Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Year in Review Part One

Over the next two days, the Press-Herald will recap the 10 biggest news stories of 2012 in Webster Parish as chosen by the editorial staff.

As follows are numbers 6 through 10.

SIX

Guin sentenced to five years

Bobby Glen Guin who embezzled nearly $100,000 in public funds from the Webster Parish Coroner's Office pled guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to jail.

Judge Joseph Bleich ordered Guin to five years in the parish jail with all but one year suspended.

In addition, Guin made restitution for the monies he stole (totaling $95,607.98), and he will serve three years active supervised probation once his incarceration is complete.

State police and Webster Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Guin in August following an investigation into missing monies.

Guin worked as a bookkeeper in the coroner's office and was also a math teacher at Webster Junior High.

SEVEN

North Webster Fire Chiefs in trouble

Cotton Valley Fire Protection District 8 Chief Dennis Meshell and Assistant Chief Adam Hurley were arrested for malfeasance in office, felony theft and injuring public records. All are felony charges.

The pair was taken into custody in August by Webster Parish Sheriff's Captain Dustin Reynolds, Lieutenant Scott Tucker and Sgt. Tommy Kemp, Jr. at Webster Parish Courthouse.

It is alleged financial statements were hidden from the FPD 8 board and legislative auditors because, for around the past three years Hurley and Meshell had been siphoning funds totaling close to $50,000 intended to go into the district's coffers.

A new status conference for the case was set for Jan. 7, 2013 and the trial date of Feb. 25, 2013 was retained.

Springhill Chief

In April, following several weeks of investigation, Webster Parish Sheriff's detectives arrested former Springhill Fire Chief David Camp for unauthorized use of an access device as theft over $5,000 and malfeasance in office.

According to reports, from January 2008 until present, more than $4,000 in personal fuel purchases were made.

Camp pled guilty on September 20, the same day he made restitution for more than $13,000.

Springhill's former fire chief will spend the next six months in jail after entering a guilty plea to unauthorized use of an access card.

In November, Judge E. Joseph Bleich sentenced Camp to three years parish jail time, suspending all but six months.

According to a spokesperson for the Bossier/Webster District Attorney's office, Camp will also spend three years under active supervised probation with 150 hours of community service upon release.

EIGHT

Teens indicted as adults in murder

Two juveniles were charged with second degree murder in the death of Cedric Kingsby and will be prosecuted as adults as determined by a grand jury.

Chester Kimmons and Antonio Thorton, ages 16, along with Roshun Huey, 23, of Minden, were charged with second-degree battery after beating Cedric Kingsby.

One week after the arrests, Kingsby died and charges on all three were upgraded to second-degree homicide.

NINE

Police solve string of vehicle burglaries

In early November, Minden Police and the U.S. Marshal's Service made two arrests, possibly ending a rash of vehicle burglaries that struck neighborhoods where two public officials live.

Shawn O'Rear, 34 and Daniel Eugene Smith, 37, both of the 200 block of McDonald Street, Minden, have been charged with 12 counts of vehicle burglary and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Minden Mayor Bill Robertson had some items stolen from his vehicle, which was parked at his residence.

Robertson said he was happy with the way the police department handled the investigation.

"I was pleased with the way our (police) department responded and with the results," Robertson said. "I got my Garmin® (GPS – Global Positioning System) and iPod® back, but I didn't get back the one dollar they got."

Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin was also a target of the vehicle break-ins.

TEN

Local law enforcement nails tire thieves

In July, brotherly love went out the window when a Shreveport man gave up his siblings, and Minden Police removed a cog in the wheel of tire and rim thefts that have spanned the Gulf South.

Broderick Summage, 30, of Shreveport, was arrested on local warrants by Phillip Krouse with the U.S. Marshall's Service in Shreveport on June 20 and charged with felony theft.

About a week later, Eric D. Summage, 32, and Trandic T. Summage, 22, both formerly of Haughton, were arrested on Minden Police warrants for felony theft by the U.S. Marshall's Office in Houston.

Minden Police became involved when, after dark on April 29, the Summage brothers and Reagan Beaudreaux of Houston allegedly made their way onto the lot of a new car dealership on Hwy. 531, jacked up 19 vehicles and stole the tires and rims, leaving the vehicles on blocks.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said more than $50,000 worth of tires and wheels were taken and damage to the vehicles made the total closer to $60,000.

 

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