Local and Area News

 Florien School On Lockdown Friday Afternoon

Florien High School was on lockdown for a brief time Friday afternoon as Sabine Parish sheriff's deputies searched a nearby wooded area for suspected car thieves. The lockdown was ordered around 12:30 p.m. as officers set up a perimeter around the school, blocking all traffic in and out. SPSO deputies, Florien and Fisher police and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents joined in the search for four people who allegedly were attempting to sell a vehicle stolen in Shreveport. They ran into woods surrounding the school when the car sale was thwarted. Officers found them about a quarter-mile from the school campus shortly before 1:30 p.m. A handgun and narcotics were in their possession, authorities said. Arrested were Tanner Oakes, Tommy Meche, Madeline Overland and Cassie Smith. All were taken to the Sabine Parish Detention Center and charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of stolen things, possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting by flight and possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS. Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson and Florien Police Chief Herman Love expressed appreciation for the quick response and professionalism of all involved.

December 5th, 2016, Monday

North Carolina State to Meet Vanderbilt in 2016 Independence Bowl

The North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Vanderbilt Commodores are set to square off in the 41st Camping World Independence Bowl, set for Monday, December 26, with kickoff at 4 p.m. CT. The matchup between the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference foes marks the second time in three seasons the two conferences have faced off in the Camping World Independence Bowl. “We’re thrilled to have such great representatives from the ACC and the SEC,” 2016 Camping World Independence Bowl chairman Eric Barkley said. “This is the first time for both programs to participate in our Bowl, and we’re excited because both the Wolfpack and the Commodores finished their seasons strong to become bowl eligible.” North Carolina State (6-6, 3-5) is led by fourth-year head coach Dave Doeren, who has guided the Wolfpack to bowl games in three-consecutive seasons. The Wolfpack are led offensively by senior running back Matthew Dayes, who carried the ball 240 times for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns, while finishing fourth on the team with 31 receptions for 258 yards. His rushing yardage total was third in the ACC, leading to his selection as second-team All-ACC. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Finley completed 224 of 372 passes on the season for 2,824 yards and 15 touchdowns. He distributed the ball well, as five players had 410 yards receiving or more, led by Stephen Louis’ 657. Six players recorded 26 or more receptions, led by 49 from Jaylen Samuels. Freshman Kelvin Harmon led the way with five touchdown grabs. Junior safety Josh Jones paced the defense in tackles with 106, finishing tied for sixth in the ACC. He also broke up eight passes and intercepted two, tied with corner Jack Tocho for the team lead. Up front, junior Bradley Chubb continually wreaked havoc, finishing second in the ACC with 21 tackles for loss, and tied for fifth in the conference with 9.5 sacks. As a unit, the Wolfpack were tops in the ACC in rush defense, allowing just 104.7 yards per game. This is the first appearance in the Camping World Independence Bowl for North Carolina State, and with the appearance, it becomes the 11th member of the ACC to make an appearance in the Independence Bowl, and the ninth as a member of the conference.
 Vanderbilt (6-6, 3-5) is led by third-year head coach Derek Mason, who is bringing the Commodores to their first bowl appearance since the 2013 season. Junior running back Ralph Webb has been a stalwart for the Vanderbilt offense, finishing fourth in the SEC with 1,172 yards on 229 attempts, 12 of which went for touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Shurmur exploded in the final two games of the season, throwing for a combined 689 yards and four touchdowns in victories against Ole Miss and Tennessee to reach bowl eligibility. On the season, he threw for 2,251 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Commodores are led by junior linebacker Zach Cunningham, who led the SEC with 119 tackles, including 16.5 for loss. He also racked up four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one blocked field goal. This is also Vanderbilt’s first appearance in the Camping World Independence Bowl, and it also marks the 11th member of the SEC to make an appearance in Shreveport, and the ninth as a member of the SEC. This is the third time in five years both participating teams are making their first appearances in the Independence Bowl.  This is the third meeting all-time between North Carolina State and Vanderbilt, and the first since Vanderbilt defeated State in the 2012 Music City Bowl.

December 5th, 2016, Monday

Early Voting

Early voting for the December 10th open general/congressional election began Saturday, November 26th and will run through Satruday, December 3rd, 2016, with the exception of Sunday, November 27th, 2016. Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the parish Registrar of Voters' offices.

December 2nd, 2016, Friday

Miracle on Washington STreet Christmas Festival and Parade Update

The parade has been moved to FRIDAY at 5:30 p.m. All street vendors have been moved to the First United Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall. Photos with Santa, Cindy Lou Tea and the Build a Wreath Workshop have all also moved to the FUPC Fellowship Hall. Please see the individual flyers for details. The fellowship hall will be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The firework show and snow plaza have been postponed, however they will be rescheduled later this month. Dates will be announced once the details have been worked out. As planned, we will run the light show following the parade Friday and it will run every night from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

December 2nd, 2016, Friday

Men Arrested in Connection with Body Floating in Canal

Two Jennings men have been arrested in connection with the body found floating in the Grand Marais Canal last week, authorities said.  Parker Gary and Ryan Cole, both 17, were charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dedrick Gant, 40, said Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Ivey. Detectives obtained arrest warrants around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 and served the warrants on both Gary and Cole. Gary and Cole were already incarcerated in the parish jail in connection with the burglary and murder of Warren Gary on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation and no additional information can be released at this time, Ivey said. Gant's body was "severely decomposed" when it was found.

December 1st, 2016, Thursday

Safety Program at Pleasant Hill

On November 30th, 2016, Chief Ray Williams along with Officer Courtney Wright of the Pleasant Hill Police Department and Detective Brad Walker of the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department conducted a child safety class for grades pre-k through 6 at Pleasant Hill School. The class included a skit performed by rthe PHHS Cheerleaders which touched on various aspects of child safety. Eddie the eagle was on hand to offer advice regarding safety. Children were instructed on gun safety, stranger danger, along with safety regarding swimming pools and fire. Each child was given a coloring book along with a sticker from Eddie the Eagle stating what to do in dangerous situations "Stop! Don't touch! Leave the area! Tell an Adult!" A brief film was showed starring Eddie the Eagle related to gun safety and what to do in certain situations. Chief Williams has conducted the event in several of the Ark-La-Tex schools over the past five years. The goal is to not only touch on the basic aspacts of safety for the children to raise awareness regardign gun safety to all. We remind everyone to keep firearms along with other potential dangerous weapons properly secrured and away from children.

December 1st, 2016, Thursday

Woman Found Dread in Mansfield

woman was found dead yesterday evening in Mansfield. The discovery was made about 6:30 p.m. today in a residence in the Mansfield Housing Authority complex, Police Chief Gary Hobbs said. Investigators still are in the 500 block of Kennedy Street processing the scene for evidence of what happened, he said. No sign of foul play has been found, the police chief added. This is a developing story. Further details are not yet available.

November 30th, 2016, Wednesday

Florien Teen Killed in Crash Involving Train

A Florien teenager was killed late Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving a single-vehicle and a train in Sabine Parish. According to Master Trooper Scott Moreau of Louisiana State Police's Troop E, killed was 17-year-old Kevin J. Brown.  Moreau said the crash happened at around 4:15 p.m. on Gandy Road near U.S. 171. Brown was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup. Moreau said for unknown reasons, Brown, who was eastbound on Gandy Road, failed to yield to the northbound Kansas City Southern train and his vehicle collided with it.  Moreau said railroad track yield signs were visible at the crossing. After impact, Brown's vehicle exited the left side of the roadway and overturned. It's unknown if Brown was wearing a seat belt. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation. Troop E troopers have investigated 50 fatal crashes in 2016, resulting in 56 fatalities.

November 30th, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish Burn Ban Lifted

Sabine Parish burn ban has been lifted as of November 28th, 2016. Thanks to everyone for the cooperation in an effort to keep our property and lives safer.

November 29th, 2016, Tuesday

Fatal Accident Brings Tragic End to Family Hunting Trip

A weekend hunting trip turns tragic in Union Parish.  The Union Parish Sheriff's Office confirms a man was killed Sunday afternoon after the ATV he was riding on flipped on top of him while traveling down a hill. Sheriff Dusty Gates says the accident happened in the woods near Buffalo Hole Road and Buffalo Hunting Club Road around 2 P.M. in Marion. He says 55 year old Robert Michael Phillips from Spring Valley, Arizona was hunting with family on leased land when he was killed. Sheriff Gates says he died instantly once the ATV landed on top of him.

November 29th, 2016, Tuesday

Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Over the weekend MPD patrol officers arrested a 32 year old man for possession of 13 small bags of marijuana. He was booked for possession of a schedule I CDS drug, along with various traffic related offenses. Booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center was Albert Kimbroug of Zwolle, La.

November 29th, 2016, Tuesday

Vehicle-ATV Wreck Hurts Woman, Child in Natchitoches

A Goldonna woman and child are recovering after a vehicle and an ATV wrecked Friday afternoon in Campti.  It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 156 near A. Conley Rd. Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s deputies were called about a 32-year-old woman and a child being taken by private vehicle to North Natchitoches Medical Clinic. Life Air Rescue then flew the woman to University Health in Shreveport. Authorities described her injuries as moderate and not life-threatening. The child was released to a relative after being treated for minor injuries at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center's clinic in Campti. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck. Authorities urge anyone with information about the wreck to call the sheriff's office at (318) 352-6432.

November 28th, 2016, Monday

DPSO: DeSoto Woman Found Dead in Bathtub

DeSoto Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a woman was found dead in her bathtub Saturday night. Deputies were called to the 300 block of Margaret St. in Mansfield around 5:35 p.m. for reports of an unresponsive female. Deputies and DeSoto EMS say the woman, who is believed to be in her 20's, was already dead when officials found her. The victim's identity has not yet been released. Officers say the woman’s body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing pending the results of that autopsy. 

