NRMC – Emergency Department Receives National Award

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Emergency Department was recently recognized by The Studer Group as Emergency Department of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2015. Proudly displaying their banner are members of the NRMC Emergency Department team: Michelle Garlington, Nursing Unit Manager; Pat Bailey, Charge Nurse; Dr. Marc Stokes, Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Natchitoches Emergency Services; Latrice Preylo, LPN; Tony Peluso, RN; Beverly Sauce, RN; Lisa Lesly, RN; Dr. Tim Collins, ED physician and Medical Director for Outpatient Clinics; Robynn Jett, RN; Miki Snyder, Volunteer; Robbie Jones, House Supervisor; Melissa Britten, RN and Tracy Bishop, Charge Nurse.

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Emergency Department was recently recognized by The Studer Group as Emergency Department of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2015. Proudly displaying their banner are members of the NRMC Emergency Department team:
Michelle Garlington, Nursing Unit Manager; Pat Bailey, Charge Nurse; Dr. Marc Stokes, Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Natchitoches Emergency Services; Latrice Preylo, LPN; Tony Peluso, RN; Beverly Sauce, RN; Lisa Lesly, RN; Dr. Tim Collins, ED physician and Medical Director for Outpatient Clinics; Robynn Jett, RN; Miki Snyder, Volunteer; Robbie Jones, House Supervisor; Melissa Britten, RN and Tracy Bishop, Charge Nurse.

NRMC ED Pressrelease 9.29.2015

NPSO Deputies arrest Marthaville woman after she gave them false information during Monday evening disturbance

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Marthaville woman on Tuesday evening after she allegedly gave them a false name during a disturbance call on Monday evening according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday evening, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of South 3rd Street, Marthaville, La.

Deputies say while interviewing multiple subjects at the disturbance, Michael  J. Orsborn, 22 of Provencal, La. was arrested on an active Natchitoches Parish warrant for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

A female at the scene also gave deputies a name that deputies learned to be false on Tuesday.

On Tuesday evening, deputies returned to the residence and arrested the female without incident.

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Cynthia Orsborn, 21 of the 100 block of South 3rd Street, Marthaville, La., was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with Resisting an Officer.

Orsborn remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say they have video evidence of Orsborn providing them false information on Monday evening.

Deputy D. Caballero made the arrest.

Anonymous donor creates Betty Howard Scholarship

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An anonymous donor has made a contribution to the Northwestern State University Foundation to establish the Betty Howard Endowed Scholarship, in memory of the late Mrs. Howard, late wife of State Rep. Frankie Howard. The scholarship will benefit a graduate of Hornbeck High School who enrolls at Northwestern State.

Betty Cavanaugh Howard was a lifelong resident of Vernon Parish, growing up in Slagle, graduating from Leesville High School and spending her married life in Hornbeck.   As the wife of State Representative and former Vernon Parish Sheriff Frankie Howard, she was affectionately known as The First Lady of Vernon Parish. Betty Howard spent 33 years as a secretary at Hornbeck High School. Family members said she knew every child and was often called to act as the tooth fairy by pulling teeth. Even after retirement, she attended Hornets’ basketball games whenever she could. She loved her family and her community and often times they were the same.  She passed away July 2 after a battle with cancer.

“We are thankful to be able to honor the memory of Mrs. Betty through this scholarship, which will benefit the students she loved at Hornbeck High School,” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation.  “This is a generous way for Mrs. Betty’s memory to live on by providing opportunities for to fulfill their dream of earning a degree at Northwestern State.”

NPSO Detectives make second arrest in Clarence counterfeit cash schemes

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A second arrest has been made by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies in connection with the laundering of counterfeit currency in the Clarence area according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Wednesday September 23rd, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a report of counterfeit money being laundered at a Clarence convenience store in the 300 block of La. Hwy 6 in Clarence, La.

Deputies say while speaking with the complainant, they learned that a person identified as Steven Crumble entered the store to purchase a beverage and paid the clerk with a counterfeit $100 bill.

The cashier immediately recognized the currency to be counterfeit and contacted the NPSO.

The suspect left the store.

Deputies checked the local area for the suspect but were unable to find him.

Deputies completed an offense report and turned the case over to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division for investigative purposes.

On Thursday September 24th, Clarence Police contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting that a person identified as Steven Crumble passed a $100 bill while paying for his mail box rent at the US Post Office in Clarence, La.

Detectives responded to assist.

As the investigation progressed, detectives reviewed video surveillance and gathered additional evidence positively identifying Crumble.

Detectives went to Crumble’s residence located in the 100 block of La. Hwy 1225 near Clarence, La. and arrested him while hiding in the closet.

Steven Cornelius Crumble, 32 of the 100 block of La. Hwy 1225, Clarence, La., was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 2-counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse and 1-count of Theft.

Crumble remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Detectives Darrel Winder and Victor Kay investigated the case.

Detective Carey Etheredge of the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit said “recently we have seen an increase in counterfeit currency cases in Natchitoches Parish-businesses should be aware of this and take the appropriate measures to detect these type of illegal practices”.

