Volume 138 Number 19 - May 12, 2011


8 juveniles arrested after rash of car burglaries
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has made eight arrests in connection with vehicle burglaries that took place in Mimosa and Destrehan.

Accused killer still in coma
Alyce Mongrue holds a picture of her sister Ginger Mongrue-Allen, who was murdered last September. Mongrue, 48, passed away in her sleep on Friday. Crusading sister dies before finding justice
Alyce Mongrue loved her sister, Ginger Allen. When Allen was killed in September 2010, Mongrue was left with many questions but few answers. Mongrue passed away on Friday before she could receive any of the answers she had been waiting for.

Animal abuse citations rise
Nearly 200 citations for animal cruelty have been issued this year by Animal Control. Last year was busy for Animal Control workers and St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies when it came to cracking down on animal cruelty, and this year is shaping up to be even worse.

Man charged with pulling gun, throwing knife
Bradley Cortez A 56-year-old Des Allemands man was arrested and booked with aggravated assault after authorities say he pointed a shotgun at another man and also tried to throw a knife at him.

Norco business owners feeling postal after mail change
Complain of late delivery now that mail routed through LaPlace
Mail carriers in the Norco area will no longer be able to pick up and drop off mail at the Norco Post Office. All Norco mail will now be rerouted through LaPlace, but United States Postal Service officials say that the Norco Post Office will remain open and that zip codes will not change.


Catfish, bass bite on in Cataouatche
Bruce McDonald
Last week Pete Cassange and I made an afternoon fishing trip to Lake Cataouatche and we decided to fish for catfish and then head towards the La Cypress Canal.


Budget problems main focus in Baton Rouge battle
Dan Juneau
The 144 members of the Legislature didn’t exactly enjoy the recent Special Session on redistricting. As noted in previous columns, redrawing districts to correspond to population changes enumerated in the federal census is an exercise that invariably creates hard feelings.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Suspects are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law


7-year-old recycles, helps save lives
From staff and wire reports
Seven-year-old Chris Thibodaux saved five gallons worth of can tabs.
Recipe: Almond-crusted pork with mango relish
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
History came alive at Heritage Day
From staff and wire reports
Students and adults flocked to Destrehan Plantation on May 14 for the annual Spring Heritage Day and Civil War Encampment.
Red Church Festival fun
From staff and wire reports
Thousands of people headed to Destrehan for the 31st Annual Little Red Church Food and Fun Festival from April 29-May 1.
Beautiful butterflies
From staff and wire reports
Alfred Matthews, four-year-old student in Judy Rongey’s class at St. Rose Elementary School, observed the painted lady butterfly his class raised during their study of insects.
May Crowning ceremony
From staff and wire reports
Don’t hate
Kristian Garic
On May 3, a representative from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Cathy Glaser, visited Destrehan High School to declare them as a “No Place for Hate” for the second consecutive year.


Alma M. Gaubert, 88
Alma M. Gaubert, 88, passed away on May 3, 2011 in Luling.
Charmaine L. Gardiner
Charmaine L. Gardiner passed away on May 1, 2011 at her residence.
Ronald Paul Gaubert, 59
Ronald Paul Gaubert, 59, passed away on May 3, 2011 at his home in Prairieville.
Alyce Marie Mongrue, 48
Alyce Marie Mongrue, 48, a lifelong resident of Luling, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Sherry Candies Heurtin, 75
Sherry Candies Heurtin, 75, a native and resident of Des Allemands, passed away on May 7, 2011.
Phyllis Joan Mayhall Barraco, 71
Phyllis Joan Mayhall Barraco, 71, gently passed away on April 21, 2011 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Beverly Mahoney Langford, 80
Beverly Mahoney Langford, 80, passed away on May 3, 2011 surrounded by the love of her family.