Submit Your Mardi Gras Photos to the Winn Parish Journal!

With more of our Parish’s impending celebrations for Mardi Gras closing in fast, we at Winn Parish Journal would like to push pause for a moment and ask our residents/vendors to participate in our ‘Main Street Madness’ wrap-up!

Each year our communities efforts and attractions grow, along with the ideas and contributions that make it possible for us residents to gather for another annual opportunity at a safe and family-friendly event. It’s a satisfying thing to be sure but there’s a lot to see, and WPJ wants to see it all!

So, if you happen to have a parade float you and your team have gone all out for this year, a business you took extra care in decorating in anticipation of the holiday, or maybe it’s just a well-rounded moment with your loved ones and everyone’s got their eyes open for once–please send it our way!

Please note the window for this particular request begins Saturday, February 4th, and ends that following Monday, February 6th. All Photos and commentary MUST be safe and appropriate. All content MUST be submitted before/by 6 pm that evening to be included.

Please submit all photos and commentary to wpjreporter@gmail.com, NOT our Facebook messages, we thank you for your cooperation and can’t wait to see the turnout this coming weekend! Safe partying Winn Parish!


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Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Parade and Festival this Saturday

 IT’S KREWE OF KINGFISH MARDI GRAS! 💜 💚 💛 Krewe of Kingfish PARADE AT 2 PM SATURDAY FEB. 4TH! Downtown!

Lineup will begin at 12 PM at Earl K. Long Park and judging will begin at 1:30 PM.

Vendor booths will be set up ready for shopping starting at 11 AM in the lot beside the post office.

Vendors Include:
The Shabby Chic Two – Lori Adams Rawls
Grace and Joy Designs – Elizabeth Johnson Murphy
Grace Mataro and her awesome stuff!
Cristy Wright Carter and Permanent Jewelry!
Affordable Southern Charm!
And others!

Food vendors starting at 11 AM in the lot beside the post office.

Vendors Include:
CheeseLouise!
Mount Grace Food truck!
Pretty Baked! – Nikita Etheridge
Soulful Wings!
Funnel Cakes!

More booths of fun and activity for the kids!
Just to name a few:
CAKE WALK!
BIG SLIDE!
FACE PAINTING!
CHICKEN RUN (held 11:30 before the parade at the EKL Park) Contact Toni McAllister at 318-729-1726
AND PLENTY MORE GAMES AND FUN!

For parade information please contact Shannon at 318-623-0477.  For festival information please contact Lacey at 318-302-2427.


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Winn Parish School Board Meeting Monday

The Winn Parish School Board will meet in regular public session Monday, February 6, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wi1m Parish School Board in Winnfield, Louisiana.

AGENDA
Winn Parish School Board
February 6, 2023

A. Invocation
B. Pledge of Allegiance
C. Roll Call
D. Receive Executive Committee Report
E. Adopt Order of Business
F. Recognition of Winn Parish Students of the Year
G. Consider Approval of Minutes -January 9, 2023
H. Receive Finance and Budget Committee Report
I. Consider Ordering and Calling Special Elections for Consolidated School District No. 11 and Parishwide Proposition
J. Receive Academics and Instruction Committee Report
K. Receive School Food Service Report
L. Receive Personnel Information
M. Receive General Fund to Actual Report -January 31, 2023
N. Superintendent Comments
O. Board Member Comments


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Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Date:1-27-23
Name: Jonvante D Dobbins 
Address: Winnfield, lA
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 20
Charge: Speeding, No license, No insurance, Posession (marijuana)

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Aron M Smith 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 19
Charge: Speeding 

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Joshua L Lonider 
Address: Arcadia, LA
Race: White
Sex: Male 
Age: 38
Charge: Warrant 

Date: 1-30-23
Name: Leslea Bouges 
Address: Dodson, LA
Race: White
Sex: Female 
Age: 47
Charge: Failure to appear 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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10 Budget Friendly Ways to Make Memories with your Children

Since becoming a single mom I am routinely asked for advice on how to travel with kids on a budget or how to stretch your dollars when you are entertaining children. Well, to be frank, I always hear… how can you even afford to travel being a single mom?

I always cheerfully share my tips and tricks with anyone who asks, simply because I know that single parents have to guard every single penny in their budget. Every penny that is misspent literally takes resources away from our children.

