District Attorney Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing in Armed Robbery Case

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the guilty plea and sentencing
in an armed robbery and attempted murder case.

Tyler Charles, 23, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty in the 10th Judicial District Court to
armed robbery and attempted 2nd degree murder.

The conviction is the result of a 2020 incident in which Charles admitted to robbing Tommy’s Grocery in Natchitoches and stabbing the store employee during the robbery.

Judge Lala Sylvester sentenced Mobley to 30 years of imprisonment at hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.

Special Prosecutor Clifford R. Strider, III prosecuted the case.

NPSO: ALERT DEPUTY AND TEAMWORK LEADS TO QUICK APPREHENSION OF ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT


NPSO: 2 MEN ARRESTED IN COPPER THEFT AT ROY0MARTIN PLYWOOD PLANT NEAR CHOPIN

CHOPIN – Two men were recently arrested in connection with the theft of copper from RoyOMartin Plywood Plant in south Natchitoches Parish according to Natchitoches Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Sammy D. Smith, 48, of the 2300 block of La. Hwy 486, Campti, La. was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Monday afternoon, May 16, charged with Felony Theft.

Elisha Jonas Barrow, 20, of Shasta Lake, California was also booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Monday afternoon, charged with Felony Theft, Possession of CDS I Marijuana and Criminal Trespassing.

The investigation began on Monday morning, May 16, at approximately 9:33am, when supervisors with RoyOMartin Plywood Plant located in the 1600 block of La. Hwy 490 in Chopin contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reporting an individual trespassing on the property where copper wiring and other metal items are stored.

Deputies have investigated prior copper thefts at the plant.

Shortly after the complaint, a deputy working security and supervisors detained a male identified as Elisha Barrow trespassing on the property.

Sammy Smith was also found near the railroad tracks nearby and detained.

Additional deputies responded to assist including a NPSO detective.

As the investigation progressed, and while interviewing both suspects, detectives learned the vehicle a black 2008 Dodge Avenger bearing a California license plate, they were traveling in was parked on the Emmanuel Road near Chopin.

Deputies located the vehicle.

Deputies say while looking at the vehicle, they observed a small bag of suspected marijuana in plain view in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered and seized the bag of suspected marijuana observed in plain view, and a large bundle of stripped gauge copper wire in the truck valued over $750.00 dollars.

A local towing service was contacted to store the vehicle.

Detectives returned to crime scene and recovered wire strippers and a large duffel bag.

Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

This is the third time, Smith has been arrested in connection with Copper thefts at RoyOMartin Plywood in the past couple of years.

Deputies say both suspects are not employees of the company.

The investigation is continuing.

If you have any information, contact Detective Amber Shirley at 357-7830.


The Venue on Front Street-Natchitoches’ Newest Business is Ready!

Natchitoches celebrated the grand opening of its newest business Tuesday; May 17 as The Venue on Front Street held its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Long time Natchitoches restauranters Ron and Angela Bolton have opened the Venue on Front Street, a place to host every type of gathering from weddings to family reunions as well as concerts. The facility is located in the bottom floor of the former Landing Restaurant and can accommodate up to 350 guests. The Venue boasts a full-service bar and has a 2,000 square foot kitchen, more than enough to accommodate serving events of any size.

Ron Bolton is a native of Natchitoches and has 41 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He and his wife, Angela, also own The Loft at 5:30, a restaurant located on the top floor of the Venue building. as well as several other bars and eateries around the area. The Venue on Front Street is already on the road to success with several bookings already in place, including one as a stage for Saturday’s upcoming Jazz Fest.

A crowd of over 100 well-wishers gathered for the traditional new business ribbon cutting and to enjoy drinks and some absolutely superb food from one of the Venue on Front Street’s four authorized caterers. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the Boltons every success as they embark on their new business venture.


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A country boy’s music can survive

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Goldonna News: May 18, 2022

The sizzling summer season is right around the corner and the community is preparing for a hot one!

The Village of Goldonna has announced a special called meeting that will take place on Friday, May 20th at 6:00 pm. The agenda item will be “Encroachment of Right of Ways.” There seems to be many questions plaguing the community who was just made aware of an eighty-foot encroachment issue that has not been being enforced. Residents are encouraged to attend to have all of their questions answered.

