RPSO recovers body from Kincaide Lake

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning death of 21-year-old Justin McGlothlin of Boyce, said Maj. Jerome Hopewell.

Authorities recovered McGlothin’s body at Kincaide Lake just before 9 p.m. Monday, April 26.

Hopewell said the sheriff’s office received a call about 5 p.m. about a possible drowning. When deputies arrived, they spoke to Robert Ahearn, 42, and Candace Guillot, 37, both of Boyce. The two reporter that they, along with their co-worker, McGlothlin, had been working for a resident who lived on the lake when they decided to take the homeowner’s boat out for a ride.

While in the boat, they decided to take swim. Ahearn and Guillot told deputies the boat began to drift away from them while they were in the water. The two allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol before they went swimming.

Authorities with RPSO and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered McGlothlin’s body.

Ahearn was charged with unauthorized use, and Guillot was charged with probation violations for consuming alcohol and violating her house arrest.

Funeral services for Country Day school education set for Monday, April 26

By EverythingCenla staff

Memorial services for Cynthia Rose Cook Golmon, 64,  will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, April 26 , at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria with Dr. B. David Brooks officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria.

Mrs. Golmon, 64, of Pineville passed away Thursday, April 22.

She was a lifetime Louisiana resident and educator with over 40 years experience recognized as the Louisiana Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1993-1994. She was a fearless warrior for Christ who laid down her life for all those she encountered to the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Taylor Cook and Laverne Cooper Cook.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Lee Golmon; daughter Stephanie Golmon Williams and husband, Michael Williams; son Richard Taylor Golmon and wife, Mollie Maricle Golmon. She was the proud grandmother of Whitney Rose Williams, Emilye Grace Williams, McKayla Saucier, and Kennedy Lola Golmon.

Memorials may be made to the Cynthia Rose Golmon Memorial Scholarship Fund, 5011 Jackson Street Extension, Alexandria, LA 71303.

Golman was killed in a three-vehicle crash about 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 49 south, just south of the Purple Heart Bridge, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

According to witnesses, Golmon was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima, when it left the Purple Heart Bridge headed to I-49 South. Instead of merging with traffic, Golmon’s vehicle turned left onto the interstate as if she was turning left at an intersection.

A 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Alyson Pharr, 42, of Lafayette, broadsided Golmon’s vehicle as it turned left. At that point  Patrick U. Smith, 30, of Poplarville, Miss., who was driving a 2003 Peterbilt, 18-wheeler, slammed the truck’s brakes to avoid the crash. The truck hit the rear of Pharr’s Chevrolet causing it to spin around.

Golmon had to be extricated from her vehicle. Acadian Ambulance took her to Rapides Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m. McKyla Saucier, 5, a passenger in Golmon’s Nissan was taken to Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Acadian Ambulance also took Pharr to Cabrini, where she was treated for moderate injuries. Smith was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Routine blood toxicology tests are being conducted on all three of the drivers.

The crash remains under investigation.

Ferriday man killed in Friday morning crash

Early Friday, April 9, a single vehicle crash killed one man and injured a woman, according to the Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Troopers responded to the crash around 2:10 a.m. on Louisiana Highway   568 at Lakeshore Dr. in Concordia Parish.

The crash involved a 2009 Dodge pickup, driven by Ray G. Pitts, 46. The Dodge was west bound on LA Hwy 568 when Pitts lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the right side of the roadway, the Dodge reentered LA Hwy 568 and exited the left side before overturning.

Pitts was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. He was transported to Riverland Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m. His only passenger, Breezy L. Keith, 31, of Ferriday was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. She received moderate injuries and was transported to Riverland Medical Center.

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Troop E Troopers have investigated 18 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 20 fatalities.

Natchitoches Parish man dies in Monday night house fire

By EverythingCenla

Everett Washington, 50, 190 Waterwell Rd., Natchitoches, died in a fire at his mobile home Monday night, said Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Washington’s body was found in the kitchen area of his home. The 911 Center received the call about 8:23 p.m. that someone was trapped in the burning mobile home.

Family members attempted to save Washington, who was blind. The cause of the fire has not been determined. However, there was heavy damage to the center of the mobile home, Jones said.

There were no smoke detectors installed in the mobile home. Authorities do not suspect any foul play.

