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High-speed crash claims life of Owens

Earlier today, a single vehicle crash killed a teenager from Robeline.  The teenager was wearing a seat belt, but excessive speed is considered a factor.

Troopers responded to the crash around 2 p.m., which occurred on Highway 485, north of Robeline.  The crash involved a 2007 GMC pickup, driven by John Hunter Owens, 17.  Initially, the GMC was on Highway 6 when a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Owens commit a traffic violation.  The deputy turned around, with the intent to stop the vehicle, but Owens turned northbound on Highway 485 and sped off.  The deputy lost sight of the vehicle and stopped pursuing.  A short time later, the deputy located the crashed vehicle.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Owens lost control, at a high rate of speed, and exited the left side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with several trees. 

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Loucious pleads guilty to meth distribution

Marvin Ray Loucious, 54, of Many pled guilty on February 19 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the plea, law enforcement agents observed Loucious selling five grams of methamphetamine on July 20, 2018 and six grams on July 23, 2018, from his home. They executed a search warrant at his home on August 10, 2018, and found 160 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, and approximately 100 glass smoking pipes. They also recovered 55 firearms with five weapons being in close proximity to the drugs.

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Darold Gleason takes big win at Bassmaster Open

Darold Gleason of Many won the 2019

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Central Open on Toledo Bend with a two-day total weight of 40 pounds, 2 ounces.

A big shift in weather conditions and the kindness of a fellow competitor opened the door for local favorite Darold Gleason to show off his home lake’s potential with a 25-pound, 3-ounce catch that yielded a tournament total of 40-2 and delivered a long-awaited win at the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Toledo Bend Reservoir.

After fierce thunderstorms cancelled Thursday’s scheduled second day of competition, the full field competed in today’s final round. Although the forecast called for more storms, Toledo Bend saw a foggy and relatively calm day that contrasted starkly with the more challenging conditions the Many angler faced on Day 1.

“This is probably the best day of tournament fishing I’ve had out here,” said Gleason, who runs South Toledo Bend Guide Service. “Toledo Bend is one of the best lakes in the country. It’s fishing kind of tough right now with these cold conditions, but it is chock full of big ones.”

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Darla Lewing arrested for meth distribution

Darla K. Lewing

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine Parishes recently concluded an investigation into a Sabine Parish resident which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs.

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Ted Mims to receive Achievement Award from Sabine Hall of Fame

Dr. Ted Mims

The 2019 Achievement Award for the Sabine Hall of Fame will be presented to Dr. Ted Mims, retired professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield, according to Chairman Pete Abington.

A native of Many, Ted Mims had a strong desire to achieve a career in education. Not only did he earn a number of degrees, but he returned to teach at his alma mater and then go on to earn a Ph.D. and become Dr. Ted Mims, a professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He served as Chair and Department Head for 25 years before retiring in September 2017.

In the beginning

Ted was born to the late Vernice Cutrer Mims and Henry A. Mims on June 30, 1946. He grew up with a sister, Marilyn Mims.

Fri
22
Feb

Loucious pleads guilty to meth distribution

Marvin Ray Loucious, 54, of Many pled guilty on February 19 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the plea, law enforcement agents observed Loucious selling five grams of methamphetamine on July 20, 2018 and six grams on July 23, 2018, from his home.  They executed a search warrant at his home on August 10, 2018, and found 160 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, and approximately 100 glass smoking pipes.  They also recovered 55 firearms with five weapons being in close proximity to the drugs. 

He faces up to 40 years in prison and at least four years of supervised release, in addition to a $5 million fine.  His sentencing date has been set for June 18.

The DEA and Tri-Parish Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  The prosecutor was Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy.

Wed
20
Feb

Darla Lewing arrested for distribution of methamphetamines

Darla K. Lewing

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine parishes recently concluded an investigation into a Sabine Parish resident which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs.

Darla K. Lewing, 52, of Florien, was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Facility on February 19, for two counts of distribution of methamphetamines.  The investigation started after several complaints were received about drug activity in the Shady Hill community near Florien.

 

 

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First Baptist Many to host weekend soccer clinic

As soccer in Sabineland gains traction, First Baptist Church of Many is planning a free soccer clinic on Saturday, February 23 in association with the Northwestern State University Lady Demons and coach Jess Jobe.

The clinic will teach age appropriate skills and feature games and drills suitable for kids aged 3-16. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with special attention bethe Shreveport Elite and BOCA Academy teams in the off season. The team played Vernon, Natchitoches, and Shreveport teams last season, and a new DeSoto club is forming for the fall.

Over the holiday break, Coach Chris Dodson has been quite busy and has arranged for the team to coordinate with the Elite Soccer Academy, which is led by former LSU-Shreveport and FC Dallas coach William Awagu for more local games. Elite soccer has been working with Shreveport Indoor Soccer and has training leagues coming soon.

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Giant bass to greet anglers at Toledo Bend Central open

Some truly monster lunkers are expected to greet anglers at this weekend’s Toledo Bend Central Open.

Fireworks. That’s what anglers competing in the 2019 Basspro.com Central Open at Toledo Bend can expect next week.

Less than 75 days into the year, the lake has already given up 22 largemouth over 10 pounds, with the biggest weighing 11.49 pounds. Plus, a 29.83-pound limit was weighed in during a recent couples tournament. And according to local anglers, it’s only going to get better.

“Fishing is so good right now, trucks are lined up a quarter-mile down the street from every launch ramp,” said Linda Curtis-Sparks, director of Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. “So, the timing really couldn’t be better for the event.”

The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20-22, with daily takeoffs at 6:45 a.m. CT from Cypress Bend Park Boat Ramp, where daily weigh-ins will begin at 2:45 p.m. A bulging field of 215 boats will compete the first two days, with only the Top 12 pros and co-anglers advancing to Saturday’s final round.

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Sabine Hall of Fame recognizes Linda Curtis-Sparks as inductee

Linda Curtis-Sparks 2019 Inductee

The 2019 inductee into the Sabine Hall of Fame Linda Curtis-Sparks of Many, is a well-respected leader throughout the area.

The announcement of her election into the prestigious Sabine Hall of Fame was recently made by Chairman Pete Abington.

Linda Curtis-Sparks has been an inspiration to young women since her days in the Many Business and Professional Women’s Club back in the 1970s. She was named the club’s first Young Careerist in 1975 and was the club’s first Woman of the Year in 1979. She was active in the organization until 1981, when the group ceased to exist.

Throughout her lifetime, she has been a business owner, administrator, advisor, civic leader, governmental officials, executive director and steward of many worthwhile projects. She is also a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is known as a strong woman of grace and dignity.

 

 

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