Local and Area News

Six Killed Wednesday in Texas Fire

A woman and her five children were killed in a fire that quickly engulfed their Texas home, authorities said Wednesday. Flames were already shooting from the home near Silsbee, about 80 miles northeast of Houston, when a neighbor called 911 about 12:15 a.m., Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis said. The home, a small structure converted at some point into a residence, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Davis said. He said all six bodies were found in the home after the blaze was extinguished, and the family was likely sleeping when they were overcome by heat, flames and smoke. It gives the appearance of being a very fast-moving fire," said Davis. The children ranged in age from 3 to 11 years old and included twins who were 4. Their mother was 31. Davis did not release their names because officials were still working to notify family members of the deaths. The children's father, who didn't live at the home, was distraught when he arrived later, said Davis, who described the scene as "horrific. "It's a very emotional task and our hearts, first and foremost, go out to the family," the sheriff said. "But we're also looking at our first-responders, especially our firefighters. It's a very difficult situation to be dealing with deaths like this that include so many children." The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Davis said it doesn't appear to have been deliberately set. "We're not seeing anything at this point to give us cause that it's suspicious," he told The Associated Press. Relatives of the victims live in a house in front of the burned home, but it wasn't damaged.

October 19, 2017 Thursday

Body Found Wednesday in Pineville

Early Wednesday morning, Police in Pineville respond to a call about a body that was found near the Pineville Expressway. Pineville Police identified the victim as Latish White, 42, of Alexandria. Police said they got a call around 3 a.m. that a woman's body was found at the end of Melrose Street with multiple stab wounds. Officers blocked off the roads surrounding Melrose, placing evidence markers along the street, and speaking to residents in the neighborhood. "We started talking to different people in the neighborhood, up to this point we haven't gotten anything from anybody that anybody's heard or seen anything," said Darrell Basco, Deputy Chief of Pineville Police. When asked if the area is usually pretty quiet, Basco agreed. "Sure, quiet area," Basco replied. "No problems. Local businesses that we've talked to said it's odd for them to show up this morning and can't get to their business because something happened." The exact cause of death will be determined once an autopsy is conducted by the coroner.

October 19, 2017 Thursday

Two Bodies Found on Old Boyce Road

On October 18, two bodies were found near the 5800 block of Old Boyce Road. According to RPSO, a call came in around 6:30 a.m. as a ditch fire. Deputies found human remains inside the fire. Investigators told us that autopsies will be performed Thursday. In the meantime, they're asking the public that if you know of anyone who is missing, to give them a call.

October 19, 2017 Thursday

Wallace Sentenced in the Death of Dylan Poche

Natchitoches Parish - Andrew Jacob Wallace was convicted of stabbing a Natchitoches teen to death in 2016 at a Sibley Lake boat launch. Wallace faced a second-degree murder charge. In August he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of Dylan Poche. Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence of 40 years for Wallace because he was a previously convicted felon.

October 19, 2017 Thursday

Burn Bans in the ArkLaTex

Following are bans on outdoor burning in the ArkLaTex:

SW ARKANSAS

  • Columbia County
  • Hempstead County
  • Howard County
  • Lafayette County
  • Little River County
  • Sevier County, effective Oct. 16 until further notice.

E TEXAS

  • Cass County
  • Gregg County
  • Harrison County, effective Oct. 15 until further notice.
  • Marion County

NW LOUISIANA

  • Bossier Parish, effective Oct. 17 until further notice.
  • Caddo Parish
  • Red River Parish
  • Webster Parish, effective Oct. 6 until further notice.

This information is updated as burn bans are issued and lifted. If you know of any burn bans that have been issued and are not on this list, please contact us by email to ksla@ksla.com. 

October 18, 2017 Wednesday

Pollock Woman Killed Tuesday in Grant Parish Crash

A Pollock woman is dead following a late morning crash on US Highway 165 Tuesday morning. According to State Police, Marion Morrison, 85, died after she lost control of her van at Ferguson Loop around 10:25 a.m. Troopers say her van was northbound on US Hwy 165 when Morrison lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. The van collided with a culvert, became airborne, and then collided with a ditch before it overturned one time before coming to an upright rest. She was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. Troop E Troopers have investigated 30 fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in 37 fatalities.

October 18, 2017 Wednesday

Two Arrested in Robeline on Drug Charges

A traffic stop in Robeline has led to the arrest of two people on felony drug charges according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. On Sunday evening October 15 at approximately 9:15pm, deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to assist Robeline Police with a traffic stop on La. Hwy 6 West in Robeline, La. Deputies say upon their arrival, they identified the operator of the Chevrolet pickup truck as 57 year old Vincent Flores of Robeline, La. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 62 year old Linda Stewart of Coushatta, La. Deputies say upon contact with Flores, he appeared very uneasy and was shaking leading them to believe there was criminal activity. Deputies also learned Flores driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted by the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant. Deputies obtained permission to search Flores vehicle, seizing suspected methamphetamine, suspected alprazolam, a .22 caliber Taurus handgun, .45 caliber Colt rifle, and drug paraphernalia consisting of glass pipes, blow torches, etc. Deputies arrested Vincent Flores, 57, of the 800 block of Lake Loop, Robeline, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Illegal Possession of firearms during a Narcotics Offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in DeSoto Parish. Linda Stewart, 62, of the 4600 block of Hwy 174, Coushatta, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with illegal Possession of CDS Schedule IV Alprazolam. Both remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond. The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service. Robeline Police was assisted by Deputies assigned to NPSO Patrol Shift "A".