First and foremost, I cannot take any credit for anything good that has happened to me or my daughters. God provides for us continuously. I stay in constant prayer that God shows us favor, wisdom and mercy. Aside from this, I was raised by very wise parents who were masters at stretching dollars and cents to provide for their children.

I hope these practical tips can be translated through the ages of your children. They are basic, helpful and truly become second nature once you incorporate them into your life.

1.) The grocery store is your friend. When we travel anywhere we always have a small cooler for sandwiches, drinks and snacks. Eating out and convenient store snacks can eat away at your memory making dollars. My daughters have always enjoyed a roadside picnic at a random roadside park or rest stop. (Safety first, if it feels creepy don’t stop!)

2.) When you eat out, you do not have to order appetizers and desserts. Or even cokes. You can drink water, it is free and it is healthy. (My daughters are cringing right now but I am adamant about these savings. A family of three can save upwards of $10 just by cutting costly drinks.) Also, entrees are so huge, there is no shame in sharing a meal with your child. If you choose to eat out please always remember to tip your server. It is not their fault that your budget is tighter than your pants after a big meal!

3.) Most people have a debit card that they routinely use. Choose one that makes your money work for you. I choose to use my BOM Rewards Checking Account debit card. I save the points until there is enough to purchase a hotel stay or two. The points add up quickly when you use it for all of your normal expenses and bills that allow credit card payments. Right after my divorce this was the sole reason we were able to take a few trips.

4.) When you choose a hotel, choose one that offers a free breakfast. Most of them do, it is normally very tasty, and they are all kid friendly. I love sitting in a crowded hotel lobby eating breakfast with dozens of screaming kids while the parents knowingly smile at each other boasting that it was a free meal.

5.) If you choose a destination months in advance you may want to take advantage of opening a Christmas Club account. You can dedicate a small amount each month that you will deposit into your account. Typically you cannot pull the money out until later in the Fall. This money can be used for gas, food or attractions. This is another method that I have used on numerous occasions to enjoy a small getaway with my daughters.

Sometimes out of town travel is just not in your plan. Don’t let that deter you from enjoying time well spent with your children.

6.) You can always take advantage of staying local to make memories. One of our favorite things to do is bring our boring supper to the River Bank and enjoy the view of the River while we dodge the scary geese.

7.) Local libraries and churches are always a haven with numerous programs that focus on the family. Typically each of them have free or low cost educational opportunities and group activities that children love.

8.) Make it a habit to take a daily stroll with your children. It is truly a great way to unwind and let them share the details of their day. Some of our best memories are from sitting on our porch or walking down the street. You can also take advantage of local parks and playground equipment. Again, this is a great place to bring your supper for a change of scenery. No one is ever too old to enjoy swings and a jungle gym!

9.) Go visit family out of town. When I was growing up my parents would always visit family on the weekends with me and my siblings in tow. Every so often we would even spend the night. These days people are spending less and less time face to face because of social media and other distractions. Nothing replaces family time.

10.) Take advantage of local walking trails. Most towns are expanding their outdoor walking spaces. Let your children research the trails and chances are they will have more fun than you!

Last and definitely not least, your children just want to spend uninterrupted time with you and typically they do not care how you do it, they just want you. Whether you spend money on travel or just taking long walks together… as long as it involves you, they are happy. They may not realize it until many years later but time invested in family is never wasted.

“Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
1 Peter 4:8-11

Depending on the age of your children, there are always many local opportunities that are free or very low cost to the parents. Our local libraries are always the go-to for programs and activities that are fun and educational. Our churches always have a variety of youth groups, children’s classes, and a safe place for children to hang out.

At the end of the day, your children just want to spend time with you. Whether it is walking the dog in the neighborhood, sitting together in church or eating supper with you at the family dinner table. They just want your presence.


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OPPORTUNITY: Accounting Technician

Position: Accounting Technician
Salary:
 $25,896
Location: Natchitoches, LA
Job Type: Classified
Department: Northwestern State University-Business Affairs
Job Number: 170232
Closing: 2/6/2023 11:59 PM Central

Supplemental Information
Northwestern State University is currently accepting applications for an Accounting Technician in Business Affairs.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the link below and complete an electronic application,

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/louisiana/default.cfm

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.


*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*


For further information about this vacancy contact:

Benetrus Brooks
Northwestern State University – Human Resources
200 Sam Sibley Dr. – St. Denis Hall
brooksb@nsula.edu

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Three years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, or numerical computation.

