Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home merges with Legacy Funeral Group

Mike Murphy will turn 70 in September and wants to spend more time with his family, and especially his grandkids. He made the decision to merge his family business, Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home, with a friend’s company who has other funeral homes throughout Louisiana. Michael Soper has agreed to keep all employees in place and Murphy will stay involved as a consultant for the next two years. This will provide employees with increased benefits and resources.

“I would like all of our clients to rest assured that their pre-need contracts will continue to be honored,” said Murphy.


Legacy Funeral Group:

Legacy Funeral Group owns and operates funeral homes and cemeteries across the country, and their employees operate their locations independently.  Legacy Funeral Group is now one of the premiere names in the funeral home and cemetery industry—and one of its fastest-growing companies. Though Legacy manages funeral homes across the country, we take pride in retaining that family-owned funeral home feel in every single community we serve.

 
Blanchard St. Denis:
 
For more than 80 years, Blanchard-St. Denis has been serving the families of Natchitoches Parish. We take pride in the fact that we are Natchitoches’s oldest continuously owned and operated funeral home.  

Deputies arrest Provencal man on felony drug charges

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Provencal man on felony drug charges following a traffic stop on Sunday evening according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau deputies were patrolling on La. Hwy 6 West just west of Natchitoches on Jan. 23 around 8 pm when they stopped a 2009 Ford Mustang for a traffic violation. Deputies say upon coming in contact with two occupants of the vehicle, they smelled a strong marijuana odor coming from within the vehicle.

The passenger identified as 54-year-old Ronald Lee Holman of Provencal admitted that he had recently smoked marijuana just prior to picking up the other occupant who he allowed to drive the vehicle.

Holman has a prior narcotics arrest history. Based on probable cause and suspected criminal activity, deputies conducted a search of the vehicle. During the search, deputies seized metal container containing approximately 28-grams or 1 ounce of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a digital weighing scale, a glass smoking pipe, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Office for questioning. Drug Task Force Agents responded to assist. While interviewing both suspects pursuant to miranda warnings, Holman confessed to ownership of the recovered seized evidence.

Agents released the other occupant without criminal charges. Holman was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and while being searched by corrections deputies he informed them that he had additional narcotics on his person.

Deputies say Holman handed them a cellophane bag containing approximately 3-grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine hidden on his person. The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.

Ronald Lee Holman, 54 of Provencal, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2nd or Subsequent Offenses, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Holman remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center according to jail records with bond set at $21,000 by a 10th Judicial District Judge. Deputy Cpl. C. Halliburton made the arrest assisted by NMJDTF Agents.

“All Persons are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in Court or Administrative Process.”

If you suspect criminal activity in your community, contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 352-6432 or 357-7851.
Please attempt to identify the descriptions of vehicles and persons when reporting suspicious activity.

Natchitoches March for Life – This Saturday

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church and St. Mary’s Catholic School will host the second annual Natchitoches March for Life on Saturday, Jan. 28.  The keynote speaker for the event will be Abby Johnson, an outspoken pro-life advocate and author of the book, Unplanned.  The Josh Blakesley Band will perform prior to the Rally and March.  The day will begin at 10:00am on the riverbank stage in downtown Natchitoches.  “We’re excited about the opportunity to celebrate the gift of life with our Natchitoches community and look forward to a joyful event,” said Fr. Irion St. Romain, Pastor of The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church and Chancellor of St. Mary’s Catholic School.  

The national March for Life began in Washington, D.C. in January, 1974.  Every year, tens of thousands of pro-life supporters, march in support of life.  This has become the largest human rights demonstration in the world.  The national March for Life “is an inspiring, peaceful, vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country.” (See www.marchforlife.org).  Together, they “gather to celebrate life, from the moment of conception, to the moment of natural death, and every moment in between.” (See www.marchforlife.org).

Local marches began to occur in cities throughout our nation to further expand this celebration of life into our communities.  In Louisiana, rallies occur in major cities during the month of January.  This is the second year for Natchitoches to host a Pro-Life Rally and March.  More detailed information will be announced as plans develop.  “The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong.  Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means.  We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.” Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C.
 