October 17, 2017 Tuesday

Boil Advisory Issued

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to repairing water line break. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable microbiological quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for customers in the following area: Hwy 6 East (Natchitoches Hwy) and all surrounding roads. It is recommended that all consumers in the affected area disinfect their water before consuming it, making ice, brushing teeth or using it for food preparation by the following means: Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a boil. Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

October 17, 2017 Tuesday

NPSO Warns of Jury Duty Scam

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office is warning of a jury duty scam. The scam first started in Rapides Parish, but deputies say residents in south Natchitoches Parish have also received called. Residents have received calls attempting to collect fines for missing jury duty. The caller identified themselves as law-enforcement. Law enforcement NEVER calls you to collect fines or have you pay a fee to get a warrant recalled. Contact the NPSO High Tech Crime Unit at 357-7830 if you receive this type call in Natchitoches Parish. In Rapides Parish call 473-6700. Don't give out personal information over the phone from unknown callers.

 

October 16, 2017 Monday

DeSoto Man Sentences to 35 Years in Jail for Drug-Related Kidnapping

A DeSoto Parish man was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine in Many, La and kidnapping a victim in east Texas. Federal authorities say 36-year-old Christopher L. Douglas, of Logansport, was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge on one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.  He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release. According to the April 6 guilty plea, law enforcement agents recorded Douglas selling 2 ounces of methamphetamine on April 26, 2016 for $2,000 in Many.  In addition, he previously pleaded guilty to the kidnapping conspiracy charge in which he and others kidnapped a victim, demanded ransom and ultimately attempted to kill the victim, all arising out of related drug trafficking, acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook's office reports.  The investigations were conducted by the FBI, the DeSoto and Sabine sheriff’s offices and the Carthage, Texas, and Longview, Texas, police departments.

October 16, 2017 Monday

Three Charged in Death of Toddler

Three suspects are being charged with the death of a toddler after he suffered second degree burns in Merryville house fire. On Tuesday, October 3, three adults and two children ages 8 years and 22 months were in a home in Merryville. The three adults, Katherine St. Romain, 29, Sandra Sibley, 53 and Wayne Hammond, 30 were in a bedroom, while the children played unsupervised in another room, said Brant Thompson, chief deputy with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. All three adults admitted to having smoked crack cocaine and synthetic marijuana, said Thompson. As the children were playing, the 8 year old grabbed a cigarette lighter and set fire to a blanket the toddler was hiding under. The 8 year old ran to tell the adults about the fire but couldn’t get their attention. St. Romian, the children’s mother, admitted to authorities that she heard the screaming and did not immediately act, said Thompson. The child then ran to a neighbor’s home, who rushed over to save the toddler, Ja’Ceion St. Romain, from the fire. The toddler, who suffered second and third degree burns to his entire body, was taken to a local hospital and died a few days later. All three adults are facing charges of negligent homicide, second degree cruelty to juveniles, and illegal possession of both Schedule I and II CDS. St. Romain is also facing two counts of improper supervision of a minor, said Thompson. Bond has been set for each adult at $1,515,000.

October 13, 2017 Friday

Beauregard Authorities Investigating 4-Wheeler Theft

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information in reference to the theft of 2 four wheelers from a residence on Dickerson road in Ragley. The theft occurred between the hours of 5pm on Sunday 10-8-17 and 6pm on Monday, October 9. The four wheelers are described as a yellow 2002 Suzuki and a green 2006 Honda TRX 250TM. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 463-3281, You do not have to leave your name and a reward is being offered.

October 13, 2017 Friday

Social Security Increase in 2018

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees can expect another small increase in benefits next year. Preliminary figures suggest an increase of around 2 percent. That would mean an extra $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce the cost of living on Friday. The annual increase hasn’t topped 2 percent since 2012.

October 13, 2017 Friday

LSU Police arrest 10 in connection to death of student during alleged hazing incident


LSU confirms that ten people are being charged in connection to a hazing incident at a fraternity that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old student.  Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, died after an alleged hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity sometime on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner confirmed Wednesday that an autopsy showed Gruver's blood-alcohol level was.495 at the time of his death. That is more than six times the legal limit.  The level is extremely high. For example, if Louisiana State Police arrest someone for DWI and their blood alcohol level is above .30, that person must be immediately transported to a hospital.  "Today's arrests underscore that the ramifications of hazing can be devastating," said LSU President F. King Alexander. "Maxwell Gruver's family will mourn his loss for the rest of their lives, and several other students are now facing serious consequences - all due to a series of poor decisions." The following individuals are being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

  1. Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, TX (charges of hazing and negligent homicide) 
  2. Zachary Castillo, (charge of hazing)
  3. Elliott Eaton, 20, of New Orleans, La (charge of hazing)
  4. Patrick Forde, 20, Westwood, MA (charge of hazing)
  5. Sean Paul Gott, 21, of Lafayette, La (charge of hazing)
  6. Zachary Hall, 21, of Charlotte, NC (charge of hazing)
  7. Ryan Isto, 18, of Canada, (charge of hazing)
  8. Hudson Kirkpatrick, 19, of Baton Rouge, La (charge of hazing)
  9. Sean Pennison, 21, of Mandeville, La (charge of hazing)
  10. Nicholas Taulli, 19, of Cypress, TX (charge of hazing)

