Local and Area News

The Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag has been a topic of discussion nationwide, particularly after last year's Charleston church shooting. The topic is once again being revisited, but in a very different way. The Southern Baptist Convention is urging Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, officially recognizing it as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people. But a new chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veteran's in SWLA hopes to use it as an opportunity for education. "For the cause of Christ, I agree totally with this," said Dr. Andy Buckley. Buckley and Tommy Curtis say they're in agreement with the most recent resolution adopted at the Southern Baptist National Convention. While the resolution was adopted, both say it's more of a suggestion not a mandate. The two say they plan to follow the new resolution, especially following last year's Charleston church shooting. The one-year memorial was held last week for the nine people shot and killed inside Mother Emanuel AME Church. Pictures of the shooter, Dylann Roof, posing with confederate symbols sparked a nationwide debate on Confederate flags. It was almost one year ago the Lake Charles City Council voted to keep the South's Defenders Monument - a Confederate statue - in front of the Calcasieu courthouse. But rather than a Confederate flag, a stars and bars flag now flies in its place. "It was the first national flag of the Confederate States of America," said Curtis. They plan to to fly the flag not because of the recent resolution, but because of its symbolism.

June 27, 2016, Monday

Louisiana Employer Payrolls Fall Again

Louisiana employer payrolls fell again in May, with the state's unemployment rate holding steady at 6.3 percent, the third-highest rate among the states. Payrolls, used by many economists as their top labor market indicator, have been falling since 2014's end, in part because of heavy oil and gas job losses. May Louisiana payrolls were 18,000 below year-ago levels, signaling economic weakness. The Louisiana jobless rate also measured 6.3 percent in April and in May 2015. Alaska had the highest jobless rate nationwide at 6.7 percent. The nationwide jobless rate was 4.7 percent. Both sets of figures, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes, were released this week by the state. The number of unemployed Louisianans was flat from April to May at 136,000, about 1,000 fewer than in May 2015.

June 27, 2016, Monday


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Vehicle Seatbelt Checkpoint

A vehicle seatbelt checkpoint was conducted on Friday Morning on Trace Street. Officers involved included one officer from the Many Police Department and one for the Louisiana State Police. Vehicles were monitered for approximately 20 minutes and four people cited for seatbelt violations. One subject was arrested for an outstanding warrant. These short duration neighborhood checkpoints are in response to various traffic complains in residentials areas. Officers only moniter the traffic and will not stop a cehicle unless a violation is observed.

June 27, 2016, Monday

5-Month-Old Ejected Through Windshield During Crash

Caddo Parish Sheriff's deputies are investigating a wreck that left two children injured Sunday. It happened around 11:30 a.m. in the 8300 block of Old Mooringsport Road. Authorities say 30-year-old Lindsey Leigh Logan, of Mooringsport, was driving a Toyota Highlander northbound when she left the roadway and hit a tree. There were two backseat passengers, a 5-month-old baby girl and a 7-year-old girl. Deputies say the children were not restrained. The baby was reportedly ejected through the front windshield. Both children were taken to University Health hospital where their conditions are unknown at this time. Logan was cited for two counts of child restraint violations and was issued a summons for two counts of negligent injury. The crash remains under investigation.

June 27, 2016, Monday

Vernon Parish Crash Kills Pitkin Teen and Injures Another

A single vehicle crash in Vernon Parish kills one Pitkin teen, injures another. Alcohol is a suspected factor. Around 3:55 a.m. on Sunday, Louisiana State Police responded to a crash on Hwy. 10 east of Pitkin. The vehicle driven by Alfred Trosclair III, 19, of Pitkin was headed westbound when he lost control then collided with a tree before overturning. Trosclair was not wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. His only passenger, Carl James, 19, was ejected from the vehicle and received moderate injuries. He was transported to St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. LSP suspects alcohol as a factor, routine toxicology tests are pending.

June 27, 2016, Monday

United Way To Announce Grants June 29

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana will hold a program to announce grant funds awarded to nonprofits in the southern parts of the organization’s service area. Northwestern State University will host the program in the Stroud Room of the NSU Fieldhouse beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, a former board member of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, will speak.  The United Way of Northwest Louisiana was established in 1921 with a mission to improve lives in northwest Louisiana by impacting health, education, financial stability and essential needs issues.  The organization’s values are service and community focus, integrity and respect, collaboration, accountability and professionalism and innovation and excellence.  The organization services Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Bienville, Claiborne, Sabine, Red River and Winn parishes, touching more than 100,000 lives annually.  During the June 29 program, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana will distribute a total of $59,000 to the Campti Community Development Center, DeSoto Healthcare Center, Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, Project Celebration and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. “United Way works to bring groups together to find solutions and work at a community-wide level to address change.  By giving to United Way of Northwest Louisiana, you can have confidence that your contributions are invested wisely through our grant allocation process.  Dollars raised by the United Way in our parishes stay in our parishes to help our neighbors, friends and coworkers,” said Bruce Willson, President and CEO.

June 24, 2016, Friday

Two Winnfield Natives Inducted Into 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame

Two former Winnfield High standouts in different sports, P.J. Brown and Anthony Thomas, are being inducted together into the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame. Brown played basketball at Louisiana Tech and for several NBA teams, including the New Orleans Hornets, while Thomas went to the University of Michigan before becoming the NFL’s Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Bears. Brown did not start playing basketball until his junior year of high school. "A couple of my buddies talked me into coming out to play," Brown said. "I was very reluctant and very shy. I did not want to play basketball. I decided to come out and give it a shot." Induction ceremonies will be Saturday, June 25, at the Natchitoches Events Center.

June 24, 2016, Friday

City Of Natchitoches Announces Employee Of The Month

Rodney Jacobs, Purchasing Warehouse Manager, was named Employee of the Month by the City of Natchitoches for the month of June. Jacobs has worked with the City for 15 years and is described as being someone who quietly takes care of business. "Rodney is always willing to help others and believes in working as a team," said Regina Walker, Purchasing Office Manager and Buyer. "He is easy going, doesn’t have much to say, but he lets his work and what he achieves do his talking for him." Edd Lee, Purchasing Director, added that Rodney "quietly takes care of business and has done a tremendous job helping get the warehouse and grounds ready for the annual audit." Rodney Jacob was presented with an Employee of the Month Plaque by Mayor Lee Posey and received a gift certificate to The Landing Restaurant for his hard work and dedication.

June 24, 2016, Friday

Remains of Vietnam airman killed in action will be returned to Bossier City

The remains of a U.S. airman killed in the Vietnam War will be brought to Bossier City for burial this weekend beside his wife. Staff Sgt. Mercedes Salinas, 37, was killed along with three crewmates on Dec. 11, 1965, when their military transport plane struck trees and crashed while on a mission to an Air Force base at Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. He was a mechanic. The remains of those on board were not recovered until 1974 and it took five years to identify most of the remains. There was a group burial of the four crew members at Arlington National Cemetery and the final remains of Salinas will be interred at Hill Crest next to his wife, Suzanne. A plane carrying Salinas' remains is scheduled to arrive in Shreveport late Thursday afternoon and will be escorted to Hill Crest cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hill Crest, with burial to follow. Salinas enlisted in the Air Force in 1945.

June 24, 2016, Friday

Beaumont man indicted in death of man found lying near W. Prien Lake Road

A 27-year-old Beaumont man accused of stabbing a 40-year-old man has been indicted on a murder charge. A grand jury on Wednesday returned a charge of second-degree murder against Joseph Jammad Leday. Lake Charles police found Wesley Anderson III, lying on the side of the road with stab wounds and Leday, lying beside him on Saturday, May 14, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. Click HERE for the original story. An altercation between the men led to the death of the Anderson, Kraus said. Anderson and Leday had traveled from Beaumont to visit local casinos.

June 24, 2016, Friday

Leesville man charged with murder in wife's Thursday morning death

The death of a Leesville woman early Thursday morning was reported as a possible prescription pill overdose, but physical evidence at the scene did not match that story, Vernon Parish authorities said. Her husband, Destin Reder, 22, is charged with second-degree murder. Judge Anthony Eaves set bond at $3 million. Samantha Johnson Reder, 28, was reported at 6:39 a.m. to be unresponsive at at residence on Jeane Chapel Road, Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said. After it was determined that the claim that Samantha died of an overdose was unsubstantiated by the evidence, Destin was brought to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office for questioning, Craft said. Destin admitted that he and Samantha had been involved in an altercation prior to her death. A cause of death was not provided. The investigation is ongoing.

June 24, 2016, Friday

Disgruntled Former Employee Strikes Back

A disgruntled former employee set fire to and shot out windows of a DeRidder business, law enforcement confirmed. The employee, who had been fired, set fire to an office, said Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Joe Toler, whose office assisted. The handgun was found at the man's home and he was arrested. No injuries were reported. The DeRidder Police Department is the investigating agency.

June 23, 2016, Thursday

High Speed Pursuit

A Lake Charles man is facing multiple charges after authorities said he led them on high-speed pursuit in Beauregard and Calcasieu parishes, and attempted to harm officers. According to the DeRidder Police Department Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy, the ordeal began at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when DeRidder police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a driver in a Nissan pickup. The man, later identified as 29-year-old Cheyenne L. Percle Jr., drove to the parking lot of a local shopping center and then fled from the officer on U.S. 171, North Pine Street. The pursuit continued south on La. 27 with Percle driving into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed. Percle allegedly placed his vehicle in reverse, striking another unit. His vehicle then hit a utility pole. Percle was booked by DeQuincy Police on two counts of battery of an officer, two counts of resisting an officer with violence, two counts of criminal damage to property, reckless operation and driving with a suspended license. He was treated for minor injuries and then turned over to DeRidder authorities. Officers transported him back to DeQuincy, where he was placed back into their custody with pending additonal charges. Rudy said later on Tuesday, Percle was brought back to DeRidder where he was booked on  battery of an officer with violence, criminal damage to property, reckless operation of a vehicle and aggravated flight from an officer. He remains in the Beauregard Parish Jail.

June 23, 2016, Thursday

Rosepine Man Arrested

A Rosepine man has been arrested, accused of filming a woman and a 9-year-old girl with his cell phone in a restroom of a home. According to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Jeffery Debarge was  originally booked on two counts of video voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography. Bond on those charges was set at $150,000. Authorities said, however, during the investigation, additional videos of the girl were found. He faces an additional charge of video voyeurism and bond on that charge was set at $50,000 for a total of $200,000 in the case. "The incidents took place at the residence of Debarge. The camera would be hidden in the restroom of the home. The adult female was an acquaintance to Debarge and she was videoed on a visit to the residence. The juvenile was the child of a female in which Debarge was in a relationship with the child and her mother lived in the home with Debarge.  The incidents took place over a period of time on several occasions," the release states. Authorities said the investigation began in May following the complaints of several alleged incidents. Debarge's latest arrest was this week. Louisiana State Police assisted with a forensic examination of Debarge's cell phone. Authorities said Debarge attempted to delete the videos. He remains in the Vernon Parish Jail and authorities said the investigation continues.

June 23, 2016, Thursday

 ArkLaTex Police Warn of Secret Shopper Scam

Authorities in the ArkLaTex are warning residents about a secret shopper scam. According to Texarkana, Texas police, a resident recently received a check and letter in the mail from a company that they'd never heard of. Like most people would, the recipient knew it was a scam - an elaborate one, but still a scam nonetheless. The check appears to be very real. Texarkana police said the check even had the correct routing number for the bank and the checking number on the bottom belongs to a real company with a similar name as what is printed on the check. The scam artist even sent the letter and check via Priority Mail to make it look more convincing. However, when police in Texarkana spoke with the bank in New York, they learned the account had several counterfeit checks that had been written just like the one the Texarkana resident received. According to police, here's how the scam works: The scammers want their victim to cash or deposit the check. Once that is done, they will typically tell the victim that there was some type of an error on the check and ask for part of the money back. The thieves hope that they can convince the victim to send them some money before the bank figures out that the check is worthless. Of course, banks will immediately reverse the deposit from victim's account, leaving the victim holding the bag for the full amount of the check. Remember, you are responsible for the worthless checks you deposit into your account. That means that you will have to pay the bank back for the entire amount of the check, including any money you sent the scammers or spent yourself. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. People you don't know are not going to send you a check for $20, $200, or nearly $2,000 for nothing - or as in this case, for being a secret shopper. If you feel you may have fallen victim to a scam, please contact your local authorities.

