Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office want to keep the citizens and visitors of Sabine Parish safe

There have been several ATV and rod & reel thefts across the parish in recent weeks. Our neighboring parishes and counties in East Texas have also reported similar thefts in the past few months.

Patrol Deputies are beefing-up patrol and Detectives are following leads and using all available resources to determine the person(s) responsible and to prevent future thefts from occurring.

Sheriff Mitchell is asking everyone to keep your property and valuables secure and out of sight. Please do not make it easy for thieves to steal your property.

Sheriff Mitchell also encourages citizens to install a home/property video surveillance system to monitor any suspicious activity. Systems have become more affordable in recent years. Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives have solved numerous cases with the help of personal and business video recording systems.

If anyone has any information about these recent thefts, please contact Sabine CID at 318-590-9475 or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports clerks allegedly took thousands of dollars from two local villages

Anna Marie Ferguson (age-50) of Florien took approximately $12,285.50 from the Village of Florien from the end of 2020 until March 2022. Florien’s CPA noticed the irregularities and it was reported to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. Ferguson was placed on paid leave in March, then she was later fired.
Ferguson was accepting cash payments from traffic citation fines and keeping the money. During the investigation by Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Don Flores, Ferguson admitted she took the money.
Ferguson was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail on Monday, April 25, 2022, for Theft $5000-$25,000 and Malfeasance in office.

Brenda Dianne Crocker Frederick (age-53) formerly of Noble took approximately $7,463.00 from the Village of Noble from February 2020 until August 2021. Noble Mayor Lynn Montgomery noticed the missing funds and reported it to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. Frederick was fired in October 2021.
Frederick issued numerous checks to herself and forged city officials’ signatures. During the investigation by Detective Flores, Frederick admitted she took the funds.
Frederick was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail on Thursday, April 21, 2022, for Theft $5000-$25,000, Forgery, and Malfeasance in office.

Many man arrested on narcotics charges by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports Tyson Coby Strickland (age-37) of Many was arrested this afternoon.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating Strickland’s illegal narcotic activity since October 2021. T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain arrest warrants for Strickland’s illegal narcotic sales.
In March 2022, Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives were contacted by the Louisiana Department of Justice Cyber Crime Unit of child sexual exploitation material by a possible resident of Sabine Parish. The material was uploaded through a popular messaging application. The tip was submitted through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Sheriff Detectives, who are also members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, further investigated the allegations and determined Strickland was the suspect.
Strickland was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for warrants for 3-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth & Cocaine) and a warrant for 10-counts of Pornography involving juveniles.
Strickland’s digital cellular device was seized during his arrest and the data is currently being extracted and analyzed by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Digital Forensics Unit.
Additional felony criminal charges are pending.
No bonds have been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Obit: Billie Dyess

The sun rose on Billie Faye Alverson Dyess’ life on April 21, 1930 and set 92 years and 3 days later April 24, 2022, when she took her first breath in heaven. Mrs. Billie, as she was affectionally known by many, was blessed as she put it with a good life. Billie was born to William Burnie Alverson and Ella Mae (Nutt) Alverson and spent her childhood in East Texas with her older sister Alma Fountain and younger brother, Frank “Bud” Alverson. After graduating from Port Neches High School, she went to work at Jefferson Chemical Refinery, it was there that this spunky, beautiful red head met the love of her life, Edwin Dyess. They were married for over fifty years when he went to be the Lord in 2002. Together they raised six children. Wanting to rear their children in a more rural setting in the country, Billie and Ed moved to the piney woods between Many and Zwolle, this is the place Ms. Billie called home for the last 70 years. Billie was a faithful member of Zwolle First Baptist Church until her health kept her from attending personally, despite that her love for the Lord and faith was unwavering. Billie will be remembered, by those who knew her as a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. Billie loved her children unconditionally and always tried to encourage them to develop their strengths. Billie was an excellent cook and businesswoman. Billie and Ed opened one of the first marinas, Shady Lane, on Toledo Bend. There she ran the marina while her boys served as fishing guides. Billie loved to prepare large meals from vegetables grown from the family garden and friends and family were always welcome. When asked in later life, she would always say, if I were a younger woman, I would love to have a family restaurant.

Billie is survived by six children, Kenny Dyess (Bonita) of Monroe, LA; Marilyn Laramy (Howard) of Natchitoches, LA; William “Dan” Dyess (Desiree) of Natchitoches, LA; Harold Craig Dyess (Hazel) of Zwolle, LA; Jerry Dyess (Patricia) of Bronson, Texas; Darryl Dyess (Lisa) of Converse, LA. She was blessed with Grandchildren:12, Great Grandchildren: 13, and 1 Great, Great Grandson; her brother Frank “Bud” Alverson and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends she considered family. She is preceded in death by her parents Bernie and Ella Mae Alverson, her husband Edwin Dyess, an infant son Rusty Dyess, her sister Alma Fountain and sister-in-law Betty Alverson.