Eight of the ten are currently enrolled as students at LSU. Gott and Forde are not currently enrolled.  As part of LSU’s review of the culture and environment present on campus, Alexander formed the President's Task Force on Greek Life. The Task Force will begin the review the overall governance and oversight of Greek organizations. "We are all in this together," said Alexander. "Affecting real change requires students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni engagement. I ask that anyone who might have information that would prove useful in our Greek Life Task Force's efforts to inform a healthier culture for all LSU students to reach out to taskforces@lsu.edu."  If convicted, hazing carries 10-30 days in jail and a mandatory expulsion from the university. LSU may opt to expel students on its own as well before the trial process begins.  Negligent homicide is a felony crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years. Naquin's bond amount was set at $10,000. According to court documents, all of the suspects except Hudson Kirkpatrick had bonded out by Thursday morning. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said he plans to present the entire case to a grand jury. 

October 12th, 2017 Thursday

Beauregard Pet Licensing Proposal Falters

A proposed pet licensing program for Beauregard Parish isn’t happening. But a plan to improve the lot of animals housed at the parish shelter could evolve from the licensing discussion. The Beauregard Parish Police Jury’s Legislative Committee held a workshop Tuesday morning to allow further discussion of the licensing proposal made last month by James Perkins and his wife Debbie McLain. Jurors heard the couple again review their proposal and clarify some parts of it. Also heard were several persons from an audience of perhaps 20 citizens, each saying they understood the couple’s objective, but felt the licensing plan is the wrong approach. Early on, Asst. DA Steve Landreneau cleared up the matter of what the jury is required to do and what it can do if it chooses. The parish is required to provide a suitable pound within which to place a dog seized under the state law. It is within the parish’s discretion to adopt an ordinance establishing minimum standards as set forth in state law. There is no mandate to do so, according to attorney general opinions. That being said, it was clear jurors had no intention of sending the licensing proposal forward. Juror John Stebbins said that as a juror it is always good to see public input on an issue. “We have to listen to the voices of our constituents. And the overwhelming response to this has been against. My district has lots of people who moved here to get away from Calcasieu Parish and all its regulations. My people want no new taxes, no fees, no interference. There’s no support for this whatsoever,” he said. Had it been the House of Lords one would likely have heard echos of “hear-hear”. Perkins said those favoring the issue, as he said is often the case in public discussion, don’t voice their opinions as often as do those opposing. “I brought you my opinion,” he told the panel. Jane Tuck of DeRidder, who characterized herself as a dog lover, acknowledged the parish shelter “is pitiful” but said the licensing plan is not a solution. “You can’t force responsible ownership,” she said. Another citizen suggested adding a once-a-year surcharge to everyone’s water or electric bill. “This is everyone’s responsibility, just like schools are, and we need to improve the kennel, but license police are not the answer,” she said. Terry Bearden, who lives on Hwy. 27, said the shelter issue is one for everyone in the parish, and improving it is not just the responsibility of pet owners. “Most pet owners are responsible and are not at the root of the pound problem,” he said. Bearden said he thinks a great many of the stray dogs picked up in the parish are “dumped” by people traveling back and forth through the parish. Speaking of Perkins and McLain, he said, “These people’s hearts are in the right place, but it’s just the wrong approach,” he said. Juror “Doc” Holliday said he felt a majority of the Police Jury thinks the pound needs help, but think there are ways to do it without required fees. He said he has had people tell him they wanted to volunteer to help at the pound but were told they could not. “People are willing to do a lot, but not willing to be made to do anything,” Holliday said. McLain thanked those who turned out for the workshop. She said in the 20 years she has lived here she had not seen anyone step forward and speak out on the issue, which, she said, is why she and Perkins chose to do so. “Please, let’s come up with something,” she said.

October 12th, 2017 Thursday

15 Power Outages Impact 11,200+ Customers in Shreveport

 

AEP-SWEPCO says service has been restored to the more than 11,200 customers impacted by 15 power outages Tuesday in Shreveport. Most were reported at 3:01 p.m. The utility estimated that most service would be restored by 6:30 p.m. that day. An outage in the Broadmoor and Fern Avenue areas impacted 12.600 customers, AEP-SWEPCO spokesman Scott McCloud said. "About 10 to 12 circuits began coming back on slowly after 3:10 p.m." On Monday evening, AEP-SWEPCO's outage map showed five major outages impacting:

  • 1,385 customers in an area east of Youree Drive at East Herndon Street
  • 999 customers along Beverly Place 
  • 581 customers in the area of Sewanee Place and Lark Avenue
  • 567 customers in the area of Crewswell and Highland avenues at Wilkinson Street
  • 375 customers in the area of Archer and Ardmore avenues

Earlier, also impacted were:  

  • 1,732 customers along Creswell Avenue north of Pierremont Road
  • 1,150 customers in the area of Youree Drive at Southfield Road
  • 487 customers in the area of Gilbert Drive and Fern Avenue south of Ockley Drive

On a related note, AEP-SWEPCO has tree trimming scheduled in Shreveport's Shreve Island neighborhood. The utility will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Shreve Island Elementary School, 836 Sewannee Place, to walk people through the process and answer questions. People can arrive at any time during the open house. "Come learn how we determine which trees to cut and how tree trimming will improve your energy reliability," says a statement from the utility. "We'll also answer your questions and share best practices for tree trimming and tree care."

