Local and Area News

Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Southern Parts Warehouse is teaming up with Sabine Parish Boy Scouts Troop 80 and Cub Scouts Pack 80 to callect donations for cleaning buckets to send to the victims of the recent flooding in South Louisiana. Donations needed are as follows: gloves, bleach, pinesol type cleaner, sponges, paper towels, stiff cleaning brush, disposable gloves, dust masks, first aid supplies, goggles, and utility knives. For more information, contact Courtney Happ before August 31st, 2016.

August 25th, 2016, Thursday

Portion of La. 14 renamed Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent Memorial Highway

Louisiana State Police held a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning to rename a port of La. 14 in honor of fallen State Trooper Steven Vincent.Vincent was shot and killed in the line of duty on Aug. 23, 2015.The section of La. 14 between La. 27 and Lognion Road in the community of Holmwood is now known as "Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent Memorial Highway."Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish of Jennings was the primary author of the bill to dedicate the section of highway to Vincent's memory. The bill passed the Louisiana Legislature with unanimous support.Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law in April."Steven was a part of the community, not apart from it," said Col. Michael Edmonson. "He dedicated his life to public service."Edmonson was the key speaker at the ceremony, along with Morrish."To dedicate the highway like this today, I think just means the world," said Edmonson. "It means he’s still patrolling this highway; he’s still out here."The Seven Slot Society of SWLA also came to support the Vincent family. They had supported the family with a candlelight vigil and fundraising efforts when the tragedy struck.Seeing this highway brought a sense of pride to the group."Proud of Steven Vincent; proud of his family, and brothers and sisters in the Louisiana State Police, and overwhelmed," said Jared Chandler, president and co-founder. "It's emotional - I could never imagine."Sgt. James Anderson of Troop D describes Vincent as a friend and an amazing person."Even today, a year later, we’re still remembering Steven and honoring his memory and I just think it’s a fantastic thing that the Louisiana Legislature did by dedicating this section of highway to Steven in his memory," he said.The day brought pride to his family and his troop, but it also was a reminder of a terrible loss that is still so fresh. It’s bittersweet to honor him," said Edmonson. "We should never forget, but it’s also sad that one year ago today something so beautiful was taken away from a wife, from a son, from a troop, from a community."

August 25th, 2016, Thursday

San Augustine Civic Leader and Businessman Passes Away

Mr. John Oglesbee, Jr. age 83, longtime area businessman and civic leader of San Augustine, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in San Augustine.  John was born to Imogene R. (McDaniel) Oglesbee and John Oglesbee, Sr. on December 22, 1932, in Silsbee, Texas. He married the love of his life, Betty (Wood) Oglesbee on June 29, 1956 celebrating 60 years of matrimony on June 29, 2016. He was involved in various civic organizations in his beloved hometown of San Augustine. The San Augustine Rotary where he served as Past President; served as Scout Master; served on the San Augustine Historical Society, and was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He was involved in Timber Management for many years, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in San Augustine.  Those left to cherish his memory include, His beloved wife, Betty Oglesbee of San Augustine; His Sons and Daughters-in-law, Dr. John Henry Oglesbee, III and his wife, Sharon; Vance Jackson Oglesbee and his wife, Angela of Fairfield; James Christopher Oglesbee and his wife, Gina of Nacogdoches and Forrest Edward Oglesbee and his wife, Sabrina of San Jose, California; His grandchildren, John, IV and his wife, Ellen; Joshua and his wife, Danielle; Sara; Kristen; Anna Marie; Jim; Brittani; Jackson and Savanna Faye; Great-Grandchildren, Ellie Mae; Hazel; and John Henry V.; Nieces, Cheryl Jenkins and Kathryn Williams; Nephew, Van Watson; "Adopted" Daughter, Elizabeth McCauley and her husband, Larry of San Augustine; and Sister, Janelle Watson and her husband, Charles of San Augustine. He is preceded in death by her parents, Imogene and John Oglesbee, Sr., niece, Valerie Watson; Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Anna Faye and Jack Wood.

August 25th, 2016, Thursday

Shrine Circus Returns to Sabine County

It is that time of the year again and Sabine County Sharon Shrine Temple is gearing up for a really big show.The three rings will be once again set up at the Sabine County Youth Foundation Rodeo Arena on Thursday, September 1. For more than a century, the Shriners have entertained audiences across the country while raising money to make the community a better place. Many of us can recall seeing Shriners on tiny motorbikes dressed as clowns entertaining children at special events. The first Shrine Circus was a one-ring affair in Detroit back in 1906, according to the Detroit Shrine Circus website. The 2016 Shrine Circus is produced by Jody Jordan World Circus, with the help of local Shriners making it a special evening for kids and adults alike. Posters have been spotted and free tickets will be available at locations all over Sabine County as the event draws near. "We are always very pleased to see all the smiles this events puts on everyone's face," said Sabine County Shriner Rodney Bishop. Sabine County has been one of the largest attended for the past several years, he added. "In the past due to timing the circus has been here on the first day of school. But this year that has changed," Bishop said. Bishop told DNAM that all the favorites will return for one show only on at 7 p.m. on September 1. Producer Jody Jordan and the Sharon Shriners has gathered an extraordinary collection of artist and animals from around the world that are sure to amuse and thrill kids and adults at the same time. From aerialist, acrobats rare white tigers, and of course those funny clowns. Of course, "the gentle giants" the amazing circus elephants are always a favorite. Mark your calendars and don't miss the "Big Show".

August 25th, 2016, Thursday

Cookbooks Are Now Available!

The Missions committee of the First United Methodist Church of Many wishes to announce that they have cookbooks now availble. For a $15.00 donation to the mission fund, you will receive a wonderful  cookbook comprised of recipes from our local church titled "Bread of Heaven." 100% of the donations will go towards missions projects. At this time, the furnds will be directed towards the flood victims of South Louisiana. Please contact the church office at (318) 256-3632 or Vicki Weaver at (318) 201-0918.

August 24th, 2016, Wednesday

Bus Route Advertisement

Two Sabine Parish bus routes are advertised for hire. Both routes are equipped with a parish-owned school bus. Applicants will be considered in the following order: Current Route Driver, Sub Driver, New Applicant. New applicants must submit application by 3:00 p.m. on September 6th, 2016. For questions, call (318) 256-9228, ext. 210.

August 24th, 2016, Wednesday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that a boil advisory has been LIFTED for highway 3118, Zachary Taylor Road, and Geoghagan Road.

August 24th, 2016, Wednesday

Travel Advisory: Wreck on I-49 Backs Up Traffic in Natchitoches

A wreck impacted travel on southbound Interstate 49 in Natchitoches Parish for a couple hours Aug. 23. It happened at 8:26 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Cloutierville/Derry exit at milepost 119, authorities say. The state highway department reported that southbound traffic backed up for about 2 miles from milepost 120 to mile marker 118 near Derry. Southbound traffic was detoured via Exit 119. The congestion had cleared as of 9:50 a.m. The wreck involved a southbound 1999 Toyota 4Runner. The driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, sustained scrapes and other minor injuries and refused treatment by an EMS crew. The wreck is being investigated by troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop E, which has its headquarters in Alexandria.

August 24th 2016, Wednesday

Three Year Old Program Delay

Many Elementary School will be delaying the start of their three year old program due to their wait on licensing. They expect to be able to start school on September 1st, 2016. If you have a child registered to start, you will receive a call from your child's teacher with further information. The Many Elementary School staff appreciates your patience with the delay.

August 23rd, 2016, Tuesday

Motorcyclist Killed in Wreck

 A motorcycle rider was killed in a two-vehicle accident in DeRidder Monday. The DeRidder Police Department received the call around 11 a.m. A 2002 Ford SUV was crossing U.S. 171 from the Circle K parking lot to the to Shell gas station parking lot and did not see a 2004 Honda VT6 motorcycle traveling northbound in the inside lane, said Deputy Chief Chris Rudy, DeRidder Police Department spokesman. Witnesses said the motorcyclist did not have time to stop and made contact with the right front quarter panel and windshield area of the SUV. The rider was ejected and died at a local hospital.  The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected, Rudy said. The SUV driver was issued a citation. 

August 23rd, 2016, Tuesday

East Texas Man Killed in Natchitoches Parish Crash

Louisiana State Police are investigating a wreck that claimed the life of a Longview, Texas man. Troopers were called to the crash around 3 p.m. Monday which happened on I-49 south of LA Hwy. 485. According to police, the crash involved a 2005 Honda Accord, driven by 18-year-old Deytwan Demetrius of Fort Polk, LA and a 2015 Toyota Camry, driven by 39-year-old Jabe Maddox. Troopers say the Honda was southbound on I-49 when Demetrius lost control and entered the median that separates the southbound lanes from the northbound lanes. The Honda reportedly continued through the median and entered the northbound lanes of I-49, where it collided with the Toyota. Demetrius received minor injuries and was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. His only passenger, 18-year-old Trevon Lewis of Leesville, received minor injuries and was also taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Maddox was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say all occupants involved were properly restrained. Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending, according to authorities. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Natchitoches Sheriff's Rescue and Natchitoches Fire Districts 6 and 7 all responded to the scene.

August 23rd, 2016, Tuesday

Remains Found in Grand Canyon Identified as Missing NSU Student

Family members have confirmed Thursday that the remains of a woman found in the Grand Canyon are those of Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches. The family asked for privacy at this time but said funeral services will be next week. Park rangers discovered the body of a woman below Pima Point at the Grand Canyon July 30. According to officials with the National Park Service, evidence found at the scene indicated the remains were probably those of Zacarias. She had been missing for approximately four months. The remains were sent to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. They believe Zacarias fell to her death shortly after her last contact with family in Natchitoches. Zacarias was last seen at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. According to the National Park Service, the Arizona Shuttle dropped her off at the Maswick Lodge on April 2. She is believed to have visited Yaki Point and Lookout Studio. Patricia Miller, a spokesperson for the family, said Zacarias' mother texted her to remind her about her flight back home. She received an unusual text message back saying Zacarias was not going. Zacarias' family reported her missing the next day. The National Park Service conducted air and ground search operations for several days but were unable to locate her. There was no activity on her cellphone, credit card or debit card after she went missing. After Zacarias disappeared, her father went to Arizona, where he conducted his own search.

August 23rd, 2016, Tuesday

Blood Drive

The bus will be at the Sabine Medical Center on the 25th of August from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. St. Joseph's Catholic Church will have their blood drive in the church hall on the 28th of August from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Marthaville First Baptist Church will have the bus on the 28th of August from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Market Basket of Many will have the bus on the 28th of August from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

August 22nd, 2016, Monday

Flood Assistance Drive

Sabine Parish Schools are holding a Flood Assistance Drive to help flood victims in South Louisiana. They are asking students to bring nonperishable and well wrapped food items such as cereal and canned goods. Bottled water is also needed. They are asking staff to help with uniforms and school supplies. They are asking Many School parents to donate any gently used uniforms. All donated items need to be at the schools, bagged or boxed, and ready for pick up by Thursday, August 25th, 2016. Aaron and Roderick will travel to each school and gather items on Thursday August 25th, 2016. Items will be delivered to the Lafayette and Opelousas area on Firday, August 26th, 2016.

