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Local company helps keep students dressed for gym. Page 60 Glhc QPimw o) CONTACT CRAIG DURRETT 459-3248 or TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2002 LOCAL HEROES Editor's Note: The Times, as part of its ongoing coverage of the Medal of Honor Society convention to be held here Sept. 10-12, each day is saluting local recipients of awards for military heroism. Log on to shreveporWmes.commedalof honor for The Times' complete coverage of the convention. NAME: John R. Childers. BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Air Force. HIGHEST MEDAL RECEIVED: Two Distinguished Frying Cross awards. DATE AND THEATER OF ACTION: First DFC Aug. 7, 1969, near Childers Dong Ha, South Vietnam; second award, Sept. 22, 1969, unspecified location in South- 3St Asia GRADERANK AT TIME OF ACTION: Major. CITATION: In the first action, Childers, frying an F-4, provided tactical air support for soldiers engaged in heavy combat and, "braving intense fire, Major Childers destroyed the hostile positions and thereby saved the lives of countless Allied soldiers." In his second action, he commanded a flight of two F-4Es that scrambled from alert status to provide close air support for a battalion of friendly troops that had been pinned down by the enemy. Despite accurate, heavy enemy fire, limited visibility and close proximity to friendly troops, Childers "delivered his ordnance precisely on target. By making multiple devastatingly accurate attacks, he suppressed the hostile threat and enabled the allied forces to regain the tactical initiative." PERSONAL: Childers, a Shreveporter who grew up on Clingman Drive, graduated from Byrd High School and LSU Engineering School. After retiring from the Air Force in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel, he worked as an engineer in the energy and aerospace industries, retiring earlier this year. He has moved back to Shreveport. "The old Byrd High boy came home," he said. Man charged in fatal stabbing Shreveport police have charged a man with second-degree murder for a fatal stabbing that occurred on Sunday. Charles Edwards, 39, of the 3000 block of Dallas Street is charged with killing 55-year-old J.W. Fuller at Benny's Tea Room in the 1100 block ofCrofton. Hie incident occurred after a fight between the victim, the suspect and the suspect's girlfriend. During the altercation, the suspect reportedly pulled a knife and stabbed Fuller. Fuller was transported to LSU Hospital, where he died from his injuries. From Staff Reports Lottery numbers AUG. 5. 2002 fLOUiSiAMAPiCK THREE V LOUISIANA PICK fQW vsn. 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Land donation means more opportunity By Melody Brumble The Times The Caddo Community Action Agency will use land donated by high-profile lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. to meet early childhood education needs in the Martin Luther King Jr. section of Shreveport. Cochran, who grew up on Milam Street in Shreveport, previously donated time and money to the agency. He spoke at two of the organization's annual awards events and donated cash to the Head Start frogram. "He's always been generous," said Ken KpiKrson. chairman of the CCAA board of directors. "He's never forgotten where he came from. We've dedicated a section of Milam in honor of his family." The land, valued at $15,000 to $18,000, sits at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Boykins Street, with a frontage of about 147 feet on MLKJr. Drive. CCAA Finally, wildlife wins. Researchers at the Texas' Parks and Wildlife Depart ment report they have tried " and failed to create big, dumb bass. With the advantages of modern science, they figured they could combine genes Teddy Allen Columnist of large-growing bass (the big ones) with the genes of easily caught bass (the dumb ones.) The result would be a fish-ling that, when fully grown, could play offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers but Drive, Bossier 1 v.i and the second with four counts of theft. DeSoto sheriffs Lt. Toni Morris said Caston allegedly took the money from bank accounts that she managed as part of her job as secretary to attorney Jack Gamble. Caston had been employed with Gamble, a sole practitioner, for 22 years. The original complaint was filed last week by Gamble, who suspected Caston of forging his signature on checks. Mor officials plan to buy adjoining land as money becomes available and build a Head Start center if need dictates it. CCAA already operates a Head Start program at the David Raines Community Center. It's also building the Alphonse Jackson Early Head Start Center at 2600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. CCAA community centers provide food and clothing to needy families. The agency also manages federally funded programs that help low-income families make their houses weather-tight and pay utility bills. "The (Head Start) funding is about 50 percent of the need in a community like ours," said Uurance Guidry, CCAA executive director. "We have a (Head Start) waiting list." Head Start typically serves 4- and 5-year-olds. The Alphonse Jackson center will serve 40 children from birth through age 3 to help them umb researchers can't invent big dumb bass never get brighter, IQ-wise, then a bag of algae. Think of a Jim Carrey movie character with gills. Or the anti-Mr. Limix't. What fishermen were going to get was a fish that bloated itself up drinking beer and making bodily noises while watching Howard Stern's parade of babes on late-night television. Fish that know National lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack and Airplane! by heart, and every one as big as Moby Dick. Billy Bob Bass is what they wanted to invent. Big dumb fish. It just didn't happen. The size pail wasn't too tough. I-unkers alone are rel City ris said Caston reportedly gained $64,500 through the forgeries. Officials with Mansfield-based Martinez Management Corporation filed a second complaint, alleging CastOn stole $13,000 from the company. Morris said Caston has somewhat cooperated with the ongoing investigation. She's provided investigators with statements. "Her reason for doing this is 1 vW , This new Head Start center is Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. catch up with peers and get ready for school. The center will open in the late fall or early winter, but the CCAA will provide services in the children's homes until the doors open, Guidry said. Even if the agency doesn't build another Head Start or community center, the donated land represents valu-j able collateral, Epperson atively easy to produce. But the researchers couldn't quite concentrate well enough, they said, the "catchability" trait, the thing that makes a fish get up out of his easy chair there under a submerged limb in perfectly murky