College training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience.

An Associate Degree in Accounting, Accounting Technology, or Business from an accredited college or university will substitute for two years of the required experience.

Training in a vocational-technical school or military school in Accounting, Accounting Technology, or Business will substitute for up to one year of required experience on the basis of one month of training for one month of experience.

NOTE: Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To provide the full range of paraprofessional accounting services.

Level of Work:
Advanced.

Supervision Received:
Generally from higher-level fiscal or administrative position.

Supervision Exercised:
May supervise lower-level paraprofessional fiscal or administrative positions.

Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Accounting Specialist 2 by responsibility for preparation of basic-level financial reports.

Differs from professional accountants by assisting accounting professionals in the performance of various tasks within the accounting process.

Examples of Work

Maintain operational functions at the cashier window, reconciling cash and cash items daily for deposit.

Communicates with student, parents and other customers regarding questions or problems.

Responsible for physical handling, control, and appropriate account coding of all University’s monetary transactions

Compiles monthly business reports for the bursar concerning but not limited to revenue forecasting, delinquent accounts, petty cash, and departmental advance.

Analyzes and compiles data and prepares monthly reports reflecting actives and stats for accounts receivables.


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Remember This? FAST EDDIE

In 1960, Bertha Wolfe was employed as a maid by the Ed Jones family in Stephenville, Texas. In her capacity as the family’s maid, Bertha kept the home clean, changed sheets, washed dishes, washed laundry, picked up groceries, and a myriad of other housekeeping chores. Eddie Jones, son of Ed Jones, loved to drive fast. No matter where he was going, even when he had no particular place to go, Eddie drove too fast. His family told him to slow down on numerous occasions. Bertha may have even cautioned him a time or two. Eddie paid little attention to their warnings and had several minor accidents which only resulted in scrapes and bruises. Eddie’s driving had never physically injured anyone but himself.

That all changed on August 26, 1960. Eddie was driving his vehicle too fast as usual and had an accident. Rather than striking another vehicle, Eddie ran his vehicle into a person. His victim was none other than his family’s maid, Bertha Wolfe. As a result of the accident, Bertha suffered a broken hip along with other “extensive injuries and mental anguish.” By January 1961, whether by her decision or theirs, Bertha was no longer employed by the Jones family.

On January 24, 1961, Homer Wolfe, husband of Bertha, filed a suit for damages in District Court against Ed Jones, head of the Jones family. The suit colorfully alleged that Eddie “gathered a full head of steam and without a warning yell of any nature, propelled his vehicle with great force into the body of Bertha Wolfe while her back was turned.” Homer Wolfe argued in the petition that Ed Jones knew his son “was a reckless and incompetent operator” of the vehicle. Homer Wolfe was asking for $50,000 in damages for the “extensive injuries and mental anguish” to his wife caused by Eddie recklessness.

Through their respective attorneys, Homer Wolfe and Ed Jones worked for months to settle the dispute. By November 1961, Homer Wolfe had reduced the request for damages to the strangely precise amount of $30,565.65. Ed Jones’s attorneys stood firm and refused the offer. A court date was set for November 27, 1961. On that morning, the courtroom was filled with plaintiffs and defendants who were ready to argue their side in numerous cases. When it was time for Homer Wolfe’s case to be heard, the judge, the courtroom staff, Homer Wolfe, Bertha Wolfe, and their attorney were all surprised to learn that no one on the defendant’s side had shown up. Ed Jones and his family’s attorney were absent from the courtroom. The Wolfe’s attorney explained that they had been trying work out the case with the opposing attorney, but they were unable to agree on a settlement. In December, the attorneys finally agreed and settled out of court. As per their agreement, Bertha was not paid the $50,000 initially demanded, nor did she receive their second offer of $30,565.65. For her broken hip, and her other “extensive injuries and mental anguish,” Bertha received just $1,500.

Accidents in which vehicles are driven at a high rate of speed occurs so regularly that, under normal circumstances, the true story of Eddie’s crashing into Bertha should be relegated to obscurity. However, the accident did not occur on one of the many streets in Stephenville, but on the Jones’s own property…inside their home. You see, Eddie was just three years old when the accident occurred. The vehicle he was driving was a tricycle.