August 22nd, 2016, Monday

Head-On Collision on LA 27

A Saturday morning head-on collision on La. 27 south of DeQuincy left one dead and another seriously injured, state police said. Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police Troop D said the head-on collision occurred around 4 a.m. about 5 miles south of DeQuincy. The investigation revealed a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by Jasmine Phillips, 23, of DeQuincy was traveling north on La. 27 when for unknown reasons crossed the center line while entering a curve. The Camry struck a southbound 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Massie, 23, of Singer. Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene, Massie was flown to a hospital in Lafayette with serious injuries, Anderson said. The crash remains under investigation and routine toxicology samples are pending.

August 22nd, 2016, Monday

Sportsmen Reminded to Buy Texas Hunting, Fishing Licenses

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters and anglers that the new 2016-2017 licenses go on sale Monday. All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31. Every year, the department issues more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks and at over 1,700 retailers across the state. All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees. This season, when purchasing their license Texans can also enter several exciting drawings. Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win one or more premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. There are opportunities to pursue bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, wild hog and exotics. Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online for $9 each at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry or for $10 each at license retailers or by phone. TPWD will also be awarding Lifetime Super Combo Licenses to three lucky winners during the Lifetime License Drawings. Winners will never need to buy another Texas hunting or fishing license. Participants can enter for $5 per entry at license retailers or online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/licensedraw. The first entry deadline for the three monthly drawings is Sept. 30 and all non-winning entries will still be eligible to win in the next two drawings. The second drawing entry deadline is Oct. 31 for chances in the last two drawings and the final entry deadline is Nov. 30 for the last drawing. Big Time Texas Hunts and Lifetime License Drawing entries go to support conservation and help keep hunting and fishing great in Texas. Beginning this year the Texas Legislature has made it easier for hunters and anglers to support two worthwhile causes when they buy their hunting or fishing license. Now license buyers can make voluntary donations to help veterans or to support the Hunters for the Hungry program. The Texas Veterans Commission is asking Texans donate $1, $5, $10 or $20 to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance when purchasing a fishing and hunting license, whether in person or on the Internet. All donations go to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) program which provides grants to Veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions that assist Veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas. Your donation will improve the lives of Texas Veterans and their families by supporting grants to organizations like Meals On Wheels to provide nutritious meals to home-bound Veterans in Central Texas; to Paws for Reflection Ranch to provide individual, marital, and family counseling to Veterans affected by post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues through horse-therapy in North Texas; and to the Salvation Army-Tyler to provide emergency financial assistance to Veterans and their families on the brink of homelessness in East Texas. To learn more about the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program visit www.tvc.texas.gov or call 512-463-1157.”

August 22nd, 2016, Monday

NPSO Deputies Seek Christian School Vandals

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with finding the people responsible for vandalizing a private school. Just after noon on Thursday, August 18, deputies were called to the Bethel Christian Academy in the 1500 block of Union Grove Road in Pleasant Hill on reports of a vandalism. When deputies arrived at the scene, they were told that someone had thrown a bottle through a school window and fired a round through an additional window causing damage. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations department is asking anyone with information or anyone who may have observed suspicious vehicles in the area the night of August 17 or early morning hours of August 18 to please call the sheriff's office at 318-352-6432, or Detective Wyn McDowell at 318-357-7830.

August 22nd, 2016, Monday

Man In Custody for Shooting at Jasper Detectives in July

KJAS.com is reporting the investigation continues following the arrest of a man accused of shooting at officers back in July. The report states that, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department deputies were on foot and fanned out along Highway 63 East on Wednesday afternoon. According to Chief Deputy Cal Morgan, they were searching along the woodline next to the highway for a piece of evidence associated with a case against a man who allegedly fired shots at them while fleeing from a crime scene last month. Although Morgan wouldn’t say what it was, he did ask for the public to report any abnormal objects found along that stretch of highway. This all began on the morning of Sunday, July 17th when deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the Holly Springs Community. Sheriff Mitchel Newman said the suspect, 25-year-old Travis Castile, Jr., fled in a vehicle and led deputies on a chase into Newton County. Newman said Castile ditched the car near Burkeville, jumped out and fired shots at deputies, and disappeared on foot into a wooded area. He remained on the run until last week when U.S. Marshals found him and arrested him in Harris County.

Rape Suspect Caught in DeSoto Parish

DeSoto Parish authorities are asking for the public's help with finding a man wanted for first-degree rape.  Deputies say 29-year-old Jamel Henderson, of Mansfield, is described as a black male who stands about 6'2" tall and weighs abound 195 pounds. DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in Henderson's arrest. Anyone with information on Henderson's whereabouts is urged to call the department's Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867). All calls are confidential. Tipsters can also call the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-872-3956 and ask to speak with Lt. James Clements. 

August 19th, 2016, Friday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply due to the breakage in the line. Because of this problem, the water produced by the water system is of questionable quality.  Therefore as a precaution, the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a Boil Advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Highway 3118, Zachary Taylor Road, and Geoghagan Road.

August 19th, 2016, Friday

Local Efforts for Flooding in South Louisiana

The Rosepine High School Fishing Team will have a donation collection station set up from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rosepine High School. Those interested in purchasing items to donate to South Louisiana flood victims can drop off those items at this time. They will be distributed on Friday to residents in need. This project is a partnership with the East Beauregard High School Fishing Team. Some of the items needed include canned goods, boxed foods, pet food, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, fans, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, personal care items, cleaning supplies and paper towels. Monetary donations will also be accepted toward the purchase of more items, or toward the cost to transport the items. For more information, check out the Rosepine High School Fishing Team's Facebook page.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Ribbon Cutting For New Vernon Parish School

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 to mark the opening of the new Fort Polk elementary school, Parkway Elementary, located at 3585 University Parkway in Leesville. Local and state dignitaries will attend, as well as educators and Fort Polk officials. Years in the planning, the Parkway Elementary School project broke ground in August 2014 with $18 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, and $1 million each in matching funds from the Vernon Parish School Board and the State of Louisiana. The City of Leesville also provided a grant to install new water and sewer systems to service the house. The school will house first through fourth grade students and replaces South Polk Elementary School, with its failing infrastructure and design. The new school's first graders classes are being moved from North Polk Elementary School, leaving additional space there for Head Start and La4 programs. The state-of-the-art school has an 800-student capability with about 97 percent of the students military dependents. The ribbon-cutting is being sponsored by local and regional Chambers of Commerce.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Tractor Supply, Hemphill Location Slated for Late September Opening

Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that construction is underway on a new location in Hemphill, the Company’s 184th location in Texas. The Hemphill Tractor Supply store will be located at 455 Sabine St., and will employ an estimated 15 full- and part-time team members. The store will be approximately 25,600 square feet, including sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. “Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Hemphill community,” said District Manager Kyle Johnson. “Hemphill is a great fit for Tractor Supply due to the horse owners and part-time and hobby farmers in the area. Many of our new customers are pleasantly surprised by our unique mix of product offerings, which in addition to farm products and hardware, also includes pet food and supplies and clothing items for the entire family.” The contractor for the project, Rhino Construction Group, began construction on July 4. A completion date has been tentatively set for late September.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Travel Related Case of Zika Virus in Beaumont Resident

DNAM media partners KFDM Beaumont is reporting that the Beaumont Public Health Department has received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services of the first case of travel-associated Zika in a Beaumont resident. Scott Lawrence reported, the resident traveled to an area with ongoing Zika transmission, returned to Beaumont and sought medical care after becoming ill. The department won't release identifying information due to confidentiality and privacy rules. There are no reports of Zika locally transmitted by mosquitoes in Beaumont. Mosquitoes transmit Zika to people and through sexual activity. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to one week. The Beaumont Health Department advises people with symptoms to see a health care provider if they've visited an area where Zika virus is present, or if they've had sexual contact with a person who has traveled to an area where Zika virus is present. There's no specific medication available to treat Zika virus and there's no vaccine. The best way to avoid Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites and to avoid sexual contact with a person who's had Zika. The Beaumont Health Department recommends the following to avoid the Zika virus and other mosqito-borne illnesses including West Nile Virus. Use the 4 D's to reduce the chance of a mosquito biting you: DEET: All day, every day: Whenever you're outside, use insect repellent that contains DEET. Dress: Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing. Drain: Remove all standing water in and around your home. Dusk and Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes area most active.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Gun Found at North DeSoto High School, Student Detained

 A DeSoto Parish student has been detained after authorities reported found a gun on the North DeSoto High School campus. Around 9:30 a.m. Monday, deputies say a student notified a teacher at the school that they believed another student was in possession of a weapon on school campus. The information was relayed to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office to deputies assigned as school resource officers. Authorities say the officers took appropriate action by detaining the student and located the firearm. "We wanted to inform the public that the situation was handled in a prompt manner and students or staff were not believed to be in danger," noted a press release sent by the sheriff's department. "This is an unfortunate situation and I'm very pleased with our system's response as well as the continued support of police," said Dr. Cade Brumley, DeSoto Superintendent. "I'm thankful that our staff and students have relationships where information can be shared that leads to the safety of everyone."   "Our top responsibility is the safety of our people and we work year-round on proactive measures to prevent traumatic events in our schools" said Dr. Brumley. "The handling of this situation, without incident, exemplifies why our diligence and training is so important." No names have been released at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Counterfeit Bills Found in Many, Louisiana

A local grocery outlet reported receiving two $50.00 counterfeit bills this week. Both were presented on the same date, one by a female, the other by a male. It is believed that they were traveling together. Photos of the suspects and the counterfeit bills can be found on the Many Police Department Facebook page. If anyone can identify these individuals, please contact the Many Police Department at 256-5617.

August 18th, 2016, Thursday

Help Our Southern Neighbors

Denise McGaha’s (SCOA Toledo Meal Site Manager) son, Brad McGaha and 4 or 5 other men will be going to the Gonzales/ Prarie-ville area early Saturday morning.  These men will be joining the Fellowship Baptist Church of Prarie-ville to prepare meals for the flood victims this Saturday and Sun-day. They are planning to cook enough to feed approximately 500 people. The men will be taking a large pit to cook with, along with 3 trailers (hopefully filled with donations by our community). Would you please help fill these trailers by donating water and other non-perishable items? Arrangements to pick up your donations or for you to drop your donations off to enable the men to pack the trailers Thursday evening.  If interested in sending items or monetary donations for food, please bring your donations to: Sabine Council on Aging, Inc.’s Toledo Center

29275 Hwy. 191, Many

or contact Denise McGaha (318) 256-0059

August 17th, 2016, Wednesday

$15K Grant Will Go Toward Purchase of Playground Equipment at Myrtle Park

The City of Leesville is the recipient of a $15,000 "Let's Play" construction grant from the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the non-profit organization, KaBoom! City officials said the money will be used on a playground project at Myrtle Park. Equipment will be purchased that has multiple active play pieces. "Let's Play" is an initiative by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to make active play a daily priority. Myrtle Park is located on Kings Road.