 
Tentative schedule of events:
**Please note that the schedule may alter slightly the day of the March. This is a tentative timeline and will be adjusted as necessary for the flow of events**
10:00am – Welcome and Prayer
Josh Blakesley Band
11:00am – Guest speakers from Community Organizations
11:30am – Guest speaker, Abby Johnson
(Abby will begin speaking between 11:30 and
11:45).
1:00pm – March begins and ends at riverbank stage
1:40pm – Closing Prayer
Food trucks available on the riverbank:
BBQ
Cane River Pizza Co.
Casa Del Taco
Girline’s
 
Please contact Jessica Spear (jspear@smstigers.org) or Lisa Guillet (lisaguillet@yahoo.com) for more information.

Northwestern State will host Flavor of Louisiana March 17

Northwestern State University will host Flavor of Louisiana, the university’s most popular fund raiser, Friday, March 17 in Prather Coliseum.  

Flavor of Louisiana is presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board and the NSU Foundation and showcases specialty seafood dishes prepared by restaurateurs, chefs and caterers from around the state, along with specialty cocktails, craft beers, desserts and options for non-seafood eaters. The event also features live music, dancing, raffles, silent auctions and more.  

“After a COVID-induced hiatus, last year’s return of Flavor of Louisiana was one of most popular events that took place at NSU and we are thrilled to be hosting the 2023 event,” said Cristy Bernard, assistant director of Donor Relations.  “Guests can expect great food, good people and lots of fun on March 17.  It’s a celebration of the Demon family, donors, supporters, students, alumni and friends.”  

Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $85 per individual and $135 per couple. Sponsorships are available at the Magnolia ($1,000), Bayou ($2,500) and Louisiana ($5,000) levels and come with signage, reserved seating, admission to a sponsor’s only cocktail pre-party, special gifts and other corresponding perks. The sponsorship deadline is Friday, March 1.  

To purchase tickets or for information on sponsorships or participating as a chef, visit  

https://northwesternstatealumni.com/flavor-of-louisiana/ or call the Office of University Advancement (318) 357-4292.  


Lady Demons picked third in poll, land five on preseason all-conference

Northwestern State softball landed five players on the 2023 Preseason All-Southland Conference squad and was picked to finish third at season’s end, the league office announced on Thursday. 

The Lady Demons collected 91 points in the poll of the league’s coaches and sports information directors, placing them behind McNeese, who received 128 points and 16 first-place votes, and Southeastern with 113 points and two first-place votes. 

For the second straight season the top three teams in the preseason poll all hail from Louisiana. 

Players from the trio of NSU, McNeese and Southeastern also make up the entire first-team preseason squad and were members of the 2022 all-conference teams. 

Outfielder Laney Roos and pitcher Bronte Rhoden earn the first preseason first-team selections of their careers. Tristin Court, Makenzie Chaffin and Bailie Ragsdale also picked up their first preseason selections with spots on the second team. 

The five total for the Demons matches Southeastern for the second most overall, behind McNeese’s seven. 

Roos led the Demon offense a year ago in nearly every category slashing .365/.431/.547 with six home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBI. Ragsdale was second on team in batting with a .311 average while Chaffin finished fourth at .270, behind all-conference snub from a year ago Keely Dubois who hit a tick below .300 and led the team in RBI. 

Seven of the eight position players from a season ago, including all four preseason selections, are returning for the Demons in 2023. 

Rhoden leads a now more experienced pitching staff into the season with her preseason honor following a career 2022 campaign. 

The Plano, Texas, native had bests in ERA, wins, strikeouts and opponent batting averages and allowed a team-best nine extra base hits during the season including no home runs allowed. 

Rhoden and redshirt sophomore Maggie Darr had two of the top three lowest overall ERAs during the 2022 season with all four pitchers that saw action a season ago ranked in the top 10 – Darr (1), Rhoden (3), Sage Hoover (6) and Kenzie Seely (9). 

NSU opens its season in Huntsville, Texas at the Bearkat Invitational hosted by Sam Houston State on Feb. 10. The first home game of the season comes two weeks later on Feb. 22 against Grambling. 