November 28th, 2016, Monday

Man Who Blocks Road to Fight With Oncoming Traffic Arrested

A Lake Charles man who was blocking the road with his car in  order to "fight with passing traffic" has been arrested on drug and other charges, the Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office said. Robert Charlton Shaw, 41, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated obstruction of a roadway. Chris Ivey, sheriff's office spokesman, said when deputies arrived at the address on Topsy Bel Road, a white vehicle was abandoned in a blind curve in the roadway, creating a dangerous situation for oncoming traffic. They home's occupant, Shaw, invited deputies inside and admitted to leaving his vehicle in the road. "Shaw said he tried stopping vehicles passing by with a loud muffler," Ivey said. "Deputies asked Shaw for identification and while he was retrieving it deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana and observed green plant material in an open container that was believed to be marijuana. Deputies also observed several jars of marijuana inside the open refrigerator door." Shaw was booked into parish jail without bond.

November 25th, 2016, Friday

LHSAA Releases Second Reclassification Plan

On Monday, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released their second proposal for the biennial reclassification of its member schools. And if the proposal holds to form, there will be numerous changes involving many schools in Vernon Parish. According to the proposal, the only district involving Vernon Parish schools which wouldn't change is District 3-C, which includes Evans and Simpson, along with Ebarb and Pleasant Hill out of Sabine Parish. However, the other districts would see some changes. District 4-B would remain relatively unchanged, with the exception of one addition. Anacoco, Fairview, Hornbeck, Hicks and Pitkin would welcome Elizabeth into the league. Elizabeth was in Class C for the past number of years, usually housed in the same district with Reeves, St. Joseph of Plaucheville and Plainview. In Class 2A, District 3-2A would be dismantled, with three teams exiting for District 4-2A and one other heading into District 5-2A. Many, Menard and Rapides would remain in District 3-2A, but be joined by Avoyelles Charter, Lakeview, Winnfield and Red River. Avoyelles Charter moves up from Class B, while Winnfield falls from Class 3A. Lakeview and Red River are currently housed in another Class 2A district. Rosepine, Pickering and Oakdale would move into District 4-2A and be joined by Vinton, DeQuincy and East Beauregard, which moves up from Class 1A. Bunkie, the other current District 3-2A school, would vault into District 5-2A with the likes of Kinder, Welsh, Notre Dame of Crowley, Lake Arthur and Ville Platte. The current District 3-4A would be dismantled as well, with LaGrange, Rayne, Washington-Marion and Crowley moving on, leaving just Leesville and DeRidder. Leesville and DeRidder would stay in District 3-4A, but be joined by Tioga and Grant out of the current District 2-4A and Buckeye, currently in District 3-3A. LaGrange would move into District 3-5A with the likes of Acadiana, Comeaux, Sulphur, Lafayette, New Iberia, Barbe and Sam Houston, while Rayne would move to District 4-4A with Teurlings Catholic, Opelousas, Beau Chene, Northside and Carencro. Washington-Marion would be in District 4-3A with Iowa, Jennings, Lake Charles College Prep, St. Louis, South Beauregard and Westlake, while Crowley would be in District 5-3A with Church Point, Eunice, Iota, Mamou, Northwest, Pine Prairie and Port Barre. A third reclassification meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Lod Cook Center in Baton Rouge.

November 25th, 2016, Friday

Louisiana To Celebrate Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Louisiana will join a national movement in celebrating Small Business Saturday, to recognize the strength, value and importance imparted by locally owned small businesses to their communities and the state. In Louisiana, small businesses make up over 97 percent of the state’s employers. More than 903,000 Louisiana residents are employed by small businesses, collectively accounting for 53 percent of all private-sector jobs in the state. “Our small businesses are the backbone of Louisiana’s economy, and it is important that we acknowledge the tremendous contributions these small business owners and their staffs make throughout the year,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “During the holiday shopping season that launches this weekend, it is particularly important that we encourage all Louisiana residents to participate in Small Business Saturday and patronize Louisiana’s small businesses. Participation in Small Business Saturday is a heartfelt way to thank our small businesses for all they do to support our state and our people.” Scheduled between the holiday shopping trends of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” the Small Business Saturday observation also follows Thanksgiving and gives Louisiana residents an appropriate time and place to give special thanks and patronage to the state’s small businesses. “The majority of jobs in Louisiana come from our small businesses, and we encourage people to support their friends, neighbors and fellow Louisianans by shopping at our small businesses,” said Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development. “Participating in Small Business Saturday is one way to ensure that the dollars earned by Louisianans can remain within the state and support Louisiana’s competitive local economies.” According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 135.8 million shoppers made consumer purchases during Thanksgiving weekend in 2015. Such retail activity supports the more than 603,000 retail jobs in Louisiana. Additionally, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to make a larger percentage of their purchases at locally owned, independent business, thus helping those enterprises thrive in a competitive economy.

November 25th, 2016, Friday

OVM Now Accepting Cash For Most Transactions

In the ongoing attempt to better serve the citizens of Louisiana, beginning December 5th the Office

of Motor Vehicles will be accepting cash for certain transactions. Last month it was announced that the OMV would no longer accept cash for transactions. However, after reviewing current OMV policies it was decided that in the best interest of the public, and to protect the integrity of the OMV staff, the OMV would continue to accept cash for all transactions except for reinstatement services. Reinstatement services include the payment of penalties or fees relating to such things as cancellations of insurance, failure to pay citations, etc. “Our goal is to provide the best possible customer service to the citizens of Louisiana. Our agency has received feedback from the public, and I feel it is necessary to again allow the use of cash for certain OMV transactions,” stated OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain. All information regarding this policy is posted on OMV’s website at www.expresslane.org. Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of the OMV online services offered at www.expresslane.org.

November 24th, 2016, Thursday

NPSO: Worst Case of Child Abuse Ever Seen

A north Natchitoches Parish woman is in custody in connection with one of the worse cases of child abuse detectives have seen, Natchitoches Parish sheriff's officials report via Facebook Wednesday. Amber Barbo, 24, of the 400 block of Stiles Road in Campti, was arrested Monday on a charge of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. She's held on a $10,000 bond.  The victim, a 3-year-old child, suffered "severe bruising" to the face, abdomen, back, arms and legs and was taken by family members to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for treatment. The child was later transported to the Shreveport CARA Center for additional medical evaluation. The injuries were discovered after the child was returned to the mother following a custody exchange with the father. Authorities say Barbo is the father's girlfriend. An eight-year veteran detective assigned to the case said this is the worse case of child abuse he has seen and "it was very disturbing." While detectives continued the investigation, photographs of the incident began surfacing on social media from a private individual, which led to additional calls to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, Project Celebration in Many and Rapides Children Advocacy Center also joined in to assist with the case. "Ongoing criminal investigations are of sensitive and confidential nature therefore any information related to those investigations cannot be released to the public at the time pending review of the facts and evidence collected for prosecution," according to Chief Investigator Greg Du The investigation is continuing and other arrests are possible. Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Derrick Sowell at (318) 357-7830.

November 24th, 2016, Thursday

2 Arrested for Murder of Fort Polk Service Member

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Wanda Gail Gordon, 40, and Tobias Lamont Williams, 27, both of Leesville. The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation which began September 23, 2016 after Jonathan Ellis, 40, of Leesville, was reported missing by family members. Ellis was an active duty service member stationed at Ft. Polk and his family reported last speaking to him during the evening hours of September 19, 2016. VPSO Detectives and Agents from the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Polk, worked a joint investigation into Ellis' disappearance. During the course of the investigation Wanda Gordon and Tobias Williams were both identified as persons of interest in the case. An investigation into a complaint of vehicle theft led to a warrant being obtained on Wanda Gordon for the theft of the vehicle which was unrelated to the Ellis case. Gordon was located and taken into custody on the outstanding warrant from Vernon Parish by law enforcement officers in Tyler, Texas on October 18, 2016. Detectives and CID Agents traveled to Texas and Gordon did sign extradition and was transported back to Vernon Parish on the same day she was taken into custody. Detectives attempted to interview Gordon in relation to the disappearance of Ellis but she refused to cooperate in the investigation. Detectives were able to locate Tobias Williams and several interviews were conducted over a period of time with Williams in relation to the whereabouts of Ellis. Williams indicated to investigators that Ellis was in fact the victim of a homicide. Williams lead Detectives to a location in the area of East Hawthorne Road where he indicated Ellis’ body was disposed. VPSO Detectives, Fort Polk CID Agents, Vernon Parish Coroner Personnel, LSU Faces Lab Personnel from Baton Rouge, Personnel from the Shreveport Fire Department K9 Search and Rescue Task Force to include a cadaver dog responded to the location. The area was meticulously searched and forensically processed for evidence. The K9 handler and cadaver dog were able to identify numerous locations in a wooded area for forensic processing. The location was diligently searched over a two day period and remains were located in several areas at the location. Personnel from the LSU Faces Lab were able to immediately confirm that the located remains were in fact human. After further investigation Wanda Gail Gordon and Tobias Williams were each arrested and charged with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Obstruction of Justice. Each has a bond set at $ 3,000,000.00 which was set by 30th JDC Judge C. Anthony Eaves. Both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail. Ellis’ truck was recovered at a location in the area of Jeane Chapel Road early on in the investigation. The investigation into this matter is ongoing and may result in additional charges in the near future. Sheriff Craft would like to express his gratitude and appreciation to all of the agencies involved in this investigation. The professionalism, hard work, dedication, and combined effort of these agencies led to the arrests of the persons responsible for the murder of Jonathan Ellis. Sheriff Craft and the employees of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to offer their deepest condolences to the family of Jonathan Ellis.

