Local and Area News

 

Sabine Motor Speedway

The Sabine Motor Speedway has the May 23,3015 results and they are as follows:

Moidified: 1st Micah Thompson, 2nd Kyle Pleasant, 3rd Caleb Dillard.

Factory Stock: 1st Shawn Graham, 2nd Dakota Wyatt, 3rd Mickey Steele.

Southern Stock: 1st Dewayne Rains, 2nd Ron Cavanaugh, 3rd Jimmy Byrd.

Limited Modified: 1st Charley Morrow, 2nd Adam Willis, 3rd Darrell Bass.

Louisiana Bayou Sprinters: 1st Jeff Day, 2nd Ty Johnson, 3rd Michael Day.

The schedule for June 2015 will be:

May 30th - Closed for Doug Murphrey Memorial race at ArkLaTex speedway.

June 6th - Regular racing

June 13th - Regular classes and Southern Dirt Modified.

June 20th- Regular racing

June 27th- Regular racing.

Full payout for all classes! Next race is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. Gates open at 5pm, draw ends at 7:30 and racing starts at 8pm. General Admission: $12 adults, kids $5, senior and military $10, 5 and under free. Pit passes : $30 adults, 6-12 yr old  $15. We will be running Factory stock, Southern stock, Modified, Beginner Factory stock, Limited Modifieds. We are located on Long Rd. in Many, LA our number is 318-256-5199.

May 29,2015,Friday

Missing Family Found

On May 26th the Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who advised that they were concerned about the well being of a child. The citizen reported that they found a one to two year old caucasian child sitting in a car seat near a wood line in Otis, Louisiana on Highway 121 near Perkins Road. The vehicle was described as a black midsize SUV with "Just Marred" written on the back glass and the occupants were described as follows: white male in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5'10 to 6'0, slender build with dirty/dark blonde hair and possibly wearing glasses. Passenger white female, in her mid to late 20s, medium to heavy build and approximately 5'6 to 5'8 with brown hair. At this time, the Sheriff's Office is investigating this as a welfare concern for the child. They are asking the public for their assistance in locating this vehicle or family to make sure everything is okay with the child. If anyone has any information as to the location or the identity of these people, please call the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-473-6700 or Criminal Investigation Division at 318-473-6727.

May 29,2015,Friday

Rodeo Association

The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association will host the 66th annual Louisiana High School and Junior High School Rodeo Finals at the Burton Coliseum Complex on May 29th thorugh June 6th. Contestants will compete for scholarships, awards, championship titles and to qualify for the national finals.  The Louisiana Junior High School Finals rodeo performances will take place at 1pm and 6:30pm May 29-30. The championship round is scheduled for 11am on May 31st. The Louisiana High School Finals rodeo performances will be at 6:30pm June 2-6, concluding with the championship round. Tickets are $10 and are available through ticketmaster.com and at the coliseum's ticket office one hour before each performance.

May 29,2015,Friday

Flooded

All roads west of La 109 and La 389 in Beauregard Parish are flooded, authorities said. At 4 pm Wednesday, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office said the area should be avoided due to high and fast moving waters. Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Toler said La 12, La 109 and La 389 in Beauregard are all open. He said the police jury will release a list of flooded roads.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Water Aerobics

A water aerobics class will be offered by Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education beginning Tuesday, June 22. The class will be taught from 10:30am until 11:30am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex pool through June 30. For more information or to register call 318-357-6355 or 800-376-2422.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Flood Preparation

With flooding imminent in Caddo and Bossier, preparations are underway to combat an intrusive Red River. The river's crest is currently just above 28 feet, a foot lower than the previous day. It's predicted to hit the 30 foot flood stage by Sunday and peek at 33 feet. When this happens, National Weather Service in Shreveport Hydrologist C.S. Ross said residents will see water approaching parts of Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway near Sci-Port, Marie and Charles Hamel Memorial Park and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway near the Bossier Sheriff's substation. Ross and Bossier officials conducted a briefing Wednesday, inviting representatives from most parish agencies. Those officials expect to release in short order more news to residents in the areas which could be affected. The cresting of the Red River will effect Red River Parish and Natchitoches Parish next week as well.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Job fair to be held at Walmart in Many

The Walmart in Many is having a job fair next week. The event will be next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2nd and 3rd from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Many Walmart at 25800 Highway 171. The company announced it will be hiring for the following positions: overnight stockers, cashiers, deli, dairy, apparel and produce.

For more information about the job fair, please call 318-256-9207.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

UPDATE: Ark-La-Tex Power Outages

AEP Swepco says service had been restored to 47,200 customers of the 60,000 customers who lost power during severe storms that swept through SWEPCO's service territory Monday night.

Approximately 12,800 customers remained with power, including 6,100 in Texas, 3,200 in Louisiana and 3,500 in Arkansas.

Here are the latest outage totals by area with updated ESTIMATED TIMES OF RESTORATION FOR 95% OF CUSTOMERS in each area, which includes surrounding towns:

LONGVIEW DISTRICT

Gilmer – 150 – 5 pm Wed. 5/27

Gladewater – 45 – noon Wed. 5/27

Henderson – 3,986 – 10 pm Mon. 6/1

Kilgore – 218 – noon Wed. 5/27

Marshall – 122 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

TEXARKANA DISTRICT

Ashdown – 90 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Atlanta – 62 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

DeQueen – 3,425 – 10 pm Fri. 5/29

Mt. Pleasant – 1,174 – 10 pm Fri. 5/29

New Boston – 17 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Texarkana – 90 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

SHREVEPORT DISTRICT

Haughton – 84 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Shreveport – 2,761 – midnight (11:59 pm) Thur. 5/28

VALLEY DISTRICT

Mansfield – 66 – noon Wed. 5/27


May 27,2015,Wednesday

Suspect sought, accused of holding up 3 discount stores

SHREVEPORT, LA -

Shreveport police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who is believed to be responsible for holding up three discount stores this past weekend.

 
  Shortly after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, officers were called to the Family Dollar store in the 2600 block of Hollywood Avenue on reports a man went into the business armed with a handgun. As the man went into the store, he reportedly gave the employee a bag and demanded money. The clerk, while held a gunpoint, complied with the suspect's demands, giving him an undisclosed amount of money.

After the heist, the man ran off and was last seen running behind the business, getting into a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chevrolet model. Less than an hour later, officers were called to a second Family Dollar store in the 500 block of Kings Highway on reports of another armed robbery. Witnesses inside the business told authorities the man, who was armed with a handgun, gave the clerk a bag and demanded money. The suspect then fled the business and was seen getting into what was described as a dark colored sedan.Authorities say they have reason to believe the same suspect is also responsible for a third armed robbery that happened at the Dollar General store in the 8100 block of Line Avenue on Friday, May 22. During that robbery, police say a suspect fitting the similar description of the man described in the other two robberies, entered the store with a handgun and bag and demanded money. He then fled the scene in a dark colored sedan.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

Two arrested in vehicle burglary investigation

SHREVEPORT, LA -

Two men are behind bars for their alleged roles in an ongoing investigation into a vehicle burglary in southeast Shreveport last week.

