Bobby’s Barrel

Robert “Bobby” Leach was a daredevil. Originally from Cornwall, England, he moved to Canada at some point and got a job as a stuntman in Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. In his early 50s, Bobby owned and operated a lunch counter and souvenir stand near Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, but he thrived on the attention his life-threatening feats brought him. He once told reporters, “I fear nothing.” He had made four trips through the dangerous rapids at Whirlpool Falls, the last of which nearly killed him. He had made “a number of balloon ascensions” in homemade balloons, he rode over the Seneca Falls in a barrel, and leapt off the Rainbow International Bridge 200 feet above the Niagara River with a homemade parachute. Newspapers reported that his net worth since his daredevil days began had risen to between $20,000 and $30,000, an enormous amount in the early years of the twentieth century.

Bobby had another goal that would exceed anything he had done before. His next feat was to go over Horseshoe Falls, the largest of three waterfalls which collectively form Niagara Falls, in a barrel. If he succeeded, he would be the first man to survive the trip. Ten years earlier, Mrs. Anna Edson Taylor became the first human to survived the trip. Unlike Anna Taylor, who used a wooden barrel for her trip, Bobby helped design and build a steel barrel for his trip over the falls.

Bobby’s plan was hindered almost immediately. Authorities in Niagara Falls, New York, and Ontario, Canada, both refused to allow Bobby to launch his barrel from their cities. Undeterred, just after 1 p.m. on July 25, 1911, the 53-year-old Bobby tied his barrel to a motor boat and launched it several miles upriver from Horseshoe Falls. Strong winds and choppy water pounded the boat and barrel, but Bobby was determined to continue. At a point about three miles above Horseshoe Falls, Bobby climbed into the barrel, released the rope, and sealed the hatch on the barrel. There was no turning back. Bobby was now at the mercy of the river.

Spectators watched as the barrel slowly made its way toward Horseshoe Falls. A mile above the Falls, the barrel reached the rapids. Over and over, the barrel smashed into and bounced off of the myriad of rocks in the rapids. At 3:13 p.m., the barrel tumbled over the falls and disappeared into the churning water below. Spectators held their breath and wondered if Bobby had survived. Less than a minute later, the barrel bobbed up to the surface of the water. Newspapers reported that the force of the impact tore both ends off of the barrel, but it was still afloat.

Spectators stood in stunned silence for almost twenty minutes while the barrel drifted a safe distance away from the falls. There were no signs of life from Bobby’s barrel. Frank Bender, a local resident, swam out to Bobby’s barrel with a rope. He tied it around the barrel and held on as a team of men pulled the Barrel to shore. The men struggled to open the hatch. They all wondered if Bobby had survived, though none would say it aloud. When the hatch gave way, they peered in. Blood streamed down Bobby’s face from a deep gash and his right leg was sprained, but Bobby was alive!

On the following evening, Bobby spoke with a reporter about the trip. His first words were “no more,” when the reporter asked if he planned to take another trip over the falls. Bobby told the reporter, “The drop over the falls was not so bad, but that through the upper rapids was frightful. It seemed as though the barrel turned over a million times. The nearer I approached to the falls, the more the barrel turned. Once, when I struck a rock, I thought it was all over. A big dent was stove in the barrel and a couple of quarts of water came in. I prepared to die. But the water merely washed through the air holes. It was striking the rock that hurt my leg. The big drop over the falls was nothing in comparison to the rest of the trip. I felt no sensation, certainly no pain, going down, and there was very little bump at the bottom. All I have to say is that nobody’s got anything on me, so far as going over Niagara Falls is concerned. But—never again.”

Adopting the nickname Professor, Bobby went on a worldwide speaking tour and told of his many life-threatening, death-defying feats. The people were most interested to hear Bobby tell the story of his trip while showing a film of his barrel going over Horseshoe falls. He answered questions and posed for pictures, all for a small fee. People flocked to his presentations. While returning from one such showing in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bobby slipped, fell onto the street, and broke his leg. Within a short time, his leg became infected with Gangrene. Penicillin and other antibiotics were not yet available. Doctors did the only thing available to them at the time and amputated the infected leg. The infection, however, had spread throughout his body. On April 26, 1926, in an ironic twist of fate, the man who had survived a trip over Horseshoe Falls, who had survived four trips through Whirlpool Falls, who once predicted that the water would probably “get him” one day, died as a result of slipping on an orange peel.