The Goldonna Baptist Church will be having a Senior Recognition program on Sunday, May 22nd. The church is also collecting items to participate in the Samartin’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child. The items they are collecting for the month of May will be: small toys, balls, and instruments.

Wednesday night, May 18th, Kingdom Kids will have a grilled burger dinner celebrating the completed year. The dinner is for parents, kids and workers. Dinner bell rings at 6:00pm. Do not be late! Vacation Bible School will be held every Wednesday night in August at 6:00pm.

Goldonna Assembly of God is offering Tuesday night Bible Study in a relaxed atmosphere at their fellowship hall. It begins at 6:00pm and includes coffee. Wednesday night Bible Study is in the sanctuary and also begins at 6:00pm and also youth services. Personal prayer services are on Thursday night from 7:00 until 8:00pm. Of course, do not forget about Sunday morning services that start at 10:00, nursery provided and Sunday night services that start at 5:00pm. Pastors Timmy and Pam Harris welcome everyone.

Goldonna Elementary Junior High School has many exciting events planned the last few days of school.
May 18th 6th – 8th grade field trip
May 19th 8th Grade Graduation at 6:00pm in the auditorium
May 20th 3rd through 5th grade field trip
May the 20th 7-8th grade Prom.
May 23rd Field Day, Student vs Teacher Softball game
Kindergarten and 8th grade are encouraged to come back to school for Field Day
Tuesday May 24th is the last day of school for students

If you have news to contribute, please email Reba Phelps at jreba.phelps@gmail.com


LSU staves off early NSU surge, pulls away late

BATON ROUGE – The Northwestern State baseball team fell down early Tuesday night in its regular-season finale at LSU.

The Demons came back swinging, using a couple of home runs to force their way back into the game, before the Tigers pulled away for a 19-7 victory at Alex Box Stadium.

“I thought we took some good swings,” sixth-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “They threw all their better guys, which was good for us to see going into the (conference) tournament. We took some good swings. We played OK defense. We didn’t compete in the strike zone enough. No matter who you play, especially when they’re good, if you don’t compete in the strike zone, they’re going to put up some big numbers.”

Northwestern State (25-27) found itself down seven runs after a five-run LSU second inning before the Demons put together a five-run frame in the third.

Unsurprisingly, Jeffrey Elkins was in the middle of the Demons’ surge as the junior continued to produce at a strong clip against the Tigers (34-18).

Elkins’ two-run home run off Bryce Collins gave him home runs in consecutive games against the Tigers. In his Demon career, Elkins is 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs – driving in a pair of runs in all three games he has played against the Tigers.

Elkins’ shot to left-center drove Collins from the game, and the Demons quickly went to work on reliever Samuel Dutton.

After Bo Willis flew out to the center-field warning track, Gray Rowlett and Larson Fontenot singled off Dutton. Two batters later, Cam Sibley made another homecoming memory for the Demons.

A year after Larson Fontenot’s four-hit game, Sibley, a product of nearby Dutchtown High School, authored another Baton Rouge-area highlight, drilling a three-run home run to right field to pull the Demons within two.

“(Elkins) always seems to play well against these guys,” Barbier said. “It was good for the hometown guys to come in and get a few big hits.”

From there, the Tigers used a patient approach, mixed with a couple of big swings of their own to hand the Demons a seven-inning loss.

NSU pitchers hit a school-record 10 LSU batters, including the first three of the game by Dawson Flowers (0-3), and issued eight walks. Combined with 11 LSU hits, it led to a season high in runs allowed for Northwestern State.

LSU scored in every inning, capping the game with a seven-run sixth inning that included a grand slam by Hayden Travinski and the second solo home run of the game from Braden Jobert.

Reese Lipoma, a Gonzales native, drove in the game’s final run, notching his first Demon RBI with a two-out single in the seventh.

The Demons return to action Thursday when they open Southland Conference Tournament play against No. 4 seed Nicholls. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at McNeese’s Joe Miller Ballpark.

