Newly Elected Officers and Board Members of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association announced that District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington has been re-elected as a member of the LDAA Board of Directors.

As a board member, Harrington will work with LDAA President District Attorney Steve Tew, along with other board members to provide insight and direction on issues, legislation, and policy affecting criminal justice in Louisiana.

“I am honored to be re-elected to the Board of Directors. I look forward to working with my fellow district attorneys and staff to continue being an advocate for the pursuit of appropriate and fair justice for all in Louisiana,” said Harrington.

Also elected were:

President – Robert S. Tew, District Attorney (4th JD)

First Vice President – Bridget A. Dinvaut (40thJD)

Second Vice President – Kurt Wall, Assistant District Attorney (21st JD)

NDAA State Director – Bradley R. Burget, District Attorney (7th JD)

Past President Member – Charles A. Riddle III, District Attorney (12th JD)

Immediate Past President – Martin “Bo” Duhe’, District Attorney (16th JD)

Board Member – James E. Paxton, District Attorney (6th JD)

Board Member – Anna L. Garcie, Assistant District Attorney (11th JD)

Board Member – Kristine Russell, District Attorney (17th JD)

Board Member – Warren Montgomery (22ndJD)

Board Member – Norma DuBois, Assistant District Attorney (24th JD)

Board Member – Perry M. Nicosia, District Attorney (34th JD)

Board Member – James R. Lestage, District Attorney (36th JD)

Board Member – Julie C. Jones, District Attorney (39th JD)

Board Member – District Attorney Investigator (TBA – Not elected at this time)

The new officers begin their terms on August 15, 2021.

The Association is composed of District Attorneys, Assistant District Attorneys, District Attorney Investigators, and their staff in the State of Louisiana. It provides training and legal services across the State. The Association also develops and promotes legislation to strengthen the justice system. Its members are available for testimony before legislative committees. The association also focuses on public safety, crime victims’ assistance, promoting highway safety, child support enforcement, pre-trial diversion, domestic violence prevention, and juvenile justice initiatives.


PUBLIC NOTICE: SMOKE TESTING

To All Residents and Occupants on Lafayette St. in the City of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The City of Natchitoches Utilities Department will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system on Friday July 30, 2021 beginning at 7:30am. This study will involve the opening and entering of manholes in the streets and public utility easements. An important task of the testing will be to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke will also reveal sources of where storm and other surface water enter the sewer system.

A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effect on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.

Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some smoke may enter your home or place of business if the:
• Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed.
• Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed, or missing.
• Pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your buildings are damaged, defective, have plugs missing, or are improperly installed.

All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. These can be both unpleasant and dangerous, as well as a health risk to the occupants. Should smoke enter your home or business, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area.

The crew member will be able to help and check with you as to where the smoke has entered your building. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke that enters your building is urgently advised. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact the Utility Department, at 318-357-3850 .


GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

Even though I’ve not played in over a year, I have always enjoyed playing golf. My father bought me a set of junior golf clubs when I was six years old. We lived in Troy, Alabama and our backyard was adjacent to the University’s Football practice fields and the University’s Nine Hole Golf Course. When I was in Junior High School, I loved to hit golf balls and practice chipping into hula hoops on the practice fields. I even built a sand trap in our backyard and practiced hitting from the sand trap for hours at a time.

I will never forget the day, Mike Griffin, the head golf coach for Troy State saw me and actually walked into my yard to give me a few pointers for hitting from the sand traps. I remember the lessons like he shared them with me yesterday. I was so impressed by Coach Griffin’s interest in me and his encouragement that day that I was literally consumed with a passion for golf during my Jr High and High School years.

Under Coach Mike Griffin, Troy University’s Golf Team won three National Golf Championships. They were runner-up several times and during his twenty years as coach, the team appeared in the NCAA Division II Golf Championships 19 times. The impact that the coach left on me when I was a kid was big. Even today I’m writing about it, and I think about the things he shared with me every time I see a golfer hitting from a sand trap.