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Annual Doll Drive Nets over 70 Dolls 

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter and Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches Auxiliary continue to uphold the founding principles of the sorority by giving back to the community providing service through various projects under the International Service Initiative: Z-Hope: Zetas Helping Other People Excel. Z- HOPE is an interactive, holistic, and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate, and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. It builds on the Sorority’s legacy of service by offering a service initiative that addresses the mission-critical needs of a shifting population.

Sorority members and members of the Natchitoches Amicae donated 71 dolls to the 7th Annual Dolled Up Doll Drive.  Mu Omega Zeta Sorority and Amicae have participated in this event for seven years.  Dolled Up promotes positive mentorships for girls.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C, by five women affectionately known as “The Five Pearls”. The five coeds chose the name Zeta Phi Beta. Phi Beta was taken from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated to “seal and signify the relationship between the two organizations” thus making Our founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. Our motto is: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization. Our mission statement is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood, and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff, community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches was originally chartered in 1990, but due to unforeseen circumstances the auxiliary ceased to operate for several years and were reactivated in 2007. Since reactivation the members have been constantly on the move working hand in hand with the sorority and giving back to the community. Zeta Amicae Auxiliary, or “Friends of Zeta,” is comprised of non-degree women who have participated in and contributed to charitable and educational activities. The Zeta Amicae were the first national auxiliary of collegiate sorority. In the 1940’s, the graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated began to realize the importance, prestige, goodwill, and cooperation of women, who for various reasons did not have a college degree but believed in the ideals of Zeta. In 1947, under the administration of Lullelia Harrison, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska, making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.


NSU calendar for Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

Here is a look at the week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 at Northwestern State University. 

Jan. 17 – Feb. 21 – Michael Yankowski retrospective exhibition. Orville Hanchey Gallery, Hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. 

Jan. 31 – Freedom Brass, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. 

Feb. 2 – Julie Kane: “An Evening of Poems and Stories,” Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. 800 Front St., 6 p.m. 

Feb. 2 – Celebration of Diversity Series: “Lift Every Voice,” Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. # 


Notice of Death – January 26, 2023

NATCHITOCHES:
 
Sammie L. Kitchen
Arrangements TBA
 
Doris J. Williams
Arrangements TBA
 
Gladys Bloodworth
Service: Saturday, January 28 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
 
Juan “Foojuan” Braden
Feb 26, 1969 – Jan 21, 2023
Service: Saturday, January 28 at 1pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches 
 
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Red River Waterway Commission welcomes new marketing director

The Red River Waterway Commission welcomes Dustin Hayes as its new Marketing Director. Dustin, a lifetime resident of Natchitoches, brings networking and public relations experience gained in the Oil & Gas and Financial Service Industries to the position.

Dustin can be reached at dustinhayes@redriverwaterway.com.

The Red River Waterway Commission represents Caddo, Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides, and Avoyelles Parishes.


Letter to the Editor: Why we need libraries

To the Editor:

I was confused when I heard that some of the Natchitoches Parish Council members thought it was a good idea to rededicate the Natchitoches Parish Library funds. I was completely shocked to find out that there is going to be a vote on April 29 on cutting funding to our library. I strongly encourage others to make the effort to get out and vote against this millage rededication.

“To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.” -Jon Bing. 

I live on a parish road. It is a dirt road and I do not wish for a dime to be taken from the library to pay for its improvement. Parish residents already voted against new taxes for roads and voted for the renewal of the library tax.

The library is a huge resource for school aged children of the Parish. As a homeschooling mother of two I visit the library often to supplement my curriculum and attend STEAM programs. Many of the mothers in my homeschool group do the same. During my visits I’ve seen many public-school students utilizing the after school tutoring program while I am there. The library’s reach isn’t limited to the city’s schoolchildren. All students have access to the in-person or virtual homework help. They can even check out a Wifi hotspot to access the virtual tutoring if they do not have internet at home. The book mobile visits rural schools throughout the parish. I can only imagine how many children the library has helped to achieve academic success. Children are our future, so removing programs that keep them interested in learning hurts our community as a whole.

