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"We welcome any law enforce- ment agency that wants to help fight crime in Ponchatoula," said the chief in an interview with The Times Tuesday. Today, the Louisiana State Police have the case. "I'm very confident that they are very good investigators," he said. Once the State Police complete their case, it will be forwarded to the District Attorney and Sheriff's Office for review. ### Steve Reed, a minister and Ponchatoula business owner, has good things to say about Booby Meyn. "I fished with him beginning 20 years ago and saw him just a few days ago. He al- ways knew I was a minister. He never used bad language in front of me and he would not al- low others to do so either." Reed recalled: "He loved to fish. He loved his kids. He had some problems. He was always respectful of me." "There's a big issue going on between the sheriff's office and the Ponchatoula Police Depart- ment," Reed said. "I'm hoping the State Police get to the bot- tom of it." Reed is an ex-police officer in Louisiana and Texas. Reed said he served many years in law enforcement and is famil- iar with undercover operations. "My understanding is they cleared the whole house except for one room. They asked Booby to come out. I understand they knocked him down. Booby got up and was shot in the head and shoulder. Why they did not try to talk the man out, I don't know. Nobody knows but the of- ricer that was there." The sheriffs office says Meyn opened fire as they served a search warrant at his Landers Drive home. Overall, "the sherifffs task force does a fine job," said Reed. "They do all that they can. I do feel they could have got him out of there alive. They could have talked him out." Was an undercover officer inside Meyn's home when the sheriff's Special Response Team converged around 6 a.m.? Chief Layrisson can't say because it is an open investiga- tion. His officers had been work- ing the Meyn case for about a month before the fatal shooting. These details may emerge when the State Police complete their own investigation. Reed wondered how a sher- iffs deputy could see that Booby Meyn had a .45 automatic that was cocked. "It's 6 o'clock in the morning. It's dark. I have been in that house at noon. It's dark even then," Reed said. "There's no way they could see if the gun was cocked," he said. "In that split one-hundredth of a second coming in, you can't tell if it's cocked." As for the anonymous critical comments posted about Meyn on the newspaper Website 2thead- vocate.com, Reed said: "People on the Web have no sensitivity. "I've never known him to be violent. I've never seen him strike anybody, shove anybody," said Reed. Others remember Booby as a grade school bully. "When I was a kid, I was wait- ing in line at the Ponchatoula pool to go swimming. Somebody came up and hit me in the face for no reason. It was Booby," re- called a Springfield man who asked to remain anonymous. About the drug charges and stolen property charges that Meyn might have faced, Reed ADVERTISE TO OVER 1 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS IN LOUISIANA Place your classified ad in 120 Louisiana newspapers, with a to- tal circulation of more than 1 mil- lion for only $265. We also offer out of state placement. For information call The Ponchatoula Times- 386-2877. DEATHS ln_O_m00.mmm00 MYRA LOUISE KUHN RAMSEY Myra Louise Kuhn Ramsey, 71, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, died Thursday, September 2, 2010, at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond. Born on September 9, 1938, in Tylertown, Mississippi, Mrs. Ramsey is preceded in death by her loving husband, Loyd W. Ramsey Sr., and her daugh- ter, Sherrie Lynn Ramsey. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Eton Percy Kuhn and Mildred Louise McDaniel Kuhn; sister, Edith Margaret Kuhn White and her brother, Robert "Bobby" Lester Kuhn. Myra Ramsey was a wonder- ful mother, doting grandmother, devoted sister, and cherished friend to many. She was the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the East- ern Star for the State of Loui- siana. She also served as the past Matron of the Broadmoor Chapter in Shreveport, Loui- siana, with the OES #233 and Nova Stella #36 of Ponchatoula. Surviving her are: her son, Loyd Wade Ramsey, Jr., and her daughter-in-law, Sandra K. Ramsey; her treasured grand- daughter, Hunter Tyler Ramsey; her five brothers and sisters-in- law: Percy F. and Shirley Kuhn; Thomas and Beth Kuhn; Al- bert and Kathryn Kuhn; James Edward and Cheryl Kuhn; and Marion Paul and Brenda Kuhn; her sister and brother- in-law Katherine Kuhn Bill- ings and Arthur Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received for visita- tion Friday, September 8, 2010, at Harry McKneely & Son Fu- neral Home, 100 W. Magnolia St, Ponchatoula, Louisiana. There was a 7 p.m. Order of the Eastern Star Service. Visitation continued on Saturday, Septem- ber 4, 2010, until the funeral ser- vice in the funeral home chapel. Visitation and an Eastern Star Service were held on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at Hillcrest Funeral Home, 601 Highway 80 East, Haughton, Louisi- ana. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Haughton, Louisiana. Contributions in her hon- or may be made to either the Breast Cancer Awareness of the Order of Eastern Star through Mrs. Terrie C. Castay, P.O. Box 740412, New Orleans, Louisiana 70174-0412; or Richard Mur- phy HoSpice, 1109 S. Chestnut, Hammond, Louisiana 70403. I I I I I I said: "Whatever he was do- ing, he wasn't right with God. I'm sick about that. I don't like to see anybody dead. If you're wrong, you're wrong. You do the crime, you do the time." Reed remembers the gener- ous side of Booby Meyn, who was a grade A welder. Meyn of- fered to help Reed by bringing in a mechanic friend to fix a til- ler if Reed would clear some de- bris around Booby's home. "I saw him Tuesday before the shooting. I asked how he was doing. He said: 'fine.' "Booby said 'Come in, sit down and drink some coffee.' He wanted to talk about his dad. His dad was a fine man," said Reed. Reed, in Ponchatoula 17 years and a business owner, has a singing ministry. "I sing for God where He opens doors." As for Booby Meyn, "a lot of people did not know his good qualities." After Mass of Christian I I I Burial August 30 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Charles Jo- seph Meyn Jr. was buried in the Ponchatoula Cemetery. Never Fail Novena May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified throughout the whole world now and forever. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in You, Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for me. St. Theresa, Child of Jesus, pray for me. St. Jude, Helper of Hopeless cases, pray for me and grant this favor I ask. Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days, and publish. R.B. iii WORSHIP AT THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE \\; II HARRY McKNEELY FUNERAL HOME Times I See You I In Church! RELIGION Rosaryville Spirit Life Cen- ter hosts Day of Prayer Sept. 28 Rosaryville Spirit Life Cen- ter will host a one day mini- retreat directed by Sr. Rose Bowen, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, on Tuesday September 28, 2010. The day beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. will include the celebration of the mass. Lunch will be provided, according to LaVerne Parfait of the Rosaryville Spirit Life Cen- ter The theme will be "The Call to Christian Discipline in the Gospel of St. Matthew" For more information, please call 225-294-5039 extension 102. Or visit the website, www.rosa- r billela.com and go to the cal- endar for September. Caption: 9/11 Remembrance for 9th year Marilyn O'Leary of All Saints Episcopal Church puts up a sign to remind all of the oppor- tunity to remember the tragedy of 9/11. This is an opportunity for individuals of all faiths to take a few minutes out of the day to think about the loves lost on that day, and over the many years since, and to give thanks for the courage of the many who have given their best to counter the senseless actions of a few. The sanctuary will be open on Saturday, Sept. 11, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To Join Us in Worship at our New St. Joseph Church MASS SCHEDULE Monday 7 a.m. Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Thursday 5:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Vigil Mass Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Lifeteen Mass