October 11th, 2017 Wednesday

New Llano Man Arrested for Shooting, Killing His Father

 Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Zachary Mosley, age 30, of New Llano on October 10. The arrest is the result of an investigation into a shooting which took place at a residence located on Clarence Avenue in New Llano.The initial call regarding the incident was received by the New Llano Police Department at approximately 10:15 p.m. Officers from the New Llano Police Department and Deputies from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the location and upon arrival, they located Andrew Mosley Jr., age 56, deceased within the residence. Upon further investigation into the incident, Zachary Mosley, the son of the victim, was identified by witnesses at the scene as the person who had shot his father. Local law enforcement agencies began an immediate canvas of the area in an effort to locate Mosley who fled the residence after the shooting. VPSO Detectives contacted Investigators with the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office in an effort to share information regarding the incident. This sharing of information led law enforcement officers to a residence located on North Texas Street in DeRidder at around 11:15 Tuesday morning. Officers and Investigators from the DeRidder Police Department, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, and Detectives from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office surrounded the residence. Mosley was taken into custody at the home without incident. Mosley was transported to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office where he was formally charged with one count of second-degree murder. Bond was set at $ 2,000,000.00 (Two Million Dollars) by 30th JDC Judge C. Anthony Eaves. Mosley will be transported to the Vernon Parish Jail. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Sheriff Craft would like to thank the Leesville Police Department, New Llano Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office for their hard work and their professional courtesy during the course of the investigation and apprehension of Zachary Mosley.

October 11th, 2017 Wednesday

Vernon Parish Authorities Searching for Wanted Fugitive

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a wanted fugitive. Deputies are searching for Zachary Mosley, 30, of New Llano. Authorities said Mosley is wanted in connection with a homicide that took place in New Llano on Oct. 9. Mosley may be driving a 2008 White Honda Accord, 4 door sedan, bearing LA Plate 664 AOT. Authorities said Mosley should be considered armed and dangerous, and are advising the public not to approach him. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mosley should contact their local law enforcement agency.

October 10th, 2017 Tuesday

DeSoto Parish Joins Webster in Banning Outdoor Burning

Outdoor burning now is prohibited until further notice in DeSoto Parish. The burn ban was instituted Monday for the entire parish, DeSoto Fire District 3 Fire Chief David Jenkins said. DeSoto is the second Northwest Louisiana parish in recent days to ban outdoor burning. Webster police jurors implemented a burn ban in their parish Friday at the recommendation of the Webster Parish Fire Chiefs Association.

October 10th, 2017 Tuesday

Sabine Parish School Board Meeting

Sabine Parish School Board will hold an open meeting October at 6 p.m. The This meeting will be held at 695 Peterson Street in Many Louisiana.For more information, call (318) 356-9228 or fax (318) 256-0105.

October 9, 2017 Monday

Gov. Edwards: Louisiana largely avoids damage from Hurricane Nate

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards conducted a briefing with selected members of the Unified Command Group (UCG) and the National Weather Service regarding the impacts of Hurricane Nate on Louisiana. Following the briefing, Gov. Edwards released this statement: “Hurricane Nate had the potential to wreak havoc on Louisiana, but thankfully, we were largely spared major damage.  We can never predict with complete accuracy where a storm will go, but we can always be prepared.  Hurricane Nate moved at an unprecedented speed towards the Gulf Coast.  Because it moved so quickly, the damage was minimal in Louisiana.  However, a shift of a mere 50 miles to the West would have brought damaging winds and life-threatening storm surges.  State, local, and federal officials mobilized quickly to ensure our citizens had the information they needed to stay safe.  In Louisiana, we have far too much practice preparing for disasters, but I am confident that we will be ready for the next storm should we not be so lucky. Our neighbors to the East are taking the brunt of this storm, and we offer them our prayers and support as they assess the damage.”

October 9, 2017 Monday

Public Notices

There is a 12 inch waterline leak beginning at 5658 Texas Hwy. to Matthew Lodge Road. Water will be off for a while. This location will be under a boil advisory until further notice.

The voting precinct at North Sabine Fire Station on Hammond Street will be temporarily relocated to the VFW building for the October 14th election.

October 6, 2017 Friday

Sabine Authorities Investigating Theft

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department is currently working the theft of a Dixie Chopper zero turn mower. This mower along with a black 12’ trailer was stolen from a residence on Plainview Rd. during the evening hours of October 3rd 2017. Crime stoppers is offering a reward for information in regards to this crime. Information can be provided to The Sabine Parish sheriff’s CID at 318-590-9475, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 318-256-9241 or Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511.