The last time I saw Coach Griffin was at a Shoney’s Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. When I recognized him, I walked to his table and introduced myself. He actually remembered me and we talked about the sand trap practice session he gave me almost 25 years earlier. When he asked me what I was currently doing in life, I shared that I was a pastor. He said, “So you’re helping people get out of life’s sand traps now.” Once again, Coach Griffin left an impression in my mind that I think about often. I actually have a small bronze figurine on my desk of a golfer hitting from a sand trap. It reminds me to never allow the sand traps of discouragement, setbacks, conflict or anxiety to keep me down.

Both in golf and in life, it’s important to know how to get out of sand traps. It really doesn’t matter how good a golfer or how good a person you are, we all end up in the sand traps from time to time. Sand traps can be a score-devastating experience for a golf game. They can be pretty devastating in life, if we don’t listen to people who want to help us learn how to get out of them. Everybody can use the help of a good coach when dealing with a problem.

I will always remember Coach Griffin’s telling me, “Great Golfers don’t get frustrated in sand traps. They know in the traps, they have a little less control and a whole lot less power on the ball.” He instructed me to envision where I wanted to drop the ball and then to focus on a spot in the sand behind the ball and swing to the spot, lifting the ball and sand out together rather than just hitting the ball out.”

You may feel like your in one of life’s sand traps today. We’ve all been there. I can still hear Coach Griffin say, “Focus on the place you want to be, take a good swing, lift the ball rather than hitting at it.” The Psalmist said, “I waited patiently for the Lord, He turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit and set my feet on a rock.” Psalm 40:1-2


How One Man Saved the Planet

By Joe Darby

You and I are alive today — or at least not living in a primitive, savage wasteland, because of the good sense of one Russian naval officer 59 years ago.

I’m talking, of course, about the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962. I just read an interesting magazine article about it and I thought this would be worth sharing.

I’m sure that if you’re in your late 60s or older you remember the time. On the critical day itself, when the world was waiting to see whether Soviet Premier Khrushchev would back down or go to war, I spent the afternoon in a Baton Rouge bar with a cute redhead. The place was called Rip’s Huddle and it was built into the side of a hill going down to the Mississippi River so my friend and I figured it might offer some sort of bunker-like protection when Baton Rouge was obliterated.

We would have been incinerated like everyone and everything else, of course, but at least we were in pleasant surroundings. We were juniors at LSU, wondering if we had a future life. Well, we did, thanks to that one Russian naval officer.

A little background here. Fidel Castro had taken over Cuba in a revolution in 1959, swinging to the extreme left and promptly received the support of the Soviet Union. In 1962, Khrushchev got the bright idea to place medium range nuclear missiles in Cuba, that could have reached half of the United States in minutes, including Washington, DC. This was years before the breakup of the Soviet Union, of course. Both that country and the US had enough nuclear weapons to destroy the earth several times over.

So when US aircraft over flew Cuba and photographed the installation of the missiles, the crisis was upon us. President John F. Kennedy, who had presided over the embarrassing failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba the year before, declared a naval “quarantine” around Cuba and said no Soviet ships would be allowed through.

After several days of bluff and brinkmanship, Khrushchev backed down and agreed to remove the missiles. In exchange, Kennedy promised to not invade Cuba and to remove US missiles from Turkey, which bordered the Soviet Union.

But the public never realized at the time how close we came to Armageddon. An American U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba during the crisis and that added to the tension, of course. The crucial moment, however, occurred when the captain of a Russian submarine ordered a nuclear torpedo attack against US warships.

That would have cooked our goose. But the captain’s superior officer ordered the sub to stand down and not fire the torpedoes. Unfortunately, the magazine article I referred to earlier offered no further detail of the incident.

But, as you can see, civilization came within a hair’s breadth of being knocked back into the stone age. Maybe all nations should erect a statue of that unknown Russian naval officer. He deserves it.


BOM Welcomes Aaron Savell

BOM Bank would like to welcome Aaron Savell to our Operation Department in Natchitoches as a Credit Analyst. Aaron grew up in Saline, Louisiana and graduated from Northwestern State University in 2019. Upon graduation he moved to Orlando, FL to start an internship with Disney World where he worked at Epcot as a transportation coordinator. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing basketball, cooking, hunting, traveling and spending time with family. Aaron said, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work at BOM and serve all of our customers.” Welcome, Aaron!