LSU 19, Northwestern State 7
NSU 105 000 1 – 7 7 1
LSU 351 217 x – 19 11 2

W – Paul Gervase (3-1). L – Dawson Flowers (0-3). 2B – LSU, Hayden Travinski. HR – NSU, Jeffrey Elkins (12), Cam Sibley (3). LSU, Braden Jobert 2 (14), Travinski (6). Highlights: NSU, Elkins 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs. LSU, Tre’ Morgan 2-3, 3 RBIs; Travinski 2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs; Jobert 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs.
Records: Northwestern State 25-27, LSU 34-18.


DemonSats cleared for space balloon launch

DemonSats-3 team Derek Dupre, Jordan Sensat and Arianna Jackson

A team of Northwestern State University students presented their Flight Readiness Review (FRR) before the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (LaSPACE) on May 16, earning permission to launch their payload into space via sounding balloon. The DemonSats-3 team of Derek Dupre of Houma, Jordan Sensat of Pineville and Arianna Jackson of Mandeville, a student at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, integrated their payload onto the ACES-68 flight that launched on May 17 from Ragley. The flight can be tracked at https://laspace.lsu.edu/laaces/flightinfo/?fname=ACES-68.

Joshua Lambert of Leesville is a fourth team member. NSU’s LaSPACE campus coordinator is Dr. Anna Dugas, assistant professor of physics. LSMSA students are eligible to participate in the two-semester program when they are recommended by their teachers and apply directly Dugas when she introduces the project at the LSMSA science seminar.

“This is the third time my teams are sending a payload, but this team is full of first timers,” Dugas said.

“I’m so excited today. We’re going to launch a bog balloon in the sky. I’ve been waiting a year for this,” Dupre said.

The Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experience for Students (LaACES) student ballooning program was developed to train a new generation of scientists and engineers for the aerospace industry and the general STEM workforce. LaSPACE students are exposed to aerospace project development from the design, fabrication, testing and operation of small payloads launched on a latex sounding balloon vehicle that will carry the experiments to the edge of space, an altitude of 32-35 kilometers.

LaSPACE is a consortium in the NASA National Space Grant and Fellowship Program network that is designed to network college, university and state education boards with partners in business, industry and the non-profit sector to develop aerospace science, research, technology, education and awareness.

LaACES is open to NSU students who are enrolled in Physics 3400 and/or Physics 3900, as well as other STEM students and students interested in STEM project management and technical writing with instructor permission. The group’s focus is learning how to complete a project affiliated with NASA. The project involves payload design, building and testing, as well as extensive documentation including preliminary design (PDR), critical design (CDR) and flight readiness review (FRR) reports.

“As you can imagine, a successful group must be compromised of members with different skills: electronic prototyping, microcontroller programming, technical writing, data analysis/statistics, oral presenting, and project management,” Dugas said.


District Attorney Announces Indictments for Murder, Rape Cases

Kenny Choate

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today that a grand jury has returned a true bill indictments against two individuals separately for murder and rape.

James Morrow Jr., 30 of Natchitoches, was indicted for 2nd degree murder. The indictment is related to a February homicide.

In a separate case, Kenny Choate, 37 of Saline, was indicated for 1st degree rape, aggravated crimes against nature, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The defendants will be arraigned on the charges at an upcoming court date.


District Attorney Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing in Sexual Abuse Case

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the guilty plea and sentencing in a sexual abuse case.

Michael Mobley, 36 of Cloutierville, pleaded guilty in the 10th Judicial District Court to two counts of molestation of a juvenile and one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor.

Mobley is a registered sex offender with previous criminal convictions of indecent behavior with a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature.

Judge Desiree Duhon Dyess sentenced Mobley to a total of 25 years of imprisonment at hard labor and a total $20,000 fine.

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington said after the sentencing, “the sentence imposed today will remove a dangerous sex predator from our community and from potentially harming other children. We commend the victim and their family for their courage in coming forward to report this horrible crime to authorities which resulted in delivering justice for the victim. Hopefully, the family will continue to heal from this tragic event.”

Assistant District Attorney Bray Williams prosecuted the case.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES PRISON SENTENCE IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the sentencing of a person recently convicted in an animal cruelty case.

Zwerick Hudson, 42 of Natchitoches, who was found guilty of aggravated cruelty of animals, has been sentenced to the maximum term of 10 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The conviction was the result of an incident in 2020 in which Hudson mutilated and killed a small dog with his bare hands.

