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I TIMES ON WHEELS: 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Dll -(: www.ponchatoula SPORTS: ;Roger, Roger Dudek; The final chapter00 Page 2 II I .com/ptimes IIIIIIIIIII I IIIIIIIII III I I III The Ha'Penny Bridge over the Liffey in downtown Dublin, Ireland Take a step onto the historic Ha'Penny Bridge over the River Liffey in downtown Dub- lin, Ireland and join The Ponchatoula Times over the next few weeks on a magical tour that will step from Dublin to Armagh, Northern Ireland, to Scotland, and to the mythical but real Isle of Skye, and along the way meet some of the most fascinating people in the world. The Ha'penny Bridge was built in 1816 and was the first iron bridge in Ireland. It is a single span structure with cast iron railings and decorative lamps. It was originally named the Liffey Bridge but is now called the Ha'penny because until 1919 to cross it there was a half-penny charge. (Times Photo) Strawberries on sale in Dublin Irish strawberries are closer in size and sweetness to the strawberries originally grown in Ponchatoula before they were bred to stand up to the rigors of shipping and long wait times until purchase. This stand was located a stone's throw from the historic General Post Office (GPO) in down- town Dublin. (Times Photo) From Ponchatoula to Gorey The Coogan Family of Gorey, County Wexford gathered from all over the world to celebrate the 50th Wedding An- niversary of Noirin and Bob Coogan (middle center), who have visited Ponchatoula in the company of their daughter Sinead (upper left) with her daughter Keeva (lower right) who is a former advertising executive with The Ponchatou- la Times. As is typical of many Irish families, members are scattered from Boston to Paris, wherever their education and talents have taken them. The celebratory couple raised their family in Dublin but eventually found and renovated the home of their dreams in Gorey. (Times Photo) THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY / THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 Former Times advertising lady Sinead Coogan is well- known to many advertisers in The Ponchatoula Times who remember her time here nearly 10 years ago. She is pictured relaxing at her par- ents' home in Gorey, County Wexford where she helped organize the celebration of her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. (Times Photo) II 29th YEAR NUMBER 49 ii 50 CENTS all i _ I I [ II . I Ii Sheriff didn't tell Ponchatoula Police of raid on Boob00 Meyn By MARK A new picture has emerged in the shoo0ing death of Charles "Booby" Meyn Jr. by heavily armed Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's deputies around dawn August 26. Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson says that his officers learned of the undercover raid when they responded to a 911 call. The lack of communication from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has been going on for two years, he said. "It's no secret we were up- set," said Chief Bry Layrisson. "In this particular case, my un- dercover officers had an ongoing case" for about a month focusing on Meyn. "They could have been injured or killed." As for Booby Meyn's record, "It was not his first run-in with the law," said Layrisson. Earli- er arrests were peaceful. At the time of his death, Booby Meyn, 58, was wanted on narcotics charges. Deputies went to his home in search of evidence re- lated to illegal narcotics, weap- ons and stolen propgrty. Meanwhile, a Ponchatoula minister remembers Booby Meyn as a polite man who loved his children and loved to fish. "He could fish real, real good. He could ave been a profes- sional," said Steve Reed. How did the Ponchatoula Po- lice Department learn of Sheriff Daniel Edwards' operation? "We found out when citizens in the neighborhood reported shots fired. As ybu know, gun shots in Ponchatoula are rare. My guys could have been hurt rushing to the scene of a 911 call. They could have been shot, not even knowing it was an un- dercover operation. This is a se- rious safety concern." "To this day I still haven't been contacted by the sheriff or any of his people involved," said Layrisson. "We want to make sure this doesn't happen again. It's com- mon practice for law enforce- ment agencies to notify each other when they operate in a jurisdiction." How could this have hap. We're on the pened? "If this was the first time, Quarter horses coming to the Fairgrounds Times Reporter Brooks O'Connor has an update on what is new with "The Sport of Kings" at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. See her report on page 3. (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) road again! By BRYAN T; McMAHON Publisher (Introduction to a Series) Renewing a longtime tradi- tion at The Ponchatoula Times, this week kicks off a travel se- ries that will take us to the island of Ireland, to Glasgow, Scotland by way of the ferry from Belfast, Northern Ireland and from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye, long a Viking place but now part of Scotland. So if you have an interest in any of these locations but have not had a chance to make the trip, perhaps this series will give you the incentive to go, or at least sit back in Ponchatoula and live the trip through my re- porting and photography. In past years I was accompa- nied on my adventures by Terry Ann McMahon, but my wife died December 30, 2009, and we will pause along the way this time to pay her tribute. She so loved to travel! I will introduce you to the people who make Ireland and Scotland special to me, friends who sustained us through those PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 maybe an oversight. But this has been going on for two years. We'd like to cooperate with any law enforcement agency for our officers' safety and our citi- zens." "My officers are very upset that the sheriff said that his team was highly trained. They PLEASE SEE PAGE 6 Loud music leads officer to drug arrest of Springfield man B3 MARK MATHES Joseph Vernell Austin, 20, of Springfield was arrested Sun- day on two drug charges and disturbing the peace in Tasker Park on North First Street, ac- cording to Chief of Police Bry Layrisson. Loud music was the tip off. Sgt. Melvin McGary eas ob- serving traffic Sunday on East Beach Street. "I noticed a blue Pontiac traveling west on East Beach Street with extremely loud music playing from the vehicle," McGary said. He fol- lowed the noisy vehicle travel- PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 I I-I,t"W.-b ,-h""", o, -00uR ]00ONCHA TO ULA By OLE HARDHIDE/The Alligator Television would have to go black, cease to transmit, tear the towers down, go off the air, were it not for Our Ponchatou- la. Not only have we given the world Shelby Stanga, but now Hollywood has come for Mike Kliebert who is featured in the new swamp-based television show. Oh I know what you are saying, almost all television these days is pretty swampy. Yes, that is true. The problem I see is that Shelby and Mike are doing for the alligators what Buffalo Bill Cody did for the buffalo, catching and killing so many of my dear toothy cousins for the cameras that we may all go extinct by the end of this television sea- son. Still, you can count on both these macho men spending their big bucks, a stimulus program that is guaranteed to work, if the alligator population holds up, and if one or moe of my ga- tor kin doesn't take a hankering for Shelby & Mike Po Boys. Otherwise, look for a real boost to the local economy. If we ever get a show to concentrate on bedroom scandals, Ponchatoula will really rake it in. I have to lower myself deep in the pond here in the center of town over 10 times a day, life here is getting so steamy, frothy and foamy. Double that when Hardy is in town. Let's go to church and pray: A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fas- cination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered, "It's Adam 's suit". A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping." A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Command- ments. They were ready to discuss the last one. 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