Women on Mission of Alford Heights Baptist Church presents Christmas in May Bazaar and Concert to benefit Operation Christmas Child on May 9th at Alford Heights Fellowship Hall beginning at 4pm until 5:45pm. There will be door prizes, food booths, and a silent auction. Then in the Alford Heights Sancutary from 6pm until 7:30pm there will be a Gospel Concert by OneAccord. All profits and proceeds will go to Operation Christmas Child.
Federal prosecutors say a 54-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to sending an online hoax in 2012 that threatened a school massacre in Louisiana. Randall Swanson, of Sacramento, entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lagayette, telling Judge Richard Haik he was guilty of communicating the threat the day after the deadly December 14,2012, school shooting in Newton, Connecticut. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release that Swanson followed the online message with photographs and other information about how the crime would occur in Church Point. Swanson faces up to five years in prision, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Haik did not set a sentencing date.
High Speed Chase
A 26-year-old Pitkin man is facing a list of charges after he allegedly led authorities on high speed pursuits. According to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, Devin Jake Strother was arrested earlier this week. Craft said late Saturday, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Strother, who was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed in the Pitkin area. Strother allegedly fled from deputies, who were assisted by agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Craft said during the pursuit, authorities saw Strother throw items from his vehicle. Strother entered a wooded area and was ultimately able to evade law enforcement. Strother was located int he Marlow area and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of violation of the maximum speed limit, one count of careless operation, one count of resisting a police officer with force or violence, one count of littering, one count of violation of turning movements and required signals, one count of driving left of center, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and once count of criminal damage to property. Bond was set by Judge Anthony Eaves at $54,120.
Rebel State Historic Site is having an open event car/tractor/motorcycle show on Satruday, May 2nd from 10am until 4pm. Individual vehicles and area clubs are welcome to enter the event. Admission is $4 for adults, children under 12 and seinors 62 and over are free. C.J. Michaels will be crooning to the tunes from the 50s and 60s from 2 to 4 pm. For more information call 888-677-3600 or 318-472-6255 or visit www.LaStateParks.com
One Mansfield High School student was killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon and three others were injured. It happened around 3pm on Kings Highway in Mansfield. Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs said four students were traveling east on Kings Highway when their vehicle left the roadway, hit an embankment, flipped over and landed against a tree. Hobbs said a passenger, 16-year-old Reydel Jones was killed. Three others, 12-year-old Ryquelidrick Jones, 17-year-old Justin Shelton and 17-year-old Tyreik Odums were transported to University Health hospital. Authorities say those injured suffered lacerations and broken bones.
A DeRidder man is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl. According to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old Caleb Jande Carter, formerly of Lake Charles, was arrested on April 16th following an investigation into a complaint. Carter was arrested in Beauregard Parish and on Monday, was transferred to Calcasieu Parish on a charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Calcasieu authorities said a complaint was filed in September 2014. "After investigating the incident and attempts to locate Carter were unsuccessful, in February 2015, Judge Mike Canaday signed a $150,000 warrant for Carter's arrest," a news release states. Authorities said during questioning, Carter confirmed the allegations.
A group of Louisiana business leaders and elected officials is in Washington D.C. to convince Congress and the Pentagon not to cut troop strength at Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center. They say they want to make sure Louisiana's congressional delegation knows how critical Fort Polk is - not just to the state, but to national defense as well. The army should have a decision on Fort Polk sometime around June.
May Daze Car Show
It's time for the 2nd Annual May Daze Car Show by the Toledo Cruisers. The show will be on Saturday, May 2,2015 at The Old Train Depot in Many, LA. Beginning at 9am until 2pm, with awards at 1pm, entry fee is $15, there will be door prizes, goodie bags, food vendors, and a swap meet. For more information please, call 318-554-8912 or 318-256-5805 or e-mail at email@example.com
Buckle up in Your Truck
The Louisiana State Police announced their "Buckle up in your truck" campaign. The campaign spotlights seat belt usage when operating motor vehicles, especially pickup trucks. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Alexandria areas as the lowest percentage of seat belth users in the state, with even lower percentages with pickup truck drivers. Multiple law enforcement branches will be taking on the new campaign.
April 22,2015, Wednesday
Senior Adult Revival will be held from May 4th until May 6th beginning at 10am each day. Monday it will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Many with evangelist Rev. Bill Robertson. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Zwolle with evangelist Rev. Bill Robertson. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Converse with evangelist Dr. Vernon Stephenson. Music will be by evangelist Rev. Joe Jones.
April 22,2015, Wendesday
The Sulphur man accused of killing a toddler in 2013 has been sentenced after reaching a plea deal on Monday. Trent Alan Dubroc, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in state district court. Judge David Ritchie sentenced Dubroc, who was facing a second-degree murder charge, to 40 years in prison. Authorities said Dubroc threw his girlfriend's 13-month-old child against a wall out of frustration, causing fatal injuries. Dubroc allegedly didn't tell anyone what had happened until the child got to the hospital and was diagnosed with a skull fracture.
One person is dead and a Lake Charles man is in custody following a shooting at Greinwich Terrace Park Sunday night, city police said. Deputy chief Mark Kraus said Bennie Lee Ledet Jr. died at a local hospital. Kraus said following an investivation, Rufus Paul Duhon III was arrested in connection with the shooting. Duhon, 44, was arrested on a charge of possession of firearm by a felon and is being held on a $500,000 bond. Kraus confirmed Duhon is believed to be the shooter.
Graduation is Here
The Graduation dates for our Parish schools will be as follows:
EHS - May 11,2015 at 6:00
FHS - May 11,2015 at 7:00
PHHS - May 12,2015 at 6:00
CHS - May 14,2015 at 6:00
NHS - May 14,2015 at 6:00
MHS - May 15,2015 at 7:00
ZHS - May 15,2015 at 7:00
April 21,2015, Tuesday
Training Leads to Death
The militery says a U.S. Army paratrooper has died during an airborne training exercise at Fort Polk. A news release from the soldier's division, the North Carolina based 82nd Airborne, says Pvt. Joshua D. Phillips, 19, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died during the exercise Thursday. Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson says Phillips died while parachuting during an exercise to simulate the seizure of an airstrip. The cause is under investigation and she couldn't elaborate. Wilkinson says 2,000 service members were participating in training meant to create realistic combat-like situations.
Caddo deputies have recovered a body from Red River, four days after a man jumped from the Texas street Bridge. Deputy Casey Jones, who is assigned to the Marine Unit, located the body around 9am Sunday about one mile south of the Texas Street Bridge and just north of the railroad bridge, according to a release. Jones had been on river patrol about an hour when he spotted the body in the water along the bank. The body was recovered and turned over to the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office. The case is being investigated by the Shreveport Police Department.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office, along with the U.S. Marshal's Office, recently conducted a compliance check of 22 registered sex offenders in Sabine Parish that resulted in the arrest of a Florien man for allegedly possessing child pornography. William E. Self, 53, of Florien, was arrested on April 1,2015, after sexually explicit images of children were found on computer external hard drives and flash drives at his residence and work. Self was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on five counts of pornography involving juveniles. He was later released on bond. Further investigation resulted in Self being booked on an additional 69 counts of pornography involving juveniles. He remains in jail at this time.
A Starks man has been arrested in connection with a fatal crash last month, authorities said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Clayton G. Woodard, 24, turned himself in on April 10th on charges of vehicular homicide, DWI and careless operation. Myers said Woodard crashed his vehicle near the intersection of Old River Road an McMhon Loop in Starks on March 21st. James Reeves, of Starks, was a passenger in the vehicle, The 49-year-old Reeves was pronounced dead at the scene. Woodard was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Neither Reeves nor Woodard were wearing seat belts, according to Myers. Bond was set at $17,000.
Tribute to Legends, Country, Gospel, 50's, Pop, and Americana Music. This month's theme is cowboy song, the show will be on April 24,2015 at 7pm at the Sabine Theater in downtown Many, LA. Door prizes will include a free guitar! All Veterans are admitted FREE! Tickets are $7, children 6-12 will be $2 and kids under 6 are free. Cocessions will be available, for more information and auditions, call Rod Hopkins at 318-256-5735.
School bus drivers are needed for Sabine Parish. Sabine Parish will host a 30 hours pre-service training for school bus drivers at the School Board office located at 695 Peterson Street in Many, LA. Classes will be held Monday, May 11th, though Thursday May 14th. This course is one of the requirements for becoming a certified school bus driver. Anyone interested in applying for a position as a substitue, activity or regular route driver must have this training. There is a $75 fee for the course. The course will be taught by certified instructors Sandra Cosio and Shane Wright. Deadline for registration is May 7th. For more information on job requirements and class registration, contact the School Board office at 318-256-9228.
Asst. Principal Arrested
The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested the assistant principal of Frankie Ray Jackson, Sr. Technical Center for allegedly paddling a female teacher on the buttocks. According to Natchitoches police, on February 10th, a female teacher at the school reported to the school's resource officer that a battery had been commited upon her by the school's assistant principal, Hugo Vogel. Further investigation into the incident revealed that the teacher had been struck with a paddle on the buttocks. The incident was later turned over to the Natchitoches Police Department. Further investigation of the incident led investigators to secure a warrant for the arrest of Hugo Vogel. On April 13th, investigators went out to the school and arrested 64-year-old Hugo Vogel for simple battery. Vogel was later released on a $303 bond.
