Haynesville Man Killed in Bienville Parish Crash

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, just before 3:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle crash on I-20, just east of LA Hwy 154 (Gibsland). The crash claimed the life of 71-year-old Milton Mosby.

The initial investigation revealed a 2012 Kenworth 18-wheeler, driven by 32-year-old Francisco Calvillo of Waxahachie, TX, was traveling on I-20 eastbound. For reasons still under investigation, Calvillo struck an eastbound 2015 Nissan Altima, driven by 71-year-old Milton Mosby, in the rear. After impact, both vehicles exited the roadway and came to rest, in a ditch.

Mosby, who was restrained, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Calvillo was restrained and was not injured.

Routine toxicology samples were taken and will be submitted for analysis.

While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and will greatly reduce the extent of injury.

Although the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers would like to remind the public of the following: inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at nhtsa.gov

In 2021, Troop G has investigated 14 fatal crashes, resulting in 15 deaths.

Contact Information:
Tpr. Jonathan Odom
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 741-7409
Jonathan.Odom2@la.gov


Castor Freedom Fest Treasure Hunt Clue #3

Clues will be posted daily until Friday, July 2nd at City Hall by 9:00 am, and on Bienville Parish Journal website and Facebook page. If no one finds the treasure, one last clue will be posted early Saturday morning. If the treasure is not found, it will be added to the 2021 Pine Beetle Festival Treasure Hunt amount.

Clue #1

It’s not gonna be easy,
Search high and low,
Stay on public land…
Your success depends on which way you go.

Your starting point is the 4 way in Castor,
Don’t go the wrong way or it will be a disaster.
North, South, East or West?
Be sure the way you chose is the best.

Clue #2

Hidden in the Castor School District,
Is this years treasure.
Being out in this heat is no pleasure.

Stay hydrated if you want to win.
If you get too hot you may have to jump in
In the heat of the day you’ll be longing for shade
But if it pays off you’ll be glad you played.

Clue #3

Bring a chair on Saturday
To sit and watch the show.

The sky will be bright and beautiful
But treasure hunters should look low

“Red and yellow kill a fellow”
is a good reptile reminder
but those two colors in this case
Will make a happy finder

Good Luck!!!

Be sure to join the festivities at Castor’s First Annual Freedom Fest this Saturday.  CLICK HERE for more information.


Governor’s Explains Veto of “Permitless” Concealed Carry Bill

On Thursday, June 24, Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed Senate Bill 118 which would have made it legal for residents of Louisiana to carry concealed handguns without a concealed handgun license.  

On Friday, Governor Edwards released a statement which explained the veto.  The governor said:

“I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and an enthusiastic outdoorsman and hunter. But I simply cannot support carrying a concealed carry firearm without proper education and safety training – and I believe the majority of Louisianans agree with me. Our current system strikes the right balance of ensuring that people can bear arms while also keeping reasonable permitting and training processes in place. It is a matter of basic public safety and numerous law enforcement leaders across the state opposed the bill for this reason, especially as it relates to the enhanced risk posed to their officers. Simply put, it is not too much to ask that a person who wishes to carry a concealed weapon in public be required to attend basic marksmanship and safety training so they understand the regulations associated with such an action. That’s reasonable and responsible, and for these reasons, I have vetoed the permitless carry bill.”

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) rebuffed the veto and argued that “This important legislation ensures that citizens are able to exercise their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays.”  The NRA is calling for state lawmakers to override the Governor’s veto of the “permitless carry bill.”


Castor Freedom Fest Treasure Hunt in Full Swing

Clues for the Treasure Hunt will be posted daily until Friday, July 2nd at City Hall by 9:00 am, and on Bienville Parish Journal website and Facebook page. If no one finds the treasure, one last clue will be posted early Saturday morning. If the treasure is not found, it will be added to the 2021 Pine Beetle Festival Treasure Hunt amount.

Here are the clues so far:

Clue #1

It’s not gonna be easy,
Search high and low,
Stay on public land…
Your success depends on which way you go.

Your starting point is the 4 way in Castor,
Don’t go the wrong way or it will be a disaster.
North, South, East or West?
Be sure the way you chose is the best.

Clue #2

Hidden in the Castor School District,
Is this years treasure.
Being out in this heat is no pleasure.

Stay hydrated if you want to win.
If you get too hot you may have to jump in
In the heat of the day you’ll be longing for shade
But if it pays off you’ll be glad you played.

Clue #3 will be released this morning at 9:00 a.m. 

Good Luck!!!

Be sure to join the festivities at Castor’s First Annual Freedom Fest this Saturday.  CLICK HERE for more information.


REOPENED: LA 155 north of Coushatta, Red River Parish

The Department of Transportation and Development advised motorists that repairs to the bridge on LA 155 north of Coushatta in neighboring Red River Parish are complete and the bridge has been REOPENED. 

This bridge is located approximately 2.5 miles north of the US 71 junction in Coushatta.

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the LA 155 bridge over Grand Bayou in Red River Parish was inspected and closed due to the bridge’s condition.

The DOTO said, “We appreciate your patience and encourage you to drive safely.”