Police say 29-year-old Jale Hopwood and 19-year-old Jules Sompayrac are facing criminal charges for their alleged role in the May 22 burglary of a vehicle parked in an apartment complex in the 100 block of Southfield Road.

During the initial burglary, authorities say a handgun and a wallet had been stolen from the victim's car. Detectives say they were able to link Sompayrac to the crime. He was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm and simple burglary.

Later in their investigation, evidence gathered reportedly led officers to an apartment complex in the 700 block of Cotton Street in search of Hopwood Tuesday morning. When officers arrived, Hopwood reportedly tried to evade police by hiding inside a hollowed space above an adjoining apartment. He was eventually taken into custody. 

Hopwood was booked into the Shreveport City Jail where he is charged with resisting an officer and felony property damage.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

BECi

About 1,800 Beauregard Electric Co-Op, Inc., customers are without power Tuesday morning due to a line of overnight thunderstorms. The BECi outages are concentrated in Allen, Vernon, and Beauregard Parishes. As of 5:15am, there were 1,250 customers in Vernon Parish, 374 in Allen Parish and 238 in Beauregard Parish without power. For more information, check the BECi outage map at www.becioutage.org.

May 26,2015, Tuesday

Hurricane Preparedness Week

State officials want you to take time this week preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Governor Bobby Jindal has declared it, Hurricane Preparedness Week, and Chris Guilbeaux, a deputy director at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says visiting Getagamplan.org is a good first step. Guilbeaux says a three to five day supply of water and food that won't spoil are some of the things you should purchase now. He says this Saturday and Sunday, it's a sales tax holiday for certain hurricane preparation items. Forecasters are calling for a quiet hurricane season. Louisiana has seen only a couple of hurricanes since the devastation that occurred in 2005 with Katrina and Rita. Guilbeaux says we can't let our gaurd down.

May 26,2015,Tuesday

Outages

With the recent storms Swepco and Cleco both have numerous customers with power outages the most recent numbers stand at:

Swepco:

DeSoto Parish - 2,126

Natchitoches Parish - 559

Red River Parish - 345

Sabine Parish - 1,085

Vernon Parish - 571

Cleco:

DeSoto - 165

Natchitoches - 3

Red River - 11

Sabine - 3,190

Vernon - 138

May 26,2015, Tuesday

NSU

Northwestern State University will be closed on Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday. Watson Library and the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be closed on Monday. The university will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th.

May 22,2015, Friday

Color Run for the Music

The Many High School Cross Country Team and Band present color run for the music on Saturday, May 23,2015 5k run/walk starts at 8am in Many, LA. Adult admission ages 13+ is $30 ( $45 after 3/29 and $40 on race day) and kids admission ager 4-12 $10 ($15 after 3/29 and $20 on race day). Online registration can be done at www.runsignup.com/colorrunforthemusic. For more information or questions contact coach Andrew Newman at newmana@sabine.k12.la.us

May 22,2015, Friday

Stay Off Red River

With Memorial Day on Monday, many people may be getting ready to hit the water for the holiday, but water levels on the Red River might make that a little more difficult and dangerous. May 16th through May 22nd is Louisiana Safe Boating Week. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sergeant Rusty Perry said it's a chance to make sure boating gear is set for the summer, before climbing in and setting sail. However, with the Red River so high and 9 boating deaths statewide so far this year, Perry said they want people to stay away from the dangers the river presents. Perry said " We're urging people to stay off the Red River. It's not mandatory. If they have private landings they can go on it, but we're urging people to stay off of it." There are plenty of other spots where people can enjoy the water on Memorial Day. It's important, however, that people planning to be on the water ensure that everyone on board has a wearable life jacket.

May 22,2015, Friday

Police find Meth

A Many man pulled over for a traffic violation quickly ended up in trouble when Natchitoches Police Sheriff's deputies learned his license was suspended, saw drugs inside the car and smelled alcohol, according to a release. Steven J. Rushing, 31, of the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street, was stopped on La Highway 6 West near Robeline. Deputies got permission to search the Honda Civic and found about 4.5 grams of suspected crystal meth with a street value of about $675, according to the release. Rushing was arrested and was booked into the Natchitoches Police Detention Center. He was charged with second-offense possession of meth, driving under suspension, an open container violation and traffic offenses.

May 21,2015,Thursday

Body Cameras

Citizens of the City of Natchitoches shall soon see an addition to all officers' uniforms within the traffic and patrol division of the Natchitoches Police Department. According to Chief Micky Dove the police department has purchased and is currently in the process of training officers in the care, maintenance,  and use of uniform mounted police body cameras. Cheif Dove added that by implementing the use of the police body cameras that the department would be able to accurately document how officers talk and interact with the citizens of the city. In addition, he added that overall goal is to make the police department a better agency which serves all citizens professionally at all times.

May 21,2015,Thursday

Memorial Day Ceremony

The public is invited to a Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday in Alexandria National Cemetery, 209 E. Shamrock St. in Pineville.  The event is hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to honor service members who have given their lives for their country. On Monday, the Memorial Day program will begin at 9:45am with a musical prelude. After the flag raising, the program will continue with speakers, placing of wreaths by vairous veterans service organizations, saxophone and trumpet musical selections, a patriotic reading, a rifle salute and the playing of taps.

May 21,2015,Thursday

Take Back

Sheriff Sam Craft recently hosted a prescription drug "Take Back" event held at the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. During the course of the event, 93 pounds of unwanted prescription medications were received from the citizens of Vernon Parish. Sheriff Craft and the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force hosted the event in an effort to curtail the abuse of perscription medication. The collected medications will be destroyed. Sheriff Craft plans to host the event twice a year.

May 19,2015,Tuesday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a break in a major distribution line. Because of this problem the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable mircobiological quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a Boil Advisory effective immediately for customers in the following areas: Marthaville Road, Brumley Rd., Patton Rd, Primm Rd, Hwy 1216, Hwy 175, Hwy 171 North and Ranchwood Street.

May 19,2015,Tuesday

Natchitoches Parish Public Schools

Natchitoches Parish Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, May 19,2015. The Natchitoches Parish Schools Superintendent Dale Skinner contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office reporting all public schools will be closed because of the current weather conditions.

May 19,2015,Tuesday

McNeese

McNeese State University held its spring commencement ceremony at 10am on Saturday at Burton Coliseum. The spring class of 2015 consists of 755 degree candidates, including students from 37 parishes, 23 states, and 17 counties. Allen Parish had 23 graduates, Beauregard 38, Sabine with 3, and Vernon Parish 11.

May 18,2015, Monday

First State Title

In the Class B championship game, Fairview had a tough time as Florien won, 10-2, for its first state title. Avenging last season's 10-6 loss in the quarterfinals, the Blackcats jumped on the Panthers with nine runs in the first three innings, including a five-run second inning to set the pace. Fairview finishes its season at 17-11 and as the District 5-B champion.

May 18,2015,Monday

Parent and Families Survey

The Sabine Parish School Board 2014-15 Parent and Families Survey is now open and accepting responses through May 22,2015. Parents throughout the district are encouraged to participate so they can share input on district and school performance. The results will help inform district and school leadership on how to improve services for our children. A link to the survey is available on each school's website. For more information contact your child's school.