Jazz Fest 2015
The 20th Annual Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival will be this weekend April 17-18. You may purchase advance tickets at any of these locations: office of c. Rodney Harrington, All Bank of Montgomery locations, MidSouth Bank locations in Natchitoches and Many, and Sabine State Bank. Advance weekend pass tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students, and children under 12 are free. Friday at the gate adults are $10, students are $5, and children under 12 free. Saturday prices at the gate will be $15 for adults, $10 for students, and 12 and under will be free. On the main stage on Friday 5:30-6:30 will be Justin Merritt Band, 6:45-7:45 Billy O'Con and Badd Apple, 8:05-9:05 Joey Molland's Badfinger, and 9:20-10:45 Back in Black. Saturday from 7:15-8:35 will be 38 Special. For more informaiton go to www.natchjazzfest.com
April 16,2015, Thursday
The Fisher Sawmill Days Pageant will be held on April 25th at 2pm at the Fisher Opera House. The registration fee is $50, all queens will receive a custom one of a kind crown. The deadline is April 21st, forms are located at Slay's Electronics, Kim's Oriental Kitchen, Fisher Commissary Store and Busy Bee in Florien. For more informaiton please call 318-315-1094.
Spring Trash Bash Canceled
The City of Leesville is cancelling the Spring Trash Bash event at Liberty Garden Park on Saturday, April 18th due to inclement weather. The City of Leesville's Public Works Department will still be picking up items this week as per the schedule previously posted:
April 13: Tree Limbs
April 14: Boards
April 15 & 16: Old Furniture/Appliances
April 17: Paint Products
The roll-a ways provided by Progressive Waste Management will still be at American Moving and Storage for residents to bring discarded items to daily until April 17th from 7am to 12pm. For more information, please contact City Hall by phone at 337-239-2444.
Wednesday is the last day to file your federal taxes. Local tax preparers and CPA's have been working around the clock to help people waiting until last minute. But, like it or not, your federal taxes are due today. The paperwork must be filed by today. The last day to file your state return is May 15th.
Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has passed away at 74. East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning.
The Many PD is trying to help a local lady in finding a pet that was stolen from their new residence in Red River Parish. Stolen waas a one year old miniature horse, grayish in color that stands about 32 inches in height. Her name is Snowflake and the family is desperate to have her returned. If you have any information, please call the owner at 318-471-7085 or 318-471-7086 or the Red River Sheriff's Office at 318-932-4221.
A Lake Charles man has enlisted the services of several high-profile legal firms to assist in his lawsuit against his former employer. Tristan Broussard, a 21-year-old transgender man, claims he was fired from his job last year when his boss found out he used to be a woman. The federal suit alleges shortly after Broussard began working for Tower Loan in March 2014, his supervisor, during a review of his employment paperwork, noticed his driver's license listed his sex as female. "That's when she pulled me to the side and was like "look, I seen that it says female on your driver's license. Can you explain that to me?' And I kinda gave her a little story and told her about, you know, I'm transgender and explained it to her, and she was very nice to me and told me she didn't have a problem with it and that nobody at the office should care," Broussard said. However later on he was then asked to sign a dress code that followed female guidelines, which he wouldn't sign he was then fired.
Fort Polk firefighters gathered for a photo with the construction crew as they erected the last wall of the installation's new fire station April 3rd. The project is a two-company fire station that covers 26,696 square feet and consolidates fire department administrative functions from four separate facilitates. It replaces the 1940s World War II-era facility at the intersection of Louisiana and Alabama avenues. The new station is located at the intersection of Louisiana and Mississippi acenues. The construction contract cost of the new fire station is $12,622,800 and is scheduled to be completed Nov. 13th.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Justin Roy Brister, are 26, of Rosepine. It is believed that Justin Roy Brister may be in the Rosepine, Robeline, Provencal, or Many areas of Louisiana. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brister can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.
Fisher Saw Mill
Entries are needed for Fisher Saw Mill Days parade May 16th at 11:00am. Line up at Fisher Fire Station at 10:30. Call 318-332-2054 for more information.
Catch too Many?
Can you catch too many fish? Two men are safe at home after being rescued when their boat sank on the Mississippi River. The entire incident was caught on camera. Witnesses said the men were fishing for catfish Wednesday, but their boat became overloaded with fish causing the boat to sink. The two fishermen were left helpless in the water and swam to a nearby barge. One of the men managed to climb on the barge, the other was left dangling for life on a wire. Thomas Roy and his crew happened to be passing by on their boat. They spotted the two men and helped them to safety.
BPSO is investigating the cruel death of two dogs in Dry Creek. Two dogs were killed Friday after being shot multiple times in Dry Creek. The family is now fighting for justice. There was a witness to the dogs being shot, but did not see whois responsible or why they took this action. With the Beauregard Sheriff's Office investigating, they are hopeful for justice for their dogs. The Sheriff's Office does not have any suspects at this time, but are investigating the animal cruelty incident.
$43M Upgrade for Sabine Mill
Bosie Cascade will make $43 million in improvements at its plywood mill in the Sabine Parish community of Florien over the next two years. In return, the company announced Thursday that it will get a break on property taxes on its improvements through the state's industrial tax exemption program. Bosie Cascade will replace two dryers at the plant and increase the plant's capacity for manufacturing veneer products and add log yard storage space. The plywood mill employs about 400 people.
April 13,2015, Monday
The Louisiana National Gaurd will close some roads and other areas near Pineville Thursday through Sunday as it conducts live-fire exercises in the Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area Training Area. Safety requirements include the following road and area closures; Mill Creek Road, Pecan Road, Arrowhead Road, Pine Tree Road, Twin Lakes Road, East Lake, Training Area C, Training Area D, Training Area K, Training Area G, Training Area H, Training Area I and Training Area J.
Graduation Rate Increases
The Sabine Parish School District high school graduation rate has increased for the fourth consecutive year, rising from 79.8 percent in 2013 to 88.8 percent in 2014, and increasing a total of 16.7 percentage points since 2011. SPSD is ranked 2nd of the 17 Louisiana Department of Education's districts with "Three Consecutive Years of Improvement" and ranked in the "Top 10 Districts Based on 2014 Cohort Graduation Rate."
April 9,2015, Thursday
Sexual Assault Untrue
On April 2,2015, a Vernon Parish woman reported to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office that she had been forcibly taken from her vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of Hwy 171 near Fisher, and raped in a wooded area next to the highway. She claimed the attacker was a white male wearing a ski mask and had run into the woods after assaulting her. Deputies immediately responded to the complaint and secured the area. An extensive investigation of the complaint began with deputies from DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office assisting SPSO. Tracking dogs and a helicopter were used to scour the area of the alleged attack. After a thorough investigation, no evidence was found to support the claim of being sexually assaulted. On April 7,2015 investigators interviewed the alleged victim again to clear up some inconsistencies in her account of what happened. During the interview, she stated to the investigators that she had not been raped and had made up the entire story because she was late for work. She could now face criminal charges for filing a false report.
Self Defense Class
In support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month there will be a self defense class for free must be 18 or older. The class will be on Monday, April 13th beginning at 5:30. For registration call 318-256-3408. Must register by April 10th as space is limited.
Amateur Radio Club
The Amateur Radio Club of Sabine will host a Storm Spotters Training on April 9th at 6pm in the Sabine Parish Emergency Operation Center on Hwy 6 East in Many. The class will be taught by the National Weather Service of Shreveport and is open to the public.
Indian Parent Committee Meeting
An Indian Parent Committee Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 17th at 1:30pm at Ebarb High School. All are invited to attend. The Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb will hold its 22nd Annual Pow-Wow on Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th at the Tribal Grounds located at 217 Gene Knight Road in Noble, LA.
The Annual Battle of Pleasant Hill has been cancelled due to the expectation of inclement weather. Please Join us next year for the 2016 Battle.
Water customers in Leesville can expect a new bill soon. According to city officials, a system error on the bills listed last month's usage and bill amounts. The new bills went in the mail on Monday. Customers with questions can contact the water department's billing supervisor at 337-238-2256.
April 7,2015, Tuesday
Sheriff Sam Craft would like to inform residents of a scam that has been circulating throughout Vernon Parish. Telemarketers are calling area residents and posing as employees of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office in an attempt to obtain personal information. The phone call will appear to come from a phone number belonging to the sheriff's office said Craft. "Unfortunately our only defense to this is to warn everyone about the scam." The telemarketers are using a program on their phones that changes the number and it appears as a local number. The calls are originating from mostly foreign countries that do not have laws against this type of activity. "If you receive one of these phone calls and have any questions whatsoever, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311.
The MPD was involved in a car chase Monday that started on Fisher Road and continued throughout several streets on the east side of the town. A Florien man was eventually forced off the road by officers and taken into custody. Both the suspect's vehicle and a police unit were damaged during the chase. No injuries were reported. The suspect was incarcerated in the Sabine Detention Center on multiple charges.
April 7,2015, Tuesday
2014 was another record-breaking year for the tourism industry in Louisiana. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who oversees the Louisiana Office of Tourism, announced that in 2014 Louisiana attracted 28.7 million visitors, a 5 percent increase over 2013, resulting in $11.2 billion in total visitor spending and $836 million in state tax revenue generated.
Sabine Motor Speedway
The results of the April 4,2015 race are as follows:
1st Cade Dillard, 2nd Caleb Dillard, 3rd Michael Easley.
1st Bryan Cook, 2nd Dewayne Rains, 3rd Jason Tousek.
1st Stephen Guidry, 2nd Joel Couvillion, 3rd Bob Kellogg.
1st Joseph Sparks, 2nd Jeffery Baskin.
ArkLaTex wing modified:
1st Alan Myers, 2nd Koty Adams, 3rd Greg Whitten.
Schedule for April 2015 will be:
April 11th Regular Racing, April 18th Regular racing and Southern crate late model racing series, April 25 regular racing. Full payout for all classes!. Next race is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th. 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 adult, 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 phone 318-256-5199.