Sources:
1. The Journal Times, January 25, 1961, p.21.
2. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 28, 1961, p.15.
3. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 19, 1961, p.16.


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Angler’s Perspective – It’s Just a Cupcake!

The former legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson, made a statement one time that really stuck with me. To summarize, he said that he could take a great coach and make them a great CEO due to their ability to motivate people. As a guy who has worked both as a coach and was Louisiana Director of Manufacturing for Holloway Sportswear, I have to agree with his statement. So how does this relate to tournament bass fishing? Today, I’ll give my perspective on how these two are related.

While overseeing 6 factories with 95% of the staff being women, I discovered that some of the techniques used to motivate players during my coaching days also worked for motivating a workforce. The one thing a player needs in order to perform at a high level is motivation. This also holds true for an employee, whether working for a company or working for him or herself. It might be even more important for someone who is self-employed because they don’t have that person above pushing them to be better. They must be self-motivated in order to be successful.

But while taking over a Holloway factory in Ville Platte due to issues with previous management, I found out really quickly that people just want to be appreciated. The factory had major personnel issues due to a lack of leadership, therefore making the people working there very unhappy. Employees were literally writing letters to the President of Holloway expressing their displeasure.

My first goal was to make them feel appreciated. As Halloween came around, I decided to order 300 cupcakes and pass them out during the last break of the day. I took a cart full of cupcakes and made my way around the factory and personally gave one to each employee and told them thank you for doing a great job that week. The reaction was nothing short of amazing! As I stood by the back door of the factory while the employees clocked out and left, so many told me thank you for showing appreciation for what they did that week…and that they had never been told that by a manager ever before.

I thought to myself, “It was only a cupcake!” It made me realize that it doesn’t take much to make people feel special. Over that year of running this factory, we did more things like this quite often and the production numbers increased 40%. Factory moral was at an all-time high and if I needed an order to go out on time, all I had to do was ask and they would deliver, all because they felt appreciated.

Tournament bass fishermen are no different! While all anglers have egos and want to win every time, they back their boats in the water, in reality, they know that won’t happen. But bass tournament trails that pay way down in the standings are usually the most successful and have the greatest following. Why? Many of today’s tournament anglers just hope to get a check! Even if it’s only enough money to help pay for gas or maybe their hotel, they consider it a successful tournament if they just get a check or “a cupcake.” This is what motivates them to come back and fish again and follow a tournament trail…. the cupcake! Eighty percent of any tournament trail is made up of the guys that never win. The other twenty percent that complain because they want a bigger payback don’t understand the concept that the eighty percent that aren’t winning are the reason there is a tournament trail, to begin with.

The bottom line is this, we all want to be appreciated and it usually doesn’t take much effort on someone’s part for this to happen. Some anglers are perfectly happy finishing in 40th place and getting a $200 check, even if it only covers their entry fee. Most don’t fish for the money; they fish for enjoyment, and nothing is more enjoyable than walking across a tournament stage and getting a check in front of your peers…even if it is only a cupcake.

Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Also, make sure to schedule regular dermatologist appointments. If you don’t have a dermatologist, find one!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down
Show & Tackle Talk Live


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Notice of Death – February 2, 2023

Patricia Ann Carter Rachal
Jan 7, 1950 – Feb 1, 2023
Service: Monday, February 6 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
 
Ronald James Roque
January 26, 1965 – January 26, 2023
Service: Friday, February 3 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle
 
Doris J. Williams 
Service: Saturday, February 4 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
 
Sammie L. Kitchen
Service: Saturday, February 4 at 12 pm at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center
 
David Ford
Service: Saturday, February 4 at 11 am at the Church of Latter Day Saints of Winnfield
 
Mary Mitchell
Service: Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Natchitoches

Catherine DiGeorge Rushing
Arrangements TBA


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Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Parade and Festival this Saturday – Still Time to Register for Parade!

 IT’S KREWE OF KINGFISH MARDI GRAS! 💜 💚 💛 Krewe of Kingfish PARADE AT 2 PM SATURDAY FEB. 4TH! Downtown!

Lineup will begin at 12 PM at Earl K. Long Park and judging will begin at 1:30 PM.

Please register to participate online using the ling below. 

Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Parade Registration

Registration deadline in February 2, 2023. Please contact Shannon Thompson at 318-623-6700 for more information.