May 18,2015, Monday

Bream Fishing Tournament

Ho Minti Society, INC. will host a Bream Fishing Tournament for children, ages 5-12 Saturday May 30,2015. The program will be located in Zwolle, LA on Toledo Bend Lake at the end of HWY 1215. Contest starts at 7am and continues until 11am with weigh in and free hot dog lunch to follow. Cash prizes will be awarded for Most Fish: first, second, third place, and largest prize of $150.00 for Biggest bream fish. Each contestant will also win a participation prize. Participants must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Registration forms can be found at Ho Minti Facebook page and at Josh Crow's PT Clinic, 326 Fisher HWY, Many. Completed form may be dropped off at Sabine Parish Sherriff Dept, in c/o Mary Westbrook.

May 15,2015,Friday

Counterfeit Money

Two Leesville men are in jail, accused of passing counterfeit money at a convenience store. The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 39-year-old John Flora, Sr. and 39-year-old Jeremy Wade McGlothlin. Both were charged with theft and monetary instrument abuse. Flora's bond was set at $20,000 dollars, while McGlothlin's was $7,000. Police say the investigation is continuing and more arrests could be made.

May 15,2015, Friday

Single Vehicle Crash

A single vehicle crash killed a teen from Leesville, LA that was not wearing a seat belt. Another teen was injured in the crash. Troopers responded to the crash around 7:30pm, which occurred on LA Hwy 465 south of LA Hwy 117. The crash involved a 2006 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Acadia M. Sanders. The Chevrolet was northbound on LA Hwy 465 when Sanders lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a large tree. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene. Her only passenger, identified as Jon Christian Stuckey of Leesville, was wearing his seat belt. He received moderate injuries and was transported to Byrd Hospital for treatment.

May 15,2015, Friday

Drunk Driving

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft announced the arrest of Damarcus Gibson, 23, of Fort Polk and Brandon S. Thornsberry, 27 of Leesville. The arrests are the result of a two vehicle accident in the area of Lake Vernon Road on Saturday, May 9th. Deputies responded to the area and found one vehicle which had crashed into the ditch and struck a light pole. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Damarcus Gibson. Gibson indicated he was traveling on Lake Vernon Road when the vehicle he was in was struck from behind by a yellow Dodge Challenger which forced him off the roadway causing him to strike a light pole. A short time later, Brandon Thornsberry, the owner of the Dodge Challenger telephoned VPSO and advised that his vehicle had been stolen from Vernon Lake Spillway and he wished to report the theft. Deputies responded to Thornsberry's residence. Deputies placed Thornsberry in the back of a patrol unit and were in the process of transporting Thornsberry to VPSO to speak with him regarding the theft of his vehicle when deputies observed a vehicle parked in a secluded location behind an abandoned business in the area of Texas Highway. Deputies immediately went to the location of the vehicle which they observed to be a yellow Dodge Challenger with severe damage to the front of the vehicle. Deputies were able to verify that the yellow Dodge was in fact registered to Brandon Thornsberry and was in fact located approximately half a block from Thornsberry's residence. At that time, deputies advised Thornsberry that he was under arrest for hit, failure to report an accident, and run driving and reckless operation. Bond was set at $2,723. Bamarcus Gibson was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Operating a Vehicle while intoxicated, and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle. Bond was set at $1,299.

May 14,2015,Thursday

State Taxes

If you haven't mailed in your state taxes time is almost out. The deadline to file your state returns is midnight Friday, May 15th. The department of revenue is encouraging you to file electronically. Several options are available including the department's free online application. If you need more time to file, you can submit an extension request to avoid penalties. That request has to be filed by midnight on Friday, May 18th as well.

May 14,2015,Thursday

Timber

The Leesville city council unanimously authorized Mayor Rick Allen to award a bid for the purchase of timber at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course to Burgess Timber Service during its bi-weekly meeting on Monday. According to golf course manager Mike Carter, his crew spends at least two days per week picking up pine cones and raking up the straw left behind by the numerous pine trees along the course. The trees are located not only along the 9-hole course, but also in the park adjacent to the course.

May 14,2015,Thursday

Fun With Music Camp

The school of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present a Fun With Music Camp June 1st-5th. The fee is $135 per student. A discount is available for siblings. The camp will be held each day from 9am to noon, concluding with a group singalong. Children ages 5-11 can participate in a variety of music experiences that include singing, music games, instrumental activities, composing and many other creative music activities. For more informaiont please call 318-357-5754.

May 13,2015,Wednesday

Zwolle Preschool Registration

Zwolle Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30,2015. You may register your child at Zwolle Elementary School on Monday, May 18th between the hours of 9am and 12pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 256-6143 for more information.

May 13,2015,Wednesday

Memorial Day

The public is invited to attend Memorial Day Services at the D.A.V. Chapter Home located at The West Louisiana Veterans Memorial and Park on Hwy 191, at 11:00am Monday, May 25th. World War II Veterans will be our guest speakers. There will be a special program honoring the P.O.W and M.I.A. Also there will be a Memorial Service held honoring veterans who have passed away during the last six months. The service will be conducted by State DAV Auxiliary Chaplain, LaFern Ward. Refreshments will be served after the ceremonies.

May 13,2015,Wednesday

Boil Advisory

The boil advisories for Ebarb - Aimwell area water system and halfway Carroll water system are released after the investigative samples cleared this morning. Don't forget that you can check out drinking water information on DHH's Drinking Water Watch website: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/1290

May 12,2015,Tuesday

Polk Outdoor Theatre

A group of Christian performers will gather at Polk Outdoor Theatre at 7pm on May 22nd for Main Street's inaugural A Night of Praise and Worship. Polk Theatre is located at Texas and Fourth Street in the downtown historic district. The event is free of charge, but a love offering will be collected. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of handicapped playground equipment for the City of Leesville Parks. If you are able to join us, please make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available.

May 12,2015,Tuesday

Business Owner Arrested

Agents with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control arrested a Sabine Parish business owner for allegedly selling alcohol without the proper alcoholic beverage permits. Authorities say 36-year-old Roberto Carlos Covarrubias was arrested, accused of operating without either state low or high content alcohol permits and violations of child labor laws for allowing persons under the age of 18 to serve, sell, or mix alcoholic beverages on the premise. Following a complaint about the business, ATC agents along with the Louisiana work Force Commission conducted a joint investigation of El Grio Mexican Restaurant. LWC additionally cited the business for 43 separate child labor law violations. Covarrubias was booked into the Sabine Parish Jail.

May 12,2015, Tuesday

SWAT

A Mansfield man was arrested on Thursday following a standoff with SWAT and their trained negotiators. According to DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Adam Lilley, 51, was allegedly pointing a gun at passing motorists in the 9000 block of US Highway 84. Apparently, when approached by Sheriff's deputies, Lilley physically resisted arrest and allegedly barricaded himself in his residence after being shot with a Taser. After hours of negotiations with SWAT,tear gas was deployed into the residence allegedly causing Lilley to exit. Lilley was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center on one count of resisting an officer with violence and one count of criminal mischief.