November 23rd, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine Parish Still Under Burn Ban

Despite a rainy morning, Sabine parish Police Jury has issued a burn ban extension declaration. This burn ban will be effective for 30 days from today or until the fire threat has subsided.

November 23rd, 2016, Wednesday

Kidnapper Admits Guilt

One of four men accused of kidnapping a man from Logansport last year then transporting him to Texas where he was bound and shot has admitted his guilt in Texas federal court. Quannell Newton, 36, of Many, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping on Nov. 16 in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern Division in Tyler, Texas. He was remanded to the U.S. Marshal’s until his sentencing date, which was not included in the plea document. Newton, Gary Cutright, 22, of Zwolle, and Cory Carnell Mitchell, 28, of Tenaha, Texas, were indicted by a federal grand jury in February. A fourth defendant, Montonious Robinson, whose age and hometown were not immediately available, was arrested Oct. 26 on a pending indictment on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and carjacking. Newton, Cutright and Mitchell were arrested in Sabine Parish following the report of a Zwolle child’s abduction. The 7-year-old was the subject of a statewide endangerment alert issued on Dec. 31. He was located unharmed hours later in Texas. A Texas grand jury in January indicted Cutright, Newton and Mitchell on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. The charges are not related to the child’s abduction. The adult kidnapping victim is only identified in court documents at T.S. His connection to the child is not disclosed. Court documents filed last week with Newton’s guilty plea indicate the crime stemmed from a botched drug deal. T.S. and Mitchell set up a sale of $5,700 in methamphetamine, and T.S. drove from Carthage to Logansport to pick it up. He met two men, later identified as Cutright and Newton, and rode with them to a house, where Cutright pulled a handgun. T.S. was shot in the leg as he tried to run away. The government states Cutright and Newton “assaulted” T.S. and bound his legs and hands with a cell phone telephone charger. T.S. told them he had a safe with money in it at his home in Carthage and offered to take them there in an attempt to save his life. While en route, T.S. jumped out of the car and tried to get away. Cutright shot T.S. in the head, according to the court documents. Cutright and Newton drove away in separate vehicles, leaving T.S. in a pool of blood in the highway. He was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. He survived the gunshot. Investigators found a broken Samsung flip phone and a spent .380-caliber shell casing at the crime scene. T.S.’s vehicle was located the next day in Keithville. DeSoto Parish investigators retrieved surveillance video from Logansport Truck Stop that showed a man talking on a cell phone and going inside to purchase duct tape. Text messages put Cutright there, and T.S. later identified the man as Cutright.
T.S. also picked Cutright from a photo line-up and confirmed the location of a house in Logansport where the robbery and kidnapping took place.
A review of the cell tower locations of Newton’s and Cutright’s cell phones put them in the vicinity of where the offenses took place in Logansport and Carthage, the government alleges. On Jan. 1, Newton was arrested on a federal complaint for this offense. In his possession was the cell phone used to contact Cutright numerous times on the night of the offense. “This investigation determined that the defendants used firearms, motor vehicle, cellular telephones and did transport the victim T.S. from Louisiana to the state of Texas, which are all instrumentalities of interstate commerce in committing and furtherance of this kidnapping offense,” the court record states. A trial date was set Dec. 12 for all defendants. However, on Nov. 14 Robinson was granted a continuance. 

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark said it would be a “waste of judicial resources” to go forward with the trials of the rest without Robinson’s presence. Clark set a pretrial hearing on Jan. 12 with jury selection and trial on Jan. 17.










November 23rd, 2016, Wednesday

Sabine County Constable Jerry Dan Webb Indicted

Precinct 2 Constable Jerry Dan Webb was indicted by a Sabine County Grand Jury on November 14. Sabine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton presented the charges in Judge Charles Mixon, 273rd District Court. The Grand Jury handed down four "True Bills" or indictments against the former Sabine County Constable, Webb, who resigned his post effective, Nov. 1. Precinct 2 Constable Jerry Dan Webb submitted his resignation before Sabine County Commissioners Court. His brief resignation states,"Please be advised that I, Jerry Dan Webb, hereby resign my position as Precinct 2 Constable of Sabine County. This further confirms that I will not be taking office in January or further serving Sabine County in the capacity of Precinct 2 Constable. The letter of resignation was dated October 28 and submitted in Special Session of Commissioners Court on Nov. 1. The resignation comes after his arrest, where he is accused of shooting Lori Williams in Pineland, on October 15. The four indictments include: two Aggravated Assault charges, Evading Arrest, and Burglary of Habitation. According to the indictments Webb is accused with, "intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly cause serious bodily injury to Lori Williams by shooting the said complainant about the hand and striking the complainant about the head with the butt of a firearm." The indictment goes on to say, Webb is accused of use or exhibiting a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault., without the effective consent of Jeremy Jerome Berry on October 15. The indictment says Lori Williams is a member of Webb's household, as described by Section 71.005 of the Texas Family Code. The bond for this charge was set at $25,000. The second Aggravated Assault Charge states Webb is accused of intentionally and knowingly threaten Jeremy Jerome Berry with imminent bodily injury by pointing a firearm at Berry during the commission of an assault. The bond for this charge was set at $3,000. The third indictment handed down by the Grand Jury on November 14, was Burglary of Habitation. The indictment states Webb is accused with intent to commit an assault against Lori Williams, enter a habitation, without effective consent of Jeremy Jerome Berry, the owner. The bond on this charge was set at $50,000. The fourth indictment presented to Jurors accuses Webb of Evading Arrest. According to court documents Webb, "While using a vehicle, intentionally fled from Jesse Fountain, a person the defendant knew was a peace officer who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain the defendant. The bond on this charge was set at $10,000. According to Sabine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton after Web was arrested, "In the early morning hours of October 15, 2016, Constable Jerry Dan Webb was arrested on the charge of evading detention in a motor vehicle by Texas Department of Public Safety." The release goes on to say that the charge arose out of an incident which occurred in the evening hours on Oct. 15, when Mr. Webb committed the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Pineland, Texas." The 66-year old Constable was taken into custody by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesse Fountain, after he fled the scene of a shooting on Temple Avenue. Webb was charged with evading arrest at that time and booked into Sabine County Jail. No bond was set, pending a 48-hour investigation into the disturbance.   According to several family member statements  the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute and the woman who was shot, Lori Williams, 32 and Sabine County Constable Precinct 2 Jerry Dan Webb, 66, had been in a relationship for "quite sometime". 

November 22st, 2016, Tuesday

Mansfield Man Dies in Early Morning House Fire

An investigation into a deadly fire that claimed the life of a 49-year-old Mansfield man continues as state fire marshal investigators examine the circumstances surrounding the fire. Investigators responded after fire crews were called to a residential structure fire early Monday morning at 1611 Shallowhorne Street in Mansfield. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters located the lifeless body of Timothy Z. Lee in a bedroom of the home. While there has been no official determination as to the cause of the fire, investigators say the fire originated in a second bedroom of  the structure and spread through the home causing extensive damage, including the collapse of major structural components. Investigators found no evidence of working smoke alarms in the home.

November 22st, 2016, Tuesday

DMV Will Reverse No Cash Policy For Most Transactions

Louisiana's Department of Motor Vehicles will reverse its no cash policy on most transactions as soon as Dec. 1. The News-Star reports the department's commissioner, Karen St. Germain, confirmed the move late Friday, citing pressure from lawmakers. But the policy won't be completely reversed. St. Germain says customers will be able to pay for their driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and titles with cash, but won't be able to do so for reinstatement fees. Legislative audits in 2014 and 2015 recommended the DMV install safeguards to prevent or reduce employee theft. The audits reported at least $280,000 in stolen or misappropriated funds. Five employees were arrested. St. Germain also said the no cash policy would make the agency more efficient and save taxpayer money.

November 21st, 2016, Monday

Tragic Hunting Accident in Sabine Parish

A Sabine Parish man is dead following a hunting accident this afternoon, Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said. The victim is identified as Anthony W. Sepulvado, 46, of Zwolle. Sepulvado was pronounced dead at Sabine Medical Center in Many after life-saving attempts failed, Rivers said. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is leading the investigation into Sepulvado's death. According to preliminary information provided to Rivers, Sepulvado and a friend were deer hunting in the Belmont area south of Pleasant Hill. They were running dogs on Haley Road, which goes through a hunting lease. A deer emerged and Sepulvado's hunting partner got the all-clear to shoot. But Sepulvado was struck by a round from a 12-gauge shotgun, Rivers said. Sepulvado was transported from the scene by private vehicle to the hospital. The name of the man who fired the shot has not been released.

November 21st, 2016, Monday

Many Police Department Foot Chase

On Thursday, officers from the MPD was involved in a foot chase on Washington Street that resulted in the arrest of a 27 year old Many man. Apparently the subject was in possession of a small bag of crack cocaine. He was booked into the Sabine Detention Center on a charge of illegal possession of a schedule II dangerous substance. This case is currently active and further information is limited at this time.

November 18th, 2016, Friday

Many Police Department Drug Arrest

On Wednesday, MPD officers observed a subject in a parked car on Esso Drive that had two outstanding warrants. While taking the subject into custody, he was found with various illegal drugs, including methamphetamines and synthetic marijuana. He was also in the possession of a 9mm pistol. The subject, Octavius D. White, age 22, of Many, La. was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on various felony drug charges, outstanding warrants and a charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.