Oscar at Sea

In May of 1941, several months before the United States officially entered World War II, Nazi Germany’s battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen scoured the Atlantic Ocean on a raiding mission to thwart Allied shipping between the United States and Great Britain.  On May 24, the two ships entered into battle with two Royal Navy ships, the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood, nicknamed “the Mighty Hood,” in what is now referred to as the Battle of Denmark Strait.

The battle has been memorialized in books, songs, films, and other media including Johnny Horton’s 1960 hit song “Sink the Bismarck.”  In the song, Johnny Horton sang that “The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea, on her deck were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees,” followed by the war cry “We gotta sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us.”

Within the first ten minutes of the battle, one of the Bismarck’s “shells as big as trees” struck the Hood near one of its ammunition magazines.  Within seconds, the Hood exploded with a violent shudder and sank.  In less than thirteen minutes after the Hood fired its first shot, as Johnny Horton sang, “The Mighty Hood went down.”  Only three of the Hood’s 1,418 sailors survived the sinking.

News of the Hood’s fate was devastating to British morale, but they soon rallied.  The Royal Navy was determined to sink the Bismarck.  It became their prime target.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered all ships in the region to search for the Bismarck.

Within hours, the British fleet located the Bismarck.  Bi-planes from the Royal Navy’s Ark Royal dropped torpedoes on the Bismarck.  The first torpedo struck the Bismarck but only caused minimal damage.  The second torpedo struck nearby and jammed the Bismarck’s rudders.  The Bismarck was unable to steer but kept moving in a large circle.  The battle continued throughout the night and into the morning of May 27, 1941.  Continuous attacks by several British ships destroyed the Bismarck’s guns.  At 10:40 a.m., the Bismarck disappeared beneath waves.  Of the 2,200 aboard, only 114 survived.

Hours after the sinking of the Bismarck, sailors aboard the British Ship Cossack saw Oscar sitting on a piece of floating wooden wreckage.  Oscar was the only survivor of the Bismarck to be picked up by the British Ship.

At first, the sailors on the Cossack were unsure what to do with Oscar.  They put Oscar, not in the brig, but in a room where they could keep a close eye on him.  With each passing day, the crew gave Oscar more and more freedoms.  Before long, Oscar was performing the same task on the Cossack for the Royal Navy that he had performed on the German Bismarck.  He was working for his country’s enemy. 

On October 23, 1941, the Cossack was escorting a convoy of ships from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom.  Unbeknownst to the crew, a German submarine U-563 had spotted the ship.  Without warning, an explosion rocked the Cossack.  The German U-boat had fired a single torpedo and disappeared.  The Cossack was damaged and unable to steer, but stayed afloat.  Two days later, a tugboat from Gibraltar arrived and towed the Cossack toward land.  On the following day, October 26, a storm moved into the area.  The tugboat was unable to keep the tow line attached to the Cossack in the high sea.  On October 27, the Cossack floundered to the turbulent sea and sank into the Atlantic Ocean.  159 crew members died as a result of the ship’s sinking, but not Oscar.  He was among those rescued by the HMS Legion.  The Legion transported the survivors to Gibraltar.

The crew of the Cossack spoke so highly of Oscar that he was not jailed for being an enemy combatant, but was put to work on the HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier.  Two weeks after Oscar joined the Ark Royal, on November 13, a German U-boat fired a torpedo at the aircraft carrier.  The explosion shook the ship.  Several of the crew were launched into the ocean by the blast but only a single crew member died.  It took nearly three hours for the Ark Royal to sink.  In that time, the HMS Legion was able to rescue all of the Ark Royal’s crewmenAs had happened when the Bismarck sank, sailors found Oscar clinging to a floating board. 

Oscar’s days at sea were over.  For reasons which remain unclear, the Royal Navy transferred Oscar to the seamen’s home in Belfast, Ireland.  Oscar never returned to Germany, but stayed at the seamen’s home for the remainder of his life.  From May until November, 1941, Oscar had survived the sinking of three ships.  His job in the German Navy and then in the British Navy was an important one, pest control.  You see, Oscar was not a typical sailor.  Oscar was…a cat.    

Sources:

  1. The Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1941, p.18.
  2. The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), May 27, 1941, p.1.
  3. The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey), May 28, 1941, p.2.
  4. The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), November 14, 1941, p.1.
  5. Royal Museums Greenwich. “Oscar, Cat from the German Battleship ‘Bismarck‘.” Accessed June 21, 2021. https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/203480.html.

Week Five of the Summer Reading Program: Keep Reading!

In week five, we take a little break to celebrate Independence Day, but you don’t need to stop reading! We encourage you to keep reading, collect all ten of your brag tags and see just how many books/pages you can log in before the end of the summer and you head back to school. In fact, if you were on vacation or had other activities going on, it’s not too late to get in on the fun and register for the Summer Reading Program and start reading!

The 2021 “Tails & Tales” Summer Reading Program is going gangbusters at your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library with even more fun coming up in the last two weeks of performances. “Geebo the Clown” makes an appearance on July 8th and July 9th and the finale is “The Dinosaur Experience” on July 15th and July 16th — that is sure to be a “Paleo-riffic” program!

