Volume 133 Number 35 - Aug 31, 2006


Ama woman disappears
Ramona Folse, 44, was reported missing on Aug. 24.  She was last seen at the Pier 90 Bar in Luling. Detectives say she has been missing for nearly a month
According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, a 44-year-old woman by the name of Ramona Folse was reported missing on Aug. 24.

Center looking to put students to work with local businesses
The St. Charles Parish Satellite Center is looking for local businesses and industries interested in serving as a host for job shadowing and/or internships (paid or unpaid) for its students.

Citizens complain about house in Mimosa
This property has been the source of many complaints in the Mimosa Park subdivision located in Luling.
Blight of the week
Many citizens are becoming concerned with the occurrence of blighted property and lots that are located within St. Charles Parish because of the negative attention it draws to otherwise unblemished subdivisions and neighborhoods.

Editor held in child pornography case
Leonard Gray, managing editor of the L'Observateur newspaper and a former managing editor of the St. Charles Herald Guide, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and subsequently indicted on charges of possession and receipt of child pornography.

Major Sam Zinna receives FBI training
MAJOR SAM ZINNA attended the second annual FBI Regional Command College in Mississippi. Major Sam Zinna joined other law enforcement officials from Louisiana and Mississippi attended the second annual FBI Regional Command College in Mississippi at the end of July.

More than 500 jobs listed by FEMA
Openings in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS - Human resources officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report that more than 500 additional jobs will be available for Louisiana residents to help with the recovery of the state from the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Paradis man robbed at knife-point
Attacker still on the loose
On Aug. 24 at approximately 2 a.m., a 32-year-old Paradis man was robbed at knife-point at a local bank located on River Road in Destrehan as he attempted to make a night deposit for his employer.

Sampognaro hearing pushed back
Last week’s edition featured an article detailing the Aug. 25 court hearing for David Sampognaro, who is being charged with possession of child pornography.

Surviving Katrina
SWAT TEAM MEMBERS organized by  St. Charles Parish Sherrif Greg Champagne included: From Left: Captain Patrick Yoes, Lt. Rodney Madere, Dep.. Ryan Ordner, Dep.. David Erhmann, Captain  Jonathan Walsdorf, Sgt. Roscoe Brewer, Gary Martin, St. Charles School From hell and back
A year ago my neighbor, Renee Riddick, went to work at Memorial Hospital as Katrina rolled ashore near Buras. She was on call that stormy weekend as a newborn nurse. Husband David decided to take their three girls to Austin, TX to ride out the storm.


Wildcats rampage Rebels in jamboree
Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats provided a preview of the 2006 team last Friday night when they took on the Riverside Rebels in the second night of the Ed Reed River Parishes Jamboree.
Hahnville to face McDonogh 35
Claude Adams
Hahnville will host the McDonogh 35 Roneagles tomorrow night in the first match up of the 2006 season. Last week Hahnville faced off against the Wildcats of St. James in the Ed Reed Jamboree held in Boutte.
Colt .45s win national championship
Staff Report
The Colt .45s Baseball team, a select traveling baseball organization from the River Parishes, recently won a Super Series 14-Under National Championship at the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty, Missouri.
Reed & Landry... a special pair of safeties
Mike Detillier
It is rare to have two players in the same sport that are considered at the top rung in their particular position, but that is indeed the case with former Destrehan High School and current Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Ed Reed and former Hahnville High School and LSU All-American safety LaRon Landry.
Hahnville slips by McDonogh 35
Claude Adams
Hahnville's defense stepped up big last Friday night, first by setting up the only score of the game and then by keeping a talented McDonogh squad from reaching the endzone.
Wildcats get past Alexandria
Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats got off to a slow start after a long trip to Alexandria to take on the Trojans, but they recovered in the second half to take a 34-20 victory.


Photographer Alfonso (Pompo) Bresciani takes his work seriously
Allen Lottinger
When he heard Ye Publisher and his wife toured the devastation in New Orleans via Louisiana National Guard helicopter soon after Katrina, he pleaded - - “Please, please, next time, take me along.”
A year later
Dan Juneau
The mainstream media were loaded with stories recently about the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It almost seems insensitive for me to admit that I felt pain again while watching the replays of the nation's worst natural disaster.
Column helps readers feel good about being a Christian
Letters to the Editor
I am so delighted to be able to write this letter of encouragement to your writer Lilla Marie for the comfort and the faith she has in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; that it can lift us up and can make our hearts feel so good to be a Christian and believer of our dear Saviour.
Thanks for the Carriage Lane article
Letters to the Editor
Thank you for running the article on Carriage Lane. The result of it was a whole lot of for sale signs going up in the nerighborhood.

Our View

Levee upgrade is not enough
Hurricane season is well underway and, understandably, the overwhelming concern is that if another “big one” hits southeast Louisiana, the levees will break again.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Gregory Brown, 47, of 162 Diamond Rd., Norco was arrested on Aug. 23 on Apple St., Norco, and charged with possession of a schedule two controlled dangerous substance to wit crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and speeding. The above subject was stopped for speeding and further investigation revealed the subject to be in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.


...And the beat marches on
Heather R. Breaux
This summer the Hahnville High School marching band was invited to participate and represent the state of Louisiana at the annual Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C.
Pet of the Week
Heather R. Breaux
Emma is a fun-loving, healthy 1-year-old Austrailian Shepard mix who has been updated on all vaccinations and is spayed.
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Barett Gregory
Staff Report
The marriage of Miss Alaine Renee' Cancienne and Mr. Nicholas Barrett Gregory was solemnized on April 29, 2006 during an evening ceremony at Holy Family Church in Luling.
It's a girl!
Staff Report
Angelle Madere and Brandon Sassin of River Ridge announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylyn Elizabeth Sassin on July 2 at Tulane Lakeside Hospital. She weighed 6 lb. 15 oz. and measured 19 3/4'', and was born at 7:28 p.m.
Romeros celebrate 50th Anniversary
Staff Report
Alexandre and Wyonnia Romero celebrated their 50 anniversary on Aug. 12 at the Father McCallion Hall in Des Allemands.


WILLIAMS Hester “Tut” Lorraine Williams on Sat. Aug. 19, 2006 at Canon Hospice, Jefferson, La. Daughter of the late Lottie and Cornelius Williams. Sister of the late Mildred Williams, Clarence Howard and James Bush Williams. Aunt of Clarence Williams of Des Allemands, Leroy Terrell Williams of Atlanta, Ga., Veronica James Green and Rosa Bell Smith all of Bakersfield, Ca. Also survived by five great nieces, five great nephews, two great great nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. Age 74 years. A native and resident of Des Allemands. Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers and members of the Antioch Baptist Church and all neighboring churches were invited to attend the funeral service at Antioch Baptist Church, 16461 Old Spanish Trail, Des Allemands on Sat. Aug. 26, 2006 at 10 a.m. Rev. Mitchell Bolden, Pastor, officiating. Interment Shell Mound Cemetery, Des Allemands. Visitation at the above named church was from 9 a.m. until service started. Serviced by Robottom.