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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – More people in Louisiana are catching COVID-19 amid a fourth surge in the virus.
Parish jails are doing more now to keep it out.
“I understand that family and friends want to be able to see their loved ones and right now we just want to push that issue that we’re just trying to stay safe and keep everyone healthy and so we need to take those necessary precautions, so have patience with us,” Allison Hudson, public information officer with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
At the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail, only attorneys are allowed to visit their clients and they can only do so through a glass barrier.
Hudson said they’re keeping those inmates who do catch COVID isolated.
“We do have to confine them to a space that no other inmates will get contact with them and then obviously we’re following the CDC guidelines so we’re cleaning the areas and doing everything that we need to do,” Hudson said.
Out of 377 inmates at the Ascension Parish Jail, 14 had COVID on Tuesday, July 27.
In West Baton Rouge Parish, there are 301 inmates in their jail, but right now, none of them have tested positive for the virus. Major Zack Simmers said that’s because of the precautions they’ve had in place since the start of the pandemic.
“The process we’ve taken, the masks, the hand sanitizer, the social distancing, we’re not allowing them any contact with the outside world,” Simmers said.
While they have had some cases in the past, West Baton Rouge Parish Jail is now keeping inmates isolated in the parish, instead of transferring them to Angola.
“This is still an ongoing pandemic, still we’re asking people to social distance, people if they have any signs or symptoms to go get checked or to quarantine,” Simmers said.
Visitors can still come to the West Baton Rouge Parish jail, but only see inmates through video kiosks.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, there are 16 inmates with Covid, out of almost 950 total inmates.
A spokesperson there said they are following all guidelines set by the Department of Corrections and only attorneys are allowed to visit their clients.
In Livingston Parish, 12 out of 515 inmates have tested positive.
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IONIA, Mich. — A boy in Ionia has been gifted a brand-new bicycle after his old one was stolen, according to Lyons Muir Church volunteer Sadie Huff.
Huff says the boy’s bike was reported stolen to the police and that the story was shared to the Ionia 411 Facebook group, adding a gentleman offered to purchase a new bicycle for the boy.
The man, named Andrew, followed up on his offer and purchased the new bicycle, along with a bike lock to prevent future thefts, Huff explains.
“I just wanted to say thank you for all those that stepped up to help, or even volunteered to help him with used bikes,” says Huff. “This has helped restore a bit of our faith in humanity.”
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Murder charges have been filed against a suspected serial killer for the 2005 death of a Battle Creek woman.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says they have requested murder charges against Harold David Haulman III for the death of Ashley Parlier.
Deputies say Parlier was pregnant when she went missing from her home on June 12, 2005. Ashley’s parents reported her missing and her body has never been found.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says they were contacted earlier this year by law enforcement in Pennsylvania regarding Ashley’s disappearance. Detectives say a man in custody in Pennsylvania for other murders gave them details about Ashley’s disappearance and the possible location of her body in the north section of Newton Township.
Detectives searched the area twice but were unable to find Ashley’s body.
Detectives traveled to Pennsylvania to interview 42-year-old Harold David Haulman III, a Pennsylvania resident formally of Battle Creek.
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Detective Jonathan Pignataro has spent 20 years in law enforcement, and 19 years in Calhoun County.
He was on the job when Ashley went missing.
“I remember the news stories about it. I was on patrol as a deputy. Ironically the same part of western Calhoun county, where Ashley, her remains are suspected to be,” Pignataro said.
Detective Pignataro says they mainly deal with drug-related crimes at his office. Interviewing a suspected serial killer was difficult. He says the hardest part is knowing there is no clear motive for why Haulman did what he did.
“It only makes sense to him, in his mind,” Pignataro said.
Detectives say Haulman’s family worked for the U.S. government and he lived in different locations, including Battle Creek from fall 2002 until mid-2009.
Detectives say Haulman admitted to having an argument with Ashley at a home in Emmet Township. He told detectives he had assaulted her, knocked her unconscious, and drove her to a remote area. There, he hit her in the head with a piece of wood until she died, and later got rid of his blood-covered clothing.
Ashley’s sister, Nicole Campen, says her parents both died in 2020. They will never get the closure their family has so desperately searched for for the last 16 years.
“He didn’t just kill my sister. He destroyed my parents. He ruined their lives back in 2006. And it never got better,” Campen said.
Haulman is in custody in Pennsylvania for a 2018 murder in Luzerne County and a 2020 murder in the same county. Campen says she wished Haulman had been caught sooner. Campen and detectives say, however, a monster was hiding in plain sight. He had never been on law enforcement’s radar until this year.
“We’re a small family from Battle Creek Michigan. This happens on TV. This happens on Investigation Discovery. This doesn’t happen in your real life,” Campen said.