June 23, 2016, Thursday

SFD: Shreveport house a complete loss after suspicious fire

A house in Shreveport is a complete loss after a fire Wednesday morning. The house caught on fire around 6 a.m. in the 3800 block of Lionel Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find the house fully involved with flames. Crews reportedly had the flames under control in 20 minutes. Fire investigators say the house had no utilities and the cause of the fire is suspicious in nature. They are working to determine how it started. No one was inside the house at the time and no injuries were reported.

June 22, 2016, Wednesday

Police: Man shot in leg allegedly by wife

Shreveport police are investigating after a man was shot Monday morning allegedly by his estranged wife.  Around 4:40 a.m., officers were called to Willis-Knighton South in the 2500 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop on reports that a man was in the emergency room seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. When officers arrived, they found 33-year-old Brandon Bardon suffering from what was described as a non-life threatening injury to his leg. Investigators say Brandon Bardon and his estranged wife, 36-year-old Crystal Bardon, got into an argument outside a home in the 600 block of Gladstone Blvd. earlier in the morning. At some point during the dispute, police say Crystal Bardon shot Brandon Bardon in the leg before fleeing the scene. As a result, police obtained an arrest warrant for Crystal Bardon charging her with one count of attempted second-degree murder. Police say Crystal Bardon surrendered herself to police Monday afternoon and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on the outstanding warrant as well as one count of obstruction of justice. Anyone with additional information about this case is urged to call Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or on their website www.lockemup.org.

June 22, 2016, Wednesday

Magazine names Toledo Bend No. 1 lake in the nation

For decades, Toledo Bend Lake has been popular with fishermen in Louisiana and Texas. Now it is being recognized by a national magazine. After collecting data from fishing tournaments in the spring, Bassmaster Magazine has chosen Toledo Bend reservoir as the top fishery in the United States. Toledo ranked above 230 potential lakes after the magazine conducted research and personal interviews with anglers from around the U.S. "When you think about all the great fishing facilities in the United States and we get the number one designation, it's fantastic," said Ned Goodeaux, a member of the Sabine River Authority.Jerry Thompson operates Living the Dream fishing guide service near Pendleton Bridge.  "We had a big draw-down several years ago and I think that draw-down helped us quite a bit as far as the bass and crappie fishing was concerned," said Thompson. Thompson said stocking of the lake with fingerling fish and a good spawn has helped."The spawn has been very productive over the years and it has just grown into it," said Thompson. "As far as the work going into making the lake number one in the country, I mean you've got 81 bass over 10 pounds that were registered." Chuck Burnell and his wife like to use guides like Thompson and leave their boat at home.  "They actually put out the piles," said Burnell, CMO for Acadian Ambulance. "They bait the piles and stay on top of the fish the entire year. It takes the guess work out, it takes the headache out of it. I cannot fish as cheap by myself as I can by fishing with Living the Dream, nor be as successful."Just last week former Lake Charles resident Trent Curphy caught the largest bass enrolled so far in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass program. Curphy, landed an impressive 12.93-pounder. He did it with no net, an old lure and his line wrapped around the trolling motor.

June 22, 2016, Wednesday

Byrd Walk-In Clinic Remote

The Byrd Walk-In Clinic Remote, scheduled for June 22, 2016, will be re-scheduled, due to flooding in the building.

June 21, 2016, Tuesday

Rosepine Main Street Closed

Main Street in Rosepine will be closed from Yokum Street to Sadler trailer nPark from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday June 21. The Vernon parish Police Jury will be replacing culverts, weather permitting. Anyone living on the road should make the necessary arrangements.

June 21, 2016, Tuesday

Vernon Sheriff's Office K-9 Passes Away at Age of 9

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft and his office are thanking both the residents and law enforcement agencies of Vernon Parish for their condolences after the passing of K-9 Kaiser. Kaiser served the residents of Vernon Parish for the past seven years, passing away on June 5, 2016, at the age of 9. Kaiser was extremely popular with the youth and would often visit with area members of the D.A.R.E. Program and 4-H clubs, Craft said. Randall and Beth Martin, of Hixson Funeral Home in Leesville, are presenting Kaiser’s handler, agent Kevin Alley, with a memorial portrait and an American Flag in honor of Kaiser’s service. Craft thanked the Martins "for their kindness and support."

June 21, 2016, Tuesday

Toledo Bend Keeps number 1 Best Bass Lake Crown

For the first time since the creation of Bassmaster's 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings, a fisher has reclaimed the number one spot in the nation. Toledo bend Resevoir, which straddles the Texas and Louisiana Border, keeps the crown and is the only lake to earn the title more than once. "More than three months of research went into this year's rankings," explained Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall, who noted that the initial pool of top fisheries was developed with input from B.A.S.S. Nation members across the country, state fisheries biologists the 3,500-member B.A.S.S. Council and some of the 650,000 Facebook fans of B.A.S.S.

June 21, 2016, Tuesday

Person of Interestin Vernon Toddler's Death Charged with Additional Offenses

It's been almost seven weeks since Willow Rain Renteria from Vernon Parish died. The 2-year-old's death has been ruled a homicide, but so far, no one has been arrested. However, other charges have been filed in Beauregard Parish against Rodney "Donnie" Bailey Jr., who was the toddler's caregiver when she died. On June 8, the Beauregard District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information charging Bailey with a total of five counts, including possession of methamphetamine, illegal carrying of a .38 revolver, possession methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a stolen car and use of a vehicle without the owner's consent. According to the bill of information, all the offenses occurred on or about May 6, 2016 - the day the toddler was reported missing. Bailey's bond is set at $120,000. A preliminary hearing was held  will be held August 2 in Beauregard Parish to determine if there's probable cause that Bailey committed the crimes charged against him.

June 21, 2016, Tuesday

Governor Signs Bill hiking Max Fines

Maximum penalties will be higher for violating state laws in Louisiana that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week he had signed the bill into law. The change immediately increases those traffic fines to up to $500 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for additional violations. Drivers under 18 could face license suspension for up to 60 days for second and later violations. Edwards also signed a bill boosting fines for people caught not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle. That measure, which takes effect Aug. 1, increases the penalty for a first offense to $50. Violators will pay $75 each additional time.

June 20, 2016, Monday

Police looking for leaf blower theft suspect

Many Police Department is looking for someone who reportedly stole a backpack leaf blower on June 15. Police say the suspect stole a Shindaiwa blower model EB 854 on Sycamore Street during the day. The leaf blower was taken from the victim’s home. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Many Police Department at 318-256-5617. 

June 20, 2016, Monday

Oil and gas exploration continues to rise

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 10 this week to 424, marking the third-consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 857 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 337 rigs sought oil and 86 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 13 rigs and West Virginia increased two. Alaska and Louisiana fell by one apiece. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out last month at 404.

June 20, 2016, Monday

Heat Wave

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging everyone to use caution this week due to ongoing dangerous heat levels. The National Weather Service (NWS) indicates the forecast for much of the state includes temperatures in the mid-90’s to upper-90’s. Those temperatures combined with high dew points means the heat index will exceed 100 degrees across the state. According to the NWS, the heat index is what the temperature feels like to the human body with relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. This has important considerations for the human body’s comfort. “Please be safe if you are working outdoors,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “Watch for warning signs of heat exhaustion for yourself and your co-workers. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Check on loved ones and neighbors who may need assistance dealing with the heat. Stay aware of the conditions in your region and look for possible heat related advisories or warnings from the National Weather Service.”

Brookshire Grocery Company to launch "Spring Market" brand

Brookshire Grocery Company announced on June 15 plans to open a new store brand in southern Louisiana and west Texas in former Walmart Express stores. The stores are set to open later this summer. BGC is acquiring 25 former Walmart Express stores and will reopen them as “Spring Market.” According to a press release, the name “represents and honors the company’s great history which began in 1928 with the opening of its first store on Spring Avenue in Tyler, Texas." “Brookshire Grocery Company is already known throughout our market areas for having great stores and we are confident that our customers in these new markets will feel the exact same way. Our Spring Market stores will stand for friendly service, quality products, affordable convenience and a pleasant shopping environment. We are also really excited to hire hundreds of employees from these communities to help us take care of our new customers,” said Chairman and CEO Brad Brookshire. “We look forward to making a positive difference in each of these communities through our people, products, stores and service.”

June 16, 2016, Thursday

Robeline man accused of indecent behavior with 6-year-old

 Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a Robeline man classified as a "Tier 2 Sex Offender" for allegedly having sex with a 6-year-old boy. At 7 p.m. on June 11, deputies were called to the Victoria Mobile Home Park in the 700 block of Provencal-Robeline Rd., near Provencal, LA when the boy's mother called the sheriff's office alleging her son had been lured into a residence by a man and subjected to inappropriate sexual acts. During their investigation, deputies interviewed the victim and reportedly collected information that led them to identify 36-year-old Donald Wayne Harp, a sex offender who lived in the mobile home park, as a suspect. Deputies say concerned citizens in the area also assisted in their investigation. Harp was taken into custody just after 10 p.m. the same day. He was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. His bond is set at $100,000. Authorities say Harp had been released from the detention center in 2014 on a prior conviction of possession of child pornography.

June 16, 2016, Thursday

Coroner: Body found was pregnant, shot in head; ID still not confirmed

An autopsy that was performed Wednesday revealed that the victim found in a ditch in Iberville Parish on Tuesday died from a gunshot wound to the head and was pregnant at the time of death, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. Dr. Beau Clark, the parish coroner, said there was no trauma to the baby, who "died as a result of the mother's death." Officials still have not confirmed the identity of the body, but have said it is "possibly" the missing pregnant teacher from Baton Rouge.  Clark said that the body was so badly decomposed that they needed DNA samples to make a positive ID. DNA analysis is still underway at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.  "Over the last several weeks to days we've had a lot of hot weather, a lot of rain. When a body is exposed to the elements like that, especially in the southeastern part of the United States, decomposition can happen very rapidly," Clark said.  A farmer in Rosedale found a body, which could be Lyntell Washington, 40, who disappeared last Wednesday. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department said investigators from several agencies assisted in processing the scene Tuesday.  Authorities began search efforts Friday for the missing woman who was once named "Teacher of the Year" and currently teaches at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy. Crews were deployed in the air, on land, and in the water for much of the day Friday, searching five key areas across south Louisiana, including Baker, Zachary, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, and Ramah. The multi-agency search was temporarily suspended at nightfall on Friday.  Washington was reported missing Thursday morning after her 3-year-old daughter was found by a Good Samaritan alone near her vehicle in Baton Rouge. Blood was found inside the vehicle. The assistant principal of the Baton Rouge middle school where she works was arrested in connection with her disappearance. Robert Jovantie Marks, 39, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and child desertion charges because Washington's child was left abandoned in a parking lot.   Marks is married to another woman and police suspect he might have been fearful his wife would find out he had gotten Washington pregnant, according to police records. Police said cell phone records show Marks' phone as well as a phone belonging to Washington were in the Ramah area around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Both phones were in that area for about 15 minutes before returning to Baton Rouge, according to police documents.  According to the probable cause report, the child told investigators that "'Mr. Robbie' hurt her mother and was now sleeping." It also revealed the child was with her mother and Marks "when she heard a 'bang' and after the bang her mom was 'shaking.' She also stated that her mom's in the lake and that it was dark outside when her mom got hurt." McKneely said detectives also learned Marks took Washington's 3-year-old daughter for a ride on Wednesday night and left her unattended in a parking in the 11000 block of Newcastle Avenue.  Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System confirmed Washington was the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. They also confirmed that Marks is the assistant principal at the same school and has been placed on administrative leave.  Washington's child was turned over to family members. Police said Saturday that Marks had gotten a lawyer and refused to cooperate with the investigation.  If DNA identifies the body found Tuesday as Washington, police will likely question Marks, who remains in custody, again.  The 19th Judicial District Attorney's Office said charges related to the body found will likely include murder and feticide, but whether or not it will be Marks facing those charges is yet to be seen.

