Local and Area News

 

Gunman at Large

Police are looking for those involved in the armed robbery of a Pizza Hut employee as she was driving to the bank with the day's bank deposit earlier this week. The woman left the Sabine Parish restaurant about 10am Aug. 24 and headed north on U.S. Highway 171. That's when a male emerged from the back seat, put a gun to her head and told her to head north on Old Fisher Road. The gunman was described to police as a black male in his 20's who has a slender build and a receding hairline. He was wearing a black shirt and shorts. Surveillance footage from along the route showed the gunman apparently had an accomplice driving a silver Dodge Charger that tailed the employee's car. Authorities had no description of the person who was driving the Dodge Charger. Anyone with information should call Many Police at 318-256-5617.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

Warrant for Missing Man

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Sabine Parish man reported missing this month after he failed to show up for court Wednesday in Many. Shannon Dion McCullough was supposed to be in court for the conclusion of his bench trial for aggravated second-degree battery. McCullough, 39, of Many, allegedly beat an elderly man inside the bathroom of a bar last year, leaving him comatose and with multiple injuries. McCullough's trial started July 31st before District Judge Stephen Beasley, but was delayed to allow for a final witness to testify. His wife reported him missing on Aug. 11th to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office. She said she last saw him on Aug. 7th when he left their residence to look for work. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red American Eagle T-shirt. He was driving a 2001 white Mitsubishi Montero Sport with La. license plate number RRA831.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

St. Landry Shooting

Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson, 40, died in the stabbing and shooting incident in Sunset on Wednesday. The suspect has been identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr. of Arnaudville. The incident began early afternoon at a home on Anna Street in Sunset and continued after the suspect shot the officer at the home, fled and crashed into a mini mart on Napoleon Street, barricading himself inside. Louisiana State Police negotiated with the suspect and other responding officers used tear gas in an attempt to remove him from the store. They successfully apprehended him around 6:30pm.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

Blake Brewer

Kevin Daigle's roommate who was found dead in his home Monday has been identified as 54-year-old Blake Brewer. Police said Daigle lived with Brewer from time to time, and he was driving Brewer's truck when he shot Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday. Calcasieu Parish detectives believe Brewer was killed before Trooper Vincent was fatally shot. The crime scene shows that someone tried to clean up the scene of the crime (believed to be Daigle) before it was discovered by police. No word whether Kevin Daigle has confessed to killing Brewer at this time.

August 26, 2015, Wednesday

Arrangements Finalized

Following the tragic line of duty death of 44-year-old Louisiana State Police veteran Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, funeral and memorial service arrangements have been finalized. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3pm to 9pm and on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30am to 11:30am at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, LA. The funeral will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12pm at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles, LA with burial to follow at the Lacassine Cemetery in Lacassine, LA.

August 26, 2015, Wednesday

Three Arrested for Helping Escapee

Natchitoches Police have arrested three more people in connection with assisting Natchitoches Detention Center escapee Davantay Metoyer following his escape according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Metoyer, who is still on the run, escaped from the Natchitoches Detention Center on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at approximately 1:08pm. On Monday evening, Natchitoches SWAT assisted by Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and Natchitoches Police executed three search warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge on Dixie Street and Grave Avenue within the city limits of Natchitoches and Sorgee Road near Natchitoches, looking for the escapee or evidence connected to him. As a result of investigation, agents developed sufficient evidence and probable cause to arrest three suspects believed to have been in contact and assisted Metoyer since his escape. As a result, arrested were: Brena Metoyer, 43, (mother of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. Laketra D. Hamilton, 21 (girlfriend of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. Ricky D. Metoyer, 20 (Brother of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. All three remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond. Three other Natchitoches residents were arrested earlier this month who allegedly assisted Metoyer following his escape. Metoyer is considered dangerous as the search continues. Deputies said they spoke with family members following the escape requesting their assistance. Deputies also warned the public if they assisted Metoyer in anyway after his escape they were subject to arrest for assisting escape. An All Points Bulletin has been issued along with Metoyer being placed in the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person.

August 26, 2015 , Wednesday

Homicide Suspected

Roommate of man arrested in state trooper's death has beed found dead, homicide is suspected. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said authorities found the body on Monday morning after the man did not go to work. He did not identify the man but said Kevin Daigle, a suspect in the police shooting, was his roommate.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

Steven Vincent

State Trooper Stevent Vincent, who was shot in the line-of-duty Sunday afternoon, has died. Vincent was pronounced dead at 8am Monday morning, said Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. Vincent, 44, is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son. A member of a military and law enforcement family. One brother, Keith Vincent, is the Chief of Police in Iowa and another brother, Terrell Vincent, is a fellow state trooper. Vincent was shot in the head with a sawed-off shotgun by Kevin Daigle, state police said. Vincent was responding to a report of an erratic driver near the intersection of LA 14 and Fruge Road. KPLC will air a prayer vigil in honor of Trooper Steven Vincent 6:30-7pm tonight in its entirety and commercial-free. It will also air online. The vigil will be held at the Iowa High School football stadium. Members of law enforcement agencies and other first responders are asked to wear their uniforms. All will be asked to sit in a place of honor on the football field. Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff following the death of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

