NPD Makes Arrest In Fatal Shooting – Additional Suspects Wanted

The Natchitoches Police Department executed multiple searches on warrants on May 31 for the arrest and apprehension of multiple suspects in connection with the May 18, 2019 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Deshawn Beaudion. An initial investigation was started by responding officers which revealed that Beaudion was a passenger inside of a vehicle with another adult and two juvenile males. As the vehicle they occupied approached the Breda Town Park their vehicle came under immediate fire. In addition, officers learned that one of the juvenile passengers inside of the vehicle had also been struck in the back causing minor injury.

The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division then began an investigation into the incident. Based on their investigation, detectives were able to develop multiple suspects who had potentially fired upon the vehicle. In addition, the information gathered led detectives to obtain multiple arrest warrants for the arrest of three suspects.

Seankalyn Jaqulen Markel Chatman, 114 Sylvan Dr., Natchitoches, LA, 20 years of age, was arrested on one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. Chatman was later transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he awaits bond.

Kristopher R. Burks, 1815 South Dr. Lot. 1373, Natchitoches, LA, 19 years of age, was arrested on one count of First Degree Murder, three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Burks was later transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he awaits bond.

***WANTED PERSON***

Joseph Joquan Davis, 400 Lakeview Dr. Apt. 4112, Natchitoches, LA, 17 years of age, is being sought by authorities on warrants for one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Davis please contact the Natchitoches Police Department immediately. Joseph Davis is considered; Armed and Dangerous.

This investigation remains under current investigation however, the Natchitoches Police Department is urging any citizen with information in reference to this shooting to please contact the Natchitoches Police Department directly at (318) 352-8101 or you may contact Detective Sergeant Bobby Beard of the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (318) 238-3914. All calls shall be kept confidential.

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Northwestern State celebrating long-time SID Ireland with July 12 roast

Northwestern State invites friends, colleagues and former staff members of long-time sports information director Doug Ireland to celebrate his career July 12.

The Diggin’ Dougie Retirement Roast & Toast will honor and jab Ireland, who promoted NSU athletics with his own style for more than 30 years.

The event will take place on campus at the Freidman Student Union Ballroom from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25, which will help send the Western Pennsylvania native on a trip to see his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and to start an endowed scholarship in his name.

To buy tickets or for more information on the event, visit nsudemons.com/diggindougie.

Ireland’s fashion sense suggests NSU/Dougie casual (T-shirts/polos with shorts) as a barbeque buffet will be served, one of his favorites.

Ireland announced his retirement this spring.

NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke expressed admiration of Ireland’s service to NSU athletics.

“This event is designed to have a lot of fun at Doug Ireland’s expense – and Doug is all about having fun – but on a more serious note, everyone associated with NSU Athletics wants to recognize and acknowledge a dear friend who has immersed himself personally and professionally into Northwestern State University for many, many years,” Burke said. “We want this night to be special for Doug.

“What will make that happen more than anything else is for the countless number of people with whom he has interacted over the years – coaches, staff members, administrators, student-athletes, members of the media, fellow SIDs, NSU faculty and staff, Demon supporters, others around the world of college athletics and friends – to be in attendance at an event that is going to be filled with laughter, memories and maybe even a few tears.”

People who have personal or professional connections with Ireland are encouraged to write notes, record short video messages and/or send photos of the SID in action (work or play) to be shared at the event. Photos can be sent to Matt Vines at vinesm@nsula.edu.

Those unable to attend the event are also welcome to donate towards Ireland’s retirement trip and endowed scholarship.

A 1986 broadcast journalism graduate from Northwestern State, Ireland returned to his alma mater in January 1989 and began a three-decade career promoting NSU’s 14 intercollegiate teams.

Armed with nearly a decade’s worth of experience in newspapers and as an assistant sports information director at UL Lafayette, Ireland quickly put his stamp on NSU athletics. His 1992 football media guide earned “Best in the Nation” honors in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

The award-winning sports information director took home 33 Louisiana Sports Writers Associations honors just since 2000, including the 2017 LSWA Story of the Year.

The majority of those honors came from telling the stories of Northwestern State athletes, coaches and support staff members.

