The trial of a former Natchitoches police officer charged in the kidnapping and fatal beating of a Sabine Parish man will not be moved from the 11th Judicial District Court in Many. Reports indicate that District Judge Stephen Beasley has rejected a defense motion that said Sabine Parish is the wrong jurisdiction to try 34-year-old Robert Barthelemy. Barthelemy is scheduled for trial on January 19. He's charged with first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and home invasion in the August 20 death of 24-year-old Tony Procell of Many. Sabine Parish sheriff's investigators say Barthelemy, a two-year employee of the Natchitoches Police Department, kidnapped Procell from his Many home, drove him to a wooded area in Winn Parish and killed him.
A Saint Maurice felon was arrested on July 22 after a search of his home uncovered two firearms, meth with distribution paraphernalia and marijuana, according to Louisiana State Police. State Police investigators from Alexandria had received information regarding 32 year-old Tony Terrel Martin earlier this month that triggered an investigation. Agents, with the help of the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant at Martin's residence on Tuesday, July 22. Martin was booked into the Winn Parish Detention Center, charged with two counts of distribution of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Louisiana State Police's online reporting system is available at www.lsp.org at the "Suspicious Activity" link.
Louisiana has ranked 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that examines poverty, education, health access and family stability. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization, released its 25th annual Kids Count report this week. The report lists quality-of-life indicators about childhood from birth through high school age. The state improved on education and health care benchmarks, but saw worse indicators elsewhere, including rising numbers of children whose parents lack secure employment. The percentage of children living in poverty is at 28 percent — the same level as in 2005. The proportion of Louisiana children who live in households in which no parent has year-round, full-time employment is 36 percent — about four points higher than the national average. Alongside Louisiana, other states in the bottom five were Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed that foul play is suspected in the death of a man found inside his burned home last week. Sabine authorities said that the preliminary autopsy results indicate that the death will be ruled as a homicide. Fire crews were called to the home of James Paul Green in Fisher about 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Firefighters had the blaze contained and left the scene. Firefighters were called back to the home about 7:15 a.m. Friday after the house started burning again and found Green's burned body covered in debris. Green's vehicle was found in Zwolle off of LA Hwy. 120, and someone attempted to set it on fire. Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-256-0006 or 318-256-9241.
A crash involving two vehicles killed a woman and a man from Columbia Monday afternoon. A woman and a child, in a separate vehicle were also injured. State police responded to the crash around 12:45 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 28 East near US Hwy 84. The crash involved a 1995 Ford pickup, driven by 72 year-old Margie W. Moore and a 2010 Cadillac DTS, driven by 68 year-old Judith Hewitt of Ferriday. The Ford was westbound on LA Hwy 28 East when Moore failed to observe that westbound traffic was slowing down. In an effort to avoid a rear end collision, Moore swerved left and crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane. and collided with the Cadillac. Moore and her passenger, 83 year-old Bluith Moore , were both pronounced dead. Hewitt and an eight year-old both received moderate to severe injuries, and were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.A Grant Parish Sheriff's deputy arrested a woman Thursday who was standing in a road with a knife, throwing rocks at passing vehicles, according to a news release. The deputy went to Parsonage Road to investigate after someone reported the woman. When the deputy arrived, the woman dropped her knife and started yelling that people owed her money. As the deputy approached 50 year-old Connie Pennington, of Colfax, she swung at him and started running away. Pennington was caught after a short chase, but started fighting the deputy. Pennington was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center, charged with battery of a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace.
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On Wednesday, July 23, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Edgar Lee Gilbert, of Winnfield. Gilbert was charged with theft. On Friday, July 25, deputies arrested Marquisa Gilbert, of Winnfield, for four counts of failure to appear. Also arrested Friday was Karielle Stringer and James Clark, both of Winnfield. Each was charged with failure to appear. Kesha Kay Parker, of Dodson, was arrested Friday for theft, resisting an officer, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On Sunday, July 27, Dale Gene Mercer, of Dodson, was arrested for domestic abuse battery.
The Winn Sheltered Workshop will hold a rummage sale starting Wednesday, July 30, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 31, starting at 8:00 a.m. The Winn Sheltered Workshop will be closing August 1, due to lack of funding. For more information, call 628-7654.The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team will sponsor the 14th annual domestic abuse conference on Thursday, August 14, at the Ruston Civic Center at 401 North Trenton Street in Ruston. The conference starts at 8::00 a.m. and continues untill 5:00 p.m. The conference theme is "Collaboration Is The Key," and topics to be discussed include new laws that affect domestic abuse cases, interacting with domestic violence victims, and prosecution of domestic violence cases. Registration is open, and those who would like to attend the conference may call Wanda James at 318-513-9373, or visit www.dartla.org.
The Winn Parish Outdoor Skills Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, at the Winnfield Civic Center. There will be a social at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. In addition to a barbeque dinner, there will be a silent and live auction, door prizes, a raffle, games, and more. Tickets are available for $35.00 for individuals, $60.00 for couples, and $350.00 for an eight-person sponsor table. For more information, contact Donny Moon at 628-4528.
The City of Winnfield is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age or younger, without charge, through August 1. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the Winnfield Primary School at 401 South St. John Street, the Winnfield Kindergarten Annex cafeteria at 1010 West Boundary Street, True Vine Baptist Church at 904 East Jones Street, and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Chlurch at 409 Long Street. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, August 12, at 9:00 a.m., at the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Office, at 602 North Fifth Street in Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend this meeting, and assistance will be provided to those who need special accommodations in order to attend this meeting. For more information, persons may call 225.342.1500
The Juanita Pharr Cancer Support Group meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:00 noon for a dutch treat meeting. All cancer survivors and caretakers are invited. There is a different meeting place each month, and persons may contact Maxine Godman for more information at 628-3858.