassadors for our state.

Saturday featured living history programs concerning topics such as open-hearth cooking, craft demonstrations and a demonstration of the state of medical science of the time that makes one truly grateful for modern medicine.

Louisiana is a remarkable place with a truly unique story. There are parks and museums throughout our area and the state with well prepared and educated staff ready to show you things about your community that you may have never known before. Get out and explore!


Poche Bass Tournament – March 26, 2022

The sixth annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament will take place on Toledo Bend Lake on Saturday, March 26. First prize is $10,000. The event will also include raffles, DJ, bounce house for children, food and more. Funds raised will support the Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Foundation, which awards a scholarship to Northwestern State University.

Anglers can register Online at dylankylepoche.com.  Online registration deadline is March 25, 2022 at 9p.m.

On-site registration will take place from 2-7 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Cypress Bend Boat Launch and from 4:15-7:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Cypress Bend Boat Launch. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. March 24. Rules and regulations are printed on the entry form.

Poche was born March 10, 1997, and was an avid outdoorsman who joined the Natchitoches Central High School Fishing Team and was an accomplished angler. After graduating from NCHS with honors in 2015, he enrolled at NSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree and joined the fishing team in the hopes of eventually becoming a professional angler. Poche tragically lost his life on Jan. 31, 2016.

Contact Burt Poche at (318) 652-3176 or (318) 652-7192 for more information.


OPPORTUNITY: Licensed Practical Nurses

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is currently hiring Licensed Practical Nurses in the following departments:

  • Courtyard of Natchitoches: Full Time, Part Time, & PRN
  • Insights: Full Time
  • Orthopedic Clinic: Full Time
  • Walk in Clinic: Full time

Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Current State of Louisiana Nurse Licensure.
  3. Current BCLS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment. 
  4. Current ACLS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment. 
  5. Current PALS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment.
  6. Successful completion of arrhythmia course must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

NRMC Offers Great Salaries & Benefits.

To view and apply to these openings, please visit: www.nrmchospital.org/jobs/.

If you have questions or would like to speak to our Recruiter, please contact Larissa Cameron at 318-214-5819 or at larissa.cameron@nrmchospital.org


Late Bloomer

As I have written many times before, working in my small yard just brings the purest joy to my heart. Mind you, if you ride by my humble abode in the dead of winter you might would think that I was low on joy. There is simply much activity this time of year. The grass is an unattractive, crispy tan color that does not evoke much excitement. Leaves are missing from all of my pear trees and most of my shrubs are clinging to their winter coats and hibernating.

The last bit of shrubbery to bloom is my row of Dwarf Sasanquas. Some people call them “Shi Shi” or “Mini Camelias”. They normally pick up their buds in the fall and selfishly hold them tight until they burst open with the most vibrant pink hue. The hot pink show usually takes place the entire month of December. By the time my Christmas lights begin to fade as they are taken down, the Sasanquas are saying farewell to the last bloom.

As the days begin to get longer I will begin with my pre-Spring chores and spend more time in my yard. This past Sunday evening I was hit with the sudden urge to clean out a flower bed in my back yard. I made many trips to the curb with lifeless and colorless weeds and branches. With every step that was being tracked on my watch I could not help but notice how brown and dull everything was and how in just a few short weeks it would come back to life.

After my last trip to the curb I was putting up my chore paraphernalia and noticed a small, bright pink burst of color laying within the dormant branches of the Dwarf Sasanquas. Upon further inspection I saw that it was a newer, tightly held bud that was about to explode. I kindly spoke to the bud and told her that my wintery eyes truly appreciated her being a late bloomer. I was so proud of her for lying dormant all winter and patiently waiting for the others to put on their show before she made her exciting entry into the harsh winter winds.

Even if no one else on my street could enjoy her quiet beauty tucked away in the limbs, I enjoyed it enough for all of us. I was simply amazed at her strength and courage to bloom to the beat of her own drum.

At that moment I was reminded that the Bible is full of late bloomers and early bloomers. Sarah didn’t give birth until she was 90 years old. God bless her. David was a mere child when he faced down Goliath. Mary was only 15 years old when she gave birth to Jesus. Noah was around 500 years old when he built the Ark. There very few events in the Bible that actually took place in a normal time frame. It is almost as if the creator has a knack for creating the unexpected.

Before we were even created, the Lord already took into account how long it will take us to bloom. He has already logged in our doubt, disobedience and procrastinating ways when he purposed our life. He already knew what obstacles, divorces, grief, set-backs, delays, job losses, financial problems, and heart break would befall us when he was writing our story. None of this will keep us from blooming when it is our time. When the Lord has a purpose for you nothing can stop it.

Sometimes the latest blooms leave the biggest impact in the kingdom.

“There is a time for everything; and a season for every activity under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28


Barbier’s Demons serve notice they’re pretty salty, again

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Once is a nice surprise, twice in a row maybe a happy coincidence. Three straight? That’s more than respectable, it’s remarkable for David, vs. Goliath.

With its 4-2 win Friday night on very neutral ground – the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field in Arlington – the Northwestern State baseball team topped the Oklahoma Sooners. Worth noting, yes. A fluke? Not hardly.

