Local and Area News

Theft

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

July 2,2015,Thursday

Freedomfest 2015

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

July 2,2015,Thursday

Killed by Father

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

July 2,2015,Thursday

Man shot in Lakeside neighborhood fights for life

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

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

Witnesses tell police they heard arguing just before the gunshots.

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

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

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

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

Saw blades left embedded on I-49 in Natchitoches Parish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

Overturned eighteen wheeler

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

The driver of the 2014 Freightliner was uninjured.

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

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

 

July 1, 2015,Tuesday

Natchitoches Parish Still Coping

The Red River is expected to crest again near Natchitoches on Friday, July 3,2015 at about 36 or 37 feet. That is about five feet less than the first time around. Hundreds of people around Natchitoches are still fighting the effects of the flood, including residents of 14 homes which had to be evacuated. To help the Natchitoches Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Preparedness hosted a meeting on Monday June 29,2015 for anybody affected by the floods. Representatives from more than half a dozen disaster relief agencies were on hand to offer assistance including the Red Cross, Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief and the Department of Helth and Hospitals which was offering free tetanus shots.

June 30,2015,Tuesday

Marriage Equality

The Rapides and Avoyelles Parish Clerks of Court confirmed they will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, pending the final forms. Grant, Vernon and Natchitoches parishes said they will also begin issuing the licenses as soon as possible, pending final forms.

June 30,2015,Tuesday

 Crash

A Boyce man died Saturday night after his car hyrdoplaned on Interstate 49 near the Natchitoches-Rapides parishs line, according to Louisiana State Police. Bryan J. Chuvin, 48, died at Rapides Regional Trauma Center after the 8pm wreck. According to State Police, Chauvin's 2014 Ford Mustang hydroplanned, ran off the road and hit several trees. He was wearing a seat belt. The crash is under investigation. Routine toxicology reports are pending.

June 30,2015,Tuesday

Community meeting to be held in Natchitoches regarding Red River flood

 The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are hosting a community meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to reach out to the affected citizens in Natchitoches Parish in regards to the 2015 Red River flooding.

Parish officials say the mayor, parish president, Red Cross, Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relieve, weather service, Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Region 6 Coordinator have been invited to attend.

The meeting will be on Monday, June 29 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center at 716 Second Street in Natchitoches.

Louisiana to open third Family Justice Center in Pineville

A project to make it easier for domestic abuse victims to get help took another step on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning the United Way Board approved a lease with the State of Louisiana to transform an old building on the grounds of the Huey P. Long Hospital into a Family Justice Center.

Once the buildings renovations are complete, families dealing with domestic violence will find help from law enforcement, legal guidance, and counseling all under one roof.

"Not only does it help the victims become more stable more quickly, it also in several communities has actually reduced the level of domestic violence in the community. So we are very excited about this different model and different way to approach domestic violence," says Davis Britt, United Way of Central Louisiana President.

This will be the third Family Justice Center in the state. The other two are in Monroe and New Orleans.

Leesville woman arrested for murder

The Vernon Parish 911 Communications Center was contacted by a male subject at approximately 7:24 a.m.

The caller advised that there was a deceased male individual at a residence on Tilley Road which is located in the area of Jeane Chapel Extension.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the location and observed a deceased male, later identified as Timothy Prather, age 51.

It did appear to investigators that the male did suffer a gunshot wound to the chest and that the male had been deceased inside the residence for a period of time prior to the discovery of his body.

The scene was secured and the VPSO evidence technician arrived at the location with the VPSO Crime Scene Unit so that a forensic examination of the residence could be conducted.

The Vernon Parish District Attorney’s Office was also notified of the incident and an assistant district attorney responded to the scene.

The scene was photographed and video recorded prior to the collection of evidentiary items. Detectives processed the scene for several hours and were able to collect biological and physical evidence.

Detectives learned that the individual who contacted 911 was in fact the employer of the victim. It was learned that the victim failed to appear for work on Monday and the employer traveled to the residence on Tuesday in an effort to make contact with Prather.

It was learned that when the caller initially arrived at the residence he made contact with a female known only to him by the name of “Amber”. The female was inside the residence and answered the door after the caller knocked on the door for a period of time.

The caller advised that the female was inside the residence when he exited the home to call 911.

The female apparently fled the scene by utilizing the back door of the residence prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Items located during the forensic processing of the residence led investigators to believe that the female who fled the scene could be Amber Lisotta.

Detectives prepared photo line-ups and witnesses were able to confirm, through the viewing of the lineups, that the identity of the female was in fact Amber Lisotta.

The Vernon Parish Coroner’s Office did arrive at the residence and at that time an examination of the body was conducted and it was confirmed that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest most likely from a long gun.

During the processing of the scene, a firearm which is believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered and secured, into evidence.

Detectives worked throughout the day to obtain additional information relating to Lisotta as well as statements from persons affiliated with the victim.

Amber Lisotta was located and taken into custody by Detectives without incident at 6:00 p.m. in Leesville.

During the course of an interview with Lisotta she did admit to Detectives that she had in fact shot Timothy Prather.

Amber Lisotta was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Second Degree Murder. No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office works jointly with the North Louisiana Crime Lab and various items will be submitted to the lab for forensic examination.

SPSB Public Hearing

The Sabine Parish School Board will hold  public hearing on June 29th at 5:30 PM at the school board office located at 695 Peterson Street in Many. The hearing will be in regard to the proposed general fund and special revenue fund budgets for 2015-2016

6 Killed In 2-Vehicle, Head-On Crash In East Texas

Six people were killed when two vehicles crashed head-on on a two-lane East Texas highway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports the crash happened about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 69 about two miles south of Colmesneil. DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis says identities were being withheld until families could be notified.

Davis says that even as nightfall approached, investigators were still trying to determine how the crash happened on the highway, which remained closed for five hours before reopening. She called the case “an extremely complex crash investigation.”

The crash site is about 95 miles northeast of Houston.

Help Identify

The Florien Police Department is currently working a attempted burglary/theft that occurred at the car wash located on Hwy 171. The attempted break-in occurred during the early morning hours of 06/23/15. Pictured is the suspect and the suspect vehicle which is white in color and is a Chevrolet/GMC four door. Any information can be given to the Florien Police Department (586-7286), the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Dept. (256-9241)

Natchitoches Parish residents urged to report flood damage

The Natchitoches Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security is urging residents to report any damages caused by flooding.

Those affected by floodwaters in Natchitoches Parish can contact Asst. Director Mary Jones at 318-238-7720 or 318-471-2942. Residents can also email her at mjones@npsheriff.net or contact Deputy Lamarr McGaskey at 318-357-2204 or 318-471-3104 or email at lamarr@npsheriff.net.

June 23, 2015, Tuesday

 Dresser falls on, kills toddler at Shreveport apartment complex

Shreveport police are investigating the death of a toddler.

It happened just before 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Cooper Road Plaza Apartments, also known as the Peach Street Apartments, in the 2900 block of Peach Street.

Police say a 1-year-old child was sleeping in bed when her 2-year-old sibling was climbing on a dresser. The dresser fell on and killed the 1-year-old.

Detectives on the scene interviewed the mother and say she was reportedly in another room inside the apartment asleep when the accident happened.

Right now, police say it's too early in their investigation to know if any criminal charges will be filed.

No names have been released at this time.

June 23, 2015, Tuesday

MFB announces closing date of Vernon Bank acquisition

Ken Hughes, the president and CEO of Mearchants & Farmers Bancshares Inc. has announced that the closing date of its purchase of Vernon Bancshares will be June 30, 2015.

On July 1, the two locations of Vernon Bank will open as full service banking locations of Merchants & Farmers Bank.

“We are excited to welcome Vernon’s customers, officers and staff to our banking family,” Hughes stated. “We want to express our appreciation to The Vernon Bank for allowing our home-owned community bank to continue providing quality service to their customers.”

Expected total assets of Merchants & Farmers Bank on July 1, after the purchase, will be approximately $380 million. The bank’s loan portfolio will exceed $200 million.

PT Capital Partners, with Jonathan W. Briggs as lead investment banker, acted as financial advisor to Merchants & Farmers Bancshares. Jones Walker LLP, with lead attorneys Ron Snider and Rob Carothers, acted as its legal advisors.

National Capital, LLC, with T. Jefferson Fair as lead investment banker, acted as financial advisor to Vernon Bancshares, Inc. Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, with lead attorneys Zonnie Breckinridge and Lowell Harrison, acted as legal advisors for Vernon Bancshares, Inc.

June 22, 2015, Monday
 Police chase on I-49 ends in DeSoto Parish

Authorities in DeSoto Parish and Louisiana State Police are investigating a police chase that left one person injured.

It happened around 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The chase was initiated in Natchitoches Parish by the sheriff's Office around the 154 mile marker regarding a BOLO, be on the lookout, given by Louisiana State Police about a possible drunk driver.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says the pursuit continued north on I-49 and entered DeSoto Parish. Deputies with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office used a spike strip around the 172 mile marker in an effort to get the driver to pull over.