May 11,2015,Monday

Brush Fire

The Ward 6 Fire department responded to a call about a brush fire on Holbrook Park Road around 2:45pm on Sunday. Officials discovered about 20 acres of woods on fire behind a residence near the 500 block of Holbrook Park Road. Brush units were deployed to the area near the fire and 10 personnel members  worked to put out the fire. The Captain of the Ward 6 Fire department, Teri Gilland, said there is no threat to nearby residents.

May 11,2015,Monday

Failure to Yield

Louisiana State Police say a toddler was killed on Friday evening in a two vehicle crash in Vernon Parish. According to police, the crash happened shortly after 9pm on HWY 171 at Jeane Chapel Road. The crash involved a car being driven by 21-year-old Josee Curtis of Leesville and a truck being driven by 24-year-old Jordan Ford of Center, Texas. Police say Curtis' car was entering HWY 171 from Jeane Chapel Road, preparing to cross the northbound lanes and turn southbound when the crash occurred. Curtis' actions placed her car in the direct path of Ford's truck. He attempted to avoid the crash, but was unsuccessful. Curtis was wearing her seat belt and received minor injuries. She refused medical treatment. There were three young children in Curtis' car at the time. They have been identified as 3-year-old Crimson Oikle of Leesville, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old . Oikle and the 5-year old were wearing seat belts, but were not properly restrained. Both received serious injuries. On Saturday, May 9th, Oikle passed away. The 1-year-old was properly restrained and received minor injuries. Police say Curtis has initially been charged with "failure to yield." routine toxicology tests are pending.

May 11,2015, Monday

Freedom with Ink

Soldiers in the U.S, Army now have more freedom with their ink, and soldiers at Fort Polk are happy with the changes. The limit on number and size of tattoos has been removed, and soldiers can now get tattoos on their arms and legs. Army leaders changed the rules last month after soldiers expressed interest in a more lenient policy. Army officials said since tattoos are more accepted in society, soldiers had the right to have freedom to express themselves. The revised policy will also impact recruitment. Many people could not join or move up in ranking previously because of their tattoos. The revised policy still prohibits soldiers from having tattoos on their hands, necks, or faces.

May 8,2015,Friday

Paramedic Program

Beginning in January, Bossier Parish Community College's Paramedic program will partner with DeSoto Parish EMS and Natchitoches Parish EMS to offer paramedic education to current and potential employees, allowing potential students access to an accredited paramedic program closer to where they live and work. Under the partnership, BPCC will offer a paramedic program whose didactic instruction, provided by qualified faculty, will be provided via compressed video at Northwest Technical College in Natchitoches and Mansfield and whose lab sessions will take place in Mansfield. For more information on this partnership, contact BPCC Paramedic Instructor Jeffery Anderson, NREMTP, at 318-678-6403 or janderson@bpcc.edu

May 8,2015,Friday

Body Found in Red River

Bossier authorities have recovered the body of a man from the Red River and are working to determine if it's the man who jumped from the Texas Street bridge on Sunday. The Bossier City Fire Department and Bossier City police were called to ART Parkway boat launch around 10:30pm Thursday by residents who were fishing. They told first responders they saw what appeared to be a body floating in the water. The body was found one mile south of the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge by BCFD water rescue. It was turned over to the Bossier Parish Coroner's Office for an autopsy and identification.

May 8,2015,Friday

Domestic Abuse

A proposal to give domestic abuse victims new protections from eviction narrowly received passage from the state Senate. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said her bill was an attempt to keep victims of domestic violence from being rendered homeless. The proposal would make it illegal to refuse to rent or to terminate a lease based on a domestic dispute. And it would give abuse victims more ways to break lease. Landlords object to the measure, saying it takes away their rights and puts them at greater risk of lawsuits. Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican, said while Broome is well-intentioned, the bill puts an undue burden on landlords. The Senate sent the bill to the House with a 21-16 vote Wednesday, one more than it needed.

May 7,2015,Thursday

Going Out of Business

The owners of Beautiful Kreations in Many would like to announce their going out of business sale. They are having a huge half price sale! Childrens yellow box flip flops are  now $5 and all others are half price! Circle E Candles, Mary Kay, name brand perfumes and cologns are all half price! What a way to spend Mothers Day!! Hurry down while supplies last because May 28th they are closing their doors!! Beautiful Kreations located in Wrights Shopping Center.

May 7,2015,Thursday

Leak in Line

The Ebarb Water System is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a leak in the distribution line. Because of these problems, the water produced by the water system is of questionable microbiological quality. Therefore, as a precaution, the Ebarb Water System is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately. This boil advisory is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Ebarb Water System.

May 7,2015,Thursday

Approved All Eight

Central Louisiana voters approved all eight tax referendums in Saturday's elections, including two Rapides Parish school taxes that bring in more than $7 million a year. Voter turnout was very low for all of the elections. Only a 4 percent of Rapides Parish's 83,248 registered voters cast ballots on the two parishwide school tax propositions.

May 4,2015,Monday

Meth Lab

Two Leesville residents are in custody after a meth lab was found in their home on LA 464, authorities said. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said Gary Michael Hunt, 32, and Jessica Lynn Pruitt, 27, were arrested on Thursday on a charge of operation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Both are being held on $30,000 bonds and a probation hold was placed on Hunt by the state Department of Probation and Parole.

May 4,2015,Monday

Logansport Man Dead

A Logansport man is dead and authorities are on the lookout for a man considered a suspect and who may be in the possession of the victim's vehicle, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said. Arbuckle identified the victim as Charles Powell Worthington, 58, of the 1000 block of Bogle Road. He was found dead in his home on Saturday morning by a friend. Authorities are looking for Jacorroyn Lavell Wilson, 24, whose last known address was in Tyler, Texas. He could be in the Shelby County or Center, Texas area. Wilson should be considered armed and dangerous, Arbuckle said. Anyone seeing him should contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

May 4,2015,Monday

Police Jury

In a special-called meeting of the Vernon Parish Police Jury on Monday afternoon, the group not only approved the amended budget for 2014, but also voted in favor of the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The group entered into a public hearing time in order to hear a report in regards to the amended budget for the year 2014. Among the items discussed by Rhonda Plummer, who presented the report, included the La. 467 project and progress on the new jail. Additionally, the general fund is expected to end the year with $1.6 million despite over $9 million in expenses being incurred this year as only $2.7 million was generated in revenue.