Investigators say Haulman served time in jail in reference to a death on May 29, 1999, in Ramstein, Germany.
Detectives say a forensic social media search revealed that Haulman had researched material related to serial killers and grave robbing.
The Calhoun County sheriff released a video statement regarding the investigation.
Detectives are still working to locate Ashley’s remains. If anyone has any additional information, details, or knew Harold David Haulman III or Ashley Parlier please contact Calhoun County Sheriff Detectives at 269-781-0880.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new idea is blending energy and agriculture to power some of our neighbor’s homes.
Nokomis Energy has dozens of renewable energy projects across the Twin Cities that serve Xcel Energy customers. But it’s piloting a new project that blends solar energy and sheep on Minnesota land.
Nestled in this quiet patch that used to be low-yield farmland in Waseca, there’s a clash of old and new. Arlo Hark’s flock of sheep is hard at work in the new solar garden. They’re grazing — essentially mowing the lawn and churning the land — to help restore a native prairie habitat underneath the panels.
“Sheep have their own particular kind of skill set,” said Hark, owner and operator of Cannon Valley Graziers.
It’s part of a growing trend to find a second purpose for land beneath renewables, according to Julian White, a partner at Nokomis Energy.
“Minnesota’s really been a leader in saying, ‘Well, can’t we use that land for something more than just growing grass?’ And so we think of the land as something that we now have to care for. We’ve gotta be a good neighbor to that farmer, that community,” White said. “In a lot of ways it’s kind of like hiring a landscaper. It’s like, ‘Hey, I’m not hiring a mower, I’m hiring the sheep guy.’ It’s not like people are running around with huge flocks of sheep today, but they’re building them. It’s really entrepreneurial.”
Call it a modern style of agriculture, expanding technologies of the future while restoring landscapes of the past
Hark’s sheep spent three weeks at the Waseca farm. He moves them from site to site with a livestock trailer.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. — A southern Indiana resident won big at French Lick Casino, the casino’s biggest jackpot ever to be exact.
The lucky winner was playing the Wild Party slot machine Sunday night. He made a $1 bet and then won $690,623.
French Lick Casino has been in business for 16 years and, according to the casino, this was its largest payout “by far.” This jackpot was more than double the previous record jackpot of $265,880 that was won in 2013.
That rich of a jackpot is a rarity in Indiana — especially so at a privately owned casino, explained Jeff Whereatt, the Director of Slots at French Lick Casino.
“It’s a very big deal. Around here, you don’t see a lot of local jackpots or progressives this high,” he said. “In places like Las Vegas where they can link multiple properties together you see jackpots get high, but in Indiana, you don’t see it often.”
The winner earned a progressive jackpot that had been growing since June of 2019. Previously, the highest Wild Party jackpot had been $256,000.
As fun as the buzz was about Wild Party’s growing jackpot, Whereatt said it was also a good feeling to finally have a winner claim a life-changing sum of money.
The routine drive Alexis Sisson took countless times, and nearly every morning, turned anything but routine last spring.”I settled with myself at least twice that I was gonna die that morning,” she said. But, through a series of quick thoughts and fast actions, Sisson didn’t die. That fact is one that still baffles her weeks later. It’s also a huge credit to the team of Cass County rescue workers who got to her before it was too late. “They are my angels,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without them. They are my angels.”Around 4 a.m. May 17, Sisson was headed to work through a patch of rural highway. South State Route E had nothing but the moon to light it. It was raining. It was pitch black. As soon as she turned her high beams on, “I hit the puddle,” she said. “You hear an awful ‘chh-hh’ sound!” she remembered.After that, her truck’s path was out of her hands for a quarter of a mile.Carried by floodwater, her truck took her over the highway, down an embankment, into the water of West Branch Crawford Creek, under a bridge and down the creek’s path before coming to a stop and sinking underwater. “I used to be on the swim team!” Sisson summoned every survival skill she had, grabbing her cellphone, rolling her window down, and hoisting herself onto the top of her truck. “Thank God this phone is waterproof. It saved my life!” As her truck began taking on water, Sisson grabbed on to a tree branch where she clung for life while calling 911.Courtney Peregine was part of the team of 911 dispatchers that answered Sisson’s desperate call for help.”There were so many times I thought we were going to lose her,” Peregine said. Pings from Sisson’s phone showed her on the dispatch computer as being in the water. “I was like, she’s in the water!” Peregine dispatched Cass County Deputy Spencer Teegarden, while her partner kept Sisson calm over the phone. “Cass is a big county,” Teegarden said. He was a half an hour away — at least — when he was dispatched to help. With the rain, he wasn’t sure how long it would take to get to her. Once he found Sisson, he couldn’t reach her. The water was too high. “I watched it go from– below her shoulders– up to her neck, in 10 or 15 minutes,” he said. The deputy talked to Sisson about her job, her family and her plans. — anything to keep her alive, focused, and thinking of a future. An hour after her nightmare began, rescuers were able to reach Sisson and bring her to solid ground. She was admitted to the hospital with hypothermia but is otherwise physically okay.The 911 dispatchers were at the end of a long shift at the end of their week when they answered Sisson’s call. Both went home grateful they were there for her. Teegarden went home and washed his uniform, grateful the ordeal ended as it did. When asked if they feel they are heroes, they say what most heroes do: “I was just doing my job.”