He’s tutored a wide range of sports information protégés, including directors at Kansas State and McNeese, an associate commissioner of the Southland Conference with others that have worked at LSU, Vanderbilt and Penn State among other institutions and various publications.

Ireland’s career has had many branches and a vast impact, including his volunteer role as chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, housed in Natchitoches.

His friendly face greeted numerous Louisiana Sports Hall of Famers and has been part of a weekend experience that has hall of famers returning each year for a new class of inductees.


The “Summer of ’69” Comes Back to Natchitoches

By Kevin Shannahan

The Cammie G. Henry Research Center, located on the 3rd floor of NSU’s Watson Library, hosted an opening reception for its new historical exhibit “The Summer of ’69” on Thursday, May 30. The exhibit features items from the era loaned by area residents as well as news accounts of the year’s events from the library’s extensive newspaper collection. A selection of hit songs from 1969 played throughout the event.

Head Archivist Mary Linn Wernet and Assistant Archivist Sharon Wolff both wore outfits inspired from the time. Watson, the library’s mascot, sported a Woodstock T-Shirt, long flowing locks and a pair of sunglasses loaned by NSU faculty member Dr. Susan Dollar. Phillip McClung loaned a vintage Jimmy Hendrix t-shirt in pristine condition. The “Summer of ’69” exhibit captures the zeitgeist of a unique time in our history. From the Vietnam War to the moon landing and a changing popular culture, 1969 was a pivotal time in our history.

The exhibit will run through mid-September and is one of several that have been staged throughout the past year with more coming up. The Cammie G. Henry Research Center is truly one of the hidden gems of Natchitoches. The center is open 8-5:00 Monday through Thursday and 8-noon on Friday.


DOTD SCHEDULES SEVERAL ONE LANE BRIDGE CLOSURES

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that bridge number 053-30-0501-1 will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection Wednesday, June 5 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. This structure is on LA 491 over Cane River and is located at log mile 5.01. Bridge is located .15 miles North of the LA 491/ LA 1 intersection.
Bridge number 053-03-0811-1 will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM on Wednesday, June 5 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. This structure is on LA 1 over Cane River and is located at log mile 8.11. Bridge is located 1.66 miles South of LA 1/ LA 495 intersection.
Bridge number 053-05-0598-1 will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. This structure located at log mile 5.98 @ LA 1 over Bayou Pierre and is located 1 mile north of the LA 1/ LA 3191 intersectionLA 3191.

Permit/Detour Section:
Bridges will be reduced to one 12’ lane. Please no wide loads.


SHOF Induction: Dave Nitz talks his way into the Louisiana Sports HOF

By TEDDY ALLEN
Written for the LSWA

An innocent action by my colleague Dave Nitz convinced me he was so delighted with living in the past that at any moment he might morph into a man wearing a leisure suit, drinking a Tab, and thumbing through the latest TV Guide.

I know things.

For the past eight autumns, I’ve done what passes for “color commentary” on Louisiana Tech football games for the Tech Sports Network and Learfield IMG College.

The star of the show is that same sepia-toned Dave Nitz, play-by-play broadcaster, LA Tech Athletics Hall of Famer Class of 2010, and now a Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Class of 2019.

June 8 in Natchitoches, he steps alongside many of Tech’s greats who have gone on to Hall of Fame enshrinement. The sold-out Saturday evening induction ceremony, live on Cox Sports Television, wraps up induction festivities beginning June 6 (visit LaSportsHall.com for details).

August 31 in Austin, Texas, he’ll begin his 45th season broadcasting Tech Football, which puts him in the Top 5 of guys broadcasting one college program’s football games for the most seasons. In February, he began his 44th season of broadcasting Tech baseball, the longest streak with one team of any other broadcaster in America.

Dave’s bonafide.

Of course he had no idea about any of this until I asked him.

“Dave, how many seasons have y…?”

“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ll have to ask somebody.”

Dave’s not big into counting.