water and then feverishly chase, even bite, something that was on sale not three hours before in the sporting goods department of Wal-Mart. The catchability trait. All fish have it, same as all people. People just call it the need to eat when hungry or snack when bored. I grew up fishing, love to eat fish and can tell you this from such meager experience: Tm not sure how much 1 . TUPM OVER fl fGBH not totally explained at this point. I don't know what to believe or not to believe. We're just going on the information that is presented to us," Morris said. Investigators plan to research additional accounts prior to 1998, which is when the record of missing money begins. Caston is being held on a $25,000 bond on the forgery charges. No bond had been set late Monday on the theft charges. rJ-yl under construction at 2600 said. CCAA also owns four acres on Saint Vincent Avenue Pennzoil Corp. donated. The land could be collateral to help the agency secure grants or take out a loan to do work at other CCA sites. "One of my goals was to see if tlx agency could be self-sustaining and not have to depend on some grant," Epperson said. more dumb these re- - searchers want fish to be. I ' , mean, they do keep getting caught. They keep making the same mistakes over and over, see their fellow fish yanked out of Claiborne and D'Ar-bonne and Cross Uke with regularity, and they still do the exact same things that keep getting them caught. They really are almost like people. And look at a fish sometime. I mean, right in the eyes. You see a potential Harvard soph in there? I think not. But I guess the researchers feel today's sportsmen want a fish so dumb it wiD do everything but surrender, you know. Try our tantalizing array of light, fresh salads. Shrimp Salad Basil Chicken Classic Fresh Spinach Caesar House Salad Serv ed with a hand rolled bread stix. Mild By Don Walker The Times Jury selection began Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a man accused of being the triggerman in the fatal shooting of a Shreveport woman who was also the victim of a sexual assault and carjacking nearly two years ago. It's expected to take at least two weeks to select a jury and present evidence against Aaron C. Wilson, 18, of Shreveport in the December 2000 murder of Vickie Lynn McGraw, 48. McGraw was abducted in her 1996 Chevy Blazer from outside a West 70th Street apartment. Wilson is accused along with four accomplices, one of whom has already pleaded guilty to attempting to use a credit card stolen from McGraw by her attackers. Also facing charges are Derrick D. Bouya, 22; Leon Bagley III, 23; and Torius Scroggins, 20. They are charged with sec Hearing set in fatal drunken driving case By Don Walker The Times A man accused of driving drunk in an accident that killed a Shreveport woman and her 9-year-old son in March will be in Caddo District Court on Wednesday, when a judge will likely set a trial date. Dennis Crenshaw, 39, faces up to 45 years in prison if con victed on two counts of vehicular negligent homicide and one count of negligent injury in the accident that occurred near Crenshaw downtown Shreveport on March 7. On Wednesday, prosecuting and defense attorneys will present any arguments prior to Judge Ramona Emanuel setting a trial date. Court hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. Police allege Crenshaw was under the influence of alcohol when he left Central Station night club near the downtown area sometime before 10 p.m. Booking records state that a passenger in Crenshaw's car at the time of the accident said Crenshaw had been drinking for nearly 2 "2 hours prior to the accident at Marshall Street and Creswell Avenue. Killed were Vickie Williams, just swim up to the boat, put his little front fins together as if to be cuffed and say, "Hey. Enough already with the casting. Just give me a bug or a fly and I'll turn myself in." So for eight years, the researchers tried to produce the Three Stooges, Curly-sized version of bass. After they struck out when combining big-fish genes with the genes of the easily caught bass, they tried everything else they knew. They combined big-fish genes with Bud Selig genes and with the genes of an Ohmpic ice skater judge. Didn't take. They even combined big-fish genes with the genes of a government agency Ifflf O tltfllT HIKi. a tell ond-degree murder. Each is awaiting trial and if convicted faces a life-in-prison sentence. Wilson is the only one of the suspects who could get the death penalty if convicted in McGraw's murder. Wilson and Bouya have admitted abducting McGraw and taking her to a Hearne Avenue ATM machine, where $300 was withdrawn from her account, and transporting her to a remote stretch of La. Highway 169 near Keithville, where she was shot in the back of the head. "These guys were driving around Wal-Mart just looking for someone to target, and they made some attempts," Car-mouche said. "But they followed McGraw because she had the kind of car they wanted. The one we believe is the shooter is the one we've got on trial." Wilson is being defended by attorney Stephen GlasseD. Prosecuting attorney is Traci Moore. Leon Emanuel is the presiding judge. 39, and Williams' son, Lee Anthony Taylor, 9. Also injured in the accident were Williams' daughter, Ashley Taylor, 10, who suffered facial fractures and a broken arm, and driver Alice Smith, who suffered neck injuries and cuts on her head, arm and hand. Crenshaw posted $247,000 bond and was released from jail April 5, according to the booking desk at Caddo Correctional Center. His driving history reflects two previous DWI arrests in Shreveport and one in Monroe. None resulted in convictions, however. The latest case has been closely monitored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "I'm planning on being present," said local victim services coordinator Ann Shocklee, who said Monday she will attend Wednesday's court proceedings. Assistant District Attorney Lea Hall is prosecuting, but there were no court records indicating who is representing Crenshaw. "This is a high-profile and serious case," Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche said Monday. "We've got a good case." Crenshaw faces a maximum 20 years in jail on both negligent homicide charges, a maximum five years in jail for negligent injury and fines. consultant. Didn't work. For eight years they tried and failed to create big. dumb bass. Nature refused to take the bait. Big, dumb researchers. But something good came out of it. Three of the fish hybrids are now on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department payroll. Teddy Allen's column runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Check out the new Teddy Web site at teddy Call him at (318) 459-" 3264 or send a fax to (318) 459-3301 or e-mail to either . or " II

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