The routine drive Alexis Sisson took countless times, and nearly every morning, turned anything but routine last spring.
“I settled with myself at least twice that I was gonna die that morning,” she said.
But, through a series of quick thoughts and fast actions, Sisson didn’t die. That fact is one that still baffles her weeks later. It’s also a huge credit to the team of Cass County rescue workers who got to her before it was too late.
“They are my angels,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without them. They are my angels.”
Around 4 a.m. May 17, Sisson was headed to work through a patch of rural highway. South State Route E had nothing but the moon to light it. It was raining. It was pitch black. As soon as she turned her high beams on, “I hit the puddle,” she said.
“You hear an awful ‘chh-hh’ sound!” she remembered.
After that, her truck’s path was out of her hands for a quarter of a mile.
Carried by floodwater, her truck took her over the highway, down an embankment, into the water of West Branch Crawford Creek, under a bridge and down the creek’s path before coming to a stop and sinking underwater.
“I used to be on the swim team!” Sisson summoned every survival skill she had, grabbing her cellphone, rolling her window down, and hoisting herself onto the top of her truck.
“Thank God this phone is waterproof. It saved my life!” As her truck began taking on water, Sisson grabbed on to a tree branch where she clung for life while calling 911.
Courtney Peregine was part of the team of 911 dispatchers that answered Sisson’s desperate call for help.
“There were so many times I thought we were going to lose her,” Peregine said.
Pings from Sisson’s phone showed her on the dispatch computer as being in the water. “I was like, she’s in the water!”
Peregine dispatched Cass County Deputy Spencer Teegarden, while her partner kept Sisson calm over the phone.
“Cass is a big county,” Teegarden said. He was a half an hour away — at least — when he was dispatched to help. With the rain, he wasn’t sure how long it would take to get to her.
Once he found Sisson, he couldn’t reach her. The water was too high.
“I watched it go from– below her shoulders– up to her neck, in 10 or 15 minutes,” he said.
The deputy talked to Sisson about her job, her family and her plans. — anything to keep her alive, focused, and thinking of a future.
An hour after her nightmare began, rescuers were able to reach Sisson and bring her to solid ground. She was admitted to the hospital with hypothermia but is otherwise physically okay.
The 911 dispatchers were at the end of a long shift at the end of their week when they answered Sisson’s call. Both went home grateful they were there for her.
Teegarden went home and washed his uniform, grateful the ordeal ended as it did.
When asked if they feel they are heroes, they say what most heroes do: “I was just doing my job.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – With a combined 34 COVID-19 patients dying since Friday at both Cox (19) and Mercy (15), it’s a morbid topic that nobody really wants to talk about.
But the seriousness of the Delta variant surge in the Ozarks is causing the subject to be broached.
It’s not just the treatment facilities that need expanding.
“We have seen an increase in demand for our morgue,” said CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards. “Last year we did expand it and we’re expanding it farther. We actually brought in a portable piece of technology that allows bodies to be cooled in a place outside the morgue. So we have had to expand that because the mortality has gone up so much lately.”
Cox’s current morgue can hold 15 bodies with the additional space holding up to a dozen more.
But with things expected to get worse before they get better, that still may not be enough if the current trends continue.
“We’ve had over 4,000 admissions for COVID and with 539 deaths that means 13-and-a-half percent of our admissions have died,” Edwards pointed out. “When we look in our ICU’s about 40 percent of our patients don’t make it out. So we certainly see the severity of this disease and it does motivate our interest in expressing how severe this disease can be.”
Mercy did not have any numbers available on its morgue limitations.
“We do have a mobile morgue but we have not activated it to this point,” said Brent Hubbard, Mercy’s President and COO. “But we can expand with the mobile morgue if needed. Hopefully we won’t have to. But over the last four days we’ve had 15 deaths (at Mercy) which is a concerning number. That death toll is leading to our patients’ family, friends and neighbors creating a very difficult situation. It’s also creating a very difficult situation for our work force.”
The victims ages are getting younger and younger (four recent deaths were two people in their 30′s and two in their 40′s) and virtually all are not vaccinated.
“Please make the time to get your vaccine,” Hubbard pleaded. “Please spare your family the heartbreak we’re seeing in our hallways every day.”
