School Board meeting set for Oct. 8, no meeting Tuesday: The Natchitoches Parish School Board will meet Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in the board room of the Central Office. There will be no committee meeting on Tuesday. Superintendent Dale Skinner will give his report and the board will review the consent agenda. That will include payment of bills, out of state travel, school bus route changes, permission to advertise for bids for HVAC equipment at Natchitoches Jr. High and resignations, retirements, leave requests and terminations if there are any. Under finance, facilities, services and insurance, chairperson Russ Danzy will hear action on bids, receive the transportation and tax commission reports from Finance Director Steven Solomon. Personnel Director Linda Page will give a personnel update is necessary. Under the executive committee report, chairperson Ralph Wilson will receive recommendations on the approval of new student privacy and education records policy.
Grant Parish man dumps stolen truck in Black Lake: A joint investigation by Natchitoches and Grant Parish Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of a Grant Parish man in connection with a stolen pickup truck recovered in Black Lake, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. The 2012 Ford F-250 heavy duty pickup truck, several tool boxes, an air compressor and Stihl chainsaw owned by the Town of Montgomery in Grant Parish was worth over $35,000. Deputies arrested Robert D. Caskey, 53, of the 1000 block of Hall Addition 1 in Montgomery. Caskey was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things (motor vehicle theft), criminal obstruction of justice by burning evidence, and failure to have identification on person being a sex offender. Caskey remains in the Detention Center awaiting bond. Jones said, “We were pleased that our joint investigation with Grant Parish Deputies led to an arrest. The taxpayers of Montgomery take pride in their community and destroying public property is a senseless act.” The investigation led to the recovery of two-fishing tackle boxes and four rod and reels that are believed to be stolen. Deputies did recover some of the stolen property that was removed from the pickup truck.
Man arrested for identity theft: Ryan Eric Beebe of Chopin was taken into custody Sept. 23 through the joint efforts of the Natchitoches and Rapides Parish Sheriffs Offices. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and charged with one count of bank fraud. He was later released on a $2,500 bond. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint June 2 in reference to allegations of identity theft that occurred from Feb. 4, 2013 - June 2. The victim’s bank account was compromised for $15,865.
Early voting will begin Oct. 10:
Early voting for the Oct. 24 election is Saturday, Oct. 10-Saturday, Oct.17. The Registrar of Voters office is closed Sundays. Early voting for the Nov. 21 general election is Saturday, Nov. 7-Saturday, Nov. 14.The Registrar of Voters office is closed Sundays and will close for Veterans Day Nov. 11. Early voting is conducted from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Registrar of Voters office on first floor of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse. Take a photo ID to vote. There will be several things on the ballot Oct. 24. They are: •Local offices: sheriff, clerk of court, parish president, parish council Districts 1,2,3,4,5. Early voting by mail is intended for voters who will be out of the parish on election day and the week of early voting or if a voter is over 65; has a mobility impaired ID card for which they provide a copy.
Fax requests to 357-2212 or mail to:
Registrar of Voter
Natchitoches, LA 71458.
The last day to make a written request for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. Written Request Form can be downloaded at www.sos.la.gov under Elections. Click on the Vote link; click on Vote by Mail, click on Application to Vote by Mail.
Your written request must include voter’s name, Natchitoches Parish address, date of birth, Social Security Number or driver’s license number; the reason the ballot is being requested; the election date of Oct. 24, 2015; address to mail the ballot to and voter’s signature.
By Mail Ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office by 4:30 p.m. the day before the election. Military and overseas ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office y 4:30 p.m. the day before the election. Military and overseas ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office before noon on Election Day. For more information, call 357-2211.
NSU offers non-credit courses in October: Northwestern State University will offer the following classes in October:
LA Concealed Carry Class: 9-hr (1 day) Course for LA Residents 21 and older who want to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit. Taught by certified instructor. Learn pistol shooting fundamentals, safe handling, use of force laws, etc.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 10 (Sess. 1), Saturday, Nov. 14 (Sess. 2), Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fee: $85 plus a $20 shooting fee to be paid at the Natchitoches Shooting Range. Location: South Hall classroom
Natchitoches Shooting Range for qualifying stage
Instructor: Kevin Billiot My Phone Can Do That?Miss the days when your cell phone would only make phone calls? This class is for you. Join us for a class demonstrating the functionality of smart phones and tablets. We will discuss the features on the cellular and mobile assistant functionalities. Smartphones vary by brand but most will feature: cameras, GPS navigation, App stores, music players, and Wi-Fi access. Come find out what yours can do for you! (Participants will need a smartphone or tablet)
Date: Thursday, Oct. 15, Time: 6-8 p.m., Fee: $25, Location: 106 South Hall, Instructor: Crystal Rosson Social Media: What is a #hashtag? What is a wall? How do I post pictures to my wall? Social media is how we stay connected with loved ones near and far. Come explore and learn how to make the most out of social media. This course will provide an overview of services like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram., Date: Thursday, Oct. 22
Time: 6-8 p.m., Fee: $25, Location: 106 South Hall, Instructor: Crystal Rosson
Go online to http://ece.nsula.edu/non-credit/ for more information or to register call 800-376-2422 or 318-357-6355. To learn more about our on-line non-credit courses visit http://www.gatlineducation.com/nsula and http://www.ed2go.com/nsu.
NPSOs’ Arrest report for Monday, September 29, 2015 – Wednesday, October 1, 2015. Arrested were:
Cynthia Orsborn – WF (21) – 151 South Third Street, Marthaville, LA – Resisting an Officer
Danny A. Metoyer - WM (57) – 1804 Highway 484, Natchez, LA – Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespassing
Robert D. Caskey – WM (53) – 1051 Hall Addition 1, Montgomery, LA – Illegal Possession of Stolen Property, Obstruction of Justice, Failure to have Identification on a Registered Sex Offender
Shajaunaka Moore – BF (26) – 1611 Washington Street, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
Michael Joseph Osborn – WM (22) – 164 Lee Street, Provencal, LA – Illegal Possession of Stolen Things
Damien Petite - BM (20) – 702 Brahma Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
Brittany Monique Hymes – BF (20) – 230 Michelle Drive, LA – Disturbing the Peace
Broderick Charles Brown – BM (19) – 1203 Rusbo Street, Apt 3, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
Kenny Bell – BM (50) – 200 Kemp Street, Campti, LA – Entering and Remaining after Being Forbidden
Douglas Neal Johnson – BM (34) – 1012 Lake Street, Natchitoches, LA – Failure to Pay Child Support
Jason Allen Bennett – WM (19) – 1969 Highway 8, Flatwoods, LA – Criminal Trespassing, Theft
Daniel E. Ryder, Jr. – WM (41) – 100 South Williams Avenue, Natchitoches, LA – 2 Counts of Contempt of Court
Lashawnda Renee Newton – BF (25) – 1815 South Drive #1376, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
Saveion Jury – BM (20) – 135 Larry Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
Kendrick O’Neal Price – BM (21) – 200 Willow Bend Drive # 205, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court