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Man gets 40 years in St. Rose death

Toby Beasley of Hahnville pled guilty on Tuesday to manslaughter in connection to an arson in St. Rose that killed 88-year-old Ophelia Shepard, who was a double amputee and could not escape the fire. Beasley, 32, was originally charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson.
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August 26, 2011 at 8:51 am
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Murder cases end in manslaughter pleas

Two parishioners charged with murder, Daniel Deese and Toby Beasley, pled guilty to manslaughter this week.

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August 23, 2011 at 11:57 am
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Second frog heist suspect arrested

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in connection with an incident where three teens were robbed of two frogs.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:47 am
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West Nile confirmed in Killona mosquito sample

The year's first confirmed case of West Nile Encephalitis virus in the Greater New Orleans area was found last week in a Killona mosquito sample.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:40 am
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7 council members will run for re-election

Seven of the nine Parish Council members say they will seek re-election in October, with only Councilmen Terry Authement and Marcus Lambert choosing to leave office.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:39 am
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Gisclair will not seek another term as assessor

Parish Assessor Clyde “Rock” Gisclair, who has served in his post for more than 40 years, will retire at the end of his current term.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:38 am
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99 auto burglaries reported this summer

This summer has been a busy one for car burglars, who lifted items from 99 vehicles from June through August, according to Sheriff Greg Champagne.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:37 am
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Lightning blows out windows of Luling home

The recent thunderstorms have provided some much-needed relief to Louisiana soil, but they can also be dangerous. No one knows that better than the Landeche family, who had lightning strike their large oak tree and travel into their house, where it blew out the front windows, burst the water heater and ruined all of their appliances.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:35 am
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Cook up a new hobby

With more than 180 classes from cupcakes and Cajun cooking to finances and photography, the Community Education program has something for everyone. And with about 1,500 people attending the classes each semester, participants are sure to make some new friends.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:33 am
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Minority teachers hard to find, schools say

Finding minority educators for St. Charles Parish has been a challenge to the school district, even though the parish has a higher percentage of minorities than the national average.Read More...
August 19, 2011 at 9:27 am
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Is Hitler’s horse buried in St. Rose?

In the late 1940s, a local doctor, C. Walter Mattingly, bought a prized race horse from Germany. The horse was a chestnut thoroughbred stallion named Nordlicht and it lived on LaBranche Plantation in St. Rose until its death in 1968.Read More...
August 19, 2011 at 9:25 am
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Heartthrobs film in Bayou Gauche

Bayou Gauche is quickly becoming a Hollywood hotspot.
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August 19, 2011 at 9:24 am
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No major damage in library water leak

A water leak under the East Regional Library in Destrehan caused the closure of the building all day on Thursday but did not cause any major damage, according to Head Librarian Mary desBordes.
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August 12, 2011 at 9:10 am
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Sales Tax Holiday shows mixed results

Last weekend’s parishwide sales tax holiday had mixed results for area businesses.
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August 12, 2011 at 9:09 am
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Community reaches out to family after plant explosion

For years, the smiling faces of Warren and Sandra Smith greeted visitors to the German Coast Farmers’ Market, who would come to get their hands on Smith Creamery’s whole, fat-free and chocolate milk, butter and Creole cream cheese.
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August 12, 2011 at 9:07 am
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Decade of diversity is what makes chorus sing

Each month, music can be heard wafting out into the R.K. Smith Middle parking lot as a small group of parishioners comes together to share their love of singing. The 50-person ensemble lifts their voices in harmony and gives a sound to the River Parishes Community Chorus.
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August 12, 2011 at 9:06 am
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Based on "solid execution and strong earnings," the $190 million expansion of the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco is back in motion again.