In a note left by Billie to be opened at her death, her parting words ring true to her character, “Do not grieve for me, I had a good life. Trust in the Lord and Be Happy! Love Moma

The family would like to especially thank Billie’s only daughter Marilyn Laramy and Howard who selflessly relocated to Louisiana from Tampa, Florida who for the past 17 years has devoted her life to taking care of her mother. Taking her to all her doctor’s appointments and making sure her daily needs were met. Her caregivers over the years, Roxann Faircloth, Carolyn Cates, and Debra Faircloth who treated Billie like their own mother. Allowing her to spend her senior years in the comfort of her own home. All the Doctor’s and Dr. Hogg and his staff whose excellent care gave us many more precious years, and Hospice of Natchitoches for their compassionate care these last few months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to NSU Dyess Family Scholarship or a charity of your choice.

Her funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 9891 Texas Highway, Many, Louisiana with Bro. Bobby Russell officiating. Billie’s visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with the funeral beginning at 2:00 p.m.; interment will follow at Progress Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.

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Many Chapel

An A+ for Dr. B, Tech’s original Smooth Operator

His mind is cracker-jack sharp but the frame of our favorite orthopedic surgeon is failing him now, a casualty of hard work and 80-plus years, roughly a half century of that used to heal the wear and tear on his patients, including thousands of student athletes at Louisiana Tech when he was its team doctor from 1973-2013.

The University’s most recent recognition of Dr. Billy Bundrick was Saturday when a life-sized statue of “Dr. B” was unveiled and dedicated by the softball field named in his honor — Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

The players affectionately call the field “The Billy,” a playful nickname its honoree heartedly approves of since Dr. B has always been about competition and winning and spreading the joy.

The University could dedicate 10 statues and probably still fall short of recognizing all Dr. B has done for the school. A three-time football letter winner and the team’s captain in 1959, Dr. B made a career of taking one for the team. Dr. B, his remarkable and imminently likeable assistant Spanky McCoy, and longtime Tech athletic trainer Sam Wilkinson formed a mortal but formidable holy trinity to combat frayed nerves, hurt feelings, busted ligaments, and broken bones for three decades.

“It’s unbelievable how good Dr. Bundrick was to Louisiana Tech and how much he’s meant to us,” Wilkinson said.

Former athletic director Jim Oakes, who, as Tech’s lead football manager in the mid-’70s had a front row seat to Dr. Bundrick’s influence, called his friend “the greatest sports medicine doctor to ever serve a university athletic program.”

Dr. B is a Tech Athletics Hall of Famer, a former Alumnus of the Year, and everything in between.

“The numerous honors he’s earned only scratch the surface of his significance to us,” University President Dr. Les Guice said. “His greatest contribution has been in the service of others.”

He did it one knee and one back and one foot at the time, each stitch a soft-spoken encouragement.

Dr. B’s biggest fan, physically and figuratively, is likely Karl Malone, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer; his family’s donation made the statue a reality. Bundrick has been an advisor to Malone, a quiet encourager and his most trusted confidant, since before Malone was the famous “Mailman.” In the flamboyant NBA, Karl always had a posse of one: Dr. B.

If that’s hard to understand, or if you’ve never seen a 6-foot-9 teardrop, you could have seen one Saturday as Malone’s emotion for his friend was evident.

“You,” Malone said to a smiling Dr. B, “are my hero.” He spoke for many in the crowd.

Walking to the soccer pitch next door or to The Billy, Tech’s student athletes would be wise to consider the statue and copy what it represents, a monument to caring and leaving it all on the field, the definition in bronze of a selfless and smooth operator.

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NRMC Technology Now Includes 128-Slice CT Scanner

With a history of investing in technology that will benefit patient populations, NRMC has once again added to its imaging capabilities. The hospital has replaced its 64-slice CT scanner with a 128-slice CT scanner, the GE Revolution CT ES.

“Slice” refers to the number of rows of detectors the scanner has. The more detectors, the bigger the volume coverage and faster scanning times. With the new scanner, the Radiology team can also perform 256-slice reconstruction.

The new scanner works well for imaging adults as well as children and all body weights and sizes. Designed to enhance care for difficult patient care situations, this scanner allows ease of positioning, patient comfort, and quickness while generating precise, highly detailed images.