October 6, 2017 Friday

Louisiana Governor Declares State of Emergency

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency as his state prepares for a direct hit from Tropical Storm Nate, possibly as a hurricane. The governor said 1,300 National Guard troops are being mobilized, with 15 headed to New Orleans to monitor the fragile pumping system there. With forecasts projecting landfall in southeast Louisiana Sunday morning, Edwards urged residents to ready for rainfall, storm surge and severe winds and to be where they intend to hunker down by "dark on Saturday"

October 6, 2017 Friday

Zwolle Voting Precinct

The voting precinct at North Sabine Fire Station on Hammond Street in Zwolle will be temporarily relocated to the VFW building for the October 14th Election.

October 5th, 2017, Thursday

DeQuincy Police Release New Information on Attempted Murder Suspect

The DeQuincy police department has released new information on 32-year-old Jeremy Rutledge who is wanted by authorities for attempted second-degree murder, among other charges.  On Sept. 27, police in DeQuincy responded to a disturbance call on First Street, according to DeQuincy police chief Michael Suchanek. The initial investigation revealed Rutledge had attacked his mother by striking her in the face and causing severe swelling to her left eye, fractured the left side of her skull, and various other injuries to her head. Rutledge also allegedly tried to suffocate her, left bruising on her wrist, and stated he "wanted her to die.", Suchanek said. After the battery of his mother, Rutledge stole her car and wrecked it outside of DeQuincy, then fled the scene. He is believed to still be near DeQuincy, sleeping in a nearby wooded area but has allegedly broken into several houses on Route 66.  During one of the encounters, Rutledge stated he "has a gun, is ready for a fight, and is not going back to jail."   Jeremy Rutledge is charged with attempted second-degree murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and false imprisonment. His bond is set at $267,500. Rutledge is considered armed and dangerous, said Suchanek. Police ask that if you see Rutledge that you call 911 or the DeQuincy police department at 337-786-4000.

October 5th, 2017, Thursday

TD 16 Could Hit Somewhere along Gulf Coast This Weekend

Everyone along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida needs to keep a close eye on Tropical Depression 16. This system is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Nate as it moves north across the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Where Nate will make landfall is still a big question. The forecast cone below by the National Hurricane Center shows the possibility of it hitting Sunday anywhere between Louisiana and Florida.  Two popular models the KSL StormTracker 12 Weather Team uses when forecasting tropical systems are the ECMWF (European Model) and the GFS (American Model). Unfortunately, the EURO and GFS show different solutions. The EURO has this system making landfall near the coast of Alabama or Florida, while the GFS has it making landfall near the coast of Louisiana or Mississippi. Even though the GFS keeps us on the western side of this system, it still could bring some clouds and rain into the area if that projection pans out. Right now, Tropical Depression 16 is over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. It is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to Central America through Friday. The system could approach hurricane strength as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula late Friday into Saturday. Make sure to check back for updates!

October 5th, 2017, Thursday

Natchitoches Deputies Report Found Partial Skull was Decomposing for Years

Natchitoches Parish authorities confirmed that the partial skull found over the weekend had actually been decomposing for several years before it was found. Deputies discovered the remains in a wooded area near Saline Creek just before 2 p.m. Saturday. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Captain Tony Moran says they received a report from the coroner's office that the partial skull's decomposition appeared to be 3-5 years old. "Further analysis will be done by LSU Faces Lab. We are waiting on additional information," said Moran in a statement. According to deputies, hunters found the partial skull off of Savoy Road near Goldonna, La.

 October 4th, 2017, Wednesday

State Trooper Sexted Photo Of Himself with Cactus While on Lavish Trip Out West

Two Louisiana State Police troopers who took an expensive excursion to a conference in San Diego on taxpayers' dime have been demoted in rank following an internal affairs investigation that exposed one trooper's sexually explicit emails, among other infractions. LSP’s internal affairs division demoted troopers Derrell Williams and Rodney Hyatt. They were the two highest ranking officers of the four troopers investigated for the lavish vacation they took back in October of 2016 to what was supposed to be a work-related conference. During the trip, the troopers racked up at least $19,000 in questionable expenses by taking detours to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and by claiming unsubstantiated overtime hours. Hyatt also brought his wife on the trip with him. The actions of the troopers were first brought to light in a series of reports by reporter, Lee Zurick, reporting for WAFB and other Raycom Media television stations. After news of the trip broke, Governor John Edwards vowed to investigate the troopers’ actions. Williams was demoted from captain to lieutenant. Hyatt was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant. Their drops in rank also come with corresponding pay decreases. The other two officers involved were troopers Thurman Miller and Alexandr Nezgodinsky. They were of lower rank. Miller received a letter of reprimand and Nezgodinsky was counseled. Aside from unauthorized expenses, the investigation also revealed Williams was sexting via email during the times in which he was supposed to be working, according to the internal affairs disciplinary report. Williams apparently sent a photo of a bed to an unidentified “friend” and in the caption wrote, “Has your name all over it. Look at the bar at the top of the head board. What do you think that is for?”   That same “friend” sent Williams an email with the subject line, “No panties Sunday” and an attached image of a woman sitting in a chair wearing a skirt with no panties and “showing her genitalia,” the report reads. In another email, he sent the same woman a photo of himself seated in the desert “with a cactus protruding between [his] legs.” His friend responded by writing, “Just be glad that you didn’t get thorns in your balls.” His friend's mention of the thorns prompted Williams to say, "LOL. I know. That was stupid." In writing the disciplinary report, LSP Col. Kevin Reeves tells Williams his conduct violated LSP’s code of conduct and ethics. “You were the highest ranking member of the traveling group and the detailed Major over Internal Affairs — the section of our department charged with making certain that our employees are following the rules,” Reeves writes. “This failure of leadership caused the public to question the integrity of this department, and that of each and every one of its employees.”