November 18th, 2016, Friday

BPSO Advises Residemts of Paving Scam

Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses would like to advise the public to be aware of “Paving Scams”. Every year, sometimes twice a year, the Sheriff’s Office is made aware of groups of scam artists that come through the area trying to take advantage of parish residents. These scams typically target the elderly. The scammers will approach a resident at their home and try to sell them “left-over” asphalt. The scam usually starts with the scammer telling the resident that they have been doing a paving job in the area and that they have “left-over” asphalt that they need to get rid of. The scammer will say something to the effect of “I have enough left-over asphalt to do your driveway and I’ll make you a good deal on it.” The price quoted initially will sound very reasonable, often well below what a person would expect to pay for a paving job. Once the resident agrees to allow the scammer to asphalt their driveway, the scammer will bring a crew in and they will begin the paving job. Residents should be aware that the work that gets done will be of low quality to begin with, and will not last very long. The second part of the scam will be upon completion of the job, the scammer will tell the resident that the job required more asphalt than originally believed and the job will now cost much more than originally quoted. As stated earlier, the victim of these scams are elderly people. The scammer will try to intimidate the victim in to paying the greatly higher price. Sheriff Moses would like to advise all resident s of Beauregard Parish that the Sheriff’s Office has been made aware recently that some of these scam groups have been attempting to work in Beauregard Parish. Please be cautious when entering in to any agreement with anyone that approaches you about paving your driveway.

Some key points to remember:

• These scammers will almost always be from out of state. They will have out of state license plates on their vehicles.


• They will almost always be in new vehicles and their equipment will be new or nearly new.

• As a good rule of thumb, residents should only deal with reputable businesses, most often locally owned and operated.

Sheriff Moses encourages any resident who is approached by anyone trying to sell them asphalt to immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office and a deputy will be dispatched to verify the seller is a legitimate businessperson. The direct number to the Sheriff’s Office is (337) 463-3281.

November 17th, 2016, Thursday

Veterans Affaires Whistleblower Resigns, Cites Retaliation

 A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who told Congress the agency was using unauthorized wait lists for mental health care in Colorado has resigned, saying he was subjected to retaliation for speaking out. Brian Smothers told The Associated Press Wednesday the VA had opened two separate inquiries into his actions and tried to get him to sign a statement saying he had broken VA rules. He said he refused. Smothers also said the VA reassigned him to an office with no computer access, no significant duties and no social contact. He called the VA's actions punitive and his working conditions intolerable. He said he resigned as of Tuesday. VA officials had no immediate comment on Smothers' claim that he was punished for speaking up but said the agency does not tolerate retaliation. They said previously they take any allegation about unauthorized wait lists seriously and were cooperating with an inquiry. Smothers alleges that Colorado VA facilities in Denver and suburban Golden used unauthorized wait lists for mental health services from 2012 until last September. He said the lists hid how long it takes for veterans to get treatment and made the demand for mental health care appear lower than it really was. He said the longer that veterans have to wait for mental health care, the less likely they are to use it when it becomes available. "It was totally unacceptable to me," Smothers said. He added: "It's my hope that the incoming administration (of president-elect Donald Trump) goes and fires people." Smothers estimated the lists contained 3,500 entries but did not know how many individual veterans were on them because some names appeared multiple times. It was not immediately clear how long veterans on the lists had to wait for care. Unofficial wait lists have been used by VA health care facilities elsewhere. The discovery of the lists created a nationwide scandal in 2014 when 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments at a Phoenix VA hospital. Smothers was a peer support specialist on the VA's post-traumatic stress disorder clinical support team in Denver. He said he started the job in April 2015. Smothers went to Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Cory Gardner of Colorado in September, saying he had uncovered the unauthorized lists on spreadsheets in the VA computer system. He also said a veteran had taken his own life while waiting for PTSD treatment at a Colorado Springs VA clinic. At Johnson and Gardner's request, the VA inspector general's office — the agency's internal watchdog — opened an inquiry into Smothers' claims. A spokesman for the inspector general did not immediately respond Wednesday to a telephone message seeking comment. Gardner said in a written statement that he was troubled by the circumstances of Smothers' resignation. "This employee's communication with my office is protected by federal law," he said. Gardner said he has asked the inspector general to look into whether the VA retaliated against Smothers. Johnson said he too is concerned about Smothers' case. "My office will continue to work with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to ensure that federal employees who blow the whistle do not suffer any retaliation," he said in an email. The Office of Special Counsel is an independent federal agency that protects whistleblowers. Smothers told the AP he had emailed copies of the spreadsheets to himself so he could provide them as evidence. The VA later warned 2,100 veterans that their personal information may have been compromised by that, although the agency did not identify Smothers as the person involved. Smothers told the AP he also offered copies of the spreadsheets — with the veterans' identifying information removed — through Amazon.com's self-publishing book service in order to preserve them in a public format. Smothers said two copies of the list have sold through Amazon: He bought one, and the inspector general's office bought the other. Smothers also provided redacted versions of the spreadsheets to the AP that do not contain the identifying information. Smothers said that after he contacted the senators, the VA investigated whether his actions had violated agency rules and concluded they had not. He said the VA opened a second inquiry after discovering he had offered the lists on Amazon. That inquiry was still underway when he resigned, he said. Smothers said the VA learned the lists were on Amazon by looking at his social media posts. He said that demonstrated the VA was monitoring him even after clearing him in its first inquiry.

November 17th, 2016, Thursday

Medal Of Honor Ceremony

A medal of honor ceremony was held in Baton Rouge Wednesday in honor of the nine Louisiana law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. Among the honored were State Trooper Steven Vincent, killed in Calcasieu Parish in August. The families of the officers received the Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. With the nine officers honored on Wednesday, 93 officers have been remembered with the medal of honor for their services and sacrifices to protect the community.

November 17th, 2016, Thursday

Pineland Fire Department Working to Improve Radio Signal

Pineland Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Joe Lane gave a brief update on the department during the November 15, council meeting. Lane stated that everything was going well, "We voted on a new member at last night's meeting and another one last month." "We talked to the radio guy and hopefully the voter system will be up and going on this side and a better radio signal. Hopefully by Friday," he said. Lane said that he was really hoping for an improved signals on both the fire channel and police channel.  "We will just have to wait and see," he added. Lane stated that the funding for the radio upgrade was made possible through a grant from the Keeler Foundation. The microwave dish is being installed and is suppose to enhance the hand held radio signal. "When we get on the other side of the Big Tin Barn, communication really is hit and miss," he said. Lane went on to say the signal should be boosted on the entire western side of the county. "That is the theory, we will see," he said.

November 17th, 2016, Thursday

DPSO Looking Into Job Scam in Mansfield Area

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a scam promising jobs with a Texas oil refinery plant in Beaumont, Texas. Authorities say 300 to 400 people that they know of, mostly in Mansfield, have fallen victim. Many lined up at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Tuesday to file complaints. At least a dozen people also called the KSLA News 12 newsroom with their concerns. Authorities say the victims were approached and promised a job at Motiva in Port Arthur, Texas making $25.00 dollars an hour. They were told they had to pay $100 dollars for a TSA Transportation Worker Identification Card. Victims were told to meet at a local church on Wednesday to leave for Texas. Many quit their jobs to start work.  "The one thing that people need to know is that the Motiva refinery out there in Port Arthur is not looking for anyone to be welders, helpers, or fire watch people. They do not require a TWIC card to enter their facility," explained DPSO Lt. Adam Ewing. Authorities did identify a suspect who was collecting the money but believe he also may have been scammed. "This is a new investigation. We are not going to go just rushing to judgment in either direction. But, he's been extremely helpful and forthcoming," said Lt. Ewing. Victims and residents in Mansfield say this scam would have been easy to pull off. "When you don't have those type of jobs out here, don't really have any jobs out here, of course, you are gonna jump on it. You are going to want it," said Mansfield resident Linda Duncan.  "There's not much opportunity around here, so people are going to jump at that opportunity," agreed scam victim Richard Jones. Bobby Hogan says he was the first of many victims to lose $100 dollars. "I feel bad for everybody that took that loss and I hope they catch them so you can get your money back." Authorities say they do have an idea who their secondary suspect may be and think that person has gotten $30,000 to $40,000 dollars through this scam.  The investigation is ongoing and The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's office says they will also probably bring in federal authorities and Texas authorities to look into this.  "That's a lot of money for one person to just run off with this time of year, when people are trying to get money to provide for their families, especially being the holidays, you know," said Richard Jones.  The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office says anyone that has paid the $100 dollars should call them at (318) 872-3956 to report their loss and a detective will follow up with them. 

November 16th, 2016, Wednesday

Impared Clarence Woman Charges in Death of Coushatta Man After Causing Crash


On Tuesday, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Coushatta, LA and injured an impaired woman from Clarence, LA. Both drivers were not wearing a seat belt. A sixteen year old juvenile, that was a passenger in the woman’s vehicle, was also injured. Troopers responded to the crash around 6:10 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 6 east of Natchitoches, LA. The crash involved a 2005 Ford pickup, driven by Ebone S. Wilson (B/F 35 yrs) and a 1994 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Derrik W. Williams (B/M 32 yrs). The Ford was eastbound on LA Hwy 6, approaching the rear of a stopped 18 wheeler, when Wilson steered into the westbound. This action was an attempt to avoid colliding with the rear of the stopped 18 wheeler, but resulted in a head-on collision with the westbound Chevrolet. Williams was pronounced dead on the scene. Wilson was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. Her only passenger, a juvenile, was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Wilson has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving left of center, open container, and not wearing a seatbelt. Toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. Motorists must be reminded that alcohol has many effects on the body. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Just one drink may cause these effects. 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 48 fatal crashes in 2016, resulting in 54 fatalities.

