Local and Area News

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

Licensed to Carry

Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Louisiana Concealed Carry Class Saturday, August 8th. The class is for those age 21 or older who want to obtain a Louisiana concealed handgun permit. The course will be from 8am until 6pm in South Hall on the Northwestern State Campus and at the Natchitoches Shooting Range. The cost is $110. The class will cover pistol shooting fundamentals, safe handling, use of force laws and related topics. For more information, call 318-357-5682, or 800-376-2422 or go to ece.nsula.edu/non-credit.

July 29,2015, Wednesday

Mudbugs Return

All signs point to the return of the Shreveport Mudbugs, the minor-league hockey franchise that started in 1997. Former Mudbugs head coach Scott Muscutt says this is as close as they've ever been to the team returning to the Port City. The Mudbugs left Shreveport in 2011, following a Presidents Cup championship. Muscutt says he along with the Mudbugs' final owner before they closed operations in 2011, Tommy Scott, are working with the Hirsch, Louisiana State Fairgound officials and the city of Shreveport to bring back a team everyone loved and supported.

July 29,2015, Wednesday

Rosepine Police Chief

The Leesville Daily Leader reports that James Parrot resigns from his position as Rosepine Police Chief. The Town of Rosepine has appointed Andre Westlake as the interim chief. He was arrested last year and accused of using police department equipment to stalk his ex-wife and a male friend. He pleaded not guilty to the charges back in March. A special election to fill the position will take place this fall.

July 29,2015, Wednesday

Truck Found

A Florien Man wanted in connection with a theft of a local business has been captured, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced. James Allen Crittenden was arrested without incident around noon Monday in Breckenridge, Texas, by the Stehpens County Sheriff's Office, Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said. Craft had reached out to the public for help locating Crittenden, who is a suspect in a July 19th theft in which a 2011 Chevrolet truck and a flatbed of heavy equipment tires were stolen. When Crittenden was arrested, the truck was in his possession, but the license plate had been changed to a handicapped tag, Craft said.

July 28,2015, 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.

July 28,2015, Tuesday

Golf Cart Crash

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner's Office are investigating a golf cart crash that claimed the life of a 22 year old Natchitoches man on Saturday according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. On Saturday morning Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to reports of a missing person in the 1100 block of Miller Farm Road near Natchitoches, LA. Deputies spoke with the mother, who reported her son missing, collecting information for an offense report to issue a BOLO message to the area law enforcement agencies. Deputies say the mother was also concerned because her son was recovering from recent surgery. Surveillance video at the residence showed the victim leaving the residence on a golf cart. NPSO Deputies, Natchitoches Police, and neighbors started searching the area. Deputies say it appears that the victim identified as Justin David Wyatt, 22, of 1154 Miller Farm Road, Natchitoches, LA, was operating a 2015 golf cart when he apparently struck a fence post causing the cart to roll ejecting Wyatt causing fatal injuries. Wyatt was pronounced dead at the scene by Natchitoches Parish Asst. Deputy Coroner Steven Clanton. The body was transported for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

July 28,2015, Tuesday

Donation Scams

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office wants to warn people about possible donation scams following the mass shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette. The AG's Office says the sprouting of online donation scams happen often after tragic events. The Attorney Genderal advises people to be diligent before giving.

July 27,2015,Monday
 

Assistance Needed

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public to locate James Allen Crittenden, 34, of Florien, who is a suspect in a theft that took place in the early morning hours of July 19th at a local business, authorities said. Crittenden is accused of taking a 2011 blue four-door Chevrolet truck from the business, according to VPSO. Anyone with informaiton regarding the whereabouts of Crittenden can contact VPSO at 337-238-1311.

July 27,2015, Monday

Four-year-old Killed

Early Friday afternoon a single vehicle crash killed a young child that was not properly restrained in an age appropriate child seat. Three other people in the car received minor to moderate injuries with a total of eight occupants in the vehicle. Only one of the occupants was possibly restrained, but the investigation remains open. The crash involved a 2003 Ford Expedition, driven by Marquita A. Batiste of Alexandria, LA. Batiste was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center with minor injuries. Amaria Lachney 4 years-old of Alexandria was ejected during the crash. She was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead. Batiste was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, negligent homicide, negligent injuring 2 counts, no seat belt, and no child restraint 4 counts.

July 27,2015, Monday

Snake Bite

A 60 year old Robeline man is currently in stable condition at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center after he was snake bitten on Saturday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. On Saturday afternoon Robeline Police Officer Wayne OCon contacted the NPSO 911 Center requesting EMS be dispatched to the Robeline area because of a snake bite victim in the 2700 block of Robeline-Provencal Road near Robeline, LA. Officer OCon escorted the victim transported by private vehicle to the Hagewood area, where they met Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics. Officer OCon informed deputies that the victim was cleaning his yard when he was bitten on the arm by what is believed to be a ground rattler snake.