NPSO: DEPUTIES ARREST ROBELINE MAN ON WARRANT AND DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING DISTURBANCE

A Robeline man was arrested on an outstanding probation and parole warrant and felony drug charges following a domestic disturbance on Wednesday morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Chuck “Buster” Foshee, 46, of the 4300 block of La. Hwy 478, Robeline was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Wednesday morning charged with Probation Violation on an outstanding La. Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District Warrant, Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine.

On Wednesday morning July 28 at approximately 11:00am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a domestic disturbance in the 4300 block of La. Hwy 478 west of Flora, La., involving Foshee and a female acquaintance.

Agents from the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Probation & Parole also responded to assist.

Deputies say upon coming in contact Foshee they discovered him hiding in a bedroom of the residence.

Probation and Parole Agents conducted a search of the bedroom, discovering approximately 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a rifle.

The investigation into the owner of the rifle is continuing.

Foshee who is on probation remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center.

Deputy B. Keyser, Lt. M. Wilson, were assisted by Probation & Parole-Natchitoches District Agents and the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.


Women And Bass Fishing Part I

Today’s article may get me trouble but here it goes. Why are women not more prevalent in the bass fishing tours and why hasn’t their own pro tour taken off. Can women really compete on the pro tour with the men? Boy, these are some interesting questions that I’ll try an answer for you today and hopefully I won’t get myself in a pickle with all my lady friends.

Let’s make one thing clear, without women there probably would not be professional bass fishing tours! Now why is that? Because without the ladies back home holding down the fort, the men would not be able to go fishing! To be a professional bass fisherman, someone has to take care of kids and all their needs from doing homework to dance lessons to baseball practice to piano lessons and so on. Getting the kids up every day and ready for school and making sure they are fed, bathed and ready for bed at a descent hour. Taking care of all the bills rolling in and handling everything by themselves from a leaky faucet to changing a flat tire. This routine takes place every single day by the women who take on the role of being the home CEO. Yes, it’s a tough job and if you talk to any professional angler, they will tell without the women back at home doing all these things and raising the kids, they would not be able to be successful and fish the pro tour. It takes a special lady to be the wife of a professional bass fisherman.

Why aren’t more women fishing the pro tours with the men? As I have just revealed, 98% of the wives/women take care of everything going on in the household. This means that the ladies have less opportunity to get away and go fishing. To fish the professional level, requires a lot of time away from home with speaking engagements, travel, practice days and the 3- or 4-day tournament itself. When it’s all said and done, an angler will be gone from home 10 to 14 days straight at a time; sometimes even up to a month if the schedule calls for back-to-back events. Honestly, most men are not programed to handle the daily household chores and commitments with the kids required to keep a house running smoothly. Yes, this is sad but true! Us men know our limitations!

Now let’s look at women competing against the men. This is where I might get into some hot live well water. First, yes women can catch fish just like the men do but there seems to be a disconnect with catching bigger fish which I feel comes into play because of technique. Most men tend to power fish more than the ladies do. By that I mean men like flip and punch heavy cover like hydrilla, lily pads, deep brush tops and flip bushes with jigs and soft plastic lures; they like to throw big crankbaits all day which can take a physical toll on even the most fit angler. Most of the women I have fished with, tend to be more finesse type fishermen with lighter/smaller lures. A lot of women I’ve noticed really like to use a Carolina rig which is also more of a finesse technique.

Nothing wrong with anything the women are using; it’s just that finesse style fishing tends to produce smaller bags weighed in on tournament day. Trust me, I know there are times when finesse techniques work better for the men as well. But this is not the norm with guys most of the time. Now I know I’ll hear from some lady bass anglers how wrong I am but all I have to go by is what I have observed in my 31 years of tournament experience fishing with the ladies or guiding some of the pro tour ladies for an upcoming event. It’s just like any other sport; women are going to do things a little differently most of the time than men do basically because of our physical makeup. Another thing that gives the men an advantage is the fact that men will more than likely make more casts in a day than the ladies therefore giving them more opportunities to catch more fish again due to the power fishing techniques men tend to use.

