Volume 135 Number 30 - July 24, 2008


Brazen gunmen target St. Rose
A 37-year-old LaPlace man told deputies that he was tied up, had a gun put to his head and saw the trigger get pulled twice before the gunman walked away laughing with $630 and credit cards.

Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music
Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music Teen dating violence is a huge problem across the nation, with some teens even experiencing that abuse every single day. Because this abuse doesn't differentiate between gender or age, the United Way of St. Charles is hoping to spread awareness in a way that all teens understand - through music.

Ethel Schoeffner principal eyes that fourth star
Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt was actually a journalism major, but because that might have forced her to give up her scholarship, she switched to special education. Change has been a constant throughout Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt's life and career. Not only has the veteran educator been around for the construction of both New Sarpy Elementary and the school she now heads, but she also saw St. Charles Parish develop from a rural outgrowth of New Orleans into a burgeoning area of its own.

Luling Vietnam vet still dealing with pain, heartache of serving
Luling’s Thomas Pitre (shown now and during his time of service) still had nightmares years after his time in Vietnam was over. Imagine being forced to leave home and dropped right in the middle of a battle overseas only to return three years later to face indifference from some people and indignation from others.

Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy
Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy The doors of St. Charles Parish’s oldest clothing boutique first opened in the spring of 1974 when Bob and Millie Derveloy took over a small and newly-opened shop called The Foxy Lady Boutique.

Sheriff’s Office considers Tasers
Louisiana State Troopers have just begun using Tasers within the last year, and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office might allow patrol division deputies to be equipped with the device. Some deputies already permitted to use the device
More than 5,000 police agencies all across the country purchased Taser stun guns for their officers last year. The Louisiana State Police was one of those agencies, and now the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office has followed suit with the limited use of the stun guns by some of its deputies.

Were fire station’s actions criminal?
The FEMA trailer where Councilman Larry Cochran’s mother allegedly stayed. D.A. to decide if charges will be filed in St. Rose
An investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at the St. Rose Fire Department is over. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says that his office's investigation is complete and the police report was submitted to District Attorney Harry Morel's office three weeks ago.


Big Easy Rollergirl
Heather R. Breaux
Adorned with bright-red tank tops, knee pads and their signature whiffleball bats, the Big Easy Rollergirls lined the streets of the French Quarter for the second annual New Orleans Running of the Bulls on July 12.
Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
It seems as though it would be hard to start thinking about hunting season in the middle of the July, but if you want to be successful when the time arrives, then you need to start preparing.
21st Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run Results
Staff Report
The 21st Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run saw a record turn out of just under 1500 participants and a new course record for the womens' division on July 20 at the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco.

Our View

Councilman wants town hall meeting to end the violence
Ask anyone who lives on Meadows Drive in Destrehan what they're concerned about right now and it definitely won't be the gas prices.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Eric Spiller, 28, of 964 Beachgrove Blvd. in Westwego was arrested on July 14 and charged with issuing worthless checks.


Volunteer vets beautify shelter
Staff Report
A group of more than 20 volunteers with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation completed much-needed repairs at the St. Charles Parish animal shelter July 17 and 18 as part of its Shelter Rehab Project.
All For One
Heather R. Breaux
In a time that was smothered by segregation and indifference, a young boy by the name of Don Raymond was born, and although his time on Earth was shorter than most, his impact on St. Charles Parish and the legacy he left behind will live on forever.
Four local dancers sweep Oklahoma competition
Staff Report
Four dancers from Dance Unlimited of the River Parishes won awards June 15 through 16 at the Odyssey National Dance Competition in Midwest City, Okla.
Merrill Zeringue chosen as art guild’s artist of the year
Staff Report
The St. Charles Art Guild has chosen Destrehan’s Merrill Zeringue as the organization’s Artist of the Year.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Clesi - Haydel Wedding
Staff Report
Catherine Anne Clesi and Donald Joseph Haydel III were married on April 12, 2008 at St. Joseph Plantation in Vacherie.
Cade - Anderson Wedding
Staff Report
On June 21, 2008, Miss Bobbi Len Cade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynn Cade of Destrehan was married to Mr. Harold Vincent Anderson Jr., son of Mrs. Marilyn White Anderson and the late Mr. Harold Vincent Anderson Sr.
Camera Shootout 2008 July 17 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Reflections” by Thelezia Folse got the most votes last week and is the July 17 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Thelezia.
Summer Book Reviews
Special to the Herald-Guide
In the novel Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot, Katie Ellison seems to be living the perfect life. However, underneath it all are little secrets. When a childhood friend returns with information that could crumble Katie’s perfect world, she might be forced to begin being truthful.
VIPs - Very Important Parishoners
Staff Report
Marilyn Richoux, pictured above, presents the Lester Burgett Memorial Scholarship Award to Kayla Watson on behalf of the Republican Women of St. Charles at the Destrehan High School Senior Awards Ceremony on May 1.
Birth Announcements
Staff Report
Ryleigh Lorice Daous was born on June 23, 2008 to proud parents Bobbie Miller and Scott Daous. She weighed in at 7 pounds 4 ounces. She measured at 20 inches.