June 16, 2016, Thursday

Troopers Arrest Three Subjects in Largest Seizure of Child Pornography in Department History

Last week, detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit (SVU) arrested three subjects in the culmination of three separate statewide investigations focusing on the production and distribution of child pornography in Louisiana. The arrests lead to the largest ever seizure of child pornography by the Louisiana State Police to date, totaling over one million illicit files seized. During the course of the search warrants, Troopers seized over 800 DVDs, 13 portable storage devices, numerous cell phones and multiple laptop computers. These electronic devices all contained lewd and lascivious pornographic images and videos of children. Within the seized files, Troopers discovered videos which depicted the rape of infant children. The following is a brief summary of each of the seperate arrests:

  • On June 10, 2016, Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) Shreveport Field Office executed a search warrant at the residence of 51 year old James Dalton Vail of Shreveport, LA. Vail was found to be in possession of over one million illicit files. Vail was subsequently arrested and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for 51 counts of Distribution of Pornography Involving Juveniles and 1,500 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
  • On June 10th, 2016, Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) New Orleans Field Office, with the assistance of the Louisiana Department of Justice, United States Office of Homeland Security, and the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of 30 year old Steven Paul Lucia of LaPlace, LA. The search resulted in Lucia's arrest for Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Marijuana. Furthermore, Lucia was arrested for Contempt of Court warrants in St. John and Terrebonne Parish.
  • On June 8th, 2016, Detectives with the Louisiana State Police (SVU) Alexandria Field Office, with the assistance of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of 35 year old Nicholas Bordelon of Hessmer, LA. The warrant resulted in the arrest of Bordelon for over three hundred separate counts of Possession and Distribution of Child pornography.

All three of these investigations remain on-going. The Louisiana State Police would like to encourage anyone with any additional information pertaining to these three individuals to contact the Louisiana State Police at (318)484-2194.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

Williams to Fill Soon-to-be Vacant City Prosecutor Role

Local attorney Clay Williams has been tapped to fill the City of Leesville's soon-to-be vacant prosecutor position. City prosecutor and city attorney Chuck Dowden will be leaving his posts, effective June 30. Interim City Administrator Willie Banks said Williams' appointment is for the prosecutor duties only. He said officials will be looking to fill the city attorney position in coming weeks. Dowden has held both roles since 2014. According to the city's code of ordinances, the city attorney, "supervises the conduct of the legal affairs of the city; shall prepare ordinances upon request of the mayor or a councilman; shall provide legal advice concerning the affairs of the city when requested by the mayor or a councilman; and render written opinions as to legality of all contracts, franchises, and other legal instruments." The city prosecutor's duties involve the city court. Dowden submitted his letter of resignation to the Leesville City Council on May 9. He said he would work with his successor to, "ensure an orderly transition of the legal affairs of the city." Williams will assume the prosecutor duties on July 1.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

REAL ID Debate Ends with New Law Offering Option to Drivers

Louisiana's debate about the federal REAL ID security law appears to be over. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new law Tuesday that will let Louisiana's drivers decide whether they want a license that complies with the federal law or one that does not. That ends years of state haggling over the issue, doing away with a state ban on compliance enacted in 2008. Karen St. Germain, commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles, hopes to have REAL ID licenses ready to go by Sept. 1. Drivers have worried they will run into trouble boarding domestic flights in a few years without a REAL ID-compliant license. Conservative groups had raised privacy worries about the data collection required for compliance. The new law offers a choice.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

House Considering Compromise Proposal on Income Tax Bill  

House lawmakers were negotiating behind the scenes ahead of a Wednesday vote on a bill to raise more than $100 million in taxes for next year's state operating budget. The bill, sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help lessen budget cuts, would decrease a tax break for those who itemize deductions on their income tax returns, largely upper-income earners. The proposal stalled in the Ways and Means Committee by a one-vote margin. But a similar version sponsored by Rep. Malinda White, D-Bogalusa, is up again Wednesday for a committee vote, with lawmakers trying to strike a deal that could win House support.  The compromise would involve making the bill temporary and including a mechanism to shrink the money raised if tax hikes passed earlier this year bring in more dollars than expected. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, who cast the deciding vote to stall the prior bill, described the compromise proposal as "a last-resort, short-term loan as a safety net if we absolutely need it." "If we end up raising more than the current forecast (shows from other tax increases), then this will never go into effect," Abramson said of the proposal. If the tax break is reduced, the effect would be temporary, proposed to expire in 2018, Abramson said. The Democratic governor wanted the cut to the itemized deductions as part of a package of tax bills aimed at raising $600 million for the financial year that begins July 1. He says that's the amount needed to adequately fund the TOPS college tuition program, the safety-net hospitals for the poor, college campuses, K-12 education and other services. Republicans in the House have agreed to about $220 million in revenue-raising bills so far, bottling up many other tax proposals. Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, said he doesn't expect lawmakers to reach the figure sought by the governor. "If we got to $450 million, I would be awfully happy with that," Alario said Tuesday. But he acknowledged even that was a "difficult target to reach." Business groups oppose several of the governor's bills. The state Republican Party is urging members not to support taxes. And many GOP lawmakers, particularly in the House, say they won't agree to any more taxes after the Legislature raised $1.2 billion in taxes for next year's budget earlier this year. Efforts to trim the itemized deduction tax break appear to be the only remaining tax hike that could gain traction in the House. With the House scheduling committee debate on White's bill, the Senate moved ahead Tuesday with efforts to clean up sales tax unintentionally charged on items like high school football game tickets, donations to food banks and school lunches. Sales tax increases passed in the final moments of the tax special session earlier this year swept in items that weren't meant to be taxed. Senators had suggested they would stall the cleanup legislation until lawmakers in the House agreed to more taxes for next year's budget than they've supported so far. "There has been movement," said Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee Chairman J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, before the committee advanced a sales tax cleanup bill to the full Senate for consideration. To make everything work, lawmakers don't just have to pass the tax bills. Lawmakers would have to piece together a budget directing how to spend it. Alario said he's concerned because such a budget bill hasn't even been filed in the House, where it must start. Time is running short to get deals struck and the money in place. The 18-day special session must end by June 23.


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Four Victims of Fatal Crash Named

Two of the four people killed in a fiery wreck in Vernon Parish Saturday were Oberlin employees, Town Hall confirmed. Oberlin Police Officer Roman Lopez, 25, and maintenance worker Edward Maddox were both killed, as were their girlfriends, Jennifer Sonnier, 35, and Dallas Chantell Courville, 24. Louisiana State Police Troop E spokesman Scott Moreau said that around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, June 11, troopers responded to the crash on La. 10 between Oakdale and Pitkin. Once on the scene, troopers discovered a 2005 Chevrolet was heading eastbound when the driver lost control, exited the right side of the roadway and then over-corrected, colliding with several trees upon exiting the left side of the roadway. The vehicle became fully engulfed in flames causing all four occupants to become trapped inside. They were pronounced dead at the scene, Moreau said.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish School Board Meeting

The Sabine Parish School Board will hold a public hearing and subsequent meeting to adopt the 2016-2017 General and Special Revenue Fund Budgets at 695 Peterson Street in Many, LA on Monday June 30th, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

Power Restored After Outage Leaves Nearly 6K Caddo Residents in the Dark

An ArkLaTex utility says it has no outages this morning affecting more that 100 of its 353,641 customers in 50 countiesw and parishes in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Roughly 5,500 AEP/SWEPCO customers in Caddo were without power part of Tuesday. The outage began just after 2 p.m. when a cross arm broke on a 69,000-volt transmission tower just outside the company's substation on the north side of I-20 across from Splash Kingdom. AEP/SWEPCO said due to the amount of damage, an early estimate on restoration was 7-8 p.m. Tuesday. As of 9 p.m., AEP/SWEPCO's onlive outage map showed service had been restored to the majority of the impacted customers.

June 15, 2016, Wednesday

Natchitoches Boil Advisory in Effect

Many residents in the Natchitoches area are urged to boil their water.  The Natchitoches Water Works #1 Distribution System is experiencing low pressure problems along Hwy 6 west of the water supply system. This drop in system pressure below 15 pounds has been caused by contractor damage to our service lines.  Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within our water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.  Therefore, as a precaution, the Water Works #1 Distribution System is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately for the area west of Interstate 49 only.  This boil advisory is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System. It is recommended that all water system consumers along Hwy 6 west of Interstate 49, disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods.  Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.) Upon notification from the Office of Public Health’s State Regional Laboratory that the samples collected from our water supply have been found to be safe, the State Health Department will notify the water supply of the sample results.  Upon such notification, the Water System will then rescind the Boil Advisory and notify its customers that the water has been found to be safe.

This Boil advisory does not affect the City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.

June 14, 2016, Tuesday

RPSO is Looking for a Runaway Juvenile

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile. Jillian Grant is a white female 17 years of age. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Jillian was last seen around 2 a.m. on June 12 in the Melder Road area of Glenmora. Jillian may be in the Rapides Parish area or the Lake Charles and Sulfur area.

If anyone has information or has seen Jillian, please contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-473-6700 or the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Juvenile Detective at 318-473-6727.

June 14, 2016, Tuesday

Boil Advisory

A boil advisory has been issued for portions of Beauregard parish following a lightning strike that may have affected water supply. The advisory is for Waterworks District 3. Residents are urged to boil their water until further notice.

June 13, 2016, Monday

Man Sentenced For Fort Polk Burglary

A Leesville man was sentenced Thursday to 36 months in prison for burglarizing homes and a truck on the Fort Polk military installation. Dakota Cole Yarbrough, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the March 3, 2016 guilty plea, Yarbrough was driven to the outskirts of the Fort Polk U.S. Army base around 10 p.m. on August 5, 2015. He then illicitly crossed the fence onto the installation. Once on the base, he illegally entered two residences where families were sleeping and stole personal belongings from the homes. He also broke into and stole items from a pickup truck. The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office found many of the stolen items in Yarbrough’s residence after a search on August 10, 2015. The Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph prosecuted the case.

June 13, 2016, Monday

A Vehicle Goes Up in Flames

A vehicle goes up in flames after it crashed in Vernon Parish early Saturday morning. All four occupants were killed. Louisiana State Police responded to the crash around 4:15 a.m. on Hwy. 10 between Oakdale and Pitkin. The vehicle was eastbound on Hwy. 10 when the driver lost control and veered off the right side of the road. The driver then over corrected the vehicle, reentering the roadway and exiting off the left side. The vehicle then collided with several trees before going up in flames. Speeding is a suspected factor. All four people in the vehicle were trapped inside and were pronounced dead. LSP said the identities of all four people are being withheld pending positive identification by DNA analysis. It is unknown if the occupants were wearing seat belts.