SNAG YOUR TAGS AND KEEP ON READING!

This is a new Summer Reading Program reward and there are ten brag tags to snag! Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. This new reading incentive gives your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages read during the summer vacation!

But it doesn’t end with the brag tags – Children are encouraged to keep reading as much as they can because there will be certificates and prizes for the top reader in multiple categories, including: top reader at each branch, top reader in their age group, and top reader in the Bienville Parish Library system.

COME ONE, COME ALL!

Everyone is welcome to attend the performances! If you’re visiting the library on the days of an SRP performance, come in and join us! Below are the program times for each library:

Thursdays

  • Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

Fridays

  • Castor at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saline at 2:00 p.m.

You and your children are welcome to take part in the Summer Reading Program performances – it’s a fun way to spend an hour and visit the library too! There’s always something going on at your Bienville Parish Library – visit bienvillelibrary.org to see the schedule of events.


Federal Extension of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended

Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the Biden administration’s extension of the federal eviction moratorium until July 31, 2021. He encourages all renters, homeowners and landlords who are experiencing ongoing economic hardship due to COVID-19 to take immediate steps to apply for state assistance that will help them address their housing challenges.

“We are grateful to President Joe Biden and his administration for extending this additional lifeline to those who are still struggling due to the pandemic,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s important that everyone who needs this additional time act as soon as possible to secure state assistance or explore mortgage payment options because this is intended to be the final federal extension. While this will prevent evictions and ensure housing stability for another month, there are steps renters and homeowners who are struggling financially due to COVID-19 can and should take now to protect themselves from possible eviction or foreclosure beyond this extension. Later this summer, Louisiana will receive $146.7 million funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to assist homeowners economically impacted by the pandemic.”

Renters and Landlords

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium for renters impacted by COVID-19 until July 31.

About 50,000 renters and landlords have already applied for assistance through Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program and similar programs administered by Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. More than $10.7 million has been awarded to renters and landlords through the state-administered emergency rental assistance program. The program, which expanded in May to include utility assistance, provides funding support for past-due rent and utility fees dating back to April 2020, as well as future rent for eligible applicants. For more information about Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance program and how to access locally administered programs, visit LAStateRent.com or call 877.459.6555 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Homeowners

Federal agencies that back mortgages—the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Agriculture—have extended their respective foreclosure moratoriums until July 31, 2021. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also extended the foreclosure moratorium for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until July 31, 2021. While state programs for homeowner assistance are still in the planning stages, homeowners who are struggling financially can temporarily pause or reduce their mortgage payments by entering into a forbearance agreement with their lenders.

Forbearance allows homeowners to repay missed payments over time or when they refinance or sell their homes, and relief options depend on who owns or backs a mortgage, the programs they offer, and the eligibility criteria they set. To learn whether a mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the federal government, homeowners can contact their loan servicer or search online. Homeowners without federally backed mortgages who are behind on payments are urged to contact their mortgage servicers to determine any forbearance options. Visit the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau website for more information on the moratorium extension and preventing foreclosure.

Under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, servicers of federally backed mortgages must provide forbearance for borrowers with COVID-related hardships for up to two consecutive 180-day periods. HUD, VA and USDA will continue allowing homeowners to enter into COVID-related forbearance through Sept. 30, 2021, while homeowners with Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages also continue to be eligible for COVID-related forbearance. HUD, VA and USDA will announce additional steps in July to offer borrowers payment reduction options that enable more homeowners to stay in their homes.

Lastly, Louisiana is set to receive $146.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds later this summer as part of the Homeowner Assistance Fund, which is designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020. Louisiana is awaiting final guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department to launch the program.


Today in History – June 30

1559 – King Henry II of France was mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel, comte de Montgomery.

1859 – French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1865 – Eight alleged conspirators in assassination of Lincoln were found guilty.

1882 – Charles J. Guiteau was hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.

1898 – Winton Motor Carriage Company published the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”

1905 – Albert Einstein sent the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduced special relativity, for publication in Annalen der Physik.

1908 – A giant fireball, most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet, flattened 80 million trees near the Stony Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russia, in the largest impact event in recorded history.

1921 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft as Chief Justice of the United States.

1925 – Charles Jenkins was granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television).

1934 – The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, took place.

1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” was published.

1937 – The world’s first emergency telephone number, 999, was introduced in London.

1938 – Superman first appeared in DC Comics’ Action Comics Series issue #1.

1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

1954 – Largest check deposited: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57.

1956 – A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided above the Grand Canyon in Arizona and crash, killing all 128 on board both airliners.

1959 – A United States Air Force F-100 Super Sabre from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, crashed into a nearby elementary school, killing 11 students plus six residents from the local neighborhood.

1971 – The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft were killed when their air supply escaped through a faulty valve.

1975 – Serial killer Ted Bundy victim Shelley Robertson disappeared in Colorado.

1979 – “Good Times” single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979).

1992 – “End of the Road” single was released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)