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June 14, 1984

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• Ole Hardhide Hey Carol Vitter, I bet Bobby wore those dark sunglasses past the nurses station when he came to  you this week. What goes on behind those lenses? And Carl Cleveland, I hear that the first floor decor of your new law office building was the result of ideas borrowed from the bat cave. is that true? ' Shirley Welles, Richard Byers, Jan Holson, and all the other local citizens who got into the bidding Saturday at the Antique Festival, thanks. President of the Chamber Joe Singerman says that the benefit auction raised about $350 to help build me the kind of cage a town could feel proud of. Thanks especially to the following bunessmen and groups who donated items to be auctioned off Saturday: Barbara Wagner, Community Center Director, $25 gift certificate for Community Center classes; Flower Train for the candlestick floral rings; Stanley Cowen for the festival Itself and that super imported rug; Hardy Richardson for his handy tie-down kit (better ask Hardy about that one); Betty and L.J. Cutter over at the grocery for the LSU decanter; Jack and Jo Ann Holobaugh, owners of the soon-to-be-opened Granny & Pa-pa's at 114 West Pine, for the ice tongs and rustic scythe; the Manchac Fisherman's Association for the $100 benefit dinner dance ticket and chance on $5,000 worth of raffle prizes to be given away June 30 at the Hayride Building; Paulette Richardson of the Country Cupboard for the fancy juicer; all my craftsmen and women at the Country Market who donated a $50 gift certificate; Henry Arnold for his vintage poster of jazz mudctan Stanley uwen, circa 1950 (and thanks for driving alln-ight from Mexico to get to the festival in time to boil crawfish); Janice Waterman for the two handmade' Amish pillows; to T's 'n Things for the Ponchatoula souvenb box filled with Ponchatoula berry cups and a T-shirt; and to Zach Zachmann and his family at Olde Town Shoppe for the two porcelain bunny dolls that looked good, enough to eat! It's people like you in My Ponchatoulq that make Ole Hardhidel like Your Alligator. Thanks. __ _--------- Kids of My Ponchatoula, if you had a boat you'ld tie it to the dock at night, right? If you have a bike in Ponchatoula you had better lock it up every night. (Chief Peltier, you can turn all bike thieves in town over to me. They don't deserve simple cells). Vtckie the Waitress may be joining a long chorus line of ladies who worked their way from trays to fame on the silver screen or limelit stage. Aw Shucks customers tell me they'ld rather she sing than wait tables (say, that's a good tip Vtckie). Hear about the big wreck on Weinberger Road caused by the blowout? (I didn't mean you Tami, I meant your bicycle). Folks out east of town say they've got themselves a cowboy mailman who sings in the saddle as he delivers their mail; the closest thing Ponchatoula's got to a Pony Express. (I like your cowboy hat Hooks). And, ahem, what ever became of the Second Annual Creeper Race? Ole Rad and Harry must be using their time testing new designs, or even worse, practicing. Last year's event was a fun time for sure - a roaring race down THE PONCHATOCCA North Seventh with all the contestants fevertously beating the gloved hands as they road only two and a half inches over the supported by those wiggle wheeled creepers mechanics use to scoot! cars. We want the Creeper Race back! Hey Don and Louise Steadman, I hear you're expecting your How about starting a trend and name it after your in a cage on main street and has the initials O.H.? Don't take it too hard that Tom Grant has a habit of looking people. If you were the manager of Hammond Airport you'ld get up airplane whenever you could too. Did you see the pretty colored lights that now play on the fountain the First Methodist Church? (Take the kids by, after you stop by the chat or a little advice on child rearing). Cathy Welles tells me that she and Joe Arthur and Julie discovered a nutria condominium accessible only by the Sims' that's my kind of neighborhood. ("Yes Madam Nutria, I am new neighbor. Could I ask you to dinner? Would you bring pepper?") Then there was the case of the slow minded thief from Baton decided to hide out in Ponchatoula with the truck he had stok Kennedy Print Shop. Would have worked too if Kennedy Print Shop  use the sides of the truck for what owner Jim Lane calls "a rolling Yup, police nabbed him. Dufreche-to be replaced at SLU SLU Athletic Director Leo Jones said Monday that the school would begin an immediate search for a new baseball coach following the resignation of Danny Dufreche. 