August 17th, 2016, Wednesday

KBR, Fort Polk, and CLTCC Launch Military Training Program with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

KBR, Inc. Fort Polk and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) officially launched a new training program for active duty military with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at CLTCC. The program, which is in partnership with Fort Polk’s "Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program" (SFL-TAP), will teach the pipefitting trade to active duty military who are nearing the end of their service. More than 50 people attended the ceremony at CLTCC’s Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville near Fort Polk, and representatives from all three organizations spoke about the importance of workforce development partnerships that give soldiers a head start in the civilian job market. The Veteran Pipefitting Training Program was created for active duty military at Fort Polk who are due to transition out of the military within 180 days. The training is a total of 16 weeks. KBR made a significant investment at the campus to renovate an existing facility and build out a brand new classroom and lab space for this training program and has hired an experienced pipefitter and ex-army veteran to deliver the instruction. The trainees, selected by Fort Polk’s SFL-TAP and KBR, will receive training credentials for both academic and intensive hands-on pipefitting practice by the National Center for Construction Education and Research upon successful completion of the course. The purpose of the training program is two-fold: to continue KBR’s long partnership with the military by supporting service members as they transition to civilian life, and to also provide a talent pool for KBR’s craft workforce and future construction leadership. KBR has a long history of working alongside the U.S. military and is proud to continue that tradition with helping veterans transition from military service to successful civilian careers. “A key KBR value is to ‘Develop Our People,’ and we are honored to grow this group of soldiers into craft professionals to join the KBR family,” said David Zelinski, President of KBR’s Onshore Americas business division. “This not only provides an extraordinary talent pool from which to grow KBR’s leaders of tomorrow, but we are supporting our country’s veterans because it is simply the right thing to do,” continued Zelinski. "This is a big deal for our soldiers. Not only are we bridging the gap for transitioning soldiers, but we are getting one step closer to cementing Fort Polk's reputation as an installation of choice. This partnership with KBR, Inc., Central Louisiana Technical Community College and Fort Polk's Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program emphasizes that when soldiers leave active service, they are not alone but supported by the army and their communities,” said Garrison Commander Col. David ‘Gregg’ Athey. “This partnership will be a boom to the economy and entice army retirees to stay in Louisiana for their second careers. A huge amount of work has been put into making this program a reality, and I want to thank KBR and CLTCC for having the foresight to realize that our transitioning soldiers are valuable assets to our nation and the workforce." “CLTCC is honored to partner with Fort Polk and KBR to train soldiers for this high-demand, high-wage, and highly-skilled career,” said CLTCC Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle. “We are excited about creating a pipeline of skilled professionals to address the growing demand in Louisiana, which would not be possible without our partners’ generosity, their commitment to establish this pipefitting program, and their commitment to our soldiers.” KBR is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industries. With operations in 40 countries, KBR has more than 25,800 people delivering services to customers in over 80 countries. Fort Polk is a United States Army installation located in Vernon Parish, approximately ten miles east of Leesville, and 30 miles north of DeRidder in Beauregard Parish. CLTCC is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 15 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves nine parishes in central Louisiana through its seven locations and provides instruction in three state prisons and two federal correctional institutions. For more information, visit www.cltcc.edu.

August 17th, 2016, Wednesday

Leesville Woman Identified as Fatality in Possible Drowning in  Hineston

A Leesville woman has been identified as the person who died in a possible drowning Sunday on Big Creek Road in Hineston. According to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, 57-year-old Odartha Hoggatt was identified as the victim in the incident, yet authorities are awaiting an official autopsy to make the official determination on the cause of death. Authorities said it happened around 1 p.m. Sunday. Deputies were dispatched about a vehicle being washed from the roadway in the Big Creek, Tolbert Loop area. Authorities said Hoggatt and a small child were traveling on Big Creek Road and went through some water near a bridge and were swept into a ditch. Hoggatt and the child escaped the vehicle and it sank in the rough water. The child was rescued after two females were walking near the area and could hear what they thought was a cat screaming. "When they went to investigate, they located the small child clinging to a tree. They immediately swam to the child and rescued him from the tree. The female subject was also located nearby and appeared to have already drowned as she was not conscious and not breathing," a news release states. Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit responded to conduct their investigation. The child was transported to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance to be checked out and was in good condition. “This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and everyone involved" said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. "I would like to commend those ladies for their heroic and quick action that saved that child. It is so important, especially with the current conditions, that every precaution should be taken when driving near high water areas. Water can rise so fast and is so powerful it can wash a vehicle away in an instant."

August 17th, 2016, Wednesday

Marijuana Growing Operation Discovered in Sabine County

According to Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox, it was a tip on Monday morning that lead law enforcement to discover a large marijuana growing operation in the Eastern end of the county. Just before daylight, Sabine County Sheriff's Deputies along with multiple other law enforcement agencies began searching the area along Highway 83, just east of FM 3121 and continued all the way to Bayou Bend Road. Law enforcement used dogs, horses and all-terrain vehicles to make their way through the thickly wooded area. Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox estimated that law enforcement are currently eradicating as many as 10,000 marijuana plants. This is the second marijuana growing operation discovered in Sabine County in the last two months. No arrest was made back on June 30, when at least 10,000 plants were discovered in a growing operation deep in a wooded area off Hwy 103. Law enforcement speculated that Mexican Cartel were suspected in statements to media. Maddox stated that the grow site was unattended and dogs were used to attempt to track any suspects who may have still been in the area, and did not comment as to whether or not any other leads are known. "This is still an ongoing investigation," he said. Sheriff Maddox went on to say,  more than one hundred officers were involved in the operation that has revealed approximately 10,000 or more marijuana plants, and officials entered the area on horseback and all-terrain vehicles, and also light construction equipment for gathering purposes. He added, that this marijuana growing operation was very similar to the one found back in June.

Many Police Detective Receives Accommodation Award

Many Police Detective Todd McNeely receives the departmental Chief’s Accommodation Award from Chief Roger Freeman as Assistant Chief Dewayne Brumley looks on. McNeely was honored for his recent investigative work that included solving several recent residential burglaries that took place in and around the Blake subdivision.

August 17th, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse.

August 16th, 2016, Tuesday

Ft. Polk Makes Final Decision About Future of Trespass Horses

The Joint Readiness Training Center commanding general has made a final decision on the Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the disposition of trespass horses at Fort Polk. Using the National Environmental Policy Act process, Fort Polk developed and analyzed a variety of alternatives, including those recommended in public comments, to eliminate the danger to American military personnel caused by the trespass horses. "Based on my review of the analysis and public comments, I have determined that the selection of any of the proposed courses of action would have no significant impact on the environment and the preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. Thus, I have made a final decision to implement Course of Action 7," said Brig. Gen. Gary M. Brito, JRTC and Fort Polk commanding general. "I believe this is the correct course of action that will allow Fort Polk to remain the Army's Premier Training Facility. Our efforts will mitigate safety hazards to our Soldiers and will reduce negative impacts to training." Fort Polk officials estimate that approximately 700 to 750 trespass horses occupy U.S. Army training lands on Fort Polk and the Peason Ridge Military Training Area creating a potential safety hazard and disrupting training. Under COA 7 the Army will catch and corral groups of horses, about 10-30 at a time, and offer them to animal welfare groups such as the Humane Society for inclusion in their adoption program. If animal welfare groups do not take the horses, the Army will offer them to any citizen that will take them, and if that fails the horses will be transported to a livestock auction for sale. The timeframe for eliminating each group of 10-30 horses will be about 30 days. Concurrently, Fort Polk will actively search for a landowner to take the horses en masse and will also attempt to find another government agency to remove and accept responsibility for the horses. "The alternative that was selected offers the best opportunity to find a new home for every horse and protects American Soldiers from a catastrophic incident while training at Fort Polk," said Brito. "This plan gives all interested parties the opportunity to be involved in helping the Army solve the problems it faces. "For this program to work, we need your help. We look forward to working with interested parties to help these horses find permanent homes while making Fort Polk a safer place for our Soldiers to train," said Brito. The next step in the process is to begin developing lists of animal welfare groups and citizens interested in taking the horses. Interested parties can find the full details of the process on page 31 of the environmental assessment at http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/trespass_horses.html. Animal welfare groups and local citizens can sign up to be added to one of the two lists Fort Polk is developing by sending an e-mail to usarmy.polk.imcom.mbx.pao-public-response@mail.mil. Animal welfare groups should send appropriate documentation so that Fort Polk officials can verify their status as 501(c)(3) groups. Everyone signing up for the program should include good contact information including email address and telephone numbers and the quantity of horses they are interested in taking.

August 16th, 2016, Tuesday

Truck Hauling Water to Flood Victims Overturns on I-49

Louisiana State Police are investigating a crash involving an 18-wheeler. It happened around 6 a.m. Monday on Interstate 49 South in Natchitoches Parish. Authorities say the 2013 Peterbilt 18-wheeler was transporting more than 2,000 cases of water to South Louisiana flood victims. It is unclear what caused the wreck, but no injuries were reported. Natchitoches Parish deputies were on the scene with Louisiana State Police for more than 8 hours assisting with traffic as crews worked to clean up the mess. The crash remains under investigation.

August 16th, 2016, Tuesday

Driver Gets Four Years in Rosepine Student's Death

Blake Allen Shell, 20, of Sulphur was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Vernon B. Clark of the 30th Judicial District Court on July 26. Shell pleaded no contest on May 4, 2016, to negligent homicide. He was driving a pickup truck on Hawks Road on the evening of Feb. 20, 2015 when it left the road, overturned and hit a tree, killing Rosepine High School student Abigail Welch, 18. Shell also pleaded no contest to underage driving under the influence, which added another four months to his sentence. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $13,374.56 restitution to the victim's family, court costs, investigation fee and $150 to Public Safety Probation and Parole. Also, he is to pay a $300 fine for underage driving under the influence.
August 15th, 2016, Monday

Poker Run on the Bend

Fall is in the air, and the annual Labor Day weekend Poker Run on Toledo Bend is gearing up for the second year. "We are the #1 lake for the second year in a row and this is a great event for boaters to get out on the water and visit places they may not have been before," said event coordinator Pat Smith. The boat Poker Run will have a first place cash prize and of course a lot of bragging rights. Boaters may begin the run from any of the following locations: Holly Park, Harbor Light, Lowes Creek, Foxes Lodge or Fin & Feather. Boaters will make their way alone the lake and pick up a card from each of the locations beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 3. The cards will be revealed at 3 p.m. at Fin & Feather Marina. Smith told us that tables will be set up so extra cards may be purchased for $5 each until 2:55 p.m. "Gas is available at both Holly Park Marina and Foxes Lodge." Boaters are urged to decorate their boat and join us for the "Poker Run on the Bend". "A cash prize will be given away for the best decorated boat," Smith said. The event is sponsored by the Great East Texas Outdoor Fest and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's mission to improve economic development opportunities along the Texas side of Toledo Bend Lake. For more information contact Pat Smith at 936-275-8223.

August 15th, 2016, Monday

Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department Responded to Call for Assistance

Sabine Parish Sheriffs Department responded to a call for assistance from the Louisiana Sheriffs Association (LSA) Emergency Task Force. Deputies Jimmy Campbell and Frank Maxie volunteered to deploy to Livingston Parish. They have worked without sleep last night and today and have made numerous rescues and saved lives. Desoto Parish also sent Deputies to assist. Keep these guys in your prayers.

August 15th, 2016, Monday

Vehicle Swept Away in High Water in Hineston Kills a Woman, Hospitalizes Child

An unidentified female drowned and a child is hospitalized after their vehicle was swept away in the Big Creek, Tolbert Loop area of Hineston, according to a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office press release. Rapides Parish Deputies along with the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Reports indicate the female subject and small child were traveling in a vehicle on Big Creek Rd. when they went through some water near a bridge and were swept into a ditch. The female and child escaped the vehicle before it sank in the rough water. Two other females were walking near the area when they heard what they thought was a cat screaming in the distance. When they went to investigate, they located a small child clinging to a tree. The two females then swam to rescue the child. The female subject was located nearby and appeared to have already drowned. The child was taken to a local hospital and appeared to be in good condition. The name of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

August 15th, 2016, Monday

Car Accident Causes Traffic Delay

On Wednesday morning, during a busy time that included the opening morning of school at the new MHS complex, also a two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 6 near the school during this time that caused traffic delays, the MPD was called to the Corner Market located at the corner of San Antonio & MLK to make a report on a delivery truck striking the building and causing moderate damage. There were no injuries reported.