Deputies say after running over the spikes, the vehicle exited the roadway and hit a tree.

The driver reportedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital.

The driver's condition is unknown at this time and no names have been released.

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police are investigating the incident.

June 22, 2015, Monday

Body found in Toledo Bend Lake identified

Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers says the body pulled from Toledo Bend Lake just south of Many has been identified as 32-year-old Joshua Kyle Justis from DeRidder, Louisiana. Rivers says family members have been notified.

According to Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil, Justis' body was recovered from the lake around 10 a.m. Sunday near Laura Lane.

Justis' body was discovered near a private pier by the property owner. 

Rivers says it appears he had been in the water for a few days, and that a missing person's report on the man was filed Saturday out of Beauregard Parish.

Rivers says the man had been working in Burkeville, Texas and was last heard from by phone on Wednesday, June 17.

While they say there are no signs of foul play, the cause of his death is under investigation and authorities say the incident does not appear to be a boating accident.

Rivers says Justis is believed to have had a truck and a camp on the Louisiana side of the lake. Authorities are looking for both.

The body has been sent to University Health in Shreveport, where an autopsy is expected to be done on Monday.

June 22, 2015, Monday

Sabine Motor Speedway.....The Smoothest place to race

 Schedule for the rest of  June 2015  will be:

 June 27-  regular racing and Southern Crate Late Models

 July 2015 schedule:

 July 4th - Regular racing 

July 11 - Regular racing and LA Bayou Sprinters

July 18 - Regular racing

July 25 - closed

 FULL payout for all classes !

Next race is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th . Gates open at 5 pm, draw ends at 7:30 and racing starts at 8 pm.

General Admission : $12.00 adults, kids $5, senior and military $10, 5 and under free

Pit passes $30 adult, 6-12 yr old $15

We will be running Factory stock, Southern stock,  Modified , Southern Crate Late Models , Limited Modifieds 

We are located on Long Rd. in Many, LA

phone : 256-5199

June 22, 2015, Monday

3 still sought in Natchitoches burglary ring; 12 arrested

Twelve people have been arrested so far in a burglary ring that spread farther and farther as investigators served search warrants in both Natchitoches and Sabine parishes, according to a release.

Three more people are being sought in the investigation headed by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. It began in late March with reports of residential burglaries in west Natchitoches Parish that targeted everything from guns to a safe containing $2,500 in pennies, according to the release.  Still being sought are Sharon Nicole Taylor, 26, of the 400 block of John Banks Road in Robeline and Bronson Dewayne Smith, 36, and Brandi Stewart, aka Brandi Mitchell, 35, both of of 102 Mary St. in Robeline. Stewart is wanted on two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, while Taylor and Smith both are wanted on one count of being an accessory after the fact to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Smith and Stewart may be traveling in a blue 1999 Chevrolet Astro van and have ties to the Marthaville and Kisatchie areas in Natchitoches Parish, according to the release.

From March 24 through April 25, the office received reports of burglaries on Everette Rawls and Buster Lewis roads near Marthaville, Robert Rawls Loop near Robeline and in the 500 block of La. Highway 3191 near Natchitoches. Officials say the suspects would drive up to houses and honk a car horn. If no one responded, they would gain access.

However, if someone did respond, they'd say they were having car troubles, according to the release.

In each case, deputies talked to complainants, processed the scenes — collecting evidence and photographing scenes — and finishing offense reports. Detectives assisted in most of the nine burglaries in Natchitoches Parish, according to the release.

More burglaries in Sabine Parish on Cedar Grove, Riley Moore and Big N Ranch roads also were reported. Four other vacant homes were burglarized, but officials yet have been unable to contact anyone regarding them. Those homes were the Dixie Berry residence in the 100 block of Buster Lewis Road in Marthaville; a building owned by Jerry Baxter of Haughton on Buster Lewis Road; Frank Cypers' residence at 9045 La. Highway 120 in Robeline; and a brick home on Preston Hayes Road near Marthaville.

Among the items taken were the safe, Buffalo nickels, silver dollars from circa 1880, a Masonic gold pin, oxygen-acetylene gauges and hoses, a skeet thrower, various tools, a Marlin .22 caliber rifle, Remington 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, handguns, air compressors, a push lawn mower, computers, watches, a guitar, a Xbox, furniture and dishes, CD and cassette changers, power outlets and cases of water and paper towels. All total, the items taken were valued at more than $50,000, according to Greg Dunn, Natchitoches' chief of investigations.

As the investigation proceeded, Natchitoches detectives developed information that led to several people of interest and the issuing of 14 search warrants in the parish. In Sabine Parish, there were five consensual searches that led to the recovery of some of the stolen materials, according to the release.

Some of the items had been sold both in the Natchitoches and Bossier City areas, but most of the items have been recovered.

"Detectives say evidence collected during the execution of the search warrants kept them moving to other target locations in Natchitoches and Sabine parishes," reads the release.

Arrested and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center were:

Jeremy Wade Graves, 30, of the 100 block of Sherwood Road in Converse; charged with seven counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Tiffany Dianne Jackson, 35, of the 1300 block of Robert Rawls Loop in Robeline; charged with two counts of simple burglary, one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Eric Wayne McPherson, 35, of 100 block of Robert Rawls Loop in Robeline; charged with one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, four counts of illegal possession of stolen things, three counts of being an accessory after the fact.

Tasha Evon Stewart, 31, of the 200 block of Robeline-Provencal Road in Provencal; one count of being a principal to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Frederick Scotty Perleburg, 34, of the 4300 block of North Boulevard in Provencal, and Calvin Dewayne Obrien, 35, of the 9100 block of La. Highway 120 in Robeline; one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Kimberly Danielle Oliver, 26, of the 400 block of La. Highway 3191 in Natchitoches, and Michael Joseph "Bo" Orsborn, 21, of the 300 block of Franklin Lane in Natchitoches; one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Bobby Ray Bufkin, 33 of the 400 block of Shamrock Loop in Robeline; four counts of being an accessory after the fact to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Jonnie Melissa Taylor, 27, of the 9100 block of La. Highway 120 in Robeline; seven counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Taylor currently is being held in the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

According to the release, two people — Troy Jackson Jr., 60, of the 1300 block of Robert Rawls Loop, and Sharon Ann Taylor, 51, of the 9100 block of La. Highway 120, both in Robeline — were issued citations for keeping a disorderly place by allowing stolen items in their homes and for allowing others to conspire to commit burglaries in Natchitoches Parish.

Tiffany Jackson and Calvin Obrien both were released on bond.

Natchitoches Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. credited lead Detective Jonathan Byles for his work. "Detective Byles has cleared several major criminal cases in the past year in Natchitoches Parish," said Jones. "We are proud to have him as a part of our team."

The investigation, which involved other detectives from the office and its High Tech Crime Unit and Natchitoches and Sabine deputies, is ongoing in Sabine Parish.

Jones also said people should periodically check the vacant homes of their family members to make sure all is OK when they're away. People can contact the office and request patrol checks be done of the areas, also.

June 19, 2015, Friday

DHHR to administer Tdap vaccines

The Department of Health & Hospitals will administer the Tdap vaccine that protects against (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) to anyone who has been in or near  floodwaters that has inundated Natchitoches Parish.   

For more information please call Mary Jones (318) 471-2942.

June 18, 2015, Thursday

Vernon Parish road closure

Starting on Thursday, June 18, construction will begin on Highway 171 in Vernon Parish. The work will be on the northbound lane at Highway 12-13.

The work will last about two months. The area will be open to traffic at all times.

Drive with caution through the area and look out for work crews.

June 18, 2015, Thursday

Shreveport teen shot, rides bike home over 1 mile away

Shreveport police are investigating a shooting that left a teen injured.

It happened just after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday on Canal Boulevard near Rosemont Street.

Police say a young teen was riding his bike along Canal Boulevard when someone reportedly shot at him.

The boy rode his bike all the way to a home on West 75th Street and called police.

Authorities say the boy appeared to be fine on the scene and for a while, they did not believe he had been struck.

Emergency Medical Service personnel checked the teen over and after finding a bump, believed to be a gunshot wound, on the boy's head, the teen was taken to University Health hospital.

The boy's condition is unknown at this time and no names have been released.

June 18, 2015, Thursday

Scam Alert

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department has received numerous reports of a IRS scam over the past few weeks. Individuals are being contacted via telephone by persons representing themselves as IRS agents/employees. During the conversation the caller advises the victim that they owe back taxes and that they are subject to arrest if given directions aren't followed. The IRS does not contact individuals by phone concerning owed taxes. If you receive a call of this nature promptly hang up and do not answer any subsequent calls. The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department has been in contact with federal authorities in regards to this scam and very little if anything can be done due to the fact that the calls are originating outside of the United States.