Fire District 6 arrived on the scene within six minutes of the initial call. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies, a sheriff’s investigator, Natchitoches EMS paramedics and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.

Body found in Kincaid Lake ID as Amanda L. Stroud, 22

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of the woman found in Kincaid Lake on Tuesday as Amanda L. Stroud, 22, of 445 Patch Leg Road, Montgomery.

Stroud was reported missing to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 20, said Sheriff Charles Wagner Jr.

A complete autopsy of Stroud’s body did not determine the cause of death. The case remains under investigation. anyone has any information reference this case please contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)473-6700, Crime Stoppers at (318)443-7867 or on the web at http://www.rpso.org.

Prince O. Mensah killed in Natchitoches Parish vehicle crash

Prince O. Mensah, the son of a West African king and an Alexandria businessman, was killed in a one-vehicle accident about 9:15 p.m. Saturday in Natchitoches Parish, according to the Louisiana State Police Troop E.

The crash occurred when Prince, founder of the African American Cultural Center and Museum on Rapides Aveune, allegedly lost control of  the 1994 Mercedes 320 he was driving on I-49 north of Louisiana Highway 6 at Posey Road, the press release indicates.

The Mercedes was south bound on I-49 when Mensah lost control and exited the left side of the roadway into the median. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a concrete pylon, which supports the Posey Road overpass. After this collision, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames and Mensah was trapped inside.

Mensah, 50,  was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Below is Mensah’ bio that’s published at http://www.africanmuseumclothing.com/

I was born in Ghana West Africa. I am the 9th child of 15 children born in 1959 to King Joseph K. Mensah and Queen Martha A. Mensah. I graduated from High School at the age of fourteen. I  obtained an associate’s degree at Adass Secondary School majoring in theology, agricultural science, performing arts, and physical education.  Later, I  attended Ghana University and graduated with a master’s degree in Agriculture with a minor in Science and Performing Arts. In 1987 my brother invited me to move to Houston, Texas  and while in Houston I attended Houston Community College for two years and obtained an associate degree in general studies.

I helped my brother to run a pizza shop for six years. I also was employed as a merchant marine for two years. I moved to Alexandria, La. In 1995 and entered Northwestern State University where I obtained a certification in Child & Daycare. I also attended school at Louisiana Technical College where I acquired a Certification in Automobile Mechanics.  Also, I went to truck driving school and worked for Shneider and J.B. Hunt.  Ensco Marine an offshore company is where I worked as a seaman. In addition I obtained a associates degree from Northwestern State University majoring in Criminal Justice.

I am the founder of the African American Cultural Center and Museum located at 1810 Rapides Avenue Alexandria, LA.  In 1995 with the endorsement of the Rapides Parish School Board I developed a workshop to demonstrate African dance and educate school children about African culture.  My main concerns and efforts are concentrated on cultural exchange, especially for the younger children. The African culture is presented in crafts, arts, clothing, musical instruments and food. My attempt to bring some African Culture to several schools has been very receptive to the one hour presentations. I actually build a Royal setting using the children as the actors and along with my presentation almost bringing this setting to life.

I have made presentations to almost every school in Rapides Parish as well as many churches and institutions. The following are  few examples of schools I have visited and they include, Lincoln Road Elementary & Sixth (6th) Grade Center, Huddle Elementary, Phoenix Magnet Elementary and Arthur Smith Junior High school. Some other places are Tom Thumb Child Development Center, Louisiana Women’s Education Center. Many of these school and more have requested a presentation for the upcoming year.

Pineville woman killed in accident

By Sherri L. Jackson
The Light

ALEXANDRIA — A Pineville woman was killed about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, when the vehicle she was riding in hit a ditch then a pine tree near Horseshoe Drive and Highway 165, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Caitlin Bowden, 1520 Palmer Chapel Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the police report. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Police responded to the 2300 block of Horseshoe Drive where the accident allegedly occurred. According to the police report, Thomas E. Wallace, 22, of 332 Stovall Road, Alexandria, was driving a 1997 Dodge Ram, when it left the east edge of the road, traveled through a ditch for about 143 feet then struck a pine tree.

Upon impact, the vehicle turned about 90 degrees before stopping. Police report Wallace “could not remember what happened.” Acadian Ambulance took him to St. Francis Cabrini Hospital where he was treated for “serious injuries.”

Blood samples were taken to undergo toxicology reports.