July 27,2015, Monday

Workshop

Rebel State Historic Site will be having a introductory Mountain Dulcimer workshop on July 25,2015 beginning at 10am until noon. The workshop will be taught by Steve Shutz, pre-registration is required for this workshop and is open to ages 13-61. The workshop fee is $2 and the admission fee is $4. For more informaiton you can contact the Rebel State Historic Site at 318-472-6255 or 888-677-3600.

July 24,2015, Friday

Police Jury

The Vernon Parish Police Jury adopted resolutions at its monthly meeting on Monday, July 20th in regards to both milage rates for the year 2015 and the levying of a sales and use tax approved by voters last December. The panel entered into a public hearing for both of these issues, but there was no comment from the public in either. After returning to regular session, the police jury, through a roll call vote, unanimously approved both the millage rates for 2015 and the 1 percent and 1/2 percent sales and use taxes beginning on April 1,2016. After no comment, the panel entered back into regular session and unanimously adopted the ordinance to amend the speed limit. The police jury will be holding public hearings at its next meeting on Aug. 17th, where they will ask for input in reducing speed limits on several roads in the parish, including Mary Hunt Road, Belview Road, Lake Vernon Road and Garrett Jeane Road.

July 24,2015, Friday

Theater Shooting

Officials say they have identified the Lafayette movie theater shooting suspect's car. Police said at a news conference Thursday that the area was evacuated after suspicious items were spotted in the car and a bomb squad was on the scene. Three people were killed, including the gunman, and seven injured in the shooting. Police Chief Jim Craft says a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon "numerous times" before fatally shooting himself at the Grand Theatre. His identity is known but was not released. Craft said those who were injured had injuries ranging from non-life- threatening to critical. There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting. Gunfire broke out about 20 minutes into a 7pm showing of the movie "Trainwreck."

July 24, 2015, Friday

Plainview Baptist Church

Plainview Baptist Church, 7846 Plainview Road, between Hornbeck and Florien, will have a revival Sunday, August 2nd through Wednesday, August 5th starting at 6pm on Sunday night and 6:30pm on Monday though Wednesday night. Rev D.R. Davis, pastor of Anacoco First Baptist Church, will bring the message. Plainview Baptist Church invites everyone to come and join us in singing, preaching and fellowship. For more information, please contact 318-586-4279.

July 23, 2015, Thursday

No Harm

Police in Shreveport say a man has been arrested after bringing an unloaded handgun to a military recuriting station. David S. Quinn was booked Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon. His arrest comes days after a man in Chattanooga shot at two military facilities, including a recruiting station, killing four Marines and a sailor. Reports say he went to the recruiting station because he was upset about that shooting. He says Quinn did not intend to harm anyone. Police say more weapons and ammunition were found in his car.

July 23, 2015, Thursday

Natural Disaster

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of floods and storms from April 27th through June 26th. Farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest loans to help them recover from severe damage. USDA said Wednesday that 12 parishes are primary disaster areas, and the rest are adjacent.


July 23,2015, Thursday

Infant Dies From Blunt Force

Blunt force injuries are the cause of death of an 8-month-old infant pronounced dead upon arrival Tuesday at University Health in Shreveport, Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron River Said. No arrest has been made. Sabine Parish Sheriff's investigators continue to investigate. The death of Kayla Lewis comes less than 24 hours after she was examined at a Many hospital and given a clean bill of health, Rivers said. Danielle Lewis, of Fort Jesup, took her daughter to Sabine Medical Center Monday night for treatment, telling the ER staff she had a high temperature. All vital signs and x-rays were normal, Rivers said after reviewing physican reports. Slight bruising was noted around the baby's face. However, Lewis reportedly told doctors her daughter was anemic and bruised easy. Kayla was sent home with Lewis  with a perscription for an antibiotic, Rivers said. The sheriff's office received a 911 call at 9:30am Tuesday from Lewis who reported Kayla as unresponsive. She was transported by Life Air to University Health. Seven minutes after landing, Kayla was pronounced dead at 12:25pm Rivers said. The preliminary autopsy report states Kayla suffered multiple contusions over the forehead, nose,  face, chin and chest. A hematoma and hemorrhages were noted as well as lacerations in the upper mouth and skin below the nose. There was no evidence of bone fracture. "We are investigating it as a homicide," said Rivers, who added that he learned Kayla was left in the care of a man who shared Lewis' home for a period of time Tuesday morning while she was out.

July 23, 2015, Thursday

Fan Drive

The Sabine Council on Aging would like to annonuce they have distributed all of the fans collected for the 2015 annual fan drive. They would like to thank every business and individual that donated and helped support the cause.

