BDC Area News

Police Seek Man Accused of Stealing Computers From School

Shreveport police need the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for stealing computers from an elementary school. It happened on Feb. 14 at Fairfield Elementary School. Surveillance video shows the burglar removing computers and other items from the building. Shreveport Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading the identification and arrest of the person. Anybody with information is asked to call them at 318-673-7373 or visit lockemup.org.

Angelina County Jury Finds Former LHS Student Guilty of Threatening a Public Servant

An Angelina County jury found a former Lufkin High School student who put a cord close to a teacher's neck back in October of 2016 guilty of threatening a public servant Thursday afternoon. The jury found Tevin Dewayne Sanders not guilty of aggravated assault. Officers with the Lufkin ISD Police Department arrested high school student Tevin Dewayne Sanders in October 2016 for allegedly coming up behind a teacher who was working late and putting a cord in front of her neck. On Thursday, an LISD teacher who sponsored the psychology club said to the jury Sanders never mentioned a “fight or flight” term. She said that Tevin mentioned wanting to do a social experiment involving people which she describes as a childlike experiment and declined his suggestion.  The teacher said she did receive a text from Sanders on October 28, 2016, the day of the alleged incident, saying he, Sanders, did an experiment that went wrong.  Defense attorney Al Charanza made his opening remarks after the state rested.  Charanza told the jury how they will hear more evidence on how Sanders was serious about his studies. Charanza said the jury will hear testimony from Sander’s mother and father explaining how Sanders enjoyed learning and Sanders had been absent during the first four days of the week because his uncle was dying from a brain aneurysm which caused Sanders to fall into a state of depression since his uncle was in the ICU. Sanders’s father took the stand. He testified that Sanders had started living with him at the beginning of October. He told the jury Sanders was an excellent student. He said the week of the alleged incident, Sanders was distraught and depressed. The father said he had suggested Sanders not go to school and stay home and that he didn’t know Sanders went to school that Friday. Sanders’s mother, Monnette Thompson, testified saying she never experienced problems with “Tevin not going to school.” She said that Sanders was feeling hurt and he didn’t understand why it (Sanders’ uncle being in the ICU) was happening to him. Thompson became very emotional at that point.  Tevin Sanders testified next. He told the jury how he was a hard-working student looking forward to graduating. He explained to the jury his background on playing football that caused an injury in the tenth grade. He said during the time period he accumulated absences. Sanders told the jury he was having a difficult time with coping with his uncle’s health that week in October 2016. He said because of his prior absences from the injury, and the absences from that week, he “didn’t want to get far behind. He wanted to go to school to get caught up.” He said he talked to an assistant principal that Friday about his absences, who then referred Sanders to talk to a counselor. During his meeting with the counselor, Sanders said he was feeling “a little frustrated. Graduating is a big thing for me and I wanted to graduate.”  He told the jury that he made a mistake during lunch by eating cheese pizza, which causes stomach problems because he’s lactose intolerant. He said he was in the bathroom for almost a whole period around the same time school ended and realized he missed the bus. He told the jury, he was preparing to walk to the front of the school for his father to pick him up when he decided to go to the second floor and walked into the sewing room lab.  “I went to the second floor to think because I was having negative thoughts,” Sanders said. “At first I went to the bathroom. Then I went into an adjacent room from Ms. Pruitt’s room.”  “I went in there and I was preparing to do harm to myself. I picked that room because it was an isolated room. I was going to use my phone cord to harm myself. I knocked over a few things (because) I was having difficulty standing on the desk,” Sanders said. He said he told the officer that he was in the room conducting a psychology experiment in hopes of getting in school suspension as a consequence because he did not want to reveal to his parents his thoughts of harming himself. The state offered a rebuttal witness and recalled an academic counselor to the stand. She told the jury of prior incidents where Sanders has shown behavior with the intent to harm himself. She told the jury her involvement in getting help for Sanders’s mental health. 