August 12th, 2016, Friday

Attempted Shoplifting At Walmart

The Many Police Dept. is investigating an attempted shoplifting at WalMart on Wednesday, August 10th at around 7:30am. According to information received, two subjects loaded a shopping cart with a 32” LED Television, a potted plant, a package of cough drops, 5 cases of Bud Light beer and then attempted to leave without paying for items. When confronted in the parking lot, the male and female left the cart and then exited the area in a silver Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck. The value of the items taken was in excess of $300.00. If you have any information on the identity of these individuals, please contact Detective Todd McNeely of the Many Police Department at 256-5617.

August 12th, 2016, Friday

Slippery Roads May Have Been a Factor in Roll-Over Accident

Emergency personnel were called to a one car rollover accident on Highway 87 South, shortly before 6 p.m. A motorist spotted skid marks as he made his way around the curvy roadway, about a mile south of the Sandy Creek Bridge.  "That's what caught my attention and then I saw lights. It is a really good thing the park lights were on or I don't think I would have saw the truck through the trees," he said. Ericka Nichols was shaken up, but did not appear injured. Sabine County EMS checked her out to make sure she did not need to be transported to the hospital for treatment.  "I wasn't going very fast the roads are to curvy," she said.  Nichols works in Hemphill, but lives in DeRidder and was on her way home. The motorist who spotted her car told us it had been raining and there were several patches of standing water.  Nichols said that as she made her way around the curve the 2004 Chevy truck began to slide and once it left the roadway flipped and spun several times before coming to a stop in the tree line.  The truck landed on its side backwards, narrowly missing the large trees.  Fairmount Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene with First Responders and were assisted by Six Mile Volunteer Fire Department. Sabine County Sheriff's Deputies secured the accident site and collected initial information. The Department of Public Safety will investigate the details of the accident.

August 12th, 2016, Friday

Ratliff Wins Prestigious Salinas Buckle

Winn Ratliff endured some tense moments before he was presented his buckle as the bareback riding champion of the historic California Rodeo Salinas, which has been around since 1911. Ratliff was third man out in the short go July 24 and grabbed the lead in the average race with 161.5 points on two head. He had placed seventh in the long go, but vaulted to the top of the aggregate with his ride for 82 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Big Star. “It was a nail-biter,” Ratliff said. “I was sitting by the bucking chutes after my ride, and people were telling me I might win, and I might not win. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, because the other guys had good matchups, too.” His score held up for the win, and that was a big thrill for the 27-year-old cowboy from Leesville, La. “I couldn’t believe that I actually won Salinas,” he said. “I was pretty tickled. It’s really neat with all the history behind it. You hear stories about this rodeo — it’s like Cheyenne (Wyo.), a big outdoor rodeo. Salinas is one of the rodeos that every cowboy wants to check off his bucket list. The buckle is pretty prestigious ... it’s beautiful.” He’d seen Big Star before, and watched Tim O’Connell win a round in Fort Worth, Texas, on the horse earlier this year. “I knew I had a really good horse to ride, but I wasn’t sure it was enough to win the short go with all the great horsepower they had here,” Ratliff said. “My horse performed, and I performed, and snuck out a win.” He spoke by phone just before going through airport security July 24, on his way to ride Monday night at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo. Ratliff is a three-time qualifier (2012, 2014-15) for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, and is well on his way to reaching the Finals again this December in Las Vegas. He won $6,073 in Salinas, and is seventh in the July 25 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Still, he wanted to win a big rodeo. “I was telling my mom the other day that I needed a big win,” he said. “I’m healthy and I’m riding really good. I’d been placing really good, but I hadn’t won since Molalla (Ore.) on July 4. I’m having a good year, but to win Salinas is really good for a guy’s confidence. It’s really neat to get this win under my belt.” Ratliff’s best finish was seventh in the world standings in 2014; he was ninth in 2012 and 15th last year. “I try to be persistent, and also be consistent,” he said. It was his first time to win Salinas, and one he’ll always remember. “The last couple of years I’ve had to turn out at Salinas because I made the short round in Nampa (Idaho) the same weekend and had to make a choice,” he said. “This year it worked out so I could work both of them. Last year I ended up winning Nampa, and it worked out the opposite way this year.” After competing in Spanish Fork, Ratliff will fly home to Louisiana to see family — including grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and, of course, his wife, Brittany and their daughter, Maryclaire, who turned 1 on May 18. He’ll attend the annual church revival camp meeting in Oak Grove, La. “It’s been a tradition with the church since it was built over 100 years ago, and our family pitches in and helps host people who come from churches in other states,” he said. “I try to make it a priority to go, but didn’t get to go last year.” This year, he can proudly show everyone his Salinas buckle. Other winners at the $375,345 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($6,347 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), steer wrestler Cody Kroul (20.1 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska (47.4 seconds on five head), saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (170 points on two head), tie-down roper Cooper Martin (30.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Nellie Miller (64.82 seconds on four head) and bull rider Scottie Knapp (167.5 points on two head).

August 12th, 2016, Friday

2nd Infantry Division Soldier Killed in Seoul, South Korea

A 2nd Infantry Division soldier was found dead over the weekend in her apartment north of Seoul. Sgt. Jacqueline M. Anderson, 26, of Leesville, La., died Sunday afternoon in her Dongducheon residence, a 2ID press release said. Cause of death is still under investigation. Anderson’s husband asked a neighbor to call police after finding her unconscious, said a police official in Dongducheon, home to Camp Casey and other U.S. bases near the border with North Korea. She was already dead when officers arrived, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. Anderson, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, was stationed in Dongducheon with her husband, Sgt. Carl William Anderson, who is also with the 210th Field Artillery Brigade.

August 12th, 2016, Friday

Military Court Rejects Religious Angle in Marine's Discharge

The U.S. military's highest court is upholding the bad-conduct discharge of a Marine who argued that the disciplinary action violated her religious beliefs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington issued the 4-1 opinion Wednesday against former Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling.  A special court-martial convicted Sterling in 2014 of six offenses stemming largely from her refusal to remove from her workplace at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina three hand-made signs containing the biblical quotation, "No weapon formed against me shall prosper." Sterling argued during her trial that she was a Christian, and that she had posted the signs because co-workers were picking on her. The court found that Sterling had not informed her supervisor of the signs' religious significance, and that the supervisor was justified in ordering her to remove them.

August 11th, 2016, Thursday

Calcasieu Coroner "100% Sure" Mary Horton Vail was Murdered

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke said he is 100 percent sure that Mary Horton Vail was murdered. Welke was the first witness to take the stand in the evidence phase of Felix Vail's murder trial. Opening statements were held Tuesday afternoon after a jury was seated. Felix Vail is accused of murdering his wife, Mary Horton Vail, in 1962. Mary's death was ruled an accidental drowning when it happened, but her family never believed it. In 2013, Vail was indicted for murder after the case was reopened. Welke testified that he was sure Mary was murdered after seeing two photographs - the only two photographs that have survived in the 54 years since she died. Welke testified about a scarf around her neck and face and said that she entered the water stiff. Welke told jurors that people who drown have more advanced decomposition than she had when her body was found in the Calcasieu River. People who drown are found in what's called the "dead man's float" position. District Attorney John DeRosier said in opening statements that the doctors who examined Mary's body in 1962 didn't have such expertise. DeRosier outlined the state's case, saying it consists of three chapters: the first is about Mary Vail; the second is about his girlfriend Sharon Hensley, and the third is about another wife, Annette Craver Vail. DeRosier said like Mary, Sharon and Annette are gone - presumed dead - and that Vail is the last one to have seen them alive.  DeRosier said the jury will write the fourth chapter when it finds Vail guilty of murder. The defense, however, took a much different view.  Attorney Andy Casanave told jurors Annette may be in Mexico while Sharon could be in a nursing home in Cleveland. Casanave told jurors to pay close attention to what the state does not have - since reports are missing and most of those who were around when Mary died are themselves dead. Casanave said if jurors pay attention to what isn't there, they will find Vail not guilty. The defense will cross-examine Welke when the trial continues in the morning.

August 11th, 2016, Thursday

San Augustine Attorney Indicted and Arrested

KJAS News has learned that a man who opened a law office in San Augustine has been indicted by the San Augustine County Grand Jury and arrested on a charge of Falsely Holding Oneself Out as a Lawyer. Named in the indictment is Edward Allen Malone who, according to his website, was practicing law at 1501 Barrett Street. KJAS News has discovered that this address is actually a small house in a residential neighborhood on the far west side of San Augustine. Malone’s website now has a sign posted which says “Sorry, Temporarily Closed”. No details about the case were included in the indictment. However, very reliable sources close to the case tell KJAS that Malone had been allegedly disbarred in another state, and then came to Texas and, without disclosing the previous disbarment, was approved by the Texas State Bar and set up shop as an attorney in San Augustine in about May of 2015. Sources say that almost immediately, Malone allegedly got crossed up with the District Attorney and also a District Judge. The source says that it was then discovered that Malone was allegedly less than truthful to the State Bar of Texas. KJAS News has uncovered a document dated June 7th, 2016 and signed by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, along with the eight judges of the court, in which Malone was stripped of his license to practice law in Texas. The documents also contained several orders pertaining to the notification of any clients that Malone was representing. The documents, which were filed by The Board of Law Examiners, went on to say that when Malone began the process of applying to practice law in Texas in June of 2013, he “…did not disclose his admission to the Virginia State Bar”. The document went on to say that Malone “…did not disclose his discipline by the Virginia State Bar”. The documents also say that Malone was advised of his rights to appeal the findings and prove his case, but he apparently never responded. Malone did, however, file an affidavit in the case. In the first sentence, Malone said “This Court has no authority to compel me to do a thing. I am not an officer of this Court nor am I an employee of the State of Texas”. Malone went on to say “As a decency to my clients and as a courtesy to this Court, however, I am honoring your request”, and he said that he would be notifying his clients that his license to practice law in Texas had been revoked. Malone also filed a document listing thirty-nine reasons why he believes that his license to practice law should be reinstated. In that filing, Malone points out that he is black, and that the members of the panel who recommended that his law license be revoked were all white. In other documents, Malone also makes mention of slavery. According to documents obtained from the San Augustine County Clerk’s Office, Malone was arrested at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and his bond had been pre-set set at $5,000.00. At last word, Malone remained in the San Augustine County Jail. An indictment by the Grand Jury does not mean that a person is guilty of a crime. It simply indicates that Grand Jury members felt that enough evidence exists to merit a trial.

Leader in State Government Killed in Two-Vehicle Accident

Jimmy D. Long, Sr., a leader in state government for nearly a half-century, was killed in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon near his home on University Parkway in Natchitoches. Funeral arrangements for the long-time legislator and higher education board member are under the direction of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral home and were incomplete late Tuesday. Long was the brother of current Senate President Pro Tem Gerald Long of Natchitoches. Before his appointment in 20001 to the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana Systerm, Jimmy Long served eight consecutive terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1968-2000. He was a lifelong business leader and cattleman in Natchitoches who received numerous other honors for his leadership in civic, professional and church activities.