I have also routinely attended Library Story Time for years. It is a well utilized asset for young mothers in our Parish. It’s a place to meet other moms and for children to learn, interact and grow together. The library is one of the only indoor places Natchitoches has for children to go on a rainy day. Reading to children before they can read themselves supports cognitive development, improves language skills, promotes early literacy, and prepares them for academic success. The library also offers programs to stimulate the minds of toddlers through music, crafts and more.

The library and its programs for adults is a draw for those looking to move here to develop industry. The library is a natural partner in our local economic development efforts. It provides a variety of resources designed to develop workforce capacity including assistance with ACT/SAT practice testing, resume writing assistance, the tech talks series and small business development seminars.

The summer programs the library offers serve a very large portion of Natchitoches’ Youth. The library is a great place for the youth to be during the summers. Our Parish has double the number of children living in poverty than the rest of the United States. Poverty levels have a direct correlation with crime rates. Our Library offers our youth a place to be that is centered around learning. It is a respite from the pulls of the world.  

“Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley. 

Our Library gives us so much more than books. It gives us community.

-Natalie Covher


NSU Marie Shaw Dunn Child Development Center accepting applications for 23-24 school year 

Applications for the NSU Marie Shaw Dunn Child Development Center (three- and four-year old classes) are open. If you or anyone you know has a child that will be three or four before Sept. 30 you may complete an application here (under the admissions tab) online at http://www.nsula.edu/cdc/.

All applications must be submitted online by March 31 at 3 pm. If you have applied previously, a verification email will be sent to your email in February stating that you are on the waiting list for the 2023-2024 school year. Another email will be sent to all applicants in April stating their status after the draw process.

The NSU CDC believes in the importance of community, an enriching learning environment, and the significance of family involvement. This is accomplished through an enriching community with partnerships within the university, community participation and delivery of high-quality early childhood programming, teacher engagement, and cutting-edge research. 


Lady Demons look for faster start against HCU

Following a frustrating 0-2 weekend road trip that saw both games have similar storylines, Northwestern State is looking that early energy as it returns home on Thursday night. 

“The last two games we’ve come out slow and let the game hit us in the face instead of trying to attack the game,” head coach Anna Nimz said. “It’s something we’re all working on, coming out of the gate with a little more fight from the jump and not taking the temperature of the game, how its going to be called or things of that nature. We have to be the aggressor. We have to dictate the speed of the game. We need to be the ones managing the court.” 

That will be the first goal for the Lady Demons (7-10, 3-4) as it hosts HCU at 5:30 p.m. from Prather Coliseum in the first of back-to-back Thursday matchups with the Huskies. 

The game can be seen on ESPN+ and tickets are available by visiting www.nsudemons.com/tickets

In both games on the most recent road trip, NSU scored 21 points in the first half leading to double-digit deficits against both Southeastern and New Orleans after the first 20 minutes of play. 

Seventeen first half turnovers against the Lions meant plenty of missed offensive chances and long scoreless stretches against UNO allowed the lead to grow thanks to a 50 percent first-half shooting effort from the Privateers. 

In both games though, the Demons showed the fight and energy they needed, and need to start with on Thursday, to climb out of the holes they found themselves in following the slow starts. 

An 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter at New Orleans nearly erased the 20-point halftime deficit, getting the Demons within five points in the span of just over a minute of game time. If not for a foul call that sent UNO to the free throw line instead of the Demons the game would have gotten much more interesting and down to one possession between the teams.  

Simply limiting the turnovers against the Lions provided those offensive opportunities to make it a six-point game in the third quarter. 

“We had a tremendous fourth-quarter effort at UNO that got us back within five,” Nimz said. “If we would have played with that tremendous fight and even a quarter of how they did during that eight-minute stretch from the jump, it’s a different game. We tell them all the time it’s an us thing and be committed to correcting us and our mistakes.” 

Turnovers continue to haunt the Demons with 18 or more in each game a week ago, more than their opponent each time. Each possession is valuable for NSU as it continues to find its form on the offensive end. 