Battling for the top spot in the Southland Conference on Friday, Northwestern State Softball and Central Arkansas split a pair of pitcher's duels, with all three runs on the day coming via solo home runs. NSU claimed a 2-0 victory in Game 1 before the Sugar Bears edged NSU, 1-0 in Game 2 at the Lady Demon Diamond.
April 6,2015, Monday
Legislators Flag Football
Republican and Democrat state lawmakers are used to fighting over votes, but in a few weeks they will compete to benefit the families of fallen soldiers. LSU's Tiger Stadium will be the stage for the 2nd annual "Truce for Toops" Bowl as legislators face off in a flag football game. The fundraiser is hosted by the House Special Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs. The money raised will go to support the families of the four Louisiana National Guardsmen killed last month.The game will be on Sunday, April 19th. Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for students. Children 12 and under will get in for free. The tickets cover admission, behind the scenes tour of the LSU football facility and reception after the game. Gates will open at 2pm with kickoff at 4pm.
April 2,2015, Thursday
Desecration of Tomb
Deputies with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating the desecration of a tomb at a local cemetery. the sheriff's office received a complaint on Monday regarding property damage at the cemetery. Upon arrival, responders located a vault and head stone that appeared to have sustained damage from a vehicle. Cemetery officials and family members of the affected individual's grave site were notified, because the casket was exposed to weather conditions. The casket has been removed until the vault and head stone can be replaced or repaired. "We take a dim view on the desecration of cemetery property, and persons found committing such acts will be prosecuted to the fuill extent of the law," said the sheriff's office in a statement. Patrols have been increased at local cemeteries, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311 or Cime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.
April 2,2015, Thursday
Joe Delaney Golf Tournament
Live / Silent auction and crawfish boil following the 26th annual Joe Delaney Spring Game Thursday, April 2,2015 beginning at 7pm at Turpin Stadium onj Northwestern State Campus. The tournament will be on Northwestern Hills Golf course on Friday, April 3,2015 registration will be at 8am with a 9am shotgun start. The crawfish boil is $40 per individual all you can eat with beverages. Spring Game will start at 5:30pm on April 2nd followed by the 7:00pm vrawfish boil and the silent auction.
April 2,2015, Thursday
Students at Evans School in Vernon Parish were inspired yesterday by former student and author Jim West. West currently lives in Dubai, but is working on a series of books centered around the idea that math is magic. Book number one of West's series is out, he's currently working on number two and says he plans to include in it , the idea of music.
April 1,2015, Wednesday
Million Dollar Theft
A DeRidder woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing over $1.3 million from her former employer. Federal prosecutor Stephanie a. Finley said Lisa H. Ernst entered a conditional guilty plea for one count of wire fraud. Ernst faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution. She will be sentenced on July 16th. "Ernst stole $1,351,259 from Amerisafe in DeRidder, where she was employed from May 2003 to March 2014 in various capacities in the accounting department," Finley said in a news release. " She made approximately 142 transfers from the company's bank account to her personal bank accounts."
April 1,2015, Wednesday
Easter Basket Giveaway
Dr. Sukerek's office will have 100 Easter baskets to be given away to the children on April 2,2015 starting at 5:45 until they are all gone. So everyone come out and be one of the hundred lucky children to receive your basket of goodies. First come, first serve. Happy Easter from Dr. Sukerek and staff!
April 1,2015, Wednesday
Movies in Many presents an Easter Eggstravaganza, HOP will be shown for the kids Easter Matinee on Saturday, April 4,2015 at 2pm at the Many Community Center admission is free. There will be lots of fabulous door prizes! There will also be easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, easter baskets, and the kids can meet the easter bunny. Every child gets easter cand and treats.
April 1,2015, Wednesday
A Starks man is facing numerous charges after crashing his vehicle late Friday, night, authorities said. Commander James McGee, spokesman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, said Jeremy Dale Brummett was arrested on charges of fourth-offense DWI, running a stop sign and driving without a license. Witnesses also said Brummett attempted to get the vehicle out of the pasture, but it was stuck in the mud. Brummett, 38, is being held on a $103,500 bond.
25 Year Sentence
A Natchitoches man accused of raping a mentally impaired person will avoid life in prison, thanks to a plea deal that gets him 25 years without parole. Glenn Redman, 52, was a bus driver for the Natchitoches Association of Retarded Citizens in February 2014 when he was arrested and charged with aggracated rape, cruelty to the infirm and false imprisonment after allegedly having sex with an NARC client. Police say a center employee spotted Redman giving extra attention to a mentally challenged 46-year-old female client and grew suspicious. Redman entered the plea on Monday, March 23rd in Natchitoches Parish District Court.
Hemphill Life Lost
A one vehicle accident on Highway 87 South, Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Hemphill man. Fairmount VFD were called out at approximately 3:30pm on March 27th, after a motorise reported a truck over turned in the tree-line. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper John Hallenbeck, who investigated the wreck, the truck left the roadway in a curve and traveled through the ditch for about 200 yards before hitting a culvert. Frank Eugene Langham, 54, was pronouncced dead on the scene.
In elections this weekend, Allen Parish put forward and approved no less than 6 road tax propositions. In Beauregard Parish, the vote for Merryville Alderman went to Jackie M. Womack defeated Shelia Brown 60 votes to 26.
The suspect wanted for an attempted robbery of a Market Basket in DeQuincy earlier in the week was captured Friday night following a high-speed pursuit in Southeast Texas, police said. Authorities identified the man as 32-year-old Ronald Wayne Rice of Orange, Texas. Rice was captured after robbing two separate businesses at gunpoint in Southeast Texas and then leading police on a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds of 120mph. Eventually drove off a boat ramp and was apprehended a short time later.
Rebel State Historic Site presents Karaoke Night to be held on Saturday, April 11,2015 starting at 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Rebel State Historic Site is located at 1260 Highway 1221 in Marthaville, LA, for more information please call, 318-472-6255 or toll free at 888-677-3600.
House Fire Claims Lives
A husband and his wife are both dead after a massive mobile home fire. The fire broke out just after 2am this morning in the 8900 block of Countryaire Drive, just off of Old Mooringsport Road. Caddo Firefighters from multiple districts are still on the scene.
A Love Fund has been set up at Labby Memorial Funeral Home for Roy Lam to pay for funeral expenses. Any donation is appreciated. The family has to have at least $6,000 to pay for the funeral please call the funeral home at 337-238-1358 in Leesville to donate.
Zwolle Loggers Festival
Coming up the second weekend in May will be the Zwolle Loggers Festival. This year's schedule is as follows : Friday evening, street dance, Saturday Morning ceremonies, loggers' parade, saw, loader, and logging competitions, children's events, arts and crafts, lots of food. And on Sunday there will be the final clean up and closure of events. The festival also includes a ball with ticket sales to anyone wanting to attend a separate event including selection of the Queen for each year. For more information go to www.zwollela.net/loggers.asp
Choctaw Apache 22nd Annual Pow Wow
Beginning on Friday, April 24,2015 the Pow Wow will start with a Children's Native American Culture Day. All schools will meet at the pow wow grounds 9:00-9:30, demonstrations will be from 9:30-11:00, Lunch will be from 11:15-12:00, the Pow Wow will be from 12:05-2:00, and the students will return to school at 2:05. On Saturday, April 11,2015 there will be a trail ride at 10am starting at the tribal land on Gene Knight Road in Ebarb, LA. a BBQ lunch will be served $7 per plate. for more information contact John D. Ebarb at 318-645-6894 or 318-471-3691. Friday, April 24th beginning at 6pm until 8pm there will be gourd dancing, the grand entry, and social dancing. Saturday, April 25th beginning at 10am until 7pm, there will be gourd dancing, lunch, grand entry, social dancing, honoring veterans, dinner, gourd dancing the grand entry and elders special. This is a drug and alcohol free event no coolers allowed. For more information call the Tribal Office at 318-645-6747.
Battle of Pleasant Hill
The Battle of Pleasant Hill will be held on Friday, April 10th through Sunday, April 12th come out and join us in celebration of our heritage, our history. Friday, April 10th will be School Day starting at 10am until 3pm, Saturday, April 11th there will be breakfast from 6:30-9am, parade at 10am, Re-enactment in town at 11am, Battle bingo at 12pm, and the Main Re-enactment at 2pm. An on Sunday, April 12th there will be breakfast 6:30-9am, church service at 10am and a main re-enactment at 2pm. Re-enactments and activities will take place 3 miles north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, LA.
Change of Command
There will be a change of command at Ft. Polk Friday. Brigadier General Timothy P. McGuire will take over command during a ceremony at Warrior Field. The current commander, Brigadier General William B. Hickman will be leaving Ft. Polk for Kuwait. McGuire comes from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida where he is deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command. The change of command ceremony will begin at 10am Friday.
Authorities are searching for the suspect from an attempted robbery at Market Basket in DeQuincy. A spokesperson with the DeQuincy Police Department said the man walked into the grocery store Wednesday morning."The suspect had a note that said 'give me your money bag and don't press the panic button," the spokesperson said. "The worker said she did not have a money bag so the suspect grabbed the note and ran out of the store." The suspect has been described as a white man wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt and shorts. He was seen driving a dark red four-door pickup with a busted rear window. Anyone with information is asked to contact DeQuincy Police at 337-786-4000.
A controversial Mansfield alderman remains in jail following his arrest late Tuesday afternoon for fighting law enforcement officer after refusing to leave the DeSoto Council on Aging property. One of the officers had to seek medical treatment. Roy Rogers Jones was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on one count each of remaining after being forbidden, battery on a police officer and probation violation and three counts of resisting an officer by force or violence. The latter counts are felony offenses. No bond was set by either of the parish's two judges.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public in identifyinh a person responsible for the unauthorized use of an access card. According to a release issued by Sheriff Sam Craft of the VPSO, on March 17th, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint in which an individual alleged their debit card had been used without their prior knowledge or consent. The incident has resulted in the theft of approximately $504 from the card's owner, said the sheriff's office. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the person shown in the photographs can contact Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233 of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311 or 337-238-7248.