January 5,2015, Monday

Basketball

Upcoming High School Basketball games can be heard on 99.9 KTEZ for the 2014-2015 season. Upcoming game schedules are currently as follows:

Jan. 6th Zwolle at P - Hill at 5:00pm

Jan. 10th Negreet Tournament Finals

Jan. 12th Florien at Converse at 6:00pm

Jan. 16th Zwolle at Florien at 6:00pm

Jan. 20th Negreet at Zwolle at 6:00pm

Jan. 22nd P - Hill at Ebarb at 6:00pm

Jan. 26nd Rapides at Many at 6:00pm

Jan. 30th Converse at Florien at 6:00pm

Feb. 3rd Ebarb at P-Hill at 6:00pm

Feb. 6th Oak Hill at Many at 5:00pm

Feb. 9th P-Hill at Florien at 6:00pm

Feb. 10th Converse at Zwolle at 6:00pm

Feb. 13th Stanley at Converse at 6:00pm

January 5,2015, Monday

New Officials

Officals who will begin new terms as constable and justice of the peace in Beauregard Parish were sworn in Tuesday at the Beauregard Parish Police Jury building. Elections were held late in 2014.  Constables are: Alfred Doyle, District 1, Leonard Stark, District 2, David Clouse, District 4, and Daniel cole, District 5. Justices of the peace are Allen Brown, District 1, Eva Stark, District 2, Clyde Dennis, Distict 4, and Ruth Huckaby, District 5. Also sworn in Tuesday was Sheila Brown, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Mance Starks on the Merryville Board of Aldermen. An election will be held in March.

January 5,2015, Monday

Power Loss

Thunderstorms with high winds, lightning and heavy rain moved through SWEPCO's Louisiana service area Saturday morning causing a peak number of outages of 15,000 people at 9am Saturday, according to Scott McCloud, SWEPCO spokesman. The ground is saturated from several days of rain, and access to work locations could be hazardous for line and tree crews. McCloud said by 11 Saturday morning, outages had been redouced to 9,2000 people in the Shreveport/Haughton area, and 1,750 in the Sabine area.

January 5, 2015, Monday

Ragley Man Arrested

A Ragley man has been arrested on charges of  third-offense DWI, open container violations and driving with a suspended license, authorities said. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman said Leonard Breaux was pulled over for a traffic violation on Dec. 22nd near the intersection of Sam Houston Jones Parkway and Reserve Drive in Moss Bluff. Breaux did not have a vaild driver's license due to a prior DWI.  A special condition of Breaux's bond, which was set at $35,500, is he can not operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device.

January 2,2015, Friday

Lumberton Woman Killed

Beaumont police aren't sure what caused a one-vehicle crash that killed a Lumberton woman in Beaumont on New Year's day. The woman was driving a small Chevy pick-up when she somehow drifted from the eastbound lanes of I-10 near MLK and hit a barrier around 5:49pm. She died at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. Police are working to notify her family. The roads were very wet at the time of the crash. No one else was injured.

January, 2,2015, Friday

Homicide in Winnfield

Winnfield Police are investigating a murder from New Year's Day. On Thursday, January 1st, Winnfield officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting to discover a local man, Monte Alexander, lying in the doorway of a club with several gunshot wounds. Alexander was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation has led to the arrest of Porcia D. Sanders, currently residing in Winnfield. Sanders has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with Alexander's death. Sanders is being held in the Winnfield City Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

January 2,2015, Friday

Indian Parent Committee

Indian Parent Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00pm in the board room at the Sabine Parish School Board office at 695 Peterson Street, Many. We will be electing new parent committee members and student representatives from Zwolle High School and Converse High School.

January 2,2015, Friday

Wildlife and Fisheries

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says up to 24 cadets will start six months of intensive physical and academic training in May. They train to enforce state recreational boating laws and state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws. They also will be trained in general law enforcement. And they learn search and rescue techniques. Those who graduate will fill vacancies in field offices around the state. Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must live there after graduating. Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website. They must complete the state Law Enforcement and Protective Services test to qualify.

January 2,2015, Friday

Bomb Threat

Pineville police have arrested two people who they say are responsible for calling in several bomb threats at the Pineville Walmart. Those threats were made on December 21 and 16. Police arrested 33-year-old Lashonda Anderson and 57-year-old Hardtner Greenhoward, both of Alexandria, for the alleged crimes. Their charges include terrorizing, felony theft and criminal conspiracy. Pineville police say they're not ruling out the possiblity that more poeple may be involved. Investigators say the two are not responsible for a different threat called into the Pineville CVS.

December 31,2014, Wednesday

Failed to Get Approval

A state audit finds the state Department of Transportation and Development failed to win federal approval for change orders on more than $1 million in projects, which could endanger future federal aid. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Monday this is the fifth consecutive year auditors have reported weaknesses in DOTD's controls over change order approvals. The problem focused on 14 of 184 project change orders, 8 percent that required approval of the Federal Highway Administration. The review said five of the orders were incorrectly listed as not requiring federal approval. Five others were required to get FHWA approval before their effective date. "These exceptions were caused by errors in preparation and inadequate review of the change orders by project engineers, inadequate review by the DOTD employees approving change orders and by the insufficient review of project informataion entered into the project management system for accuracy," according to the audit.

December 31,2014, Wednesday

Suspicious Device Found

The Motel 6 on Ruth Street in Sulphur was evacuated for a few hours  Tuesday morning after a suspicious device was found, authorities said. The state police Emergency Services Unit determined the device was either a toy bomb or training device. Authorities said they received a call at 8:52 am and the motel was quickly evacuated. Eyewitneses said the device was found in a plastic grocery store bag. A witness said a Motel 6 employee found the bag near a dumpster and brought it to the front of the motel before calling the police. The Sulphur Police Department, Sulphur Fire Department, Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Border Patrol were also on the scene. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

December 31,2014, Wednesday

Discrimination Protection

Under a settlement announced Friday, New Orleans public schools hae agreed to ensure that students with disabilities are properly treated and educated while also being given the chance to attend the schools they want to attend. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center sued state and city school officials alleging students with disabilities did not have equal access to schools in New Orleans and were not protected from discrimination. The law center sued on behalf of children with a variety of disabilities including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder. The deal needs to be approved by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. The suit filed against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board.

December 31,2014, Wednesday

End to 13 year War

The war in Afghanistan has come to an end for U.S. led coalition forces after 13 bloody years. A quiet flag-lowering ceremony at the headquarters of the NATO mission in Kabul marked the transition of the fighting from U.S. led combat troops to the Afghanistan's own security forces. Beginning Jan. 1st, the new coalition mission will provide training and support for Afghanistan's military, with the U.S. accounting for almost 11,000 of the 13,500 members of the residual force. An Associated Press tally puts the death toll among U.S. troops in the 13-year war at 2,224.

December 30,2014, Tuesday

Insurance Penalties

The cost of being uninsured in Amercia is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year. It's a requirement under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the coverage requirement and its accompanying fines were constitutionally vaild. In 2015,  all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS on their health insurance status the previous year.

December 30,2014, Tuesday

Leesville Annexs Gene Koury Road

Two new ordinances were adopted by the Leesville city council at its most recent meeting, one of which increased the size of the municipality. Ordinance No. 37 provides for the "amending and enlarging of the corporate boundaries of the City of Leesville to annex certain property west of the existing Leesville City Limits," with the annexation to include, "a portion of Section 16 an Gene Koury Road." The second ordinance unanimously adopted by the council provided for the rezoning of a property located at 1299 Moses Street. The property was officially rezoned from an A-7 Multi-Family Urban District to and A-6 MS Single Family Urband District. In other news, Allen submitted a letter to Sen. David Vitter asking for an abatement or reduction of the penalty assessed to the City of Leesville by the Internal Revenue Service for the year ending Dec. 31,2010. According to Allen, Leesville was assessed a penalty of $403,832.17 by the IRS for failing to report income during a staff change. Certain required documentation wasn't filed, thus preventing the city from complying with the IRS.