July 22,2015, Wednesday

Back - To- School Rally

The annual Sabine Parish Back -To -School Rally will be held at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 1st. Gates will open at 7am with the opening ceremonies, which will feature guest speakers, music and more, will begin at 8am. The purpose of the rally is to provide free school supplies for students in Pre -K through high school. Students will be asked to register and then select their top 10 needed supplies. A volunteer will then fill their bag with six of the items and return it to the student. The sponsor of the event is Toledo Bend Ministries with Mary Gore as chairman. Also provided will be a bounce house, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and a number of displays, plus D.A.R.E. Officer Steve Myers of the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Dept. A free hotdog lunch will also be served following the distribution of supplies. Any donations of supplies from wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, to zippered pencil pouches with holes for a binder, 8 and 24 count crayons and colored pencils, black composition books, glue sticks and one subject spiral notebooks can be dropped off at The Sabine Index by Monday, July 27th.

July 22,2015,Wednesday

Adopt A School

Vernon Parish businesses are committing to support local schools in a real way -- by adopting them. The Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce is leading the Adpot - A - School program, which is part of the education initiative of Fort Polk Progress and its various partners. The initiative comprises efforts to improve area education through partnerships and action steps regarding facilities, academics,  communication and more. Every school in the parish has been adopted for the coming school year, including all public schools and Faith Training Christian Academy. Business leaders will meet with principals before shcool starts to come up with five to six goals for the year. They will meet again at the end of the year to evaluate, and meetings throughout the year are encouraged.

July 22,2015, Wednesday

Power Outage

There was a power outage for some SWEPCO customers in the Many, Negreet, Belmont, Marthaville, and Noble areas on Wednesday morning between midnight and 2:30am. The outage was needed to safely complete work on electrical facilities that bring power to your area.

July 22,2015,Wednesday

Bossier Teen

A teenager who ran away from a local youth shelter earlier this month is still missing and Bossier City police are asking for help in finding her whereabouts. 16-year-old Hannah Brooke Levergne ran away from the Johnny Gray Jones Youth Shelter in the 4800 block of Shed Road on July 13th, said BCPD spokesperson Mark Natale. Police say there's no indication of foul play being involved in her case, but there is concern for her welfare. According to Natale, Levergne is a white female standing 5-foot 6-inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and has blonde hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo of a diamond on the inside of her right wrist along with two lip piercings on the corners of her mouth. Apparently, she was last seen wearing a white shirt, black tights and sandals. Anyone who has information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call Bossier City Police at 318-741-8697.

July 22,2015,Wednesday

Parish Without Power

The Many Police Department responded to a power failure at the local substation on Hwy. 6 East that took place around 3:45am and lasted until 5:25am. Apparently some equipment overheated and caused a minor explosion, which resulted in much of the surrounding area to experience loss of power.

July 21,2015, Tuesday

David Vitter

U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues his strong fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race. The Republican candidate for governor said Monday he raised more than $1.3 million in the most recent fundraising quarter ending July 16th. Vitter's campaign says it closed the period with $5 million in the bank for the October 24th election. A political action committee backing Vitter also released fundraising figures. The Fund for Louisiana's Future said it brought in more than $1 million during the most recent quarter and has $4.3 million cash on hand.

July 21,2015, Tuesday

Former Teacher

A former teacher and coach at Elton who had inappropriate sexual relationships with students was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. Justin Fruge pleaded guilty in March to felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. When Fruge was arrested in January, authorities said he had an inappropriate relationship with a student and that they were investigating Fruge's activities as far back as 2008. Authorities later said there was more than one victim.

July 21,2015, Tuesday

Half Staff

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is directing the state National Guard to arm soldiers as needed to protect local military installations. Jindal announced the decision in a news release Friday. He took action in response to Thursday's shootings at military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In his proclamation, Jindal says the adjutant general should "identify and arm certain Guard personnel currently on state active duty as resonably necessary to preserve the lives, property, and security of themeselves and others persons subject to threat of an attack as occurred this week in Chattanooga, Tennessee." Jindal also ordered that flags at the Capitol and all public buildings fly at half-staff until July 24th in remembrance of the victims of the Chattanooga attack.

July 20,2015, Monday

Leesville Police warn of Burglaries

The Leesville Police Department is warning the public of the threat of burglary and theft as several residences and vehicles have been burglarized throughout the city. Police also report several thefts of property from yards and sheds. These are occuring both day and night.Residents need to be aware of their surroundings as well as perform regular inspections of their property, the department said in a release. Keep serial numbers of all belongings written down as it makes property identifiable in the event that it is stolen. Keep homes and vehicles locked. This includes checking all windows and other buildings and or items to ensure they are secure.