Principal Accused of Battery on Student
A Natchitoches Parish school principal is charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to juveniles following an incident involving a student. Bobby Joe Benjamin, 41, was arrested Monday, following an investigation by the Natchitoches Police Department prompted by a call on March 16th from the parent of an 11-year-old boy who came home from the Frankie Ray Jackson Technical Center in tears, saying he had been struck multiple times by his school's principal. The boy reportedly told his mother that the principal had taken him into the boys' restroom where no one else was present and slammed him up against the wall, causing his head to hit the wall. The boy also claims the principal then punched him in the chest with his fist. The juvenile was later taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries allegedly suffered in the encounter with the principal. Police say futher investigation led to the discovery of additional facts which led to Benjamin's arrest.
Zwolle Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30,2015. You may register your child at Zwolle Elementary School on Friday, March 27th between the hours of 8:30am and 1:30pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 256-6143 for more information.
According to a study done by smartasset.com, Leesville has ranked fifth in Louisiana's top 10 Affordable Places to Live. Nationally, Leesville, is ranked 274 out of every county in the U.S., and every city with a population greater than 5,000. The rankings were based on closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowners' insurance and mortgage rates over a period of five years.
The St. John's Youth Group is having a BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, March 26,2015. It will take place in the St. John's School Parking Lot. All proceeds will go to help fiance the Youth Group Activities. Some activities include attendance at Stubenville South, which is recognized as one of our nation's foremost Catholic Youth Conferences; the Diocese of Shreveport Youth Rally; and monthly youth/family events. Group orders of ten or more will be delivered between 10:30am and noon, checks should be made out to "St. John's Youth Group." The plate will include 1/2 chicken, beans, potato salad, bread, and dessert and they will be $7.50 a plate. For more information please call, Jean Rains at 318-332-5751.
40 Mile Chase
A church Point man who was reportedly clocked speeding on I-49 led Natchitoches Police deputies and state police on a 40 mile chase before he was arrested. It happened just after 4:00pm Sunday afternoon. Deputies say they clocked a 2005 Yamaha RX1 motorcycle speeding 102 miles per hour in a 75 mph zone on I-49 just south of Natchitoches. Deputies say when they attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver 20-year-old Kyle Damian Futch, failed to stop, leading Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and Louisiana State Police off of I-49 onto LA Highway 6 West. Futch then reportedly drove into Natchitoches, around the Natchitoches Bypass and down to Natchez where he pulled off the roadway, circled behind the rear of a church north of Natchez then traveled back into Natchitoches. He was eventually stopped on LA Highway 491 near Canal Road where he was taken into custody without incident.
March 24,2015, Tuesday
The MPD is currently investigating a burglary at a local carwash where a torch was used to enter a storage area. Taken were various items including a new aircompressor. The burglary was reported on Friday, March 20th and involved the S & G Carwash located on the Fisher Hwy. The investigation is continuing and if you have any information on this crime, please contact the Many Police Department at 318-256-5617.
March 24,2015, Tuesday
The Iowa Police Department is investigationg the homicide of a male subject. According to Iowa Police Chief Keith Vincent, Iowa Police officers and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies responded the incident, which likely occurred during the early morning hours on Saturday. The victim was located in the area of South Welty St. and West Third St. The male's identity is not being released at this time. Chief Vincent said two suspects are in custody, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to please contact Iowa Police Department at 337-582-3636.
Army Captin Arrested
A Army Captin from Leesville was arrested at the end of last week on more than 30 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Jonathan Lance Ellis, 39, was charged with 22 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and 10 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles. He was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office. Investigators with the AG's Cyber Crime Unit received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Ellis was uploading child pornography to a social media site. They got a search warrant and found numerous child pornography files on Ellis' phone and other electronic devices.
March 23,2015, Monday
Crash Takes Life
A two vehicle crash in Sabine Parish on Saturday night leaves one teenager dead, and another injured. Troopers say they responded to the crash around 11:40pm, which occurred on LA Hwy 118 near the Sabine / Natchitoches Parish line. Investigators say the crash involved a 2010 GMC pickup, driven by 16-year-old Kelby D. Pilcher and a 2008 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 18-year-old Michael S. Fair. Troopers say the GMC was eastbound on LA Hwy 118 when Pilcher lost control and crossed the center line into the westbound lane, hitting the Chevrolet in the westbound lane. Pilcher was wearing his seat belt, but was pronounced dead at the scene. Fair was wearing his seat belt. He received moderate injuries and was transported to Sabine Medical Center. The crash remains under investigation.
March 23,2015, Monday
Summer and Fall Registration
Registration for the summer and fall 2015 semesters will begin next week at Northwestern State University and students are encouraged to begin signing up for classes as soon as possible. Northwestern State students can begin the registration procedure by meeting with their advisor. They can begin signing up for spring classes through NSU Connect on March 23-27.
A man and woman were arrested after an alleged burglary near Robeline. The burglary reportedly happened back on February 15th in the 300 block of Post Mill Road near Robeline, LA. Deputies say the suspects were breaking into a barn and stealing items on multiple occasions. Among the items reported stolen were seven chainsaws, a weed eater, and a pole saw, valued around $1600. As the investigation progressed, detectives learned that some of the stolen items had been sold in Sabine Parish and Natchitoches. Detectives later arrested 33-year-old Johnny Stewart and 40-year-old Cecilia Henderson, both of Robeline. They were each charged with one count of simple burglary and felony theft.
Saturday's rodeo has been moved to the Leesville Fair Grounds due to the weather. This Friday, March 20th we will also have a practice, we will go over all the rules and events, including the recently added Slingshot barrels!! There will be a $5 charge, to cover the cost of renting the arena on Friday. We can't wait to see everyone!
March 20,2015, Friday
Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to remove Common Core from state public schools would return Louisiana to its old education standards and testing until new benchmarks are developed. The governor Wednesday outlined the broad parameters of three bills he'll push to stop Louisiana from using the Common Core standards and testing. The proposals will be considered in the legislative session that begins April 13th.
With water already rushing past the shores of area lakes and rivers, steps are being taken to keep the public safe. The Sabine River in Logansport is out of its banks and has swallowed some of the riverfront signs. An entertainment stage built over the river is barely above the water and inaccessible from the river front. The river was a half-foot above the 28 feet flood stage. And because the river is swollen, so is Toledo Bend Reservior. Tuesday morning, the reservior reached 172.9 feet, prompting a revision in the opening of spillway gates at the earthen dam.
With two top individual performers statistically in the NCAA, Northwestern State had its eyes set on an NCAA tournament bid. But the Demons fell to Stephen F. Austin for the second straight season in the Southland Conference tournament this past week. NSU has renewed postseason life in the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament, a 32-team tournament targeted at mid and low major schools started in 2009. The Deamons will host University of Tennessee at Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday at 6:30pm in Prather Coliseum. No brackets exist, so the winner will await its second-round opponent based on regional matchups.
Notary Public Exam Prep
A notary public exam prep scenario course will be offered through Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and continuing education beginning Saturday, March 21st. The class will be presented on Saturday from 10am to noon through May 23rd in Room 122 of Russell Hall. Registration is $219. For more information, call 318-357-5682.
March 18,2015, Wednesday
Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The boxes have "best when used by" dates ranging from Sept. 18,2015 through Oct. 11,2015 and are marked with the code "C2". Kraft says consumers shouldn't eat the macaroni and should return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.
March 18,2015, Wednesday
Guests are invited to come out to Rebel State Historic Site on Sunday, April 11th, from 6 to 9 pm and channel your inner musical star by performing on the site's Country Music Museum stage. For more information, call 888-677-3600 or 318-472-6255. Admission is $4 for adults, school groups, children 12 and under, and seniors are admitted free.
Bass Bash Fishing Tournament
Winners of the Choctaw Apache Bass Bash Fishing Tournament were:
1st place : Jim and Matt Campbell - 18.22 lbs.
2nd place : Jim Burleigh and Richard Pesson - 17.92 lbs.
3rd place : Benjamin Gulett and Dusty Carter - 17.39 lbs.
4th place : Robert Sepulvado and Bobby Rivers - 4.79 lbs.
Foy Motors of Many Big Bass Winner was Jim Burleigh - 7.67 lb
March 17, 2015, Tuesday
Fake News Story
The City of DeQuincy has again become the target of a fake news story. First it was bath salts and zombies; then it was a ban on twerking. Now it is the legalization of polygamy. That's according to The News Examiner, a website that blends fake and real news. The fake news story quotes Tom Downey, who the article says is the mayor of the city. the real mayor is Lawrence Henagan. The News Examiner also has a fake story claiming DeQuincy banned talking about the color of a dress, referring to the great internet debate of February. His biggest fake story came in September 2013 when he claimed DeQuincy outlawed twerking.
March 17, 2015, Tuesday
Veterans around the country, including Louisiana, may be in for a shock when they find out they have medical bills that are unpaid by the Veterans Administration. State officials say the VA has told some providers to bill veterans if a claim is denied and no appeal is filed. It seems as though many of the veterans have no idea their bills haven't been paid and they may not find out until down the road if it shows up on a credit report. Congressional hearings could begin as early as May.
March 17, 2015, Tuesday
Anacoco State Title
Will Reese posted a game-high 26 points and Sam Turnipseed scored 19 to power Anacoco to its first state title in boys basketball. Anacoco broke open a close game with a fourth-quarter run to beat Midland 62-48 in the Class B championship game Friday night at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Top 28 tournament. Reese, voted the most outstanding player in Class B, and Turnipseed each grabbed eight rebounds for the Indians. Leading by one point heading into the final quarter, Reese took over and scored the first eight points of the final frame to put Midland away. Anacoco ended the season on a 19-game winning streak.