Notice of Death January 28, 2020

WINN:
Mary Kirkendoll
May 06, 1949 – January 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1:00 p. m. at the New Zion Baptist Church in Winnfield, LA.
Burial: Winnfield City Cemetery

NATCHITOCHES:
Larry “Thigh-Thigh” Batiste

September 3, 1978 – January 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Carol Adkins Williams
November 07, 1950 – January 26, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, February 1 from 11 am – 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home

John Gill “Bud” Rachal
October 10, 1949 – January 17, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th St. in Natchitoches

Jessie Mae Thomas Manning
March 5, 1942 – January 24, 2020
Visitation: Friday, January 31 from 5-8 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 11 am at the Friendship Baptist Church

James Pickett
January 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

John L. Brooks
January 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Billy Gibson
December 25, 1950 – January 19, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 12 pm at The Camp, located at 1026 Hampton Road in Natchitoches

James Moody
January 17, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

RED RIVER:
Grace Eleanor Adams
August 08, 1927 – January 27, 2020
Visitation: Wednesday, January 29 from 6-9 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, January 30 at 11 am at Fairview Baptist Church
Interment: Fairview Cemetery

Police Juror Attempts to Better Serve Tax Payers by Ending Insurance Benefits for Jurors

District 7 Police Juror Allen Michael McCartney is on a mission to free up money in the general fund spent on health insurance for jurors to allow those resources to be used in a way that better serves the taxpayers.  “We must end juror insurance at some point as it is a runaway cost that is about to surpass the salary itself,” said McCartney. 

Insurance cost per juror – $784.31 month (up from $719.38)
Total per year if all jurors enroll – $65,882.04
Percent of general fund revenue – 4%
Total cost of jurors salaries + insurance (if all jurors enroll) – $142,682.04 
Percent of general fund revenue – 8.6%

The Minutes of November 18, 2019, Regular Police Jury Meeting reflect that then District 4 Police Juror Michael Carpenter made a Motion to eliminate paid health insurance to Jurors. The Motion was not seconded and failed.

According to the minutes of the Police Jury Budget Committee meeting held on November 18, 2019, then Police Jury President Allen Michael McCartney pointed out to the Jurors present that “the greatest costs in the General Fund is inmate costs and health insurance.” He also went on to forewarn that there will be a Motion on the next regular meeting agenda to have jurors pay a portion of their insurance to offset the increase.

A recording of December 16, 2019, Regular Police Jury meeting reveals that then Police Jury President McCartney introduced a Motion for Jurors to pay $150 per month toward their health insurance. District 4 Police Juror Michael Carpenter made the Motion and it was seconded by District 3 Juror Josh McAllister. During discussion District 6 Juror Author Robinson stated “Our insurance is one of the things that help us attract jurors, it’s definitely not the pay. We have new Jurors coming on and we will have new Jurors coming on in the future and I personally believe that we need to leave it as it is.” McCartney responded by pointing out that “from a financial standpoint this is a part-time elected position and so I’ve always been against it.” The Motion was then put to a vote: two Jurors voted “Yes” (Michael Carpenter and Josh McAllister) and three voted “No” (Deionne Carpenter, Phillip Evans and Author Robinson) the Motion failed.

Currently, McCartney, newly elected District 5  Juror Kirk Miles, and McAllister do not take the health insurance offered. While, District 1 Juror Phillip Evans, District 2 Juror Deionne Carpenter,and District 6 Juror Author Robinson do. Newly elected District 4 Juror Tammy Griffin was undecided regarding accepting the insurance at the time of publication.

“People need to understand what’s going on. Jurors are elected by the people to represent the people’s wants and needs. If the people aren’t okay with the way a Juror votes on any given issue they have the right to contact that juror to let them know. If that Juror continues to vote in a way that isn’t representative of the wants and needs of the people in their districts the people have a right to not vote for them in the next election.” said McCartney.

According to McAllister he and McCartney have never accepted the insurance offered to Jurors and in fact have used that money to build batting cages at the Winnfield Recreational Center and other projects in their districts over the last four years.