Previous stories: http://www.ktre.com/story/37558793/trial-begins-for-lufkin-high-school-student-accused-of-putting-cord-near-teachers-neck

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February 23, 2018 Friday

Local Law Enforcement Investigating Threats Emailed to Two Rapides Schools

The Alexandria Police Department, along with the help of the FBI and the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, are investigating an emailed threat sent to the principals of two Rapides Parish schools on Tuesday morning. APD tells us the schools are Alexandria Senior High School and Bolton High School. We spoke with RPSB Deputy Assistant Superintendent Clyde Washington who said a personalized threat was also sent to multiple schools throughout the state of Louisiana."We are just following our protocol to be sure that we monitor all our visitors as we would normally do, increase our awareness, monitor the doors and so on and so forth," said Washington. "It is no threat right now in Rapides Parish, but again we are going to take those measures to insure that everyone feels safe." We're told schools have been placed on a soft lock down as a precaution and all activities will resume as normal. Staff are remaining alert for anything out of the ordinary. Meanwhile, investigators are trying to trace the IP address tied to the email.

February 22, 2018 Thursday

Flash Flooding, Road Closures Reported in at Locations in Deep Texas

The National Weather Service is saying that there is water over portions of a road between Jasper and Hemphill. In a bulletin that was released at 1:51 p.m. Wednesday, the NWS cited law enforcement and said that there is flash flooding about two miles southwest of Hemphill in Sabine County. A Deep East News viewer also submitted a picture of flooding that has occurred at Pineland City Park in Pineland. In Sabine County, TxDOT reports that FM 83 closed due to flooding between FM 1 and 96. According to Texas Department of Transporation's Lufkin District, FM 1818 has been reopened after closing due to a road washout on the southbound side between FM 844 and U.S. 69 South in Angelina County. 

February 22, 2018 Thursday

Coroner's Office Names Man After

Deadly HIgh Speed Crash

The Caddo Parish Coroner's office has identified the man who died after crashing his car into a concrete pillar in Shreveport Tuesday morning.  Maurice D. Whiting, 36, was identified through fingerprints.  Police say Whiting drove his Chevy Camaro into a concrete pillar on Interstate 20 westbound exit ramp onto Common Street at a high rate of speed just before 3 a.m. No one else was in the vehicle.  Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors in the deadly crash.  According to police reports, the Camaro left Josh Lounge.  Whiting was sent to University Health to be autopsied. 

February 21, 2018 Wednesday

1 Injured After Bossier Parish Bus Crashes into Truck


Bossier City police are investigating after a bus crashed into a truck in the Golden Meadows area Tuesday morning and sent one person to the hospital.  It happened around 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hollyhock Lane and Golden Meadows Drive.  Bossier City police spokesman Mark Natale says the bus hit the truck.  The driver of the truck was taken to Willis-Knighton Pierremont with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Natale.  Natale also says there was a driver and a passenger on the bus at the time. Neither of them was hurt. Bossier Parish Schools spokeswoman Sonja Bailes says the bus involved, 81, serves varies different schools. An alternate bus was sent to pick up the child onboard and continue the route.  Parents of students who ride bus 81 are being notified that there will be a delay, according to Bailes.  Bailes also says it is standard protocol that the driver of the bus will undergo mandatory drug testing. 

February 21, 2018 Wednesday

LHSAA Boys' Basketball Playoffs


The LHSAA released its 2018 boys' basketball playoff brackets Monday. The final four for each class will be held March 5-10 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Southwest Louisiana had six top five seeds this season. Defending champion Washington-Marion is the highest local seed in Class 3A. You can find the seedings and first round matchups down below.

Class 5A-

(29) Sulphur at (4) Walker
(27) LaGrange at (6) H.L. Bourgeois

Click here for the full Class 5A bracket. 

Class 4A-

(26) Huntington at (7) DeRidder
(19) Leesville at (14) Opelousas

Click here for the full Class 4A bracket.

Class 3A-

(24) Marksville at (9) Washington-Marion
(30) Iota at (3) Sophie B. Wright
(22) Jennings (11) Crowley
(26) South Beauregard at (7) Richwood
(23) Avoyelles at (10) Lake Charles College Prep

Click here for the full Class 3A bracket.