Armed Robbery

An employee of the local Pizza Hut found herself held against her will and robbed at gunpoint while making a daily deposit for the restaurant. It all started around 10am when the employee left the store and headed north on Hwy 171 toward the bank. It was then that a male emerged from the back seat and put a gun to her head. She was told to head north on old Fisher Rd. After he had emptied the deposit bag of its contents, she was told to turn onto North Highland Avenue. Soon he ordered her to stop and he exited the vehicle. She quickly returned to the restaurant and reported the incident to the Many Police Department. The investigation is continuing at this time. After obtaining various surveillance footage along the route, it appears that the offender had an accomplice who was following the victim's car. This vehicle is described as a Dodge Charges, silver in color. If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Many Police Department at 318-256-5617.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

 School Burglary

Two men have been arrested after staff and students from Pitkin High School arrived Friday morning to find their school had been broken into and vandalized, authorities said. Shane Trinity Perkins, 20, and Everette Ray Cody Foster, 25, were arrested after Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office reviewed the school's video surveillance system that had captured two white male subjects breaking into the school causing damage to school property and stealing various items. Both men were arrested and charged with one count of simple burglary, theft under $750, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. Bonds are pending.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Soldier Killed

A Fort Polk soldier was killed early Sunday when hit by a vehicle while trying to walk across a highway near Lake Charles, State Police Troop D reported. The victim was identified by police as Devin Lee Olmos, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, a soldier at Fort Polk. The driver of the vehicle, Marcus Devin Pettifield, 37, of Lake Arthur, has been charged with vehicular homicide, State Police said. Olmos was struck by the pickup truck. He was taken to a Lake Charles hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. Pettifield was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. A breath test indicated Pettifield was over the legal limit for alcohol, police said. Pettifield was charged with vehicular homicide as well as driving under suspension and was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The crash remains under investigation.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Trooper Shot

A Louisiana State Trooper was shot in the head with a shotgun Sunday afternoon near Bell City, authorities said. Trooper Steven Vicent, 43, a 13-year veteran of the state police force, was airlifted to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, where he is in critical condition, Col. Mike Edmonson said at a news conference Sunday evening. a suspect, Kevin Daigle, 54, was arrested. Edmonson said Daigle is to be charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer. Authorities said Vincent was responding to a call of a vehicle driving erratically around 2:45pm Sunday. When he arrived, a Dodge pickup truck driven by Daigle was in a ditch at the corner of LA 14 and Fruge Road. Edmonson said video of the shooting showed Vincent trying to convince Daigle to get out of the truck and let him help him get the truck out of the ditch. "I watched as that truck door came open and i saw a shotgun blast," Edmonson said. "This guy was carrying a sawed-off shot-gun. Let me tell you something, that shotgun wasn't to do anything else but hurt somebody, kill somebody." Shot, Vincent attempted to go back to his unit to call for help, Edmonson said. Daigle exited his truck and walked to Vincent, speaking  to him asking him if he was still alive, Edmonson said. More than one drivers passing by stopped to help, including one who turned around, and "encountered" Daigle, Edmonson said, the man wrestled the shotgun from Daigle, wrestled Daigle to the ground and used Vincent's handcuffs to restrain him. The passers-by gave aid to Vincent.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Kidnappers Arrested

Four people have been arrested after trying to kidnap a child -- one of the people involved being his mother, authorities said. Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department said Raymond Brown, 49; Sean Brown, 25; Laken Brown, 20; and Anik Hoggatt, 31; were arrested in connection with a possible abduction of a 3-year-old child who was later found unharmed. According to authorities, on Tuesday, August 18th the homeowner reported an unknown number of subjects entering his home, physically attacking him and taking his child. After several interviews, detectives learned that one of the people involved is the 3-year-old's mother. Laken Brown has been charged with one count of ciminal trespass. Bond was set at $519.50, she has bonded.

August 21, 2015, Friday

Mama's Oyster House Fire

The Natchitoches City Fire Department is investigating what sparked a fire at a restaurant. Fire crews were called to Mama's Oyster House in the 600 block of Front Street near the intersection of Church Street Thursday evening. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the attic space of the building. Fire crews were able to reach the fire from inside the building and extinguish it in minutes before the fire department was going to cut through the roof. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. But seems to have started from the kitchen area.