December 30,2014, Tuesday

Jimmie Davis Bridge

The thought of closing the nearly 50-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge, that connects Shreveport to Bossier City, for a year strikes fear in the hearts of thousands of local drivers. But for safety's sake, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says it's a must. "First and foremost is safety, but second, it would just take forever if a lane was left open." DOTD spokesperson Cindy Dorfner says the project was just awarded to Tampa, Florida-based company PCL Construction, which specialized in large-scale commercial building projects. But work on the Jimmie Davis, which was built in 1968 and sees over 21,000 vehicles a day, is still months away. There will be two detours form Bossier to Shreveport- Arthur Ray Teague Parkway to the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge, or Barksdale Boulevard to I-20. And a mirror image across the river - Clyde Fant Parkway to the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge, or I-20 to I-49 if your route takes you southbound.

PayDay Lending

Online payday lenders will have to register with the Office of Financial Institutions and be subject to the same regulations as storefront lenders. The bill by Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, also gives borrowers the right to enter into an installment payment plan for no extra fee if they cannot pay back loans on time. Payday loans are short-term credit offered at high interest rates. Ponti's bill was pushed by the payday loan industry to crush efforts to try to add tougher restrictions on the businesses.

Smoking Ban

Smoking will be prohibited within 25 feet of public entrances to state office buildings. Passage was a victory for Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, who spent years trying to add the restriction as a way to lessen exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. A person violating the new law can be fined $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for subsquent offenses.

Oil Field Falls

The budget hole facing Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers next year is grim, topping $1.4 billion, but that may not even be the worst-case scenario. With oil prices continuing to plummet, Louisiana officials are readying for the possiblity they haven't yet hit rock bottom. They may have to deal with another deficit in the current $25 billion state budget before the fiscal year ends June 30, while next year's shortfall could grow even larger. About 13 percent of this year's state's general fund is tied to severance taxes and mineral royalties from engery production. Dropping oil and gas prices helped create a midyear deficit earlier this year that has been filled. But more bad news could come when the state's income forecasting panel meets in January.

Christmas Eve Wreck

Louisiana State Police, NPSO Deputies, and Life Air responded to a 2-vehicle injury crash on Interstate 49 near Cloutierville about 5:58pm on Christmas Eve. The driver of the 2001 Saturn passenger car was airlifted from the scene to University Health, with moderate injuries. The driver and passengers of the 2004 Honda Accord were transported from the scene to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what is belived to be non-life threating injuries. Deputies say the occupants of the Honda Accord were extricated by members of Fire Districts 1 and 5.

Keurig Recall

Keurig is recalling some 7 million of its single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns. Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it had received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safetly Commission released details on the recall Tuesday. The recalled brewers have an identification number starting with "31" printed on the bottom. They were sold online and in stores in the U.S. and Canada between 2009 and 2014. Consumers are being urged to call Keurig Green Mountain Inc. of Waterbury, Vermont, at 1844-255-7886 to arrange for free repair.

Drowning

The coroner reported Tuesday that Jassiah Clark died from drowning. The circumstances reminded many of what happened in 1987 when the nation watched for days as 18-month-old Jessica McClure known as "Baby Jessica", held onto life after falling into a well in her aunt's backyard in Texas. There were cheers as rescuers pulled her out with only scratches. Unfortunately, there was not that same happy ending from search crews in the case of Jassiah Clark. Officers searched for two days until a frantic officer told her fellow officers she had found him. His body was found inside a hole. The  hole is now barricaded off and boarded off. The victim's aunt, Lesley Reed was unable to hold back her tears while looking at the hole and his mother was at a loss for words. A teddy bear lies on what's become a memorial of sorts with loved ones flowers and other items at the site. Daniel said the hole was a dry well for a sewer pumpint station. The well was in use in April and part of it was seen sticking up from the ground. However, the well was gone by September and everything had been leveled. The 20-foot well had been closed off with concrete and sand. " This is something that could have happened very quickly, a shift in the sand. We're still investigating. We don't know," Daneil explained. Daniel added inspectors go out to the site regularly, witht he last inspection being Monday. He said workers found no sign of a hole. The family still holds the city responsible. A ballon vigil was originally planned to take place Tuesday night on the street where Clark lived, but it was postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday at 6:30pm.

Cruelty to a Juvenile

A Beauregard Parish couple charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile could face murder charges if an injured child dies. Brittany D. Cooley, 23, and Kevin A. Waller, 28, were arrested December 16th. No bond was set, and the two remain in the Beauregard Parish Jail. The victim, Cooley's 5-month-old daughter, was transferred to an Alexandria hospital with a fractured skull and severe brusing. Joe Toler, Beauregard Sheriff's Office chief deputy, tells the Amercian Press that infant is being kept on life support so her organs can be donated. Toler writes in an email that detectives on the case have been "emotionally drained" by the investigation.

Questionable Costs

In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Louisiana homeowners, landlords and contractors applied for relief through the Road Home Program. The federal program awarded the state $9.5 billion in assistance, but a recent view of the program found some major problems dealing with non-compliance. The legislative auditor said in the last fiscal year, the Office of Community Development found more than 15,000 homeowners who applied for the assistance have not complied with the terms of the program, totaling nearly a billion dollars in questionable costs. As a result, the state may have to  pay the federal government back to the tune of $940 million. About $75 million in costs before that also remain in question. A spokesperson for the legislative auditor, said not clear if the federal government will demand repayment. In addition to homeowners, the Office of Community Development identified nearly 750 landlords and owners of small rental properties in violation of the programs rules with nearly $60 million in questionable costs. The agency also identified 282 hazardous mitigation  contractors who received over $10 million in grants, yet failed to provide the correct documentation that work had been done properly, or even was done at all.

Noble Sons

The Noble Sons riding club would like to say congratulations to Josh Buckminister of DeRidder,LA for winning the LSU BBQ pit and tail-gating package. Also, a big thank you and God Bless to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and made donations to make the annual Christmas toy give-away a bigger success than ever. We were able to give away nearly 1000 toys this year along with bicycles, computers and turkeys. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all from The Noble Sons Riding Club.

Missing Child

The Baton Rouge Police Department is asking for your help in finding a missing 4-year-old boy who was last seen yesterday afternoon about 12:30pm. Jassiah Clark, 4, was reported missing about 10:52pm Saturday night. Jassiah was last seen near his residence located in the 5600 block of Robertson Ave wearing grey Levi shorts, Hornets jacket, and black, red, and blue Adidas tennis shoes. Jassiah is 3 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds. Anyone with information on Jassiah's whereabouts is urged to contact the BRPD's Missing Person Division at 389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Suspect Arrested

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office announces that Kasey Hailey, 34, of Marthaville,LA was arrested on Saturday, December 20,2014 by the Ruston Police Department. Hailey was taken into custody without incident at a motel in Ruston according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones. Hailey will be transferred to Natchitoches. The NPSO Deputies appreciates the assistance Ruston Police Department as well as the media and public in helping apprehend Haley.