“Fighting counterfeiting is a team effort between merchants and law enforcement-refer to www.newmoney.gov to learn how to authenticate your money.”

Symphony Awards of Distinction

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In celebration of its 50th season, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society Board of Directors recognized several individuals with Awards of Distinction to honor members who exemplify exception and continuous service to the organization. The names of honorees will be placed on a plaque that will hang permanently in Magale Recital Hall. The award winners were recognized during Sunday’s season-opening symphony concert at Northwestern State University, entitled “A New Birth of Freedom.” Recognized were, from left, Jim Bob Key; Loren Ford representing her father James A. Ford, Cynthia Brown representing her mother Martha C. Roberson, Richard Rose, Carol Williams representing her mother Margaret Adkins and Bill Brent, director of operations and special projects for the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Also honored was the late Joseph B. Carlucci. A reception honoring award recipients and celebrating the 50th year of the Symphony Society took place following the concert with entertainment provided by the Natchitoches Central High School Symphonic Orchestra.

Hoops – NSU’s McConathy begins 10th year on top 25 panel of coaching voters

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As he begins his 10th season on the USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches ranking the country’s top 25 college basketball teams, Northwestern State’s Mike McConathy has a near-perfect record.

In nine seasons of casting a preseason ballot, weekly votes over four winter months and a final top 25 list on the night of the national championship game, he’s missed only one vote. After a restless journey back home from a mid-December 2006 game at Hawaii, McConathy realized too late he hadn’t sent in that week’s top 25 in his first season on the voting panel.

“Since then, my voting record is way better than my coaching record,” said the winningest coach in Louisiana college basketball history.

USA Today officials sent preseason instructions to the panel voters this week. The National Association of Basketball Coaches collaborates in choosing coaches to vote each season. The preseason top 25 ballots are due Oct. 12 with the results published, along with the roster of voters, online on Oct. 15.

“This poll is a really good gauge of the best teams in college basketball because it involves coaches from every conference and representing programs at every level of Division I,” said McConathy. “It’s a privilege to be involved and to represent Northwestern State and the Southland Conference, and mid-major programs.”

In season, votes are due by noon Eastern time each Monday. NSU plays nearly every Saturday and several times early in the following week. While McConathy keeps watch on results of noteworthy games daily, when honing in on his ballot, he opens his door and asks for input. Discussions often enliven road trips.

“It’s more fun than work. I enjoy involving our staff and discussing it with them. They each have a different perspective and background in college basketball so I’ll get some input that helps me fill out the best possible top 25 that week,” he said

There’s a simple overriding premise applied as McConathy reviews possible top 25 teams.

“Strength of schedule matters. Teams can have a great record and not have beaten anybody of significance, so it’s harder to get a handle on how good they are. Even though they’re doing a really, really good job, without games against quality opponents, it’s difficult to evaluate them against the other top teams in the country,” he said.

NSU’s status as a successful and nationally-respected mid-major basketball program naturally is reflected in McConathy’s voting philosophy. The Demons have four postseason tournament appearances in his 16 seasons, including a pair of NCAA Tournament wins, and have traditionally played one of the country’s stronger non-conference schedules.

“I try to give mid-majors more of a good look. They deserve a chance. If their schedule isn’t strong, it’s difficult to give them extra consideration as one of the top 25 teams in the country. But if they schedule well, given the opportunity, really good mid-major teams find their way into the poll,” he said.

“There are more mid-majors earning their way into the NCAA Tournament since I’ve been voting on the poll, and more who are advancing in the tournament. That demonstrates that there is great depth around Division I basketball and it’s not just the name brand programs that are the best teams in the country week to week and year to year,” said McConathy.

His top 25 voting consistency is rivalled by his dedication to making his way to the voting booths on Election Day.

“I’m great at going to the polls, but there’s no doubt I’m better at ranking the best basketball teams than I have been in casting votes for winning candidates,” he said.

NPSO Search and Rescue Divers recover Stolen Vehicle in Black Lake from Grant Parish

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This morning at approximately 6:13am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Fire District #9, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics NPSO Search and Rescue Divers consisting of members of the NPSO, Natchitoches City Fire Department and Natchitoches Fire District #9 responded to reports of a vehicle in Black Lake off of La. Hwy 9 near old Bell’s Camp.

Deputies say information gathered during the initial response to the call suggested the vehicle was possibly intentionally driven into the lake.

Deputies believed the vehicle to be unoccupied when it entered the water.

Divers entered the water recovering the 2012 Ford F-250 at approximately 8:52am, which had reportedly been stolen from the Montgomery Town Hall in Grant Parish during the night.

Deputies say after a local wrecker service recovered the vehicle, they also observed it to be vandalized.

There were no reported injuries.

Sheriff Victor Jones said the investigation is currently continuing by detectives with the Natchitoches and Grant Parish Sheriff’s Offices.

“Detectives are in the process of interviewing potential suspects at this time”.

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