HCU (8-10, 3-4) enters the game having lost three of its last four games with a 71-52 home win against UIW on Thursday and a 57-42 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. 

The Huskies sit third in the conference, right behind NSU, with a .348 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, with three players ranking in the top 10 in league games in 3-point percentage, the most of any school in the conference.

“You can tell that their players are bought in to the program.,” Nimz said. “They run their stuff, and they run it well. We’re going to have to play smart and be able to execute against their gameplan because they’re going to do what HCU does. We have to make sure to capitalize on our skill sets and our strengths as we continue to fine tune those turnovers.” 


Demons’ support system pivotal as NSU hosts Houston Christian

Following the Northwestern State men’s basketball team’s 2-0 road weekend at Southeastern and New Orleans, head coach Corey Gipson called two players in to show his appreciation for their efforts.

It was not Southland Conference Player of the Week Ja’Monta Black, who averaged 29.5 points, five rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in those wins. Nor did the group include DeMarcus Sharp, the Demons’ do-it-all point guard who averaged 27 points, 6.5 assists and three steals per game in the two victories.

Instead, Gipson made sure to express his gratitude to a pair of Demons who have logged a combined 26 minutes on the court this season.

“I met with Karlin Hardy and Harrison Black the other day just to let them know they are doing a phenomenal job with the scout team and their attention to detail and how they are progressing throughout the year as well as some other guys,” Gipson said. “I’ve been pleased with the maturation phase of all the guys in our program, and I look forward to them making another jump in the program.”

Those jumps have led the Demons (12-8, 4-3 Southland) to back-to-back conference wins as they prepare to host Houston Christian (7-13, 4-3) at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first of a two-game Southland Conference homestand. Thursday’s game will air on ESPN+.

Ahead of the Demons’ Jan. 19 matchup with Southeastern, Gipson implored Sharp to play more aggressively on the offensive end, and Sharp delivered.

Sharp’s rededication to an aggressive mind-set opened things up for Black, who sank 14 of 29 3-pointers in two games to pick up his second Southland Conference Player of the Week award this season. As two of the Demons’ tri-captains – along with Isaac Haney – Sharp and Black have been at the forefront of relaying Gipson’s message to their teammates.

That much has taken hold as the Demons – to a man – are engaged in the game regardless of their playing time.

“Take Cedric Garrett at Southeastern Louisiana,” Gipson said. “He was up cheering even before the shot came off Ja’Monta Black’s hand. He was waving his towel like a flag.”

Having an involved and engaged bench has helped the Demons play well away from Prather Coliseum, winning seven games away from Natchitoches, including six true road wins.

That attitude has been fostered up and down the lineup. When Sharp and Black exited NSU’s 88-65 win against New Orleans on Jan. 23 late in the second half, they were more than tuned into the waning moments of the season’s biggest win in terms of margin for the Demons.

As Northwestern State closed out the game, freshman Hansel Enmanuel came in and played the final two-plus minutes, handing off a nifty assist to set up Jordan Wilmore’s two-handed dunk before capping the game with a corner 3 in front of the Demons’ bench – the first long-range bucket of his career.

While Enmanuel’s rainbow from the corner approached the bucket, Sharp and Black were front and center waiting anxiously to see if Enmanuel would add a 3-pointer to his list of memorable moments. When the shot off a Haney assist swished through, Sharp and Black celebrated the moment just as their teammates did for Sharp’s game-winning shot against Southern Miss or any of Black’s 79 made 3-pointers thus far this season.

“We don’t have a player on the team who is more valuable than another,” Gipson said. “Sometimes the most valuable person may not even get in a particular game. DeMarcus and Ja’Monta jumped up because they were excited about him. It says a lot about Hansel for him to get in the game, and it wasn’t about him scoring. He was a servant and gave that ball to big Wilmore. Then Haney clicks the ball to Hansel for the 3-point shot from the corner pocket. It shows these guys don’t care who gets the credit or the points.”