Parrott Indicted on Stalking

On Wednesday, a grand jury assembled in the 30th District Judicial Court formally indicted James "Dennis" Parrott, the police chief for the Town of Rosepine. The grand jury returned two ture bills and one no true bill on Parrott, who was arrested in August after an investigation into criminal complaints against the 49-year-old Parrott. Parrott was indicted on two felony charges of malfeasance in office, sexual conduct, along with one count of felony stalking and one other felony charge of malfeasance in office. The grand jury, however, chose not to indict Parrott, who recently won re-election to his post, on charges of domestic abuse battery. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office will be prosecuting this case as the Vernon Parish District Attorney's Office has recused itself. Assistant Attorney General Alberto DePuy of the Criminal Division is in charge of the prosecution. Additionally, all of the judges on the 30th District Judicial Court have recused themselves. When arrested in August, Parrott was accused of stalking his estranged wife, while also utilizing the database of the police department to illegally run a license plate number. Parrott was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on Thursday in regards to the malfeasance in office, sexual conduct charges. He was later released after posting bond.

Patchwork Financing

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use a mix of patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a budget deficit of more than $170 million. The House and Senate budget committes backed the proposal without objection Thursday, only delays before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session. Minor changes were made to the Jindal administration plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated. About $37 million in cuts will be made, mainly by not filling vacant jobs, reducing contracts and spending fewer dollars on travel and supplies. The rest of the gap will be filled with excess funds, like dollars from a tax amnesty program and insurance settlement.

Bus Wreck

Several children were injured in a school bus wreck on Thursday in northern Red River Parish. At least one child has been flown to University Health in Shreveport with what are described as moderate injuries. Louisiana State Police are investigating the crash, which happened on LA 515 off of LA 71 South of Coushatta just before noon. No other vehicles were involved. State police say the Riverdale Academy bus was heading southbound on LA 515 when it went off the right-hand side of the road and struck a culvert. Several other children on the bus were taken to CHRISTUS Coushatta with injuries that are not belived to be life-threatening.

Police Chase and Crash 

A suspect is dead following a chase and crash at Jwella and Meriwether in west Shreveport. Details are still coming in, but police say it all started when they were pursuing a burglary or robbery suspect. That suspect, blew a tire, hit another vehicle head on, and he was killed. Two people in the vehicle that was hit were injured. They were rushed to University Health in serious condition.

Prayer Rally

Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his headlining a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of student protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda. The Jan. 24th prayer rally is expected to draw throusands of people to LSU's campus for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as "a time of worship,prayer, fasting and repentance." But the event, called The Response, has drawn heavy criticism because of the views of its sponsor organization,  the Mississippi-based Amercian Family Association. The organization has linked same-sex marriage and abortion to disasters like tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina. Jindal sidestepped a question Wednesday about the organization's controversial comments and maintained his enthusiastic support for the event.

Cruelty of an Infant

Two DeRidder residents have been charged with cruelty in the case of an infant now on life support at a Rapides Parish hospital. Brittany D. Cooley, 23 and Kevin A. Waller, 28, were arrested on Tuesday. Both were charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after a report of a 5-month-old girl at a Beauregard Parish hospital with a fractured skull and severe brusing, according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office. Cooley is the child's mother, and Waller is Cooley's boyfriend, according to the office. The girl now is on life support at an unnamed Rapides Parish hospital. Cooley and Waller both were booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail, but bond has not been set. An investigation is continuing, according to the release.

$51 Million Bond

Investigators said the search of a man's home resulted in his arrest on more than 500 child porn counts and a bond set at more than $51 million. The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General reported Brian Schaller, 42, of Denham Springs, was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on the following charges: Possession of child pornography (540 counts), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under 17 yeard old. His bond was set at $51,002,000. A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said authorities searched Schaller's home on December 10th and found hundreds of images of child porn on his computer. She added the office's cyber crimes unit was assisted by the FBI, Homeland Security, and Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office in making the arrest. The investigation is ongoing.

Calhoun Man Killed

Earlier yesterday morning, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Calhoun,LA. Troopers responded to the crash around 9:45am, which occurred on LA Hwy 34 at LA Hwy 126. The crash involved a 2008 Toyota Tundra, driven by Billy W. Berry. The Toyota was eastbound on LA Hwy 34 when Berry lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a ditch embankment before colliding with a tree. Berry was wearing his seat belt, but was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pendind, the crash remains under investigation.

New Information from Fatal Crash

New information has been released by State Police regarding a fatal vehicle accident that took place on Hwy 171 near Longville on Sunday. Investigators originally reported that a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 28-year-old Kristi B. Poteet of DeRidder was traveling south in the northbound lanes of US 171, when her vehicle collided head-on with a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice driven by 41-year-old Ricky M. Gill of Singer. Now, reports indicate that Gill had been driving south in the northbound lanes, while Poteet was traveling north in the northbound lanes. Impairment on the part of Gill is suspected to be a factor in the crash, and toxicology results are pending.

Questioning Education Contracts

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration raised questions Tuesday whether Superintendent of Education John White is dividing his department's contracts into smaller pieces to sidestep oversight and public bid requirements. The questions sparked immediate criticism from the president of the state's top school board, who accused the administration of harassing the education department because of an ongoing disagreement over the Common Core education standards. State law provides certain dollar benchmarks for when contracts must be publicly bid, depending on contract type. Also, since July, the Jindal administration has required the Department of Education to get approval for any contract above $2,000.

Unsafe Driving

A crash early Friday Killed four people in Avoyelles Parish prompted the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police to issue a call for motorists to make safety a priority. But the bad news kept coming through the weekend, by Monday morning 11 people in Central Louisiana had died in wrecks. From the Avoyelles Parish fiery crash to a wrong-way crash Sunday afternoon in Beauregard Parish that killed three. Edmonson's letter asked for a commitment from Louisiana drivers to wear seat belts, to never drive impaired and to avoid distracted driving. Those three points were or might have been factors in some of the fatal crashed from this past weekend, however. Lack of seat belts was a factor in four crashes. Suspected impairment was a factor in two incidents. Speeding also was cited in two of the wrecks. Louisiana ranked sixth in the nation for worst drivers, according to a recent survey by website www.carinsurancecomparison.com.

Victim Identified

State Police have identified the third victim in the Beauregard Parish crash on Hwy 171 near Longville on Sunday. According to investigators, a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 28-year-old Kristi B. Poteet was traveling south in the northbound lanes of US 171, when her vehicle collided head-on with a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice driven by 41-year-old Ricky M. Gill of Singer. Gill and Poteet were pronounced dead at the scene, along with 30-year-old Brian Edward Taylor of DeRidder. Taylor was a passenger in Poteet's vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation, and routine toxicology samples will be submitted for analysis.

Rebel State Historic Site

Rebel State Historic Site invites all acoustic musicians to come out and jam on Saturday, December 20th from 1-5pm. Whether you are an experienced musician or just learning, this event offers something for everyone. A  variety of different musical techniques and styles will be discussed and demonstrated. For more information call 888-677-3600 toll free or 472-6255.

