Volume 133 Number 28 - July 13, 2006


Alabama man scams locals in home improvement scheme
Brian Pierce, 32, Hazel, Alabama Subject allegedly bilked over $11,000 from homeowners
Several homeowners in the River Parishes have been scammed by a man working for a home improvement company, B & B Enterprises. Brian M. Pierce, 32, of Hazel Green, Alabama, was arrested and charged with theft over $500 on June 29 after he allegedly pocketed deposit checks from homeowners seeking home repairs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Bobby Gorman poker run planned for August
Bobby Gorman poker run planned for August A fundraiser sponsored by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Department to assist the family of Bobby Gorman is planned for August 12. Gorman was injured by a drunk driver.

Boutte man charged with attempted murder
Troit A. Simmons, 36, Boutte Suspected infidelity is motive
After supposedly hearing that his live-in girlfriend was romantically entertaining another man, a Boutte man became so enraged that he took her to a remote wooded area where, according to police reports, she was savagely beaten.

Norco man booked with aggravated rape
Norco man booked with aggravated rape Name of subject and victim being withheld to protect identity
A Norco man was arrested and charged with aggravated rape after he allegedly inappropriately fondled his 5 year-old daughter on July 7. The suspect reportedly has a history of attempting this type of crime against juveniles in the past.

St. Charles Hospital special election correction
St. Charles Hospital special election correction The information printed on the front page of the July 13 issue of the Herald-Guide concerning the special election for St. Charles Parish Hospital on Saturday, July 15 was incorrect.
Proposition one is for a multi-million dollar expansion. The paper incorrectly stated that voters would also consider a 5 year millage increase for operating expenses. In fact, the 5 year millage is not an increase but has decreased. We apologize for the inconvenience.

St. Rose man caught with crack as he attempted to burglarize home
Ike Randle, 46, New Sarpy Attempted to gain entry into a home with resident on front porch
On July 6 around 10 p.m., St Charles Parish Deputies responded to a call in the 600 block of Harding Street in New Sarpy. The call was of a suspicious person in the neighborhood, but what police found out instead after arriving was a rather bizarre burglary call.

Waiting for health care reform
Waiting for health care reform Policymakers have yet to express interest in health care study
BATON ROUGE -- Aside from opinion polls and talk radio rhetoric, there are strong indicators that people are growing weary waiting the government to reform Louisiana’s health care system.


Eugene starts and shines as a freshman
Michael Luke
Amber Eugene is learning how different life is as a college athlete. The 5'7” point guard from St. Rose has just finished her first season as a college basketball player.
Local track athlete makes his mark
Staff Report
When Avery Sorapuru walked onto Southeastern Louisiana University's track team, “He wasn't very good," said SLU's Head Track Coach Sean Brady.


People knew where to build in 1878
Allen Lottinger
The 1878 map of New Orleans that Times Picayune columnist Angus Lind wrote about the other day indicates that people back in the old days were pretty smart after all.
Can we learn from the Mexicans?
Dan Juneau
Until recently, Mexico had a long history of election fraud, intimidation and outright suppression of voting.
Holiday traditions hard to break
Patrick Yoes
Over the 4th of July extended weekend, St. Charles Parish residents were reminded of a couple of things. Fireworks are dangerous and banning them is only as effective as your neighboring parish’s practice.

Our View

Patio home idea to be studied some more
Smaller residential lots in St. Charles Parish could soon become a reality. But the parish council Monday night decided to hold off on creating the new zoning that would allow them until further study is made.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
M. Susanne Hinkle
Arrests • Lakeisha Pratt, 30, of 347 Good Children St., Boutte, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery at the above address on June 30. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested following an altercation with her live-in boyfriend. During the altercation the subject allegedly struck the victim on t he eye with the antenna of a phone.


Out of the catastrophe that was Hurricane Katrina, comes new life and hope
M. Susanne Hinkle
The residents of Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish were struck unusually hard by the infamous killer storm, Katrina.
Celebrating 50 years of commitment
Staff Report
Congratulations to Clarence and Lou Ann Faucheux.
The golden years
Staff Report
Joseph (Mule) Pollet, Jr. and June of Destrehan celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 16.
Make houseplants happy
Dan Gill
Whether we admit it or not, heat and humidity this time of year make gardening outside less enjoyable.


Lauland Micheal James Lauland on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Beloved son of Doris Lauland and Charles R. Lauland, Jr. Brother of Charles R. III, Cindy and Danielle Lauland. Leaving behind in his heart his daughters, Ashley and Micheala Lauland. Stepfather of Callie Jones. Uncle of Charles R. IV, J.J., Brandy and Jessica Lauland. Survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Age 39 years. A native of Metairie, La., and a resident of Luling, La., his entire life. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church, Luling, La., on Monday, July 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Savior Cemetery, Lockport, LA. Parlors will be open Sunday, July 2, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Monday, July 3, 2006 - 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, La. Procession to Holy Family Church to leave at 10:00 a.m.