Snake found near 100 year old swamp: Kortland and Jedell Demery sit on a tractor while their grandfather, Elbert Demery holds up a snake he found in his back yard.

Kortland and Jedell Demery sit on a tractor while their grandfather, Elbert Demery holds up a snake he found in his back yard.

High water closes Red River ramps: The public boat launching ramps operated by the Red River Waterway Commission on the Red River were closed Thursday afternoon due to high water. This includes the ramps in Caddo, Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes. Heavy rainfall, in the Red River valley, resulted in increased flows and a rise in the river throughout northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas and Louisiana. The docks, which are a vital part of safely launching a boat into the river, will remain under water over the next few weeks. Launching a boat into the swift current, with floating debris, is not recommended during this period of high water. Closing the ramps is a safety measure based on procedures developed by the Red River Waterway Commission in conjunction with the Red River Valley Association, local sheriff departments and law enforcement and safety personnel. The Red Riveris not closed to boat traffic. Boaters can contact private marinas on the Red River to discuss launch conditions prior to arrival. The recreation areas will remain open, where possible. The boat launches will be re-opened when conditions permit the public to utilize the ramps safely. For more information, visit or call the Red River Waterway Commission at 318-352-7446 or 1-800-874-9431.
The 2015 Spring Read sponsored by the Northwestern State University Department of Language and Communication will be on NSU TV until the end of the summer.?The Spring Read will be shown daily at 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. NSU TV is available on SuddenLink Channel 22, CP-Tel Channel 55, and Lobby Channel 8 for residents of University Place Apartments 1 and 2.
NPD arrests suspects for cashing fraudulent checks: Two people have been arrested and charged with cashing fraudulent checks according to the Natchitoches Police Dept. Michael Mayfield, 41, of 829 Fifth St., was arrested on six counts of Bank Fraud and is awaiting bond in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Latasha Moffett, 33, of 1405 Amelia St., was charged with nine counts of bank fraud and is being held in the detention center on a $45,000 bond. Approximately 15 fraudulent checks totaling $4,081 were cashed. The NPD High Tech Crime Unit conducted a month-long investigation in reference to complaints filed by several banks in which multiple people cashed checks from closed accounts. The banks were able to give officers details that led to the arrest of Mayfield and Moffett. Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant upon their residences which resulted in the location of identical checks used in the perpetration of the crimes reported along with multiple credit/debit cards and check books. All of the items located were seized and held as evidence. The High Tech Crime Unit believes more arrests will be made. If anyone has information about these incidents they are asked to contact Det. Victor Pinkney at 357-3817 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 352-5609. All calls will be kept confidential. NPD said Sabine State Bank and LA Capitol Federal Credit Union cooperated during the investigation. 
Fairfield Inn receives awards: Employees at the Fairfield Inn in Natchitoches received Marriott Awards of Excellence. Fairfield Inn in Natchitoches received the Platinum Award. It was the only hotel in Louisiana to receive this honor. The Marriott Awards of Excellence were established to recognize the “best of the best” at Marriott International. Every year, a group of associates is honored for their outstanding customer service, corporate citizenship, or diversity and inclusion efforts. Hotel employees are Lataros Calvin,Kimberly Miles,Lakeisha Medlock,Antoinette Carter,Shaneka Calvin,Decarlos Peair and Shernella Moody. 
USDA Strikeforce will hold meeting for rural growth Tuesday: The USDA Strikeforce meeting for rural growth and opportunity will be at Winn Parish Library, 200 North St. John St. Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. There will be information about financial and technical assistance available. What is StrikeForce? The USDA believe that growing the economy by investing in rural communities and increasing opportunities for families is key to the nation’s future. In 2010, USDA established the StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity to address the specific challenges associated with rural poverty. Since then, StrikeForce teams have collaborated with more than 500 community partners and public entities across 20 states to bring targeted assistance to rural areas experiencing chronic poverty. StrikeForce efforts have helped direct over $16 billion in investments to create jobs, build homes, feed kids, assist farmers and conserve natural resources in the country’s most economically challenged areas. For more information contact us at 318-473-7751 or 318-255-3554 The USDA provides reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request special accommodations, call (318) 255-3554, prior to the meeting.  
Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hershey’s Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters. 
The NLHSD in Natchitoches, located at 210 Medical Drive, is available for anyone who wants to make a referral for mental health services or addictive disorders. Contact Faye Hobley at 357-3122 for more information.