June 13, 2016, Monday

Family Reacts To Loved One Being Found Dead in DeSoto Pond

 Less than a full day after authorities charged a Logansport man with second-degree murder, that charge has been dropped. According to the DeSoto sheriff's office, it all began as a missing persons case that turned into a homicide investigation after the discovery of the woman's body Friday. A crowd gathered this weekend next to the small moss-covered pond along Old Mansfield Road in Logansport where an investigator discovered a body tentatively identified as 21-year old Maranda Whitton late Friday morning. Later that same day, the sheriff's office arrested 33-year-old Jarrod Johnson. Whitton's big sister Britni Phillips fought back tears at the scene Saturday afternoon as she told us, "We thought we had him yesterday and come back today and tell us that they don't. If you take a look here, my sister was here and there's no justice for her." DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said after consulting with the district attorney's office they decided to drop the murder charge when initial autopsy results could not determine a cause of death. Whitton's cousin Robert Adams pointed to the small dam running alongside the pond and said, "It looked like she had tripped, maybe, she might have tripped."  Adams said it's understandable why Johnson was the prime suspect in the case. "He was the last one seen with her." Johnson told investigators he'd been tearing down a family house. Relatives said Whitton and her boyfriend went there Monday night for a bonfire with Johnson and others. According to relatives and Whitton's boyfriend, she left the bonfire about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and began walking to a relative's home. What's not known for sure was her state of mind when she left and why she left. The distance from Johnson's family home to the site where her body later was found at the pond is just a few hundred yards down Old Mansfield Road in Logansport. "We heard that she was mad and was leaving because people was doing drugs," added Adams. We caught up with Whitton's boyfriend, Steven McCoy, who lives just a block from the pond.  He too doesn't know what to think at this point. But he said it was actually Johnson who left the bonfire first, then Whitton. "When I found out he was arrested, I asked the detectives if he admitted, you know, to doing it? They said, you know, he didn't admit to it. But, we just, we have a lot of evidence, and that was yesterday," McCoy continued. "And now today I hear he's being released, and I don't understand if they have evidence of him doing it or of anything like that sort how can he be released." McCoy told us he and Whitton were engaged and happy. He insisted she was not upset that night. "No, she was not leaving because she was upset. She was walking to her cousin's house." Johnson's second cousin T.J. Rogers said Johnson actually came to his house right down the road within hours of Whitton's disappearance early Tuesday morning. "And he's, you know, talking all crazy. You could tell he was all doped out," recalled Rogers. Rogers said his cousin's story just kept changing, even mentioning a car that pulled up and stopped on Old Mansfield Road just as Johnson and Whitton were walking away from the bonfire. "And he went one way and she went the other way, and he hadn't seen her since then. And he came up with her boyfriend and was asking, 'Have you seen her? Have you seen her?' And all this stuff." Whitton's cousin Robert Adams doesn't buy the theory that she might have simply tripped in the dark of night and died half submerged in the pond. "I don't know. I just want whoever done it because I don't believe she just walked out here and died." Whitton's aunt Theresa Fonville agreed. "No, I don't think she tripped and falled because she's scared of the dark and she wouldn't have been in the woods by herself."  Investigators are now waiting for toxicology tests on Whitton's body in the hopes it might answer at least some questions. Meantime, Johnson did not walk free from custody. Several sources, including relatives, confirm that at last word Johnson still was recovering at University Health in Shreveport after allegedly swallowing drugs before he was arrested Friday.

June 13, 2016, Monday

Infant Dies in Red River Parish Crash

An infant lost her life this afternoon after the vehicle she was a passenger in traveled off the road and struck a tree. Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on June 11, 2016, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single-vehicle crash on US Highway 71 just north of Louisiana Highway 514.  The initial investigation by State Police revealed 23-year-old Desmond Scarborough of Natchitoches, LA was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant south on US 71.  During a heavy rainfall the vehicle traveled off the road, down a steep embankment, and struck a tree.  A passenger in the vehicle, 4-month-old Miracle Scarborough of Natchitoches, LA, who was restrained at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Red River Parish Coroner’s Office. A routine toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

June 13, 2016, Monday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory has been lifted fir Big N Ranch Road, Little Joe Lane, Rocky Mount Road, Cedar Grove Road, and all surrounding roads.

June 13, 2016, Monday

Free ATV Safety Course for Kids Saturday 

In one year alone 400 people died while riding an ATV, according to The Centers For Disease Control. To lower that number a free ATV safety course for kids is taking place this weekend. The event is sponsored by University Health. It is for kids ages 6-15 from 9am - 1pm at Muddy bottoms in Sarepta. "We will teach how to check for maintenance on your ATV," University Health injury prevention coordinator Holly Liles said. "We will teach how to properly use breaks. How to go over obstacles, how to go up and down hills and how to make quick stops and swerve." You can register at Atvsafety.org or call 800-887-2887. "Leading injuries are head injuries, spin injuries and broken bones," Liles said. "All of these can be prevented by knowing how to properly operate your ATV." Liles said only purchase DOT certified helmets. Experts said always wear a helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATV's are not toys. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed. "Parents need to make sure they properly educate children on ATV safety to ensure everyone can continue having a good time on them," According to the CDC, from 1982-2014 thousands of fatalities occurred while on an ATV.

Texas: 612

Arkansas: 312

Louisiana: 262

June 10, 2016, Friday

UPDATE: Missing Sabine Parish inmate located, arrested

A Sabine Parish inmate discovered missing this morning has been located and arrested. Olive A. Somersall, 33, of Many, was taken into custody at approximately 1:15 p.m. Thursday, almost 14 hours after she was discovered missing from the Sabine Parish Women's Facility.  SPSO received a call  shortly after 1 p.m. that Somersall was seen walking on Newton Road in Many.  Deputies responded and were able to take her into custody without incident. Somersall is being booked on a charge of simple escape. She was discovered missing during regular rounds Wednesday night. Deputies learned she was able to gain access to the elevator while the deputy on duty was distracted with other inmates. Somersall is six months pregnant. She was being held on a probation violation for aggravated battery.

June 10, 2016, Friday

SPSO Searching for Missing Inmate

On June 8, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., an inmate at the Sabine Parish Women's Facility was discovered missing. Olive A. Somersall, 33, of Many, was discovered missing during regular rounds and it was later found that she was able to gain access to the elevator while the deputy on duty was distracted with other inmates. Somersall is a 5'4" tall black female and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She is 6 months pregnant and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and light grey sweat pants. She was being held on a probation violation for aggravated battery. If anyone was information concerning the whereabouts of Somersall, please contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office at (318)256-9241.

June 9, 2016, Thursday

Sheriff Sam Craft announces the June 6, 2016 arrest of Brandon Monvelle Potter, age 41, of DeRidder.

The arrest is the result of criminal investigations into numerous car burglaries throughout Vernon Parish. Detectives did, on two occasions, recover video of a black male using credit cards taken from cars that were burglarized. A parish wide bulletin regarding a description of the suspect’s vehicle was issued to law enforcement. The information regarding the suspect vehicle was also placed on social media. VPSO was contacted by an observant citizen who advised that they had in fact seen the suspect vehicle. The citizen was able to provide additional information to Detectives regarding the suspect vehicle. While on Patrol a VPSO Deputy observed the suspect vehicle in the Pickering area and a traffic stop was conducted by the Deputy. Detectives were contacted and responded to the location where they did observe a black male, later identified as Brandon Potter. Detectives obtained a permission to search the vehicle and during the commission of the search located items believed to be related to the vehicle burglaries. Detectives did advise Potter that they did in fact have video of him conducting transactions with stolen credit cards. Potter was cooperative and upon arriving at VPSO he was interviewed by Detectives where he admitted to numerous car burglaries within Vernon and Beauregard Parish. Detectives were able to contact and prepare reports for additional victims who were unaware that a theft had taken place from their vehicles. Potter was arrested on two counts of Theft over $ 500, three counts of Theft under $ 500, three counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card, and one count of Theft from a Motor Vehicle. Bond has not been set and Potter remains in the VPSO jail. VPSO is also working with Pennsylvania and New Jersey Law enforcement Officials in relation to numerous out of state identification cards and personal documents located in the vehicle which are also believed to have been stolen during the commission of car burglaries in other jurisdictions. Detectives are currently reviewing reports of previously unsolved car burglaries within the parish. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected

June 9, 2016, Thursday

Natchitoches Parish double homicide murder conviction upheld

The murder conviction of a Campti man in connection with a double homicide has been upheld.  According to Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van H. Kyzar, Reado Nargo (a/k/a Renaldo Nargo), 32, was convicted on September 17, 2014, of the shooting deaths of Johnny L. Brimzy and Stanley J. Brimzy, both of Campti.  Stanley Brimzy’s body was found on Vaughn Street in Campti by a passerby in the early morning hours of January 26, 2012.  He had been shot once in the head.  The body of Johnny Lee Brimzy was found later that morning next to a railroad track.  He had been shot once in the leg and three times in the head. Witnesses who discovered the first body described three individuals seen around the area just prior to the shooting, with one of those suspects being Nargo.  He was located and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning, where he gave a statement.  While waiting to be transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, Nargo escaped.  He was apprehended in June 2012 in Tacoma, Washington, by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Team. In his appeal, Nargo’s attorney alleged five different errors were committed at trial; however, the Court of Appeals determined that these allegations lacked merit in their opinion dated June 1, 2016.  Nargo is currently serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

June 8, 2016, Wednesday

Shreveport Police officer arrested

 A Shreveport Police officer placed on administrative leave on last week, has been arrested following an ongoing investigation. Back on June 1, Shreveport Police officer Bernice Lefeat was placed on paid administrative leave following allegations of alleged policy violations.   Since the launch of the investigation, information and evidence has led investigators with the Shreveport Police Department to procure warrants for the arrest of Lefeat charging him with a single count each of Possession of Schedule II, Malfeasance in office, Possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and two counts of Theft of a Firearm.  Lefeat, who was hired by the department in February of 2009, was taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon at his Keithville, Louisiana home.   Following interviews with detectives at Shreveport Police headquarters, Lefeat was booked into the Caddo Parish Correctional Center. Lefeat remains on administrative leave in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board which states: “When an employee is charged with a felony he shall, and if a misdemeanor he may, be immediately relieved of duty and placed on “departmental leave” for up to one week at full pay and with continuing seniority.”

June 8, 2016, Wednesday

Multi-parish police pursuit led to arrest of an Oakdale woman

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Edna Miller, 46 of Oakdale. The arrest was the result of a multi-parish police pursuit, which began in Rapides Parish. VPSO was notified by Rapides authorities that they were in pursuit of a white female in a green Ford Ranger Pickup. VPSO learned that law enforcement had been in pursuit of Miller for a length of time in Rapides Parish before the pursuit traveled West into Vernon Parish. The pursuit traveled West on highway 10 through Pitkin to highway 171 where Miller turned North. Spike strips were deployed on three occasions during the pursuit, but Miller was able to travel into another lane of Highway 171 to avoid the spike strips. Ultimately, Deputies pursued the vehicle to an area on Highway 171, just South of West Hawthorne Road. Edna Miller lost control of her vehicle, striking a bridge railing, which caused her to travel into a VPSO unit, causing damage to the unit. Miller's vehicle then overturned and she was taken into custody without incident. Agencies involved in the pursuit included Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Glenmora Police Department, McNary Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Fort Polk Military Police, New Llano Police Department, and Leesville City Police Department. Miller will be charged with numerous traffic violations, multiple bench warrants, and narcotics charges.