August 21, 2015, Friday

Teen to be Prosecuted as an Adult

The 15-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his aunt on Wednesday will be charged as an adult, according to DeSoto Parish District Attorney Gary Evans. Evans says that while the deadly attack does not qualify as a capital murder case, he will recommend that the teen be charged as an adult based on the seriousness of the crime. Relatives say it was 36-year-old Yolanda Hunter's 15-year-old nephew who attacked her as she slept, stabbing her multiple times. Hunter, 36, reportedly awoke and grabbed the knife from her nephew, who had also been badly cut. Because the suspect is a juvenile, Sheriff Arbuckle will not release his name. However, he did remark on the shockingly random nature of the crime. The teen is being held at the Ware Juvenile Youth Center in Coushatta on a charge of second degree murder. A juvenile court hearing will likely take place on Friday to determine whether to he will remain in custody. A grand jury will be convened in the next 30 days to determine the exact charge.

August 21, 2105, Friday

Quilt Show

Red River Quilters Annual Quilt Show will be judged by a certified Quilt Judge. The theme is Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating Red River Revel's 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 2nd thorugh Sunday, October 4, 2015 part of the Red River Revel Arts Festival. On Friday, October 2nd show hours will be 10am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 3 - 11am to 6pm, and Sunday, October 4 - 11am to 4pm at the Riverview Hall, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA. Admission will be $5 Saturday and Sunday are included with Red River Revel ticket. For more information go to, www.redriverquilters.com

August 20, 2015, Thursday

Murder Indictment

A Leesville woman is facing a murder indictment Wednesday night. Amber Lisotta is charged with killing Timothy Prather back in June. Her attorney has filed a motion to appoint a sanity commission to determine if she's compentent to help with her own defense. Now a group of doctors will decide if they think she is competent. In the meantime, no arraignment date has been set and not much more can be done until the sanity commission makes its ruling.

August 20, 2015, Thursday

Mansfield Homicide

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing that left one person dead. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said it happened just after 7 on Wednesday evening in the 600 block of Brown Street in Mansfield. Deputies say the sheriff's office dispatch was told that Yolanda Hunter had been stabbed. Hunter was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Authorties say a 15-year-old male relative is responsible for the stabbing and was taken into custody. Arbuckle said he is not releasing the suspect's name at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

August 20, 2015, Thursday

Kidnapping

The Vernon Parish sheriff's Office is looking for two men who kidnapped a small child from it's father's home. Police say the men took the child to it's mother's home. Deputies returned the child to it's father but they are still looking for the two men. There is no further information on this story at this time.

August 20, 2015, Thursday

First Degree Murder

A Vernon Parish man has been found guilty of First Degree Murder in a case dating back to 2011. A Vernon Parish jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Jousha Xavier Griffin guilty on Saturday. Griffin was also found guilty of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. On April 13 of 2011, Vernon Sheriff's deputies found the body of 23 year old Jason Perry on the ground  at a mobile home park in Rosepine. Two other men, Dontrez Banks and Andre Porter were also arrested in the case. Both men pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and Conspiracy to Commit Simple Robbery and agreed to testify against Griffin at trial. He had been stabbed several times. No word yet on when Griffin, Bank or Porter will be sentenced.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Reward Offered

The family of Shannon McCullough is offering a $500 reward for any information leading directly to the finding of Shannon McCullough. Please contact the SPSO at 318-256-006 with any information.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Music Academy

The Northwestern State University Music Academy will begin its second year Monday, August 24th. The academy is under the direction of Northwestern State music faculty Dr. Christine Allen and Dr. Francis Yang and offers piano and guitar lessons for area students in pre-K thorugh 12th grade. For more information, contant Yang at yangf@nsula.edu.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Prevent Forest Fires

It might be slow moving but that does not mean it is not tough. Through the area has been under a no burn advisory the Lafayette fire was sparked by an unattended campfire in an area near the Longleaf Trail. Tackling the flames requires an inter-agency effort, bringing in two helicopters, and a crew of more than 20 firefighters from a job corp in Kentucky. Firefighters used drip torches to light certain areas on fire as part of a back burn to ensure the fire does not grow any larger than it already is. The Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway from LA 119 to FS 339 is closed to all traffic.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Downtown Shooting

Sabine Parish sheriff's detectives planned to interview gunshot victims from an early morning shooting Sunday in Converse. Investigators have few clues as to the identity of the gunman who fired eight shots or more into two vehicles as they traveled together north on U.S. Highway 171 through the small Sabine Parish town. Three males in a pickup truck were not injured; however, three of four occupants of the second vehicle were struck by the bullets, Police Chief Keith Manshack said. The only description the victims were able to give then was that the gunman or gunmen were in a dark-colored vehicle that reportedly followed them from Many, where they attended a reunion event. Gunshots were fired first at the pickup truck, Manshack said, causing the driver to slam on his brakes. Then the car in front became the target. Manshack describes the weapons used as a large caliber handgun and a small automatic rifle. He hopes surveillance video from some of the downtown businesses can help identify the shooter's vehicle.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Fall Scramble

