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Tue
28
Mar

SPSO searching for inmate

On March 28, 2017, at approximately 4:06 A.M., an inmate at the Sabine Parish Detention Center was discovered missing.

Jason “Scotty” Meshell, 36, of Zwolle, was discovered missing during regular rounds and it was later found that he was able to gain access to an unlocked gate after attending religious services in the chapel, which was under repair.

Meshell is a 5’4” tall white male and weighs approximately 130 lbs. He has black hair with a beard and was last seen wearing a navy jumpsuit. He was being held on a parole violation for possession of Schedule II, as well as failure to register as a sex offender, obstruction of a public passage, careless operation, resisting by flight, flight from an officer, and switched plates.

Update:

Meshell was confirmed to have been at the Texaco Station next to McDonald's at 9:15 P.M. on March 27, 2017. He was attempting to get a ride to Zwolle. He was wearing an old pair of blue jeans and was not wearing shoes.

Tue
28
Mar

Applicants announced for NSU President

The University System of Louisiana announced today, Tuesday, the names of applicants for the presidency of Northwestern State University. The system had a “preferred date” of March 23 for applications but the advertised job description says, “information will be accepted until the position is filled.”

•Neal Barlow (Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arkansas Tech University)

•Larry Gracie (former Vice President of Instructional Services/Chief Academic Officer, Pamlico Community College)

•Kumara Jayasuriya (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics, West Virginia State University)

•Richard Lucas, Jr. (Vice President and Adjunct Instructor, Bowie State University)

•Chris Maggio (Acting President and Vice-President for the Student Experience, Northwestern State University)

•Scott McKay (Dean, College of Science & Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, Southern Arkansas University)

Sat
25
Mar

He Survived

Natchitoches Parish Fire Dist. 9 was dispatched to a single vehicle accident with entrapment on Hwy 480 between Campti and International Paper at 11:56 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Units were on scene in less than 7 minutes to find one subject trapped on the driver’s side. Fire and police personal freed the subject in 5 minutes. The 2013 Ford pickup was operated by Preston Lance Tilley, w/m, 37, of Coushatta. He received moderate injuries and was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Tilley is charged with DWI first-offense, careless operation, no seat belt and open container. He will be booked upon release from the hospital.

 

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Sat
25
Mar

PROJECT 212

by Juanice Gray 

Imagine you are a fourth grade student. School is out for the day and both parents are at work.

Latch key = TV or Facebook sitter

It only gets worse as the student gets older.

What if there were a program that kept youth engaged, was hands-on, educational and best of all, fun.

Luckily, Natchitoches Parish schools offer such a program and it is free thanks to a grant. The Project 212 program is available at Fairview, Lakeview, Parks, Natchitoches Jr. High, LP Vaughn, Frankie Ray Jackson, NCHS, Magnet, Weaver and East. These sites and others were chosen based on student need and school performance scores.

 

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Sat
25
Mar

Parish Council meeting plighted by controversy over taxes, costs

by Carolyn Roy 

Despite nearly three hours of arguing and disagreements, the Parish Council managed to agree to sell a piece of property to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff ’s Office. The action came at the council meeting Monday.

Parish Government will sell the property at 414 Trudeau and the parking lot across the street to NPSO for the appraised value of $140,500. In exchange, NPSO will give Parish Government a $200,000 credit on its $700,000 debt for inmate care. NPSO will also defer the $60,000 annual payments Parish Government makes to the detention center for inmate care.

Parish President Rick Nowlin said Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. were aware Parish Government was attempting to reduce the $700,000 debt, over the last 50 months by paying its inmate care bills on time plus a additional $60,000 annual payment on the debt.

 

Fri
24
Mar

St. Marys Principal Resigns

According to Melissa Frye, Development Director at St. Mary's School, on Wednesday, March 22, Mrs. Jacque Horton resigned as principal of St. Mary's Catholic School after many years of hard work, dedication, and service. We wish her the best as she moves into the next chapter of her life. Mrs. Andrea Harrell has agreed to be the interim principal for St. Mary's for the rest of the school year.

Thu
23
Mar

Be informed before voting Saturday

The four ad valorem taxes on the March 25 ballot are 10- year renewals.

•Road District 40, 5 mil tax revenue is used for roads outside the City limits with the exception of roads in the municipalities. The 5 mil tax generates approximately $1.5 million annually and is 40 percent of the highway department budget. It provides over half the funding for road maintenance supplies such as gravel, tires, equipment, overtime, etc.

Thu
23
Mar

Library starting balance confused with surplus

By Juanice Gray

 

The library tax renewal. It has made a buzz on social media and there are some things you should know before you walk into the voting booth Saturday.

“The bottom line effect of the tax passing or failing? If it doesn’t pass Saturday, the library will ultimately close. It may not happen in a year, but when the funds run out, it closes. The millage has a 10-year impact,” said library director Jessica McGrath. The 8 mils tax is renewable every 10 years.

Voters passed it in 1997, renewed it in 2007 and it is up for renewal again this Saturday.

How much money does the library have?

How much does it need? Where does the money go?

McGrath and some of her staff met with me Monday to provide answers and documentation.

 

 

Thu
23
Mar

From pending cases to future plans, DA’s office has a Vision

By Carolyn Roy

 

Twenty-six years working in the district attorney’s office have been invaluable to Billy Joe Harrington making the transition from first assistant to the top job.

Harrington was unopposed in his run for district attorney and took office in January. He agreed to give the Natchitoches Times an update of pending cases and his plans for his term.

NT: How has your role changed from being first assistant to district attorney?

BJH: As you know, I initially became district attorney when Van (Kyzar) was elected judge. Therefore, my responsibilities and duties were immediately expanded from my previous role as first assistant. The changes we are experiencing are to be expected when there is an administration change in public office. Three of our staff members retired and we had to fill those positions. Additionally we have two new assistant district attorneys who are now on our team.

 

Thu
23
Mar

Utah fugitive captured near Ashland

Details emerge; charged with 2nd rape

 

The US Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force (USMSVOTF) enlisted the aid of the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force (NMJDTF) in reference to the apprehension of Dylan Worthen Brown March 17. Brown, DOB Sept. 9, 1986, age 30, was sought by the Riverdale Police Department, Utah, for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old female. The USMSVTF was notified Brown was confirmed to be frequenting the Red River and Natchitoches Parish areas.

Sgt. Curtis Jones with the Riverdale Police Dept. said in a telephone interview with the Natchitoches Times, Brown fled the state shortly after the complaint was filed the end of February. “He does not have any violent crime history, although he does have a lengthy history including possess

 

 

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