He also does Bulldog Basketball. He used to do that and Lady Techsters Basketball, but he gave the Lady Techsters up and has done only men’s games for the past couple of decades. And we should mention, although it has nothing to do with Tech, that Nitz called 35-plus summers of professional baseball at various levels until he hung it up last summer and became a slave to cutting grass at his Haughton home and watching the MLB Network.

Guy gets around more than the flu.

“Dave’s been awfully good at what he does for a long, long time,” said fellow Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Leon Barmore. “Paints a picture where I feel like I’m there; I can shut my eyes and feel like I’m at the game just by listening.”


BOM Sponsors Family Day at City Park

BOM is excited to be a Gold sponsor for the 6th Annual Family Day at the Park. Mark your calendars for this free event for the community to enjoy activities at the Natchitoches City Park on June 15 from 10 am – 1 pm.

The City of Natchitoches and Northwestern State University will host the Family Day in the Park, activities will include: swimming, activity booths, face painting, a giant inflatable obstacle course, free food and more.

Pictured from left are Carrie Hough, Jennifer Sims, Reba Phelps, De’Andrea Sanders, Mary Hooper, and Gina Banks.


Northwestern State faculty member wins award from international conference

A paper co-authored by Md Shahriar Jahan Hossain, an assistant professor of industrial engineering technology at Northwestern State University, won the Best Track Paper Award from the Third European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. The conference is organized by IEOM Society and will be held in July in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The award will be presented on Thursday, July 25. Hossain co-authored the paper with Chelliah Aruun Vijayanathan and Bhaba R. Sarker of Louisiana State University.

The paper, “Optimizing Production Overtime Period and Backorder Quantity in Joint Production and Maintenance Scheduling,” develops a mathematical model for integrated production and maintenance scheduling to optimize backorder quantity. It is assumed that at the end of each uptime, deterministic preventive maintenance is scheduled to incur backlog to reduce inventory carrying cost. The overall incurred cost of the proposed mathematical model is derived and used as a basis for optimal determination of backorder quantity in joint production-inventory model. The proposed model is extended emphasis on increase in production rate accomplished through production overtime period. An optimal overtime production period (Tp’) is determined to minimize backordering cost per unit time in the joint production-inventory model. Wide variety of situations and effects are discussed for the extended production-inventory model. The model is validated with illustrating numerical examples, and sensitivity analysis to show the effectiveness and the robustness of the proposed integrated model.

Hossain earned his doctorate in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University under a fellowship funded by Louisiana Economic Development Assistantship (EDA) Program and joined Northwestern State’s faculty in January. He completed his bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees in industrial engineering. He has more than 10 years of academic research and teaching experience including more than five years of active teaching in industrial and manufacturing engineering. Hossain has authored or co-authored many journal and conference articles in operations research, supply chain, ergonomics, manufacturing, industrial environment, product design and artificial intelligence. His research works are recognized by international organizations through awards including IISE, AAER and IEOM. His current research interest includes manufacturing process optimization, operations research, lean production systems, supply chain management and inventory control. He is a member of POMS, IISE, INFORMS and IEOM society.


LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Saline Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown of Saline Lake, in Natchitoches and Winn parishes, on June 3. The primary purpose is to control the growth of giant salvinia during the upcoming summer months when growth potential is at its highest. In addition, the drawdown will allow for fish habitat improvement and reduction of organic material.

The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 inches per day until it reaches a target drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The control gates will close on October 1, 2019, to allow the lake to refill for fall, winter and early spring recreational activities.

During the drawdown, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters can still access the main waterbody from the Mulligan Inn Boat Ramp with small craft, but caution is advised. Numerous additional obstructions will be present due to the lower water level.

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist at (318) 357-3214.


NPD Arrests Suspect In Connection with Illegal Dumping

A surveillance video that had been forwarded to the Natchitoches Police Department in reference to a citizen improperly or illegally dumping non-recyclable materials into recycle bins located near the public works facility was reviewed by authorities. The primary suspect involved was identified as Mr. Melvin Mitchell of the city who was contacted and issued a summons to appear in court for a violation of Natchitoches City Ordinance – Illegal Dumping.