District Attorney Chris Nevils Reports the Following Action Taken in 8th Judicial District Court from March 18, 2019 – December 18, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on March 18, 2019

MATTHEW VANCE SHELTON: Defendant entered no contest plea possession of SCH II hydrocodone and DWI 1st – CDS. Sentence – possession of SCH II hydrocodone – sentence deferred , pay fine and court cost, probation period time thirty days. DWI 1st – CDS – pay fine and probation fee, community service and substance abuse is satisfied.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on March 19, 2019

JAMES L. BROOKS: Defendant entered alford plea possession of SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve one and one-half years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

MICHAEL A. COLLIER: Defendant entered alford plea two counts simple assault. Defendant sentenced to serve ninety days without labor on both counts consecutively and also to run consecutive to sentence he is presently serving.

JACK D. NOBLES: Defendant entered admission to habitual offender. The original sentence of five years rendered November 26, 2019 vacated, defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

AUSTIN R. OURSO: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Sentence deferred, pay fine, court cost and restitution, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

KENDRA K. PIMPLETON: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight years suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, attorney fee and supervision fee the state.

JASON THOMAS PONDER: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor illegal possession of stolen things. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender.

DESERA E. WILLIAMS: Defendant entered guilty plea simple battery. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation and ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on March 20, 2019

MARCUS D. BOOKER, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Defendant sentenced to serve two years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

DANISHA M. CASTLE: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor illegal possession of CDS in presence of minors. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender.

LACY LONG DUCOTE: Defendant entered guilty possession of SCH II CDS methamphetamine. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

KAYLA HEMPERLY FLEMING: Defendant entered alford plea fraudulent acquisition of a credit card. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, restitution, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender.

MICHAEL T. GREEN: Defendant entered plea unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Defendant sentenced to time served since arrest without hard labor.

TERRY L. HAYES: Defendant entered alford plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

KINYATA T. JOHNSON: Defendant entered guilty simple assault. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, probation fee, restitution and fee to Office of Public Defender.

MICHAEL LOUIS, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant placed on six months unsupervised probation and ordered to pay fine and contempt fee.

BRIAN K. McCLAIN: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH I CDS. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, probation fee and fee to Office of Public Defender.

DAWN PRESTRIDGE McDANIEL: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of ten year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee.

ALEXIS L. NASH: Defendant entered guilty plea simple criminal damage to property under $1,000.00. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, and probation fee.

TONY A. PARKER: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal trespass. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

COREY JAMEZ THOMAS: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a substance falsely represented as a controlled dangerous substance. Defendant sentenced to serve one and one-half years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

CHRISTOPHER G. WELCH: Defendant entered alford plea hit and run driving. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of five year jail sentenced suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee.

SAMUEL K. WELCH: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee.

JAMES A. WILIAMS: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor from date of his arrest.

TONY DUWAYNE KEITH: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

DAVID RUSSELL: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Defendant sentenced to time served since arrest without hard labor.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on April 16, 2019

CASEY DUANE ESTES: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

GAGE MICHAEL KTTINGER: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on April 17, 2019

MARGARETTE ELAINE LACOUR: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JOHN F. BLAKE, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

TEVIN D. COOK: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

CAMERON RAY FULLER: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH I CDS. Defendant sentenced to time served.

JAMES OMAR HOWARD, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a SCH CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

SIERRA NICCOLLE McALLISTER: Defendant entered guilty plea unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on supervised probation two years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee.

BRANDON McDONALD: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve one year with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BOBBY G. NORRIS: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated battery. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

NICHOLAS C. WILLIAMS, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor illegal carrying of weapons. Defendant sentenced to time served.

HOWARD J. WILLIS: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated second degree battery. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive to sentence he is presently serving.

CHRISTOPHER DALE WISE: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of SCH II CDS methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive to sentence he is presently serving.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 13, 2019

CHARLES P. HOLMES: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor aggravated assault. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and probation fee.
District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 14, 2019

TRISTEN JAMES HILL: Defendant entered guilty plea unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor.

DOYLE RAY SMITH, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor.

TAMMY RENEE PARKER PORTER: Defendant tendered guilty plea criminal mischief. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and restitution.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 15, 2019

JONATHAN O. BARNES: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections consecutively to sentence he is presently serving.

JERRY J. CARMOUCHE: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted introducing contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive to sentence he is presently serving.