“This is one of the most egregious cases of animal cruelty I have seen in our parish. Usually animal cruelty cases relate to malnutrition or neglect. However, in this case, it involved an unprovoked violent and cruel attack on a harmless small dog in the presence of its owner,” said District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.

Judge Desiree Duhon Dyess presided over the trial and the imposition of the sentence.

First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Bray Williams prosecuted the case.


Annual Senior Awards Ceremony: May 21

Senior-year students from Lakeview, Natchitoches Central and St. Mary’s High Schools, will be recognized for their outstanding athletic and academic contributions at their respective schools via their chosen-sanctioned Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) sports.

Open to the public at no cost, the annual ceremony, which is hosted by the Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee (NLTAC), will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 10 am in the AT&T multi-purpose room of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest HIstory Museum, located at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches.

Several of the awards that will be presented to the deserving athletes are named in honor of former distinguished Natchitoches residents/athletes and former athletes with Natchitoches ties. The named awards include: The Becca Allen Softball Award, Joe Dumars Basketball Award, J.D. Garrett Football Award, Shantel Hardison Basketball Award, Pat Listach Baseball Award, E. Petey Perot Football Award, Stephanie Sowell Track and Field Award and the Charlie Tolar Football Award. Also, the W.D. Braxton Extra Mile Leadership Award and the football and scholarship award honoring former Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee (NLTAC) member, Andre’ “Popeye” Jackson, Sr. through the Andre’ Jackson Sr. Memorial Football and Academic Leadership Award. Jackson passed last year.


Various genres of music presented at the 2022 Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

The organizers of the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, which is going to be presented on the downtown riverbank stage on May 20th and 21st always like to spotlight the diversity of the music at the event and love to set a “If you can’t find some music at this festival that you like, then you just don’t like music.” This statement is clearly illustrated when you break down the various genres of music presented at the festival and the bands that will be performing music of that genre: 

JAZZ:     

Dave Duplissey’s Sax in the Corner Band
The Nakatosh Rhythm Chiefs
The Dan Sumner Band – Featuring Coco York
The Forsyth Jazz Collective               

Note:  All Jazz bands will be performing on the Jazz Stage which will now be located at The Venue on Front Street.

RHYTHM & BLUES/SOUL: 

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Deshawn Washington
The Kelli Roberts Band
Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
The Turn-Ups
Cane River Soul 

ROCK & ROLL/CLASSIC ROCK: 

The Commodores
L.A. Roxx
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
James Burton
Resurrection
The Kelli Roberts Band
The Sundown Band
Jesse Cole
The Turn-Ups
The Comeback Kids
Cane River Soul 

ZYDECO: 

Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators
B Cam and the Zydeco Young Bucks 

BLUES:               

Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
Klockwork Band
Cane River Soul
The Snake Doctors

COUNTRY: 

Marty Haggard
The Chase Tyler Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
The Sundown Band
Armadillo Jackal Band
The Comeback Kids 

FUNK: 

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Cane River Soul 

AMERICANA/FOLK: 

L.A. Sweet T
Armadillo Jackal Band
Snake Doctors
50 Man Machine  

LATIN:

L.A.Sweet T     

CELTIC/SCOTTISH 

50 Man Machine 

The festival begins on Friday, May 20th at 7 p.m. with Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators followed by L. A. Roxx, then continues all day Saturday, May 21st with over 20 bands on four different stages with The Commodores closing the show. 

There will be lots of food and activities for the kids at this family friendly event.  

For tickets and more information go to www.natchjazzfest.com


Kindness at Provencal

Mrs. Salard’s preschool class fixed special testing snacks for Mrs. Guin’s third grade homeroom. They gave the class an encouraging poster and performed a good luck cheer for them before testing started. In response, Mrs. Guins third graders made each preschool student a thank you card and brought them doughnuts.

Pictured on front row from left are Emery Liner, Jayce Chester, Logan Wadkins, Johnny Vanhook, Nolan Briley, Cashlyn Lacaze, Destini Moran, Hayden Harvey, Lainey Hepner, and Keith Sarpy.
Second row: Ra’Leigh Conday, Lillie Niette, Haizley Mann, and Jamarquist Jones. By Mrs Guin is Randall Welch.