Many Wins First State Title

Kentrell Maxie scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:37 to go in the game, lifting the No. 1 Tigers to their first-ever State Championship in football as they downed the No. 2 Yellow Jackets in the Mercedes Benz Superdome Friday night, 22-15. The Tigers capped a perfect 15-0 season by handing the Yellow Jackets (14-1) their first loss in 24 games, which also avenging a 34-20 loss to Kinder last year in the Superdome in the Class 2A title game.

Bus Crash

LSP Troopers and NPSO Deputies respong to Injury Crash on La. Hwy 6 West near Hagewood; Bus enroute to LHSAA State Football Championship. Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and Natchitoches EMS Paramedics responded to a two-vehicle injury crash on La. Hwy 6 on Friday morning at approximately 10:02am. The driver of the 2010 Ford F-150 was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver and fifty-six passengers on the 2007 MCI Charter Bus traveling from Many,LA to the game were uninjuried. The bus included the Many High band. The crash is being investigated by Louisiana State Police Troop-E alexandria.

$635M Unclaimed Money

Need some help paying for Christmas gifts? You might want to search the state's unclaimed property database, which contains $635 million in unclaimed money owed to people around Louisiana. Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other items are sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone. State Treasurer John Kennedy has been trying to give the money back, printing advertisements in newspapers and traveling to malls to tell people about the database. He's even slapped the website address on the side of a truck in the Natchitoches Christmas parade. Kennedy said Friday more than 500,000 people are owed money. He's urging people to check out the state's unclaimed property website over the holiday season.

Selling State Vehicles

Gov. Bobby Jindal's adminstration intends to sell 709 state vehicles at auction early next year as a cost-cutting move. Ruth Johnson, deputy commissioner of adminstration, said Thursday the vehicles aren't being used enough to justify the continued maintenance costs. In a statement, the governor's Division of Administration estimated the sales could bring in $700,000 to $1.4 million for a state struggling with repeated budget shortfalls. The Jindal adminstration says of the 11,000 vehicles across the state agencies, more than 1,400 were driven less than 15,000 miles over the last year. The adminstration says it's cheaper to pay employees for travel than to pay maintenance for those vehicles, so half of them will be sold. Administration officials notified the agencies this week, giving them two weeks to turn over the vehicles.

Iowa Man's Death

Early Wednesday evening a single vehicle crash killed a man from Iowa. He was not wearing his seat belt and the driver is suspected of being impaired. Police responded to the crash which occurred on LA Hwy 6 West of US Hwy 171. The crash involved a 2004 Dodge Neon, driven by Heather Ruth Knippers of Jefferson,IA. The Dodge was westbound when Knippers lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a ditch. Knippers was not wearing her seat belt and received minor injuries. She was transported to Sabine Medical Center. Her passengers, identified as Roger Lavere Davis of Jefferson,IA and Christopher Adair Knippers of Jefferson,IA, were not wearing their seat belts. Christoper Knippers received moderate injuries and was transported to LSU Medical Center for treatment. Davis was transported to Sabine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Heather Knippers is suspected of driving impaired. She was booked into the Sabine Parish Jail and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, careless operation, and driving under suspension. The crash remains under investigation.

New Life for Hanging Jail

The Gothic Hanging Jail in downtown DeRidder was built in 1914 and shuttered in 1984 due to safety concerns. Over the years, many have expressed a desire to do something with the facility. The wheels may be in motion for that to finally happen. On Tuesday, members of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury building and grounds committee toured the facility. "We have individuals that are all over this parish that just love this old building and feel bonded to it, so everybody's looking forward to opening it for tourists," Police Juror Llewellyn Smith said. Smith said the committee would meet with the fire marshal soon to look at how to make the building safer and more accessible.

Confiscated Ammunition

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office has confiscated over one thousand rounds of stolen ammunition. A search warrant was issued over the weekend at the home of Gary Rene Smith Jr., also known as "G", in the Rock Hill community south of Jasper. Deputies say the stolen property was located buried in the ground on the property. Along with the ammunition, deputies seized firearm magazines and other assorted firearm paraphernalia. Included in the ammunition is .50 caliber rounds, .223 rounds, .9mm rounds, shotgun shells, .357 rounds, .380 rounds, and .22 caliber rounds. Deputies say the stolen property appears to be stolen out of the Kirbyville area.

History Channel Visit Postponed

Last month, the Leader reported the news of a visit from History Channel personnel who planned to film a recreation of Leesville's own Soapbox Derby, Friday, however, that news changed. According to Main Street Manager Sam Kincade, a History Channell representative said the visit, which was scheduled to take place next Sunday, December 14th, was cancelled. However, this is only a postponement until an as-yet-unspecified future date. When more information becomes available we will let everyone know.

District Three Water

A meeting at Beauregard Parish Waterworks District 3 centered on an audit of the district. That audit is the result of a settlement between environmental group Restore and District 3.  The audit released in November, and discussed Monday, cited problems with keeping records and meeting DHH state standards. Most of the issues in the audit focused on various problems in keeping records. The district is working to comply with all of the regulatory recommendations from the audit.

Christmas Concert

The Many Band would like to invite everyone to our annual Christmas concert. The concert will be Monday, December 15th at 7:00pm in the Many High School Gym. Performances will include the 5th Grade Music Class, the 6th Grade,7th Grade, and 8th-12th Grade Bands, admission is free.

Taking on The Dome

Tickets can be purchased for this Fridays Class 2A State Championship game at MHS office through Wednesday from 8am until 3pm each day general admission tickets, $13 each. The Bank of Montgomery has a bus for the Many High School Cheerleaders and sponsors. Aslo another bus from Bank of Montgomery will be taking faculity members. For more information contact Daniel Bennett at the Bank of Montgomery, Many Branch.

Youths Cited

The Many Police Department has cited three Many youths thus far in their investigation of reported car windows being shot out by air-guns. The youths will be charged with various charges including Criminal Damage to Property. Authorities are in the process of interviewing the suspects and other arrest are pending. A final value of damage which will run into the hundereds has not been determinded at this time.

Welsh Duo Arrested

A Welsh man and woman have been arrested on numerous drug-related charges, authorities said. The Welsh Police Department said Anthony Dugas, 32, and Ashley Hopkins, 26, were arrested Wednesday morning after a search warrant was executed at a home in the 500 block of Welsh Street. Dugas and Hopkins were arrested on the following charges: crack cocaine possession, cocaine possession, marijuana possession, possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was pending for Dugas and Hopkins.

Seeking Assistance

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the persons shown in a surveillance video from a local bank. The white female and white male suspects are driving a white 4 door sedan, possibly a Buick. The suspects presented a forged check at the bank on November 24,2014 and received a cash therin. Anyone with information regarding the identity of these persons can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311 or 337-238-7248. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 337-239-2233. You do not have to give your name a code number will be assigned to you. Sheriff Craft would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens to be vigilant regarding their credit cards and bank accounts. The holiday season is fast approaching and monetary crimes usually become more prevalent during the Christmas buying season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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