August 11th, 2016, Thursday

Tri-Parish Drug Task Force Deputies Awarded

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle congratulated an area deputy on his recent award from the Tri-Parish Drug Task Force this week. The awards were given in recognition of significant drug seizures in DeSoto, Red River and Sabine parishes. Corporal Michael Dunn received the award for DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office. Also recognized was Deputy Tony Matteson from Red River Parish Sheriff's Office and Deputy Jimmy Campbell and Deputy Frank Maxie from Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office.

August 11th, 2016, Thursday

Mayor Presents Business of the Month

During the Council Meeting Monday, August 8, 2016 Mayor Allen presented the business of the month certificate to Mrs. Cindy Wann-Jeane of Phoenix Gift Gallery. Cindy said that her dad, Don Goins moved back to Leesville after college and started his dream job as a pharmacist, which lasted over 50 years. In 1970 Mr. Goins purchased the business from other partners and opened Don's Hallmark and Don's Good Neighbor Pharmacy.  Cindy said " I grew up in the business and learned everything from the ground up, from running a cash register and sweeping floors to prescription delivery, advertising, and human resources." The Gift Gallery is a gift boutique and hallmark shoppe that started in 2010 as a department within Phoenix Pharmacy and has grown to size and popularity since then. In 2014 the family made the decision to get out of the pharmacy business, and merged the Don's Hallmark into the mix and continued to expand. Cindy state "Downtown Leesville was close to my dad's heart and he refused to abandon it in the late 1970's when all the businesses were moving to strip centers on the highway. Leesville's history and main street is dear to mine and my husbands heart and its apart of who we are. It has been so rewarding to be apart of all the progress that has been made over the last decade.   People come from all over Central Louisiana to visit the Gift Gallery. Cindy is confident her father would be proud of what has been done with the business and how it is still giving back to the hometown he lobes so much.

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Food Pantry In Pineland

The Sabone County Food Pantry will be open in Pineland and serve qualified families on the third Thursday of each month. This month, distribution will take place on August 18th at the pineland Activity and Nutrition Center at 313 Dogwood from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Participants must provide their current mailing address and gross household income. In addition, you must provide the certification periods if you receive TANF, SNAp, SSI, or Medicaid benefits. If you are on any one of  these programs, and you don't exceed the income limits, you are eligible. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, vertal or non-veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Council On Aging Announcements

Sabine Council On Aging has quite a few things coming up: Nomination forms for Sabine Parish Older Worker of the Year are now available at the SCOA office or may be emailed to you. Deadline for that is August 30. The SCOA will no longer have Senior day at the Sabine Parish Fair. They will now be having a Senior Fall Festival. The Fall Festival  will be in the Fiesta Building at the Tamale Fiesta Grounds in Zwolle. Senior Fall Festival will be held on September 22. The Sabine Parish Older Worker of the Year will be honored at the Sabine Parish Fall Festival. 

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Work On Beauregard Courthouse, Parish Jail Progressing

There's progress to report on two big Beauregard Parish projects - the Gothic Jail and the parish courthouse.  Parish leaders said the courthouse should be completed by February or March of next year. Right now, workers are focused on the main courtroom, which will feature stained glass. Also, two smaller courtrooms will be added. "well, we are maintaining our historical building - it over a hundred years old. We debated on whether to relocate and build a new building or restore the original courthouse and we're doing that and that just brings this sense of history to the community," said Bobby Hennigan, parish administrator. As for the jail, residents could be having some fun there come Halloween time. Parish officials hope the repair work will be finished by then. Right now, the floor is being repaired. Several other repairs are being done to make the facility safer. The jail will also get new windows.

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Former State Lawmaker Jimmy Long Sr. Dies in Auto Accident

An automobile accident has claimed the life of former state Rep. Jimmy Long Sr. Natchitoches Police Det. John Greely confirms Long, of Natchitoches, died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident Tuesday near his home. Long was 84. Greely says a Jeep Wrangler traveling west on University Parkway hit Long's car shortly before noon as he pulled out of a private driveway. Greely says the driver of the Jeep was 16-years-old. He did not know if he was cited in the crash. Long also served since 2001 as a member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. He also served eight terms in the Louisiana House, from 1968-2000, and worked as a grocer and cattleman.

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Red River Parish Dollar General Robbed at Gunpoint

The Red River Sheriff's Office is investigating after a dollar store in Coushatta was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning. It happened around 12:30 a.m. at the Dollar General at 1020 Cut Off Road. Deputies say the store manager was robbed at gunpoint as she was closing down the store.  No injuries were reported. No description of the robber has been released at this time.

August 10th, 2016, Wednesday

Mayor Allen Presents Cook Brothers wirth Certificate of Recognition

During the Council Meeting yesterday, August 8, 2016 Mayor Allen presented two young men with certificates of recognition for their generous donation of watermelons. Kollin and Konner Cook of Rosepine, LA donated watermelons to the City of Leesville. These melons were distributed to the Martin Luther King Community Center for their summer program. All the children that participated in the summer program really enjoyed them, and the City is very appreciative of these young men's generous donation. 

August 9th, 2016, Tuesday

Police Checkpoint

In an effort to combat impaired driving in the area, Louisiana State Police Troop D plans to conduct a DWI checkpoinjt on Friday, August 12 from approximately 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish.

August 9th, 2016, Tuesday

Thieves Strike Two East Texas Car Dealerships

Police in Center, Texas are asking for the public's help regarding two thefts that happened at Ray Jones Chevrolet and Wright Dodge. According to police, the crime happened sometime between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, August 5. Authorities say the thieves took two white tailgates from new trucks at Ray Jones Chevrolet and three sets of wheel simulators from Wright Dodge. The Center Police Department is asking for the public to be on the lookout for the thieves and report any information related to the case. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a web tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters are reminded they can remain anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Crime Stoppers system.

August 9th, 2016, Tuesday

Three Arrested For Exploitation of Infirmed Individual

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of John C. Compton, 44 of Leesville, Oliver Michael Medina, 46, and Amy Vanderhoff Medina, 40 of Anacoco. The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation which began in April 2016 into the possible exploitation of an infirm person who was, at the time, 75 years of age. Detectives were able to determine that the victim had been suffering from a neurological impairment for at least 2 years prior to the incidents. During the course of the investigation Detectives issued numerous Subpoenas to financial institutions in order to obtain the financial records of the victim, as well as the suspects. Upon receiving the bank documentation and surveillance videos, Detectives were able to identify persons involved in making transactions, on the victim’s bank accounts. These transactions included large monetary withdrawals and a multitude of access card transactions. John. C. Compton was identified as a family member of the victim. Compton had also recently obtained a durable power of attorney in July 2016 on the victim which he used frequently at local financial institutions. Amy Vanderhoff Medina was identified as a caregiver for the victim. It was also learned that Medina had obtained a durable power of attorney in April 2016 on the victim, which she used to make numerous banking transactions. Oliver M. Medina was identified as the husband of Amy Medina. Further investigation showed that Oliver Medina was in the company of Amy Medina when she made several purchases utilizing the victim’s ATM Debit Card. Oliver M. Medina is an employee of the physical security division of the DPS Police which provides security services at government buildings. Medina has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately until this matter is resolved. The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified in excess of $59,000 worth of suspicious transactions on the victim’s accounts at this time. Louisiana Law states that the exploitation of persons with infirmities is the intentional expenditure, diminution, or use by any person, including a caregiver, of the property or assets of a person with an infirmity, an adult with a disability, or any person who is aged. The law also indicated that the use of a power of attorney or guardianship of a person with an infirmity, a person, who is aged, or an adult with a disability for one’s own profit or advantage by means of fraudulent conduct, practices, or representations. The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

August 9th, 2016, Tuesday

Off-Duty VPSO Deputy Hears Woman's Prayers, Helps Her After Fall

An off-duty Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office deputy heard the prayers of an 82-year-old Leesville woman who fell and broke her hip in the oppressive heat and was able to assist. Authorities said it happened Wednesday as Patrol Deputy Randy Kennedy was at a location in the area of Herring Street in Leesville. He heard what he believed was someone calling for help and found Wanda "Dumpy" Moore lying on the steps of her home, praying. "Deputy Kennedy spoke with Ms. Moore and reassured her that he would get her help. Ms. Moore indicated that she had fallen on the steps of her residence. Ms. Moore insisted that Deputy Kennedy contact VPSO Asst. Chief Ronnie Hagan due to the fact that she knows Asst. Chief Hagan. Asst. Chief Hagan immediately responded to the residence where he and Deputy Kennedy were able to get Ms. Moore into a vehicle and transport her to a local hospital," a VPSO news release states. Moore was found to have a broken hip. She has since undergone surgery and is recovering, according to her family. "We are extremely proud of the quick actions of Deputy Kennedy and Asst. Chief Ronnie Hagan in assisting Ms. Moore. We are proud to serve the citizens of Vernon Parish," the release states.

August 8th, 2016, Monday

2 Accused of Cashing Bogus Checks Sought in Many, Louisiana

Police in Many, Louisiana are asking for the public's help with identifying two people accused of cashing bogus checks. According to police, the crime happened on March 15 at an area grocery story. Surveillance pictures show a man and a woman who reportedly cashed fake company checks. Anyone with information about this felony crime is urged to call the Many Police Department at 318-256-5617.

August 8th, 2016, Monday

Ford Recall

Ford is recalling about 830,000 vehicles in the US and Mexico becaus ethe side door latches can break and the doors can open while the vehicles are moving. The recall covers vertain 2013-2015 Ford Escape SUVs and C-Max cars, and 2012- 2015 Ford Escape SUVs and C-Max cars amd 2012-2015 Focus cars. Also included are 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect Vans and Ford Mustang sports cars and Lincoln MKC SUVs from 2015. Ford says a tab inside the latch can break, stopping the door from latching.

August 5th, 2016, Friday

West Sabine County Student Identified in Red Hills Lake Drowning

Shock has begun to ripple across this tiny community as news spread that West Sabine High School Senior Donovan Grisby lost his life in a drowning accident at the lake this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers. Daily News reported earlier this evening that a dive team from San Augustine was working to recovery the body of an 18-year old Sabine County teen at Red Hill Lake Recreational area in the northern end of the community. The call went out at approximately 4:45 p.m. of a possible drowning victim. First Responders from both Pendleton Harbor and Shamrock Shores Volunteer Fire Departments were called out to assist.  Swimmers at the lake tried to help the young man after he did not resurface in the swimming area, but were unable to get to him. Reports indicate he could have become entangled in underwater vegetation, in about 17 feet of water. Red Hill Lake on Highway 87 North, approximately three miles north of the Highway 21 intersection in Milam. The Recreation Area is a 19 acre lake located about 10 miles northeast of Hemphill, in the Sabine National Forest.

August 5th, 2016, Friday

Man Of Interest in Vernon Toddler Death faces February Trial on Other Charges

The death of 2-year-old Willow Renteria-Molina has been ruled a homicide, but three months later no charges have been filed. However, the man authorities say was her caregiver when she died is to be tried on other charges in Beauregard Parish. The charges stem from the investigation into the toddler's disappearance and death in May in Vernon Parish. Judge Kerry Anderson has found that there is "probable cause" to try Rodney "Donnie" Bailey Jr. on five counts, including methamphetamine possession, illegal carrying of a .38 caliber revolver, illegal possession of a stolen car and use of a vehicle without the owner's consent. Bailey's trial is set for 9 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, in DeRidder. He remains in the Beauregard Parish Jail with bond set at $120,000.