 October 3rd, 2017 Tuesday

Reward Offered for Information on Sabine Burglary Suspect

Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information on a residential burglary that happened Friday in Converse. The suspect and his pickup truck were caught on surveillance camera.   Any information should be reported to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department Dispatch at (318) 256-9241, Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division at (318) 590-9475 or Crime Stoppers at (318) 256-4511. Visit https://www.ktbs.com/news/reward-offered-for-information-on-sabine-burglary-suspect/article_b087cd6a-a7bd-11e7-acb4-334529b826f7.html for more information or to view images from the robbery.

 October 3rd, 2017 Tuesday

1 Dead, Two Injured in Officer-Involved in Lafayette

A Lafayette police officer is dead and two people are injured following an overnight shooting at a convenience store, according to Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesperson M/T Brooks David. The Lafayette Police Department responded to the scene shortly after 10 p.m. to the Big Boy Discount Zone convenience store on Moss Street at Van Buren Drive in reference to an aggravated assault with a gun, David said. Minutes later the call was upgraded to a shooting. When Lafayette police arrived, they exchanged gunfire with the suspect, David said. A Lafayette police officer was shot and killed by the suspect. Two people inside the store sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by Lafayette police a short time later near the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

October 2nd, 2017 Monday

Authorities Discover Partial Human Skull in Natchitoches Parish

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating after a partial human skull was discovered in a wooded area near Saline Creek in Natchitoches Parish, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones. It happened just before 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded to a possible human skull discovered by hunters in a wooded area off of Savoy Road near Goldonna, La. Authorities say the partial human skull was in a decomposed state for approximately three to five years. The skull will be transported by the Coroner’s Office to the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Lab for further analysis and investigation. Sheriff Jones says he has notified Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan of the discovery since Saline Creek also runs through Winn Parish. If you have any questions concerning this investigation contact Detective Darrel Winder of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830.

October 2nd, 2017 Monday

DeSoto Parish Authorities Seek Help in Finding Three Fugitives

DeSoto authorities are asking for help in finding three suspects in three separate crimes.

One is wanted on a charge of residential contractor fraud. Another is accused of aggravated battery. And yet another is suspected of monetary instrument abuse.

George R. Gilchrist, 32, of Nacogdoches, Texas, is the one wanted on a charge of contractor fraud.

Authorities say he stands 5’11" tall and weighs 250 pounds.

A Stonewall woman faces a charge of aggravated battery.

Authorities say 21-year-old Taylor M. Pennock is 5’4" tall and weighs 105 pounds.

And Shreveport resident Kevin D. Shockley is suspected of monetary instrument abuse.

The 38-year-old stands 5’8" tall and weighs 200 pounds.

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that results in the arrest of any of these three.

All calls to the toll-free Crime Stoppers tip line (800) 505-7867 are confidential.

Or tipsters can call the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956.

September 29, 2017 Friday

Early Voting Begins in Louisiana on September 30th

On October 14, Louisiana goes back to the ballot box. The purpose of this special statewide and municipal primary election is to allow voters to fill the vacancy of the Louisiana Treasurer and regularly scheduled municipal offices within the parishes, as well as voting on three Louisiana Constitutional Amendments. In addition to the State Treasurer, Beauregard Parish will be electing a member of the School Board for District 2. Candidates are Timothy Hudson & Kimberly Maricle-Wilson, both from Merryville. Vernon Parish will have ballot positions for the District Judge 30th Judicial District Court, Division A – Candidates are Tony Bennett and Lisa Nelson. Rosepine will be electing an Alderman – candidates are James Cryer and Damon Johnson. Early voting begins September 30 and runs through October 7, except for Sundays and holidays. The three Louisiana Constitutional Amendments are: Amendment # 1 is to Establish a property tax exemption for construction work in progress. Amendment # 2 would Establish a property tax exemption for the surviving spouses of first responders, technicians and paramedics who died while on duty. Amendment # 3 would Establish a “ construction subfund” of the Transportation Trust Fund. Check out GeauxVote.com to find polling locations and sample ballots.

 

September 28, 2017 Thursday

Willis-Knighton Idles 55 Workers; Health System to Cut 177 More Jobs

Willis-Knighton Health System is downsizing its work force. Fifty-five employees are being let go immediately, spokeswoman Marilyn Joiner says in a statement released Wednesday evening. Another 177 jobs will be eliminated over time through retirement and attrition, she adds. The second-largest employer in Caddo Parish blames the cost of Louisiana's Medicaid program. "This difficult decision was unavoidable because of the rapid expansion by the state of Medicaid coverage without adequate state funding to support that expansion," Joiner's statement says.  "This has caused problems for many hospitals. And for Willis-Knighton, one of the largest providers of services to Medicaid patients in the state, it has resulted in an approximately 40 percent increase in unfunded costs from last year." In 2016, Willis-Knighton Health System had more than 6,700 employees.

September 28, 2017 Thursday

17-Year-Old Stacy Johnson Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in the Shooting Death of 79-Year-old Robert Colston Sr.