JOSEPH ALLEN COOLMAN: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JEFFREY C. COUNCIL: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH II CDS with intent to distribute. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

DEONTAY K. DAVIS: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated battery. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee and perform sixteen hours community service.

TYLER WILSON GARRETT: Defendant entered guilty plea stalking. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of two year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender and perform sixteen hours community service.

JEFFREY ALLEN GREER: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

MELANIE D. HICKMAN: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one and one-half years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

RAY ANTHONY HOLLINGSWORTH: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JODY R. LASYONE: Defendant entered guilty plea simple escape. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Sentence consecutive.

DONNIE T. LAWSON: Defendant entered guilty plea simple escape. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Sentence consecutive.

PRINTIS MONTRAL SCOTT: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender. Defendant sentenced to time served.

CHERRIDY BELLE SEAMANS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

LIMEUL B. WEEKS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine over 28 grams. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

HUEY O. WYATT: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of SCH IV CDS Xanax. Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JODY R. LASYONE: Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of simple burglary. Probation revoked in full, any financial obligation is removed, defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on May 20, 2019

DANNIELLE M. BAKER: Defendant entered guilty plea resisting an officer with force or violence public intimidation. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

SHANI FALLIS: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of SCH II CDS methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor.

JAMES EDWARD HANSON, III: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated flight from an officer where human life is endangered. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

AMY M. McHENRY: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana. Defendant sentenced to serve fifteen days.

RALPH ROBERTSON: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution. Defendant sentenced to serve two years had labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BILLY L. WISE: Defendant entered guilty plea cruelty to juveniles – mistreatment or neglect. Defendant sentenced to serve seven years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of seven years suspended, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender and perform sixteen hours community service.
District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 17, 2019

JAMES FARRAR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BONNIE C. RAINEY: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal trespass. Defendant sentenced to time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 18, 2019

CHRISTOPHER O. BRESHERS: Defendant entered guilty plea battery of a dating partner. Defendant sentenced to time served.

BRENT DEWAYNE JAMES: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of two year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

JUSTIN D. LeBLANC: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of tramadol. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

DWIGHT K. LOVE: Defendant entered guilty plea battery of a correctional officer. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 17, 2019

JAMES FARRAR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BONNIE C. RAINEY: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal trespass. Defendant sentenced to time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 15, 2019

ZACHERY D. GORHAM: Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of possession of methamphetamine. Probation revoked in full, defendant sentenced to time served without hard labor.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 17, 2019

JAMES FARRAR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BONNIE C. RAINEY: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal trespass. Defendant sentenced to time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 16, 2019

SYKELIA HOLMES: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated assault. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation with special condition.

DANIEL JORDAN NORRIS: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated flight from an office where human life is endangered. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on June 17, 2019

JAMES FARRAR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BONNIE C. RAINEY: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal trespass. Defendant sentenced to time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on July 17, 2019

JERRY MICHAEL COCKRELL: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve seven years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of seven years suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender.

MICHAEL K. CORMIER: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to time served since arrest in May.

JARED HEATH FRANKS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of drug paraphernalia first offense. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

DAMINON ROMON JEWITT: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a SCH II CDS and possession of a SCH II CDS. Sentence: distribution of a SCH II CDS – defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Possession of a SCH II CDS – defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive to distribution sentence.

MARSHALL RAY JONES: Defendant entered guilty plea simple assault. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on one year probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and fee to Office of Public Defender.

KESHA KAY PARKER: Defendant entered guilty plea theft of a motor vehicle – $1500.00 or more. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant paid restitution, probation terminated.

GLEN Z. WADE: Defendant entered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on August 20, 2019

VON R. HARRINGTON: Defendant entered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

KAYLA CHRISTINE SIBLEY: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana. Execution of jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

JAKEITHRA SHAVON STARKS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute a SCH I CDS. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on August 21, 2019

MARVIN EVANS: Defendant entered alford plea battery of a correctional facility employee by inmate. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

DAMION DEWAYNE FOSTER: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor illegal possession of stolen things. Defendant sentenced to time served.

ATALAYA HALL: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

TEDDY L. NASH: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft. Sentenced to time served.