Class 2A-

(24) Rapides at (9) Vinton
(28) Lakeside at (5) Lake Arthur
(29) Welsh 
at (4) Red River
(23) Pickering at (10) Ferriday
(31) Rosepine at (2) North Caddo

Click here for the full Class 2A bracket.

Class 1A-

(28) Block at (5) Grand Lake
(29) Basile
 at (4) White Castle
(30) Oberlin at (3) North Central
(22) Elton at (11) Merryville
(18) Kentwood at (15) South Cameron

Click here for the full Class 1A bracket.

Class B-

(25) Fairview at (8) Doyline
(21) Stanley at (12) Bell City
(22) Holden at (11) Pitkin 
(27) Converse at (6) Elizabeth
(23) Lacassine at (10) Mt. Hermon
(3) Hathaway -  *First Round Bye*

Click here for the full Class B bracket.

Class C-

(17) Evans at (16) Grand Isle
(21) Reeves at (12) Atlanta
(23) Plainview at (10) Starks
(18) Dodson at (15) Hackberry
(3) Singer - *First Round Bye*
(8) Johnson Bayou - *First Round Bye*

Click here for the full Class C bracket.

February 20, 2018 Tuesday

2 Students in Central Louisiana Bring Pellet Guns to School

Following the mass shooting in Parkland, Bolton High School staff were on high alert Friday when they learned one of their students possibly had a gun. "School Resource Officers called him to the office," said RPSB Deputy Assistant Superintendent Clyde Washington. "They found a weapon in his possession." Washington said although it turned out to be a pellet gun, that student could face expulsion. "Even though it was a non-prohibited weapon we are taking this very seriously as well as the sheriff's department," Washington said. The same situation unfolded an hour away in Allen Parish Friday morning at Elizabeth High School. A pellet gun was discovered in a student's car. "An abundance of precaution, the officers went to the juveniles residence and searched his house," said Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert. "They actually recovered several more pellet guns, BB guns, but no actual firearms." Sheriff Hebert said that student is a juvenile and was not arrested. The Allen Parish School Board couldn't comment on the student's punishment at the time. "He didn't commit a crime per say because it was a pellet gun, although it did look like one," Sheriff Hebert said. "I don't know that there will be any criminal charges, we will submit that to the district attorney's office." Although not considered a firearm, Alexandria Police Officer Corporal Wade Bourgeois said pellet guns are no joke. "Without actually getting close and examining it, it can be very difficult to tell what is an actual firearm and what is a pellet gun or a BB gun," Bourgeois said. He said parents should speak with kids about when and where to use them. "It looks very realistic. You can't walk down the street with that. That is keep at home type stuff." Both areas are thankful it didn't turn out to be the real deal, but said they're still not taking any chances when a complaint comes in. "We will make kids aware of what is prohibited, what is not prohibited, what is allowed, what will not be tolerated and we are just going to move forward," Washington said.

February 20, 2018 Tuesday

Man Dead After High Speed Chase

A man is dead after a car crash on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport Tuesday morning. Police say the man drove his car into a concrete pillar for the Interstate 20 westbound exit ramp onto Common Street at a high rate of speed just before 3 a.m. The man was driving a silver Chevy Camaro.  No one else was in the vehicle. Police are investigating to see if the crash could be connected to a fight that broke out just a few moments earlier at Josh Lounge. According to police reports, the Camaro has just left Josh Lounge.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.

February 20, 2018 Tuesday

South Sabine Fire District

The South Sabine Fire District regularly schedule meeting has been moved to 5 p.m. tonight.

February 19, 2018 Monday

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold it's regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse.