June 17, 2015, Wednesday

Leesville man arrested for allegedly attacking, threatening to kill his wife

 Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office released the June 13, 2015 arrest of Robert Daniel Drummond, 37, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s office received a complaint of a domestic disturbance at approximately 3:27 a.m on June 13.

Deputies responded to a residence in the area of Oak Ridge Drive. A neighbor advised the deputies that a female came to his home and advised that she had been hit in the head with a firearm.

Deputies spoke to the victim and observed multiple scrapes, bruises, and abrasions on the victim’s face and neck. The victim was very distraught and indicated that her husband tried to kill her.

The victim further stated that her husband had physically struck her several times with a firearm. Deputies observed a round mark on the victim’s cheek which appeared to have been made by the muzzle of a handgun.

The victim indicated that her husband was extremely intoxicated and had threatened to kill her while he held her down. She also indicated that she fled the residence on foot and while she was running the suspect fired four shots from the weapon.

Deputies traveled next door to the victim’s residence to attempt to make contact with the suspect. The deputies conducted a search of the residence but was unable to locate the suspect at that time.

Deputies observed that the suspect’s vehicle was not at the residence.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Deputies contacted military officials at Ft. Polk to make notification of the incident due to the fact that the suspect is currently active duty military.

At 7:08 a.m., the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from army officials who indicated that the suspect was back at his residence.

Deputies arrived at the residence and took Drummond into custody without incident.

Robert Daniel Drummond was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, one count of Aggravated Second Degree Domestic Abuse Battery, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, and one count of Illegal Discharge of a Weapon.

A bond hearing will be scheduled as required in incidents of Aggravated Domestic Violence under Louisiana Law.

June 17, 2015, Wednesday

Sci-Port reopens today after flood waters recede

 The flood waters from the Red River continue to recede this morning.

The U.S.G.S. says the Red River level in Shreveport-Bosser is at 31.80.

And while those waters continue to go down, one business in Downtown Shreveport is set to re-open today.

Sci-Port officials say that's its business as usual today and they'll operate normal hours.

The north parking lot will remain empty until the mud and debris can be cleaned.

Sci-Port has been closed since June 5th when the Red River made it's way around the building.

June 16, 2015, Tuesday

Shreveport police officer recovers from accidental shooting

A Shreveport man continues to recover after suffering an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday morning in west Shreveport.

Just after 3:00 a.m. on June 15, 2015, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to a home in the 3200 block of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop relative to a shooting. Upon the arrival of police personnel, it was discovered 26 year old Austin Coffey, was suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the arm. Coffey, who is a Shreveport Police officer, was off-duty at the time of the incident and suffered non life-threatening injuries for which he was transported to University Health for treatment.

Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives were notified of the incident and responded to the scene of the shooting. Preliminary information gathered during their inquiry suggested Coffey, who was hired by the department in February 2014, suffered the injury while handling a privately owned semi-automatic handgun, which somehow discharged while in his possession. No other injuries were sustained as a result. Coffey is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

June 16, 2015, Tuesday

Taxes, weed, Common Core: Session was a doozy

Gov. Bobby Jindal got the cover he needed for his presidential run. Higher education and health care got the funding its leaders said was needed for their very survival. Medicinal weed smokers got permission, but only in pill form. Tobacco smokers got ashes. Common Core opponents got traction, at least symbolically. And businesses will pay for almost all of it.

Louisiana’s Legislature passed a $24 billion budget Thursday in a frenzied finish that soothes most concerns for the 2016 fiscal year, but tees up most of the same problems for future lawmakers and governors.

“We’re going to have to do all of this again,” said Robert Travis Scott, president of Public Affairs Research. “Most of what was done was made to address the 2016 budget problems, but there wasn’t much done to to fix them in a structural or permanent way.”

That’s because all of the tax measures passed other than the 50-cent-per-pack increase on smokers will sunset in three years at the latest.

Of the more than $700 million in new tax revenue passed to plug a gaping budget hole coming into the session, only the cigarette tax, which will generate $108 million annually, is permanent.

But that’s little consolation to businesses that will bear the burden of the rest through reductions in their tax exemptions and rebates.

“In the big picture it’s a dark cloud of what we estimate will be a $2.6 billion burden on Louisiana businesses during the next five years,” said Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack. “We’ll work with our members and employers to determine the best way to get through this without damaging the state economy.

“It will certainly impact expansion and hiring decisions, and it’s an unfortunate approach. We brought alternatives like unlocking some of the $1.3 billion in dedicated funds, but the only thing the Legislature appeared to be interested in was raising taxes.”

And LABI isn’t likely to forget that as election season approaches this fall.

“I expect our members will want us to be very active in the elections,” Waguespack said. “I think you’ll see us do that.”

Despite the new tax revenue, Jindal was able to declare victory in keeping his no-tax pledge to Americans for Tax Reform and Grover Norquist because lawmakers passed a technical offset in the form of SAVE, which even those who supported called a phantom tax credit in which no money changes hands.

“Taxes were raised to fund higher education and health care,” Scott said. “It was not revenue neutral.”

Still, higher education leaders breathed a sign of relief when SAVE finally passed a resistant House.

“It was a nail-biter,” said University of Louisiana President Sandra Woodley. “After so many previous cuts to higher education it would have been very difficult to take even another small cut.

“Nobody liked SAVE, but I’m a pragmatist, and it was critical we take whatever avenue was available to fund higher education. If there had been any other way at that late hour we would have supported it.”

Elementary and secondary public education also got a last-minute $39 million bump to help sway the needed votes for SAVE.

Now those public schools leaders can sort out what the Legislature did with Common Core during the session.

Gov. Jindal said the legislation passed “restores local control and puts us on the path to get out of Common Core,” one of his goals for the session.

But Common Core supporters contend the tweaks made by the Legislature — giving the governor and lawmakers more say in the standards, making them more transparent and limiting the number of PARCC questions on tests to 49.9 percent — changes little.

“The bottom line is we still have Common Core and will for the foreseeable future,” said Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana. “Opponents are leaving the impression that it’s the beginning of the end of Common Core, but that’s not the case at all.”

As they frantically completed their work Thursday, many lawmakers may have wanted to tax advantage of their new medical marijuana legislation.

While medical marijuana has been legal for decades in Louisiana through a doctor’s prescription, there was no mechanism allowing for legal dispensing. Not to worry, though, there won’t be rampant legal smoking. The approved marijuana just come in the form of a pill or oils.

The LSU and Southern University AgCenters will have first crack of cultivating it. “Maybe that’s a new way to fund higher education,” said state Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, who voted against the bill. “I’m just joking of course.”

June 15, 2015, Monday

Red now below major flood stage here

Red River finally lost its mania early today, dropping below the 33-foot major-flood stage. The change occurred between 5 and 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

At 6 a.m., the river had dropped to 32.97 feet, and at 7 a.m. it was at 32.88 feet. Its flow also has dropped, from a high above 200,000 cubic feet per second, to 169,000 cfs.

Now the wait is for the river, which crested Tuesday at 37.14 feet, the highest level in 70 years, to drop to moderate flood stage, 31.5 feet, and then down to below the initial or minor flood stage, 30 feet. According to the NWS, moderate flood stage should be reached around 4 a.m. Tuesday, and the 30-foot mark should be reached by 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Forecasts now say the river should drop to 27.5 feet by 7 p.m. Friday, and its flow should diminish to 112,000 cfs.

June 15, 2015, Monday

Man airlifted to Shreveport hospital after contact with power line

ZWOLLE, LA (KSLA) -

A man is in the hospital after coming into contact with a power line while moving a portable building in Sabine Parish Saturday afternoon.

Crews were moving the building just before 3 p.m. in Zwolle on Hwy 1215 at the Sunset Marina.

The man was reportedly injured while riding on top of the portable building using a pole to lift the power lines out of the way.

He was airlifted to University Health Shreveport.

Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil says he was alive when he was transported.

His current condition is unknown.

The man's name has not been released.

June 15, 2015, Monday

Jailhouse Ministry Benefit for Thomas Hughes

A benefit for Thomas Hughes, a 69 year old Vietnam veteran who had a stroke recently. He lost his home, and the money being raised is going to purchase him a used mobile home.

The auction will be at 2PM on June 27th at the Zwolle Fairgrounds from 9AM until Midnight.There will be door prizes, 50/50 raffle, adult beverages, along with food and drink, a bike wash, and a band.