The Northwestern State Chamber Choir will perform its spring concert Thursday, March 19th at 7:30pm in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Burt Allen will direct the Chamber Choir. Dr. Christine Allen is the accompanist. The Chamber Choir will sing "Regina Coeli" by Mosart featuring soloists soprano Emma Harrison of Thibodaux, alto Hannah Street of Baton Rouge, tenor Orlando Gonzalez of Caratgena, Colombia, and bass Mark Payton of West Monroe and "Three Part Songs" by Johannes Brahms.
Announcement Party at Chili's
The Northwestern State Lady Demons will learn where they will travel for the NCAA Tournament tonight at 6, and you can join them. The Lady Demons invite their supporters to join them at 5:30 at Chili's in Natchitoches, LA, as they prepare to learn their destination. The selection show begins at 6pm on ESPN.
March 16,2015, Monday
Demons' Home CIT Game
Northwestern State's NCAA-best offense will have another chance to shine at home in a Thursday 6:30 CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round game against Tennesee-Martin in Prather Coliseum. Making their fourth NCAA Division I postseason tournament appearance, all under 16th year head coach Mike McConathy, the Deamons will play their first-ever homecourt Division I postseason game against the Skyhawks.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office's "Mike Hodnett Memorial Bass Tournament" will be Saturday, March 14th on Vernon Lake. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. There will be a 50 percent payback. The entry fee is $25 per person. Pre-paid contestants can launch anywhere on the lake. Tournament judges' decisions are final. If two people are fishing in the same boat, and one person enters the Big Bass Pot, the other person must also enter the Big Bass Pot. Cost is $5 per person.
March 13,2015, Friday
Next week, students across the state will begin PARCC testing. However, there are parents across various parishes that have chosen to opt their child out of the testing, including in Rapides Parish. PARCC, it stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. There are two rounds of testing. The first lasts for five days, the second lasts for three. Students in grades three through eight are set to participate in the tests. But parents do have the option to opt their child out if they wish. The student will receive a zero, but it won't affect whether or not they can move to the next grade.
National Guard Loss
The Louisiana National Guard has confirmed that two of its soldiers were among those killed in a Florida helicopter crash and that their bodies have been recovered. The bodies of two other gaurdsmen presumed to be among 11 people killed in the crash of the UH-60M Black Hawk during a training mission Tuesday night have not yet been recovered. Operations are under way to salvage the aircraft and recover other victims. In all, four guardsmen and seven Marines were aboard the helicopter.
March 13, 2015, Friday
Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Louisiana Concealed Carry Class Saturday, March 21, 2015. The class is for those age 21 or older who want to obtain a Louisiana concealed handgun permit. The course will be from 8am until 6pm in South Hall on the Northwestern State campus and at the Natchitoches Shooting Range. The cost is $110 plus a range fee. Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Billiot will teach the class which will cover pistol shooting fundamentals, safe handling, use of force laws and related topics. For more information, call 318-357-5682, 800-376-2422 or go to ece.nsula.edu/non-credit.
Roommate Charged with Fatal Shooting
A Mansfield man is behind bars, accused of gunning down his roommate late Tuesday night at a DeSoto Parish home. Deputies were called out to a home in the 500 block of Francis Street, just outside of Mansfield. Investigators say Francois Davis was found dead inside the home, having suffered a fatal gunshot wound. It's still unclear what led up to the shooting. Investigators later arrested Davis' roommate, 33-year-old Gary Lewis Walker on a second degree murder charge. The shooting remains under investigation.
Community Action Council
The Vernon Community Action Council will have a gumbo/chili fundraiser on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 11am to 1pm. It's your choice of gumbo or chili with all the trimmings at $5 per plate. The event takes place at the Johnson Temple on Nona Street in Leesville. Delivery is available for orders of 10 or more plates. For more information, call 337-404-7710.
There will be a lunch fundraiser to benefit the Leesville High School Baseball Team on Friday, March 13,2015 at noon at the baseball field. Fish lunches will be sold for $10. They will include 1/2 lb. of fried fish, french fries, cole slaw, a pistolette and dessert. For more information call 337-208-4299.
Anacoco Playing for the Title
Anacoco beat Fairview 65-55 Wednesday night in a Semifinal game at the LHSAA Top 28 boys basketball tournament. No. 3 Anacoco will face No. 4 Midland in the Class B title game, which is scheduled for 6pm on Friday. Last season, both made it to the semis. Fairview lost to Midland in title game while Anacoco fell to Midland in the previous round. Anacoco is on a 18-game winning streak. The Indians' last lost came Dec. 22nd it was a 10-point loss at Leesville, a Class 4A opponent.
Fairview and Anacoco will square off tonight in a semifinal game at Louisiana High School Association's Top 28 boys basketball tournament. The winner of tonight's 6:15pm game will face Florien or Midland in the Class B title game, which is scheduled for Friday night. Last night in Lake Charles, Elizabeth in Class C. The No. 2 Bulldogs lost 62-58 to No. 3 New Living Word.
March 11,2015, Wednesday
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the March 8,2015 arrest of William Patrick Power, age 31, of Leesville. The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted on the day of the arrest regarding an incident that took place on March 6,2015. Deputies arrived at the location and spoke with the female victim who indicated that her spouse struck her about the face and head repeatedly until she lost consciousness. Deputies did observe significant brusing to the victim's face and bruising to other areas of her body. Deputies did locate William Patrick Power and he was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of 2nd Degree Domestic Abuse Battery, False Imprisonment; Offender armed with a Dangerous Weapon, Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Disturbing the Peace. William Patrick Power remains in the Vernon Parish Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Shot to Death
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide, after a man was found shot to death in his home just outside of Mansfield late Tuesday night. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says the man has been identified at 30-year-old Francois Davis. Arbuckle says Davis suffered what appears to have been one fatal gunshot wound. So far there have been no arrests, but investigators are interviewing witnesses.
Sixteen Year Sentence
A Many resident has been sentenced to almost 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in Sabine Parish. The US Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Cassius L. Medlock was sentenced by US District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in Shreveport on Monday. Medlock had been stopped for speeding in August 2014, and officers found more than 193 grams of cocaine base and marijuana in the vehicle he was driving. The car also had six children in it, according to the release.
Annual State Quiz bowl
The Louisiana Association for Academic Competition will sponsor the 24th Annual State Quiz Bowl Tournament at Northwestern State University, March 14, 2015. Thirty teams will compete. The welcoming ceremony begins at 8am in Watson Library. The four divisional winners will compete for the overall championship. The finals will be held at 3:30pm in the Ora G. Williams Multimedia Studio in Room 142 of Kyser Hall.
March 10,2015, Tuesday
A flood warning continues for the Sabine River near Deweyville, Texas until further notice. According to the National Weather Service, at 9:45am Monday, the stage was 23.2 feet. Flood stage is 24 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. It is projected that the river will rise above flood stage and will continue to rise through the week.
Georgia Pacific Fire
Pinland Volunteer Fire Department had three units on the scene after they were called out to a fire at Georgia Pacific mill in Pineland on Monday. The fire was located in the bag house and small adjacent structure, in the area of the plant where chip trucks are loaded. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained. No word on the cause and damage of the fire has been released at this time.
Natchitoches police are looking for the man who they believe stole a riding lawn mower. Police believe 44-year-old Robert Dale Berry of Robeline, LA stole a lawn mower, which is valued at $4,500, on January 19th. Police say he allegedly entered the property of Charles Garsee and took the Exmark zero turn lawn mower without permission. Berry is wanted for felony theft. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at 318-352-8101.
Flu and Basketball
As if battling the defending state champions wasn't enough of a task, the top-ranked Pickering Lady Red Devils also had to fight health issues in the Class 2A championship game on Saturday afternoon at Burton Coliseum. With three players battling flu-like symptoms, Pickering fought to the bitter end, falling just short of that state championship trophy, losing to the seventh-ranked North Caddo Lady Rebels, 55-49. However, Pickering reached the state championship game for the first time in school history as the Lady Red Devils came home with the runner-up trophy.
March 9,2015, Monday
Seven state titles will be decided this week during the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's Top 28 boys basketball tournament. The tournament runs Tuesday through Saturday at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Tickets are $10 per day or $40 for a tournament pass. The semifinals for all classes will be played Tuesday-Thursday. The title games in Classes 5A, B and C are set for Friday. Classes 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A will select a champion on Saturday.
A bill filed by Rep. Frankie Howard, would provide for a bounty on feral hogs, under certain guidelines. House Bill 51, if approved, would authorize the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enter into cooperative endeavor agreements with landowners to share the cost of a bounty on feral hogs. Hunters would have to get permission from the landowner to hunt on their property, and all state hunting laws would apply. Under the bill, the department would match the landowner's bounty up to $2.50 per feral hog toward the total of the bounty offered. The bill, however, proposes that the department participates only when funds are available.
Save Fort Polk
Tuesday's Army visit to Leesville, and concurrent events in Alexandria and Lake Charles, was the last chance for the public to participate in a process that could see the Army cut 70,000 troops or more. If Fort Polk is cut as part of that process, it will loose more than half its personnel. Now the fight to save the Fort Polk from major personnel cuts, shifts to different battlegrounds, the most important of them in Congress and Louisiana's Congressional delegation is gearing up for the fight.