February 19, 2018 Monday

Arrests Made in String of East Texas Car Burglaries

Two people are in custody and more arrests are pending in connection to a string of car burglaries that occurred on numerous county roads in and around Nacogdoches County last month. The suspects are also accused of committing the crimes in neighboring Shelby and Sabine counties. "I have formed a special crimes unit consisting of 6 deputies within NCSO whose sole mission is to solve these crimes and recover property," Sheriff Jason Bridges posted on Facebook Friday night. "Due to their efforts, we got a break in the case last week. If you are a victim in one of these crimes, NCSO will be contacting you in the near future." Bridges said they are working to recover all stolen property, but the information they can release at this time is limited to protect the ongoing investigation. They did reveal that deputies recovered stolen property from Nacogdoches, Shelby, and Sabine Counties. "Sabine County Sheriff Office has teamed up with us, and we continue to press on to find other weapons that are still missing," Bridges said. Victims of the burglaries that happened in the Woden, Melrose, Shady Grove and surrounding areas will be contacted with more information when it becomes available. Previous story: http://www.ktre.com/story/37375842/nacogdoches-co-sheriffs-office-seeking-publics-help-in-string-of-vehicle-burglaries

February 19, 2018 Monday

Baker Hughes Shutting Down Buck Creek Facility

After years of layoffs and restructurings, Baker Hughes/GE has made the decision to close the Buck Creek facility, which affects 78 jobs. The company is looking to have the facility shut down by June. Some jobs will be retained and moved to other sites and others will be layoffs, according to a company official. The closure will be permanent, and the company is looking to sell the property. According to the most recent financial filing, the company's segment revenues for the year ending in 2016 were down to 22 percent and profits were down 43 percent. The company is citing challenging market conditions from lower oil prices. As a result, the decision was made to close the facility permanently and sell the property. "We, as Lufkin, are going to do everything we can to find a home for somebody new that would put new life in that plant," said Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown. "(Someone) would appreciate 700,000 square feet of property and buildings and put new life in it, and that's incumbent upon us as citizens of City of Lufkin to make that happen." The Buck Creek facility, which is located north of the trailer plant on U.S. Highway 69, was built in 1981, and Lufkin Industries used it for structural fabrication, final assembly, and shipping of the pumping units the company was famous for, according to Elaine Jackson's "Lufkin: From Sawdust to Oil." According to Jackson's book, some production started at the Buck Creek facility in January of 1982, and it was fully functional by the end of that year. "We were hoping that would continue, that they would keep those employees, keep that assembly going taking place here in Angelina County, but unfortunately that's been moved out," said Keith Wright, City Manager of Lufkin.

February 16, 2018 Friday

Woman Left Four Children Unattended for Hours

Officers with the San Augustine Police Department arrested a 30-year-old woman on child endangerment charges Tuesday after she allegedly left four children, ages 7, 5, 3, and 2 at a home without any adult supervision for a long period of time. Amber Dawn Fitzgerald, of San Augustine, was booked into the San Augustine County Jail on four state-jail felony abandon/endanger a child charges. She has since posted a collective bail amount of $20,000 and has been released from the jail. According to the text of the San Augustine Police Department offense report, SAPS officers were dispatched out to 900 block of South Broadway Street on Monday to check out multiple 911 calls. Someone would call 911 and then immediately hang up. Over the course of a three-hour period that night, there were a total of 31 911 calls from that address, the offense report stated. When the SAPD officers went to check on a group of mobile homes in the 100 block of South Broadway Street at about 11:20 p.m. Monday and knocked on the door. A young boy peeked out a window at them, and one of the officers told him to come to the door. After the boy opened the door, one of the officers asked where his mother or father was. The little boy said that he didn’t know where his mom was or how long she had been gone, the offense report stated. A second boy joined the first one a short time later, and they told the officers that they hadn’t seen their mother since they got home from school earlier that afternoon. “Officers asked the boys if they had a cell phone, and they said yes they did,” the offense report stated. “’One of the boys went into a room to the right and returned with the phone. He then advised [one of the officers] “if you push this button right here, you can talk to people.” At that point, the boy pointed to the Emergency Call function on the phone’s lock screen, the offense report stated. The boys also told the officers that the oldest boy had gotten the phone from a friend at school. Later, the SAPD officers heard another child crying in one of the back rooms. They asked the two boys if there were other children in the home, and they said yes. The boys led the two San Augustine PD officers to a bedroom. They found two other small children, a boy and a girl, lying in a bed. One of the officers checked the girl to see if she was breathing and found that she was just asleep. When the SAPD officers asked the children their ages, the oldest boy said he was 7, and the next oldest boy was 5. He also said the girl was 3, and the youngest child was 2, the offense report stated. According to the offense report, the 2-year-old boy had no diaper on underwear on, and he was just wearing a shirt. In addition, there was a small, electric heater on the floor with clothes all around it, which created a fire hazard, the offense report stated. An open box of over-the-counter sinus medicine was on the floor within easy reach of the children as well. While one of the SAPD officers was talking to the children, a San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office deputy found Fitzgerald inside a camper on the property. She told authorities that she had been at her sister’s house and said that the children were supposed to be asleep. Fitzgerald also told law enforcement that she was unaware that the children had access to a cell phone, the offense report stated. The SAPD officers told her about the excessive 911 calls and told her that the children were too young to be left unattended for any period of time. They also notified Child Protective Services about the incident.