June 8, 2016, Wednesday

Hostess Brands Recall

Hostess brands says it is voluntarily recalling various snack cakes and doughnuts over concerns they may have come in contact with peanut residue not included in the ingredient list. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company's recall announced Friday covers more than 700,000 cases of Ding Dongs, Zingers, Chocodile and various doughnuts sold in Grocery, dollar, drug and convenience stores in the U.S. and Mexico. The recall covers single-serve products and multipack boxes. Hostess says Friday's announcement is a result of a recall by supplier Grain Craft of certain lots of its flour for undeclared peanut residue. Consumers are encouraged to destroy the recalled items or return them for a full refund. Hostess says it has received notice of two allergic reactions involving the recalled products as of Friday.

June 7, 2016, Tuesday

Alligator Hunting

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to accept bids for alligator hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) properties and state wildlife refuges for the 2016-2018 alligator harvest seasons through June 15th. Eligible alligator hunters are chosen through a bid system every three years on selected WMAs/USAVE/refuges properties. A total of 30 alligator hunting opportunities are available for bid on one refuge, 13 WMAs and two USACE properties. The number of alligator tags that will be issued to successful bidders in 2016 will range from 10-90 tags depending on the area awarded.

June 7, 2016, Tuesday

Longest Legislative Statehouse Entrenchment

When the 2016 Louisiana Legislature withdraws on June 23rd, from its Statehouse entrenchment, following a second special session that begins today, it will have served 19 consecutive weeks, the longest weekly stretch in the legislative branch's 204-year history. Starting February 14th, it will have spanned three seasons of the year. Research by Manship School News Service and information supplied from State Archivist Bill Stafford and the Legislative Research Library revealed lawmakers will have spent more consecutive weeks in Baton Rouge this year than any other body of Louisiana legislators since they first convened in 1812.

June 7, 2016, Tuesday

Stonewall Couple Indicted in Special Needs Child's Injury

Arraignment is set June 22 for a Stonewall couple indicted last week by a DeSoto grand jury for allegedly injuring a special needs child. Indicted on charges of second-degree cruelty to juveniles are the child’s mother, Brittany Alyssa Acklin, 23, and her boyfriend, Glenn Ray Blomberg, 39. Both remain in the DeSoto Parish Detention Center. Acklin’s bond is $300,000, and Blomberg’s is $500,000. When the couple was arrested in April, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle called the case one of the most disturbing veteran investigators had handled in many years.  The three-year-old child was hospitalized for treatment of injuries that included internal bleeding, broken bones, lacerations and bruising. He’s been released but requires 24-hour a day care at home. Second-degree cruelty to juveniles is defined by state law as the intentional mistreatment or neglect of anyone under the age of 17 that causes serious bodily injury or neurological impairment. A conviction carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years. 

June 7, 2016, Tuesday

Family pleads for help finding missing man

 There's a desperate call for help from the family of a man who disappeared 6-years ago. Relatives refuse to give up on this cold case and insist someone must know what happened to him. "How can a person disappear, after you know, so long and nobody finds him," said a frustrated LaDarrell Young of Shreveport. For Young, the disappearance of his uncle Taurean Johnson 6-years ago, still haunts him. "Every time anything comes up I'm right there, hoping and praying it's not him," explained Johnson. Johnson was 24-years-old back on February 1, 2010 when a relative drove him to Werner Park Grocery Store in the 4700 block of Mansfield Road in Shreveport and went inside with him. Relatives say they know Taurean Johnson went into the store, that he did cash a Social Security check, and then walked out carrying a little more than $600 in cash. That relative, Connie Brown, said she and Johnson left the store together and he began walking north. Brown said Johnson then called her that night, using a friend's phone and said he was thinking about going out of town on a trip with some friends. But he was never heard from again. Brown described Johnson as developmentally challenged and fears someone may have taken advantage of his situation. Johnson's cousin, Brandon Williams, said Taurean didn't have any enemies. "He had no beef, because he was (a) kind guy," said Williams. As for LaDarrell Young, he told us he just wants closure. "If he's out there, I just want him to come home," said Young. Young, Williams and their relatives just hope someone will see this report and call police to help solve this cold case.

Anyone with information on the case can call Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.

June 6, 2016, Monday

 'Slide the City' coming to Shreveport this summer

A monster waterslide that spans 1,000 feet is coming to Shreveport this summer. The attraction is called "Slide the City" and it's touring the country. The event is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water and of course the biggest slip-and-slide ever to hit asphalt. But don't worry, it's padded. "Slide the City" will be in Shreveport on August 20.

June 6, 2016, Monday

Plans to be announced for Natchitoches Riverfront Improvement project

The city of Natchitoches and Cane River Waterway Commission will unveil plans Monday for the Riverfront Improvement Project.  City officials say the plans will be unveiled in a press conference at 11:00 a.m at the Natchitoches Events Center located at 750 Second Street.  Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects designed the Riverfront Improvement Project to revitalize the downtown riverbank area. The project will turn the area into a multi-million dollar event space for the community.  City officials say construction is expected to begin January 2017. The project will take approximately 10 months to complete.

June 6, 2016, Monday

Shreveport mother charged in death of 2-year-old son

A Shreveport woman jailed last month, now faces murder charges in the wake of an ongoing investigation into the death of her 2-year-old child. Back on May 26, 2016, Shreveport Police detectives were called to a home located in the 6900 block of Buncombe Road regarding two juveniles who were suffering bruises to multiple areas of their bodies.  The responding police officials detained the mother of the children, 32-year-old Brandy Shackelford on scene at the residence and following subsequent interviews with her at Shreveport Police headquarters, arrested the woman and booked her into the Shreveport City Jail on charges of Domestic Abuse Battery. The children, ages 2 and 7, were removed from the residence upon Shackleford's arrest and remanded to the care subsequent family members.  Shreveport Police Juvenile investigators were contacted the morning of May 27, 2016 and advised the 2-year-old child, Richard Malott, had died after being taken to the hospital following being discovered unresponsive at the home of attending family members. It was not immediately apparent the cause of death in the toddler's case; however, charges in the matter against Shackleford were then upgraded to two counts of Cruelty to a Juvenile.  Since the launch of the investigation, Shreveport police detectives say they have gathered information from officials with the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office, determining the death of Malott to be a homicide. Charges against Shackleford have since been upgraded to Second Degree murder in the case.  Shackleford still faces a single count of Cruelty to a Juvenile for her alleged role in injuring the 7-year-old.  No other persons have been charged in the death, which remains an active investigation.

June 3, 2016, Friday

Arrest made in Natchitoches deadly shooting

Natchitoches police have made an arrest in the shooting death of 18-year-old Justin Walker. The shooting happened last Saturday, May 29 on Thomas St. near the intersection of Howell St.  When officers arrived on the scene, they found Walker suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Walker was taken to University Health in Shreveport where he later died. On Thursday, around 10:30 a.m., detectives in Natchitoches arrested 20-year-old Robert Deshawn Clark on charges of first-degree murder for his alleged role in the crime. Right now, detectives say they're not sure what led to the shooting. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Natchitoches police at 318-352-8101 or Detective Jeff Townson at 318-357-9852.

June 3, 2016, Friday

3 charged in Natchitoches Parish ATV theft

Police lost track of a stolen all-terrain vehicle early Saturday when the operator drove it into a wooded area, but deputies ended up arresting three people when they heard it being operated hours later in the same location, according to a release. The theft of the 2016 Polaris Sportsman ETX ATV was reported to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office early Saturday morning from Patrick-Miller Tractor in the North Natchitoches Bypass. The dealership manager told deputies that the ATV, valued at $6,000, had been stolen sometime during the night. The investigation at the scene revealed that the suspects also had used a tractor to ram a rear fence of a tire shop. Surveillance video showed the suspects on the dealership's property around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, reads the sheriff office's release. "Around that time early Saturday morning, Natchitoches Police were involved in the pursuit of an ATV in the Brahma Drive area, but were unable to identify or apprehend the suspects after it evaded them entering nearby woods," reads the release. But around 8 p.m. on Saturday, two deputies returned to the spot where the ATV had gone into the woods, searching for any evidence left behind. Then, they heard the sound of an ATV. "Deputies covertly moved through the woods and were able to apprehend three suspects riding what was believed to be and confirmed as the stolen ATV," it reads. Natchitoches Police Department officers assisted and took the three to their headquarters as the sheriff's office continued the investigation. The ATV was confiscated, and deputies eventually got enough information to arrest the 17-year-old and two juveniles. The 17-year-old, Steven Craig Vercher of the 1300 block of Berry Avenue in Natchitoches, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of felony theft, two counts of criminal trespassing and three counts of simple criminal damage to property.

He remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

The 16-year-old was transferred to Ware Juvenile Center in Coushatta. He was charged with two counts of felony theft, three counts of simple criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespassing. The 15-year-old was charged with one count of illegal possession of stolen things and was released to the custody of his parents.

The investigation is continuing.

June 2, 2016, Thursday

ATV Wreck Kills 13-year-old girl

Ron Rivers, Assistant Coroner

On the night of June 1, 2016 at approximately 10:18pm I was contacted by the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department in reference to an ATV accident on Wrights Landing Road with injuries. Updated information was that there was a juvenile that was unresponsive. North Sabine Fire/Rescue and Med Express Ambulance were contacted to respond to the scene. During my investigation I learned that a 13 year old girl from Zwolle, LA. was traveling on Wrights Landing Road north of Zwolle on a Polaris 800 side by side. The side by side was traveling east in a left hand curve when she lost control of the vehicle. During rotation of the vehicle the 13 year old juvenile was ejected from the side by side and landed on the main travel lane. The accident was not witnessed. Passerby's came up on the accident and found the juvenile on the roadway. The juvenile was transported to Sabine Medical Center by Med Express with life threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival the juvenile was prounounced deceased from severe head injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the LA Sate Police.

June 2, 2016, Thursday

REAL ID Security Law

Louisiana lawmakers want residents to choose whether they have a driver's license that complies with the federal REAL ID security law. The measure could be a law sooner than you think. All that's left is for Governor John Bel Edwards to sign the bill. If he does, Louisiana will join 24 other states that are already compliant with the federal REAL ID act. Louisiana residents would also need specific identification to access federal buildings and military bases.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

Cursive Writing Could be Returning to Louisiana's Public Schools

With a 37-0 vote Tuesday, the Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill requiring public schools, including charter schools, to introduce cursive writing instruction by third grade. Instruction would have to continue through 12th Grade. The proposal by Senator Beth Mizell, a republican from Franklinton, would take effect July 1, 2017, to give schools time to prepare. The bill heads next to Gov. John Bel Edwards. A handful of states have similar requirements, including Arkansas.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

Insurance Fines Bill

A Baton Rouge lawmaker's bid to create payment plans for people struggling to pay lapsed car insurance fines is headed for the governor's desk. With a 94-0 vote Tuesday, the house gave final passage to the bill from Democratic Representative Denise Marcelle. Louisiana law requires drivers to have insurance on their vehicles. Marcelle's bill outlines payment plans for drivers for drivers owing the Office of Motor Vehicles more than $250 in lapsed insurance fines. The state can revoke licenses and seize bank accounts if fines remain unpaid. Supporters said the payment plans will allow those who become insured to reclaim their revoked licenses while repaying their debts. The OMV is currently owed more than $250 million in unpaid fines issued to thousands of drivers with lapsed coverage.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

A Weekend Stabbing Claimed the Life of A DeRidder Man

A weekend stabbing claimed the life of a DeRidder Man in Lake Charles. According to the lake Charles Police Department, it happened early Sunday in the 2300 block of South Roosevelt Street. Police said officers were called in reference to a disturbance and a possible stabbing. They arrived to find 36-year-old Rubin Piper lying on the ground with a stab wound. Piper was taken to Lake Charles Memorial hospital where he died. "Detectives are interviewing several subjects. Investigation is ongoing and as more information develops, additional details will be released," a news release from the department states.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

Statewide Traffic Fatalities Rise Following Memorial Day Weekend Crashes

As we celebrated our brave men and women who gave their lives for this country during Memorial Day weekend, the summer of 2016 got off to a tragic start on Louisiana highways. Louisiana State Police investigated 9 fatal crashes resulting in 14 deaths statewide. This was a sharp rise from the 7 fatal crashes resulting in 7 deaths that occurred during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. Poor planning and disregard for personal and public safety resulted in our highest number of deaths in recent years. Unrestrained occupants and impaired drivers accounted for several of the highly preventable deaths this holiday weekend. Throughout the weekend, Troopers statewide arrested over 100 suspected impaired drivers, potentially preventing even more serious injury or fatal crashes.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

Mayflies invade Shreveport-Bossier

Swarms of mayflies made their annual appearance across portions of Caddo and Bossier Parish Monday night. KSLA Stormtracker 12 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Castle was even able to pick up the swarms on radar. According to Dr. Beverly Burden, an Entomologist and associate professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, weather plays a big factor in when mayflies emerge. The lifespan of a mayfly is very short - only about a day. But, this may not be the last time you see one.  "In this area there are over fifty different species of mayflies. You can have one species emerge every other day," said Dr. Burden. Although hundreds to thousands of mayflies appear at one time, they are harmless. They will not do much more than be a nuisance, as they are attracted to lights, like the ones on your car.