July 20,2015, Monday

Allen Parish Crash

A Dry Creek man died July 18th after losing control of his motorcycle, according to state police. Shortly after 9pm on Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Louisiana Highway 26 west of Oberlin in Allen Parish. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Tony A. Seal of Dry Creek was traveling west on LA 26 at a high rate of speed when Seal encountered a pickup truck stopped in the roadway preparing to make a legal turn. Seal applied the brakes and the motorcycle slid 343 feet before leaving the roadway. It then slid another 175 feet in the grass before ejecting Seal who slid another 40 feet before stopping, police report. Seal was transported ot Oakdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was wearing an approved helmet but did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license.

July 20,2015, Monday

Carolyn Bosley

It was quite an honor for Rosepine Elementary principal, Carolyn Bosley. The Louisiana Department of Education chose her as the 2016 Principal of the Year. When Bosley first became principal, Rosepine was rated as a "C" school. Over the last few years, it has worked up to an "A" rating. She says the school's success came from setting high standards and challenging students to meet them - which they did.

July 17,2015, Friday

Shreveport Police Search

More than 2 dozen police officers are searching for an armed man in Shreveport's Ingleside neighborhood. An officer was reportedly in the area looking for a stolen car when they heard gunshots near Malcom Street and Virgina Avenue around 3:30 this morning. When the officer went to investigate they witnessed one car shooting at another car. A male suspect got out of the car and allegedly pointed his gun at the officer. The officer shot at him and the man then ran away. It is unknown if the man was injured. Police say a female suspect then got out of the car and pointed her gun at police. She was arrested. At least 30 units were called to the area to search for the man firing shots.

July 17,2015, Friday

Converse Man Missing

Converse Police Chief Keith Manshack is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person. Converse resident Morris Davenport III, also known as "Moe," has not been seen since July 2nd. He reported to work that day in Mnay but left early. He has not been in touch with his family nor has he picked up his paychecks at work, Manshack  said. Davenport, 36, is a white male, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown and blue cap, blue Mossy Oak shirt, brown shorts and black and blue shoes. Davenport drives a 2000 Silver Pontiac Grand Am. It also has not been located. License plate number is YTS066. Davenport is listed in the FBI's National Crime Information Center as missing, Manshack said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Converse Police Department at 318-315-3783 or 318-256-9241.

July 17,2015, Friday

Water Fees

The DeRidder City Council is considering a hike in water fees. The increase would pay for new water utility installations. DeRidder's Public Works Director said the city is losing money by charging too little for new water connections and account deposits. His proposal would add at least 300 - dollars to each service, including water tapping, street cutting and boring, sewer charges and water service fees. The council will make a decision at its July 27th meeting.

July 16,2015, Thursday

Mallette Sentenced

On July 15,2015 Judge e. Joseph Bleich, imposed upon Darrell K. Mallette a sentence of ninety years at hard labor for molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13. Judge Bleich gave written reasons in support of this sentence in a thirty-nine page document. Mallette is sixty-four years old and lived in Zwolle, Louisiana during the time this crime occurred. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Anna L. Garcie. District Attorney, Don Burkett, stated, "I hope that this sentence will send a message to the community that sexual abuse of children will not be tolerated in Sabine Parish."

July 16,2015, Thursday

Cypress RV Park of the Year

Located on the Louisiana side of Toledo near Many, Cypress Bend Park has been named the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association's RV Park of the Year. It's easy to understand why. A popular spot here at Cypress Bend Park is the fishing pier. You don't need a boat. Just a  pole and some bait. There are 75 RV pads along with cabins and other camping areas. Many boaters can just drive up to their camping spot.

July 16,2015, Thursday

Feedback

Teachers, parents, and other stakeholders are invited to give feedback on state standards for English Language Arts and Math via an online portal. At louisiana.statestandards.com, participants can voice their thoughts on standards by grade level and content, said Holly Boffy, of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This online portal will be open until the beginning of August. According to the Louisiana Department of Education, commenters will be able to review each standard to make suggestions and to recommend whether the standard should remain as written, be moved to another grade level, be broken up into smaller, more specific standards or be rewritten or removed. Public meetings will be held afterward, with one covering ELA October 14th in Alexandria and the other covering Math October 15th in Crowley.