GEORGE KALEM ORR: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Concurrent sentences 6 months without hard labor suspended and placed on supervised probation for a period of time not to exceed 24 months. Possession of marijuana – pay fine, court cost and probation fee, default 15 days. Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles – pay fine and court cost, default 60 days. Probation terms concurrent, fines and penalties consecutive.

LORI BEMONT SCROGGS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of legend drug. Defendant sentenced to time served.

JASON TYRONE SMALL: Defendant entered alford plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to time served with credit for time served without hard labor.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on September 17, 2019

JOSEPH DARRAYL BAHAM: Defendant entered guilty plea simple battery. Defendant sentenced to serve ten days in the Winn Parish Jail.

TYRODERICK D. FOSTER: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on September 18, 2019

ROY LEE CUNNINGHAM: Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of felony theft. Probation revoked, defendant sentenced to serve two years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant also pled guilty simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve five years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

EDDIE L. BARTLEY: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted distribution of a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve six years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JUSTIN M. BROOKS: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve two years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

VERNON RAY DAVENPORT III: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve one hundred eighty days.

TYLER THANE DEMPSEY: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor simple criminal damage to property. Defendant sentenced to time served.

NAKIE T. GREEN: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve one year with Louisiana Department of Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

BILLY R. FLOYD: Defendant entered guilty plea residential contractor fraud. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Five year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, restitution, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

TEMARIO A. FOBBS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession or introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

WILLIE L. D. HENSON: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

TYLER HILL: Defendant entered guilty plea second degree battery. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

GENE VARNELL JONES, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve seven and one-half years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

CANDY A. KENNEDY: Defendant entered guilty plea criminal damage to property. Defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of two year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

FRANCONA LARUE TODD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. All items seized at time of arrest forfeited.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on September 23, 2019

JIMMY DALE DENMON: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of eight year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and monthly supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 14, 2019

MICKAL A. EDWARDS (RIGGS): Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. Probation revoked in full, defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 15, 2019

SHANE E. DUPREE: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated flight from an officer where human life is endangered. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of four year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, attorney fee and supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

JOHN WILLIAM BRADLEY, III: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated assault with a firearm. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, attorney fee and probation fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

VERNON RAY DAVENPORT, III: Defendant entered guilty plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to time served.

DANIEL DEWAYNE DESOTO: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve nine years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

CHARLES TRAVIS ESTES: Defendant entered alford plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JAMES M. HANCOCK: Defendant entered guilty plea simple cruelty to animals. Defendant sentenced to time served.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 16, 2019

BENNETT BARNES: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve two years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BEN MICHAEL COLLINSWORTH: Defendant entered guilty plea aggravated battery. Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of ten year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on four years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and restitution. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and avoid any contact with victims.

FRANKLIN DAVIS, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a SCH IV CDS. Sentence – attempted possession of firearm by a convicted felon – defendant sentenced to serve two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Possession of SCH IV CDS – defendant ordered to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

TORAN DUHON: Defendant entered guilty plea battery of a correctional officer. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

JOSHUA A. FRITZ: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Defendant sentenced to serve nine years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

TERVORIOS HARRIS: Defendant tendered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute a SCH I CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

KEYONDRICK LETRELL MLLS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Defendant sentenced to serve seven years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of seven year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on four years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Anything seized, including money, forfeited.

ADRIANNA V. NORMAN: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of contraband upon the grounds of any state correctional institution. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

PAUL E. PURVIS: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of a SCH IV CDS. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service and satisfactorily complete court approved drug and substance abuse program.

DELLVONTE R. SNOW: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, attorney fee and supervision fee. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

KALANDEN DIOANTI TURNER: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Sentence deferred, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine and court cost. Defendant ordered to perform sixteen hours community service.

KEVIN JAMES WRIGHT: Defendant entered alford plea introducing or possessing contraband in any municipal or parish prison or jail. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on October 21, 2019

TERRENCE F. TRIPLETT, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea felony theft. Defendant sentenced to time served since arrest on this charge.

LAWRENCE VEALS: Defendant entered guilty plea battery of a correctional facility employee by inmate. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence consecutive.

ALTON C. WILLIAMSON: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 5, 2019

DEMONTREZ A. SCOTT: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of marijuana. Imposition sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation. Defendant ordered to pay fine and probation fee.