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation will hold its Annual Fall Scramble, presented by C. D. Morgan & Associates, on Monday, October 25th at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club in Woodworth, LA. Festivities will begin at 11am with lunch followed by a shotgun start at Noon. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as Closest to the Hole and Longest Drive winners. Refreshments and live entertainment will conclude this very special event. The tournament will be limited to 18 four man teams. Team entries are due Monday, October 19, 2015. Several sponsorship opportunities are available through Monday, September 21, 2015. For more information please visit www.nrmchospital.org or contact the NRMC Foundation Office, 318-214-4558.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Shannon McCullough

Many Police are searching for a missing person : Shannon McCullough, white male, 5'8, weighs approximately 170, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen on August 7th driving a 2001 white Mitsubishi Montero sport. Anyone with any info please contact the Sheriff's Office at 318-256-5617 or call 318-379-8748 immediately. Family, Friends, and other volunteers gathered at Toledo Town on Saturday morning for a search of the area for Shannon or his vehicle. Any help would be appreciated.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Catfish Junction

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at the Catfish Junction restaurant in New Llano. Deputy Chief Brant Thompson said the fire call came in at approximately 1:15am Saturday. The Fire Marshal's Office was notified at 2:07am. Catfish Junction has been around for close to 30 years. The restaurant was in operation Friday evening with the last employee reported leaving the location around 11:30pm that night. Thompson said the restaurant has been under new management for 15 months. The structure is a total loss and the investigation remains active.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Converse Shooting

Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 4:12am on August 16th, reporting that three people had been injured when the vehicle they were in was shot repeatedly. The incident happened on Hwy 171 inside the city limits of Converse. There were seven people traveling northbound in two different vehicles when a third vehicle began shooting at them as it passed. All three people injured were in the same vehicle and were transported to University Health in Shreveport. No one in the second vehicle received any injuries. Witnesses described the vehicle that shot at them as a dark colored car that continued northbound after the shooting. The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is currently assisting the Converse Police Department in the investigation.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Blue Bell Back in Business

Blue Bell Ice Cream could reach Texas store shelves as early as next month. Houston may be the first to receive the product based on proximity to distribution, a spokesperson fo rH-E-B confirmed. Social media exploded with buzz Thursday after several trucks were seen rolling into the city. Blue Bell announced on Tuesday that trucks are back on the road, filled with ice cream. The company did not give a concrete date for when the ice cream will be sold, as its flagship Brenham creamery and the Broken Arrow plant remain closed, Blue Bell spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said earlier this month.

August 14, 2015, Friday

Protecting Fort Polk

Protecting Fort Polk from major personnel losses in the face of Army cuts was "a team effort," U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and David Vitter said at an appearance in Alexandria. "We both feel very fortunate to be a part of that team," Vitter said. The Republican senators spoke at a Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event Thursday. Not surprisingly, recent Army troop reductions and their effect on Fort Polk was the major topic. Army officials announced last month how they plan to meet a mandated reduction of 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilian personnel. As part of those cuts, the Vernon Parish post will lose 388 troops, but will retain the brigade combat team stationed there. In a worst-cast scenario, Fort Polk could have lose more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel. Fort Polk escaped major losses during a similar process in 2013.

August 14, 2015, Friday

Busted

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics agents arrested several residents this week on drug charges, authorities said. Sheriff Sam Craft said the arrests are part of an "ongoing investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics" in the parish. Frank Hamby II, 47, and Gwendolyn Brister,50, both of Leesville, were charged on Aug. 10. Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force agents found the two at Brister's residence. After a search, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Hamby was arrested on one count of possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into the parish jail with a bond of $7,500. Brister was ticketed for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Hamby has since bonded out. Jeffery Neal, 30, of Leesville was also arrested on Aug 10. Narcotics Task Force agents searched his residence and found 1-1/2 pounds of marijuana. He was arrested on charges of one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of obstruction of justice. He posted his bond of $15,857.50 on Aug. 11.

August 14,2015, Friday

Angles X-Play World Series

On Wednesday, August 12th in the 2pm game, Alabama remained unbeaten defeating Louisiana by a score of 1-0. Tallassee, Alabama, captured the 2015 Dixie Angles X-Play World Series Championship. Sabine, Louisiana, was the recipient of the 2015 Dixie Angels X-Play Runner-Up Award. The coveted James E. 'Obie' Evans Angels X-Play Sportsmenship Award was presented to Aynor Area, South Carolina.

August 13,2015, Thursday

Wild Mustangs

About 700 feral horses roam Fort Polk, the Kisatchie National Forest and neighboring lands, and they're getting in the way of training at the Army base. The Army is holding a public meeting Thursday in Leesville to explain the problem and ask about ways to eliminate the horses. Base spokeswoman Kim Reischling says the horses like to gather in open, grassy areas, but that's where training goes on. That poses a danger that horses could get hit by vehicles or aircraft or might bite or kick soldiers. And she says the animals also create a manure problem. Officials are trying to figure out how to eliminate what officals call "trespass horses." Federal courts ruled in 2003 that they don't fall under the 1971 law protecting wild horses and burros.