Understand, that these are general rules of thumb and there are exceptions to these so-called rules I’ve established. Next week we’ll take a serious look at some of the best women bass anglers of all time. I just want to make sure you understand that I’m not trying to slight the ladies at all, but I want people to understand the reasons why there aren’t more ladies fishing either the women’s pro tour like the LBAA (Lady Bass Anglers Association) or fishing on the men’s tours. Again, without the ladies, it would be very difficult for the men to go fishing and make a living on the pro tour. Till next week, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


Northwestern State places record five players on NABC Honors Court

Academic achievement has always been a core tenet of the Northwestern State men’s basketball program under head coach Mike McConathy, and the Demons exemplified that principle on this year’s National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.

A program record five basketball players earned recognition on the NABC Honors Court, which requires a junior or senior to have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Seniors Dalin Williams, C.J. Jones and Jairus Roberson along with juniors Trenton Massner and Jordan Potts qualified for the academic honor.

“It’s great to have that many kids taking care of business academically,” McConathy said. “It’s a great tool in recruiting not only for incoming students but also for present-day students because they know what our expectations are.”

Williams graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in industrial engineering technology.

Massner (3.57), Potts (3.55), Jones (3.41) and Roberson (3.26) also met the academic qualifications.

Jones and Roberson earned their bachelors degrees with Jones receiving a degree in child and family studies and Roberson getting a general studies degree.

Massner was an All-Southland Conference and SLC All-Academic performer with an average of 13 points per game with a 49 percent shooting percentage.

Roberson and Jones were starters this past season as Roberson led NSU in made 3-pointers (43) and Jones in assists (73).

Under McConathy, the Demons have placed at least one player on the Honors Court for six of the last seven seasons with five of those seasons featuring at least two student-athletes on the team.


Natchitoches Art Guild to hold Kids’ Creative Canvases Competition in September

The 2021 Kids’ Creative Canvases Competition, sponsored by the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery, is looking for students in grades 1-12 to submit an original work of art.

Entries must be delivered to the gallery no later than Sept. 10. They will be judged by the Board of Director of the Natchitoches Art Guild. Prizes ($50 gift certificate per category) will be presented at the Awards Reception on Sept. 19 at 2 pm. Entries must be picked up from the gallery on Sept. 19 following the reception.

The entry fee of $10 provides each participant the opportunity to display original work in the gallery and the required canvas. Each student will be allowed (1) one entry. There is a limit of 60 entries in four categories: Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Due to legal restrictions, works cannot be sold through the gallery. Application forms and canvases can be obtained from the gallery during regular gallery hours Sunday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Works must be presented on the provided 8×10 gallery wrap canvases with 1 3/8″ profile.

The Guild stresses that works must be original. An original is defined as not seen before in any other media. If your student enjoys painting/drawing cartoons or action heroes, please note that we will not accept any recognizable character, for example Mickey Mouse or Superman, etc… Presenting those characters publicly is an infringement of copywrite laws.

For more information call 318-352-1626.


Northwestern State’s Owens to sharpen skills on Belize tour

Northwestern State center Kendal Coleman set foot on foreign soil when he traveled to North Macedonia earlier this month on a basketball trip, but now it’s veteran center Larry Owens’ turn.

Owens will head to Belize in early August with an organization called Sports Reach, a Christian group that puts together athletics trips across the globe.

The senior rediscovered his role this past season, averaging seven points and four rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

Because of the NCAA COVID-19 waiver, Owens will get one more season in Natchitoches.

“We’ve had players go on tours with Sports Reach before, and this is a great opportunity for Larry,” said NSU men’s basketball coach Mike McConathy. “He can build on his improvement this spring.

“Larry had some really great moments this year, and this is a way for him to stay active this summer and be in a position to be in great condition heading into this coming season. He can use this experience to help his game.”

Owens and other members of Team Spirit will head to Waco, Texas, for a training camp started July 31 before jetting to Belize, a Central American country on Mexico’s southern border.

The American group is expected to play up to eight games against local and regional squads.

NSU athletics trainer Zach Standiford will also provide his medical service during camp and on the trip.