MARK DURAND AUTREY: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution to persons under age eighteen. Defendant sentenced to serve five years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

KATELYN ELLEN BRODINE: Defendant entered guilty plea illegal possession of stolen things over $500 but under $1500. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of five year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine and restitution.

DEAUNTREZ D. BROWN: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Defendant ordered to serve seven years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. All items seized at time of arrest forfeited to the State of Louisiana.

PARKER LEVI CUMMINGS: Defendant entered guilty plea simple battery. Defendant sentenced to serve six months without hard labor. Sentence suspended, defendant placed on two years unsupervised probation with special condition. Defendant ordered to pay fine.

COCA L. EDWARDS, JR.: Defendant previously found guilty on the following charges and present for resentencing. Possession of firearm by a convicted felon – twenty years at hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence without probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Illegal use of CDS in presence of minors – ten years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Sentence without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, concurrently with sentence of possession of firearm. Possession of synthetic marijuana – two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, concurrent with sentences previously sentenced. Possession of hydrodocone – two years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, concurrent with all other sentences.

DYLAN MIKAL ESPEJEL: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve seven years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

DENNIS J. GASPARD: Defendant entered guilty plea possession with intent to distribute clonazepam. Defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

MARTY JAMES HEBERT: Defendant entered guilty plea attempted possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve seven and one-half years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JOHN W. HEISTER: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Sentenced deferred, defendant placed on supervised probation three years with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

KENNETH VIVAN LAWSON: Defendant entered guilty plea felony theft. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

BRANDON LEE McDONALD: Defendant entered guilty plea simple burglary. Defendant sentenced to serve eight years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

CHRISTOPHER J. SMILEY: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies. Defendant sentenced to serve six years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

JAMES AARON WALKER, JR.: Defendant entered guilty plea felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Defendant sentenced to serve ten years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of ten year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost, fee to Office of Public Defender and probation fee with state. Defendant is obligated to register.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on November 18, 2019

KOLANDROSS R. DUNCAN: Defendant entered guilty plea misdemeanor theft. Defendant sentenced to time served. Defendant ordered to pay restitution. Court noted restitution has been paid.

PHILLIP D. JACKSON: Defendant entered guilty plea possession of methamphetamine. Defendant sentenced to serve four years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Execution of four year jail sentence suspended, defendant placed on three years supervised probation with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections Defendant ordered to pay fine, court cost and attorney fee.

COURTNEY MACLENNAN: Defendant previously revoked on the charge of possession of methamphetamine was present for sentencing. Defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

DAVID C. HOLLINGSWORTH: Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of possession of methamphetamine. Probation revoked, defendant sentenced to serve five years hard labor with State of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

RACHELL SMITH RACIINE: Defendant present for probation revocation on the charge of illegal possession of stolen things. Probation revoked, all monetary obligation to be removed. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney Chris Nevils reports the following action was taken in Eighth Judicial District Court on December 18, 2019

WILLIAM DEWAYNE DESADIER: Defendant entered guilty plea distribution of a SCH II CDS. Defendant sentenced to serve three years hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Defendant to report January 6, 2020 to begin serving sentence.

ALVIN IVERY: Defendant entered alford plea disarming a police officer. Defendant sentenced to serve one year hard labor with Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

District Attorney of the 8th Judicial District, Chris Nevils Speaks to Rotary

Pictured above is Rotary Club of Winnfield President Samantha Kelly and Rotarian and guest speaker Chris Nevils.

Rotary Club of Winnfield Rotarian Chris Nevils decided to take his turn to host a guest speaker as a chance to catch the club up on what he has been up to in his position as District Attorney of the 8th Judicial District.

Nevils began by ensuring everyone that the day to day business at the DA’s office is going pretty smooth. Cases are moving through the courts and they are keeping an eye on the finances. 

He went on to explain that he is a member of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. The LDAA’s mission is to improve Louisiana’s justice system and the office of District Attorney by enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of Louisiana’s District Attorneys and their staffs through education, legislative involvement, liaison, and information sharing. He highlighted that the Executive Director of the LDAA is a full-time lobbyist. The LDAA Board members and even regular members that are just interested will go the state capital to visit with legislators and/or lobby for funds if necessary. This organization also has groups that assist legislators with drafting Bills. 