Temporary street closures to take down Christmas lights: JAN 25-26

 
The City of Natchitoches would like to notify the public of the following temporary closures next week. The Utility Department will be taking down the Christmas lights along Front Street and the Church Street Bridge.
 
Closures will occur as follows:
• Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6-9 pm on Front Street (South End) 
• Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6-9 pm on Church Street Bridge 
 
This temporary closure is subject to change weather pending. The City of Natchitoches appreciates the public’s patience during this time and asks when traveling through the area motorists proceed with caution.

Notice of Death – January 25, 2023

NATCHITOCHES:
 
Sammie L. Kitchen
Arrangements TBA
 
Doris J. Williams
Arrangements TBA
 
Gladys Bloodworth
Service: Saturday, January 28 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
 
Juan “Foojuan” Braden
Feb 26, 1969 – Jan 21, 2023
Service: Saturday, January 28 at 1pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches 
 
Natchitoches Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $80. Contact your funeral provider or npjnatla@gmail.com . Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above are FREE of charge. You may email them to npjnatla@gmail.com)

Natchitoches Police to begin enforcing abandoned vehicle city ordinance

The Natchitoches Police Department will begin to enforce Natchitoches Code of Ordinances, Chapter 18 sections 38-48 as of Feb. 1.  This section refers to any junked or wrecked motor vehicle which is inoperable and left unattended on any portion of any occupied lot, neutral ground, street or sidewalk.

Once an abandoned or junked vehicle has been tagged the owner will be mailed a certified letter with the complaint.  The owner will have ten days to remove the vehicle or make such repairs to meet the requirements of the ordinance.  After ten days the vehicle will be declared public property and removed by a wrecker service at the owner’s expense.   

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 238-3986 or (318) 357-3802.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388.  All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,500 for the arrest of an offender.


Natchitoches Police locate several firearms on separate traffic stops

Natchitoches Police Department stopped a vehicle on Jan. 24 around 9:40 pm in the 900 block of Keyser Avenue for driving with no headlights.  As officers were speaking with the driver they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The driver said that he did have some marijuana in the vehicle.  While officers were looking for the marijuana they located a 9mm pistol in the vehicle with an obliterated serial number.

The driver of the vehicle, Adam Newton, (B/M, 26 y.o.a. of Coushatta) is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and driving with no headlights.  Newton was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Officers conducted another traffic stop on Jan. 25 around 2:33 am in the 500 block of University Parkway for an equipment violation.  While officers were speaking with the driver they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  As officers were looking for the marijuana they located two firearms.  Officers checked the firearms serial numbers and one was reported stolen through the Natchitoches Police Department.

Officers were able to determine that the stolen firearm was in the possession of a juvenile passenger.  The juvenile is charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101.  Remember all information given shall remain confidential.  

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388.  All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,500 for the arrest of an offender.


Natchez Village Council approves hiring professional exterminator to deal with rat infestation

The Natchez Village Council held a brief special called meeting on Jan. 24 to address several pressing matters. 

The council addressed the following items on the agenda. 

  1. Council to authorize the mayor to hire an exterminating company to professionally treat the Village of Natchez Town Hall for rat infestation. In discussing, the mayor noted that there were rats throughout the town hall offices and that some village documents had rat droppings on them. J&J Exterminating will be hired at a cost of $600 to deal with this problem. This item passed with all three aldermen voting yes. 
  2. Council to authorize the mayor to hire a cleaning service to professionally clean the building after the extermination has been completed.  After some discussion as to finding a company to perform the task, the item received no offer or second and died for that lack.
  3. Council to authorize the mayor to hire a plumbing company to repair plumbing in both restrooms that are presently not usable. In discussion, the mayor noted that neither the ladies nor men’s room was usable and that the men’s room had flooded. Addressing this problem was further complicated by problems with the lift station. This item received no offer or second and died for that lack.
  4. Council to approve a $375 fee for an occupational license for Hall and Sumlin Investment, DBA as Just John. This item was approved with all three aldermen voting yes.
  5. Council to approve $75 for sewage deposits for residents. This is an increase from the present $50 deposit. This item was approved with all three aldermen voting yes.

The meeting was then adjourned.