August 13, 2015, Thursday

Skeletal Remains Found

Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office deputies have recovered the skeletal remains of an individual in a wooded area near Zwolle, LA. Deputies were responding to a call of a vehicle parked on a hunting lease when they found the remains in the general area of the vehicle. The vehicle and suspected driver, Morris W. Davenport III, 36, of Converse, had been reported as missing to the SPSO on July 9th by Chief Keith Manshack of the Converse Police Department. Davenport has not been seen since he left his job sight on July 2nd. Investigators have not determined a cause of death at this time and are attempting to identify the remains. Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-256-9241.

August 13, 2015, Thursday

Alert Patrol Deputy investigating Suspicious Activity uncovers Dogfighting Operation

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Natchitoches man in connection with a possible dogfighting scheme near the Marthaville community in Natchitoches Parish; while another is being sought according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Thursday evening August 6th at approximately 11:15pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on La. Hwy 120 near the Natchitoches-Sabine Parish line in Marthaville, La., when they observed suspicious activity at a vacant mobile home.

Deputies say recent burglaries in the area, prompted Deputy Kenny Vines to stop and investigate the matter further.

While checking the area, Vines came in contact with a person in the driveway identified as Kerry T. Kahey.  
 
Deputies say while speaking with Kahey they asked him if he was alone he responded “yes” although they could hear additional activity behind the residence along with dogs barking which made the deputy believe criminal activity existed.

Shortly thereafter, deputies made contact with an individual identified as Ronald C. Payne.  
 
Both subjects were acting extremely nervous.

Additional NPSO units were enroute to assist.

While the deputy was in his unit attempting to obtain background checks on both individuals, Payne who has an extensive criminal history began walking towards the deputy, while Kahey ran to a nearby Ford F-150 grabbed an unknown object and ran into some nearby woods.

When additional units arrived on the scene to assist, they observed suspected  marijuana in plain view on the seat of the truck.

While deputies were attempting to locate Kahey, they observed several trails and several pit bulldogs staked in various areas around the property including other items commonly used in dogfighting operations.

Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents also responded to the scene.

Deputies continued to search the area for Kahey but were unable to locate him at that time.

Deputies applied for and obtained a search warrant for the property and buildings signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

During a search of the mobile home, property and buildings, deputies seized  thirteen (13) pit bulldogs varying in ages, some with minor visible scarrings, two dog treadmills to build animal strength and speed, assorted chains,harnesses,pulleys, assorted vitamins, protein, an unknown substance believed to be creatine to build muscle mass, 1000 watt generator,  portable kennels to transport dogs and a Black Diamond AR-15 semi-automatic rifle stolen in a theft at Nichols Store in Many, La. on March 26th, 2015.

The Ford F-150 is also being held as evidence.

The weapon will be released to Many Police at a later date.

The dogs were transported from the scene by NPDC animal control and are currently being housed at the Natchitoches Detention Center.

Animal control officers report the dogs are friendly to humans but do attack the other dogs on sight.

As a result of the investigation, deputies have arrested:

Ronald  C. Payne Jr., 44, of the 1500 block of Pauline Street, Natchitoches, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Dogfighting, Cruelty to Animals, Possession of Marijuana-2nd Offense, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Probation Violation.

Payne remains in the Natchitoches Detenton Center with bond set at $55,000.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for the second suspect that fled in the woods in dogfighting investigation:

 

Kerry Turman Kahey, B/M, 37, Hgt/511, Wgt/240, Hair/Blk, Eyes/Brown, with tattoos on his Right arm, Left forearm, Left arm of the 100 block of Rock Creek Road, Marthaville, La. with ties to the Natchitoches and Sabine Parish wanted by the NPSO for Dogfighting, Cruelty to Animals, Possession of Marijuana, and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

If you see Kahey, contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office at 352-6432 or your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Carey Etheredge of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-7830.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies previously uncovered a dogfighting operation near Natchitoches on April 17th, 2015 when twenty-three bulldogs were seized resulting in two arrests.

Involved in the investigation and arrest were:  Deputy Kenneth Vines, Detective Carey Etheredge assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division, Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Many Police Department.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

DeRidder Fire Claims Life of Homeowner

State Fire Marshal investigators continue to examine the facts surrounding a residential fire that killed a homeowner in DeRidder early Tuesday morning.

 Firefighters responded to the fire shortly after 1:00 a.m., finding the blaze confined to the  master bedroom of the home. After entering the residence, firefighters located the lifeless body of homeowner Paul Ashworth, 52, on the floor adjacent to the bed.