June 1, 2016, Wednesday

Overnight Shooting Under Investigation in Natchitoches

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting. It happened at 11:09 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Thomas and Howell Streets. When police arrived they found the victim, 18-year old Justin Walker, had been shot several times. Walker was air lifted to University Health in Shreveport where he was later pronounced dead. Natchitoches Police have not named a suspect at this time. If you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Jeff Townson at (318) 357-9852. Any information given will remain confidential.

May 31, 2016, Tuesday

Homocide Investigation

Deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide in Carlyss. CPSO received a call for a medical emergency Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at a home on Rocky Lane in Carlyss. When deputies arrived they found 89-year-old Andy Phipps unconscious and not breathing. His grandson, 42-year-old Joseph Stutes, was attempting to remove jewelry from Phipps, authorities said.  A witness told deputies the two were in a physical altercation involving a baseball bat. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says Stutes struck his grandfather who was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.  Stutes has been charged with manslaughter.

May 31, 2016, Tuesday

1914 Masonic Time Capsule Opened in DeRidder

It's been over a 100 years since the time capsule was buried and Saturday the community of DeRidder finally got to see what was inside. "It's a snapshot from the present period that's being sent to another generation," said Terry Fowler, District deputy grand master of the 10th district, adding, "This is 1914, back in 914 people were writing in a wagon pulled by a mule or horse through town." Accidentally found by construction workers at the Beauregard Parish Courthouse in April during the expansion project,"it fell out of the Northeast corner," said Fowler. These capsules are a Masonic tradition and something the local Masons are proud of. "This is something that is significant. Masons are concerned about the present time and our fellow men in the future," Fowler stated. And inside there was a holy bible signed and dated on June 6, 1806, a Masonic square and the compasses, legislation authorizing the construction of the courthouse, a newspaper dated March 5, 1914, a pamphlet from a celebration of Saint John's Day, records from DeRidder Lodge Charter Members, a record of the minutes from a police jury meeting from September 10, 1913, a list of the first officers in town, and a buffalo nickel all enclosed in a handcrafted copper box.

May 31, 2016, Tuesday

Runaway Juvenile

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a runaway juvenile. Cody Blakeney is a white male, 16, with brown hair, brown eyes, weighs approximately 125 pounds and is 6 foot 2 inches tall. Blakeney was last seen in the Pineville/Tioga area on Monday, May 9th and has not been heard from since. Cody may be in the Pollock/Grant Parish area. There is no clothing description or possible last known location. If anyone has seen or has information concerning the location of Cody, please contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

May 27th, 2016, Friday

Truck sought in Natchitoches Parish hit and run

Law enforcement is searching for a pickup truck involved in a Wednesday afternoon hit-and-run wreck in Natchitoches Parish, according to a release. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office stated in a release that deputies and Louisiana State Police responded around 4:35 p.m. to a hit-and-run on Interstate 49 near Cypress. The driver of a 2013 Honda Accord said that someone driving a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck hit her car, but kept driving north. The Accord driver was not injured, according to the release. Anyone with information on the truck or incident is asked to call Troop E, which is investigating the incident, at 318-487-5911 or the sheriff's office at 318-352-6432.

May 27th, 2016, Friday

Trump wins the Republican nomination for president

AP count: Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. Trump, the only remaining GOP candidate left in the race, will go on to accept the nomination at the party's national convention in Cleveland.

May 26th, 2016, Thursday

Troopers urge safe planning for Memorial Day weekend

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, many Louisiana travelers will be taking to the highways to visit family and friends. Schools will be out for summer break and children will be at play in their neighborhoods and communities. As we take time to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we must not forget the importance of safety while traveling on the state’s roadways. During the 2015 Memorial Day weekend in Louisiana, there were seven fatal crashes resulting in seven deaths. Loved ones left behind by those who choose to make poor decisions behind the wheel will have to deal with a lifetime of consequences. In an effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes this weekend, Troopers will partner with local law enforcement agencies to have an increased presence throughout the state. Through a combined approach of extra patrols, DWI and seat belt checkpoints, and public awareness, we can make a difference and save lives. Troopers will specifically be on the lookout for impaired drivers as there is a trend of increased alcohol consumption during holiday weekends. Motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested. Always plan ahead and designate a sober driver.

Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

“As we reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed services, we need to ensure that we have a safe weekend,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “We come together with our family and friends to enjoy ourselves, but we need to be responsible, especially when in motor vehicles. Always buckle up, drive defensively, and use a designated driver when consuming alcoholic beverages.” Troopers will also be focusing their attention on aggressive drivers, speeders, and those who do not wear their seat belts or properly restrain children. Louisiana State Police is currently participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket initiative and will be proactively seeking unrestrained drivers and their passengers during the day and nighttime hours. Louisiana law requires all occupants to be properly restrained regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, occupants who are properly restrained are much less likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a crash.

If you are in need of assistance or witness hazardous road conditions, impaired drivers, or aggressive driving, you are encouraged to report it by dialing *LSP (577) from your mobile phone.

May 26th, 2016, Thursday

Louisiana joins Texas, 9 other states to sue over Obama's school transgender directive

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said "there is no room in our schools for discrimination." The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of "running roughshod over commonsense policies" that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

May 26th, 2016, Thursday

Seafood Co. Lawyers Must Return $1 Million in Spill Money

A federal judge has ordered the return of more than $1 million in settlement money granted to a seafood company after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Tuesday that Crystal Seafood Company defrauded administrators of a BP settlement fund by claiming to be an ongoing Port-Arthur, Texas-based business affected by the storm. Court documents said the company actually stopped processing shrimp in 2009 - months before the April 2010 explosion and spill. The order calls for the return of more than $1 million by the company and its owners Victor and Christopher Tran - including up to $258,527 awarded to lawyers for the company.

May 25th, 2016, Wednesday

Louisiana Lawmakers Again Pass Surrogate Birth Rights Bill

After two years of vetoes, Louisiana lawmakers are again sending the governor a bill to create regulations governing surrogacy births in the state. Only this time, Gov. Edwards who took office in January, is expected to sign it into law. The House gave final passage to the measure with an 87-3 vote Tuesday. Surrogacy isn't illegal in Louisiana, but contracts between a couple and its surrogate aren't enforceable in court. The bill by Republican Rep. Stuart Bishop of Lafayette sets out the legal rights of parents, child and surrogate mother when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for someone else. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill twice, citing moral and ethical concerns.

May 25th, 2016, Wednesday

Bill on governor's desk makes attacks on police hate crimes 

House Bill 953, dubbed the "Blue Lives Matter" bill, makes it illegal for any suspect to select their victims based on their employment as a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services personnel. Those occupations would join race, gender, religion and others as designations of hate crimes. Rep. Lance Davis, (R) Alexandria authored the bill and it has garnered overwhelming support. It passed 91-0 in the House on April 28 and 33-3 in the Senate on May 17. It's now on Governor John Bel Edwards' desk for signing into law. If it's signed, it would make Louisiana one of the first states to implement such a law. Harris said this hate crime designation doesn't just cover attacks on officers and it carries harsher punishments. "It covers anything from terrorizing to arson to vandalism," he said. "Then, if it's a felony, it's a maximum of five years in prison or a $5,000 fine maximum." The offenses that this new hate crime designation fall on include: first or second degree murder, manslaughter, battery, aggravated battery, second degree battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, terrorizing, mingling harmful substances, simple or third degree rape, forcible or second degree rape, aggravated or first degree rape, sexual battery, second degree sexual battery, oral sexual battery, carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with juveniles, molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability, simple or second degree or aggravated kidnapping, simple or aggravated arson, communicating of false information of planned arson, simple or aggravated criminal damage to property, contamination of water supplies, simple or aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, simple or first degree or armed robbery, purse snatching, extortion, theft, desecration of graves, institutional vandalism or assault by drive-by shooting. They are the same offenses that would fall under the category of hate crime if it was committed against someone based on their race, gender, religion, etc.

May 25th, 2016, Wednesday

Senate Kills LGBT Anti-Discrimination Hiring Bill

The Louisiana Senate has killed a New Orleans senator's bid to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with no debate from lawmakers against the bill. The chamber voted 25-8 against advancing the measure to the House for debate. Only one Republican senator voted Tuesday in support of the bill. Democratic Sen. Troy Carter's proposal would have applied to public and private business, but exempt churches and religious organizations. Gov. John Bel Edwards has enacted similar anti-discrimination provisions for state agencies and contractors. Carter told his colleagues there was no "hidden message" in the bill and asked them to focus on its sole purpose of extending fair employment opportunities. The bill continually faced strong opposition from business groups and conservative Christian organizations.

May 25th, 2016, Wednesday

Senate Sends red Light Camera Notification bill to Governor

Motorists would have to be alerted to the locations of red light cameras, under a bill headed to the governor's desk.With a 37-0 vote Tuesday, the Senate gave the measure final legislative passage. The proposal was also overwhelmingly supported in the state House.If signed by the governor, the bill would require municipalities to post clearly read signs indicating an intersection red light camera within 500 feet of each camera.The bill would bar local parishes that fail to post the signs from collecting money from drivers fined for running intersections with red light cameras.

May 25th, 2016, Wednesday

Vehicular homicide charge filed against Sabine woman in fatal March crash

Charges have been filed against a Sabine Parish woman in connection with a crash in March that took the life of a rural mail carrier and injured two children. Louisiana State Police arrested Jessica Paige Procell, 27, Saturday morning, charging her with with vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injuring. She was picked up at her home on Jeff Davis Road and booked into the Sabine Parish Jail. Procell remains in jail. No bond has been set.  Procell is accused in the death of Doris E. Jones, 71, of Zwolle. Jones was delivering mail when the crash occurred on the afternoon of March 25. Jones was scheduled to retire in June. State police said Procell was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound on Carter's Ferry Road when she lost control, crossed the center line and hit Jones' Buick LeSabre as she traveled east. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.  Procell was taken to Sabine Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Two children in her vehicle sustained minor to moderate injuries. Both were taken to area hospitals.  No one in either vehicle was wearing a seat belt. However, Jones was not required to be restrained because of job. Mail carriers who are performing their duties are exempt from the state's seat belt law. The same applies to farm vehicles and newspaper delivery drivers.  A month before her death, Jones was recognized by the postal service with a Million Mile Award for being accident-free in her 30-year career. 