July 15,2015, Wednesday

Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and Aggravated Rape

A convicted Natchitoches man  on felony probation until 2020 has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated rape of a seventeen year old Natchitoches teenager according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. On Wednesday, July 8th deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to  and initiated a criminal investigation into the alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, and aggravated rape of a female near the Payne Sub- Division area according ot Sheriff Jones. As the investigation progressed, detectives identified a suspect as Oshay Devan Hicks, 22, of the 100 block of Mary Drive, Payne Sub-Division, who was on probation until 2020 for an Attempted Armed Robbery conviction in Natchitoches Parish. Deputies say they took Hicks into custody armed with a 9-inch kitchen knife believed to be the same weapon used in the alleged offenses. Deputies say Hicks also refused to cooperate by showing his hand and failing to walk therefore he had to be handcuffed and carried to a patrol unit for transportation. At that time, Hicks was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1 count of probation violation and 1 count of resisting arrest. On July 10th detectives also charged Hicks with 1 count of aggravated rape, 2 counts of second degree kidnapping, 2 counts of armed robbery, and 1 count of illegal carrying of weapons.

July 15,2015, Wednesday

Nacogdoches Teen Found

Nacogodoches County Sheriff's deputies have located the 15-year-old boy that was reported missing Monday. Meslissa Russell, the coordinator for the Deep East Texas Regional Amber Plan, said the Amber Alert for Tanner Blake Jordan, of Nacogodoches, has been canceled. NCSO deputies found Jordan and the woman he was with near a 2005 Dodge Ram dually pickup that had gotten stuck in the mud on a county road near the Rusk county line. Miller was charged with state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor harboring a runaway charge. When deputies searched the truck, they found less than one gram of meth, along with other plastic baggies and needles that contained methamphetamine residue, the press release stated. Jordan will be released into his family's custory, Bridges said. He said Child Protective Services has been notified, and the agency will be assisting with the ongoing investigation.

July 15,2015,Wednesday

Freshman Connection

Northwestern State University will hold the final summer session of its freshman orientation program, Freshman Connection, Thursday, July 16, according to a release from the university. The program will assist incoming freshman as they make the transition to university life. During the program, participants will meet with university administrators, visit with faculty and staff and learn about campus life. Freshman Connection provides information on academic programs and services provided by the University, such as academic advising and support services. Upon completing the registration process at Freshman Connection, students who attend will be prepared for their first semester in college.

July 14,2015, Tuesday

Federal Emergency Declaration

U.S. Senator David Vitter  announced yesterday that President Obama has made a presidential disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana as a result of historic flooding along the Red River that has caused more than $17 million of estimated damage to farms, businesses, and homes along the river. Public Assistance will be available to the following parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Grant, Natchitoches, and Red River. Hazard Mitigation grants will be available for application to all Louisiana parishes. Individual Assistance is still under review. For more information on disaster assistance, visit Vitter.Sentate.gov

July 14,2015, Tuesday

Amber Alert

According to the Texas Alerts Twitter feed, Nacogdoches teen Tanner Blake Jordan, 15, has been reported missing. Jordan was reported as a runaway to the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office at about 10:39 pm Sunday night. Jordan was last heard from by telephone at about 9am Monday morning. He indicated that he wanted to come home, but said he didn't feel that Miller would let him leave, the press release stated. "The Sheriff's Office is concerned for Jordan's safety and well being," the press release stated. Since that time, authorities have learned that Jordan is with Katie Miller, 34, also of Nacogdoches, a press release stated. According to a release form the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Miller was last seen in Mt. Enterprise. Authorities are urging people to be on the lookout for a white 2005 Dodge Dually pickup with the Texas license AE85-145. The truck has a chrome tool box. A harboring a runwaway warrant has been issued for Miller, the sheriff's office press release stated. Jordan is 5-foot-10 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Miller is 5-foot-11 and weighs 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information on Jordan's whereabouts is urged to call the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office at 936-560-7777

July 14,2015,Tuesday

LHSAA

It's looking like week one of the high school football season will kickoff as normal, with LHSAA referees in place. A rift over how much money Louisiana referees make has the threat of a strike hanging over football stadiums across the state. Both sides are standing their ground, but now the discussions are coming down to the wire. After meeting for more than four hours in Baton Rouge on Sunday the Louisiana High School Officals Association and the LHSAA reached a tentative agreement to put officials on the field and court in time for the fall sports.

July 13,2015, Monday

Fisherman Pulled From Toledo Bend

A welfare concern for a Mansfield fisherman turned into a rescue operation overnight after DeSoto Parish deputies and wildlife agents were notified the man had not returned home or been heard from for hours. The Rev. Bob Latham suffered a heartattack during the ordeal but is recovering at University Health. Latham was located around 1:08am Friday clinging to hist boat. Latham was wearing a life vest; however, as he attempted to get back in his boat he suffered a heart attack and was unable to call for assistance. Arbuckle and his crew pulled Latham from the water and transported him to the shore, where DeSoto EMS treated him before he was taken to the hospital in Shreveport.