August 5th, 2016, Friday

Natchitoches Man Held on 2.25 Million Dollar Bond

A Natchitoches man is in custody with a $2.25 million bond for allegedly attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend and her parents in South Bossier last Sunday.Bossier Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Zachary P. Braley with three counts of attempted first degree murder and property damage. Deputies were called to the 200 block of Shadow Ridge Drive on Sunday, July 31 at 2:24 a.m. in regards to a fire. Deputies say Braley created two incendiary devices, placing them at the entrance and exit of the family’s camper trailer. The homeowners woke up to flames at the door of the camper. The family made it out unharmed, and detectives say the family is fortunate to be alive. The family was temporarily living in the trailer while repairs were being made to their home from a flood earlier this year. Detectives say they found evidence linking Braley’s vehicle to the fire. Braley was taken in for questioning and reportedly confessed to attempting to kill the family.   Deputies say Braley created the incendiary devices by filling up a couple gallon jugs with gasoline, and he made a wick using a bandana. The camper has an estimate of $12,500 worth of damage caused by the fire. Braley was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility. Additional charges from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office are pending.

August 5th, 2016, Friday

Recent Comeaux Grad Dies in DeRidder Crash

A recent graduate of Comeaux High School died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Tabernacle Road in Beauregard Parish. State police said Angela Bridgette Vidrine was driving shortly after midnight near DeRidder. The 2003 Honda Accord she was driving ran off the road at a high rate of speed and struck a tree, state police said.  Vidrine, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Beauregard Parish Coroner’s Office.  Three passengers in the vehicle were properly restrained and had minor injuries. State police said alcohol use and excessive speed are suspected factors that contributed to the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from Vidrine for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation, state police said.  Friends in Lafayette said Vidrine graduated in May from Comeaux High School. State Police said her address was DeRidder, but friends said she was a Lafayette resident when she attended Comeaux. 

August 4th, 2016, Thursday

DeRidder Man Arrested for Sexual Conduct With a Juvenile

On July 23, Deputies, along with the officers from the Lecompte Police Department, responded to U. S. Youth Services, formerly Red River Academy, in Lecompte. The call was in reference to criminal sexual conduct involving a staff member and a juvenile student. Deputies, along with Lecompte PD, collected necessary information for a report and the case was turned over Sheriff’s Detectives for further investigation. Detectives identified the suspect as Michael Matthew Guy, 23 of Deridder. Guy, an employee, was not at the facility at the time of the report. Through their investigation, Detectives developed sufficient probable cause that supported the initial allegations of the victim. On August 1, Guy was taken into custody without incident and arrested for one count carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count indecent behavior with a Juvenile. Guy was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he remains on a $200,000.00 bond. Detectives said their investigation is still ongoing.

August 4th, 2016, Thursday

House Explodes and Burns Near Pineland

Pineland Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 1902 Tatom Road, off of Plainview Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Neighbors reported a very loud explosion and a blanket of very thick black smoke rising from the adjacent property.  Pineland firefighters arrived to find a home completely engulfed in flames. Both Hemphill and Rosevine Volunteer Fire Departments were called in to assist in keeping the fire from spreading. The house appeared to be vacant, but neighbors reported seeing a female walking from the house shortly before the explosion. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

August 4th, 2016, Thursday

One Person Has Died After Dump Truck Overturned in Milam

The Department of Public Safety has released the preliminary crash investigation involving a 2006 International dump truck was pulling a trailer south on Highway 87 when Woods, the drive of the dump truck, disregarded the stop sign at Highway 21, drove off the road, and struck an unoccupied car in the parking lot of a local convenience store, the press release stated. After the truck struck the parked car, Woods over-corrected to the left, and his dump truck rolled over in the southbound lane of SH, the press release stated. He was ejected from the dump truck. The man who died as a result of the accident was identified a Jerry Woods, 58, of Texarkana.

August 4th, 2016, Thursday

Remains Found at Grand Canyon Believed to Be Natchitoches Woman

The remains of a woman, believed to be from Louisiana, has been found at the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service believe that the body belongs to 22-year-old Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches. Zacarias was reported missing on Apr. 3 by her family members. She took a shuttle to the South Rim and was dropped off at the Maswick Lodge on Apr. 2. The remains have been transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner for a positive identification. The National Park Service and the medical examiner are conducting an investigation. A family spokesperson says it has not been confirmed to them to be the body of Diana. The autopsy is still underway. Zacarias was an industrial engineering technology major at Northwestern State University and was on the school's rowing team at the time she went missing. On Zacarias' Facebook page, she updated her profile picture (seen above) on Apr. 1 at 10:59 p.m. KTBS 3 News spoke with Trish Miller, a family friend and spokesperson for the Zacarias family. They are not speaking on camera to media at this time. But Miller is managing a GoFundMe account to help the family. She says the money has been used to help Diana's father -- Alejandro -- travel back and forth to Arizona. He searched for her himself and passed out flyers around the canyon. The account is still open if you wish to donate to help them through this difficult time

August 4th, 2016, Thursday

NPSO, LSP, and EMS Respond to LA Hwy 153 Crash

At approximately 3:13pm, on Tuesday, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, Louisiana State Police, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to a single-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 153 near Wooley's Grocery in the Ashland area of Natchitoches Parish. The driver and passenger of the 2002 Chevrolet pickup which left the roadway and became submerged in a creek received minor injuries. Both occupants in the vehicle were able to break a window and exit the vehicle before it was completely submerged in the creek. Both occupants told deputies the creek had alligators swimming in it. Troopers assigned to LSP -E Alexandria investigated the crash.

August 3rd, 2016, Wednesday

Continuing Investigation

The Many Police Department is continuing their investigation into a theft that occurred back on July 15th. The theft took place at BM Motors located on Fisher Hwy and involved the theft of a tool box from a vehicle that was parked on the lot. Taken from the pickup was a Craftsman Harley Davidson tool box that contained an assortment of tools. The value of the tool box and contents were placed at $960.00. If you have any knowledge of the theft or whereabouts of this tool box, please contact the Many Police Department at 256-5617.

August 3rd, 2016, Wednesday

Search and Rescue Mission

Members of the Texas EquuSearch search and rescue organization were in town on Tuesday to assist local law enforcement with a missing person investigation. The team, which is headquartered out of Dickinson, Texas, has increasingly become involved in high-profile abduction cases, including that of Natalee Holloway. The team consists of volunteers and they operate solely on donations. The team assisted the MPD at a location of interest with their ground penetrating equipment. Although the results were negative, the investigation is ongoing.

August 3rd, 2016, Wednesday

Driver Barrels Through Dequincy Cemetery Leaving Graves Exposed

A cemetery in DeQuincy sustained extensive damage after a local man drove off the road and barreled through the graveyard last week. Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the driver lost control on a curve about 12:30 a.m. last Thursday on Rigmaiden Cemetery Road. The driver smashed into a pole, which caused most of the damage to the two rows of grave sites.  Now, several grave sites have been exposed and others are in need of serious repair.  The driver was taken by ambulance to the hospital but was not injured. Deputies performed a field sobriety test and concluded he was not intoxicated.. The driver was issued a careless operations ticket, but that may not be the end. "If his insurance does not cover this, he could face other consequences through court," said Mancuso. Riley Smith Funeral Home is in charge of repairs to the grave sites. It estimates that the costs will be over $125,000.  "You know you think about this is a final resting place and it should be peaceful but of course that's disturbed now," said Ken Bredehoeft, who was shocked to see how much damage was caused. His family members' graves were among those damaged. "We're not the only ones who are feeling a certain loss; there are other families in this area who are experiencing the same shock and the same loss," he added. The damage done to the Bredehoeft's sites was not as extensive as some of the other graves that were left completely exposed.

August 2nd, 2016, Tuesday

New Member Of LDAA Board of Directors

The Louisiana District Attorney's Association has announced that District Attorney Don M. Burkett has been elected as a member of the LDAA Board of Directors. Mister Burkett is District Attorney in the 11th Judicial District of Louisiana in Sabine Parish and is a Past President of the LDAA. Also Elected were President-J. Reed Walters, Vice President-Ricky Babin, Second Vice President-S. Andrew Shealy, and various other board members. The new officers begin their terms on August 15th, 2016.

August 2nd, 2016, Tuesday

Natchitoches Man Dies After Falling 18-20 Feet Off Natchitoches Roof

A West Monroe man died after apparently falling off the roof of a home being built just north of Natchitoches, Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. said. Deputies say 54-year-old Donavan Labbe, of the 100 block of Rivere Road, and a construction crew were building a home in the 100 block of St. Luke Church Road when Labbe fell about 18 to 20 feet to the ground. It happened about 7:55 a.m. July 31, authorities said. Natchitoches Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Clanton said Labbe was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center then flown to University Health in Shreveport, where he died. An autopsy was to be performed the morning of Aug. 1 to determine the exact cause of death. "At this time, it appears to be accidental and no foul play suspected," says a statement from the sheriff's office.

August 2nd, 2016, Tuesday

Lock-Up Prevention Program

There will be a "Lock-Up Prevention Program" for youth at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 4th, at the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Training Building at 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive in DeRidder. Beauregard parish officials will lead a discussion on the consequences of going to jail. There will be a jail tour. This is for youth ages 10-18. For more information, contact Faciane, Galbreath, or Halter at (337) 463-3281. This free event begain in 2009 to give area youth a look at the reality of being behind bars.

August 1st, 2016, Monday

"Blue Lives Matter" Law in Effect

A new law goes into effect today in Louisiana that makes it a hate crime to intentionally attack a police officer or first responder just because of their uniform. La. House Bill No. 953 is formally called Act 184, but it has been referred to as the "Blue Lives Matter" bill. The first of it's kind in the country, it was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards on May 26th, 2016. While Louisiana is the first state to make attacking emergency responders a hate crime, there are now similar efforts underway in several other states and on the federal level.

August 1st, 2016, Monday

Robbers Target Truck Stop

Within a little more than four hours, a Shreveport store was robbed and someone tried to rob a truck stop between Greenwood and Bethany. About 2:09 a.m. Aug. 1, a male brandishing a handgun demanded money from money from a clerk at Relay Station on U.S. Highway 79 between Button Road and Wood Pine Trail.  Caddo sheriff's deputies say he didn't get away with any money. The gunman, who was wearing an orange T-shirt, last was seen on foot and headed south on Hwy. 79. Investigators are gathering surveillance video and other evidence from the scene. A little more than four hours earlier, two gunmen robbed Family Dollar in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Shreveport. Police say it happened just before 10 p.m. July 31. The duo reportedly took money from a safe then took off. No one was hurt in either case.

August 1st, 2016, Monday

103.1 KWLA

103.1 KWLA is experiencing some reception problems due to damage to the tower from Monday's storm. We at BDC Radio ask that our listeners be patient with us. We are working diligently to correct the problem.Thanks for listening to BDC Radio and KWLA.

July 29 2016, Friday

Leesville Water Department is Moving

The Leesville Water Department is scheduled to move locations Monday, August 1st to 451 Nolan Trace (West Texas Highway), the location oif the old state school building. The drop box will be available for payment drop offs on Monday, August 1st, which will be adjacent to the driveway. Also, the water department has new telephone numbers which are (337) 404-4098 and (337) 404-4099.