November 16th, 2016, Wednesday

Constable Precinct 2 Resigns, Amidst Assault Arrest and Investigation

Precinct 2 Constable Jerry Dan Webb submitted his resignation before Sabine County Commissioners Court. His brief resignation states,"Please be advised that I, Jerry Dan Webb, hereby resign my position as Precinct 2 Constable of Sabine County. This further confirms that I will not be taking office in January or further serving Sabine County in the capacity of Precinct 2 Constable. The letter of resignation was dated October 28 and submitted in Special Session of Commissioners Court on Nov. 1. The resignation comes after his arrest, where he is accused of shooting Lisa Williams in Pineland, on October 15. According to Sabine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton, "In the early morning hours of October 16, 2016, Constable Jerry Dan Webb was arrested on the charge of evading detention in a motor vehicle by Texas Department of Public Safety," Dutton stated in the statement. The release goes on to say that the charge arouse out of an incident which occurred in the evening hours on Oct. 15, when Mr. Webb committed the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Pineland, Texas." According to several family member statements to DNAM.com the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute and the woman who was shot, Lori Williams, 32 and Sabine County Constable Precinct 2 Jerry Dan Webb, 66, had been in a relationship for "quite sometime". Sabine County Auditor Malinda Bryan discussed inventory and accountability of items that had to be returned to the county after his resignation was submitted. Bryan reported that all but belongings in the car which was impounded after his arrest had been returned. According to the discussion Webb's gear, gas card and assorted other items had been turned in. "The radio had to be retrieved from the car that had been impounded after his arrest," she said. No word was given in today's discussion as to whether or not anyone would be appointed to fill the vacant seat.

November 15th, 2016, Tuesday

Milam Settlers Day Weekend

Milam Settlers Day is devoted to the preservation of Milam’s history. The reconstruction of the Causey House was one early project of the organization. The acquisition of a marker to designate the place where Stephen F. Austin spent his first night in Texas has recently been placed on Las Borregas Creek. Future plans include historical markers for the Milam Cemetery and for the town of Milam. Money raised for Milam Settlers Day is also used for the upkeep of El Camino Park, the site of Milam Settlers Day. In addition, monetary help is provided for the upkeep of the Milam Cemetery and for a scholarship to a local graduate. Milam Settlers Day, which takes place each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, is located in Milam, Texas at the junction of Hwys. 87 and 21. With fall in the air, Milam Settlers Day is right around the corner and organizers are gearing up for one of the largest ever. The event has grown from a one day festival on the Saturday before Thanksgiving into a weekend of activities. Milam Settlers Day Weekend will be held on November 18-19, at El Camino Park in Milam, Texas at the junction of Highway 21 and Highway 87. Vendors are urged to begin making reservations for the event by calling 409-625-4876. The Milam Settlers Day Organization is signing up Sabine County boys and girls between the ages of 2-12 to enter “Milam’s Little Pioneer” fund-raising contest.Aris Buck won the title of “Little Miss Pioneer 2014”. For more information on how to enter call 936-635-4508 or visit http://www.milamsettlersday.org/.

November 15th, 2016, Tuesday

Monday Deadline for Louisiana Flood Victims

 Louisiana residents with damage from the severe mid-August flooding have only a few days remaining to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is Monday. FEMA offers grants to homeowners and renters for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as other post-disaster expenses. Registration with FEMA can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 1-800-621-3362, downloading the FEMA mobile app or visiting a federal disaster recovery center in the community. The flooding across south Louisiana killed 13 people and caused more than $8.7 billion in estimated damage. More than 81,000 households have been approved for FEMA aid topping $700 million.

November 14th, 2016, Monday

One Dead in Red River Parish Crash

Louisiana State Police are investigating a crash that claimed a Houston man's life Thursday evening. The crash happened around 4:45 p.m. on Catfish Bend Road, about two miles west of LA Highway 1. Police say the investigation revealed that 46-year-old Victor Thomas was driving east on Catfish Bend Road in a 1993 Chevrolet truck when he lost control, exited the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned. Thomas was not wearing a seatbelt. He was partially ejected during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene by the Red River Parish Coroner.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.

November 14th, 2016, Monday

Supermoon To Light Up Sky Beginning Monday Morning

The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It will reach its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday night. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it will reach its brightest after midnight on Tuesday local time. The moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948. The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning. Viewers can expect to see a moon about 14 percent larger in diameter and about 30 percent brighter than when it's at its furthest from the earth. It won't be as big and bright again for another 18 years. NASA says its closest approach will occur at 6:21 a.m. EST (1121 GMT) Monday when the moon comes within 221,523 miles (356,508 kilometers). That's from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon. Full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST (1352 GMT). According to the astronomy website earthsky.org, the term supermoon entered usage five years ago when the closest full moon fell on March 19, 2011. The scientific term is perigee full moon. In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,485 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.

November 14th, 2016, Monday

Sheriff's Detectives Find Drugs, 37 Firearms in Hayes Home, Two Arrested

Two Hayes men have been arrested on drug and gun charges as part of an ongoing drug investigation, authorities said. Aaron W. Lavergne Sr., 40, and Jacob P. Granger, 31, were arrested on Nov. 9 by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team, said Kim Myers, sheriff's office spokeswoman. During a search of the house, detectives s found methamphetamine, 13 MDMA pills, and 25 phentermine pills.  "Detectives also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia that are normally used during the packaging process of illegal narcotics, as well as 37 firearms. During their investigation detectives learned the firearms were present in the home when Lavergne was distributing suspected methamphetamine from the residence," Myers said.  Lavergne was arrested on distribution of methamphetamine, possession of  methamphetamine, possession  of MDMA, possession of phentermine, possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Granger, 31, was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Lavergne's bond is set at $115,000 and Granger's is $10,000. Both were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The operation in Hayes and Bell City is ongoing and more arrests are possible, Myers said.

November 11th, 2016, Friday

Sabine Parish School Board Meeting

Sabine Parish School Board meeting will be held Monday November 14th 2016 at 6 p.m,. at 695 Peterson Street in Many, Louisiana.

November 11th, 2016, Friday

Nona Street In Leesville Closed

On November 10, 2016, Nona Street in Leesville, between 171 North and 171 South will be closed from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We ask all constituents to please drive with caution, there will be cement trucks and workers in that area. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For any questions please contactLeesville City Hall at 337-239-2444.

November 10th, 2016, Thursday

Natchitoches Man Injured in ATV Crash

A Natchitoches man suffered serious injuries late Tuesday afternoon while trying to jump a levee near a crawfish pond with his ATV, sheriff's officials said. Bobby Joe Mitchell Jr., 20, was transported from the scene by EMS and later transferred to University Health Hospital in Shreveport. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on private property in the 12000 block of state Highway 1 south of Cypress. Mitchell, who was driving a 2016 Can Am, was ejected then the ATV rolled over on him.  The crash is still under investigation by Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division.

November 10th, 2016, Thursday

Ellison Wins Commissioner Precinct 3 Race

Donald J. Trump was announced as the President of the United States and voters in Sabine County voted in record numbers to "Help make America Great". Locally, 2,595 Sabine County residents cast their vote for Trump and on Election Day another 1,397 for a total of 3,992. Almost half of voters participated in Early Voting. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 614 votes in Sabine County. United State Representative Louie Gohmert held his seat and will represent Sabine County for a 7th term of office in the US House of Representatives. Locally most races were unopposed except for the Sabine County Commissioners Precinct 3 ticket. Precinct 3 covers the Pineland and Bronson areas of Sabine County.  Butch Ellison took the majority with 762 votes, Tommy Harley ended election night with 277 votes. The total number participating could be record breaking numbers. 1039 Precinct 3 Voters took part in the 2016 Election.

November 9th, 2016, Wednesday

Louisiana Unofficial Election Results

Presidential Candidates:

Hillary Clinton, Timothy Kaine Democratic:


Donald Trump, Michael Pence Republican: 



U.S. Senator Candidates:Foster Campbell (DEM):


John Kennedy (REP):


U.S. Representative--4th Congressional District:

Mike Johnson:


Marshall Jones:


Judge, Court of Appeal--3rd Circuit:

Van Kyzar:


Chris Peters:


November 9th, 2016, Wednesday

One Person Killed in Shelby County Wreck

According to the Department of Public safety on November 7, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to and investigated a three vehicle crash on SH 7 about one mile East of Nacogdoches County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2002 Ford pickup was traveling West on SH 7 when it crossed the center divider and struck a 2016 Chevrolet delivery van in the side. In an attempt to avoid the collision the driver of the Chevrolet swerved to the right and subsequently struck a 2012 Ford passenger car.  After the initial crash the Chevrolet and Ford passenger car drove off the roadway and into the eastbound ditch where the Chevrolet overturned. The Ford pickup drove off the highway into westbound ditch where it caught fire and burned. The driver of the Ford pickup was identified as 51-year-old Steven Dennis from Center, TX. Dennis was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Marla Denby. The driver of the Chevrolet utility van is identified as 40-year-old Elzie Raymond from Lufkin. Raymond was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the Ford passenger car was not reported as being injured and was identified as 73-year-old Colleen Doggett from Center, TX. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

November 9th, 2016, Wednesday

Person of Interest Incarcerated

The suspect in the Nichols Discount and Slay Electronics thefts is currently incarcerated in a Natchitoches facility. He is identified as 33 year old Brandon Kendrick of Natchitoches. We received information after a viewer recognized the vehicle from the photo placed on Facebook. He is also being held on unrelated but similar charges in Natchitoches.