Students are in shock after finding out a fraternity at Northwestern State University was allegedly involved in a hazing incident. The fate of the Omega Psi Phi Chapter on the NSU campus in Natchitoches remains unclear after an alleged hazing incident. Campus leaders say the incident was reported back in January, and involved students pledging the fraternity. Omega Psi Phi was given a cease and desist order from both NSU and its national headquarters, which means the fraternity cannot participate in any activities and their members cannot wear their letters. "The university, my office and the national headquarters have a zero tolerance policy for hazing," explained Natalie Laurence, the director of Fraternity and Sorority life. And students say it is out of character for the school.
Students enrolled in Homeschool or Private School and in grades 3-12 may register to take a standardized assessment with the Sabine Parish School System. Testing dates have been determined by the Louisiana Department of Education. To do so, please contact Sandy Cosio or Patsy Lucci at the Sabine Parish School Board office before March 18,2015. There is a $35.00 testing fee.
Senior Citizen Day
There will be a senior citizen day at the Sabine Theatre on Monday, March 9,2015 at 10:00am free to all seniors of Sabine Parish. Sponsored by The Town of Many, Many Community Center, and The Sabine Council on Aging. There will be a special showing of Steel Magnolias.
Rosepine Police Chief Dennis Parrott pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in 30th Judicial District Court on Tuesday. Parrott was arraigned on two felony counts of malfeasance in office, sexual conduct; one count of stalking and one felony count of malfeasance in office. A pre-trial date is set for May 6th. the trial is set for May 18th. Local judges recused themselves in the case. Ad-hoc Judge H. Ward Fontenot, of Cameron Parish, is presiding. A Vernon Parish grand jury indicted Parrott in December. He was arrested in August following a Louisiana State Police investigation. Parrott's arrestes, in both Beauregard and Vernon parishes, stemmed from allegations that he stalked his ex-wife and used the department's database to illegally run a license plate number. He is also accused of engaging in sexual activity with two individuals in custody.
Tri-Parish Drug Task Force
DeSoto Parish authorities arrested three men Wednesday for their alleged roles in the distribution of narcotics. Deputies say the Tri-Parish Drug Task Force issued three warrants for the arrest of 38-year-old Larry C. Rosalie, 36-year-old Travis C. West, and 54-year-old Calvin R. Smith on narcotics charges. Rosalie and West are charged with two counts of distribution of schedule II methamphetamines. Smith is charged with a single count of distribution of schedule II crack cocaine. The investigation reportedly stemmed from citizen complaints about suspected illegal narcotics sales in specific areas in the Stonewall and Gloster areas.
Northwestern State University's rowing team will take part in a meet against Tulane, Rice and Vanderbilt Saturday in New Orleans. The team's first home race is on March 15th against Texas, Tulane and Alabama. NSU had six top five finishes in its first meet at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February.
Theatre and Dance
Northwestern State Theatre and Dance will present "Uncle Vanya" March 17-22 and 26-28 in Theatre West. Show time is 7:30pm except on March 22 when the performance begins at 2pm. Ticket prices are $15 per show and $12 for children and seniors. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student ID.
The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to five deserving high school graduating seniors in Vernon Parish. The Scholarships are based on character, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. You must be planning to enroll in some form of business degree program. Interested students must obtain the application from their high school counselor, who will mail it directly to the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce. Completed applications must be received by the Chamber on or before April 24,2015, to be considered by the committee.
Watchingthe news on television gave Leesville businessman Richard A. Sarver an idea of how he could help his community. Sarver on Tuesday donated $3,000 to the Leesville Police Department for the purchase of body cameras that patrol officers will wear on the streets of Leesville. the longtime businessman said he was watching television news and reports about unrest and conflicts facing police departments when he wondered if Leesville officers had body cameras. Sarver's donation will be enough for the City to buy six cameras. Chief Greg Hill said the goal is to assign body cameras to officers who patrol in cars without in-car recorders.
Leesville Water System
During the monitoring period of January 01,2015 to January 31,2015, the City of Leesville Water System did not monitor for chlorine residual at the same time bacteriological samples were collected, and therefore we cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time. This violation occurred because of the failure to collect the required samples for chlorine residual from the water system's distribution system. Necessary action has been taken to prevent this violation from reoccurring.
Fort Polk Cuts
Large crowds around the state showed up last night for one of three listening sessions to oppose proposed cuts at Fort Polk. Fort Polk is facing up to 6,500 cuts as the U.S. Army tightens its budget and looks to cut 20,000 troops by the end of 2015. Tuesday night's meeting at Lake Charles Civic Center is one of three sessions going on simultaneously in Alexandria and Leesville. The sessions were hosted by the citizens action group "Fort Polk Progress." The group heard from leaders and officials via feed from the other sessions while several state, city, and parish leaders spoke at the Lake Charles meeting. Fort Polk generates 1.75 billion dollars in economic impact every year. It's by far the largest employer in the state of Louisiana.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Robert L. Fortenberry III, 37, of Pitkin. On March 3,2015 the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office received a report of alleged inappropriate sexual contact between Robert L. Fortenberry III and a 10-year-old juvenile. Detectives conducted a forensic interview with the victim who indicated that Fortenberry had touched her in an inappropriate manner. Through further investigation it was also determined that a prior incident of the same nature had taken place between Fortenberry and the juvenile. Deputies located Fortenberry at a residence in the Pitkin area. Fortenberry was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. During the course of an interview Fortenberry admitted to Detectives that he did in fact engage in the inapporiate contact as alleged by the victim. Robert L. Fortenberry III was charged with one count of oral sexual battery and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bond was set at $80,000.00. Fortenberry remains in the Vernon Parish Jail with a hold from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. the investigation into the matter is ongoing.
A 41-year-old man from Pakistan has been found guilty on charges of simple kidnapping and indecent behavior with a juvenile,the Beauregard Parish District Attorney's Office said. Fahim A. Shaikh, an illegal immigrant, was found guilty of the charges Thursday in court after a four-day jury trial. He will be sentenced in April. The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Shaikh on April 18,2014. When they received a report of a runaway female juvenile, Shaikh picked up the 13-year-old girl and transported her to his apartment.
Evening of Concerts
Northwestern State University's band program will be featured in two evenings of concerts March 3-4 in Magale Recital Hall. The Magale Concert Band and NSU Wind Ensemble will perform Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30pm. On March 4th, NSU Wind Symphony and Fredericks Concert Band will perform at 7:30pm. Admission to each concert is free and open to the public.
Gas Well Goes BOOM
There's now an explanation behind a big boom sound that awakened some ArkLaTex residents early Thursday morning. Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Dewil says the sound came from a Comstock gas well off Highway 482 near Zwolle just after 5:00am. According to Dewil, ice built up around a compressor at the well and that is reportedly what blew. Dewil says no one was injured but it did shatter a window at a nearby home and caused a small gas leak. A worker was able to turn the valve off and stop the leak.
Rapides Parish Bus Crash
Early Wednesday morning, a single vehicle crash involving a school bus ingured eleven children and the driver. A large amount of mud was on the road, which is considered a factor in the crash. Troopers responded to the crash around 6:15am, which occurred on LA Hwy 121 south of LA Hwy 496. The crash involved a 2001 International school bus, driven by Jake D. Lawson of Boyce, LA. The school bus was northbound on LA Hwy 121 when Lawson encountered the large amount of mud on the roadway. He then lost control and exited the left side of the roadway before the school bus overturned on its side. All eleven children and the driver received minor to moderate injuries and were transported to local hospitals. The children ranged in age from five to fifteen. The crash remains under investigation.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is apparently still searching for the man who allegedly shot at one of their deputies during a traffic stop back on February 13th. It happened in the Belmont area. Police say a sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation when a passenger jumped out of the vehicle, fired a gunshot at the deputy then ran into the woods. The driver and a second passenger then reportedly fled the scene in the vehicle with the deputy in pursuit. The chase ended on Haley Road when the fleeing vehicle ran off the road. Both the driver and the sceond passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. The second passenger, identified as Keivondrick A. Cutright, 25 of Zwolle, was caught by the deputy.
Ark-LA-Tex Music Show
The Ark-LA-Tex music show "Tribute to Legends" will be this Friday, February 27,2015 at 7:00pm with a special theme this month being Love Songs. Performing will be: The Legends Band with Jennifer Honeycutt, Suzanne Durbin, Rod Hopkins, Buster Jordan, Kady Leger and several others! Door prizes will include a Free guitar! All veterans are admitted FREE! The show will be at the Sabine Theater in Downtown Many, LA tickets are $7, children ages 6-12 $2, and children under 6 years of age are admitted free. for information and auditions call Rod Hopkins at 318-256-5735.
Historical & Genealogical Society
The Vernon Historical and Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, March 7,2015 at 12:30pm in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library. the Heritage Family Association will aslo meet Saturday, March 7th at 3pm at the Vernon Parish Library. The centennial celebration of the Mill Creek Cemetery and church site, scheduled for April 25th, and the spring tour of Peason Ridge on May 2nd will be addressed. the public is invited.
A re-flagging ceremony was held Tuesday at Ft. Polk. The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was deactivated during the ceremony. The 4th BCT colors were cased for the final time as the 3rd BCT colors were uncased, marking the brigade's reactivation and the beginning of a new legacy at Ft. Polk.
Wanted for Arson
The Natchitoches Police Department has secured Arrest Warrants for the immediate arrest of Carl Everett Myart Jr. Mr. Myart is 30 years of age and described as a black male, approximately 6' 1" in height, weighing approximately 175lbs. Myart is being sought on multiple counts of arson. Sometime prior to midnight last night a mattress inside of the residence of Ms. Shemekka Gaines located at 220 Duplex St. was set on fire. Ms. Gaines was reported to have extinguished the mattress which was pulled out of the residence and placed within the backyard. However, during the early morning hours the extinguished mattress was pulled near the rear door of the residence and reignited. Carl Myart Jr. was reported to have been residing at the Gaines residence; however, Ms. Gaines stated that Myart and her had a disagreement in which Myart was made to leave by Ms. Gaines due to Myart supposedly committing theft(s) from Ms. Gaines' children. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Mr. Myart they're urged to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at 318-352-8101 or you may contact Detective Victor Pinkney of the Natchitoches Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-3817. All calls shall be kept confidential.