Especially when you consider it was the third straight Power 5 win for the Demons of coach Bobby Barbier. They beat LSU in Baton Rouge last year, denying Paul Maineiri his 1,500th career win in his final home game as the Tigers’ coach, and put down the top 10-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville in 2019.

OU, LSU and Arkansas have decimal-point budgets. The Demons get by on decimals, mostly.

There’s a huge difference in resources when Barbier and his boys line up against a brand-name foe, but between the foul lines, you can’t tell it.

It was three years ago in Corvallis, Ore., that LSU had to pull off a miraculous ninth-inning rally to escape the Demons’ guillotine in the NCAA Regionals. That came one day after Northwestern blanked one of the top 40 winningest programs in college baseball this century, San Diego State. In its opener, NSU played eventual College World Series champ Oregon State more competitively than LSU did twice afterward in that regional.

Barbier was an Academic All-America first baseman and a first-team All-Southland pick a year later in 2005, when he helped Mitch Gaspard’s Demons reach the Baton Rouge Regional. He began his coaching career for Gaspard, first at NSU and then at Alabama when Gaspard succeeded another former NSU coach, Jim Wells, when the Bossier City native retired after 13 seasons steering the Crimson Tide.

With a 192-89 record from 1990-94 at his alma mater, assisted at times by both Gaspard and current Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, Wells jumpstarted an amazing run of nine Southland Conference titles in 17 seasons (1991-2005) by the Demons. Contributing to that were current Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn (106-65 from 1995-97), current Mississippi State AD and former head coach John Cohen (146-84 from 1998-2001) and Gaspard (210-138 from 2002-07).

Barbier came back to Natchitoches as pitching coach for Lane Burroughs in 2015-16, when the Demons surged to a 40-18 Southland mark in two seasons, a span good enough for Louisiana Tech to tap Burroughs as its head coach. That’s worked out pretty well. So has the in-house promotion of Barbier.

Along with his team’s repeated dents inflicted on Power 5s, and the 2018 Corvallis Regional trip earned by the Demons’s first-ever Southland Tournament title, Barbier and his associate head coach, Chris Bertrand, have a salty collection of credentials.

Since 2018, NSU has had six MLB Draft picks, including the Southland’s highest in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Demons have had an All-American in 2020 (rising Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Logan Hofmann), and Freshmen All-Americans Johnathan Harmon (2020) and Dante Stuart (2021).

Most impressively, Barbier’s bunch has posted the Southland’s top winning percentage since 2018, better even than the perennially strong Southeastern Louisiana Lions. They own wins in three of their last four against Burroughs and the Bulldogs, and have captured their last two against LSU.

NSU nearly won the series against the Sooners Saturday night, falling 2-1 in Arlington at Globe Life Park. Sunday evening, Oklahoma got a shutdown pitching outing and chipped away for a 5-1 victory.

Not anyone in the Demon dugout was proud. But going toe-to-toe with the Sooners in a three-game series signals Barbier’s Battlers are capable of big things again this spring.

Photo: by PATRICK NETHERTON


Notice of Death – February 27, 2022

SABINE:
Mike Wilson
July 1, 1959 – February 24, 2022
Service: Tuesday, March 1 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Dr. David Howard Horner
January 24, 1951 – February 23, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Many

WINN:
DONALD LEROY TARVER
June 12, 1930 – February 12, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 12 pm

RED RIVER:
Brenda Wimberly Jones
December 19, 1944 – February 23, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


Two Sabine Parish Men Sentenced On Drug Charges

Jonathon J Winfield (age-33) of Zwolle and Samuel Cortez Holbert Brumfield (age-35) of Many were sentenced by the United Stated District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport this month.
 
Winfield was sentenced to 60 months (5 years) and Brumfield was sentenced to 70 months (5 years 10 months) in federal prison for 1 count each of Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine.
Winfield and Brumfield were indicted in federal court in Shreveport last year for drug charges after investigations by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team.
 
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and his T.N.T. continue to investigate and arrest illegal drug dealers in Sabine Parish and use federal resources to indict and see that these dealers serve time in federal prison.
 
SOURCE: SPSO

Apollo Plaza Apartments and Standard Enterprises, Inc. Host Monthly Birthday Celebration

The Apollo Plaza Apartments Staff and Standard Enterprises, Inc. hosted the monthly birthdays celebration this afternoon at the complex. Central Sabine Fire Department, Project Celebration, Inc., JCCBlack Ministries, Corp, and Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies and Detectives were in attendance.
 
It was a cold, drizzly day, but that did not stop the community from coming together for the kids.
Apartment Staff provided cupcakes, candy, juices, balloons, bubbles, dart game and basketball goals.
PCI brought chips, candy, juices, and coloring books.
 
Central Sabine Fire brought the fire truck and kids got to take a tour of the truck. JCC Black Ministries had a table set up with bibles, literature, and activities for the kids. This was their first time to attend and they were so happy to be there. They plan to attend each month.
 
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell thanks everyone who participated and believes this is a great event for Apollo Apartments and the community. The birthdays celebration will be held on the last Thursday of each month; sun, rain, snow, hot, or cold!
 
SOURCE: SPSO