For more information contact Dennis Buckley at 318-645-4798 or 318-481-6201

June 12, 2015, Friday

Sabine Motor Speedway.....The Smoothest place to race

June 6, 2015 results: 

Modified

1st Josh Mitchell,  2nd Jeff Huckaby, 3rd Gary Greer

Factory Stock

1st Jody Prince , 2nd Dakota Wyatt , 3rd Steve Turnage 

Southern stock

1st Dewayne Rains, 2nd Bryan Cook 

Limited Modified

1st Jarred Wallace, 2nd Jody Prince, 3rd Stephen Guidry

Beginners

1st Blaine McComic, 2nd Joseph Sparks, 3rd Jeffery Baskin

Schedule for  June 2015  will be:

May 30-  Closed for Doug Murphrey Memorial race at ARK LA TEX speedway

June 6- regular racing

June 13 regular classes and Southern Dirt Modified

June 20 regular racing

June 27 regular racing and Southern Crate Late Models

FULL payout for all classes !

Next race is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th . Gates open at 5 pm, draw ends at 7:30 and racing starts at 8 pm.

General Admission : $12.00 adults, kids $5, senior and military $10, 5 and under free

Pit passes $30 adult, 6-12 yr old $15

We will be running Factory stock, Southern stock,  Modified , Southern Dirt Modified , Limited Modifieds 

We are located on Long Rd. in Many, LA

phone : 256-5199

June 12, 2015, Friday

Lawmakers agree to tax changes as part of budget deal

Lawmakers gave final passage to a series of tax increases and reductions to tax breaks, to help bring more money into the state treasury. Here is a list of the bills included in the package, passed this week, and what they will do:

CIGARETTES: Increase Louisiana's cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack, raising it to 86 cents per pack, less than originally sought by the Senate and more than originally sought by the House. Also raises taxes on e-cigarettes and vapor products. (House Bill 119)

RESTAURANTS: Make retailers, restaurants and hotels ineligible for tax credits through the state's Enterprise Zone program after July 1. (House Bill 466)

FILM CREDITS: Cap the tax credits Louisiana gives to film and TV productions at $180 million a year. (House Bill 829)

BUSINESS UTILITIES: Temporarily suspend a 1-cent sales tax exemption on business utilities. (House Concurrent Resolution 8)

OIL AND GAS: Modify a severance-tax exemption for oil and gas produced from horizontally drilled wells, adding new limits on the tax break as the price of oil and natural gas increases. (House Bill 549)

ONLINE SALES TAX: Provide a method for collecting state sales tax from online retailers. (House Bill 555)

INVENTORY TAX CREDIT: Reduce by 25 percent the amount of refundable tax credit businesses can receive for paying local property taxes on inventory. Small businesses are excluded. (House Bill 805)

SOLAR TAX CREDITS: Make various changes to the state's solar tax credit, repealing the credit for thermal systems, lowering the maximum credit and other adjustments. (House Bill 779)

TAX LOOPHOLE: Rework a tax loophole that lets businesses deduct from their Louisiana net income operating losses they had from other years, to eliminate the ability to carry back those losses for three years, but give businesses an extra five years to carry losses forward. (House Bill 218)

TAX BREAKS: Cut certain income and franchise tax credits and tax incentive programs by 28 percent through June 30, 2018 (House Bill 629); cut certain exclusions and deductions allowed from the calculation of a business's gross income by 28 percent, through June 30, 2018 (House Bill 624); and cut certain business tax rebate programs by 20 percent through June 30, 2018. (House Bill 635)

INCOME TAXES: Limit the tax credit Louisiana residents can take for income taxes paid to another state through June 30, 2018. (House Bill 402)

Online:

Louisiana Legislature: www.legis.la.gov

June 12, 2015, Friday

Boil advisory in Leesville

A water line near Highway 28 was shut off Thursday, causing an outage for residents on the Leesville water system.

The outage lasted longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances.

Some customers are still without water; however the outage is expected to be repaired soon.

The city is issued a boil advisory as a precaution for those who experienced the outage.

The advisory will be in effect until further notice.

June 12, 2015, Friday

Shreveport police need help finding missing woman

Shreveport police need the public's help with finding a woman who was reported missing Tuesday morning in West Shreveport.

Just before 2:00 a.m. on June 10, officers were called to the 8200 block of Wildbriar Drive regarding a missing persons report. 

When officers arrived, they were reportedly told 21-year-old Sarah Noe had not been seen or heard from since the previous day, while at the residence. Police say they were told Noe didn't show up for work and has not answered her phone. 

Noe is described as a black female who stands about 5'6" tall and weighs about 142 pounds. She is said to be driving a red 4-door Chevrolet Aveo.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sarah Noe is urged to call Shreveport Police detectives at 318-673-6955.

June 12, 2015, Friday

Flooding forces Alligator Park to temporarily close

The Red River may have crested in Shreveport, but areas south are still dealing with the rising water.

Some of those areas include the Alligator Park in Natchitoches Parish.

The park, which holds over 300 alligators and a wide variety of other animals, was forced to close to visitors Monday.

Owner Terry Rogers has had to take his tractor through 2-3 feet of water in order to continue caring for the animals.

"To me, this is like living through a historical period because I'll never see this again, at least I hope I won't," says Rogers.

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Beauregard Parish jail search reveals contraband items, prisoners on lockdown since Monday

The Beauregard Parish Jail has been on lockdown for the past couple of days, officials said.

Joe Toler, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman, said a "routine shakedown of the entire jail" Monday night uncovered several contraband items. They weren't dangerous, but they were in  violation of policy.

Warden Jeanne Faciane exercised her right to lock the facility down, Toler said.

The lockdown ends Wednesday night for two cellblocks, he said. A third cellblock remains on lockdown for creating a minor disturbance Tuesday night and for flooding their cellblock. 

"These measures are used to restore good order and discipline." Toler said.

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Anacoco couple accused of animal cruelty

A man and woman running an animal rescue center in Anacoco are facing charges after authorities said they found several dead and malnourished animals on the property.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said Amanda Herring Scerbo, 33, and Jason Chad Scerbo, 42, were arrested May 20 on charges of animal cruelty and littering. Both were released after posting $27,500 bonds.

Craft said the case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office.

"(We) take an extremely dim view of the mistreatment and neglect of animals," Craft said in a news release. "The charges in this case remain the same as at the time of (their) arrest. (We) will continue to diligently investigate any cases of this nature."

The investigation began when authorities received calls about several abandoned animals at a residence in the area of Willow Road.

"Deputies responded to the location, where several animals in very poor health and the remains of deceased animals were located," Craft said.

None of the animals on the property had adequate food or water, according to Craft.

"Detectives became involved in the investigation and information was obtained that indicated that Amanda and Jason Scerbo were representing themselves as operators of an animal rescue center."

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Acoustic Instrument Jam Session

An acoustic instrument jam session will be he on Saturday, June 20th from 1 to 5PM at Rebel State Historic Site in Marthaville. All acoustic instruments and listeners are welcome.

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Oh Deer...

 Details are sketchy, but Nichols Department store in Wright's Shopping Center recieved damage after a deer broke into the store during the night. Store employees found the animal inside the store when they arrived early Wednesday moring. The deer was eventually herded out the back door by employees and police officers. Apparently both deer hunters and deer shop at Nichols.

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Morning Crash injures several

The MPD investigated a two vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Hwy. 171 in front of Wal-Mart. Several people required medical treatment. No other details available.

June 11, 2015, Thursday

9pm Red River at Grand Ecore stage reading

THE WEDNESDAY 9 PM STAGE ON THE RED RIVER AT GRAND ECORE LOUISIANA
WAS 41.38 FEET. THE RED RIVER WILL RISE AND CREST NEAR 42.5 FEET
DURING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. FLOOD STAGE AT GRAND ECORE IS 33 FEET.

June 10, 2015, Wednesday

Vinton shooting victim identified

One man is in the hospital and another is in police custody following a shooting in Vinton Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police Chief Ricky Fox said Christopher Lassien, 41, was shot around around 1:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of East Street.

Fox said Lassien was shot just below the throat and was in fair condition at a Lake Charles hospital.

A suspect has been arrested but Fox declined to give his name.

"We do have a gentleman in custody and we are working to formally charge him shortly," Fox said.

The shooting is believed to be the result of a physical altercation between the two men that began Monday.

Fox said the victim went back to the suspect's residence on Tuesday and the two got into another altercation.

The victim and the suspect are well-known to authorities, according to Fox.

"In the past, they have not cooperated with police on any incident they have been involved with," Fox said. "What's bad now is the individuals want to take things into their own hands because if you go to the police with it, you aren't seen as a man. You have to handle up on your business and leave the police out of it. That's not a real wise choice."

June 10, 2015, Wednesday

State prosecutors arrest 2 caregivers over Medicaid payments

State prosecutors say two caregivers in unrelated cases have been accused of illegally billing for Medicaid services not done.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 64-year-old Elaine Breaux, from Raceland, was arrested Monday and booked with a single count of Medicaid fraud. She allegedly submitted time sheets and service logs with overlapping service hours and billed them to the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

Separately, Debra Ann Jones, a 50 year-old from Natchitoches, also faces one count of Medicaid fraud for allegedly submitting overlapping time sheets and service logs. Jones was arrested last week.