The Sports Reach team is coached by Kelly Combs, who has coached for 30 years, including an eight-season tenure as the head coach at Union College (NAIA) before joining the basketball ministry ranks full-time.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Notice of Death – July 29, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Melvin Berryman
July 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Andrew Wesley (Lil’ Andy) Daniels
September 20, 2011 – July 24, 2021
Service: Sunday, August 1 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Bruce Clark
July 26, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Otis Lil’ Bug James Williams
October 01, 1984 – July 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Juanita Virece
April 18, 1967 – July 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Sam Telsee
July 22, 2021
The casketed remains will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 8:00 a. m. A procession to the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery near Clarence, LA will depart from the funeral home at 9:30 a. m.
COVID19 REGULATIONS WILL BE STRICTLY OBSERVED. YOU MUST WEAR FACIAL MASKS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Cynthia D. French
May 15, 1958 – July 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Ken Busby
November 18, 1940 – July 25, 2021
Service: Friday, July 30 at 11 am at Little Flock Baptist Church, located at 1805 Little Flock Road in Many

WINN:
Douglas Couttee
July 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA


NRMC: Visitor Policy Update

In response to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and case counts, we have implemented the following restricted visitor policy. This applies to all, regardless of vaccination status, according to LA Dept. of Health.

Please note that, for your safety and the safety of our patients, MASKING is strictly enforced for all employees, patients and guests and those unwilling to comply will be asked to leave – no exceptions.

Masks must also be worn properly, ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered continuously.


The River Blackout Bingo: Jackpot Starts at $270.00 – THIS MORNING

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July 27, 2021
1st set: N40 068 B7 N33 I21
2nd set: O69 N32 G56 G60 N43
3rd set: G52 G58 O72 G53 I20
4th set: B5 G47 I27 G51 I18
5th set: N38 O73 B11 G55 N45

July 28 2021
1st set: O65 I22 I23 O74 N42
2nd set: B2 I25 I19 B6 N39
3rd set: O62 I26 O61 B14 B15
4th set: B13 B3 O70 B10 I16
5th set: I30 N36 O67 O71 B1

We still have cards!  You can obtain a card and catch up the numbers, mark the FREE SPACE and then listen to win the jackpot tomorrow morning – Thursday!

 

To obtain you Virtual Bingo Card:   just TEXT the following and be ready to play.  Cards are limited, so get your card ASAP!

TEXT “riverbingo” (all one word) to 21000

Trini & Ashley will start call the numbers starting at 7:15am.

If you have a Blackout Bingo, be the first caller to the River Lines: 318-581-4025.

The first Blackout Bingo to call and verify their card as a winning card wins the jackpot!

 


Shawn and Linnye Daily create NSU CAPA professorship

A Natchitoches couple who are longtime supporters of Northwestern State University have created a professorship in the Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts. The donation of $80,000 will be matched by the Board of Regents Support Fund to present the fully endowed Shawn and Linnye Daily Endowed Professorship at the $100,000 level. Interest generated by the endowment will fund faculty research, travel, professional development, software, equipment and other necessities to enhance classroom instruction.

Mr. and Mrs. Daily have been devoted supporters of CAPA and other programs and development initiatives at NSU. Mrs. Daily served two terms as president of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society, on organization in which the couple have been platinum underwriters for many years, and has served on the NNSS board of directors since its inception. Mr. Daily has also been an instructor of finance in NSU’s School of Business for many years. Last year he returned a portion of dollars he earned as holder of the Charles Ragus Chair in Business by donating it back to the NSU Foundation to support the Shawn and Linnye Daily Endowed Scholarship, along with a portion to support the Columns Fund. He created the scholarship to benefit students pursuing degrees in business fields, such as accounting, finance or marketing. Mr. Daily also previously served as chapter advisor and financial advisor to NSU’s Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Mrs. Daily, a pianist, loves music and has hosted Symphony events in their home, her husband said.

“Linnye thinks the world of CAPA programs and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra,” Shawn Daily said. “Looking at the needs there, and considering her feelings towards CAPA, it made sense.”

“CAPA has wonderfully talented faculty and students, but they don’t have the number of professorships that other departments at NSU have. We very much appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Daily investing in NSU and CAPA in particular,” said Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE. “In addition, enough funds were leftover to also create a scholarship in the School of Business.”

According to Scott Burrell, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, the Daily Professorship is CAPA’s sixth professorship and will rotate between faculty in Fine and Graphic Art, Music, New Media and Theatre and Dance.