July 13,2015, Monday

Mother Pleads Guilty

Deunka Lynch, of Zwolle, was given a two-year sentence by District Judge Stephen Beasley, who also placed Lynch on probation for a year. Lynch was arrested  in March following an investigation into the death of her 19-month-old son, Robert, who died Sept. 21st, a day after he became trapped in the rear window of his mother's vehicle. An autopsy determined he died of positional asphyxia. Lynch told Zwolle police she put Robert unrestrained in the rear seat of her SUV after leaving a family gathering earlier in the day and then drove to another relative's home, not noticing what the toddler was doing in the back. But when she stopped the vehicle she found Robet's neck compressed by the rear window and his head protruding outside. She told police she had to restart the car to lower the window and free her son.

July 13,2015, Monday

Voyeurism

 On Monday the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted by officers from the Rosepine Police Department who requested that a Detective assist them in a complaint. Detectives did travel to Rosepine where they made contact with a 17-year-old female. Detectives interviewd the female victim and an additional witness and learned that Edward Arguello was observed by the witness lying on the floor and peeking under a bathroom door while the victim was in the shower. Detectives did take Edward Arguello into custody. Agruello was arrested and booked into the VPSO jail on one count of voyeurism. Judge Eaves set the bond on the charge at $50,000.00. Arguello remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

July 10,2015,  Friday

Theft by Construction Worker

Earlier this month Marty Carroll, 43, of Pitkin was arrested by the VPSO. The Sheriff's Office was contacted on June 30th by a citizen who indicated that Marty Carroll was hired by her to do some mechanic and construction work at her residence. The victim indicated that she left town for a week after the agreement was made. The victim indicated that upon her return she found numerous items missing from her residence and storage buildings. The stolen property included hand tools, power tools, firearms, cross bows, and saddles. Deputies arrived at the location and the victim provided an inventory of the stolen property which was valued at approximately $16,000.00. The victim was later contacted by persons who indicated that they had in fact purchased items, believed to be the property of the victim, from Marty Carroll. Several items were returned to the victim at that time. Carroll did admit to taking several of the items but denied the theft of the firearms. Marty Carrol was arrested, bond was posted and he was released.

July 10,2015, Friday

Blue Bell

Blue Bell Creameries is moving closer to getting its ice cream back on the market. The company announced Wednesday it will launch a test production of ice cream in the next few weeks at its Alabama plant. Blue Bell pulled every one of its products off store shelves in April over potential Listeria contamination. Health officials have said three people died and seven others fell ill because of that contamination.

July 10,2015, Friday

Stealing Copper

A 51-year-old Reeves man was electrocuted Wednesday morning while trying to steal copper wire from utility poles, authorities said. Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Ivey said Jesse R. Jones III was found near the intersection of U.S. 165 and Farm Road. Ivey said April Martin 41, Mancle Ray Taylor 58, and John Ellis Dunn 49 -- Jones' accomplices -- were arrested on charges  of theft over $10,000. Energy officials said the group hit eight power lines and caused over $10,000 in damages. Martin and Taylor, both of Lake Charles, and Dunn of Ragley, are being held without bond.

July 9,2015, Thursday

Powerball

On October 4th, the multi-state Lottery game Powerball will welcome a new game matrix designed to create larger average jackpots and more wining experiences. Those who add the $1 Power Play option will have the opportunity to multiply their non-jackpot prize up to ten times whenever Powerball's advertised annuity jackpot is $150 million or less. While most of the prize levels remain the same, the $10,000 prize for matching four white-ball numbers plus the red Powerball number will jump to $50,000.

July 9,2015,Thursday

Troop Cuts

All 14 bases housing brigades in the United States were cut, which will cause 40,000 soldiers to be eliminated over the next two years. Fort Polk ranks 10th on that list with 388 active duty members cut, a number Dr. Abraham feels is too high. Those positions will be eliminated in the form of retirements, attrition from normal troops reassignments and some early retirements.

July 9,2015,Thursday

Arrest Announced

Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the arrest of Larry Lynn Brown, 36, of Leesville. According to a release issued by Craft's office, the arrest is the result of an investigation that began on June 26th in which a homeowner in the area of LA 1211 filed a report regarding a theft that took place a this residence. Authorities said the homeowner provided deputies with surveilance photographs taken at the time of the theft. From these shots, deputies were able to identify Craig Scott as one of the suspects, said officials, who added Scott was arrested on June 26th, within an hour of the initial report. Through further investigation, sheriff's office authorities stated Larry Brown was identified as the second person involved in the theft. Craft reported deputies and detectives located and arrested Brown on July 1st without incident.