A jury in state district court has found 17-year-old Stacy Tyrone Johnson guilty as charged of first-degree murder in the June 2016 shooting of 79-year-old Robert Colston Sr. The jury deliberated an hour and 20 minutes before coming to its decision. Johnson was 16 when he killed Colston. Colston crashed his truck into a tree on June 5, 2016. When he was removed from the vehicle, medics saw he had been shot in the back. As prosecutors and the defense gave their closing arguments, jurors heard from the state - that they believe Colston tried to duck as he was shot, causing the bullet to enter his back and move at an angle. Prosecutor Jacob Johnson told jurors he can't shake what Colston likely went through just before his death - and replayed cell phone video of Johnson pointing a gun, cursing and shouting, "pay me now! However, the defense told jurors that what the state is asking them to believe is impossible - and that the timeline doesn't add up with testimony, 911 calls and surveillance video. Public defender Carla Edmondson told jurors detectives don't know what happened and that their theory of what happened to Colston is wrong. She compared police to horses wearing blinders, saying that's what happened in this case. She said police ignored alternative explanations of what happened. Edmondson says the cell phone videos of Johnson pointing a gun was him goofing off and trying to impress girls. She told jurors he was just mimicking the big rap stars. She said there are so many pieces to the puzzle, you can't tell what the picture looks like.. A juvenile relative of Stacy Johnson took the stand today as the defense put on its case. The witness disputed the earlier testimony of a girl who said Stacy had said he shot someone. The witness also denied ever seeing Stacy with a gun. The witness says in a picture of Stacy pointing a gun, it was a "fake gun." In another photo, the witness admits Stacy is holding a "real" gun but says it didn't belong to Stacy, but that he, the witness owned it.

September 27, 2017 Wednesday

 

State Rests in Trial of Stacy Johnson

The state has rested its case-in-chief Monday, in the first-degree murder trial of Stacy Tyrone Johnson.  Now, the defense now has an opportunity to put on witnesses and evidence for Johnson-- just 16 years old when police say he shot Robert Colston Senior in the back. When court reconvenes at 9 a.m. Tuesday, the judge will also discuss with Johnson his right to testify in his own defense-- to make sure he understands and the judge will ask him his decision.  That will happen at the conclusion of defense witnesses and other evidence. Earlier, Lake Charles Police Detective Willie Fontenot gave the jury a detailed account of how they concluded Johnson was the one who shot and killed 79-year-old Colston Senior.  Colston crashed his truck into a tree on June 5, 2016.  But once he was removed from the vehicle medics could see he had been shot in the back. Several teen girls who knew Johnson testified they were not forthcoming with information at first because they didn't want to get involved.  One of the girls testified Johnson admitted to her he had shot someone.    The teens also said Johnson had called and said not to say anything about him having been in the area. They also testified they saw Johnson in the area before Colston Sr. crashed his truck on Macy Street.   After the defense finishes its case, the state has the option of whether to put on rebuttal. Then each side will give closing arguments, so the case is likely to go to the jury on Tuesday.

September 26, 2017 Tuesday

Sabine Parish Police Jury

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse at 400 Capitol Street in Many, Louisiana.

September 26, 2017 Tuesday

2 Students Hit By Car getting On Caddo Parish School Bus

Two students are recovering after they were hit while getting on the bus Monday morning.  It happened around 6:45 a.m. near Walnut Hill elementary school in the 7000 block of Woolworth Road. Police say the driver of the 2004 Chevy Malibu was not cited because the 2 students entered the roadway before the crossing arm was out. One of the students was taken to the hospital in an ambulance with a broken leg and the other one was taken to the hospital by their parent with minor bumps and bruises, according to Caddo Parish School spokeswoman Mary Wood.

September 26, 2017 Tuesday

Longville Man Killed in Vehicle Crash Saturday Night

A Longville man is dead following a two-vehicle crash in Beauregard Parish Saturday night. On Sept. 23, shortly after 9 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on U.S. 171, about a mile north of U.S.190, in Ragley, said State Police spokesman Sgt. James Anderson. A 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by 60-year-old Michael Gill of Longville was traveling north on U.S. 171 in the left lane when the motorcycle encountered mechanical problems and lost all lighting, said Anderson. A 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Charles McLaughlin of Longville was traveling in the same lane and struck the motorcycle from behind. Gill, who was wearing a helmet, was seriously injured and pronounced dead at the scene, said Anderson. McLaughlin was not injured and was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. Routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis; the crash remains under investigation, said Anderson. Troop D has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 25 deaths this year - this is the second fatal crash involving a motorcycle on U.S. 171 in Ragley this month, said Anderson.

September 25, 2017 Monday

Bridge Closed

The Sabine Parish Police Jury advises that the bridge on Tobe Nabours Road is closed as of Friday and will remains closed until repairs are made.

September 25, 2017 Monday

Dispute Ends With Man Being Stabbed

Shreveport police are investigating after a man was stabbed Sunday morning. It happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Quall Creek Road. Police say a man in his 50s was stabbed as a result of an ongoing dispute between two groups. The man was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police say the suspect ran away on foot. No arrests have been made. Anyone with any information is asked to contract Shreveport police or Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.