February 16, 2018 Friday

Center ISD campuses Closing Through February 20 Due To Illness

Center ISD’s administration announced Tuesday that the school district’s campuses will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The superintendent made the announcement after there was a confirmed case of viral meningitis at Center ISD’s F.L. Moffett Primary School. According to letter posted on the Center ISD Facebook page, the district has also been dealing with a large number of "flu or flu-like illnesses." "We have been notified of a confirmed case of viral meningitis at the FLM campus," Center ISD Superintendent James Hockenberry said in the letter. "As a result, we are taking immediate and swift action to disinfect the entire FLM campus. Futhermore, we are seeing and experiencing a large number of flu and flu-like illnesses across the district". The letter goes on to say that all center campuses will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Because Friday and Monday are student holidays, the students will return to school until Tuesday, February 20. Hockenberry said that make-up days will not be necessary.

February 15, 2018 Thursday

Harlem Globetrotters Game Cancelled in Shreveport

The Harlem Globetrotters are traveling to other parts of the as their February 15 game is cancelled in Shreveport. Eric Tuxen, media director for EnCompass Sports, said that officials with the Harlem Globetrotters cancelled the game planned at Hirsh Memorial Coliseum last week. The Globetrotters have not rescheduled the game and did not give a reason why. Tuxen did add that the ball is in their court. Media representatives with the Harlem Globetrotters said that there is no plan to reschedule the game at this time. However, they added that they may try to schedule a game in Shreveport Bossier next season.

February 15, 2018 Thursday

Recent Budget Cuts Result In Dispute

An $82,000 budget cut is at the center of the latest dispute between the Oberlin police chief, mayor and council. The mayor says he’s doing his job. The police chief says there’s a personal vendetta. Oberlin Police Chief Grady Haynes says his department cannot withstand the budget cut decided on by the mayor and city council. Haynes says they may have to lose officers and claims the mayor and council have a vendetta against the police department. Yet Mayor Joseph Manuel complains police have quit writing tickets and adds that speeders are flying by on the highway. Chief Haynes says citizens would rather see officers on patrol to prevent property crimes like burglaries, and that’s not what the mayor and council want. Manuel says the 22% cut to the police department budget is what had to be done to keep the town afloat. The mayor says other departments are making sacrifices as well, including five employees who work part time instead of full time just to save money. Manuel calls the chief’s words a smear campaign against him and the city council and vows to not let it affect him. Haynes still has charges pending from the Ethics Board dealing with LACE ticket writing and his regular salary. The charges claim he was being paid for both LACE hours and working as chief.

