The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on May 20, 2001 · 24
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Sunday, May 20, 2001
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D-4 Sunday, May 20, 2001 The Town Talk, Alexandria-Pineville, La. Obituaries Today's Funerals Funeral homes ordinarily provide obituary information. The deadline for reporting obituaries is 8 p.m. daily. Call (318) 487-6372 or FAX (318) 487-6488. Holsoiubutk, J.O., of PinevilJe, 2 p.m., Hixson Brothers, PinevilJe. Moran, Robert, of St. Landry, 3 p.m., Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church, Ville Platte. Morgan, Mark, of Anniston, Ala., 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Winnsburo. Rasbury, Betty Jo, of Winnfield, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church. Thompson, Toby, of Pitkin, 4 p.m.. Humble Baptist Church. Beverly Barron Beverly Wagner Barron, 69, of Pineville died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Hixson Brothers, Pineville. Mary Frances Cooley DEK1DDER - Mary Frances Cooley, 72, of DeRidder died Saturday, May 19, at Beauregard Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Hixson Funeral Home, DeRidder. Mark Tracy Morgan WINNSBORO - Services for Mark Tracy Morgan will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Revs. Milton Williams and Loyd Whitman officiating. Burial will be in Oakley Cemetery, Gilbert, under direction of Mulhearn, Winnsboro. Morgan, 40, of Anniston, Ala., died Friday, May 18, 2001, in Riverland Medical Center, Ferriday. He was born in Monroe. He was a Baptist and a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Anniston, Ala. He graduated from Franklin Academy in Winnsboro and was employed by Farm Bureau of Anniston, Ala. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Bill Morgan; and Jesse and Birtie Kenney. Survivors include his wife, June Morgan of Anniston, Ala.; Boy's disappearance brings nnrelated arrest BLUFF CREEK (AP) While being questioned about the disappearance of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son, Burnell Hilton Jr. found himself under arrest for an unrelated 1998 shooting. Zachary police asked East Feliciana Parish deputies to hold Hilton on Friday on a warrant for attempted second-degree murder. He is accused of shooting John Lavallais in the face in October 1998, Zachary police spokesman Ray Day said. Hilton's arrest grew out of information developed during the investigation into the missing boy, Day said. Hilton, 37, lives with Ruby Renee Havard, 19, in a house on Bluff Creek Road in the eastern part of East Feliciana Parish. Hilton's 17-year-old son, Burnell Hilton III, also lives with the couple. Havard told police and deputies that she discovered her son, Wesley Dale Morgan, missing from the home's front yard u M ! iruji Floral Needs 9149 Reasons To Pre-arrange 9150 Financial Advantages 9151 Pre-funding A Funeral 9152 Cost 9153 Pre-arrangcment Questionaire 9154 Cremation 9155 Cremation Options 9156 Wills & Estate Planning 9157 Funeral Details 9158 Burial 9159 Family Plot 9160 Dealing With Grief 9161 Things You May Not Know 9162 "What Do You Want To Know Today? his parents, Sowell and Deloros Morgan, both oi '.Vinnsboro; two brothers, Tn' Morgan of Winnsboro and John Morgan of Jonesville; and one stop-daughter, Lissa Kdwards of Jonesville. Pallbearers will be Keith Morgan, Ken Bufkin, Keller Broadway, Todd Garlington, Kyle Locker, Kraig Reynolds, Shane Seward and Craig McCain. Richard G. Paddie FLATWOODS - Richard G. Paddie, 52, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge. Arrangements will be announced by Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. Betty Jo Rasbury WINNFIELD - Services for Betty Jo Rasbury will be at 2 p.m. today in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery, Quitman, under direction of Southern, Winnfield. Rasbury, 53, of Winnfield died Friday, May 18, 2001, in LSU Medical Center, Shreveport. She was a member of First Baptist Church and worked in the First Baptist Church daycare center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Rasburg; her mother, Mable Foster; and one brother, Jimmy Foster. Survivors include one son, James Rasbury of Winnfield; two daughters, Michele Persilver and Kimberly White, both of Winnfield; his father, James Rudolph Foster of Winnfield; two brothers, Weston "Buddy" Foster of Shreveport and Harry Foster of Winnfield; and one sister, Shirley Caron of Shreveport. Pallbearers will be Scott Persilver, Kelvin McLaughlin, Shannon Blake, Rudolph Foster, Weston Foster and Harry Foster. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until shortly before the services in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Daycare Toy Fund. Toby Thompson PITKIN - Services for Toby Thompson will be at 4 p.m. today in Humble Baptist Church with Tuesday morning. She said the boy was last scene playing with two puppies. About three hours after Hilton's arrest, two FBI agents escorted Havard from her home to a police command post for more questioning. The initial search for the toddler focused on the thick woods surrounding the house and expanded outward. When scores of searchers assisted by a cadaver-sniffing dog and a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing equipment came up empty after two days, the activity turned to a criminal investigation Thursday. Detectives and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked into the possibility of a kidnapping or homicide. An ex-girlfriend and the mother of Hilton's son filed a restraining order on him at one time, said Chief Deputy Paul Perkins. He would not elaborate. I Mi vwviwt. fl'it (It (7 p Ff7 the Revs. Brad Perkins and David Andrews officiating. Burial will be in Willis Flat Cemetery under direction of White Oaks, Oakdale. Thompson, 19, of Pitkin died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in Elizabeth. He was a member of Humble Baptist Church and a construction worker for Zachery Construction at the Eunice Cleco plant. Survivors include his wife, Natalie Hart Thompson of Pitkin; his mother, lrma Thompson of Pitkin and his father, Wilmer Thompson Jr. of Oakdale;; one brother, Jody Thompson of Cravens; one sister, Scarlet Thompson of Pitkin; paternal grandparents, Wilmer Thompson Sr. and Girlie Thompson, both of Pitkin. Friends may call until time of services today in the church. Jimmy Wade Willis OAKDALE - Services for Jimmy Wade Willis will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church with the Revs. James Vandergriff and Mike Willis officiating. Burial will be in Willis Flat Cemetery under direction of White Oaks, Oakdale. Willis, 54, of Oakdale died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in Rapides Parish. He attended Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church and was a pipeline worker at the Local Union 692. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stafford and Tennie Ashworth Willis; one brother, Clyde Willis; one sister, Margie Vinson; and one son, Roger James Willis. Survivors include one son, Jimmy Dewayne Willis of Oakdale; three brothers, Crawford Willis and Rodney Vinson, both of Oakdale, and Leamuel Willis of Lake Charles; and six sisters, Dorothy Willis of Glenmora, Melvie Buxton, Shirley Pickering, Laverne Hargrove and Glenell Durant, all of Oakdale, and Ella Mae Innman of Silsbee, Texas. Friends may call from 9 a.m. -10 p.m. today in the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until time of services Monday in the church. As the investigation into the boy's disappearance crept forward Friday, the search broadened. Firefighters in the command post set up across the road from the Havard-Hilton home coordinated the search of a large area of the eastern part of East Feliciana Parish from the Clinton town limits into St. Helena Parish. Crews of two to four searchers each were assigned to about a dozen vehicles that cruised highways and back roads checking every driveway, looking into every culvert and under every bridge, said Bluff Creek Assistant Fire Chief Darryl Buhler. The search also employed riders on horseback and men on four-wheelers. "Now we're looking for a kid down on the ground, unconscious or something else. Right now, we're frustrated," Buhler said. "Everybody's tired and emotionally drained from running from dawn until dark." 7 Brought to you by: f ,;v AlexandriaPineville 4002 Jackson Ext. 2203 Rapides Ave. 3402 Hwy 28E (318) 448-8384 1-800-767-3102 24 hour answering open 7 days a week Call our free number then enter the -f-Jigit codes. By Ilene Olson Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. Little Jacob Haughton's eyes close contentedly as he lies in his father's arms, sucking intently on a bottle. His life with Jason and Nicole Haughton is the only existence 5-month-old Jacob knows. He is blissfully unaware, as his mother plays and reads with him, of the legal battle being waged nearly 1,000 miles away to determine who will raise him the Haughtons, who are in the process of adopting Jacob, or his birth parents in Louisiana. To his birth parents, he is known by his legal name, Robert Nicholas Audirsch. He is the