September 25, 2017 Monday

Natchitoches Police Investigating Fatal Shooting

Officers say that around 3 p.m., a Louisiana State Trooper heard gunfire while driving on Highway 1 bypass near Stine's.

The body of Stafford Jefferson was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. He was sent to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, then Rapides Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

September 22, 2017 Friday

Vandals Target Bossier Church

Members of a Bossier Parish congregation are upset and frustrated. The latest was discovered about 7 p.m. Thursday. That's when they found someone had thrown bricks through windows, including those on the kitchen and the pastor's room, Bossier sheriff's Deputy Mark Fortenberry said. Ealy Temple member Pauline Smith and Steward Louis Fuller said the same thing happened two weeks ago and twice before that. What is different and more offensive this time, they said, is that someone defecated on the back side of the red brick church in the 1000 block of Princeton Road. All four times, Smith added, the vandals never entered the church building immediately east of Princeton Elementary School.

September 22, 2017 Friday

Follow-up on Trial In Vernon Parish

Mathew Dotson, the man on trial for the December 2015 murder of his fiancé, Misty Marshall, and her son Day-Min, was found guilty of first degree murder of both victims. Dotson killed the two when Marshall discovered that he was molesting her 9 year old son. During his trial on Thursday, the jurors unanimously voted guilty as charged on both counts after only 45 minutes of deliberation. According to the Defense Attorney He still stands by his argument, and he’s going to file an appeal.

September 22, 2017 Friday

Governor John Bel Edwards Is Backing Off on Amazon Statement

Governor John Bel Edwards is backing off his statement on plans that Amazon will build a distribution center in the state. The governor made the statement on Wednesday on his "Ask the Governor" call in radio show. Now, a day later, Edwards is backtracking on that statement. "In fielding a call from a listener on my radio show this week concerning a possible Amazon distribution project in Louisiana, I spoke from memory regarding such a project. Though Louisiana has had discussions with Amazon about this kind of project, there is presently not a definitive project in the works for the company.

September 22, 2017 Friday

East Texas Couple Arrested for Child Endangerment

A Hooks, Texas, man and his wife are out on bond after being arrested on charges of abandoning or endangering a child in August. Ronald Keith Wright and Rendy Wright allegedly refused to let their 7-year-old son into their home after he got home from visiting with a neighbor. The couple told the child that he was to leave his home and never return, according to the arrest affidavit .Authorities say the parents then let the child leave with no regard for his safety or whereabouts Later, the Wrights told law enforcement that they did indeed tell the child to leave. The couple reportedly told investigators they took this action because the boy "would not mind or do what he is told. "A Bowie County, Texas deputy also said that the couple, in a discussion with a preacher, were told that the boy is possessed by demons. The pair also admitted to using methamphetamine as a hobby, according to the affidavit. The boy is now in the care of a relative, according to Bowie County officials.

September 21, 2017 Thursday

Texarkana Log Truck Crash Claims Lives of Husband and Wife

Norma Ware, 82, the passenger in a 2010 Lexus died at the scene when the car crossed into the path of an oncoming log truck, according to TTPD. Her husband, 84-year-old Lawrence Ware was driving the Lexus. He was sent to Wadley Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, which he later died from.

The driver of the log truck was transported to Christus St. Michael where he was treated and released.

It happened at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Buchanan road. Walker was traveling northbound and the Wares were driving southbound when Lawrence Ware attempted to make a left onto Buchanan Road.

TTPD is still investigating the crash. Anyone with relevant information is urged to call TTPD at (903) 798-3116.

September 21, 2017 Thursday

Trial in Vernon Parish

Prosecutors with the Vernon Parish District Attorney’s Office said that Matthew Dotson, the man on trial for the December 2015 murder of his fiancé, Misty Marshall, and her son Day-Min, 9, killed the two when she discovered that he was molesting her son. Dotson is accused of killing the two by crushing their heads with a mallet. Prosecutors also added that Day-Min had underwear shoved down his throat, causing asphyxiation. He was also wrapped in duct tape. The state said during the first day of opening arguments and questioning that Marshall’s teenage daughter witnessed her mother’s body tied to Dotson’s truck. Allegedly, the daughter was told to help Dotson with the body or she would be killed as well.

September 21, 2017 Thursday

DeSoto Parish Teacher Arrested For Indecent Behavior with Juvenile, On Leave

Deputies say Logan A. Procell, 23, of Noble, was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on Tuesday on warrants for indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor. He is being held without bond. Procell, a first-year teacher at Logansport High School, has been placed on administrative leave. The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and FBI began an investigation after authorities in Massachusetts contacted SPSO about possible illegal activity between Procell and a juvenile from Massachusetts. The initial investigation resulted in the warrants being issued by 11th Judicial District Judge Stephen Beasley. The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional charges.

September 20, 2017 Wednesday

Name of Electrocuted Southern Electric Employee Released

The Southern Electric employee who was electrocuted Monday morning has been identified, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers. Deputies responded to the scene at approximately 8:50 a.m., in reference to an accidental death at Elliswood Drive in Sulphur, Myers said. When deputies arrived, they discovered Edward D. Diaz, 47, of DeRidder, deceased. During further investigation, it appeared Diaz was working for an electric company up in a bucket truck when he unintentionally brushed up against an exposed powerline, which electrocuted him, Myers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected and the death appears to be accidental. 

September 20, 2017 Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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