July 29 2016, Friday

CLTCC Offering Federal Student Loans

Central Louisiana Technical Community College today announced it will offer federal student loans for the first time in the college's history to eligible students planning to enroll in the 2016 fall semester, which starts August 22, 2016. Student loans are available under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of education. CLTCC received approval to make loans a part of its financial aid package this month. Although the tuition and fees at community colleges are among the lowest of all sectors of higher education, college and living expenses continue to rise, causing many students to view college as unaffordable.

July 29 2016, Friday

Unrestrained Natchitoches Woman Killed in Crash

On Thursday, a single vehicle crash killed a woman from Natchitoches. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. Troopers responded to the crash around 3:00 p.m., which occured on Interstate 49 south of the avoyelles Parish Line. The crash involved a 2003 Ford van, driven by Samuel Darden of New Llano. The Ford was Southbound on Interstate 49 when one of the tires experienced a failure. Darden then lost control of the vehicle and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle began overturning. Darden received moderate injuries as a result of the crash. His passenger, identified as Ayesha Davis, was pronounced dead. Routine Toxicology reports are pending. The crash remains under investigation. If you experience a tire failure (blowout) while driving, don't apply the brakes initially. After you have regained control of your vehicle, then apply the brakes softly. Concentrate on steering, allow the car to slow down gradually, and the sterr the vehicle off the road. The type of vehicle you are driving will play a major role in your ability to maintain control. If you are mentally prepared for an emergency, chances are you will respond appropriately.

July 29 2016, Friday

103.1 KWLA

103.1 KWLA is experiencing some reception problems due to damage to the tower from Monday's storm. We at BDC Radio ask that our listeners be patient with us. We are working diligently to correct the problem.Thanks for listening to BDC Radio and KWLA.

July 29 2016, Friday

Benefit Volleyball Tournament

A Benefit Volleyball tournament will be Held August 4-5, 2016 in the Provencal Gym and Community center benefiting Brandon Malone,36. T-shirts will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. A Raffle drawing fo a Light Blue Tundra Yeti will be held August 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Provencal Gym. Chicken Spaghetti plates will be sold Friday, August 5th, starting at 6:30 in the gym. Adults:$8.00, children:$6.00. On Saturday, August 6th,  a catfish plate lunch sale will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. at Provencal Community Center. Adults: $9.00, children $7.00. A Silent Auction will be held in the community center Friday, August 5th, and Saturday, August 6th. For more information, or to make an individual donation, contact Diane O'Bannon, (318) 652-1439, Brittany Jordan (318) 332-8523, Sandy Davis (318) 652-0540, Tammy Graves (318) 664-9984, Ember O'Bannon (318) 652-4252, or Charlene Womack (318) 652-2155.

July 28, 2016, Thursday

Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

A Many woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to possessing a short-barreled shotgun. Christi Rene McPherson, 36, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell in Alexandria to one count of unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a news release. McPherson's conviction stems from contact made in October 2015 with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office concerning firearms she took from her ex-boyfriend's home. A deputy checked the serial numbers and discovered one had been stolen from the home of a local resident. The deputy then attempted to set up a meeting with McPherson to recover the firearm, but she failed to show up. McPherson was later found at a convenience store in possession of a black bag containing a 12-gauge shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, five grenade simulators, a Kevlar vest and other firearms.   She also had 3 grams of methamphetamine and 12 pills of Lorazepam with her. Federal law requires that shotguns with barrels shorter than 18 inches long be registered. McPherson faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine and forfeiture of the seized items. She will be sentenced Oct. 31. The ATF and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph is the prosecutor.

July 28, 2016, Thursday

Suspects Identified in Oil Well Thefts

On July 5, an oil company in the Plainview area reported several thefts from their oil well sites. Deputies and Detectives from the Glenmora Substation responded to the site to make contact with oil company employees. Due to the recent thefts, the oil well company had installed surveillance cameras on the sites to assist in the apprehension of the suspects. Through their investigation, Detectives were able to obtain photos of the suspects, and a Deputy assigned to the Community Police Section in the Plainview area was able to identify the suspects from the photos. The suspects were identified as Shelton Richard and Joseph Stafford. Shelton Richard was arrested on July 13, in reference to the incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Detectives attempted to contact Stafford, who immediately began evading capture. Several attempts were made to locate Stafford. His family was even advised that he was wanted and that he needed to turn himself in. They were also cautioned not to aid him in evading law enforcement in any way.

July 28, 2016, Thursday

Help Send Off Our Girls For the World Series!

Your Louisiana Angels and Ponytails from Sabine Parish will depart on Friday, July 29th, at 2 p.m. to play softball in Alexandria. Please help us send them off by lining the streets of San Antonio Avenue and cheering them on as they head out! Step outside, wave, yell, and wish them good luck! Thank you for your support!

July 27, 2016, Wednesday

Man Accused Of Inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl

A 64-year-old Starkes man is accdused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl, Calcasieu Parish authorities said. Ted R. C;ark was arrested and charged with aggravated crimes against nature. Judge Michael Canaday set bond at $200,000. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office first received a complaint against Clark on June 1st, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The girl said the incident happened in March. The girl told authorities that Clark told her he needed her help to find a dog kennel behind her home, Myers said. He then asked if they could go inside, where he inappropriately touched her. Clark was arrested on July 25th.

July 27, 2016, Wednesday

New Interim City Administrator in Leesville

The Leesville City Council agreed Monday to place former city administrator DeLain Prewitt in the interim city administrator role once more while officials continue their search for a permanent hire. Current interim city administrator Willie Banks Jr., will leave July 31st. Prewitt's appointment is effective August 1st. Banks has been serving in the post since May, when Richard Karamatic resigned to manage the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

July 27, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish School Board

Sabine Parish School Board will be holding a meeting August 1st, 2016, at 5:45 p.m. in the Sabine Parish School Board board room at 695 Peterson Street, Many, LA.

July 27, 2016, Wednesday

Natchitoches Police: Teen Fatally Shot was Carrying 'AK-47 Style' Firearm

Natchitoches police say the teen fatally shot over the weekend was carrying an "AK-47 style firearm" at the time, and no charges will be filed against the shooter. According to police, 21-year-old Melvin Pye, Jr. stayed on the scene outside the Super Stop the 1200 block of Texas St. after the shooting Sunday afternoon and called police. Pye told police the teen approached him with the firearm, which was recovered at the scene and is described by police as a "7.62x39 mm caliber AK-47 style firearm." NPD released a photo of the recovered firearm Monday afternoon along with a brief statement saying that no charges would be filed. At the same time, the statement asserted that "no further press releases or information disseminated until the District Attorney’s Office has the opportunity to review the case." Police declined to confirm whether the owner of the recovered firearm is known, or whether it is believed to have been stolen. No details have been released regarding Pye's account of the shooting itself, including whether self defense was claimed or whether any shots were fired by the teen. Police have also not revealed what weapon was used to shoot the teen, or whether it was legally owned. The teen, whose name has not been released, was shot several times. He was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he later died. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case. 

July 27, 2016, Wednesday

Many Junior High Registration

Many Junior High would like to announce that they will be registering students all of this week and next week. They would like to encourage parants to register students before the first day of school.

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

School Bus Route Open For Hire

A Zwolle and a Converse Bus Route is open for hire. Routes will be driven with a board-owned bus. Current drivers must apply by July 28th, 2016. All others must apply by August 8th, 2016. Contact Diette Ezernack at (318) 256-9228 for more information.  

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

NSU Football Victory Tour

Northwestern State University football coach, Jay Thomas, many of his staff and other Demon coaches and athletic staff will preview upcoming seasons and greet supporters during the upcoming 2016 NSU Vitory Tour, which features eight stops reaching across the state to Demon fans. A Leesville stop is planned for 6 p.m. July 27th, 2016 at Mexico Lino, 2503 McRae Road. All Victory Tour stops are reception-style events that will last approximately two hours, including a brief program  midway featuring Thomas and other NSU coaches in attendance. Door prizes will be awarded at each stop, with schedule cards and other promotional materials available.

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

Rosepine Resident Accused of Killing Hogs

A 17-year-old Rosepine resident is accused of killing 16 domesticated hogs on someone's property, according to a Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department release. Chance Green was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail, charged with two counts of criminal trespassing, two counts of criminal damage to property and 16 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. The Sheriff's Office was contacted on July 17th, by a resident who said someone had shot and killed some domesticated hogs on his property in the Rospeine area. A second call was received on July 19th, saying more hogs had been shot and killed. No information regarding any alleged motive for the teen allegedly killing the hogs was provided.

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

New Details released in Merryville Drownings

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office has released new information about Sunday's drownings on the Sabine River in Merryville. Harlin Powell, 51, was found dead first while his two sons Dale, 12, and Robbie, 14, were still missing in the river. According to Sheriff Ricky Moses, the body of the first boy was recovered at 6:39 p.m. by a diver. The body of the second boy was found at 9:49 p.m. by using Sonar technology, which detects objects underwater. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division helped the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office with the search. This is the latest in a string of tragedies on the Sabine River in recent years. "It's a very dangerous river especially when they are generating at Toledo Bend Dam," said Moses."The current is a lot swifter than people realize. My best advice is to not swim in the Sabine River." The river, although beautiful, has become increasingly more dangerous recently because of the flooding back in March according to Lt. Jesse Savoie, with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  In his 26 years of service, Savoie has seen around 15 drownings just in that same area of the river alone.  He advises people to wait until the water is low, and stay away from deeper areas if you choose to swim in the river.  If you are faced with the situation of having to rescue someone, he advises that you stay out of the water unless you are a strong swimmer with advanced training. Try to throw something like a paddle or a cooler to the person in distress.  Also, if you find yourself being carried away, calmly swim with the current towards the shore. 

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating a stolen dirt bike. Between July 13th, 2016 and July 18th, 2016, a red and white 2014 Honda CRF110F dirt bike was stolen from the area of Keatchie Road in DeSoto Parish. The only identifying information on the dirt bike available is the VIN Number, which is LALJE0214E3100266. Anyone with information related to the stolen dirt bike is asked to call the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at (318)872-3956 and request to speak with Sergeant Mike Armstrong.

July 26, 2016, Tuesday

Natchitoches Police Investigate Shooting Near Texas Street

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a juvenile Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of 1205 Texas Street close to the Super Stop. On July 24th, around 3 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to 1205 Texas Street in reference to a juvenile being struck by several bullets while in the parking lot. Officers and Detectives are currently inteviewing several witnesses to this incident. The juvenile was transported to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

July 25,2016, Monday

Two People Killed in Log Truck/Pickup Wreck

The driver of the Mack truck has been identified as Christopher Wayne Harville, 35 years old, of Converse, LA by the Department of Public Safety. Harville was pronounced dead at the scene by JP Joe Sorrels, his body taken to Crawford Crim Funeral Home in Henderson. PS says the driver of the Ford has been identified as Ozine Roberts, 81 years old, of Garrison. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene by JP Joe Sorrels, his body taken to Cotton Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.

July 25,2016, Monday

Motorist Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Early Sunday morning, Troppers responded to a single vehicle crash that killed a man from Zwolle, Louisiana. He was wearing a helmet , by was ejected from the motorcycle. Troopers responded to the crash around 6:15 a.m., which occured on Kembrell Loop near Hess Road. The crash involved a 2012 Harley Davidson, driven by Ralph C. Higginbotham Jr., white male, 63. The Harley was westbound on Kimbrell Loop when Higgenbotham Jr. lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the motorcycle collided with a culvert and Higginbotham Jr. was then ejected as the motorcycle continued across a private driveway. Higginbotham Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. The exact time of the crash is unknown, but the investigation remains ongoing. Routine toxicology tests are pending.