You may drop off completed forms to Caitlyn Hemphill at Envy Salon in Winnfield.

Vendor booths will be set up ready for shopping starting at 11 AM in the lot beside the post office.

Vendors Include:
The Shabby Chic Two – Lori Adams Rawls
Grace and Joy Designs – Elizabeth Johnson Murphy
Grace Mataro and her awesome stuff!
Cristy Wright Carter and Permanent Jewelry!
Affordable Southern Charm!
And others!

Food vendors starting at 11 AM in the lot beside the post office.

Vendors Include:
CheeseLouise!
Mount Grace Food truck!
Pretty Baked! – Nikita Etheridge
Soulful Wings!
Funnel Cakes!

More booths of fun and activity for the kids!
Just to name a few:
CAKE WALK!
BIG SLIDE!
FACE PAINTING!
CHICKEN RUN (held 11:30 before the parade at the EKL Park) Contact Toni McAllister at 318-729-1726
AND PLENTY MORE GAMES AND FUN!

For parade information please contact Shannon at 318-623-0477.  For festival information please contact Lacey at 318-302-2427.


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Submit Your Mardi Gras Photos to the Winn Parish Journal!

With more of our Parish’s impending celebrations for Mardi Gras closing in fast, we at Winn Parish Journal would like to push pause for a moment and ask our residents/vendors to participate in our ‘Main Street Madness’ wrap-up!

Each year our communities efforts and attractions grow, along with the ideas and contributions that make it possible for us residents to gather for another annual opportunity at a safe and family-friendly event. It’s a satisfying thing to be sure but there’s a lot to see, and WPJ wants to see it all!

So, if you happen to have a parade float you and your team have gone all out for this year, a business you took extra care in decorating in anticipation of the holiday, or maybe it’s just a well-rounded moment with your loved ones and everyone’s got their eyes open for once–please send it our way!

Please note the window for this particular request begins Saturday, February 4th, and ends that following Monday, February 6th. All Photos and commentary MUST be safe and appropriate. All content MUST be submitted before/by 6 pm that evening to be included.

Please submit all photos and commentary to wpjreporter@gmail.com, NOT our Facebook messages, we thank you for your cooperation and can’t wait to see the turnout this coming weekend! Safe partying Winn Parish!


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Winnfield Woman Killed in LaSalle Parish Crash

LaSalle Parish – On January 28, 2023, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 125 at Louisiana Highway 124. This crash claimed the life of 68-year-old Julia Walker of Winnfield.   
The initial investigation revealed that a 2018 Toyota Rav4, driven by 70-year-old Faye Johns of Winnfield, was preparing to turn at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 124 and Louisiana Highway 125.  For reasons still under investigation, Johns turned left onto Louisiana Highway 125, but failed to yield to a southbound 1999 Kenworth commercial vehicle. As a result, Johns’ vehicle was struck by the Kenworth.    
Johns and her passenger (Walker), who both were restrained, sustained moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. At approximately 10:00 p.m., Troop E was notified that Walker had succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the Kenworth, who also was restrained, sustained no injuries. 
While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences.  
In 2023, Troop E Troopers have investigated two fatal crashes resulting in two fatalities.   


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Winn Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Business of the Week – Bayou Cajun Crawfish

BUSINESS OF THE WEEK SPOTLIGHT
🍤 BAYOU CAJUN CRAWFISH 🦞
Bayou Cajun Crawfish offers boiled and live crawfish and also boiled shrimp. Catering is available! A reopen date for this season hasn’t been yet announced. Stay tuned! 
CONTACT INFO:
📍 Address:
7423 HWY 167 S
Winnfield La 71483
📞 Contact:
318-209-5062
💻 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bayoucajuncrawfishla


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Winnfield Police Department Arrest Report

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Xavion D Joe 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Charge: Criminal conspiracy, Accesory

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Camreon Wyatt 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black 
Sex: Male 
Age: 23 
Charge: Direct contempt of court 

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Joseph B Audrislh
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: White 
Sex: Male 
Age: 41
Charge: Direct contempt of court (x2)

Date: 1-27-23
Name: Monte L Campbell 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black
Sex: Male 
Age: 20
Charge: Direct contempt of court 

Date: 1-30-23
Name: Jermikel J Rachal 
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: Black 
Sex: Male 
Age: 28
Charge: Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments, Unlawful disruption of the operation of a school

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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