The following roads in the Shreveport area will be closed due to weather conditions:
I-49 North of Shreveport to the Arkansas line
I-49 Urban--Shreveport north of MP 199
LA 3/Benton Road Overpass, Bossier City
Lake Bistineau Bridge on LA 154 in Bossier Parish
The South Beauregard an Lacassine girls basketball teams won Monday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for Thursday.
A Many man was sentenced Friday to 188 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine in the Sabine Parish area, according to a news release from US Attorney Stephanie A. Finley. Scottron Cordell Medlock, 33, was sentenced by US District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of distribution of methamphetamine. Medlock was also sentenced to four years of supervised release. Finley said according to evidence presented at the July 24,2014 guilty plea, law enforcement agents recorded Medlock selling 24 grams of methamphetamine in Many on July 17,2013. "Video showed Medlock combining several small bags of methamphetamine into a larger one before selling the drug for $1,400," the news release states. The DEA and Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office conducted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation called "Crystal Bend." Assistant US Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.
A Dry Creek man is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash Friday that involved a five-day-old baby. State Police say that Friday shortly before 11am they responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 171 near Calcasieu Avenue in Moss Bluff. Trooper said the preliminary investigation revealed that an Infiniti SUV was traveling on US 171 when a Ford F-350, driven by 27-year-old Colby K. Hebert, pulled out from the parking lot of a bar into the path of the Infiniti, causing the two vehicles to collide. Troopers said the two adults and the baby in the SUV were not injured. Hebert was also not injured. Troopers said Hebert performed poorly on sobriety tests at the crash scene and was transported to Troop D in order to obtain a breath sample. Hebert tested at .397 grams percent which is nearly five times the legal blood alcohol concentration limit of .08 grams percent for individuals over the age of 21. He was transported to a local hospital for examination due to his extreme level of impairment. Upon Hebert's release he was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on DWI fourth offense and failure to yield from a private drive.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the February 23,2015 arrests of Brandy Mize age 41, and Travis McKee, age 43, both of Rosepine. On February 22,2015 the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted by medical personnel at a local hospital regarding a juvenile female who was at the facility. Medical personnel advised that the juvenile indicated that she was the victim of a sexual assault. Deputies and Detectives responded to the facility and met with the juvenile. After speaking to the victim information was obtained which led to the excution of a search warrant at a residence in the Rosepine area. Upon arrival at the residence contact was made with Brandy Mize and Travis McKee. Mize and McKee were transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. Detectives did conduct interviews with both individuals and the victim during the course of the investigation. Upon further investigation Brandy Mize was arrested and charged with one count of Principal to Sexual Battery and one count of Prinicpal to Simple Rape. Travis McKee was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Battery, one count of Simple Rape, and one count of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. No bond has been set at the time of the release and both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail.
Closures in Sabine Parish
All Sabine Parish schools are closed today according to Dr. Sara Ebarb. All SARC facilities are closed due to weather conditions according to Rod Davis. Northwest LTC Natchitoches and Sabine Valley campuses will be closed today according to Laurie Morrow. Sabine Council on Aging will be closed today. Northwestern State University is closed today. Natchitoches Parish and Vernon Parish Schools will also be closed today due to winter weather. The majority of all the area basketball games have now been moved from tonight to Tuesday night due to closures and weather conditions.
A basic cake decorating class will begin Tuesday at Northwestern State University. The non-credit class sponsored by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Culinary Arts building adjacent to the Friedman Student Union. The class will run through April 21st. Classic decorating beginning with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals will be covered in the course which is designed for cake decorating shop owners, bakers, caterers, chefs, or enthusiasts. The fee for the class is $99. For more information, go to ece.nsula.edu/non-credit or call 800-376-2422 or 318-357-6355.
Zwolle Mother Charged
A Zwolle mother is now being charged in the death of her 19-month-old son. Back in September 2014, emergency responders were called to a home on Elm Street in Zwolle where they found the toddler. According to the infant's mother, 26-year-old Deunka Lynch, she parked the car and took the keys out of the ignition. That's when she noticed that the window was rolling up, trapping little Robert. Police say that once they arrived on scene, the foun Lynch holding Robert Lynch in her arms. Little Robert Lynch was transported to Sabine Medical Center and later transferred to University Health in Shreveport where he was placed on life support. He was later declared brain dead and removed from life support the following day. Investigators say Deunka Lynch had just left a family gathering and put her son in the back of her car unrestrained. Deunka Lynch is now being charged with negligent homicide family members say. Child Protective Services have custody of Deunka Lynch's other two children.
ArkLaTex Road Closures
DOTD announces that Interstate 49 in Caddo Parish, between La. 1 in north Shreveport to the Arkansas state line, is closed immediately to traffic. Traffic will be detoured to US 71. I-49 North is also closed in Shreveport from Bert Kouns Industrial Loop to I-20, and I-49 South is closed from I-20 to LA 3132. I-220 is also closed in Caddo Parish.
Friday Night Crash
A single vehicle crash Friday night killed a teen from DeRidder and seriously injured the teen driver, according to state police. Both teens were not wearing a seat belt, which resulted in the teen driver being partially ejected and the teen passenger being totally ejected. Alcohol usage is a suspected factor. Troopers responded to the crash around 7:40pm, which occurred on Hawks Road, in Vernon Parish. The crash involved a 2004 GMC pickup, driven by Blake A. Shell of Singer, LA. The GMC was westbound on Hawks Road when Shell lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway the vehicle began overturning before colliding with a tree. Shell received serious injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. His only passenger, identified as Abigail M. Welch, was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
The National Wild Turkey Federation/Whikey Chitto Longbeards Chapter of Louisiana will hold their annual Hunting Heritage Banquet tonight at the fairgrounds in Leesville. Doors will open at 6pm and dinner will be at 7pm. Tickets are $50 for singles, $65 for a couple or $275 for a sponsor table. Tickets may be purchased at Star Gun & Archery on the Ft. Polk Entrance Rd. or by calling Bobbie at 396-1373.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a man wanted for an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Deputies are looking for John "Jake" Klinkhammer, investigators say he is a fitness trainer. His wherabouts are unknown and he is believed to be still in the area.
On post last month there were two convicted at general courts-martial, which also saw both discharged from the U.S. Army. The first happened on Jan. 8th. Warrant Officer 1 Benjamin C. Mason was convicted by a military judge of three counts of aggravated sexual contact with a child, rape of a child, three counts of sexual assault of a child, sexual abuse of a child, forcible sodomy with a child and indecent acts with a child. The incidents took place over an eight-year period and involved four children ranging in ages from 4 to 14. Mason, was sentenced to a 55-year prison term and to a dishonorable discharge. He also will have to register as a sex offender. The second court-martial happened on Jan. 23, when a military panel of officer and enlisted personnel convicted Sgt. 1st Class John F. Sellers Jr. of willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey an order or regulation, stalking, three specifications of assault consummated by a battery and engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a junior enlisted solider. Sellers was sentenced to be reduced to a grade of E-1, to be confined for 30 months and to a bad conduct discharge. The charges against Sellers stemmed for several domestic violence incidents against his spouse, according to The Guardian. He also stalked his spouse, violated a military protective order issued by his commander and had an unregistered firearm.
Registration is underway for the second eight-week session at Northwestern State University. The Spring B-term will be held from March 9- May 1. All currently admitted students can get more information on available classes or sign up for B-term classes online using NSU Connect, which is available at nsula.edu.
Nebraska Fugitive Captured
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies that stopped to assist a stranded motorist on I-49 near Derry, wound up capturing a fugitive wanted in two states. Deputies stopped to assist the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet car. Deputies say that while they were helping the driver, they noticed that the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Stelson O. Curry, of Cedar Hill, Texas, was acting strange. Deputies then ran a criminal history background check on both men and discovered that Curry had been wanted by Lancaster County Sheriff's Office in Nebraska since 2014 for robbery and assault. Authorities say Curry was also wanted by Grand Prairie Police Department in Texas since 2014 for possession of dangerous drugs and 9 counts of failure to appear on traffic offenses. Curry was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on fugitive charges. He is currently awaiting extradition proceedings. The driver was released.
Ebarb preschool registration will be on Friday, February 20,2015 at Ebarb school from 8:30am until 12:00pm. Children must be 4 years old by September 30th 2015 to register for preschool. Parents will need to bring the childs birth certificate, immunization record, social security card, proof of income, and verification or residency. Parents must complete pre-registration for preschool at Ebarb school. Screening tests to determine if children might have vision or hearing impairments will be administered at the time of pre-registration. Screening services are free to all children. Universal Preschool also serves children with disabilities. These children receive first priority enrollment. If transportation services are needed, please contact the Preschool office at 318-256-6143. Register Early! Minimum slots are available at each school!
The Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb is hosting their annual Bass Bash Team Tournament on February 28,2015. The event will be held at North Toledo Bend State Park and cost is $50 per team. Foy Motors of Many will pay $500 for the largest bass caught the day of the tourney. Must be preregistered prior to day of the tournament. Weigh in is at 3pm and must be in line at the boat launch by 3pm. Trailering is allowed. More info, rules, and applications are available at the tribal office or at Chesters Grocery or one may call 318-645-2588 or 617-0322.
The Beauregard Parish Police Jury will accept sealed bids for antique radiators and other scrap iron from the Beauregard Parish Courthouse, according to a public notice filed by the Police Jury. The parish's project to renovate its decades-old courthouse has started. The notice states that bids will be accepted for the entire lot, and no items will be sold individually. All sealed bids must be received by 10 am, Friday, February 27th.