“Our goal at NRMC is to continually improve patient outcomes,” noted Kirk Soileau, CEO. “Our clinical teams can work at record speeds now and get excellent images which leads to prompt diagnosis and treatment. I want to congratulate our Radiology Department on their work in bringing this technology to fruition here at NRMC. They saw a need for additional CT technology for complex cases and made recommendations for us to move forward. We are confident these new CT imaging capabilities will benefit many patients, especially those with critical care and specialized health needs.”

Emergency Care

“When patients come in with traumatic injuries or strokes, it can be difficult for them to remain still for very long or follow instructions like pausing their breathing – both of which are necessary to get a good CT image,” explained Derek Anthony RT(R) CT, NRMC Radiology Manager. “The 128-slice CT scanner is so much faster and creates incredibly detailed images within minutes which is a huge advantage for trauma patients. “

Cardiac Care

Using a high-resolution mode at standard radiation doses, the scanner produces images of stents and coronary plaque in amazing detail. For patients with variable heart rates, it can be difficult to reliably obtain high quality images. This scanner enables high-definition, motion-free coronary images at any heart rate. This becomes an excellent tool for imaging patients with arrhythmia and other cardiac issues.

Stroke Care

For diagnosing strokes, the scanner quickly produces those first images of the brain allowing physicians to start treatments sooner and thereby save the brain from further stroke-related damage. There are several distinct advantages in terms of clarity, accuracy and speed over older technology.

Cancer Care

For oncology patients, the 128-slice CT scanner provides greater diagnostic capabilities with an easier way for radiologists to read, review and interpret images. This capability is particularly needed for complex tumor cases so that doctors have the ability to see as much detail, texture and margins as possible.

 Orthopedic Care

Radiologists need to be able to diagnose even the tiniest fractures and breaks with confidence for orthopedic patients. High resolution imaging captures twice the number of views per rotation to deliver a significant improvement in resolution, making it much easier to diagnose a fracture. For fractures and dislocations that may require surgical interventions, plus follow-ups to determine healing – the 128-slice CT scanner provides high-quality diagnostic images at low doses.

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“Sequence of Returns”

If you were going to hire a guide to scale a particularly high summit what would be your number one goal?  Reaching the apex?  What about a safe a secure descent?  Real life shows us that most climbers are injured coming down the mountain.  Either from lack of food and water or injury.
Financial and retirement planning is much the same.  We tend to spend significant time planning and saving without really thinking of the best method to “take” these funds.   While working and saving we have co-workers, friends, and financial professionals to assist with decision making.  Without sound advice and planning location and timing of pulling funds can have a direct impact on deteriorating the amount of Social Security taxation and cost of Medicare Part B premiums. 
Have you heard the term “sequence of returns”?  If not let’s set up a time to review and discuss your exposure to this pitfall.  Having retirement dollars exposed to market risk while pulling income could be a very costly mistake in later years.  Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are especially risky since the individual has little discretion in taking these funds. These issues and others could significantly reduce the longevity of your funds.  Thereby causing you harm as you descend the retirement mountain.  Let’s visit about trip planning!
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The Colonel’s Speech 