February 15, 2018 Thursday

Zavalla PD Patrol Unit Involved in 2-Vehicle Wreck

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle wreck involving a Zavalla PD patrol unit that occurred on State Highway 63 Monday afternoon. According to a press release, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to and investigated the wreck. The preliminary crash report shows that a 30-year-old Huntington woman was driving a 2014 Cadillac passenger car east on SH 63 when she failed to yield the right of way at a yield sign. A 2009 Dodge driven by a 30-year-old Zavalla PD officer struck the Cadillac on the front passenger side, the press release stated. Neither driver was hurt in the wreck, the press release stated.

February 14, 2018 Wednesday

1 Dead, 2 Injured in Violent Wreck Involving 18-Wheeler

A man died and two other people were hurt when a pickup and a tractor-trailer collided Tuesday evening in Caddo Parish. Caddo 911 dispatch records show the major crash happened at 6:51 p.m. at Buncombe at Simpson roads. The three people were in a pickup headed south on Simpson when the man failed to stop the truck at the intersection, Caddo sheriff's Sgt. Mike Vaitkus said. The pickup was struck by a tractor-trailer rig that was traveling west on Buncombe. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife is fighting for her life. Caddo Fire District 4 personnel took her to University Health in Shreveport. And a juvenile who was with them in the pickup was taken to University Health for treatment of a broken leg. The man and woman in the truck are believed to be the grandparents of the 14-year-old boy who was with him, according to Caddo sheriff's deputies. After the collision, the 18-wheeler ran down an embankment and struck several trees. Authorities say the big rig's driver and passenger were not hurt. The wreck forced the closure of Buncombe between Louisiana Highway 169 and Woolworth Road for several hours while authorities investigated the wreck and worked to offload the frack sand the 18-wheeler was hauling. At last report, deputies were projecting that the cleanup could be completed by midnight.

February 14, 2018 Wednesday

55-year-old Zavalla Man Dies in 1-Vehicle Wreck Near Lufkin

A 55-year-old man died in a 1-vehicle wreck that occured on State Highway 103 about 7 miles west of Lufkin Sunday evening. According to a press release, Texas Department of public Safety troopers responded to and investigated the one-vehucle crash at about 7:30 p.m. The preliminary crash report shows that Walter Metcalf was driving a 2008 Ford pickup on SH 103 when he drove off the road to the right and struck a tree. An Angelina County justice of the peace pronounced Metcalf dead at the scene of the wreck. The wreck is still under investigation.

February 13, 2018 Tuesday

Beauregard Museum Hosts Unveiling of Gov. Sam Jones' Bust

The Beauregard Museum hosted the unveiling of the a bust of former-Gov. Sam Houston Jones. Approximately 70 parish residents including city officials, business-people and those who appreciate history came to witness this event. The ceremony began with two of Sam Houston Jones children removing the drape from the bust – Robert G. Jones and James G. Boyer. Once inside, a prayer was given by Pastor and Author Rev. Bill Nash. Speakers at the event were DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts, Councilman Vincent Labue, Robert G. Jones, and Rev. Bill Nash. It was an educational event for those who maybe haven't grown up in this area, but even the guests who have been here the longest appreciated the information and the reflection. The exhibit on Gov. Jones will be at the museum for 4 weeks and will then move to the Beauregard Parish library. Rev. Nash ended his presentation with the quote from Sam Houston Jones, "You cannot kill something that cannot die." As long as there are those who study history and remember, former Governor Sam Houston Jones memory will carry on forever in Beauregard Parish. During the Sam Houston Jones unveiling, DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts shared future planned events at the Beauregard Museum. There will be photo exhibits much like the one for Sam Houston Jones and the plan is for them to be open for 4 months at the museum, and 4 months at the library. The Sam Houston Jones exhibit will proceed from the library to the Merryville High School and DeRidder High School. Future topics include the Graybow Riot, the Double Hanging on the Old Jail, the Conrad Albrizio fresco titled "Rural Free Delivery" on the South wall of the Old Post Office, across the street from the courthouse, and finally (on the current list) Gussie Townsley's paintings – a folk artist and poet from Merryville. Due to the amount of time the collections are on display, there will be 2 exhibits per year. These collections will be cataloged and archived so that in the future they can be re-displayed to share with new members of our community and with our children and grandchildren.