Cross Pollination

By Katie Bedgood

What does cross pollination mean and what does it do? Cross pollination is the process of applying pollen from one flower to the pistils of another flower. Not only is cross pollination used on flowers, but farmers use cross pollination to get the perfect varieties of produce. For example, pollen from a Gala apple tree can go and fertilize a golden delicious apple tree and result in a red and yellow or a smaller apple from the golden delicious apple tree. What exactly happens when another plant cross pollinates with another plant is that the two plants’ genetic material are combined and the resulting seeds from that pollination will have characteristics of both varieties and is a whole new variety.

So, is it true that strawberries and blueberries can cross pollinate? No, that is not true. For a plant to cross pollinate they must have similar enough genetic material like in the apple example, or you could cross pollinate different types of pepper to each other.

Not only do farmers use cross pollination but florists do too. They can cross pollinate flowers that can result in different colors, or they could make a flower hybrid. Our local extension agent from the LSU AgCenter, Randall Mallette, had this to say regarding cross pollination:

“Cross pollination is beneficial in production agriculture, however home gardeners should be aware of issues that can arise from cross pollination in their gardens. For instance, peppers can cross pollinate. This will not affect the pepper fruit, however if the gardener plans to keep seed for replanting, the plants that grow from that seed will not be true seeds, they will be a hybrid. Squash varieties, including zucchinis, can cross pollinate as well. The biggest problem that gardeners can encounter is with sweet corn. Varieties of sweet corn can cross pollinate each other and result in altered tastes, textures, and ear size and structure.”


Thou Shalt Not Steal

By Brad Dison

On the night of April 23, 2006, David Kotkin, Cathy Daly, and Mia Volmut went to dinner after work in West Palm Beach, Florida. David was a multimillionaire and Cathy and Mia were his assistants. At about 11:15 pm, after they had finished dinner, they left the restaurant and walked into the parking lot. They were unaware that they were being watched.

Four teenagers sat in a dark car and watched as David, Cathy and Mia exited the restaurant. When the trio was about halfway between the restaurant and their vehicle, far enough that they would be unable to run to the safety of either, the teenagers jumped from their parked car. Before the trio could react, pistols were pointing at their faces at close range. The teenagers told the trio to give them their money, cell phones, and whatever else of value they had on them. By stealing their phones, the robbers knew they would be long gone by the time the trio could alert police.

Cathy and Mia gave the teenage robbers a purse which contained about 200 euros, $100, a passport, and airline tickets. Cathy and Mia emptied their pockets of about $400. To the robbers, it was looking like it was going to be a good night. In David, however, they were attempting to rob the wrong man.

David, himself, had a habit of making things disappear and could escape pretty much any situation which presented itself. He had made his fortune by making things owned by other people disappear right before their own eyes. At his peak, David cleverly pulled in thousands of dollars per night.

David remained calm. He carefully studied the faces of the teenage hoodlums. At their insistence, David pulled his pockets inside out. He showed the robbers that his pockets contained nothing of value. The teenagers were surprised that he had no money, no wallet, and no cell phone, when they had made such a big score from his companions.

Finally satisfied that they had taken all there was to take from the trio, the teenage robbers ran to their car and sped away. David had outsmarted the four robbers. By using what he referred to as “reverse pickpocketing” aided by the shadows that the night provided, David hid his cell phone and wallet in the palms of his hands. As the robbers were fleeing, David, cell phone already in his hand, dialed 911 and gave the police the license plate number of the robbers’ car.

Within minutes, police arrested the four teenage robbers and recovered the stolen goods. At the police station, David, Cathy, and Mia easily identified the teenage robbers. Police charged the teenagers with armed robbery and held them without bond. Some of officers knew that David had a habit of cutting women into pieces, but none attempted to arrest him. Rather, several of them asked for his autograph. You know David Kotkin by his professional name. He is master illusionist David Copperfield.

Sources: Fromm, Emily. “David Copperfield Robbed at Gunpoint.” People.com. Accessed May 9, 2022. people.com/celebrity/david-copperfield-robbed-at-gunpoint/.