He has recently been asked to serve on a committee to assist the LSU Louisiana Law Institute in assisting legislators in drafting a Bill. The people that serve on this committee are volunteers from all over the state that volunteer their time to try to do something good for our state, said Nevils. The name of the proposed law is the Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act. The VRU law would provide important legal protection to “vulnerable” people on the streets. This category consists of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and highway construction workers. Nevils group at the Louisiana Law Institute added groups that are operating tractors, handicap scooters, wheelchairs, and skateboarders. The proposed law would include giving judges the ability to pass sentences such as licenses suspension, jail time, mandatory completion of a driver safety course or community service if they are proved to be not necessarily criminally impaired but impaired or distracted in any way while committing a violation such as illegal lane change and then injure or kill vulnerable road users. The current laws in place do not provide any foundation to prosecute drivers for anything other than a traffic violation if they kill or injure a vulnerable road user.

The Bill has a sponsor and an RS number assigned. They will submit a final draft of the Bill to the Committees that issued the Resolution. The Committee will then decide if it’s something they want to go forward with. Nevils encouraged the club members to watch for the Bill and if they agree with it to contact their legislators in support of it.

This is an issue close to Nevils’s heart as he is an avid bicyclist logging over 50,000 miles in the last eight to nine years all over the state and all over the south and has been hit by a vehicle himself while cycling. He also hopes this law will help DA’s be able to give some comfort to victim’s families by reassuring them that justice will be served in these cases.

Nevils concluded the presentation by saying that he is honored to get to do the job he loves and he hopes that voters will allow him to continue to do so in the upcoming election.

Winn Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Announces Annual Reception

The Winn Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will hold it’s annual reception on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 6:00 PM at the Louisiana Political Museum. 

This year’s honorees are:
Business of the Year – Louisiana All Hours Fitness
Business Person of the Year – Freddie and Katrina Nichols
New Business of the Year – Chaddy Shack
Volunteer of the Year – Lindlay Howell
Spirit of Myrtis Allen Award – Carolyn Lang

Dugdemona Fest Presents – Dug’s Mardi Pardi

TIME TO GET YOUR TABLES AND TICKETS TO THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!!!!

Don’t miss Dug’s MARDI PARDI! This year we are mixing it up and ready to party like it’s 1999 at the BATTLE OF THE DECADES! 60’s,70’s, 80’s, 90’s, it’s up to you!

February 1, starting at 8:00 PM, tables and tickets on sale now! Individual tickets, $10 pre-sale and tables are $50 for 6 people! BYOB!

For pre-sale tickets contact: Lindlay Howell at (318) 628-0401

Cash bar will be available!

WE CAN’T WAIT TO BATTLE IT OUT WITH Y’ALL and kick off Mardi Gras Dug’ style!!

Ponderings with Doug January 24, 2020

The movies contain several examples of people who received a call to a higher cause but resisted until the call finally got so strong that he (and it’s usually a he) gives in. Many of the old Humphrey Bogart movies have this theme: Casablanca, Key Largo and African Queen. Other examples are Russell Crowe in Gladiator and Robin Hood, and Mel Gibson in Braveheart and The Patriot.

There’s also the famous 19th-century poem “The Hound of Heaven,” which has a man running incessantly from a “hound” God sends to track him and chase him down until he gives over his life to service of the gospel. Most of us would prefer never having such a “call.”

Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland’s Opus is a slow-moving version. He has a calling to be a high-school music teacher, but he wants to be a famous composer. He takes a job teaching as a “temporary gig” to make a little money until he can finish his opus. He stays there against his will (but secretly feeling fulfilled and meaningful) for the rest of his career. At the end of the movie, we discover that Mr. Holland’s “opus” is actually his teaching career. It was his calling; he denied it to the end and then discovered he’d been living it out without even realizing it.

That same variation is also found in one of the many versions of the legend of the Holy Grail. In it, Perceval feels a “call” to track down the Holy Grail, and he wanders his entire life looking for it. In his travels, he does great things and helps many people. At the end of his life, he stops at a monastery for some rest. He’s weary and depressed that he’s wasted his life and never discovered the one true thing he’s searched for all his life.

The monks tell Perceval two things. One is that he has become famous in the region for being the knight with the big heart who has rescued and healed people across the landscape. Although Perceval never physically reached his goal, his goal was actually achieved in the journey.