 After being notified of Ashworth’s death, State Fire Marshal investigators arrived on the scene and determined that the fire began on the bed before spreading throughout the room. Investigators were informed by family members of the victim that Ashworth was a heavy smoker who habitually smoked while in bed.

 Within the area of the bedroom where the fire originated, investigators noted the presence of smoking materials and a disposable butane lighter. While the investigation continues into the cause of this deadly fire, investigators suspect that unsafe smoking practices played a role in the man’s death.

 After being examined by investigators, Ashworth’s body was released to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy.

 The status of this investigation is active.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

Angels X-Play World Series

On Tuesday, August 11th, in the 2:00 pm ET elimination game, Louisiana eliminated North Carolina 5-1 and advanced to the Championship round.  In the 4:00 pm ET game, Alabama eliminated South Carolina 6-0 and remained undefeated advancing to the Championship round.  In the 2:00 pm ET game, a win by Alabama gives them the Championship while a win by Louisiana forces a second game at approximately 4:30 pm ET against Alabama with the winner claiming the Championship.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

Vehicular Homicide

A DeQuincy man indicted in the death of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Monday in state district court. A grand jury charges James J. Abdalla, 85, with vehicular homicide in June in connection with the March death of his girlfriend, Mary Franklin, 56, in the driveway of their home off LA 27. She died at the scene. Abdalla reportedly ran Franklin over the driveway. According to the indictment, Abdalla was drunk at the time of the incident. A court date was set for December.

August 11,2015, Tuesday

Golf Scramble

The Annual Many Golf Scramble for MHS Football will be held at Cypress Bend Golf Resort on Saturday, August 15th. If you would like to enter a team contact Mike Ross, Bobby Slaydon or Adam Founds at Julian Foy Motors.

August 11,2015, Tuesday

LA Angels

The LA Angels defeated Mississippi 9/0 on Monday afternoon in Moore County, NC. To advance to the final four in the 2015 Dixie Angels X-Play World Series. Louisiana Angels play at 1pm central today to continue their dream of a world series championship.

August 11, 2015, Tuesday

Safest Place to Live

DeQuincy has been named the safest place to live in the entire state according to an online study. The findings ranked the top 11 safest places in the state, based on total population versus the number of violent crimes in each area. The study reveals DeQuincy has just over 3-thousand residents and the number of violent crimes is zero. The information was posted on the "only in your state" website on August 6, 2015. Ann Cormier, a resident who's lived in DeQuincy for 45 years said she agrees with the ranking.

August 10 ,2015, Monday

ULM International

Monroe and ULM police are investigating the death of an international student. Monroe Police say her body was found late last night in the 400 block of Filhoil Avenue, just off of ULM's campus. She's described as an Asian woman in her thirties. Police say she hadn't been seen in more than a week, and when a friend went to check on her, they found her dead. Her body was sent off for an autopsy Sunday, and police are treating this as a homicide until they can get the results of those tests.

August 10, 2015, Monday

Wanted

The Many Police Department is attempting to locate Jimmy Lee Holden, a Many resident, who is wanted for simple assault and resisting arrest. The charges stem from an August 4th disturbance at the Many Apartments. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Holden is asked to call the MPD at 318-256-5617.

August 10, 2015 , Monday

Collision

Louisiana State Police say a Merryville man died when his pickup truck collided head-on with another pickup that had crossed the center line of Louisiana 3226 in DeRidder. Sgt. James Anderson says 54-year-old Gary Blair died and the other driver, 25-year-old Edmond Victor III of Leesville, was seriously injured. He says invesigators are looking into what caused Victor's 2010 Ram pickup truck to cross the center line on Highway 3226 about a mile north of U.S. 190. Anderson says neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

August 10, 2015, Monday

Help Our Seniors

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is out of fans for our seniors. With the temps rising daily, The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is requesting fan donations to assist in keeping the seniors cool. Fans may be dropped off at our facility located at 200 Legacy Drive. Your donations will be greatly apperciated.

August 7,2015, Friday

Officer Thomas LaValley

Shreveport police have confirmed that suspected SPD officer killer 27-year-old Grover Cannon is now in police custody. Cannon will be booked into jail on three separate charges; first degree murder, attempted second degree murder and domestic battery. A memorial service honoring the life and service of Officer Thomas LaValley will be on Friday, August 7th at 4pm at the Summer Grove Baptist Church located at 8924 Jewella Avenue in Shreveport, LA. Visitation will follow until 9pm. Officer LaValley had been with the police department since February 2011.

August 7,2015, Friday

School Registering

Many Jr. High School is registering students this week into next week. Parents are encouraged to register their students before the first day of school.