Caldwell says both women worked as care-service workers, whose services include cooking, grooming and bathing Medicaid recipients.

June 10, 2015, Wednesday

Two men charged for stolen ATV

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office arrests Jeffery Nolen, age 23, and Justin Ray Anding, age 33, both of Pitkin.

The arrests are the result of an investigation into a complaint of a stolen ATV which was filed with VPSO on May 20, 2015.

Detectives with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office worked jointly to conduct the investigation.

The ATV was located and recovered from a residence in Rapides Parish.

Justin Anding was arrested and charged with one count of Theft over $1500 and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. Bond was set at $10,050.00.

Anding was also arrested on two outstanding Bench warrants. There is no bond on the bench warrants. Anding remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Jeffery Nolen was arrested and charged with one count of Theft over $1500 and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. Bond was set at $6,000.00. Nolen posted bond and was released.

June 10, 2015, Wednesday 

Price gouging laws in effect amid NWLA flooding

Louisiana's price gouging laws are in effect under the emergency declaration issued by the governor in response to the flooding in northwest Louisiana.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued a statement reminding consumers of this Tuesday as homeowners battled to protect their homes from the rising waters while others were already assessing the damage.

State law prevents price gouging on recovery necessities when the governor has declared a state of emergency, which went into effect on May 29 and will continue through June 27.

“We want to make sure the public is well aware of the protections afforded to them under the state's price gouging law,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “However, it is also important to remember that not all price increases are considered price gouging.”

Attorney General Caldwell answers consumers' top five questions about price gouging in an effort to clear up any misconceptions about the law.

Top 5 Price Gouging Questions

Q. When does the price gouging law go into effect and how long does it apply?

A. The declaration of a state of emergency by the governor or by the parish president has the effect of instituting Louisiana's prohibition against price gouging, La. R.S. 29:732(A). This prohibition is effective during the period specified in the declaration and for an additional period not to exceed 30 days after the declared state of emergency ends, unless expressly extended by the governor. La. R.S. 29:732(B).

Q. What is price gouging?

A. Under Louisiana law, price gouging occurs when goods or services sold during a state of emergency unreasonably exceed the prices normally charged in the same area at or immediately before the state of emergency. Reasonable exceptions would include price increases attributable to a national or market commodities shortages that increase the cost of doing business. This means that the price of gasoline, petroleum products, hotels, and motels are prohibited from being raised during this state of emergency unless the price increase is directly attributable to a national or market commodities shortage. These verifiable, market influenced cost increases may lawfully be passed onto the consumer.

Q. Does a ban on price gouging mean a seller cannot raise prices during an emergency?

A. No. The price gouging statute does not mean a price freeze. Wholesalers and retailers may increase prices as long as the increase in price charged by the seller is attributable to regional or national market trends and fluctuations, or to reasonable expenses and charges incurred in obtaining or selling the goods or services during the state of emergency. La. R.S. 29:732(A).

Q. How can I report price gouging?

A. If you suspect price gouging, contact your local law enforcement officials, district attorney, or the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. In order to help law enforcement investigate your price gouging report, please include the following:

Receipts (Include the receipt for the purchase you believe to be excessive, as well as any recent receipts from the same merchant.)

Location of the merchant.

Date of the purchase.

Cost of the goods or services.

Q. Is price gouging only for gasoline, or does it include other commodities?

A. The price gouging prohibition covers goods and services necessary for use as a direct result of the state of emergency, including, but not limiting to gasoline or diesel fuel of any grade, hotels, motels and generators.

Consumers can learn more about Louisiana's price gouging laws by visiting www.AGBuddyCaldwell.com.

Attorney General Caldwell said consumers and businesses may also contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 351-4889.

June 10, 2015, Wednesday

Many PD to Enforce fender regulations

The Many Police Department will be enforcing this state regulation involving vehicles that have tires not entirely protected by fenders or other devices and pose a risk to other autos on the road. We have observed a surge in vehicles that are in violation of this state statute and also an increase in complaints.

Louisiana State Statute 32:364. Fenders and mudguards
A. Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, when operated upon a highway of this state, shall be equipped with fenders, covers, or such devices, including flaps or splash aprons, or fender flares to effectively minimize the spray or splash of water or mud or loose material on the highways to the rear of the vehicle unless the body of the vehicle or attachments thereto afford such protection. The width of such fenders, covers, or other devices shall be at least the width of the tires of the motor vehicle.

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

House passes bill allowing license plate scanners to catch uninsured motorists

A bill that would set up a program allowing police to electronically scan license plates in an effort to fine uninsured motorists passed the House on Tuesday (June 8) despite concern from privacy advocates and red light camera opponents.

The nine-parish program would outfit some Sheriffs and State Trooper cruisers, portable trailers and fixed locations with cameras equipped to capture images of motorists' license plates. The cameras would check those images against a database of motorist information and send alerts to a center staffed with law enforcement officials in Iberville Parish who would review the data and issue citations.

In its current form, the bill would bar law enforcement officials from using the cameras to enforce civil traffic citations by towing or booting vehicles.

State Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, fended off an attempt by Rep. Karen St. Germain to strip the bill of the provisions disallowing towing to enforce traffic citations. Arnold is a prominent red light camera opponent and said he introduced the amendment because he believes the program could unfairly target motorists wanted for civil citations.

St. Germain said she tried to strip the bill of those provisions because "It's another tool in the tool box to be used this way."

The bill was also altered on Monday to reduce the amount of time the state is allowed to keep information collected by the cameras. The time was reduced from 60 days to 30 days. That was at the request of privacy advocates, who said that helped convince them to support the bill.

"I think ultimately the benefits outweigh the risk because among other things, I think this has a real potential to decrease our car insurance rates," said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City.

Between 25 and 28 percent of motorists in Louisiana are uninsured, which contributes significantly to the state having among the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. 

The bill now goes back to the Senate, which will have to adopt the House version of the bill for final passage.

The nine parishes that will be part of the pilot program are Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Bossier, Calcasieu, Iberville, Plaquemines, Terrebonne and Webster. The cost of the program will be funded by the fines collected from uninsured motorists.

Correction: The amendment offered by Arnold prevents law enforcement from using towing or booting vehicles to enforce civil traffic violations. Law enforcement may use the cameras to enforce traffic citations in other ways such as issuing citations.

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

Lawmakers vote to lessen Louisiana's marijuana penalties

Lawmakers have agreed to lower Louisiana's tough penalties for marijuana possession, ending the possibility someone could be jailed 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of the drug.

With a 74-19 vote Monday, the House gave final passage to the proposal by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the measure and will sign it into law.

Someone caught with less than 14 grams of marijuana would face up to 15 days in jail under the bill and up to six months if caught with less than 2.5 pounds. The maximum penalty on later offenses would drop from 20 years in prison to eight years.

Badon called it a "smart approach to sentencing reform."

House Bill 149: www.legis.la.gov

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

Town of Elizabeth audit findings released

An audit was performed after the Louisiana Legislative Auditor received a tip about improper payments to town employees and vendors.

The audit found that in June of last year the town paid its former Mayor Robert Crafton, the Town Gas System Supervisor Alvin Earl and two town vendors more than $117,000.

The audit also found that the former mayor received excess compensation totaling more than $4,800.

Other findings include improperly fixed salaries of municipal officers, non-compliance with the open meetings law and local government budget act and that the town is improperly classified.

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

NSU will host exhibition of small tapestries

Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will host an exhibition of work presented by the American Tapestry Alliance June 8-Aug. 14 with an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11 in the Orville J. Hanchey Gallery. The “Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation” exhibition is comprised of 45 small handwoven tapestries from weavers around the world. The 2015 STI exhibition will begin at Northwestern State and will continue to travel to Dover, Delaware, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The exhibition is an international juried show. Of the 73 artists who entered, 22 were from outside the United States. Juror Kevin Wallace chose 45 tapestries from a total of 130 submissions with 14 from other countries.

“One of the strengths of the work that utilizes traditional craft processes is the manner that these processes impact the work, design and execution,” said Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California. “What appear to be single colors in the words in larger tapestries, due to the optical blending of multicolored warp and weft threads, become pointillist details in these miniature works.”

There is a comfort provided by works in fiber that transcend content, Wallace said.

“If tapestries are ‘nomadic murals,’ as Le Corbusier once noted, these miniature tapestries are snapshots, sharing the diversity of life in a world balancing tradition and innovation.”

Hanchey Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.

June, 9, 2015, Tuesday

Army's public website hacked by unknown intruders

Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria.

Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy personnel, military or civilian.

The messages reportedly proclaimed "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and added "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING."

It's not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website.

"Today an element of the Army.mil service provider's content was compromised," Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost, chief of public affairs, said on the website hacking. "After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily."

The officials say the website is for general public access with general information about the Army, press releases and Army generated news stories.

