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Today's Birthdays – November 20, 2011

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1620 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704) 1726 Oliver Wolcott (Ct-Gov), Signed Declaration of Independence 1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis judge/1st commissioner of baseball 1889 Edwin Hubble, astronomer (d. 1953) 1908 Alistair Cooke, Journalist/Actor (Masterpiece Theater) (d. 2004) 1917 Robert Byrd, politician, longest serving member of the US Congress (d. 2010) 1921 Jim Garrison, New Orleans DA / Federal Judge (Prosecuted JFK Case) (d. 1992) 1925 Robert F. Kennedy, US Attorney General / Brother of JFK (d. 1968) 1929 Dick Clark, TV host (Bandstand) 1932 Richard Dawson, Actor (Hogan’s Heroes, Family Feud) 1939 Dick Smothers, Comedian (Smothers Brothers) 1942 Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States 1942 Norman Greenbaum, Singer (Spirit in the Sky) 1943 Veronica Hamel, Actress (Hill Street Blues) 1946 Duane Allman, Guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 1971) 1946 Judy Woodruff, Newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report) 1947 Joe Walsh, guitarist (Eagles, James Gang – Rocky Mountain Way) 1948 John R. Bolton, Ambassador / Fox News Contributor 1948 Richard Masur, Actor (David-One Day at a Time) 1948 Samuel E Wright, Actor (Enos, Ball Four) 1954 Steve Dahl, Chicago’s anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM) 1956 Bo Derek, Actress (10, Tarzan the Ape Man) 1956 Mark Gastineau, NFL Defensive End (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85) 1959 Sean Young Louisville KY, actress (Dune, Young Doctors in Love) 1965 Mike D [Diamond], Rocker (Beastie Boys) 1969 Callie Thorne, Actress 1970 Phife Dawg, Rapper (A Tribe Called Quest) 1970 Sabrina Lloyd, Actress 1971 Joel McHale, Actor / Comedian 1974 Marisa Ryan, Actress (Major Dad) 1975 Dierks Bentley, Singer 1982 Margo Stilley, Actress]]]]> ]]>

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Two killed and multiple injured in Friday’s six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20

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On Friday, Oct. 16, at around 8:40 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 eastbound west of the village of Delta.

This crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles.

Troopers have been working since yesterday evening to identify victims and determine the events of the crash with many factors remaining under investigation at this time.

Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved.

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno of Dallas, TX, and the driver of the Trailblazer, whose name is being withheld pending notification, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Four additional vehicle occupants from both the passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate/severe injuries.

Interstate 20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths.

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Mangham police officer in critical condition; suspect in custody

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Officer Marshall Waters (courtesy of Mangham Police Department)

Mangham Police Officer Marshall Waters is in critical yet stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m., Waters executed a traffic stop heading southbound on LA 425 near the Franklin / Richland parish line. Officer Waters was shot by a subject who fled the scene of the stop southbound on US 425 into Franklin Parish.

Waters was transported to Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Rapides Hospital via helicopter.

At approximately 2:30 pm, the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crashed vehicle on LA Highway 562 near Fort Necessity that matched the description of the subject’s vehicle.

The suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, of Ville Platte, LA, was apprehended placed into custody by the Franklin Parish Sheriffs Office.

Hermandus Dashanski Semien (courtesy of Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming expressed his gratitude on Facebook to all who have called, texted and prayed for Officer Marshall Waters and to the many responding officers who assisted.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb also took to social media to thank the many law enforcement agencies responded and assisted in the ultimate apprehension of Semien and extended his thoughts and prayers to the Officer Waters, Chief Perry Fleming, Sheriff Gary Gilley and the law enforcement community of Richland Parish.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Warren County

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A pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Warren County.

The collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Saturday on Highway 80 near Business Park Drive.

The victim was transported to Merit Health River Region with serious injuries.

Multiple State Troopers along with several Warren County Deputies responded to the crash, along with Vicksburg and Warren County Fire Fighters.

The Vicksburg Daily News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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