Volume 133 Number 27 - July 06, 2006

News

Beating the bite
Beating the bite Expert says mosquito populations low but precautions still necessary
There is one good thing about the drier-than-normal weather conditions around Louisiana so far this year. That’s fewer mosquitoes, according to an expert with the LSU AgCenter, who stressed precautions still are needed to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.

Destrehan man charged with child porn
Shane Helds, 26, Destrehan Ex-girlfriend finds illegal stash
During the course of March, Shane Helds contacted his ex-girlfriend multiple times by phone and via text messages. Helds, 26, was looking to retrieve some personal items after the relationship dissolved.

Fatal crash in early morning hours
Luling man killed in accident on River Road
Early Thursday morning, on June 29, Louisiana State Police responded to an accident at approximately 4:42 a.m. The incident occurred on LA 18 near Sugarhouse Rd.

House endorses oil royalties plan, Senate brokers compromise
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana came one step closer last week to realizing its longtime goal of increasing its share of offshore oil and gas royalties when the U.S. House approved legislation that would guarantee $9 billion over the next decade.

Levee district says no to videotaped meetings
Levee district says no to videotaped meetings St. Charles council’s request to Pontchartrain Levee Board denied
The Pontchartrain Levee District will not be videotaping its meetings and forwarding a copy of the tape to all parishes covered by the district, according to a vote taken by the levee district commissioners.

Louisiana is really not a poor state
Louisiana is often referred to as a “poor state” but that’s not really true. Our state is rich in natural resources that the entire country and, to a great extent, the entire world is dependent upon.

Lutcher man booked for attempted manslaughter in the parish
Coty Foreman, 24, Lutcher Jilted ex-husband fires at new boyfriend
In a domestic dispute gone wrong, a Lutcher man became enraged at the sight of his ex-wife speaking with another man. Coty Foreman, 24, 2403 N. Central St., Lutcher, then fired a gun at his estranged wife's boyfriend’s car.

Rescued bald eagle released in Des Allemands
Rescued bald eagle released in Des Allemands Baton Rouge American Indian performs a ceremony as the bird is returned to nature
Last May, Lt. Pamela Schmitt, an animal control officer with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, responded to calls from several motorists who witnessed an eagle along the roadside in Des Allemands thatappeared to be injured.


Sports

Crush loses heartbreaker
By Michael Luke
The Mimosa Crush, 13-14 year-old Franchise Team coached by Kerry Savoie, were runner up after losing to Mimosa Boudreaux 7-6.
Swimming along
By Shannon Madden
The Mimosa Swim Team traveled to Ormond Country Club to take on their third competitor of the season Wednesday, June 21.
Running for glory
By M. Susanne Hinkle
The St. Charles Striders are making headlines once again as they are scheduled to leave for the AAU Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Virginia on July 29 and return on August 6. When asked if this trip would be a welcome vacation, Coach Ulysses Frontha said, "It's work for the coaches as usual. The kids are expected to do great in the Junior Olympics."

Editorial

An unresolved problem
By Dan Juneau
When the state appropriations bill emerged from the House, it had a conspicuous passenger - a $150 million line item for hurricane evacuations. Governor Blanco's floor leaders argued that the money was needed to pay state expenses for mandatory evacuations from future hurricanes. That explanation rang hollow to many Capitol observers, since it would equate to seven mandatory evacuations in one year.
The high price of freedom
By Patrick Yoes
Our world has changed a great deal since September 11th. If nothing more, we now know the painful price of freedom and the depths of hatred towards the very things we as Americans take for granted. We have become a country many just love to hate.
Eating together has its benefits
By Ed Thomas
(AgapePress) - According to one national organization's research, eating dinner together as a family is not only good for bonding between family members but also cuts down on teens' risks of alcohol and drug addiction.