February 12, 2018 Monday

Leesville Native Appointed to Cabinet Position

According to the Leesville Daily Leader, President Donald Trump has appointed Leesville native, Suzette Kuhlow Kent, administrator of the Office of Electronic Government at the Office of Management and Budget. Kent, who graduated Leesville High School in 1986, and from LSU in May 1990 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, will oversee federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all Federal IT investments. The White House issued this statement about Ms. Kent, "She is an industry leader of large-scale business transformation using technology, for the world’s most complex organizations. She will be the fourth person to take this position since its creation in 2002. She’s succeeding Tony Scott, who retired from the role at the end of the Obama administration.

February 12, 2018 Monday

Flu Closes Timpson, TX, Schools

The 640 or so students in one Shelby County, Texas, school district are getting an extra couple days off. A Timpson ISD spokeswoman said absences at the school district's three campuses have spiked due to illnesses, including the flu. So the superintendent decided to cancel classes Thursday and Friday. And a holiday Monday means students in the elementary, middle and high schools will not return until Tuesday. Meantime, a post on the Timpson High School band's Facebook page indicates that members' activities will continue for those who are able. "School is canceled until Tuesday because of the flu, but those of us that are well will still go to Solo and Ensemble contest. Do not come if you are sick." The band hall will open at 12:30 p.m. Friday for soloists and ensembles to practice once more before the regional competition. Timpson Middle School students will leave for Nacogdoches High School at 3:30 p.m. Friday and return about 9 p.m. Timpson High School students will meet at 7 a.m. Saturday for the trip to the contest at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. They are expected to be back at Timpson High about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

February 9, 2018 Friday

Former Grobeton Coach Given Max Sentence

According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, a former Groveton softball coach was given the maximum sentence today for indecency with a child. Trinity County District Attorney Bennie Schiro said Jeremy Carroll violated probation on a charge of indecency with a child by having pornography, and accessing the internet. Wallace said Carroll was sentenced to 20 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison. "After being asked why he should not get the maximum sentence, he claimed that he would miss his cat and dog," Wallace said. "Carroll showed no remorse, instead he cussed and joked about the judicial system, Trinity County and the people here. "Schiro presented the case to Judge Kacey Jones. In a previous East Texas news story, Carroll was a softball coach for Groveton high school and text messages led to his arrest and the charge of improper relationship with a child in 2012.

February 9, 2018 Friday

 

Man Dies After Shootout in Walmart Parking Lot

 

A man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting in a Shreveport Walmart parking lot Friday morning. Caddo 911 dispatch records show it happened at 12:46 a.m. in the 9500 block of Mansfield Road. Police say the two men got into an altercation in the parking lot over a woman.One of the men reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the other multiple times.The victim was taken to University Health where he later died.Police took the other man into custody and charges are pending.

 

February 9, 2018 Friday

Fort Polk Deployment Update From Iraq

Over the weekend, News Channel 5's Lydia Magallanes caught up with Colonel Brian Sullivan, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Col. Sullivan, who is in Iraq, gave the following update on the brigade's deployment so far. "Things are going well. We are currently arrayed pretty much all over the north, central and west Iraq. We are working with our Iraqi partners to maintain pressure on ISIS. Even though the physical caliphate has been broken and ISIS has been militarily defeated they still pose a real threat to the enduring stability of Iraq. They are focused on disrupting the stabilization effort. The government of Iraq has significant work to do to clear just a massive amount of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) that litter the country. They're also busy trying to restore water, health, electricity to all the people that have been displaced by the conflict...isis is trying to disrupt those efforts. Mosul for the most part, particularly in the west has been completely destroyed. It will take up to 100 billion dollars to reconstruct Iraq and ISIS likewise is trying to disrupt those efforts. And as Iraq approaches its national elections in may ISIS is going to do everything it can to discredit the credibility of the government of Iraq." "They're right there with the Iraqis and we're strategically located across the country...helping them find ISIS as ISIS cells are trying to reorganize...and throughout we're providing the training and logistic support that they need...so that going forward they can stand on their own and counter these internal threats and maintain enduring stability for their country." On advising Iraqi partners: "They have a pretty good human intelligence network but they need our help with kind of the broader intelligence enterprise. So we're helping them with intel, we're advising them...how to execute operations and likewise, we're providing advice on how to train and professionalize their army and their security forces." On the brigade's movement in Iraq: "We continue to shift based on the needs of the Iraqis. Right now we are pretty much arrayed in the population centers in the north, center, and west and partnered with the Iraqis where they most need us to help them counter the ISIS threat and assist them in the stabilization effort." On being involved in maintaining a presence in Al-Qa'im, an Iraqi town near the Syrian border: "Not only Al-Qa'im but the entire western portion of Iraq. We pay close attention to what is occurring on the other side of the border. We try to assess what is happening on the other side of the border and how that will impact the Iraqis...options so that they can interdict or disrupt ISIS as they're moving across the border into the western parts of Iraq."