sixth child born to Brenda "Fay" Harrell, none of whom are currently under her care. The oldest child, a 10-year-old boy, lives with his paternal grandmother. Custody of three of the children two girls, ages 8 and 3, and a 5-year-old boy was awarded to their father. The fifth child, a 2-year-old girl, was adopted by another family shortly after she was born. While pregnant with Jacob or Robert, Harrell made arrangements to transfer guardianship of the boy to her aunt, Mona Drucker of Cheyenne. Drucker is Jason Haughton's mother. Drucker said Monday she and Harrell arranged for Drucker to come to Louisiana to pick up the infant after he was born. She would deliver him to the Haughtons, who would adopt him. "We (Drucker and Nicole Haughton) both talked to her," Drucker said. "She was in complete agreement. She couldn't care for him, and she wanted what was best for him." Harrell contacted Drucker when she went into labor, and again when the baby was born on Dec. 3. Because Harrell called collect, "I've got the phone records to prove it," Drucker said. Drucker flew to Ruston, La., a few days later. Custody of the child was awarded to Drucker on Dec. 14. She flew back with him to Cheyenne Dec. 18, and delivered him to the Haughtons. On March 16, First Judicial District Judge Edward Grant awarded the Haughtons temporary guardianship of the baby. The Haughtons filed for adoption in late December or early January, and Harrell signed the adoption papers. But she later changed her mind. The Haughtons say that happened later in January when Harrell got back together with Robert Dean Audirsch, the man she believes to be the father of the baby. Audirsch was upset that the baby had been given up for adoption. While the Haughtons were filing for temporary guardianship in Wyoming, lawyers for Harrell and Audirsch obtained a court order in Louisiana revoking Drucker's guardianship and making Audirsch the custodial parent. To date, no paternity test has been performed to verify that he is the father, Nicole Haughton said. "Now, according to the Louisiana, basically we don't have guardianship of (the baby) any more," she said. To date, the Haughtons have received no court order to return the child. But attorneys for Harrell and Audirsch have demanded the return of the baby "or they will charge us with kidnapping," Nicole Haughton said. Today's Rat e: 15 yr. 6.375, - 30 yr. 6.875 PUBLIC SERVICE MORTGAGE 3327 Jackson St. Suite D UAV 888-799-71 34 Wheel JSttUfeJu Alexandria, LA ATTENTION: Medicare Beneficiaries IWe is a new healthcare insurance option in your area it's called Sterling Option II At only $65 per month it may be the perfect plan for you. 1 ' i STERLING Option Im 318-484-2084 m, 1-800-363-8705 Underwritten by 4615 Parliament Drive, Suite 103 STERLING Alexandria, LA 71303 Life Insurance Company . . , -.. 1 Sterling Option SM is a MedicareChoice Private Fee For Service Plan offered by Sterling Life Insurance Company, a MedicareChoice Organization contracting with the Federal Government. Anyone entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Medicare Part B may apply. Enrollees must continue to pay their Medicare Part B monthly premium and live in the Sterling Option Is" service area. Cost sharing and the plan premium apply. i rr-2()7.01 (1200) j "At this point, we don't know which order stands. Now we're just kind of up in the air about it. We don't know if we have to give him back if the biological parents show up. "Can I give him medical care? Can I do this? 1 have no idea. Of course, I would never deny him medical care, regardless." Jacob's physical needs are considerable. Because he tilts his head to one side and the muscles on his left side are weak, a specialist from STRIDE Learning Center gives him physical therapy every other week. Between visits, Nicole Haughton does daily stretching exercises with him. Jacob also has documented developmental delays. To offset those delays, Nicole Haughton said she reads to him, plays Mozart music and spends several hours interacting with him every day. "They say he has facial asymmetries too," Nicole Haughton said. "I don't see it, but then, I'm his mother." While it has not been documented, the Haughtons say Jacob's problems may be due to fetal alcohol syndrome. They say they don't think he would get the remedial help or medical attention he needs from his biological parents, neither of whom have been steadily employed. But their biggest fear is for Jacob's safety. Both Harrell and Audirsch have criminal records in Louisiana. HarreU's offenses range from forgery to probation