November 9th, 2016, Wednesday

1 Arrested After Fatal Natchitoches Shooting

A man is facing charges in a fatal shooting that happened in Natchitoches Monday night. Natchitoches police say they were called to the 1200 block of Texas Street around 10:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. When they got there they found 30-year-old Tommy Wiley, Jr in the parking lot unresponsive. Wiley was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  Witnesses told police Wiley got into an argument that turned physical with 31-year-old Cedric Daniels. During their investigation, police learned the pair reportedly had problems in the past. Daniels was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was taken to Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.  The incident is still under investigation and more arrests are pending.

November 9th, 2016, Wednesday

Unrestrained Provencal Man Killed in Crash, Alcohol Usage Suspected Factor

Early Monday, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Provencal, Louisiana that was not wearing a seat belt. Alcohol usage is a suspected factor in the crash. Troopers responded to the crash around 6:30 p.m. which occured on LA Hey 117 North of Provencal. The crash involved a 2000 Ford pickup, driven by Waymon L.. Dale. The Ford was southbound on LA Hwy 117 when Dale lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a tree. Dale was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

November 8th, 2016, Tuesday

Murder and Attempted Suicide Outside of Shreveport Restaurant

One woman is dead and one man is in grave condition following a shooting in the parking lot of a Shreveport restaurant. At around 4 p.m. Monday a man shot a woman sitting in her car in the parking lot of McDonald's at West 70th and Mansfield Road. The man then turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. Following the shooting, the woman's car rolled into the eastbound lanes of west 70th before coming to a stop.  Police shut down both sides of the road to collect evidence for about two hours following the incident. Police have reason to believe the victim and shooter had some type of relationship, but they were not able to confirm any connections. "The relationship is really unknown at this point, we do suspect that they were some type of past relationship, may be dealing with a deranged, or estranged boyfriend or girlfriend but again we're still working on that to determine with a degree of certainty what actually took place," said Corporal Marcus Hines of the Shreveport Police Department. The intersection was busy at the time of the shooting, so police were able to interview multiple witnesses. They also intend to collect surveillance video from surrounding businesses to aid in their investigation.  The name of the victim and shooter has not been released at this time. 

November 8th, 2016, Tuesday

4 Children Suffer Minor Injuries in Morning Bus Crash in Vernon Parish

Four children were transported to hospitals with minor injuries following a school bus crash in Vernon Parish this morning, authorities said. The bus driver received minor injuries and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries, said Master Trooper Scott Moreau. There were 19 students on the bus. The school bus and an SUV crashed at 7:43 a.m. at the intersection of Jean Chapel Road and U.S. 171.  The driver of the school bus, Marisa Mann, 30, of Leesville, was cited for failure to yield.

November 8th, 2016, Tuesday

Suspect Identified in Kayla Gomez Death


The suspect was identified to KETK as Gustavo Zavala, 24, of Bullard, according to the source. Judicial records show Zavala was arrested for assault causing bodily injury twice in 2014. Law enforcement sources told KETK Zavala is in the country illegally, having been deported for a violent crime in 2014. Zavala is currently being held without bond on an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer in the Smith County Jail. Reportedly, he is in his early 20s. On Saturday night, a law enforcement officer told us the suspect is an uncle, but person responsible for Kayla's death is an uncle, but today, a family member said the man is a cousin who "acted like an uncle to Kayla." No motive for the homicide has been released. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said the Cherokee County District Attorney and Smith County District Attorney will work together to decide charges to be brought against the suspect, upon a formal arrest.

November 7th, 2016, Monday

Person Of Interest

What we know about the person of interest in Many, Louisiana. He was in Many, La. on Thursday morning. (11-03-16) He visited Slay Electronics on old Fisher Road at 9:30am. He is believed to be involved in the theft of a $165.00 security cameras taken off the shelf. Later around 11:00am he entered Nichols Discount and removed both clothing and miscellaneous items from the store. He entered the store on multiple occasions, some times in sock feet. He wore an LSU cap on most trips into the store, but a different cap was worn on one occasion. The subject seemed to be alone, although he repeatedly put his cellphone to his ear. His vehicle appeared to have the front bumper and grill missing and a Louisiana inspection tag on the windshield. The subject was believed to speak with the clerk and possible with other customers. We believe he might have entered other businesses located in town. Again, if you have any information on this individual, please contact us at 318-256-5617.

November 7th, 2016, Monday

Police Jury Appoved Liquor License for Stark Dollar General

There are plenty of places to buy alcohol in Calcasieu Parish. But one proposed location in Starks took center stage at the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Thursday night. "We're using this to compete with other stores," said Richard Easterling, attorney representing Dollar General The police jury considered an application to sell alcohol at the Dollar General in Starks off La. 12. The issue first came up about a month ago. At that time, four parish applications were up for consideration - three were approved but the one in Starks was denied. "Somebody comes to the store and wants get chips and buns and other things; they want to have the ability for those people to pick up beer or wine," Easterling said. Last month, juror Sandy Treme pushed the police jury to defer the item 30 days, but recently met with the attorney to discuss police jurors' concerns."e was gracious enough to drive from Baton Rouge to come to Starks," Treme said. mong their concerns -- its proximity to a church.Judd Bares, juror, said "with permission comes responsibility." He also raised the issue of shoplifters."You throw liquor in, you don't know what's going to happen," he said. There's two stores close by that already have alcohol so it's not like we're bringing something to the area that's not already there. We just want to be able to compete," said Easterling. Treme motioned to deny the permit but because the application met all state and parish requirements, jurors gave it a green light.

November 4th, 2016, Friday

Natchitoches Man Arrested For Soliciting a Minor

A Natchitoches man has been arrest for charges of computer aided solicitation of a minor in Lafayette Parish. State Police say that detectives with the State Police Victims Unit in Alexandrian received information regarding 44-year-old Kory Wilson of Natchitoches who allegedly communicated with a juvenile in a sexually explicit manner and shared explicit images. During the investigation, detectives learned that Wilson used an electronic device to solicit the juvenile for sexual purposes. A warrant was issued for Wilson's arrest and he was apprehended at his place of employment in Acadiana where he also lived. Officials say  Wilson was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Jail for Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile, Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. This case remains under investigation.

November 3rd, 2016, Thursday

Family of Missing East Texas Girl: "She's Everything We Have"

Kayla Gomez-Orozco’s family members are speaking out about her disappearance, desperate to figure out what could have happened. Read More: Search for missing ten year old girl underway They tell us that they want their little girl home safe, whatever it takes.Gomez-Orozco’s brother, Kenneth Gomez, is searching for answers. "She's everything we have and this is devastating for us. It's horrible; we don't have a clue what happened with her," says Gomez. Gomez wants to knowanything that will help lead him to his little sister. "We're even more frustrated because we can't explain it, it was just out of the blue," says Gomez. Family members say Gomez-Orozco went to the Bullard First Assembly church with her mother. Prayer service had just ended and Gomez-Orozco was sitting in the lobby for a few minutes. First with a girl, but after she left, Gomez-Orozco was alone. Gomez-Orozco’s uncle, Isaias Garcia, told us what happened next, "It was five to ten minutes that the mom and the church members were talking and when they turned around to check, she wasn't sitting there anymore," says Garcia. Garcia says those there searched everywhere they could before calling police. "We can't believe that they could take a girl from a church. Garcia says they are now hoping for the best. "We're thinking that something could happen, that it could end in a drastic way and God willing that won't happen,” says Garcia. Gomez-Orozco’s family says they need help bringing her back. "Please if you know anything, come up front, this is my sister's life and she's only ten years old," says Gomez. Gomez-Orozco’s family says they don't think she wandered off. They say she would never do something like that. Anyone with details on Kayla Gomez-Orozco is asked to call 911 or the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at 903-683-2271 or contact the FBI tipline at 972-559-5711.

November 3rd, 2016, Thursday

Amber Alert Issued for Missing 10-year-old Girl

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 10-year-old who went missing from a Bullard church Tuesday night. Kayla Gomez went missing around 8 p.m. from Bullard First Assembly located on U.S. Highway 69, according to the Bullard Police Department. She was last seen wearing a black Racquet & Jog t-shirt and a peach skirt. Gomez is described as a Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes, 4 feet tall and weighing 90 pounds. At this time, police and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are searching for a red Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicle with dark-tinted windows and unknown license plates that was seen in the church parking lot. The vehicle's connection to the child's disappearance is not known. Law enforcement officials believe the child to be in grave or immediate danger. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell said the Gomez family is cooperating with the investigation. "The family seems to be a very good, hard-working religious family with no problems. The little girl (is) a sweet little girl." Campbell said the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear. "(She's) just as cute as she could be. She seems to be just a very normal young lady. We have no reason as to why she would have been abducted, if she was." Officials with Tyler Independent School District say Gomez was a student at Jack Elementary. They say an FBI task force will be at the Jack campus to investigate the situation. The District is assisting in the process as requested from officials. Officials with the district say counselors will also be at the campus to provide assistance and support as need for staff and students. Sheriff Campbell encouraged families to watch their children. "If it could happen in Bullard, it could happen anywhere." Search dogs have been walking the perimeter set up around the church and the FBI is sending support from its field office in Dallas. Texas Department of Transportation electronic message boards are displaying information about the alert on roadways across the region, including along Interstate 20. Anyone with details on Kayla Gomez or the suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at (903) 683-2271.