July 25,2016, Monday

Infant left in hot car in Jonesboro while mother eats pizza

Police in Jonesboro say a 4-month-old girl is recovering after being left in a hot car while her mother ate pizza. Police were called shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday and say the child's mother said she left the child in the car because she was sleeping when she arrived at the pizza restaurant. The woman said she and family members went inside to eat and she returned outside to check on the girl after 10-15 minutes, then called 911 when she saw the girl in distress. Police say the temperature was 96 degrees at the time and the heat index was 108. The child was taken to a hospital where police say she appeared to have no heat-related problems. The mother was cited for second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

July 22, 2016, Friday

Authorities release names of three suspects in robbery of DeRidder bank

 Authorities say they have arrested three suspects involved in Monday's robbery of Sabine State Bank in DeRidder. Donavan Wolfe, 25; Anthony Fontenot, 32, and Paula Bradley, 27, all of DeRidder, were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, said DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy. An overnight investigation by the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office led to the arrests of the three suspects involved in the robbery. Bradley turned herself in, while Wolfe and Fontenot were arrested at a residence in the Bundick Lake area in Beauregard Parish. Some of the money was recovered after searching two residences, along with evidence related to the robbery.  Additional charges related to the robbery are pending as well as charges that are unrelated, Rudy said. All three suspects were booked into the parish jail. Bradley is held on a $150,000 bond, while Wolfe and Fontenot are held each on a $500,000 bond.

July 22, 2016, Friday

Man accused of failing to appear in court 4 times

A man recently booked on several charges in Sabine Parish also has a warrant for his arrest in DeSoto Parish. A report that a fugitive was at Timbers Apartments in Many on Sunday led Sabine sheriff's deputies and Many police to the complex in the 100 block of Airport Road. That's where they arrested 31-year-old Rickey Lamont Booth. He was wanted for several thefts in the area, including one at Tractor Supply in Many during which several hundred dollars' worth of horse-related items were taken.  Booth was booked into Sabine Parish Detention Center on several warrants.  Many police have charged him with 1 count each of theft of goods under $500, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges filed by the Sabine sheriff's office stem from 3 times he reportedly failed to appear before a judge to stand trial - once on charges of illegal possession of stolen things, forgery and bank fraud; another time on a charge of theft under $100 and still another on a charge of second-offense possession of marijuana. In DeSoto, Booth is wanted on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court to be arraigned on a charge of possession of marijuana.

July 22, 2016, Friday

All Lives Matter

There will be an "ALL LIVES MATTER" march in Many on Saturday, July 23rd. It beguns at 9 a.m. at the Catholic Church and continues down Main Street, turning down Capitol Streeet and anding in front of the Court House. For information please call Michael Turner at (318)581-5639.

July 21, 2016, Thursday

Bar-S Recall

Bar-S Foods company, an Altus, Oklahoma establishment, is recalling approximatelt 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adultered with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announce today. The ready-to-eat chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10th, 11th, 12, and 13th.

July 21, 2016, Thursday

Runaway Found Safe

On Wednesday, July 21st, 2016, 16-year-old Phoenix Pichon was reported missing after leaving the Second Street area in Natchitoches walking. His direction of Travel was unknown. Later Wednesday evening, Pichon was found safe. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and the Natchitoches Police Department thank the public for their assistance in locating the teen.

July 21, 2016, Thursday

NPSO, LSP, and EMS Respond to I-49 Injury Crash on Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, July 20th, at approximately 6:41 p.m., deputies assigned to the NPSo Patrol Division, Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to a two-vehicle injury crash on Interstate-49 near mile pose #142, north of Natchitoches. Two vehicles were invlved in the crash, a 2011 Hyundai and a 2005 Buick. The operator of the 2011 Hyundai was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and transferred to University Heath, Shreveport with what is believed to be serious injuries. The cause of the crash is being investigated by Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria.

July 21, 2016, Thursday

Cane River NHA to Host Lunch and Learn Lecture at Grand Ecore Visitor Center

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) will host a lunch and learn lecture entitled, “Smothered, Fried & Baked: A Discussion on Cane River Cooking Traditions with Connie Jones” on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. A licensed nutritionist, Jones is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Jones will discuss the foods and cooking techniques that make Cane River cuisine stand out amongst traditional southern foods. Specifically, Jones will cover topics including the history of the Cane River meat pie, teacakes, southern fried, and smothered foods. Jones will hone in on what makes this region’s creole style food unique and examine themes like the Holy Trinity vs. Holy “Quad,” and the sustainability and economics of traditional food preservation techniques. “Connie Jones is entertaining and knowledgeable on all things food and we are delighted to hear what she has to share about Cane River’s unique cuisine,” said Steven Fullen, CRNHA’s Director of Interpretation. The lecture will be approximately forty-five minutes long and held at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center on August 12th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided to attendees. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch. The lecture is free, but space is limited.  Please RSVP to Steven Fullen at sfullen@canerivernha.org or at 318-356-5555.

July 20, 2016, Wednesday

Bossier deputies depart for Baton Rouge

Ten Bossier deputies departed for Baton Rouge this afternoon, to provide support for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during the civil unrest in the state’s capital.  The 13 Bossier deputies who deployed to Baton Rouge July 11 had returned home safely last week. The new detachment will be sworn in as East Baton Rouge deputies and remain in the area for at least the rest of this week. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington briefed the deputies about the importance of the mission, saying, “We stand for law and order, and it’s a trying and dangerous time for them down there. I know they would come and help us if the roles were reversed.” The team, equipped with riot control gear, left Bossier shortly after 4 p.m.  Bossier Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Jay Valentine asked for God’s blessing on the journey. The deputies will each ride with a local deputy in the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s patrol units.   Preparation for civil unrest actually began more than a year ago at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Whittington set up a special Riot Control Unit to keep peace in cases of civil unrest, and the team has been training extensively. “These are some of the finest deputies you’ll find, and they prepared for a time like this,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “We pray for their safety.”

July 20, 2016, Wednesday

Heat Advisory extended through Thursday

A Heat Advisory has been extended for the entire ArkLaTex through 7pm Thursday. Afternoon temperatures in the mid to upper 90s combined with high humidity will lead to dangerous heat conditions for the next several days. Additional heat advisories are possible through the weekend. The high humidity makes it harder for our bodies to cool off because it doesn't allow sweat to evaporate from our skin. As a result it feels hotter than the actual temperature on the thermometer. The Heat Index or what it will 'feel like' to the average person will climb between 105 and 109 the next few afternoons. Here are some tips to help beat the heat:

  • Take plenty of breaks if working outside
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Check on your family, friends and neighbors who may not have or use air conditioning.
  • Make sure outside pets have shade and a supply of water

July 20, 2016, Wednesday

Peace vigil at NSU calls for unity

Students, faculty and administrators at Northwestern State University gathered for a peace vigil Tuesday to honor victims of violence and law enforcement officials who lost their lives in recent weeks. Campus leaders encouraged others to look past race and religion, be slow to anger, embrace community and maintain an open dialogue to help engagement. The event included the lighting of candles, singing, a moment of silence and a prayer for healing and unity.

July 20, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regulary scheduled meeting Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse.

July 19, 2016, Tuesday

Bank Robbery

The DeRidder Police Department is investigating a bank robbery at Sabine State Bank on Mahlon Street. The robbery happened at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to Deputy Chief Chris Rudy. DeRidder police are searching for two suspects-the man accused of robbing the bank and the driver of the getaway vehicle. The bank robbery suspect is described at a 5'6" white male with a slim build. The driver of the black four door Chevrolet Colorado or Nissan Truckis described as a white male, who is bald and has a thin build. Rudy asked anyone with information to call the DeRidder Police at (337)462-8911 or Crime Stoppers at (337)462-8918

July 19, 2016, Tuesday

Kansas City Police Surround Home Of Baton Rouge Shooter

A man believed to have taken part in the shooting that killed at least three police officers from Baton Rouge, LA, was from the Kansas City metro area. Sources say the shooter is 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long. Three police officers were killed and three additional police officers were wounded Sunday morning in Louisiana. On Sunday evening, police taped off a scene believed to be Long's most recent home in the 1100 block of East 77th Terrace.  At one point, police surrounding the home and said there was a man inside who pointed a gun at reporters. At that time, they treated the area as if there is an imminent threat to surrounding residents and businesses.  Police had the street in front of the house blocked off for several hours before moving to a second location a few blocks away late Sunday night. Overnight, the investigation also led the FBI, Kansas City and Baton Rouge police to the Waldo Height Apartments at East 81st and Cambell streets. The apartment is about half a mile from the home. Long was a former Marine, according to CBS News. He graduated from Grandview High School in 2005. Grandview police say Long had no arrests on his record. He got a ticket in 2003 and failed a field interview in 2005. The University of Alabama confirms Long attended the university for a semester in 2012 and made the Dean's List. The university says UAPD did not have any interaction with him as a student.  Long was a sergeant, according to records. He served in the military from Aug. 22, 2005 until Aug. 21, 2010.  He was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.  A Grandview High School classmate says that Long converted to Islam three years ago. He said Long was quiet and nice.  Investigators said Long rented a white Chevy on July 12 in Kansas City and drove that to Baton Rouge, opening fire on his birthday. Neighbors in the area have mixed reactions. To some, Long is remembered as the kid who grew up next door. To others, he didn't stand out.

July 19, 2016, Tuesday

SPD Investigating Series Of Weekend Shootings

Shreveport police are investigating a series of weekend shootings that left one person dead and sent four to the hospital. The first shooting happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Golf Links Boulevard. When officers arrived on the scene they learned that 27-year-old Timmy Lane had been shot by a person armed with a handgun who was wearing a mask over his face. Police say they believe the gunman fired multiple shots at Lane, who was sitting inside his vehicle at the time.
Lane was struck by the fired rounds and later drove himself to Willis-Knighton Medical Center's north location after suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Authorities say Lane's injuries are considered non-life threatening and he's expected to recover. No arrests have been made in the shooting. Investigators were notified of a second shooting around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, which reportedly happened in the 100 block of North Greenbrook Loop in West Shreveport. Officers were at University Health hospital with the victim, 35-year-old Kevin White, arrived in the emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound to his mouth. White was immediately taken to surgery with life-threatening injuries. Police say they believe White was shot at a home on Greenbrook Loop and driven to the hospital by private vehicle. On Monday, White succumbed to his injuries. No arrests have been made in that crime either. Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to a third shooting involving a teen which authorities believe happened at Lee Hedges Stadium in the 6000 block of Kings Highway. Police say the 17-year-old drove from Lee Hedges Stadium to the Circle K on the corner of Southfield Rd. and Youree Drive after suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body. During their investigation, police say it's believed the teen and another male were engaged in the sale of illegal narcotics when an argument broke out and the other person shot the teen. Authorities say the gunman fled the scene, but say they're confident the arrest of the person responsible is imminent. The fourth shooting happened just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to the emergency room of University Health. When officers arrived, the 31-year-old female victim reportedly told them that she was sitting outside a home in the 2800 block of Hardy Street when she was shot by someone who fired shots from a moving vehicle. Police say very little information was obtained regarding the description of the vehicle involved. The victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her thigh and arrived at the hospital by private vehicle. Authorities are still seeking people responsible for these shooting and are urging anyone with information about these crime to please call Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or on their website www.lockemup.org.

July 19, 2016, Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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