July 8,2015,Wednesday

Watch For Lightning

This year alone, 14 people have been killed by lightning. Experts worry that number could rise as they say July is typically the month that sees the highest lightning strikes and fatalities. The National Weather Service has one simple rule to keep in mind as you head outdoors this summer, "When thunder roars, go indoors." No outdoor place is truly safe when thunderstorms roll through your area. Lightning can strike ten to fifteen miles from a storm. If you see someone struck by lightning, get emergency medical help right away. If multiple people are impacted, help anyone unconscious first. If the person has stopped breathing or has no pluse, correct CPR should be attempted immediately. Ninety percent of people injured by lightning survive.

July 8,2015,Wednesday

Sketch Released

Louisiana State Police have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for shooting at a state trooper. On June 30, 2015 at approximately 2:30pm, on Old River Road at LA Hwy 1 in Rapides Parish, a trooper conducted a traffic stop on an older model Chevrolet Caprice. During the stop, the trooper and the driver engaged in an altercation which resulted in the trooper being struck in the back of the head with an unknown object. As the driver returned to the vehicle, gunshots were fired at the trooper by a passenger in the vehicle. A police composite sketch was developed of the driver who is described as a medium skin-toned black male with a clean shaven, very smooth, "baby faced" complexion. The driver appeared to be in his late teens or early 20's and was approximately 5'10" tall. His nose was long and narrow and his chin was small. His eyes were dark brown and were set in large, round eye sockets with the sclera (whites of the eye) visible. He had distinctive eye lashes. His hair style was close shaved on the sides but longer and cut nearly flat on the top of his head. He was wearing a gold/yellow t-shirt tucked into khaki pants, a belt and diamond-style earrings in each ear. The vehicle was described as an older model, mid 1980s, Chervolet Caprice with the square-style front and back. There was no hood ornament. The vehicle's paint was faded silver with primer on the hood, front left fender and trunk. A temporary license plate with printed numbers was in the rear window but was unreadable due to "black tint". There was a faded blue bumper sitcker on the right rear trunk. A marijuana leaf air freshener and rope/chain was hanging from the rear view mirror. Anyone with information is urged to immediately call the Louisiana State Police at 318-487-5911.

July 8,2015,Wednesday

Where Do You Want To Live?

Whether you're looking for work or eager to advance your career, where you choose to live can make a real difference. A new study ranks the best and worst states to make a living in 2015. MoneyRates, a finance website, evaluated several factors to determine where workers have the best shot at a healthy paycheck, a decent cost of living and safe workplaces. The results showed that job prospects are not equal across Amercia. Some states are booming, while others still struggle with high unemployment. Texas was the best state to make a living for 2015, according to the study, moving up from second place last year. It edged out Washington, with the two states trading positions from last year. Hawaii is a tough place for workers looking to get ahead, the study states. It came in dead last in the analysis of all 50 states, largely due to its sky-high cost of living. Adjusted for taxes and the cost of living, workers in Hawaii get the equivalent value of just 55 cents for every dollar they make.

July 7,2015,Tuesday

Name Changes

People in  same-sex marriages will be able to change their names on their Louisiana driver's license and vehicle registration forms starting this week. Louisiana had been putting off any name changes on driver's licenses and vehicles for same-sex couples until later this month. Couples started showing up at motor vehicle offices to have their names changed following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage last Friday. Many said they need a valid driver's license in order to be able to change their name on other pertinent records, such as a bank account.

July 7,2015,Tuesday

Army Cuts

The announcement of Army cuts that could significnatly affect Fort Polk and the surrounding communities is expected Thursday. Army officials are under a mandate to cut at least 40,000 troops and other personnel. If the brigade stationed at Fort Polk is eliminated, the base would lose more than half its military population, which stakeholders say would have a significant impact on the Central Louisiana economy and a devastating impact on Vernon Parish. The Army is under a mandate to reduce its force from 490,000 to 450,000. Army officials are considering cuts at 30 bases to meet the mandated reduction, including Fort Polk. If the 3/10 is cut, Fort Polk will lose about 6,500 of its military population of more than 10,000. Local stakeholders have been optimistic for some time that Fort Polk has a good chance of retaining its BCT in this round of cuts. It's the potential cut after this that really scares them.

July 7,2015,Tuesday

Charity Hospital

Five potential development groups have submitted plans to rescue New Orleans' Charity Hospital - the huge art-deco style building vacant since catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, City Business reports the plans range from a mixed use building with apartments and shops to a health research center but state officials are not discussing details. Louisiana Division of Administration spokesman Greg Dupuis says the agency is reviewing and evaluating each written response. Old Charity remains closed and unused. It is a 20-story, 1 million-square-foot Art Deco hulk built in the 1930s as one of the biggest hospitals ever constructed. The new hospital includes about 1.6 million square feet of building space. Katrina's floodwaters swamped the basement and lower parts of Charity, prompting state officals to close it.

