Volume 136 Number 32 - Aug 06, 2009


Councilman on a mission
Councilman Shelley Tastet, with the help of both the parish and Jake’s Towing, has demolished 24 blighted homes in St. Charles Parish. Tastet, who typically loses money each time he knocks down a home, says that helping beautify communities is its own rew Program deals knockout punch to abandoned homes, crack houses
For the past year, Councilman Shelley Tastet has been the main cog in a program that has led to the destruction of 24 abandoned homes and trailers, many of which have been used as crack houses.

Parish DA inducted into justice hall of fame
St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel, who has served in his post for 31 years, was recently inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

Questions abound about body found in St. Rose
Authorities will have to wait for toxicology results to determine cause of death
St. Charles Parish authorities are still trying to piece together a mystery surrounding a dead body that was discovered on St. Rose Avenue.

Schools want out of new diploma program
Don’t want students to avoid high school courses
After eight months of debate, a bill that offers public high school students an alternative to a traditional diploma won final legislative approval, but St. Charles Parish Public School officials are putting the brakes on this new law.

Sheriff turns builder over to attorney general
The low bidder for a new 39,000 square-foot law enforcement complex submitted a fraudulent bid bond, causing Sheriff Greg Champagne to go with Aegis Construction Company, the second-lowest bidder. Second-lowest bidder chosen for project
Construction on a new 39,000 square-foot law enforcement complex should begin this month after Sheriff Greg Champagne signed a contract with Aegis Construction Company, who submitted the second-lowest bid for the project.

West Nile virus found in Destrehan mosquito sample
A mosquito sample from Destrehan tested positive for the West Nile virus and parish residents are urged to protect themselves against bites by wearing light-colored clothing and long sleeves and pants.


Flying High
Heather R. Breaux
Falling 13,500 feet from the sky is how Rickie and Chandra Sampey of Luling wrapped up their vacation last week.
Outdoor Report
Bruce McDonald
What do you get when you take kids, fishing guides, the No. 1 fishing lodge in the state, and fish in the hottest waterways, and put it all together? The “Take Me Fishing Foundation for Kids” is the answer.
Luling Mustangs finish fifth in nation, third in World Series
Staff Report
With an arsenal of powerful pitching, a rock-solid defense, an offense with speed and explosive hitting that scored nearly 8 runs per game in 2009, the Mustangs team has it all. The 11U Mustangs Baseball team had a fantastic season that was waged in tournaments across Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

Our View

Neighborly love helps fight crime
Residents in almost every area of the parish gathered with their neighbors on Aug. 5 in order to celebrate the fight against crime.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Tyler Fisher, 19, of 15877 River Rd. in Hahnville was arrested on July 24, and charged with theft of $2,500 and criminal trespassing.


‘Back to the Beach’ luau highlights senior events
Staff Report
The St. Charles Council on Aging has released its August calendar, which includes events open to St. Charles Parish seniors 60 years and older.
Gift of life
Lea Trusty
On Aug. 6, 22-year-old Luke Zeringue of Destrehan will have his third cardiac surgery. Unlike others who’ve undergone this surgery, blood must be ready for Luke before and after the operation because of his two medical deficiencies - Factor I and Factor II. His family needs your help and your blood donations.
People Watch
Staff Report
St. Charles Parish Hospital nurses Lisa Bourgeois, Roxanne Elliott and Dana St. Pierre recently earned the CNOR credential, a professional designation specifically designed for nurses whose practice emphasis is in providing nursing care in the surgical setting.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Knights of Columbus Council 2409 installs 2009-2010 officers
Staff Report
Knights of Columbus St. Charles Council 2409 recently held its installation of officers for 2009-10.
Local outreach hosts‘collaboration luncheon’
Staff Report
Alpha Daughters of Zion Outreach hosted a “Collaboration Luncheon” on July 22 at the John Dorsey Multi-Purpose Building in Boutte.
Camera Shootout 2009
Staff Report
“Take Me for a Ride” by Shirley LeBlanc got the most votes last week and is the July 30 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Shirley.
Camera Shootout 2009
Staff Report
“Summertime Blues” by Tamara Plattsmier was selected as the July 2009 monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Tamara.


Captain Herman Joseph Fonseca, Sr. passed on July 30, 2009 at the age of 71. He was a longtime resident and native of Des Allemands, and a member of the Back to the 50’s Jamaican Club.
Roy Joseph Bergeron passed away on July 29, 2009 at the age of 61. He was born on January 7, 1948 and was a native of Des Allemands and resident of Thibodaux.
Nellie Louise McGinty passed away on July 27, 2009 at the Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital in LaPlace, at the age of 78. She was a native of Crocker, Missouri and had lived in Destrehan for the last 11 months with her daughter. McGinty loved to shop at WalMart, was an avid coin collector, and loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother.
John Bradley IV, resident of Norco, was killed in a work related accident on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 1:40 p.m. He was empoyed by BLD Services of Kenner as a construction worker. He was 20 years old and a graduate of Destrehan High School.