The Natchitoches Police Department is urging all citizens to comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to disposal of recyclables. All future complaints shall be thoroughly investigated and violators risk potential arrest. Any citizen requesting to report an illegal dumping may contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. All calls shall be kept confidential.


Notice of Death – May 30, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Jimmy Mamon II
May 29, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Little Miss Zoey Za-Niyah Newton
June 30, 2015 – May 21, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries Church (RAMS), located at 175 Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches
Interment: Jackson Square Cemetery


A day at the State Capitol produces many Natchitoches, NSU connections

It was a day filled with Demon spirit for Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio as he travelled to Baton Rouge on May 28.

He makes the trip on a regular basis when the legislature is in session as part of his presidential duties for the university. He monitors the progress of capital outlay projects for NSU, keeps an eye on the funding for higher education, and visits with legislators and lobbyists.

But May 28 was special. It began on a somber note as Dr. Maggio attended the funeral of Lily Chase, a lifelong donor to Northwestern State University. She and her husband, the late Dan Chase, funded multiple scholarships and professorships.

Dr. Maggio then attended Senator Gerald Long’s farewell address to his fellow senators as his term comes to an end. Governor John Bel Edwards and his wife Donna were in attendance, along with University of Louisiana System President Dr. Jim Henderson, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center CEO Kirk Soileau and more.

The Senate passed a resolution recognizing Doug Ireland for his time at NSU, where he served as his alma mater’s Sports Information Director for 30-plus years. Sen. Long presented Ireland with a copy of the resolution.

NSU alumna and reigning Miss Louisiana Holli Conway sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem to open up the Senate.

NSU’s Creole Heritage Center also received a concurrent resolution, presented by State Rep. Kenny Cox, declaring Oct. 1 as Clementine Hunter Day in the state of Louisiana.

Dr. Maggio went on to attend a reception at the Governor’s Mansion for students chosen to participate in the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government. This program is an opportunity for college and university students to experience public policy in action, learn the rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government, and earn three hours of academic credit. NSU Student Government Association President Jacob Ellis and St. Mary’s Catholic School graduate Robert “Yancy” LeGrande will participate in the program.

In more serious business, Dr. Maggio kept his eye on capital outlay projects, which includes his goal to have a new academic building on the NSU campus, watching for new Kyzar Hall funding, which is currently top priority, and getting funding for the future demolition of a few of the older buildings on campus including Dodd, Caddo, and Prudhomme Hall (once students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts are moved into their new residence hall currently under construction). Dr. Maggio said he’s also working on attaining deferred maintenance money for NSU’s infrastructure needs.

“It’s all about planning for the future,” he said. “And it was great to have all these event line up. I got to visit with several NSU graduates that serve in the Legislature, House, and Senate. It’s so exciting to see such a large number of people that speak so highly of NSU.”

The list is long but it includes Natchitoches Parish residents; State Senators Gerald Long, John Smith, Jay Luneau, Barrow Peacock, Ryan Gatti; State Representatives Kenny Cox, Terry Brown, Jack McFarland, Larry Bagley, Frankie Howard, James Armes, Raymond Crews, and Dodie Horton. All of these people, and many more, support Northwestern State University and its campuses at Alexandria, Leesville/Fort Polk, Bossier City/Barksdale, and Shreveport.


Lear exhibit to be on display in Baton Rouge

An exhibit by Phyllis Lear, professor of art history at Northwestern State University will be on display at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art from June 4 – June 27. The title of the exhibition is “Woman’s Work: Quilted Yo-Yos.”

“My work encompasses who and what I come into contact with on a daily basis,” said Lear. “For me, art is everywhere. Any life experience can become a work of art. Most recently, I have begun to explore the fabric Yo-Yo (Suffolk Puff) as an art form. Traditionally used as a quilting technique, I have appropriated the Yo-Yo as a module for building fine art pieces.

Lear said she has been sewing since age eight — doing something her sisters, mother, grandmother and godmother did.

“I clearly remember my grandmother Lear hand-quilting in the middle of her tiny living room – the quilt taking up nearly all of the available space,” said Lear. “I continue to honor her and that tradition.”

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held June 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lear will give a gallery talk Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. For more information visit www.batonrougegallery.org