July 6,2015, Monday

Shreveport Shooting

Eight people are recovering following an overnight shooting in  west Shreveport. According to Shreveport police, patrol officers were called to the 3500 block of Hearne Ave.  just after 2:30am, Sunday on a report of a shooting. There, they found one of the shooting victims in the parking lot of a service station in the 3700 block of Hearne. Police say the victims' conditions include a variety of injuries ranging from minor to potentially life-threatening. In their investigation so far, police say 2 groups were loitering on adjacent parking lots at the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Kings Highway when an exchange of gunfire erupted. Investigators recovered a handgun, along with dozens of spent shell casings during their probe of the incident. No arrestes have been made, but police say the investigation continues.

July 6, 2015, Monday

Lightning Strike

A lightning strike in Sabine Parish reportedly injured 6 people on Saturday night. According to Sabine Parish warden Joe Dewil, lightning is believed to have struck a tree at Cypress Bend Park at Teldo Bend in Sabine Parish just after 7pm. Six people at the campsite were taken to the Sabine Medical Center. They are believed to have non-life threatening injuries, such as chest pain and headaches. A RV camper and truck were also reportedly damaged during the lightning strike.

July 6,2015, Monday

Theft

The Many Police Department is asking for help in identifying a suspect in two thefts that took place in Many, LA on Saturday, June 27th between 3pm and 3:30pm. The suspect entered two businesses and committed a theft at each location. In one store he entered the office area and took money, while in the other, he entered the office and removed a clerk's billfold from her purse. If you have any information on this male subject, please contact Detective Brumley at the Many Police Department (318) 256-5617.

July 2,2015,Thursday

Freedomfest 2015

If you are looking for some fun for the 4th of July Fort Polk will be having the annual Freedomfest at Headquarters Field. The event is free to the public, at 6pm things will be started with Lonestar, 8:15pm Trace Adkins will take the stage and fireworks will start at 9:45pm.

July 2,2015,Thursday

Killed by Father

A DeRidder man was shot and killed by his 85-year-old father on Monday during an altercation, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing and no criminal charges have been filed at this time, according to Mark Herford, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office chief of detectives. Herford said the sheriff's office got a call about 6:30pm about a shooting on Garrett Road. When deputies arrived, they discovered that the father shot his 52-year-old son "multiple times after a disturbance," Herford said. Deputies administered CPR until an ambulance arrived. The victim was brought to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The father was also brought to the hospital for injuries he sustained during the altercation, Herford said.

July 2,2015,Thursday

Man shot in Lakeside neighborhood fights for life

One man is fighting for his life at the hospital after being shot in Shreveport's Lakeside neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Police say the shooting happened outside of a house on the 2000 block of Murphy Street just after 12:30 a.m.

Witnesses tell police they heard arguing just before the gunshots.

According to police, the victim was taken to University Health with a gunshot wound to the stomach. His injuries are considered life-threatening.

The victim describes the shooter to police as wearing red shorts and a white shirt. 

No arrest have been made and police are searching for a gunman involved.

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

Saw blades left embedded on I-49 in Natchitoches Parish

Road hazard reports are common but when Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report along Interstate 49 Tuesday evening, they were surprised at what they found.

Captain Tony Moran with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says he was headed home around 6:00 p.m. when he heard a call go out reporting a large circular saw blade was in an unbarricaded area of a construction zone on I-49 just north of Cloutierville/Derry exit. When Captain Moran arrived on the scene, he found not one, but two saw blades left upright near the center of the inner and outer lanes.

"My initial thoughts was we had to secure the area before someone would be seriously injured in a crash striking one of the blades and it was our obligation to protect the traveling public from injury," Captain Moran told KSLA News 12. 

Deputies say several road barricade signs were also down in the area.

Captain Moran and other deputies tried to remove the blades from the roadway but were unsuccessful as special tools were needed to extricate the blades.

Authorities called the Department of Transportation and Development office in Natchitoches who immediately called the private project construction site manager.

The project construction crew responded to the scene to remove the blades and put the barricades back up in the construction zone.

It is unclear exactly why the blades were left in the roadway but we're told the project manager is investigating the incident and adds the blades should have never been left.

The scene was cleared by 7:30 p.m. and thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Deputies would like to remind motorists to drive safe in highway construction zones. 

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

Overturned eighteen wheeler

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, and Louisiana State Police are on the scene of an overturned eighteen wheeler
on Interstate-49 north of Natchitoches near milepost#148 reported on Tuesday morning at approximately 7:04pm.

The driver of the 2014 Freightliner was uninjured.

At approximately 9:47am, first responders were still on the scene working the crash.

A second reported two-vehicle injury crash has been reported in the area.

 

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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