'Tve had some opportunities come my way that I cannot afford to pass up," Dufreche, the Lions coach for the last two seasons, stated upon resigning We think we have made some progress in turning things around." "We've worked hard to  where we are on the verge of success, he added. "I would liketo be around for the good times after struggling (the Lions were 25-60-1 the last two seasons), but it was something I could not afford to turn down. We felt like we had things nucle_,,= for a aood proam." Jones said that outheastern "would need a coach with a proven record at the college level, one with recruiting experience. We want to get someone who can put together a successful baseball program." The SLU AD said that applications would be accepted through June 27 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX x XXX X t X Χ X t X x X X X X NOW OPEN Satd00'. Formerly Needle Arts Monday. "It's tough to.leave right now. around and started establishing a before an announcement is made. X ='-'"'"'""'"'"'"'""'"'"'""'"'"'"'"'"'I torn rain vailable =  i| Sex crime " ' • 50% off | _ sO 3e>" -€ I | x aearanceof KnlfflngSupphes ............................ 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Baker was already in the parish jail on two other sexual charges at the time, • • - • he was arrested at about 5:40 p.m. | Boggles all on specml | Friday May 25, according to records. • "  Those charges were single counts each ,IIU • . R0" - = -- = Men • of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and i  flUS B08 filmJ L-ee & i aggravated rape. Levi Shirts Today Baker was charged with nine ........ - additional counts of aggravated rape, •e•.eno•o•o•o•omeeo•o•e•e•ee••••m••mmm•••m three counts of aggravated crime Come wet Our 2 working farms haveover 1,000 alligators-Plus! Tours run from 12 noon 'til Darld Admission Adults..... $4.00 Children....$2.00 Special / price for schools, sen=or citizens, clubs of 10 or more persons. Kliebeds Alligator .Turtle Farms Take Springfield- Ponchatoula Exit and Follow Signs Call 345-3617 for more information against nature, eight counts of inticing a juvenile to prostitution, seven counts of cruelty to juveniles, 18 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, 11 counts of contributing to the delin- quency of juveniles, one count of aggravated sexual battery, one count of aggravated battery, one count of simple battery, two counts of simple assault and one count of inciting a felony. According to statements, about 11 young boys between the ages of six years to 15-years-old were alleged victims of the charges. Several others are also being interviewed. According to statements gained in the case, Baker is accused of committing the crimes with young boys who had at one time visited Baker at his Tickfaw residence on Rt. 1, Box 97-8K. The inticing to prostitution charges involve the presentation of gifts to the young boys, deputies said. Some of the gifts allegedly include three-wheeled motor- cycles and assorted amounts of money, deputies added. The case was first brought to the attention of deputies May 2, 1984, but it was a second contact on May, 25 that resulted in statements leading to the arrest of Baker that afternoon, accord- ing to investigating deputies. Baker had served as a volunteer, unpaid reserve deputy with the Tangi- pahoa Parish Shertff' Office for four and one-half months before he was discharged more than a year ago. That discharge resulted from complaints about his general demeanor with the public and the wearing of a badge and pistol in view while not on duty as a volunteer, according to his supervisors. There has been no evidence of any misconduct of a sexual nature while he was serving as a volunteer on duty, according to investigators. Additional charges and arrests of other persons are expected in the case, according to deputies. The investiga- tion in continuing with parish and Hammond Juvenile officers working with investigators. The alleged inci- dents that are being investigated all part of the state and other Southern states are also being investigated, according to deputies. The identities of the victims are being kept strictly confidential to protect the youths as much as possible. Plans are to request a grand jury review of the case, according to deputies. Investigators are requesting that par- ents of an who may y boys have visited the Baker residence or came in contact with the suspect contact the sheriff's office. All such contacts will be kept in confidence among. Investigators, according to Sheriff Layrisson. If baker were to be convicted of all charges filed so far he could face more than 400 years in jail and fines of about $114,000. . Louisiana Electric Supply Co., Ltd. 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