Our View

We felt like dancing in the rain
Watching the rain pour down in St. Charles Parish Monday was one of the greatest sights we have had in quite a while.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
By Staff Report
Arrests • Coty Foreman, 24, of 2403 N. Central St., Lutcher, was arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter, violation of protective order at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on June 28. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant that was issued on June 28, 2006 for the above charges. On June 27, the above subject allegedly fired one shot at his ex-wife’s boyfriend’s vehicle. Foreman allegedly followed the victim after watching him stop and talk to his ex-wife. As the victim was driving away, Foreman allegedly shot at his vehicle striking his rear door. No one was injured during the incident. Foreman was later apprehended by police. • Rendy D. Austin, 18, of 141 Adams St., Killona, was arrested and charged with carnal knowledge at LA. Hwy. 18 @ Bradwall St., Luling, on June 28. Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant that was issued on Nov. 23, 2005 for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. In Nov. 2005, the above subject allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 14 year-old juvenile. •Shane Helds, 26, of 126 Ormond Village, Destrehan, was arrested and charged with pornography involving a juvenile at Nelson Correctional Center on June 23. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on two warrants for a total of 23 counts of pornography involving juveniles. In March of 2006, Helds contacted his ex-girlfriend numerous times by phone and by text messaging requesting some of his personal items, specifically his computer and porn. Upon the ex-girlfriend removing the items she discovered a hiding place where several porn DVD’s and CD’s were stored. After reviewing one of the DVD’s she realized that the DVD’s and CD’s contained children engaging in sexual acts with adult males and children engaging in sexual acts alone; at which time she immediately notified the Sheriff’s office. After an investigation, Helds was arrested and booked. • Rendy Austin, 18, of 141 Adams St., Killona, was arrested and charged with poss. with intent to dist. cocaine, driver must be licensed and seat belt use at LA Hwy. 18 @ Bradwell St., Luling, on June 28. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was stopped for not wearing a seat belt. Further investigation revealed the subject to be wanted and in poss. of cocaine.



Lifestyles

Arc of St. Charles is a helping hand for the disabled
By M. Susanne Hinkle
The Arc of St. Charles is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing services and support that enable persons of all ages with developmental disabilities and special needs to attain their potential. The Arc of St. Charles has been providing services to the handicapped persons of St. Charles Parish since 1971.
Nicholls announces honor roll
By M. Susanne Hinkle
• Honor Roll COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Brittany Danyel Barrios, Luling; Nicole Elizabeth Mumphrey, Destrehan.
Dry weather produces record tomatoes
By M. Susanne Hinkle
The LSU AgCenter’s 8th Annual Tomato Field Day in Waterproof, La., showed that the recent lack of rain can’t stop those who are determined to produce unusually large tomatoes.
Caladiums made for shade, offer summer color
By Staff Report
Gardeners crave color in shady areas of their landscapes just as much as they do in sunny areas. Unfortunately, shade-loving plants generally are not so flamboyant, and the selection of colorful bedding plants for shady gardens is limited.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Davis Lavell Minese Davis on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 in a car accident in Killona, La. Daughter of Wanda Reed and Joseph Davis. Sister of Melanie Reed and Joseph Davis. Granddaughter of Richard Bartley and the late Audry Cannon Reed Bartley, Ivory Reed, Sr., Millie Mae Thomas and Joseph Davis, Sr. Aunt of Cierra, Chanta'e and Ron Davis and Tyrese Champagne. Also survived by a devoted friend, Sean Hernandez and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Age 29 years. She received a Bachelor Degree of Business/Computers from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. A native and resident of Killona, La. Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers and members of Canaan Baptist Church and all neighboring churches, Hahnville High School Class of 1995 and employees of Cingular Wireless of Baton Rouge and U.S. Postal Service of Metairie were invited to attend the funeral service at Canaan Baptist Church, 319 Killona Dr., Killona, La., on Friday, June 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. Pastor Henry Wolfe, Officiated. Interment Holy Rosary Cemetery, Taft, La. Visitation at the above named church from 9 a.m. until service. Serviced by Robottom.