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on October 14, 1912, the Colonel walked through a crowd of well-wishers at the Gilpatrick Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and stepped into the back seat of an open-topped car.  He was expected to arrive within minutes at the Milwaukee Auditorium, four blocks away, to deliver a speech.  Still standing, he waved to the crowd.  One of his two secretaries, Albert H. Martin, stood with him.  A man later identified as John Flammang Schrank pushed his way through the crowd, pulled a .38 caliber pistol, and fired from a distance of about 7 feet.  The Colonel barely moved.  He showed no sign of panic or pain.  At almost the same instant that Schrank fired the shot, Albert jumped from the back seat and Captain A.O. Girard, another member of the Colonel’s party, jumped from the front seat onto the man with the pistol.  They quickly overpowered Schrank and disarmed him.  The Colonel told the men to bring the shooter closer so he could get a good look at him.  The colonel gazed into the shooters face and said, “the poor creature.”
The crowd turned hostile toward the would-be assassin.  “Lynch him!” they cried, “Kill him!”  “Stop, stop!” the Colonel yelled.  “Stand back; don’t hurt him!”  Only at the insistence of the Colonel did the crowd refrain from tearing the man apart and allow escorts to take Schrank inside the hotel to await the arrival of police.  Multiple people asked, “Are you hurt, Colonel?”  The Colonel responded with a smile, “Oh, no.  Missed me that time.  I’m not hurt a bit.” He turned to the remaining members of his party and said, “I think we’d better be going or we will be late.”
They had hardly driven one block when John McGrath, the Colonel’s other secretary, exclaimed, “Look, Colonel.  There is a hole in your overcoat.”  The Colonel looked at the hole, unbuttoned the coat and felt of his chest.  When he removed his hand, his fingers were stained with blood.  Speaking to no one in particular, the Colonel said, “It looks as though I had been hit, but I don’t think it is anything serious.”
When they reached the auditorium, the Colonel went into a dressing room.  Several physicians made a superficial examination of the wound and suggested that the Colonel leave for the hospital immediately.  The Colonel calmly responded “I will deliver this speech or die, one or the other.”  The physicians’ protested, but the Colonel walked out of the dressing room and onto the stage.  The crowd cheered loudly as the Colonel took his seat and waited for the program to begin.   
Henry F. Cochems, a Wisconsin political leader, stepped to the front of the platform and held up his hand.  The crowd sensed something was wrong and immediately fell silent.  “I have something to tell you,” he said with a trembling voice, “and I hope you will received the news with calmness.”  The crowd was deathly silent.  “Colonel Roosevelt has been shot.  He is wounded.”  At this, Mr. Cochems turned and looked at the Colonel.  
The crowd’s reaction was anything but calm.  People yelled and screamed out of shock.  Some of the patrons rushed toward the platform to get a better look at the Colonel.  The Colonel stood and calmly walked to the edge of the platform.  “It’s true,” the Colonel told the crowd as he unbuttoned his coat and showed them the blood-stained shirt.  “I’m going to ask you to be very quiet,” he said, “and please excuse me for making you a very long speech.  I’ll do the best I can, but you see there’s a bullet in my body.  But it’s nothing.  I’m not hurt badly.”  The Colonel’s words were met with an outburst of cheering.
The Colonel pulled out his 50-page speech and began his oration.  The crowd listened intently to every word the Colonel said.  His speech was somewhat quieter than normal and his gestures were more subdued.  He spoke for a while and suddenly his voice sank.  He seemed to stagger.  One of the doctors and another in the Colonel’s party approached him and quietly insisted that he leave immediately for a hospital.  The Colonel seemed to regain all of his strength and told them, “I’m going to finish this speech.  I’m all right; let me alone.”  The Colonel struggled at times as he spoke for well over an hour.  At the conclusion of the Colonel’s speech, he looked briefly at the cheering crowd and calmly walked off the platform and into a waiting car.
The Colonel’s driver sped through the streets of Milwaukee to the hospital where a team of doctors were waiting.  They whisked him to an operating room and quickly removed his clothing.  He insisted that he was not hurt badly and told the doctors that they were taking it too seriously.  The doctors continued their work.  The entrance wound was easy enough to find, but they were unable to determine the location of the bullet.  While they waited for a staff member to retrieve an x-ray machine, the Colonel sat up on the operating table and entertained the doctors with political stories and jokes.          
By using x-rays and probes, the doctors learned that the bullet had lodged in the Colonel’s chest muscle.  It struck no major arteries or organs.  The doctors concluded that it would be riskier to remove the bullet than to leave it in place.  They were curious to learn, however, what had kept the .38 caliber bullet from penetrating deeper into the Colonel’s chest.  As they examined his clothing the answer became clear.  The bullet had passed through the Colonel’s thick overcoat, through his 50-page speech which he had folded in half so that it would fit into his pocket which made it 100 pages thick, through both sides of his metal eyeglasses case, through his waistcoat, shirt and undershirt, and finally, into his chest.  Had the Colonel written a shorter speech, had he not doubled the speech over and placed in his chest pocket, had he placed his eyeglasses case in another pocket, the Colonel could have been the first former president of the United States to be assassinated.  The Colonel’s speech was part of his campaign for a third non-consecutive term as president, which he ultimately lost.  The Colonel was…Theodore Roosevelt.
1.  The Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1912, p.1.

NSU Steel Band to present concert on Friday

The Northwestern State University Steel Band will present a concert on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the Downtown Riverbank Stage in Natchitoches. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Oliver Molina will direct the Steel Band.

The Steel Band is comprised of instruments from the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The unique timbre and infectious dance beats make it a fun and exciting concert. The program will include some island classics such as “Limbo” and “Jump in the Line” as well as other familiar tunes by Bruno Mars, Journey and Jimmy Buffet. 

The concert will include participants from the Second Annual NSU Steel Band Workshop which will be held Friday afternoon. The performers will learn to play steel drums that afternoon and perform at the concert that night.

Members of the Steel Band are Jackson Forester of Rowlett, Texas, Tatiana Chapman of Erath, Zachary Duhon and Kora Chauveaux of Lafayette, Anthony Flores of Los Fresnos, Texas,Roger Jones of Avondale, Cindy Pinkerton of Patterson, Arial Taylor of Bossier City, Mason Trumps of Pollock and Steven Wimberley of Pineville.