November 2nd, 2016, Wednesday 

Former Angola Guard Pleads Guilty to Part in Beating Cover Up

A former correctional officer at Louisiana State Prison at Angola pleaded guilty in federal court to covering up the beating of a handcuffed-and-shackled inmate while he was being held in solitary confinement.   Scotty Kennedy entered the guilty plea on Tuesday, Nov. 1. A sentencing date has not been set, but he could face up to 10 years in prison for deprivation of rights under color of law, five years for conspiracy to obstruct justice, and up to $250,000 in fines for each count.  According to documents, Kennedy is one of three guards accused of being involved with the incident, which happened in January 2014.   Although Kennedy did not participate in the beating, he did plead guilty to plotting with the guards who did commit the assault to cover it up. The cover-up included a false story written into prison records and tampering with witnesses and physical evidence.   The two additional guards involved in the case are not identified by name in court records. The report does not that both had prior complaints against them.  

November 2nd, 2016, Wednesday 

Burn Ban In Effect for Sabine County

Sabine County enacted a burn ban Tuesday morning. According to the Sabine County website, the burn ban was effective at 9 a.m. Tuesday for 90 days from the date of adoption.. The county posted a Texas A&M Forest Service flyer on its website with tips on how people can prevent wildfires. People are urged to avoid parking in tall grass, never leave a BBQ pit unattended and make sure the coals are out cold, make sure trailer chains aren’t dragging, and “be aware that any spark may cause a wildfire.” The flyer also offered some ways for people to be prepared.

  •  Defensible space – create at least 30 feet of space around your home that is free of flammable materials.
  •   Clean your gutters and roof frequently.
  •  Rake and dispose of pine straw, leaves, branches, and other debris within 30 feet of your home.
  •   Prune trees so that the lowest branch is six to 10 feet high.

November 1st, 2016, Tuesday 

Shreveport Alternative Charter School Director, 2 Others Arrested

The principal of a brand-new alternative charter school in Shreveport has been arrested along with two other school employees. Shreveport police confirm that AMIKids Executive Director Tara Taylor was arrested on October 20, along with fellow administrator Jamile Emile and Mitchell Steiner. All 3 are accused of not reporting a possible sexual assault on campus to police. AMI board member Ted Cox says a student at the school had informed school leaders that she was sexually assaulted on the Hutchinson St. campus, but no one contacted police.  Educators are considered mandatory reporters. By law, they’re required to contact police if a student comes to them with allegations of sexual assault. Caddo Parish schools have a working agreement with AMIKids to take in students who have been expelled from Caddo schools.  The AMIKids charter school was approved by the Caddo Parish School Board in May 2015. The Board approved its charter agreement with AMI and its Board in June of this year to open in Fall 2016. As a Type 1 charter under Louisiana law, AMI is overseen by a separate volunteer school board and a charter management organization, which in this case is AMI Kids – an organization based in Florida which specializes in work with at risk youth. Under Louisiana law, Caddo does not have the ability to select or terminate personnel at AMI nor interfere in day-to-day operations of the campus. The school district released a statement in response to request for comment on the arrests Monday afternoon. 

“Caddo has been made aware of the assertions of misconduct at AMI Kids. While the district is limited in its oversight of the school, district officials have continued to reach out to AMI’s board and management organization to offer supports. While district staff are concerned at the alleged actions which have taken place in operation of the campus, Caddo is limited in its ability to intervene at AMI Kids without action by the Caddo Parish School Board to review and/or a amend the contents of its contract with AMI and its board. Caddo will continue to offer resources and supports to AMI Kids to benefit the students of the school and to work with its Board to resolve any concerns.”

AMIKids corporate leaders are reportedly on their way to Shreveport from Tampa, Florida to meet with board members. The 3 AMIKids - Caddo educators accused of not reporting the alleged sexual assault have been suspended. 

November 1st, 2016, Tuesday 

Early Voting Period Ends Tuesday

Secretary of State, Tom Schedler reminds everyone that today, Tuesday, November 1st, is the last day to cast an early vote in the 2016 Presidential election. Turnout to date has been extremely high, breaking record numbers form 2008 and 2012. On average, close to 73,000 people cast the vote daily during the early voting period statewide. Through Saturday, 366,620 voters have participated in the early voting. A total of 3 million people are registered to vote in Louisiana.

