Stolen from her own life and her people's lives.
"She had a inner beauty that was unbelievable"
...Both of the Pickney's were employed at the Alexandria [Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville] - Donald as a full-time police officer and Chanda as a physician's assistant... Donald Pickney previously served in the Marines, in the the Louisiana National Guard and in law enforcement with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and the Opelousas Police Department... Paul N. Gennuso, who is retired from the Opelousas Police Department, said he knew both Pickneys well ... and had praise for the victim... "She had a inner beauty that was unbelievable"... Laura Balthazar, who was chief deputy for then-St. Landry Parish Sheriff Howard Zerangue, was less surprised by the news. She said Donald Pickney had been dismissed from the Sheriff's Office after repeated complaints of stalking were filed against him by his first wife. "We had a lot of family issues with him when he worked for us," Balthazar said...
FORMER OPELOUSAS OFFICER, KATRINA HERO ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY KILLING HIS WIFE
[Excerpts] A former Opelousas Police Officer has been arrested and charged with killing his wife. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office was informed at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday that Chanda White Pickney, 33, of Woodworth had been brought to Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital by her husband, Donald. She was dead on arrival.... Donald Pickney was arrested on one count of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree battery and one count of false imprisonment... Both Pickneys were employed at the VA Medical Center, which is located in Pineville. Donald was employed a law enforcement officer there... [Full article here]
CHANDA LYNN WHITE
May 28, 1978 - September 29, 2011
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me." With this assurance, Chanda joyfully exchanged her cross for a crown on Saturday morning, October 29, 2011, in Alexandria, Louisiana... Chanda began her lifelong course of education at Lawtell Elementary and graduated from Northwest High School. She excelled as a student, community volunteer, and as an active church member, while also managing to achieve the highest Girl Scout ranking of Ambassador Girl Scout. Chanda graduated with honors from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and continued her education at LSU Health Science Center at Shreveport where she received her Physician Assistant degree. She began practicing as a Physician Assistant under the direction of Dr. Calvin White, and subsequently joined the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Mental Health staff in March 2006... Survivors include her husband, Donald Pickney of Woodworth, LA; her beloved son, Ethan Andrew Pickney; her parents, Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Bernadell White of Opelousas, LA; two brothers, Christopher Wayne (Cerise) White of Rockwall, TX, and Byron Lamar (Tracie) White of Arlington, TX; and a host of aunts, uncles, a nephew (Neiman Jacob White), a niece (Haelei Skye White), cousins, friends, and special friends (Alanna Carmon, Kimberly Bihm, and Dr. Rochelle Robicheaux)... [More]
KLAX ABC 31 NEWS
[Excerpts] An arrest has been made in the suspicious death of a VA employee. Rapides deputies have arrested a VA security officer, Donald Pickney, for the death of his wife, also a VA employee. Deputies say 33-year-old Chanda Pickney died at their home in the Timberlake subdivision in Woodworth. She was a physician’s assistant at the VA hospital. The investigation into her death started Saturday. Jasper Bay with the Rapides sheriff’s office said, “we determined that some of the injuries on her at the time… where it was probable cause to arrest him first for second degree murder charges, or one count second degree battery, one count false imprisonment, one count second degree murder… we are waiting for autopsy, and basically we are continuing our investigation from that point”... [Full article here]
RPSO Charges Husband In Wife's Death
Oct 31, 2011
[Excerpts] ...On Saturday, Rapides Parish Sheriff's deputies were called to Cabrini Hospital to investigate a "dead on arrival" patient, 33-year-old Chanda Pickney of Woodworth, who was brought to the hospital by her husband, Donald. "Based on the physical nature of it, things on her body, we felt that we had enough probable cause to arrest her husband in the death of Mrs. Pickney," said Major Jasper Bay, with RPSO... Both of the Pickney's were employed at the Alexandria VA Medical Center - Donald as a full-time police officer and Chanda as a physician's assistant. The VA release the following statement: "The Alexandria VA Medical Center is sad to confirm the death of an employee who worked as a physician assistant in the mental health department. She was an asset to the medical center and will be missed by our staff and her patients. Our condolences go out to her family and friends"... [Full article here]
FORMER OPELOUSAS OFFICER, KATRINA HERO CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS WIFE
Nov. 1, 2011
[Excerpts] ...pon arrival, [Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office] deputies say they learned that 33-year-old Chanda Pickney of Woodworth had died... Deputies say their investigation lead RPSO detectives to arrest Donald Pickney on one count of second-degree battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of second-degree murder. The cause of death has not been determined... Donald Pickney previously served in the Marines, in the the Louisiana National Guard and in law enforcement with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and the Opelousas Police Department." [Full article here]
WOODWORTH MAN CHARGED IN WIFE'S DEATH
Alexandria Town Talk
8:48 AM, Nov. 2, 2011
[Excerpts] A former Opelousas police officer and St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy [Donald Pickney] who now lives in Woodworth in Rapides Parish area has been arrested and charged with killing his wife [Chanda White Pickney]... Paul N. Gennuso, who is retired from the Opelousas Police Department, said he knew both Pickneys well and served as Donald Pickney's supervisor during his time on the force in the 1990s... He called Pickney "a fair officer" and had praise for the victim, who was the niece of Dr. Calvin White, a family practice physician in Opelousas. "She went to school with my daughter. She had a inner beauty that was unbelievable," Gennuso said of Chanda, who worked as a physician's assistant at the Alexandria Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville. Laura Balthazar, who was chief deputy for then-St. Landry Parish Sheriff Howard Zerangue, was less surprised by the news. She said Donald Pickney had been dismissed from the Sheriff's Office after repeated complaints of stalking were filed against him by his first wife. "We had a lot of family issues with him when he worked for us," Balthazar said... Before joining the VA staff, Pickney had served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Louisiana National Guard before joining the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and then the Opelousas Police Department. [Full article here]
STUDENT RECEIVES VALOR AWARD FOR HURRICANE MISSION
February 23, 2006 -
[Excerpt] Before joining the VA, [Donald] Pickney worked with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department and the Opelousas City Police Department. He lives in Opelousas with his wife, Chanda White-Pickney, and his two sons, Trai and Travis. [Full article here]
NURSERY FESTIVAL IN FULL BLOOM
The Town Talk - Alexandria, La.
Mar 19, 2005
[Excerpt] ...Donald Pickney and Chanda White, a married couple visiting from Opelousas, said they'll probably be repeat visitors. They stood for a spell -- or smell -- at the Heavenly Scents booth, getting a whiff of a variety of handmade glycerin soaps that include cucumber melon, plumeria and chamomile...
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[Excerpts] The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police currently have entry qualifications comparable to other Law enforcement in the United States... VA Police Officers are certified in CPR (as first responders), the use of Oleoresin Capsicum Pepper spray, the PR-24 Side-handle Police Baton, and the Beretta 92D 9mm sidearm.... Employees of the Department who are Department police officers shall, with respect to acts occurring on Department property, enforce Federal laws... [Full article here]
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