“CAPA is thrilled to have the Dailys fund an endowed professorship. They have always been proud supporters of CAPA and they have a played an integral role in the growth and continued excellence of our school,” Burrell said. “Their funding of the professorship will provide our faculty opportunities to enrich their knowledge and expertise, which in turn, will serve our students and community.”

Pictured: Shawn and Linnye Daily created a professorship in NSU’s School of Creating and Performing Arts. From left are NSU Director of Development Jill Bankston, CAPA Director Scott Burrell, Daily, Dr. Greg Handel, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Director of Donor Relations Cristy Bernard.


COLD CASES BEING REVIEWED BY NPSO DETECTIVES FOR NEW LEADS

“THE CASE OF ROSALIND MEZIERE”

NATCHITOCHES, LA.-On Thursday morning, September 15, 1988 at approximately 8:11am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by a fisherman of a body floating in Cane River near Pratt’s Bridge, south of Natchitoches, La., according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Deputies responded to the scene discovering the fully clothed body of a female floating in the river.
Detectives and then Natchitoches Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Cook recovered the body.

The body was later identified as 26-year-old Rosalind Meziere of Natchitoches, the daughter of Natchitoches Police Sgt. Walter Meziere and Allie Wright Meziere.

Later that afternoon, shortly after 4:00pm, detectives discovered Miss Meziere’s vehicle, a blue 1985 Buick passenger car abandoned on Breda Street near the Bayou Jacko Club.

An autopsy performed by Bossier City Forensic Pathologist Dr. George McCormick II determined the cause of death as possible drowning, however, there was minor trauma to Meziere’s face suggesting she had been in a recent altercation. It is possible that when she was struck in the face, it rendered her unconscious and she was placed into the river by an unknown assailant or assailants.

NPSO Detectives began an intensive investigation assisted by Natchitoches Police Detectives interviewing family members, friends and community members in an effort to build a timeline and any leads in the suspicious case and what lead up to Meziere’s death.

Detectives did learn that Meziere was last seen on the evening of September 13, 1988 at approximately 10:45pm leaving for work at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

The case has remained open for 33-years with few leads. Meziere had two children at the time of her death.

Now detectives are reviewing the Meziere case and other cold case files asking the public for any information or help that could assist investigators in solving this case and others.

If you have any information please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830 or Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 238-2388.

NPSO: Press Release


Power Outage: Highland and Rowena Areas

Update:

07-28-21 – 7:20p
City crews have been hard at work to restore power after a tree took out transmission lines and several utility poles. Crews will work through the night and power should be restored the morning of July 29 for the Highland and Rowena areas as the extensive damage will take time to repair.


Original


07/28/21 – 6:15p
POWER OUTAGE:
Power Outage due to a fallen tree. Effecting Highland Park, Breda Town, and Downtown Natchitoches areas.
Crews are working to restore power to residents. There is not a estimated time of restoration as of now.


Natchitoches Parish: LDWF Accepting Applications for 2021-22 Deer and Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer and waterfowl lottery hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2021-2022 hunting season. The deadline to apply for the lottery hunts is Aug. 31.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for people with disabilities, including veterans, on select WMAs; see the application for selections. A general waterfowl lottery hunt will be held on Sherburne WMA.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for youth, those hunters between the ages of 10-17, on select WMAs. Note that a youth under the age of 10 may apply provided he or she will be 10 on or before the date of the hunt for which they apply.

Additionally, general deer lottery hunts will be held on select Louisiana Office of State Parks Property; see the application for selections.

All lottery applications are only available on the LDWF website at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/ . To apply click on the Lottery Applications tab, update or create a customer record similar to purchasing a license and then submit an application. There is a $5 application fee and a $2 transaction fee per application. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience. Details of qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are set forth in the application instructions for each lottery.

For more information, contact David Hayden at 318-487-5353.


Boil Advisory: Natchitoches Water System – Payne Subdivision

Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East within the City of Natchitoches Distribution System did experience a low pressure problem on July 27th and 28th, 2021. This drop in system pressure below 20 pounds has been caused by a water leak in which the water supply may need to be shut off for a period of time.
Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within our water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the City of Natchitoches Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers in Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

This Boil advisory does not affect the remainder City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.

BOIL ADVISORY
Natchitoches Water System
PWS ID# 1069007
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
Date: July 28th, 2021