November 1st, 2016, Tuesday 

Hemphill Man Ordered, Cease and Desist Not a Physician

Texas Medical Board disciplined 21 licensed physicians and issued six cease and desist orders during the Oct. 14, 2016 meeting, including a Hemphill business. The disciplinary actions included: five orders related to quality of care violations, one order related to unprofessional conduct, two revocations, three voluntary surrenders/revocations, three orders related to violation of Board rules, five orders related to violation of prior Board order, one order related to inadequate medical records, and one order related to impairment. According to a press release issued by the Texas Board of Medical Board, Donald Hamilton of Hemphill entered in an agreement prohibiting him from acting or holding himself out to be a licensed physician in the state of Texas. The document states, "Hamilton, Donald, No License, Hemphill, October 14, 2016, the Board and Donald Hamilton entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Mr. Hamilton from acting as, or holding himself out to be, a licensed physician in the state of Texas." The Board found Mr. Hamilton described himself on a website “Healthy Solutions,” as a Nutritionist/Practitioner with a picture of him wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope around his neck.According to the website, Mr. Hamilton’s profile notes that, “Our holistic approach has helped acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions.” The statement issued by the Medical Board goes on to say, Mr. Hamilton advised a mother of a pediatric patient with the diagnosis of cerebellar tumor, epilepsy, and developmental delay to administer selenium to the patient instead of his prescribed medications. Healthy Solutions is located on the Square in Hemphill.  The Board issued 182 physician licenses at the October meeting, bringing the total number of physician licenses issued in FY17 to 616. No rules were adopted during the October meeting. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS QUALITY OF CARE: Adeleye, Victoria M., M.D., Lic. No. N7985, Conroe Order entered on August 26, 2016, was vacated and replaced with Agreed Order entered on October 14, 2016 with same terms and conditions. Armbruster, David Russell, D.O., Lic. No. D1381, Pearland On October 14, 2016, the Board and David Russell Armbruster, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Armbruster to within 90 days develop a written pain contract that requires random drug testing and terminations for violations of the contract; and within one year complete at least 16 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in opioid prescribing, four hours in risk management and four hours in drug seeking behavior. The Board found Dr. Armbruster admitted that he used no written pain contract with patients that he treated for chronic pain and that his medical records were inadequate. Gregory, Janet, D.O., Lic. No. P1759, Baton Rouge, LA On October 14, 2016, the Board and Janet Gregory, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring her to within one year complete at least 16 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in diagnosis and management of complications due to epidural steroid injections and/or acute epidural hematoma management and eight hours in risk management; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,000. The Board found Dr. Gregory failed to meet the standard of care by not recognizing and/or appreciating the patient’s symptoms or fully documenting a patient’s medical history in which she failed to diagnose a spinal hemorrhage. Nguyen, Michael Van, M.D., Lic. No. P7821, The Woodlands On October 14, 2016, the Board and Michael Van Nguyen, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring him to within one year complete at least 16 hours of in-person CME, divided as follows: eight hours in diagnosis and management of complications due to epidural steroid injections and/or acute epidural hematoma management and eight hours in risk management; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,000. The Board found Dr. Nguyen failed to meet the standard of care by not recognizing and/or appreciating the patient’s symptoms or fully documenting a patient’s medical history in which he failed to diagnose a spinal hemorrhage. Syed, Ghyasuddin, M.D., Lic. No. L3493, Baytown On October 14, 2016, the Board and Ghyasuddin Syed, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring him to within one year complete the medical recordkeeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $2,000. The Board found Dr. Syed failed to meet the standard of care in that he did not maintain adequate medical records for four patients. UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Lee, Kirk Reese, M.D., Lic. No. J0062, Sugar Land On October 14, 2016, the Board and Kirk Reese Lee, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order, suspending Dr. Lee’s Texas medical license; and staying the suspension six months after the date of the signing of the Order, placing him on probation under the following terms: abstain from the consumption of prohibited substances as defined in the order for 10 years, within 90 days obtain an independent medical evaluation from a board certified psychiatrist and follow all recommendations for care and treatment, participate in Alcoholics Anonymous no fewer than 90 meetings in the first 90 days and three times per week thereafter, within seven days surrender DEA/DPS controlled substances certificates, following automatic stay of suspension Dr. Lee shall not practice medicine beyond 20 hours per week, and shall not supervise or delegate prescriptive authority to physician assistants and advanced practice nurses or supervise surgical assistants. The Board found Dr. Lee engaged in unprofessional conduct in that he became impaired due to abuse of alcohol while he was under an agreement to abstain from alcohol consumption. REVOCATION Davis, Carl Cuthbert, M.D., Lic. No. E9598, Houston On October 14, 2016, the Board entered a Final Order against Carl Cuthbert Davis, M.D., which revoked his Texas medical license. The Board found Dr. Davis failed to meet the standard of care in the treatment of multiple chronic pain patients, failed to properly supervise his midlevels who nontherapeutically prescribed controlled substances and failed to maintain adequate medical records. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Dr. Davis has 20 days from the service of the order to file a motion for rehearing. Fowler, Stephen R., M.D., Lic. No. H9514, Ennis On October 14, 2016, the Board entered a Default Order against Stephen R. Fowler, M.D., which revoked his Texas medical license. On November 13, 2015, the Board filed a Complaint with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), alleging Dr. Fowler committed unprofessional conduct for violating his Texas Physician Health Program agreement. Dr. Fowler was served notice of the Complaint and subsequent hearing at SOAH. Dr. Fowler failed to appear at the SOAH hearing and no answer or responsive pleading was ever filed by Dr. Fowler. The Board granted a Determination of Default and Dr. Fowler’s Texas medical license was revoked by Default Order. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at SOAH. Dr. Fowler has 20 days from the service of the order to file a motion for rehearing. VOLUNTARY SURRENDER/REVOCATION Etindi, Ransome, M.D., Lic. No. L2240, Waxahachie On October 14, 2016, the Board and Ransome Etindi, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Surrender in which Dr. Etindi agreed to voluntarily surrender his Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The Board has alleged that Dr. Etindi was indicted and pled guilty to having committed Medicare Fraud. Gelzer, Ronald Leroy, M.D., Lic. No. J9046, Killeen On October 14, 2016, the Board and Ronald Leroy Gelzer, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order of Voluntary Revocation in which Dr. Gelzer agreed to the voluntary revocation of his Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. Dr. Gelzer was under investigation following his voluntary surrender of his DEA controlled substances registration. Pyles, Jocelyn Marie, M.D., Lic. No. G7943, Houston On October 14, 2016, the Board and Jocelyn Marie Pyles, M.D., entered into an Agreed Voluntary Surrender Order in which Dr. Pyles agreed to voluntarily surrender her Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. Dr. Pyles was under investigation resulting from her conviction of felony health care fraud. VIOLATION OF BOARD RULES Gilmore, John F., III, M.D., Lic. No. K0474, Houston On October 14, 2016, the Board and John F. Gilmore, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring him to within one year complete at least eight hours of CME in risk management; and within 30 days present to the Compliance Department a written office policy for handling triplicate prescription forms. The Board found Dr. Gilmore pre-signed two official DPS prescription forms, when he determined he was not going to issue the prescriptions, he did not immediately void them or ensure they were stored securely. Kennedy, Colleen, M.D., Lic. No. M7325, Dallas On October 14, 2016, the Board and Colleen Kennedy, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Kennedy to have her practice monitored by another physician for 12 consecutive monitoring cycles; within one year complete at least eight hours in CME, divided as follows: four hours in risk management and four hours in medical recordkeeping; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $5,000. The Board found Dr. Kennedy failed to maintain adequate medical records for, and failed to properly perform physician examinations prior to prescribing compound prescription medications to patients. Maul, Robert Greg, D.O., Lic. No. E9798, Rowlett On October 14, 2016, the Board and Robert Greg Maul, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring him to within one year and three attempts pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam; within one year complete at least eight hours of CME, divided as follows: four hours in ethics and four hours in risk management; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,500. The Board found Dr. Maul inappropriately allowed his office administrator to access his Prescription Access Texas program account. VIOLATION OF PRIOR BOARD ORDER Hernandez, Arthur, M.D., Lic. No. G1674, San Antonio On October 14, 2016, the Board and Arthur Hernandez, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Hernandez and requiring him to complete the KSTAR assessment which was required by his August 2015 Order by December 31, 2016. The Board found Dr. Hernandez violated his 2015 Order by failing to timely reimburse the Board for his practice monitor and by failing to complete the KSTAR assessment within the timeframe set forth in the order. Motley, Jennifer Lee, M.D., Lic. No. L7491, Fort Worth On October 14, 2016, the Board and Jennifer Lee Motley, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Motley and requiring her to fully comply with all terms of the June 2015 Order and show proof of compliance by November 1, 2016; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,500. The Board found Dr. Motley failed to complete 12 hours of CME within the timeframe required by the Agreed Order. Pham, Chi Manh, M.D., Lic. No. G1993, Houston On October 14, 2016, the Board and Chi Manh Pham, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order on Formal Filing Modifying Prior Mediated Agreed Order, modifying Dr. Pham’s June 2014 Order. The modification requires Dr. Pham to have his practice monitored for an additional eight consecutive chart monitoring cycles; within one year schedule an assessment with the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute (KSTAR); within one year complete at least 18 hours of CME, divided as follows: four hours in professional communications, four hours in prescribing of antibiotics/resistance and 10 hours in medical recordkeeping; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $1,000. The Board found Dr. Pham violated the 2014 Order by failing to implement any of the chart monitor’s recommendations. All other terms of the 2014 remain in full force and effect. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Reis, Marcos, M.D., Lic. No. G0810, Brownsville On October 14, 2016, the Board and Marcos Reis, M.D., entered into a Superseding Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Reis and requiring him to have his practice monitored by another physician for eight consecutive monitoring cycles; within one year complete the medical recordkeeping course offered by the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program; within 90 days complete at least 20 hours of CME, divided as follows: four hours in medical recordkeeping, four hours in ethics, four hours in risk management, four hours in patientphysician communications and four hours in prescribing to geriatric patients; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $5,000. The Board found Dr. Reis failed to take 20 hours of CME as required by the 2013 and 2015 orders and has failed to implement the recommendations made by his physician monitor. This order supersedes all previous orders. Smith, Raleigh Arnold, III, M.D., Lic. No. F4547, Aransas Pass On October 14, 2016, the Board and Raleigh Arnold Smith, III, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order publicly reprimanding Dr. Smith and requiring him to within 60 days complete the required CME hours, divided as follows: four hours in risk management and four hours in ethics; within one year and three attempts pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam; and within 60 days pay an administrative penalty of $5,000. The Board found Dr. Smith failed to comply with his 2014 Order by failing to complete the PACE Boundaries Course and CME required by the order. INADEQUATE MEDICAL RECORDS Brams, Matthew Neil, M.D., Lic. No. H4183, Houston On October 14, 2016, the Board and Matthew Neil Brams, M.D., entered into an Agreed Order on Formal Filing requiring him to within one year complete at least 12 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in medical recordkeeping, to include the areas of geriatrics and psychiatry, and four hours in risk management. The Board found Dr. Bram’s medical records were illegible and failed to contain all required elements of a psychiatric examination. This order resolves a formal complaint filed at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. IMPAIRMENT Perry, Richard M., D.O., Lic. No. J7131, Huntsville On October 14, 2016, the Board and Richard M. Perry, D.O., entered into an Agreed Order requiring Dr. Perry to within 30 days submit to an evaluation by the Physician Health Program and comply with any and all recommendations; within one year complete at least 16 hours of CME, divided as follows: eight hours in risk management and eight hours in appropriate prescribing of controlled substances; and within one year and three attempts pass the Medical Jurisprudence Exam. The Board found Dr. Perry admitted to self-prescribing Tramadol to deal with the pain of physician injuries resulting from car accidents and that Dr. Perry is in a rehabilitation program to address addiction and his addictive tendencies. CEASE AND DESIST De La Torre, Ermit Marie, No License, Penitas On October 14, 2016, the Board and Ermit Marie De La Torre entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Ms. De La Torre from practicing medicine in the state of Texas without a license issued by the Texas Medical Board. The Board found Ms. De La Torre entered a plea of guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud which arose from her employment at Palm Village Family Clinic, LLC, in Penitas, Texas. Deleon, Evangelina, No License, Mission On October 14, 2016, the Board and Evangelina Deleon entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Ms. Deleon from engaging in the unlicensed practice of medicine in the state of Texas. The Board found on May 1, 2014 the FBI and FDA executed a search warrant of Ms. Deleon’s residence and during that search Ms. Deleon made statements that she injected clients with Juviderm, Radiesse, and Botox without physician supervision at her residence and other locations. Hamilton, Donald, No License, Hemphill On October 14, 2016, the Board and Donald Hamilton entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Mr. Hamilton from acting as, or holding himself out to be, a licensed physician in the state of Texas. The Board found Mr. Hamilton described himself on a website “Healthy Solutions,” as a Nutritionist/Practitioner with a picture of him wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope around his neck. According to the website, Mr. Hamilton’s profile notes that, “Our holistic approach has helped acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions.” Mr. Hamilton advised a mother of a pediatric patient with the diagnosis of cerebellar tumor, epilepsy, and developmental delay to administer selenium to the patient instead of his prescribed medications. Kojian, Humpartzoom James, M.D., No License, Arcadia, CA On October 14, 2016, the Board and Humpartzoom James Kojian, M.D., entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Dr. Kojian from practicing medicine in the state of Texas without a license issued by the Texas Medical Board. The Board found Dr. Kojian, who is licensed to practice medicine in California, owns and operates a web-based business that specialized in treating patients for weight loss via videoconferencing. By and through this business, Dr. Kojian provided prescription medications to Texas patients without a Texas medical license. Medina, Erik C., M.D., No License, Lubbock On October 14, 2016, the Board and Erik C. Medina, M.D., entered into and Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting Dr. Medina from practicing medicine in the state of Texas without a licensed issued by the Texas Medical Board. The Board found Dr. Medina on or about April 21, 2016, entered a plea guilty to the 3rd degree felony office of practicing medicine without a license in Lubbock County. Perez Del Puerto, Gonzalo, No License, Dallas On October 14, 2016, the Board and Gonzalo Perez Del Puerto entered into an Agreed Cease and Desist Order prohibiting him from acting as, or holding himself out to be, a licensed physician in the state of Texas and shall cease and desist from identifying himself as a doctor, unless he does so in compliance with the Healing Arts Identification Act. The Board found Mr. Perez Del Puerto indicated he was entitled to practice medicine when he was not licensed to do so by fraudulently altering communications from a governmental agency, the Texas Medical Board, and impersonating a government employee. To view disciplinary orders, visit the TMB website, click on "Look Up A License," accept the usage terms, then type in a licensee's name. Click on the name shown in the search results to view the licensee's full profile. Within that profile is a button that says "View Board Actions." 

November 1st, 2016, Tuesday  








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