February 8, 2018 Thursday

Body Found in Shreveport Alley

Shreveport police say a body was found in an alley Wednesday afternoon. The body was found just before noon in an alley behind Sunlight Baptist Church on Arlington Avenue between Laurel and Maple streets. Police say it is unclear how the person died, but the coroner believes it may have been natural causes and there are no signs of foul play.

February 8, 2018 Thursday

Deputies Charge 2 After Alleged Road Rage Escalates to Gunfire

Two men face charges in connection with a road rage confrontation that escalated to gunfire. LaDarrell Cortrell Washington Jr., 19, of Shreveport, is being held in Caddo Correctional Center on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, which is a felony. Robert Carillo, 56, was released after being issued a summons on charge of simple battery, a misdemeanor. The two reportedly were involved in an altercation about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the four-way stop on Northport Boulevard in front of Walmart off Louisiana Highway 1 near Blanchard. Afterward, Carrillo drove to the store parking lot. Caddo sheriff's deputies say Washington, who was leaving the store, then backed up and drove to where Carrillo was parked. The two got into an argument. Carrillo ran and tried to pull Washington from his vehicle, authorities say. Then Washington pulled out a handgun and fired it into the pavement in Carrillo's direction, the sheriff's office reports. Other people also were in the parking lot. Law officers later found Washington at a house on Doris Street and a handgun in the backyard of a residence on Alaska Lane. Washington was booked into Caddo Correctional at 9:39 p.m., online records show.

February 7, 2018 Wednesday

Lufkin PD Warns People to Stop Spreading Explicit Video Circulating on Facebook Messenger

Over the past 72 hours, a disturbing string of Facebook messages containing child pornography has been spreading through social media. The message asks people to help find the offender in the images. Authorities in Alabama said Germaine Moore, who was wanted in connection with the video, turned himself into police overnight. Moore remains in an Alabama jail, and the child in the video has been located and is safe. Lufkin Police Department Public Relations Specialist Jessica Pebsworth warned that you shouldn't share the images or the video message if comes across your screen. "We had citizens come up to the office and report it. We took three reports of this video being shared via Messenger," Pebsworth said. While the intent of many people who shared the video was to bring awareness and potentially help with an arrest, Pebsworth said anyone who shares the video, even in outrage, is committing a criminal offense that the department could investigate. "This particular instance is a little bit different. The people who were sharing it, they didn't realize what they were doing was distributing child pornography. So we did tell them, 'hey, don't do this. Don't show it or share it. If you receive it, delete it immediately.' You don't want to be in possession of child pornography, and they were very willing to do that and warn people not to distribute the video," Pebsworth said. Meanwhile, several parents echo the warning to stop the distribution of the explicit images and video. "Stop spreading it because it's repulsive. If I was to see it, I wouldn't want to spread it," said Casey Jones, a parent. Pebsworth said three warnings were handed out to help end the video circulation in Lufkin . As a reminder distribution of child pornography is considered a second-degree felony, that could carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

February 7, 2018 Wednesday