May 24th, 2016, Tuesday

Bossier City firefighter dies in accident Sunday

A Benton man working cattle on horseback died in an accident Sunday. George Chambers IV, 41, was riding his horse out of a gully at property on Pete Modica Road when he became entangled in a low-hanging power line. He and the horse were electrocuted. Chambers was a 20-year veteran of the Bossier City Fire Department.  He was a fire driver assigned to Station 9 on Brownlee Road in north Bossier City. He leaves behind a wife and two children. "The Bossier City Fire Department is saddened over the loss of our brother George Chambers," Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone said in a written statement. "George was an outstanding firefighter and will be missed by all of us who were fortunate to serve with him and call him friend. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family during this difficult time."

May 24th, 2016, Tuesday

Shreveport man shot and killed, two others wounded

Shreveport Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the MLK neighborhood. It happened just before 8:30 p.m. Monday on the 1900 Legardy Street and MLK Drive. Police say a man has been shot and killed. Two more have been transported to the hospital after being shot in the head and leg, according to police. The man who was killed was shot in the chest, according to police. Police say the incident ties back to a vehicle that was reported stolen during a carjacking back on May 8. Police say on Monday, three suspects showed up to a home on Legardy Street in the stolen silver Ford and a fight broke out. Shots rang out and one man was shot dead -- police say the victim may not have even been involved in the initial fight. Police said the suspects ran off heading east after the deadly shooting. No names have been released. Two others were shot and are in the hospital. It is unknown if these two victims are suspects, according to police.

May 24th, 2016, Tuesday

Ongoing Investigation

Vernon Parish Sheriff's investigators continue their effort to fill in the blanks in the Willow Renteria-Molina story. The two-year-old was found dead Friday, may 6th several miles away after being reported missing Thursday, May 5th from her Hornbeck home. An autopsy report indicates she died Wednesday, May 4th. That has not been officially confirmed. In the Vernon Case, until conclusions are returned from the tests, Ortiz said everyone who had contact with the child could be considered a suspect in Willow's death.

May 23, 2016, Monday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a water line repair. Therefore, as a precautiom, the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for customers in the following ares: Highway 6 East from the Highway 3118 to the Natchitoches Parish Road and all surrounding roads.

May 23, 2016, Monday

Peeling Inspection Sticker

Have a peeling Motor Vehicle Inspection Sticker? motorists who noptice their MVI sticker is peeling or damaged are encouraged to return to their MVI Inspection Station and have it replaced at npo cost. Peeling stickers remain valid and motorists are advised that only heavy duty packaging tape is permissable to reapply provided the appearance of the MVI sticker is not altered. Replacement is not mandatory as long as the sticker remains visible, but it is encouraged. MVI Inspection Stations will be able to exchange any returned defective stickers for new ones through the Office of Motor Vehicles. Inspection Station representatives with questions or concerns on replacing the defective stickers should call OMV headquarters at (225) 925-6161.

May 23, 2016, Monday

Local Employees Wanted for Jobs in Louisiana Disaster Recovery from March Floods

Louisiana residents looking for temporary work following the March svere storms and flooding have an opportunity to learn firsthand about tyhe recovery process. The Louisiana workforce Commission, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is advertising open positions at the disaster recovery officesin Baton Rouge, Pineville and West Monroe. These are temporary, full-time jobs. Interested applicants can visit the Louisiqana Workforce Commission-Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) wesight at www.laworks.net/. For additional information call Julian Gordon at (917) 861-8442.

May 23, 2016, Monday

Police Seek Information in Attempted Theft from Church

The Many Police Department is investigating the attempted theft of an air conditioner unit from the King's Chapel AME Church. According to police, members of the church found one of the building's units partially removed from a window during services on Wednesday evening. The unit was reportedly removed and stored then re-installed. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Many police at 318-256-5617.

May 20th, 2016, Friday

Caddo Grand Jury Indicts Man in Toddler's Death

A Caddo Parish grand jury has indicted a Shreveport man on a second-degree murder charge in the death of an 18-month-old boy. Jonathan Turk, 22, is accused of causing internal injuries that contributed to the the death of toddler Kayden Stanley while the boy was at Turk's home in Shreveport in March. The toddler's mother hasn't been charged in connection with Kayden's death.

May 19th, 2016, Thursday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by the water supply 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 areas: Big N Ranch Road, Little Joe Lane, Rocky Mount Road, Cedar Grove Road, and all surrounding roads.

May 19th, 2016, Thursday

Memorials held across the ArkLaTex honoring fallen officers

 Residents across the ArkLaTex will take part in honoring fallen officers on Wednesday. In Bossier Parish, the memorial will be held at 11 a.m. at Liberty Garden, right next to the Bossier City Municipal Complex. The ceremony will pay tribute to those law enforcement officers from local agencies who lost their lives in the line of duty.  The event will pay tribute to the 39 officers and deputies from Bossier and Caddo Parishes killed in the line of duty since 1894.  Agencies participating are the Bossier and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Offices, Bossier City and Shreveport Police Departments, Louisiana State Police - Troop G, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as well as the Bossier City and Shreveport Marshals Offices. Mark Hutchison, father of Trey Michael Hutchison, Bossier City Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2004, will be the guest speaker. In Marshall, Texas, the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Marshall Visual Arts Center at noon. The ceremony will honor fallen officers in the State of Texas during 2015 and 2016. In 1962, President John Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15 falls is National Police Week, with 2016 National Police Week being May 15-21. As part of National Police Week, the names of 252 law enforcement officers, 126 killed in 2015, as well as 124 others who died in prior years, were dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2016.  After this year’s names are engraved, there will be more than 20,000 officers honored on the memorial.

May 18, 2016, Wednesday

Natchitoches police arrest 2 burglary suspects

 Two 18-year-olds face charges in connection with burglaries that apparently happened today in broad daylight. Natchitoches police were summoned to Hidden Hills at 11:09 a.m. in response to reports of a burglary in progress in the neighborhood.  While officers were on their way, Travis Easley and Brian Williams were found exiting woods near the railroad tracks on Louisiana Highway 3175.  Easley and Williams each has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated burglary. Easley also is charged with 1 count each of illegal carrying of a weapon and simple possession of marijuana. Both have been placed in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Natchitoches police urge people to call them at (318) 352-8101 to report an emergency or suspicious activity. Call Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3914 to share information about these burglaries.

May 18, 2016, Wednesday

Bossier City Police discipline three officers over police juror incident 

One Bossier City police officer has been fired, another has resigned and a third received a suspension over the way they handled a case involving a police juror suspected of DWI. Police Juror Rick Avery was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI last month when police and sheriff's deputies went to his house after receiving calls about a suspected drunk driver driving from Benton to Bossier City.  Other officers eventually intervened. Avery was taken to police headquarters and eventually released with no charges filed and no breath test done to determine his blood alcohol level.

After Bossier City's police chief learned what happened, he ordered an internal investigation into whether the elected official received preferential treatment by some officers. "Following the investigation it was determined that officers failed to follow proper policy and procedure with regard to the incident," Police Chief Shane McWilliams said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "As a result, one officer resigned from the department prior to disciplinary action being taken, a second officer was terminated and a third received a three-day suspension from duty without pay." McWilliams would not identify the officers, citing department policy on personnel matters. Avery, who has been considering a run for Bossier City mayor, was antagonistic and threatened officers' jobs after they took him into custody on suspicion of drunk driving on April 10, police videos and reports of the incidents show.  A Bossier sheriff's deputy reported that Avery at one point said, "I want all of your badge numbers, because when I become mayor I'm going to fire all of your asses." Avery blamed what happened on mixing a beer with a medication he was taking after surgery. He said he did not realize the effects the mixture could have.

May 17, 2016, Tuesday
 
Local judge, attorney part of landmark asbestos case with $7 million settlement
 
Two Louisiana law firms recently won a $7 million verdict for the death of Myra Williams on behalf of her family according to a release from Louisiana firms Baggett McCall and Unglesby Law Firm. William L. Townsend III of Kelly& Townsend from Natchitoches was among attorneys for the plaintiffs’ attorneys that also included Wells T. Watson and Jeffrey T. Gaughan of Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan in Lake Charles; Lewis O. Unglesby and Lance C. Unglesby of The Unglesby Law Firm in Baton Rouge.
 
May 17, 2016, Tuesday
 
Unrestrained Alexandria Man Killed in Crash

Earlier this morning, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Alexandria, LA that was not wearing his seat belt. Troopers responded to the crash around 10:10 a.m., which occurred on US Hwy 167 south of US Hwy 71. The crash involved a 2003 Buick LeSabre, driven by Robert Louis Foreman Jr. (B/M 27 yrs). The Buick was southbound on US Hwy 167 when Foreman Jr. lost control and exited the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a bridge support before crossing the northbound lanes and colliding with a tree. Foreman Jr. was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!” Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

Troop E Troopers have investigated seventeen fatal crashes in 2016, resulting in nineteen fatalities.

May 16, 2016, Monday

VanDam Goes Wire To Wire For Record 21st Career Victory At Toledo Bend

Superstar professional angler Kevin VanDam often deals with a different set of circumstances than the average angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series. With such a sparkling resume, many fans’ expectations for VanDam are much higher.

VanDam slammed the door on a wire-to-wire victory at the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend with 21 pounds, 6 ounces of bass on Championship Sunday. The big bag gave him a four-day total of 96-2 and his record 21st victory in a B.A.S.S. event. VanDam caught 29-5 Thursday and 20-11 Friday to lead the field into Saturday’s semifinal round with 50-0. He got only five bites Saturday, but they were the right five, and his bag of 24-12 gave him a lead of more than 5 pounds going into Sunday. During the final round, he slowly put together another big limit of 21-6 and put himself beyond the reach of Alabama angler Chris Lane, who finished second with 88-7.

May 16, 2016, Monday

Natchitoches Police arrested woman for leaving an infant inside of her car for over 30 minutes

The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested Jacqueline Procell (W/F, 41 y.o.a., of Natchitoches) for leaving a ten month infant inside of her vehicle for over 30 minutes while shopping on Friday afternoon. On May 13, 2016 around 2:12 p.m., Officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to 311 South Drive (Goodwill Industries) in reference to a citizen hearing an infant crying in the back seat of a vehicle that was not running. When officer's arrived they  questioned Jacqueline Procell, who owns the car, and she said that she does not normally babysit the infant and forgot him inside her vehicle while she was shopping.Officers spoke with several Goodwill employees who said that Jacqueline Procell had been inside the store for over 30 minutes. According to the National Weather Service the temperature in Natchitoches at 2:15 p.m. on May 13, 2016 was 82 degrees with no cloud cover. The ten month old was treated on scene and was turned over to his mother in good health. Jacqueline Procell has been charged with child desertion and cruelty to juveniles.

May 16, 2016, Monday

Governor Edwards Signed Bills into Law

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that he signed the following bills into law. ACT 78 - HB 26: Provides relative to appeals of certain disability eligibility decisions in the Firefighters' Retirement System. ACT 79 - HB 38: Provides relative to reenrollment in the FireFighters" Retirement System by employees covered by Social Security. ACT 87 - HB 272: Allows a public servant to accept complimenteary admission to a fundraising event held by or for the benefit of certain educational institutions or programs, excluding professional, semi-professional, or  collegiate sporting events.

May 13, 2016, Friday

Soldier Killed at Fort Polk

The Army has released the Name of the soldier killed at Fort Polk Wednesday. Pfc. Victor J. Stanfill, 19, an infantryman with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, died from injuries sustained during a live fire training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center. He was pronounced dead at approximately 11:08am at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital on Fort Polk. A Centralized Accident Investgation team from U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center Fort Rucker, Ala. is now at Fort Polk to conduct an investigation.