August 7,2015, Friday

Blue Bell Back in Business

Public health officials have given Blue Bell the ok to resume the production and sale of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant. Jim McVay, director of health promotion and chronic disease at the Alabama Department of Public Health, said Wednesday that Blue Bell can resume full production at its facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. He says product testing and trial runs have shown no indications of the listeria contamination that caused illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas, and a crippling recall in April. Other production facilities in Oklahoma and Texas remain closed.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

Officer Shot

Shreveport police have confirmed that the officer shot in Queensborough Wednesday night has died. Shreveport Police Department will hold a news conference at 9:30 am this morning with updated information. More than 6 dozen police units are on the scene, and DeSoto Parish is also lending a helicopter in the search for the gunman, and a Special Response Team is currently at a home in the 3400 block of Judson street. Bossier City police, as well as Louisiana State Police are also assisting. Bossier City SWAT team officers and K9 units have been searching houses in the Judson and Lakeshore Dr. area. Officers were called to the 3500 block of Del Rio Street just after 9pm Wednesday for a call of a suspicious person or prowler. Authorities say they are looking for a male gunman but no description has been provided.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

BBQ Chicken

The Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry is having a $7 BBQ chicken plate dinner fundraiser for one of their own, Chuck Chumley, who was injured in a bike accident 2 weeks ago and will be off work for 2 months. Plates will be ready for pickup at the Many Market Basket parking lot at 10:30 Saturday, August 8th morning. Donations will also be accepted.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

State Sales Tax Holiday

Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday, just in time for families preparing to send their children back to school. The holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. It does not apply to sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

August 5,2015, Wednesday

Pressure Washer Gone

An 18-year-old Natchitoches man is accused of roping a pressure washer from a residence, using a horse to drag it away and selling it for $40, according to a release. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's detectives got a report about the theft from the 1200 block of Miller Farm Road near Natchitoches on July 14th. The victim said an Excell 2400 pressure washer, valued at about $400, had been taken. When the victim and detectives watched surveillance video, they saw two men on horses who were trespassing on the property. One of the men, later identified as Issac Zeno of the 1500 block of Pauline Street, attached a rope and used the horse to take the pressure washer, according to the release. Zeno was interviewed on July 20th at the office's Criminal Investigation  Division "where he confessed to the theft," reads the release. The pressure washer was recovered in Natchitoches. Zeno was arrested and was charged with trespassing and theft of less then $750. He later was released.

August 5,2015, Wednesday

LifeShare

The LifeShare Bus will be at Walmart in Many, LA on Wednesday, August 5th begining at noon until 6pm. You must have a photo ID. Make sure you eat a good meal and increase fluids before you donate. Also, be sure you know the names of all medications you take. Anyone age 16 or older, in good health who meets height, weight and donation eligibility requirements may give blood. 16 year-olds must present signed permission from a parent or guardian at each blood donation.

August 5,2015, Wednesday

Jindal Ousting Planned Parenthood

Gov. Bobby Jindal is ousting Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program. The Jindal administration announced Monday it was ending four provider agreements that reimbursed Planned Parenthood for providing health care services to low-income patients through the grovernment funded Medicaid insurance program. Termination of the agreements comes after an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research. Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, cited the videos in his announcement. Planned Parenthood doesn't provide abortions in Louisiana, but offers cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted disease treatment and other health services in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Melissa Flournoy, Louisiana state director for Planned Parenthood, said Jindal's decision will lessen health services for the poor. The organization has 30 days to appeal.

August 4,2015, Tuesday

Train Wreck

Early Monday morning in Zwolle, LA a train hit a 18-wheeler knocking the tail end off. The accident caused all three of the rail road crossings to be shut down, forcing people to travel the Noble cut off to reach either side of the town. Luckily the driver was able to exit the truck before the train hit the truck.

August 4, 2015, Tuesday

Stolen Equipment

Two Red River Parish men have been arrested in a joint investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Red River Parish Sheriff's Office in connection with the theft of heavy equipment from a Natchitoches construction company. On July 6th, deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to a report of a theft at Regional Construction in the 100 block of Industrial Drive near Natchitoches. Deputies say while speaking with the owner of the company, they learned that a Caterpillar D3 dozer and a 28-foot Tophat flatbed trailer valued over $100,000 dollars were taken from the company premises during the early morning hours of July 1st, 2015. On July 15th, Red River Parish Sheriff's detectives arrested Jarvis L. Moore, 23 of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, LA, in Red River Parish on the outstanding Natchitoches Parish warrants. Moore was released into the custody of NPSO Deputies and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he was booked and charged with 2-counts of Felony Theft. On July 19th, Houston Police Department in Texas arrested Rob Moore on a unrelated matter and during his arrest learned he was wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Rob T. Moore, 24, of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, LA waived extradition while in Harris County Jail and was transported back to Natchitoches where he was booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with 2-counts of Felony theft. Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches detention center awaiting bond.

August 4,2015, Tuesday

Avoiding Cuts

Fort Polk's military value and community support were key factors in the installation avoiding major cuts, its commanding general said. Brig. Gen. Timothy McGuire spoke at a Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event in Alexandria Friday. Not surprisingly, the major topic was the recently announced Army cuts, and what the Fort Polk community can do to avoid similar cuts in the future.