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When Rachel Yoder set out to write a book about the overwhelming rage, loneliness and love she felt in the early days of motherhood, she wanted to make sense of the identity loss that accompanied her two-year hiatus from work. But she also wanted to have a little fun.
Thus, rather than a conventional narrative that mined her own experiences, Yoder created “Nightbitch,” a novel about a woman who, after giving up her career as an artist to become a stay-at-home mother, notices her body undergoing an alarming transformation — one with distinctly canine qualities.
The story already has a movie adaptation in the works, with Amy Adams set to star as the shape-shifting mom, the book’s publicist confirmed.
Author Rachel Yoder wanted to go beyond a conventional narrative that mined her own experiences as a mom. Credit: Nathan Biehl
“Writing a book in which the mom becomes a dog is a horrible idea,” Yoder said with a laugh in a phone interview. “I liked the challenge of asking myself, ‘Can you make this work?'”
Nightbitch — who, during the day, is merely “Mother” — first notices her body changing when a patch of fur grows on the back of her neck. It’s soon followed by pointy canine teeth and a tail. Her husband, a hapless “nice guy” who travels five days a week for work, denies that the changes are anything more than an overreaction on his wife’s part.
But stranger things begin to happen. Three dogs come to visit Mother, and she can clearly understand their language. Her sense of smell and taste sharpen and become overwhelming, causing her to gorge on raw red meat. When she’s with the dogs, Nightbitch is free. And although she loses opportunities to play with her son, it’s seemingly the only time she can leave the burden of domestic life behind and enjoy motherhood. Becoming a dog also helps her reconnect with her identity as an artist.
‘Mother as destroyer’
Yoder wrote the novel in short spurts on weekends while her husband watched their now-7-year-old son. Quickly, the narrative veered toward surreal territory.
“I was really working with these archetypes of mother and father and child and seeing how the characters as embodiments of ideas play out in the story,” Yoder said.
Actress Amy Adams will become the mother-turned-feral dog on the silver screen. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
Yoder’s protagonist joins a long line of female characters — in classical mythology and folklore, as well as contemporary culture — who transcend the mundane through their extraordinary powers, including the Morrigan, a Celtic war goddess who could assume any animal’s form, and Wanda Maximoff of “WandaVision,” who deals with the pain of loss by manifesting an idyllic alternate reality. At the height of her powers, Nightbitch, a canine hunter, does not necessarily find happiness, but instead, something more primal — a pleasure in killing.
“I was struck by the sort of poetic symmetry of motherhood, where you’re literally creating a new life,” Yoder said. “We’re so comfortable with that image, but what happens when you examine the other side of it? Not mother as creator, but mother as destroyer?”
In a world where mothers are praised for rebounding to their pre-pregnancy weight months after giving birth and posting images on Instagram of their children building science and math skills before they can walk, “Nightbitch” is a screaming reminder that perfection is not only unattainable, but also corrosive.
“We turn to other moms to learn what is correct and how we should engage with our children,” Yoder said. “And in my own experience, so much of the performance of motherhood felt hollow or inauthentic to the sort of mom I wanted to be.”
Not all women want to — or can — shed the mold of modern motherhood to be more feral versions of themselves. But “Nightbitch” does provide, at the very least, comic relief for moms and really anyone who feels trapped in the role society has prescribed for them.
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McConaghy’s novel takes place in the future, when 80% of Earth’s animals, including most birds, have become extinct. Franny Stone, an Irish woman, is determined to follow the final migration of Arctic terns. Though she is human, some of her impulses — diving into Norway’s frigid waters, for example — make you wonder if she carries magic blood from her ancestors.
Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, this 1974 film is about a woman whose inability to fit into society leads to others assuming she is mentally ill. The way that Mabel Longhetti, portrayed by Gena Rowlands, plays freely and openly with her children is striking; it’s reminiscent of the way Mother in “Nightbitch” finally enjoys motherhood once she lets herself go from rules and expectations.
With a tale set in a dystopian future in which most of the world is a polluted metropolis, Cook imagines a group of people who volunteer to return to a hunter-gatherer state in the last remaining wilderness. The mother in the book, who must turn somewhat feral to survive, would be a kindred spirit to Mother in “Nightbitch.”
This Oscar-nominated animated film tells the story of a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben whose mute younger sister, Saoirse, is a selkie — a mythical being capable of transforming into a seal. The narrative, which is captivating no matter your age, explores not only what you gain when you can shape-shift, but also what you must sacrifice to maintain your power.
Based in Norway, visual artist Vanessa Baird creates messy, hilarious drawings of the interior of her apartment, where she lives with her elderly mother and three teenage children. Replete with nudity, fart jokes and clutter, they are a truthful look at the chaos of motherhood.