The news comes less than a week after Obama administration officials announced that four million federal workers may have had their personal information compromised in a cyber attack, which officials said could affect every agency of the U.S. government.

Starting today, approximately four million current and former government employees will be notified that their personal information — including names, Social Security numbers and birth dates — might have been hacked.

The compromised data was stored in a system shared by the Interior Department and the Office of Personnel Management, which screens and hires federal workers and approves security clearances for 90 percent of the federal government.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the breach, which happened in December and was discovered in April using new tools.

On Friday, the White House said the threat of cyber attacks is persistent and while the federal government has raced to outpace would-be hackers, legislation aimed at shoring up cybersecurity is desperately needed to do more. Those proposals included measures that would improve information sharing between the private sector and federal investigators, require companies to give 30 day notice of a security breach, increase punishments for cyber crimes and create uniform standards of data breach notification laws.

"Since the president submitted those pieces of legislation in January we've seen very little action," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday. "We need the United States Congress to come out of the Dark Ages and join us in the 21st century."

The House passed a measure earlier this year, which the White House supports, pushing companies to share data records with federal investigators. The Senate Intelligence Committee had previously approved a similar measure, but the full Senate has not yet voted on the legislation.

Opponents to the measure cite privacy concerns and worries about government overreach.

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

Ahead of expected flooding, DOTD to bridge gap in levy in South Natchitoches parish

As major back flooding problems are expected to affect Red River tributaries, Department of Transportation and Development crews are trying to stay ahead of the flood in South Natchitoches Parish.

Starting Tuesday morning, DOTD crews are expected to start bridging a gap where Highway 71 runs through a levy near Saline Bayou.

 The flood barriers will be made up of containers with sand called Hesco Bastions, the same product used by the National Guard in Shreveport this week.

DOTD began setting up the ground work for the project Monday evening. "There is no flood gate, so we are going to be the flood gate, we are actually going to tie the Hesco units in the levy, so no water can pass through, so we are the gap closure," said Dennis Barkmeyer, a flood tech representative with Hesco.

The work is being done on longtime resident Billy Giddens' property. Giddens remembers the flood of 1945, when around 5 feet of water from the Saline Bayou covered the highway near his home.

"The water came to the top of the air conditioner," Giddens said pointing to the windows on his home. "You could get in a motor boat and go all the way to Campti, in the center of highway 71."

Now with the Red River pushing into the bayou, the area is expected to flood soon. "It's going to come up another 2.5 feet before it crests," Giddens said.

DOTD crews could be seen working on a flood prevention plan Monday evening. Barkemeyer trained DOTD employees on how to assemble the flood barriers called "Hesco Bastions".

"I just came from the Shreveport-Bossier area, where we built some structures that are holding back a lot of water now," Barkemeyer told the DOTD employees.

The goal is to build a flood retention wall, where there is a gap in the levee where the road is.

"I'm just glad to see all of this work going on, to prepare them for what could happen," said Giddens.

The flood barriers should be completed and set up by noon on Tuesday, June 9.

June 8, 2015, Monday

Natchitoches Parish officials prepare for flooding

Officials in Natchitoches and Red River Parishes are taking precautions in efforts of preventing the rising water from flooding nearby towns.

For the past two days, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office divers, Natchitoches Fire District 9, Natchitoches Fire District 7, Red River Parish Sheriff's Office and the Red River Fire District have been assisting in trying to plug culverts in levees from flooding LA Highway 480 and some of the town of Coushatta.

Sunday morning, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page a picture of water beginning to cover Old Bayou Pierre Road (Alligator Park Road) just south of Powhatan.

As of Sunday evening, the Red River at Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish was already well above flood stage at 39.9 feet. The river is now expected to crest at 42.1 feet by Friday.

In the event the River does reach its expected crest, officials warn the Kansas City Southern railroad bed will flood and be closed. It will also cause severe backwater flooding along Bayou Pierre with backup of water into Black, Clear and Saline Lakes. Officials are warning residents they may experience major backwater flooding through Bayou Pierre through the Evelyn area. 

Natchitoches Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. says farmers and those who live near the Red River need to keep aware of the levels throughout the week and take necessary steps to keep themselves, their loved ones and their valuables safe.

Sheriff Jones has assigned extra patrols of areas of Natchitoches Parish affected by the potential flooding from the Red River and Black Lake.

Last week, deputies and the Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness took aerial views of the Red River and flooded areas in the parish.

Deputies are also reporting current conditions of the flooding to NPSO 911 Center to forward to the Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security & Office of Emergency Preparedness.

In the event that sand bags are needed, contact Deputy Mary Jones with the Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness at 318-471-2942.

June 8, 2015, Monday

Fort Polk soldier involved in Hinesville homicide

The victim from Saturday's shooting in Hinesville has been identified as Nathaniel Brown.

He was killed by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Mealy after Mealy came home to find Brown there with Mealy's wife.

Hinesville Police continue to investigate this situation.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Mealy has been identified as the suspect in the shooting death of a man in Hinesville Saturday afternoon.

According to Major Thomas Cribbs from the Hinesville Police, Mealy has been charged with murder.

Mealy is stationed at Fort Polk Louisiana.

Hinesville detectives are currently investigating the shooting death of a man that happened Saturday afternoon.

According to Lt. Susy Jackson, the man was shot several times following an altercation on Waverly Court shortly before 1 pm.

The home had allegedly been burglarized on Friday night and the female resident notified her husband, an Army chief warrant officer who was attending school in Texarkana, Texas, that everything was okay and the police were investigating it.

Authorities tell us the husband drove throughout the night and when he returned home, found his wife in the residence with a male friend.

Jackson said a scuffle broke out between the men and the husband shot the other man several times in the stomach and chest.

The wounded man was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where he was later pronounced dead according to Chief of Detectives, Thomas Cribbs.

June 8, 2015, Monday

Rep. Armes fights for Louisiana military presence

The United States military presence in Louisiana is an important piece of the state’s economy and any federal action to reduce it would have devastating effects, says Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville.

The state House of Representatives and Senate unanimously agreed with Armes in approving his House Concurrent Resolution 163 urging the preservation of military bases..

Federal budget reductions are forcing cutbacks at bases across the nation, and Armes is concerned about the possibility of significant personnel reductions at Fort Polk. HCR163 points out that the proposed federal budget slices the defense budget more than $75 billion over the next two years.

“We’ll probably know something by the end of this month if they’re going to cut any more troops,” he said. “We know we’re going to lose troops. If they take 6,500 (as was planned earlier), it would kill us up around Leesville.”

Armes said that he and members of Fort Polk Progress, a support group consisting mainly of business representatives, learned in a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in mid-April that about 2,500 soldiers in a training unit are being targeted.

The military presence in Louisiana is, in effect, “an industry,” said Armes, who visits Fort Polk about twice a week. “Fort Polk is like a town of $50,000 people.”

A state Department of Economic Development study found the military in Louisiana supports 82,800 jobs with an economic impact of $8.2 billion.

Fort Polk is the state’s largest employer, outside of state government, the resolution says. Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City is the fourth largest and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse is the fifth largest employer.

The resolution tracks recent reductions in the military in Louisiana. In 1992, 2005 and 2012, cutbacks targeted the A-10 “Warthog” force in the state and resulted in the loss of about 500 personnel at Barksdale. Current plans call for the elimination of the aircraft.

In 2012, the Navy eliminated the VAW-77 “Night Wolves” squadron of E-2s, used for drug intervention, resulting in the loss 150 personnel.
The Air Force plans to eliminate three F-15s from the Air National Guard 159thFighter Wing based in Belle Chasse that are currently on 24-hour standby for emergency missions.

Armes said he is also concerned about another Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) study suggesting closures and cutbacks.

“If they do BRAC, they’re going to close 13 Army installations,” he said.
Fort Polk is not likely to be closed because of its importance as a training center, but it could see significant reductions, Armes said.
Congress last year rejected a BRAC suggestion because members did not want reductions in their home states.

June 5 , 2015, Friday

Sabine Parish School Board meeting

The SPSB will hold a meeting on June 8th at 5:30 PM. Some of the items on the agenda are the recognition of Rose Mary Sullivan, a 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Also the recognition of Mr. Scott DeBose, director of the Many High School Band for District 2 Band Division Association Director of the Year.

June 5, 2015, Friday

Flood prep picks up steam as crest rises

In the wake of Red River's crest being raised a foot more tha anticipated, state, parish, and city officials are mobilizing for a massive response to major flooding.

Thursday evening, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the state's involvement in a Unified Command Group meeting-resulting in the Governor's Office on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activating its Crisis Action Team and deploying staff to the area. As well, Jindal is expected to visit Caddo and Bossier parishes today.

"All state agencies are working around the clock to ensure parishes affected by these flood waters have what they need." said Jindal in a press release. "The state has deployed more than 255,000 sandbags to areas prone to flood waters, and we have approximately 650,000 more sandbags on standby."