August 3,2015 Monday

Drugs and Guns

Several DeRidder residents were arrested on Friday morning after a joint investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, authorities said. Investigators got a search warrant Friday and searched a mobile home, three campers and three sheds at a 19-acre compound in DeRidder. They discovered approximately six grams of methamphetamine, two grams of marijuana, a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, 23 long guns, and 4 handguns on the property. Leslie R. Self, 54, Wyatt Self, 21, Elissa S. McGlothlin, 28, Paul J. Nash, 51, Allan Richmond, 38, Shannon C. Cryer, 53,  were all arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.

August 3, 2015, Monday

New Laws

The start of August marks day one for hundreds of new laws passed in the most recent legislative session. Below are some of the newest laws on the books in Louisiana. Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse is now grounds for an immediate divorce. Additionally, abusers under a protective order are banned from possessing a firearm. Anyone convicted of a domestic abuse related battery is prohibited from possessing a firearm for 10 years. Cell Phones in School Zones: drivers using hand-held cell phones in a school zone will face fines, if the school district has a sign posted stating that such use is prohibited. Vehicle Inspections: vehicle inspection stations are now permitted to conduct inspections in the rain. Trailer Inspections: Single-axle, two-wheeled trailers and boat trailers no longer need to undergo state inspection. Attacks on Referees: there are now stiffer sentencing penalties for parents convicted of battery against a school or recreational contest official, a minimum of 5 days of jail time or 10 days if the referee suffers serious bodily injury.

August 3, 2015, Monday

Cleaning Out Your Closets?

Consider donating some of your gently-used, work-appropriate clothing to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to help men and women who are leaving state correctional facilities. They can use the clothing as they interview for jobs as they re-enter society. The department has partnered for eight years with Refined by Fire Ministries and Men's Wearhouse to collect the clothing. This year's drive ends on Friday, so take your donations to  2385 Z. MacArthur Drive, Suite 102, in Alexandria.

July 31,2015, Friday

Shots Fired

More than 2 dozen Shreveport police officers are searching for a driver they say shot at an officer during a traffic stop.  Police say an officer was trying to stop a car on Kings Highway around 3:30am under I-49 when a man jumped out of the car and ran off. Police on the scene say shots were exchanged between the man on the run and the officer. Detectives and K9 officers are also on scene searching for the man.

July 31,2015, Friday

High Speed Chase

A 15-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon, after leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Rapides Parish while driving a stolen car. Just before 4pm Louisiana State Police Troop E learned that a 2015 Chrysler 200 stolen in Avoyelles Parish was traveling north on Louisiana Highway 1 towards Rapides Parish. Less than an hour later, a deputy with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office located the car. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle on Louisiana Highway 3170 in Rapides Parish. The driver responded by accelerating, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour, and traveled north into Alexandria. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of a convenience store on North Mall Boulevard and the driver fled on foot. Authorities quickly apprehended the driver and placed him under arrest for speeding, aggravated flight from an officer, no driver's license, and resisting arrest.

July 31,2015, Friday

Personally Identifiable Information

The start of a new school year is right around the corner and students and parents will be seeing some changes as far as privacy goes. A new state law aims to protect students' personal information. Using students names publicly, such as an honor roll list in the newspaper, will no longer be allowed under the new law. The legislation prevents schools across the state from publishing "personally identifiable information." New rules are now added an extra section to the school's district's handbook that covers student privacy. The new law says schools can no longer publish two pieces of identifiable information: student's name and grade. But parents can sign waivers giving permission for their children's personal identifiable information to be used. And the penalties for breaking this law are big ones. A 10,000 dollar fine and up to three years in jail.

July 30,2015, Thursday

Oakdale Crash

One man is dead,   and a woman is injured following a single-vehicle crash near Oakdale on Wednesday morning. According to Louisiana State Police Troop D, a 2005 Ford Expedition was heading west on River Dam Road near its intersection with La. 1152 when, for unknown reasons it left the road and traveled 140 feet before striking a tree. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 38-year-old Jeremy Drake of Oakdale was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The only other occupant of the vehicle, identified as 36-year-old Tabitha Johnson of Oakdale, was not wearing a seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators believe impairment by Drake could have been a factor in the crash. A routine toxicology sample was collected and will be submitted for analysis.

July 30,2015, Thursday

Toledo Bend Drowning

Sabine County game wardens are investigating a drowning in Toledo Bend Tuesday night. According to Game Warden Doug Williams, authorities were called out to the Shawnee Shores subdivision around 8:30pm. "We were called about a stranded boat," Williams said. " Another boat was about to get close and saw a body floating in the water." Williams said the victim is a 66 year old man but the name is not being released yet. The incident is still under investigation.

July 30,2015, Thursday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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