The Community Services Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sherriff’s Office provides services to victims of domestic violence through its Crime Victims Assistance Program. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 238-7550, Monday-Friday, for assistance.

The MLK Center in Natchitoches offers HiSet Preparation classes. Earlier this year, the HiSet replaced the GED Test required to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This change is statewide. The classes are free and open to the public. This class is designed and intended primarily for students that have the state recommended ninth grade or above reading level. The local program has experienced a high level of success with students that have reading levels down to and slightly below the seventh grade. Students are required to take a reading assessment after enrollment. Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Students should be 19 or older. New classes or enrollment periods will start every eight weeks. The current session will continue until the end of November. The next session will begin in January and continues through February. For information call 357-3891.


NPSOs’ Arrest report for Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Sunday, May 17, 2015. Arrested were: 

  1. Bobby Ray Bufkin – WM (33) – 458 Shamrock Loop, Robeline, LA – 4 Counts of Simple Burglary of an inhabited Dwelling, 4 Counts of Accessory After the Fact
  2. Nathan Beaudion - WM (28) – 246 Wilkerson Road, Natchitoches, Campti, LA – Contempt of Court
  3. Douglas Cloud – WM (56) – 144 Highway 485, Natchitoches, LA – 2 Counts of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  4. Emmett Laverne Greene – WM (32) – 234 Shady Grove Road, Provencal, LA – Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment
  5. Sharon Nicole Taylor – WF (29) – 402 John Banks Road, Robeline, LA – Simple Battery
  6. Fay Bevard, Jr. – WM (63) – 23893 Dandelion Avenue, Schulter, OK – Possession of Schedule II Drugs 2nd or Subsequent Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  7. Ira Wayne Smith – WM (62) – 813 West 12th Street, Okmulgee, OK – Possession of Schedule II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Tail Lamps
  8. Rick Eugene Eatwell - WM (62) – 224 83rd Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL – Flight from an Officer, Speeding 140 MPH in a 75 Zone, Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  9. Shannon Dale McTire – WM (38) – 827 Hart Road, Campti, LA – IWC
  10. Michael Joseph Orsborne – WM (21) – 374 Franklin Lane, Natchitoches, LA – Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
  11. Margaret Williams – WF (63) – 596 Collier Hill Road, Campti, LA – Improper Supervision
  12. Georgette Wendy Litton – WF (37) – 5906 Highway 1 Lot 7, Natchitoches, LA – Improper Supervision
  13. Keesha Monique Robertson – BF (34) – 121 Burkhart Street, Natchez, MS – Speeding, DUS, No Vehicle Registration
  14. Sharette Sheri Sykes – BF (29) – 113 Julien Circle, Natchitoches, LA – Improper Supervision
  15. Kiawa LaCaze – BF (29) – 1602 Meadow Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Improper Supervision
  16. Kimberly Dianelle Oliver – WF (26) – 454 Highway 3191, Natchitoches, LA – Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
  17. Dorothy Lane Conlay – WF (61) – 768 St. Maurice Lane, Natchitoches, LA – Improper Supervision
  18. Lamekia Latchie – BF (28) – 1815 South Drive, Lot 1377, Natchitoches, LA – Improper Supervision
  19. James Edward Williams, II – BM (19) – 121 Vienna Parkway, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Obstruction of Justice, Improper Window Tint, Improper Lane Usage, Probation/Parole Violation
  20. Terrance Chase Brossett – WM (30) – 16019 Highway 1, Cloutierville, LA – 3 Counts of Contempt of Court, Probation/Parole Violation
  21. Betty Ann Kay Movan – WF (50) – 2077 Kay Road, Provencal, LA – Obstruction of Justice
  22. Mark Anthony Movan – WM (49) – 2077 DeSoto Road, Provencal, LA – Theft
  23. Dustin Michael Clifton – WM (25) – 103 Landon Loop, Montgomery, LA - DUS for prior Offenses
  24. Melissa Irene Treadway – WF (38) – 5510 Highway 4, Ringgold, LA – 2 Counts of IWC
  25. Jacob Obadiah Guin – WM (26) – 129 Eads Camp Road, Campti, LA – 2nd Degree Battery, 2 Counts of Domestic Abuse Battery
  26. Jeremy Wade Graves – WM (30) – 179 Sherwood Road, Converse, LA – 7 Counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Accessory After the Fact