The second thing they told Perceval was that the Grail was about half a mile down the road and that he had circled around it hundreds of times in his travels. If he’d only known where his “home” was, he would have realized that he’d actually been there all his life. (This, by the way, is the central theme in Sandra Tsing Loh’s book If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now.)

Perceval had actually responded to and lived out his “call,” even though he never knew it.

Deep within your soul is your calling. You know about it and feel it. You may or may not have lived it out. Your calling comes into focus when you are satisfied. When you are living fully in the here and now. You are not making plans for tomorrow. You are not engaged in any improvement plans; you are satisfied and mindful in the moment. You are likely living out your call. Your calling is unique to you.

Notice of Death January 23, 2020

WINN:
Terry Wayne Jordan
September 02, 1969 – January 21, 2020
Funeral Service – Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, LA

Sarah Emily Harrington
December 31, 1944 – January 21, 2020
Visitation – Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, LA
Funeral Service – Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, LA

NATCHITOCHES:
Billy Gibson

December 25, 1950 – January 19, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 12 pm at The Camp, located at 1026 Hampton Road in Natchitoches

Averille Rachal Hewitt
December 27, 1931 – January 20, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, January 25 from 1-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches

Macie Lee Martin
December 12, 1926 – January 21, 2020
Visitation: Friday, January 24 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 11 am at Pine Grove Cemetery in Mora

James Moody
January 17, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Zantere Smith
January 18, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 12 pm at the Agape Love Center Church, located at 1515 Texas Street in Natchitoches

Sherman O. Gilbert
January 9, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 11 am at Kingdom Life Center, located at 3098 Highway 71 in Campti

SABINE:
Raymond Allen Welch
September 27, 1940 – January 22, 2020

RAPIDES:
Ruth Giles Johnson Moreau
April 16, 1937 – January 21, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 10 am in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Zelma Patterson Hillman
December 1, 1922 – January 21, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 25 at 1 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Verna Verniece DeShazor Walding
March 28, 1919 – January 20, 2020
Service: Friday, January 24 at 1 pm at Gardner Baptist Church

Winn Parish Arrest Report

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office
Name: Harry G. Scott
Date: 1-15-20
Time: 9:25 AM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: B
Sex: M
Age: 58
Charge: Public Bribery
Bond: $10,000

Name: Dennis Gaspard
Date: 1-16-20
Time: 11:24
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: w
Sex: M
Age: 58
Charge: Distribution of Controlled Substance Schedule II Percocet
Bond: No Bond

Name: Lane D. Carter
Date: 1-16-20
Time: 2:00 PM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: W
Sex: M
Age: 44
Charge: Intimidating a Witness
Bond: $10,000

Name: Dustin James Moses
Date: 1-16-20
Time: 3:15 PM
Address: Olla, LA
Race: W
Sex: M
Age: 28
Charge: Distribution of Controlled Substance Schedule II Acetaminophen Codeine Phosphate 
Bond: $75,000

Name: David Paul Breaux
Date: 1-18-20
Time: 12:52
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: W
Sex: M
Age: 47
Charge: Driving Under Suspended License
Bond: $2,500.00

Name: Charles Andrew Prine
Date: 1-19-20
Time:4:45 PM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: W
Sex: M
Age: 41
Charge: Outstanding Warrant
Bond: None Listed

Name: Michael McKinney, Jr.
Date: 1-19-20
Time: 6:55 PM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: B
Sex: M
Age: 30
Charge: Failure to Appear Warrant
Bond: None Listed

Name: David P. Breaux
Date: 1-21-20
Time: 9:30 AM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: W
Sex: M
Age: 47
Charge: Outstanding Warrant
Bond: None Listed

Name: Kolandross R. Duncan
Date: 1-21-20
Time: 10:38
Address: Winn Parish Detention Center
Race: B
Sex: M
Age: 29
Charge: Failure to Appear
Bond: None Listed

Winnfield Police Department
Name: Chasity Rasberry
Date: 1/19/20
Time: 6:45 PM
Address: Winnfield, LA
Race: W
Sex: F
Age: 34
Charge: Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Driving Under Suspended License, No Vehicle Insurance, Switched Plates
Bond: $5,690

 

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