violation, and she has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Audirsch has been convicted of burglary, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace. In a recorded telephone conversation between Harrell and Drucker on May 3, Harrell admitted that Audirsch has hurt her physically and emotionally, and that she was afraid he would hurt the baby. Harrell referred calls for comment to her lawyer, Gina Jones, who declined to comment. Audirsch was arrested again recently. Sgt. Tonya Holland of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center said Audirsch was charged with disturbing the peace while intoxicated, and probation violation through the city of Ruston. "He was here two or three days ago, but he bonded out," she said Tuesday. Audirsch is scheduled to face those charges in court on June 27. John Burman, faculty supervisor for the legal service program at the University of Wyoming, said he believes the biological parents criminal records are irrelevant to the custody-adoption case. The UW Legal Services Office represented Audirsch and Harrell in Wyoming court hearings. "There's been no court finding that these parents are unfit," he Don't Let Your Estate Be A Castle In The Sand! When your day in the sun is over, you will want to know that all you've built isn't washed away by taxes and final expenses. With a little planning you can make sure that when you're gone, the estate you've worked so hard to create will still be there for those you love. MetLife can help. You can use life insurance to pay Uncle Sam, leaving your estate intact to help your children build their futures. Talk with you MetLife Financial Services representatives Todav! said. "We're going to leave the matter to be resolved with the courts." That is part of the problem, the Haughtons say. "We can't get a judge to sit down and listen to the evidence," Nicole Haughton said. "Obviously (the baby's) safety is an issue, and they won't even listen to that." Jay Haughton added, "People say there's two sides to every story. Why can't a judge see our side, when we have documentation?" Drucker's fear: "He has to be hurt before they will do anything." They aren't the only ones who fear for Jacob's safety if he is returned to his birth parents. In a telephone interview Wednesday, HarreU's mother, Betty Smith, said, "The baby's father, I'm afraid, would hurt him. He is very violent. I know he hurts her (Harrell). "He lived with us for a while, he and our daughter both did. He kept us awake for about three or four nights. He threatened to kill us all. He threatened to have us arrested. He tore down a door and a complete wall in our trailer. He had no reason. We were in bed and he came in and woke us up from a dead sleep." In addition, Smith said she believes her daughter is incapable of properly caring for Jacob. "She's not in an established place," but moves from home to home while staying with friends and relatives, Smith said. "I know she needs some psychiatric help." Smith said she does not believe Harrell would ever be a capable mother, even if she received help for her drug and alcohol abuse. Struggling to speak through tears, she added, "I don't know what I did wrong when she was growing up, but I must have done something wrong." Further frustrating the Haughtons is a May 3 order from Robert W. Schrader, Commissioner of the Wyoming First Judicial Court, which gives all jurisdiction in the case to Louisiana. Because their lawyer is not licensed to practice in Louisiana, the Haughtons are faced with hiring a new lawyer there. That's proving to be difficult, because their savings have been depleted by the ongoing legal battle. Unlike the biological parents, they don't qualify for legal assistance through the state. The Haughtons say they are willing to abide by a court decision. "If a judge says they can give him a better home, I'm OK with that," Nicole Haughton said. "We just want him to have his day in court," Drucker said. "This baby could never be loved as much as he is here." Smith said she believes Jacob or Robert is where he belongs. ' "They (Haughtons) are really good people," she said. . SETMET.ITPAV5.' McHJfe Financial Services ' '1 '" ',V- - T John Dennis Financial Services Rep. (318)443-0550 Eric S. Gossett FSRAssoc. Investment Advisor (318)442-6071 3746 Government St. Alexandria, LA 71302 CALL FREE 437-6434 A A A 0 . AAA A- A A A A A A A. A -ft... A -A. A. A A A-A A A ..A A A. A A A A A A,. As ft-a-iALAiAAAA A A. tfc V A.. A A. A A. .A. ft. A A, A A A. A A j . A A -a

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