A Zwolle toddler has died of apparent asphyxiation after a vehicle window closed around his neck, trapping him as his mother drove from one location to another. Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said that the child, identified as 19-month-old Robert E. Lynch, died at 5:44 p.m. Sunday after being taken off life support. The toddler was hospitalized Saturday. Rivers says the child was first taken to Sabine Medical Center then flown to University Health in Shreveport. Rivers said the decision to end life support was made after no brain activity was detected. The child's mother, who was not identified, told Zwolle police she had been at a family gathering earlier Saturday night and when she left she put her son unrestrained in the back seat.
An animal control officer has been arrested in Winnfield for animal cruelty. Police say Daniel E. Boyett was arrested by the Winnfield Police Department and booked into Winnfield jail for simple animal cruelty. Boyett's official title is listed as the Animal Control Officer Supervisor for the City of Winnfield. The Mayor of Winnfield, Kiah Beville, confirms that Boyett was arrested for animal cruelty and was fired. The Winn Parish Sheriff's Department stated that Boyett is still in jail and bond has not been set yet. Neither the mayor, the police department or the humane society that works with the animal control officers could confirm specifically why Boyett was arrested. Former Winnfield animal control officer, Eva Wise, was arrested earlier this year for animal cruelty.
A Natchitoches Parish jury has found 30 year-old Renaldo Nargo guilty in a 2011 double murder. The verdict was determined just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Nargo was originally charged with two counts of first degree murder for the killing of Stanley and Johnny Lee Brimzey of Campti. After deliberating for several hours, a Natchitoches Parish jury found Nargo guilty of one count of second degree murder and one count of manslaughter. In January 2011, Stanley Brimzey was found shot to death at a residence in Campti. Later, the body of Johnny Lee Brimzey was found along some nearby railroad tracks. 22 year-old Nathan Dewayne Davis, of Campti, was also charged with two counts of principle to first degree murder for his alleged involvement in the case.
A Pleasant Hill man was killed in an accident involving a log truck Wednesday morning. The accident occurred just after 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of US Highway 171 and LA Highway 175. According to Sabine Parish Coroner Ron Rivers, a 1996 Dodge truck driven by 48 year-old Richard Remedies of Pleasant Hill was traveling west bound on LA Highway 175 near US 171. Preliminary reports suggest that Remedies failed to stop at the intersection of US 171 and was struck by a north bound log truck that was loaded with logs. Remedies was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the log truck was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.
Voters trying to sift through the details of 14 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 4 ballot have an online guide they can consult. The nonpartisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, known as PAR, has released its online informational guide on the proposals to rewrite the state constitution. The amendments can be dense, dealing with health care funding changes, property taxes and transportation financing. This yearís ballot contains one of the largest number of amendments voters have ever faced at once. PARís guide provides background information for each amendment, describes the change and offers arguments both in support and opposition. It also includes a checklist, so voters can decide which amendments they support or oppoe and take that list into the voting booth. The guide is available at www.parlouisiana.com.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Thursday, September 4, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested James Walsworth, of Quitman. Walsworth was charged with possession of marijuana, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, and was also arrested on a Jackson Parish warrant. Also arrested was Christopher Welch, of Montgomery, on a Vernon Parish warrant and for possession of stolen property. Tyler Vines, of Dodson, was arrested for probation violation. On Sunday, September 7, deputies arrested Christopher Warner, of Winnfield, for first-offense DWI and careless operation with an accident. On Monday, September 8, Derrick Thompson, of Winnfield, and Derrick Poole, of Georgetown, were arrested on warrants for failure to appear.The Calvin High School PTO will sponsor a Fall Festival Friday, September 26, at the Calvin High School Gym. Activities start at 6:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. There will be a variety of games, including Bingo, face painting, and a haunted house, along with delicious food and great prizes.
The Miss Winn Parish Pageant has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 27, at the Winnfield Senior High auditorium. Registration begins at 3:00 p.m., and the pageant will start at 5:00 p.m. For pageant forms or more information, persons may call Marlo McNaughton at 318-413-0430.
The City Of Winnfield has announced its Fall Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Individuals or school, church, or work teams are invited to volunteer. All volunteers will be served lunch at the Winn Farmer's Market. To volunteer or for more information, contact the City Of Winnfield at 628-3939.The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, October 14, 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.