FARMERS MARKET – This Saturday

The City of Natchitoches will kick-off the Natchitoches Farmers Market tomorrow (Saturday) and will be open every Saturday every Saturday from now until July 23, 2022.

The Natchitoches Farmers Market will be downtown on the riverbank from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

May 21, 2022 – “Battle of the Badges”
May 28, 2022 – “Signs of Summer”
June 4, 2022 – “The Chicken or The Egg?”
June 11, 2022 – “Mini Makers Day”
June 18, 2022 – “Blue Grass Day”
June 25, 2022 – “Contest on the Cane!!!”
July 2, 2022 – “4-H Day”
July 9, 2022 – “Blending for Health”
July 16, 2022 – “One Mans Treasure!!”
July 23, 2022 – “Farming on the Cane”

For more information, please contact the Farmers Market at (318) 663-5190 or (318) 214-7911.


Notice of Death – May 17, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Benedict “Bubba” LaCour, Jr.
December 1, 1945 – May 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, May 21 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle

WINN:
Marie Guthrie Saucier
January 18, 1926 – May 16, 2022
Service: Wednesday, May 18 at 12 pm at Bethel Church of Christ, located at 4793 Highway 501 in Winnfield

RED RIVER:
Terry Lynn Fields
December 31, 1951 – May 14, 2022
Service: Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


Parish Council Meeting: May 16

The Natchitoches Parish Council’s May 16 meeting was brief. The following items were addressed:

  • Patsy Ward Hoover will no longer serve on the Parish Council, effective June 23, as she won the election for mayor of the village of Natchez.
  • OCS will not participate in the Summer Feeding Program because they will not be able to participate in the “grab and go” style food distribution because they don’t have the facilities to package the food correctly since Head Start is no longer under their supervision.
  • At the April 19 meeting, the Council authorized the Parish President to hire an attorney to help close an IRS matter from the non-filing of the 1095C for the year ended 12/31/2017. The current penalty is $142,000 and growing. The Parish is looking to hire a tax attorney to help mitigate the fine. The findings are failure to file timely and failure to file correct forms. Each finding has about a $70,000 penalty with interest accruing. The Parish is not in active collections while it’s given a bit of leeway to file an appeal. A firm was retained in Lafayette. An appeal has been written and submitted so at this point the Parish is waiting to hear something back from the IRS.
  • The Parish is planning to remove two overgrown Magnolia trees in front of the Courthouse as they’ve been a contributing factor to the deterioration of the building’s facade. A smaller tree species will be planted in their place that will allow a full view of the stonework at the entry doors. Replacement stone was ordered and is expected to be delivered and installed within the coming weeks to complete the rehab project.
  • Confirm reappointment of Dustin Paul Dauzat and Bayli Quick to the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Confirm reappointment of Johnny Possoit to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 Board
  • Confirm reappointment of Winfred Lonadier to the Northwest (Black Lake) Fish and Game Preserve Commission
  • Confirm the appointment of Patrick D. Masson to replace Clyde Masson on the Waterworks District 2 Board
  • Confirm appointment appointment of Rodney Baker, Sammy Leone, and Christopher Leone to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 10 Board
  • First introduction of proposed ordinance 010-2022 to affect a zoning change from an Industrial-Agriculture (I-A) District to an Industry-2 (I-2) District for a compressor station on a 10-acre tract set back from Hwy. 1 that is being divided from a 485-acre parent tract owned by Melrose Plantation. Another first introduction includes ordinance 011-2022 to change zoning from an Industrial-Agriculture (I-A) District to an Industry-Agriculture (I-A) District special exception for an interconnecting pipeline servitude between the existing pipeline and the proposed compressor station. An application was submitted by Acadian Gas Pipeline System in order to fulfill plans of a pipeline system expansion. Site prep will begin next week.
  • Approve levying the same millage or roll forward for the 2022 tax year. A motion was made to leave everything the same as the previous year.
  • Appoint Natchitoches Times as journal for the Parish
  • Chairman John Salter informed the Council of the Parish President’s veto on the adoption of ordinance 009-2022 to remove section 1.11 The Recording Policy from the Parish Personnel Manual. The Council will vote on this at next month’s meeting.