May 13, 2016, Friday

Burglary in Zwolle

On May 4th, two individuals committed a burglary on carters ferry Rd. in Zwolle. The two suspects stole rods and reels, tackle, rain gear, tools and other items from boats in the shed. Bothsuspects were wearing mask but have distinctive clothing and in case the of one suspect distintive tennis shoes. One suspect is wearing a camoflauge shirt while the other is wearing a partially camoflauged ball cap and a pair of what appears to be warm up type pants. Call Sabine Parish Sheriff's Dept. at 318-256-9241 or Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 if you know any information.

May 12, 2016, Thursday

Two Missing Pythons are Found

Two pythons missing for hours in DeSoto Parish have been located. The snakes, one 10 feet long and the other 12 feet long were found in a ditch on US Hwy 171 near the Firetower Road. The snakes owner found them around 3:30 pm. The owner, an oil and gas worker from Baton rouge, told authorities he had the snakes in his work truck in a glass enclosure. He said he heard the half inch glass enclosure crack, and the snakesapparently fell out of the truck while he was driving near the Fire Tower Rd. As a side note, it is not illegal to own a python or boa in the parish but if it is 3 ft long or longer it must be registered through DeSoto Animal Control. If the snakes are over eight feet then they must also be registered through La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries.

May 12, 2016, Thursday

Bass Master Elite coming to Toledo Bend

The A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend will be held this weekend. Starting Thursday, professional anglers from all over the nation will compete for the $100,000.00 prize. Large crowds have started to head to the Toledo Bend area to attend the event. These crowds are already causing a big impact economically on the surrounding areas such as Sabine parish. With boatloads of people coming to check out the event, the employees at the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission told us the hotels are starting to fill up. Bassmaster has held events on Toledo Bend for 14 years, this is the fourth time the Elite Tournament is bringing in crowds. Only this time, it is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

                                   May 11, 2016, Wednesday

Oldest World War II Vet Dies

Gov. John bel Edwars has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all public buildings in honor of WWII veteran Frank Levingston. Levingston, who at 110 years old was the nation's oldest World War II veteran, died on May 3, 2016. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 6, 1942 and served in the Allied invasion in Italy.

   May 11, 2016, Wednesday

         Autopsy Complete

The autopsy of 2 year old Willow Rain Renteria- Molina is complete and her body has been relesed to a funeral home in Leesville. Vernon Sheriff Sam Craft said his department has not yet recieved the results of the examination, which should determine the cause and manner of death. Her Babysitter, 33 year old Rodney Bailey of DeRidder, is being held on felony drug charges, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is considered a person of interest in her death. Willow's body has been released to Jeane Funeral Home in Leesville. Craft said it is important for law enforcement to learn the time of the death to determine whether she died in Vernon or Beauregard parishes. If her death is ruled a homicide, the place where it happened will determine which parish's district attorney handles any criminal prosecution. Craft sid he doesn't not know yet whether the 2 year old was sexually assaulted. willow's home on JD Williams Road in Hornbeck was processed as a crime scene. Her body was found in a wooded area in Beauregard Parish, not far from where Bailey was apprehended.

 May 11, 2016, Wednesday

Upcoming BDC Events

On Friday, May 13, 2016 heard on KBDV 92.7 Relay for Life at the Fairgrounds in Leesville will be held from 4pm until 6pm sponsored by Anytime Fitness. On KWLV 107.1 and KTEZ 99.9 a live remote will be held at the Depot Art Gallery from 10am until noon followed by the Bass Master Elite Tournament from 2pm until 4pm and on KTHP 103.9 a live remote will be held at the Sabine County Hospital from 4pm until 6pm. Saturday, May 14, 2016 live on KWLV 107.1 and KTEZ 99.9 Gulf Station Cafe will have a live remote from 9:30am until 11am ending the day with the Maydaze car show at from 12pm until 1pm. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 on KTEZ 99.9 Sabine Council on Aging will have a health fair remote from 8am until 10am. And on Saturday, May 21, 2016 on KWLV 107.1 and KTEZ 99.9 we will have live coverage of the Fisher Saw Mill Days festival from 10:30am until 12:30pm.

May 10, 2016, Tuesday

Shooting at Faces

On Sunday, units from the Many Police Department and Sabine Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Trace Street after neighbors reported gunshots. As officers responded to the scene, a male drove up to the MPD and stated tha the had shot another man at his apartment on Trace Street. The subject, who had a 12 gauge shotgun, with one spent shell in his possession, told the officer that he had heard a noise in his attic and saw a face peering down at him from a hole in the ceiling. It was then he said that he fired his shotgun at the face. Responding officers found no evidence of gunshot damage in the apartment, nor any signs that someone else was in the building. The subject later admitted to officers tha the had been under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamines during this time. After further investigation, it was determined tha the serial number on the shotgun had been filed off. Booked into the Sabine Detention Center was 32 year old Martrell Lynch of Many.

May 10, 2016, Tuesday

Bossier Parish Bus Driver Charged with DWI

A Bossier Parish Schools bus driver was arrested Monday morning, accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a random drug screen. Bridget Whitley, 33, of the 200 block of Seven Pines Road in Benton, was charged with DWI 2nd and booked around noon,  according to the Bossier sheriff's office. Authorities say Whitley drove her school bus route early Monday morning, safely delivering the students to their school destinations. At the conclusion of her route, she reported to a random drug screening and drove her school bus to that testing site. During the testing, Whitley allegedly showed signs of impairment, prompting further investigation. Police say Whitley performed poorly on the Standard Field Sobriety Test and was arrested. Whitley admitted to deputies that she had consumed several alcoholic beverages Sunday evening. She was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with a $50,000 bond. Whitley ran routes for Benton Elementary, Benton Middle and Benton High Schools, according to a Bossier Parish Schools spokesperson.

May 10, 2016, Tuesday

Armed Robbery

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place in the parking lot of the I-49 Burger King. On May 9, around 8:07am officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to 5386 University Parkway (Burger King) in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim, who stated that while in the parking lot, she was approached by a black male, who ordered her at gunpoint to give him her property. The suspect was then picked up by a current body style white Ford Taurus that turned east on to University Parkway.

May 10, 2016, Tuesday

Local Veterans Benefit

This Friday, support local veterans and have fun doing it. At The Bar in Many from 11am through closing, Bar - B - Que chicken dinners, delivered, only $10. There will be a 50/50 card drawing at 9pm, 3 ball tournament, T-shirts and two bands one at 6pm with the second band playing at 8pm. All donations will be honored. This is all sponsored by The Bar and Alford Detail Shop. Show our local veterans that we care and thank them for what they have done. To call in orders or for more information phone 318-256-3322, 318-256-1442, or 318-508-0633.

May 9, 2016, Monday

Color Run / Walk for Londyn Hope Bridges

 On May 14, 2016 there will be a color run / walk for Londyn Hope Bridges sponsored by the PHHS Cheerleaders and Softball Team. Entry fee is $15 registration will begin at 9am at Pleasant Hill High School. The 2 mile run/walk will begin and end at Pleasant Hill High School at 10am. Only early paid entries will receive color run t-shirts. Same day sign up available at same price, just wear a white t-shirt!

May 9, 2016, Monday

Missing Child Found

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office regrets to inform the public that the search for the missing 2-year-old female child from Vernon Parish has come to a tragic end. The remains of the deceased child were located in a remote area of Beauregard Parish VPSO is working jointly with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, FBI, and the Louisiana State Police in the investigation into the death of this child. Law enforcement officials are currently processing two locations in an attempt to collect evidence. Please continue to pray for this family.

May 9, 2016, Monday

Voter Registration

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is joining registrars of voters across the state the week of May 9-13, 2016 to host Voter Registration Week activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote. Voter Registration Week activities by parish can be found on the Secretary of State's website at www.sos.la.gov/Pages/NewsAndEvents. To register and vote in Louisiana individuals must be : a U.S. citizen; at least 17 years old to register and 18 years old prior to the next election to vote; not under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony; not under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and a resident in the state and parish in which you seek to register to vote. For more information on elections, visit www.GeauxVote.com.

May 9, 2016, Monday

Concert Under The Tent

Saturday night May 7, 2016 at 7pm at 1674 Natchitoches Hwy across from Many High School With christian renown artist Ben Anderson will perform. No cross no crown ministries is hosting Many camp meetings throughout the month of May next to the Sabine Veterinary Hospital. Services will be every Thursday through Sunday at 7pm nightly with evangelist Donald Sabrina Eskine. For more information call 504-812-4267.

May 6, 2016, Friday

Scam Alert

The SPSO has received two complaints this week in regards to a scam that is being used by those seeking to prey on victims emotions in order to solicit money from them. The victims were contacted and told a loved one was in jail and needed money immediately. On one occasion a person claiming to be the loved one spoke briefly to the potential victim. The scam seems to be aimed at the elderly but anyone can be a victim. Please be aware and verify any information that you receive over the phone.

May 6, 2016, Friday

Teacher Evaluated

A bill that would change the way teachers are evaluated is headed for debate in the Louisiana Senate. Three Calcasieu Parish teachers spoke on Thursday in the Senate Education Committee in favor of a bill that would change the way teachers are graded. Currently, 50 percent of teacher evaluations are from observations in the classroom. The other half are based on student growth. The "student growth" portion has caused some controversy because it's measured based on students' test scores at the beginning of the school year versus the end of the year. Many teachers have signed a petition calling the system unfair. Ganey Arsement, a teacher at Barbe High School, says the way a student tests doesn't accurately reflect how well a teacher does his or her job.

May 6, 2016, Friday

Leesville Water Bill Changes

The City of Leesville Water Department, as a part of its recent conversion to a new accounting software, announces changes to the format of the water bills. The new water bills will be on a full sheet of paper, and customers will receive it in an envelope. Customers will no longer receive the postcards. Due dates for water payments have not changed. In order to avoid penalties, City of Leesville water customers must pay their bills by May 20, 2016. All questions concering changes with the water bill format can be directed to Tracie Haymon at 337-238-2256.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by our 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: Big N Ranch Rd, Little Joe Lane, Rocky Mount Rd, Ceader Grove Rd and all surrounding roads. Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Stolen ATV

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for information regarding the theft of a 2009 Honda Rancher four wheeler. The ATV was taken during the night of April 8th 2016 from a residence located on Hwy 120 in the Belmont Community. Crime stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person/persons who committed this crime. Contact SPSO Detective Walker with any information or call Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 if you wish to remain anonymous.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Veterans Exempt

Louisiana's lawmakers have decided veterans should be exempt from having to pay a state fee to get a concealed carry permit. The Senate gave final passage to the proposal with a 37-1 vote Tuesday, sending it to the governor's desk. A five-year concealed carry permit costs $125 and a lifetime permit costs $500, with veterans currently charged half the fee's price tag. The bill by Rep. Tanner Magee, a Houma Republican, would do away with the fees for veterans entirely.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

Graduation Rates

The Louisiana Department of Education has released the 2015 cohort data for graduation rates which shows Beauregard Parish tied for the fourth highest graduation rate in the state, according to Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent of Beauregard Parish schools. The 2015 graduating class in Beauregard Parish had a 93.9 percent graduation rate. This represents a .7 increase from the previous year and places Beauregard Parish as one of 16 among the 74 reported districts in the state to have a graduation rate above 90 percent.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

Raise The Age Act

The Louisiana State Senate passed the Raise The Age Act, Senate Bill 324 authored by Senator J.P. Morrell, by a vote of 33 to 4. The Raise the Age Act passed out of the Senate Committees on Judiciary B an dfinance before seeing a vote on the Senate floor. Louisiana is one of only nine states where 17-year-old offenders are recognized as adults, no matter how minor their offenses. A key part of Gov. John Bel Edwards' agenda for the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, SB 324 would effectively submit 17-year-olds who commit delinquent acts to the authority of the juvenile justice system, rather than automatically trying them as adults, or keeping them in adult prisons for detention prior to trial.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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