June 5, 2015, Friday

Senate rejects plan

Senators have rejected a plan approved by House lawmakers that would have Gov. Jinal's office paying his security detail cost for his extensive out-of-state travel.

The House proposed transferring $2.5 million from Jindal's office next year to the state police to cover the price tag of state troopers traveling with the Republican governor. The Senate Finance Committee, however, stripped that plan from the budget proposal Thursday.

Jindal has steadily increased his national travel as he readies for a likely 2016 presidential campaign he's expected to announce this month. And the head of the Louisiana State Police acknowledged in a recent budget hearing that his agency' travel expenses have been going up for Jindal's protective detail.

The Finance Committee didn't talk about undoing the house plan before voting on it.

June 5, 2015, Friday

Louisiana Majijuana laws could be eased

Louisiana's stringent marijuana laws could be eased under a bill nearing final approval. With a 24-13 vote Wednesday, the Senate signed off on the proposal by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat. Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the measure, which returns to the House for final consideration. Under the bill, someone caught with less than 14 grams of marijuana would face up to 15 days in jail. For more than 14 grams of marijuana but less than 2.5 pounds, the punishment would be up to six months in jail. A second offense conviction would drop to a misdemeanor with a sentence of no more than six months. Third and following convictions would carry felony charges, but with smaller penalties than in current law.

June 4, 2015, Thursday

Hit by Train

A pedestrain is dead after being hit by a train north of DeRidder early Thursday morning. According to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, the crash happened near Parish Line Road, off of Hwy 171. The pedestrain had been sitting on the tracks at the time of the incident, and the train's engineer could not brake in time, said Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses. The name of the deceased has not yet been released.

June 4,2015,Thursday

Cake Decorating

A beginning cake decorating class will be held at Northwestern State University June 15-19. The non-credit class sponsored by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will be held each evening from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Culinary Arts building adjacent to the Friedman Student Union. The fee for the class is $99. For more information call 800-376-2422 or 318-357-6355.

June 4,2015,Thursday

Full Flood Stage

Officials in Northwest Louisiana continue to monitor the Red River which is expected to crest at 34 feet on Saturday, a foot above full flood stage. That's a foot above full flood stage and four feet over minor flood stage, but still 11 feet lower than the greatest crest ever recorded on the Red. That was on August 10,1849, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport's archives. The last time the Red was this high was May 15,1990, when it crested at 34.5 feet. But a century earlier, the river flooded and reached a crest of 44.7 feet, more than 10 feet greater. Natchitoches and Red River officials are watching the waters of the Red River as well. Contact deputy Jones in Natchitoches in the event sand bags are needed 318-471-2942.

June 4,2015,Thursday

Revenge Pornography is a Crime

The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to make revenge pornography a crime. With a 97-0 House vote Tuesday, the bill sponsored by Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, moves to the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Under the measure, anyone who shares a nude or partially-nude picture, such as a cellphone photo or video, without permission can face two years in prision and up to a $10,000 fine. Existing law makes it a crime to send a nude image of someone under the age of 17. But proponents say a law is neeeded to protect people over that age. The bill contains exceptions for law enforcement investigations, someone reporting illegal conduct to police or people who expose themselves in public.

June 3, 2015, Wednesday

Capital Murder

Anthony Trakemon Powell, 24, appeared in a Houston courtroom Tuesday morning he's charged with capital murder. According to court documents, Powell picked up 3-year-old Tristan from his mother in Jasper last week taking him back to Houston where he repeatedly beat the boy because he wet himself. The boys' aunt, Porsha Nicole Land, is charged with two counts of injury to a child by omission. Police say she did nothing to stop Powell. Land told police her brother struck Tristian on the head then pulled him and his two-year-old brother into a bathroom where she heard screaming. Land called the police on Thursday when Tristan was wheezing and did not respond to a breathing treatment. At the hospital, doctors discovered Tristan was suffering from swelling of the brain and multiple fractures. Tristan died the next day. Police say the two-year-old had been burned with hot water. He is recovering from those burns and is expected to survive.

June 3, 2015, Wednesday

Narcotics Found

Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the June 1st arrest of Larry Green, 31, of Leesville, LA. The arrest is the result of a traffic stop that the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol conducted upon observing a violation on the vehicle that Green was operating. During the traffic stop agents discovered that Green was in possession of Cocaine in excess of 28 grams, Ecstasy, and Synthetic Marijuana. Agents seized and placed into evidence the illegal narcotics and approximately $2000.00 in cash. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of schedule II narcotics witht he intent to distribute, possession of schedule I narcotics, and a traffic violation. Green was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail and is currently incarcerated pending bond.

June 3, 2015, Wednesday

 Runaway

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office along with the Haughton Police Department is asking for the public's help with finding a 15-year-old girl who reportedly ran away from her Haughton home. Alexia Volk, 15, was last seen leaving her residence in the late hours of May 31st around midnight. She reportedly left in an unknown type, 2-door pickup truck, possibly with a male. Alexia was last seen wearing a black tank top and black converse shoes. She is 5'2" tall and weighs about 165 pounds. She has blue eyes and black hair. Authorities say they do not suspect foul play but are concerned for Alexia's safety. Anyone with information about Alexia's whereabouts is urged to call the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 318-965-2203 or Haughton Police Department at 318-949-6666.

June 2,2015,Tuesday

Garage Sale

The Many High School Band will be having a garage sale this Friday beginning at 7:30am until 2pm at the Many High School cafeteria.

June 2,2015,Tuesday

Summer Library Program

ZHS will be having a summer library program for students in grades 7-12. The first week will be June 1- June 4th, week 2 June 8 - June 11th, week 3 June 15 - June 18th, week 4 June 22 - June 25th, week 5 June 29 - July 2nd, and week 6 July 6 - July 9th. The hours will be Monday and Tuesday 10am until 1pm and those days will focus on crafts. Wednesday and Thursday 10am until 12pm and these days will focus on book talks and movies.

June 2,2015,Tuesday

Stolen Car

The Many Police Department is investigating a car theft that took place late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The vehicle was taken from a residence on South Highland Drive. It was located Sunday morning abandoned on East San Antonio Avenue at Lou's Candle and Gift Shop. Both right side tires were flat and the rims damaged. If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the MPD at 256-5617.

June 1,2015,Monday

Pine Belt

Pine Belt will be giving out commodities on June 2nd starting at 7am until noon. Also on June 3rd for walkins, starting at 8am until 11:30. All walkins must bring current proof of income, ID and a utility bill. For more information please call Pine Belt.

June 1,2015, Monday

Tree Kills Hemphill Woman

The Sabine County Sheriff's Office is reporting a storm-related death last week. Hemphill resident Stella Parrish, 87, was killed when a tree fell on her home, according to Sheriff Thomas Maddox. Investigators suspect that the saturated ground and windy conditions played a role in the tree's falling and crashing into the home.

June 1,2015, Monday

Sabine Motor Speedway

The Sabine Motor Speedway has the May 23,3015 results and they are as follows:

Moidified: 1st Micah Thompson, 2nd Kyle Pleasant, 3rd Caleb Dillard.

Factory Stock: 1st Shawn Graham, 2nd Dakota Wyatt, 3rd Mickey Steele.

Southern Stock: 1st Dewayne Rains, 2nd Ron Cavanaugh, 3rd Jimmy Byrd.

Limited Modified: 1st Charley Morrow, 2nd Adam Willis, 3rd Darrell Bass.

Louisiana Bayou Sprinters: 1st Jeff Day, 2nd Ty Johnson, 3rd Michael Day.

The schedule for June 2015 will be:

May 30th - Closed for Doug Murphrey Memorial race at ArkLaTex speedway.

June 6th - Regular racing

June 13th - Regular classes and Southern Dirt Modified.

June 20th- Regular racing

June 27th- Regular racing.

Full payout for all classes! Next race is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. Gates open at 5pm, draw ends at 7:30 and racing starts at 8pm. General Admission: $12 adults, kids $5, senior and military $10, 5 and under free. Pit passes : $30 adults, 6-12 yr old  $15. We will be running Factory stock, Southern stock, Modified, Beginner Factory stock, Limited Modifieds. We are located on Long Rd. in Many, LA our number is 318-256-5199.

May 29,2015,Friday

Missing Family Found

On May 26th the Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who advised that they were concerned about the well being of a child. The citizen reported that they found a one to two year old caucasian child sitting in a car seat near a wood line in Otis, Louisiana on Highway 121 near Perkins Road. The vehicle was described as a black midsize SUV with "Just Marred" written on the back glass and the occupants were described as follows: white male in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5'10 to 6'0, slender build with dirty/dark blonde hair and possibly wearing glasses. Passenger white female, in her mid to late 20s, medium to heavy build and approximately 5'6 to 5'8 with brown hair. At this time, the Sheriff's Office is investigating this as a welfare concern for the child. They are asking the public for their assistance in locating this vehicle or family to make sure everything is okay with the child. If anyone has any information as to the location or the identity of these people, please call the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-473-6700 or Criminal Investigation Division at 318-473-6727.

May 29,2015,Friday

Rodeo Association

The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association will host the 66th annual Louisiana High School and Junior High School Rodeo Finals at the Burton Coliseum Complex on May 29th thorugh June 6th. Contestants will compete for scholarships, awards, championship titles and to qualify for the national finals.  The Louisiana Junior High School Finals rodeo performances will take place at 1pm and 6:30pm May 29-30. The championship round is scheduled for 11am on May 31st. The Louisiana High School Finals rodeo performances will be at 6:30pm June 2-6, concluding with the championship round. Tickets are $10 and are available through ticketmaster.com and at the coliseum's ticket office one hour before each performance.

May 29,2015,Friday

Flooded

All roads west of La 109 and La 389 in Beauregard Parish are flooded, authorities said. At 4 pm Wednesday, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office said the area should be avoided due to high and fast moving waters. Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Toler said La 12, La 109 and La 389 in Beauregard are all open. He said the police jury will release a list of flooded roads.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Water Aerobics

A water aerobics class will be offered by Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education beginning Tuesday, June 22. The class will be taught from 10:30am until 11:30am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex pool through June 30. For more information or to register call 318-357-6355 or 800-376-2422.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Flood Preparation

With flooding imminent in Caddo and Bossier, preparations are underway to combat an intrusive Red River. The river's crest is currently just above 28 feet, a foot lower than the previous day. It's predicted to hit the 30 foot flood stage by Sunday and peek at 33 feet. When this happens, National Weather Service in Shreveport Hydrologist C.S. Ross said residents will see water approaching parts of Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway near Sci-Port, Marie and Charles Hamel Memorial Park and Arthur Ray Teague Parkway near the Bossier Sheriff's substation. Ross and Bossier officials conducted a briefing Wednesday, inviting representatives from most parish agencies. Those officials expect to release in short order more news to residents in the areas which could be affected. The cresting of the Red River will effect Red River Parish and Natchitoches Parish next week as well.

May 28,2015,Thursday

Job fair to be held at Walmart in Many

The Walmart in Many is having a job fair next week. The event will be next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2nd and 3rd from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Many Walmart at 25800 Highway 171. The company announced it will be hiring for the following positions: overnight stockers, cashiers, deli, dairy, apparel and produce.

For more information about the job fair, please call 318-256-9207.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

UPDATE: Ark-La-Tex Power Outages

AEP Swepco says service had been restored to 47,200 customers of the 60,000 customers who lost power during severe storms that swept through SWEPCO's service territory Monday night.

Approximately 12,800 customers remained with power, including 6,100 in Texas, 3,200 in Louisiana and 3,500 in Arkansas.

Here are the latest outage totals by area with updated ESTIMATED TIMES OF RESTORATION FOR 95% OF CUSTOMERS in each area, which includes surrounding towns:

LONGVIEW DISTRICT

Gilmer – 150 – 5 pm Wed. 5/27

Gladewater – 45 – noon Wed. 5/27

Henderson – 3,986 – 10 pm Mon. 6/1

Kilgore – 218 – noon Wed. 5/27

Marshall – 122 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

TEXARKANA DISTRICT

Ashdown – 90 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Atlanta – 62 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

DeQueen – 3,425 – 10 pm Fri. 5/29

Mt. Pleasant – 1,174 – 10 pm Fri. 5/29

New Boston – 17 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Texarkana – 90 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

SHREVEPORT DISTRICT

Haughton – 84 – 10 pm Wed. 5/27

Shreveport – 2,761 – midnight (11:59 pm) Thur. 5/28

VALLEY DISTRICT

Mansfield – 66 – noon Wed. 5/27


May 27,2015,Wednesday

Suspect sought, accused of holding up 3 discount stores

SHREVEPORT, LA -

Shreveport police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who is believed to be responsible for holding up three discount stores this past weekend.

 
  Shortly after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, officers were called to the Family Dollar store in the 2600 block of Hollywood Avenue on reports a man went into the business armed with a handgun. As the man went into the store, he reportedly gave the employee a bag and demanded money. The clerk, while held a gunpoint, complied with the suspect's demands, giving him an undisclosed amount of money.

After the heist, the man ran off and was last seen running behind the business, getting into a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chevrolet model. Less than an hour later, officers were called to a second Family Dollar store in the 500 block of Kings Highway on reports of another armed robbery. Witnesses inside the business told authorities the man, who was armed with a handgun, gave the clerk a bag and demanded money. The suspect then fled the business and was seen getting into what was described as a dark colored sedan.Authorities say they have reason to believe the same suspect is also responsible for a third armed robbery that happened at the Dollar General store in the 8100 block of Line Avenue on Friday, May 22. During that robbery, police say a suspect fitting the similar description of the man described in the other two robberies, entered the store with a handgun and bag and demanded money. He then fled the scene in a dark colored sedan.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

Two arrested in vehicle burglary investigation

SHREVEPORT, LA -

Two men are behind bars for their alleged roles in an ongoing investigation into a vehicle burglary in southeast Shreveport last week.

Police say 29-year-old Jale Hopwood and 19-year-old Jules Sompayrac are facing criminal charges for their alleged role in the May 22 burglary of a vehicle parked in an apartment complex in the 100 block of Southfield Road.

During the initial burglary, authorities say a handgun and a wallet had been stolen from the victim's car. Detectives say they were able to link Sompayrac to the crime. He was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm and simple burglary.

Later in their investigation, evidence gathered reportedly led officers to an apartment complex in the 700 block of Cotton Street in search of Hopwood Tuesday morning. When officers arrived, Hopwood reportedly tried to evade police by hiding inside a hollowed space above an adjoining apartment. He was eventually taken into custody. 

Hopwood was booked into the Shreveport City Jail where he is charged with resisting an officer and felony property damage.

May 27,2015,Wednesday

BECi

About 1,800 Beauregard Electric Co-Op, Inc., customers are without power Tuesday morning due to a line of overnight thunderstorms. The BECi outages are concentrated in Allen, Vernon, and Beauregard Parishes. As of 5:15am, there were 1,250 customers in Vernon Parish, 374 in Allen Parish and 238 in Beauregard Parish without power. For more information, check the BECi outage map at www.becioutage.org.

May 26,2015, Tuesday

Hurricane Preparedness Week

State officials want you to take time this week preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Governor Bobby Jindal has declared it, Hurricane Preparedness Week, and Chris Guilbeaux, a deputy director at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says visiting Getagamplan.org is a good first step. Guilbeaux says a three to five day supply of water and food that won't spoil are some of the things you should purchase now. He says this Saturday and Sunday, it's a sales tax holiday for certain hurricane preparation items. Forecasters are calling for a quiet hurricane season. Louisiana has seen only a couple of hurricanes since the devastation that occurred in 2005 with Katrina and Rita. Guilbeaux says we can't let our gaurd down.

May 26,2015,Tuesday

Outages

With the recent storms Swepco and Cleco both have numerous customers with power outages the most recent numbers stand at:

Swepco:

DeSoto Parish - 2,126

Natchitoches Parish - 559

Red River Parish - 345

Sabine Parish - 1,085

Vernon Parish - 571

Cleco:

DeSoto - 165

Natchitoches - 3

Red River - 11

Sabine - 3,190

Vernon - 138

May 26,2015, Tuesday

NSU

Northwestern State University will be closed on Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday. Watson Library and the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be closed on Monday. The university will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th.

May 22,2015, Friday

Color Run for the Music

The Many High School Cross Country Team and Band present color run for the music on Saturday, May 23,2015 5k run/walk starts at 8am in Many, LA. Adult admission ages 13+ is $30 ( $45 after 3/29 and $40 on race day) and kids admission ager 4-12 $10 ($15 after 3/29 and $20 on race day). Online registration can be done at www.runsignup.com/colorrunforthemusic. For more information or questions contact coach Andrew Newman at newmana@sabine.k12.la.us

May 22,2015, Friday

Stay Off Red River

With Memorial Day on Monday, many people may be getting ready to hit the water for the holiday, but water levels on the Red River might make that a little more difficult and dangerous. May 16th through May 22nd is Louisiana Safe Boating Week. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sergeant Rusty Perry said it's a chance to make sure boating gear is set for the summer, before climbing in and setting sail. However, with the Red River so high and 9 boating deaths statewide so far this year, Perry said they want people to stay away from the dangers the river presents. Perry said " We're urging people to stay off the Red River. It's not mandatory. If they have private landings they can go on it, but we're urging people to stay off of it." There are plenty of other spots where people can enjoy the water on Memorial Day. It's important, however, that people planning to be on the water ensure that everyone on board has a wearable life jacket.

May 22,2015, Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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