Brigade at Risk
Despite the good news for the area with the increase of approximately 700 soliders due to an adjustment by the Army, Fort Polk's deployable brigade is once again at risk as the Army considers ways to reduce personnel by up to 70,000. If Fort Polk is one of the installations cut, the base could lose up to 6,500 of its military population of more than 10,000. Army officials will be in Leesville March 3 for a community meeting to hear concerns about potentially reducing the number of troops stationed at Fort Polk. Stakeholders are urging anyone who wants to show support for the base to be in Leesville that day, or at live streaming events in Alexandria or Lake Charles.
Two officials say a Rosepine employee has been arrested for theft of approximately $3500. A local media reports Troy Miers was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail after he allegedly used the town's fuel credit card for personal use. The alleged theft prompted town officials to implement a new policy for the usage of the card. Miers was booked with one count of unauthorized use of an access card. Bond was set at $25,000. He remains in the Vernon Parish Jail. It was unclear whether Miers has an attorney.
A reflagging ceremony will take place Feb. 24th at 10am on Warrior Field at Ft. Polk. At the event, the 4th Birgade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division will be deactivated, and the 3rd Brigade "Patriots" will be reactivated. The change is expected to bring 700 more soldiers to the army post. For the 4th BCT, the 94th Brigade Support Battalion will reflag to the 710th Birgade Support Battalion. The 4th Brigade Special Troop Battalion will deactivate, and the 4th Brigade Engineer Battalion will activate with an added engineer company. The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Knox, Kentucky, will also deactivate to join the Patriots.
We have more on the robbery of a convenience store in DeRidder. As we reported yesterday, it happened Sunday just before 8pm. According to DeRidder authorities, the clerk described a white male with a face mask wearing a black hoodie and armed with a black large frame pistol, entering the store and demanding all the money. Authorities said the surveillance video shows the man was dropped off by a dark sedan and fled on foot in the same direction. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joshua Stanford at 337-462-8911 or call Crime Stoppers at 337-462-8918 to remain anonymous.
The Giving Tree
Playing a tree branch has given Caitlyn Whitlock a chance to bloom. Whitlock plays a tree branch in "The Giving Tree," which opens Thursday at Northwestern State University. "The Giving Tree," will be presented Feb. 19-21 at 7:30pm and Feb. 22nd at 2pm in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Reservations are not required. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under. NSU, LSMSA and BPCC students will be admitted free with a current student ID.
Northwestern State University's College of Nursing and School of Allied Health will hold its annual open house Thursday, February 26,2015 at 5:30pm at the NSU Nursing Education Center at 1800 Line Ave. in Shreveport. Anyone interested in pursuing degrees in nursing, radiologic sciences or allied health is invited to attend. For more information contact Melanie McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 318-357-4503.
Spring Fling Canceled
The Friends of Hodges Gardens State Park has canceled its annual "Spring Fling" scheduled for Saturday, March 21st due to budget cuts at the park. The event has been co-sponsored by the Friends group and Hodges Gardens State Park since 2010. Officials said Hodges Gardens State Park continues to operate normally, other than a reduction in interpretive programming due to recent budget cuts. Visitors are encouraged to check the Calendar of Events on www.LaStateParks.com, or Hodges Gardens State Park's Facebook page for the latest information on programming and park activities.
February 17,2015, Tuesday
Oberlin Woman Identified
An 18-year-old Oberlin woman's identity who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash has been reported, authorities said. Authorities said Lindsey Isley was driving a pick-up truck on I-10 eastbound near Welch when it collided with an 18-wheeler. The accident closed the interstate for several hours. Isley was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed at this time.
According to a Friday U.S. Department of Defense news release, Brig. Gen. William B. Hickman, commanding general, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, will become deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Central/Third U.S. Army, Kuwait. The Army recently announced that Brig. Gen. Timothy P. McGuire would become Fort Polk's next commander.
Convincing Win over UCA
Zeek Woodley couldn't contain himself Monday night, and neither could Central Arkansas. Northwestern State's 6-2 sophomore swingman has a career night, pouring in 36 points while raining in 12 of 16 shots including two of his three 3-point tries, spearheading the Deamons' 86-70 triumph over visiting UCA in Prather Coliseum. Woodley, the nation's No. 3 scorer, raised his average by half a point to 22.5 as he sank 10 of 11 free throws, blocked two shots and made two steals in 33 minutes. The Demons (14-0 overall, 9-4 in the Southland Conference) won for the sixth time in seven games.
Traffic Stop Arrest
A Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Hwy 120 near Cherry Springs Road on 2-13-15, when a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and discharged a firearm in the direction of the deputy as he ran into a wooded area. The driver and a second passenger then fled the scene in the vehicle with the deputy in pursuit. The chase ended on Haley Road when the fleeing vehicle ran off of the roadway. Both the driver and the second passenger jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. This second passenger was caught by the deputy and was identified as Keivondrick A. Cutright, 25, of Zwolle. Drugs and paraphernalia were found in and near the vehicle. Cutright was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for principle to aggracated assault upon a peace officer with a firearm, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer, possession of schedule I, possession of schedule IV, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The deputy was not injured and the incident remains under investigation.
A Natchitoches man is being charged with his sixth DWI after allegedly driving in the wrong way on I-49 with his children in the vehicle. Thursday evening, deputies received several 911 calls reporting that a dark colored SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound in the southbound lanes of I-49 near the Cypress exit. Deputies were able to stop the 2006 Ford SUV on I-49 near the Waterwell exit just south of Natchitoches. Deputies identified the driver as 33-year-old Ricky Anthony Simmons Jr. Kyla Lee Honeycutt, 37, and two small children ages 4 and 5, were also in the vehicle. Authorities say the driver was driving on a suspended license and seemed to be impaired. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, Simmons was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he was given a blood-alcohol test which came back at more than three times the legal limit. Simmons is charged with DWI 6th offense, child endangerment, driving the wrong way on an interstate, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension and two counts of child desertion. Honeycutt was also arrested and charged with two counts of child desertion. Both Simmons and Honeycutt remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center. The children are staying with a relative.
MPD K9 units traveled to Logansport this Sunday afternoon for annual certification with the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. Both detector dogs passed certification and will continue their service for the Town of Many.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health, hereby rescinds the Boil Advisory issued by Town of Many Water System. The samples collected on February 12,2015 were cleared.
Youth Day Camps
BeauCARE, in DeRidder, will offer youth day camps on Feb. 16th and 17th. Feb. 16th will be a "President's Day" camp from 7am to 5:30pm. Campers must be dropped off before 9am. Fee is $18. This will include meals, snacks and supplies. Activities will include team challenges, outdoor sports, games, arts and crafts, team building and more. On Feb. 17th, there will be a "Mardi Gras" camp from 7am until 5:30pm. Cost will be $18 and includes meals, snacks, and supplies. Lots of activities planned.
Multiple police agencies are searching for an escaped inmate from Allen Parish. At about noon on Thursday, 26-year-old Justin Ray Spears was arrested by tribal police at Coushatta Casino Resort. According to officials, he removed his handcuffs while being transported to the Allen Parish Jail, where he fled from officers on foot. "He is not believed to be dangerous, but authorities do recommend caution," said Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 337-639-4353 or the Coushatta Tribal Police at 337-584-1457.
Two men last seen on the Sabine River near Starks were found safe. Colten Fountain, 20 and cody Brasuell, 22, were last seen Saturday while hog hunting near Bass Lake Road. Fountain's father, Shane Fountain told local media that the pair lost one of their hunting dogs and were attempting to locate the animal. Shane Fountain said he received a text message from his son around 8am Saturday. Others said they'd last heard from the pair Saturday afternoon via text message.
Husband charged with Manslaughter
A Bossier City man is now charged with manslaughter after he allegedly caused his estranged wife to fall off the bed of the truck he was driving. The incident happened around 9:00am on Monday near Brooks Road in Shreveport. Deputies say the two stopped to talk and sat on the tailgate of the truck. Allen Wray then reportedly decided to leave while his wife was still sitting on the truck bed. Detectives say as he drove away, Allen Wray slammed on his brakes several times then hit the gas, causing Sherri Wray to fall off the truck. Sherri Wray, 48, was taken to University Health with serious injuries. Authorities say she died Wednesday night. Allen Wray was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on Monday and charged with aggravated second degree battery and reckless operation. On Thursday, his charges were upgraded to include manslaughter.
Mardi Gras Festival
The Main Street Mardi Gras Festival will be held on Saturday, February 14,2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Third Street in historic downtown Leesville. This will be the same day as the Vernon Parish Mardi Gras parade, which will roll at 2pm. The festival will feature crafts, food, entertainment and more. If you would like to be a craft or food vendor, call or message 337-423-5126 for more information.
The 30th annual Beauregard Parish Honor Bands concert will be presented Friday, Feb. 13th at the DeRidder High School auditorium at 7pm. A special composition arranged by Dr. Quincy Hilliard will be premiered, commemorating the event. Past honor bands members are encouraged to attend. The community is invited to this free concert featuring outstanding junior high and senior high band students from Beauregard Parish schools.
The City of Leesville will pay a monthly stipend to the Ward One City Marchal's Office to help the agency recover from a deficit. The Leesville City Council agreed Monday to pay $1,500 monthly to the office for a year, to be reviewed each month. The Vernon Parish Police Jury also recently approved a similar measure. Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said the city and parish are mandated by state law to assist in times of deficit.
Three higher education websites have recognized Northwestern State University's online bachelor's programs in criminal justice and psychology and graduate programs for their affordability. The university's online bachelor's degree in criminal justice ranked as the most affordable in country by nonprofitcollegesonline.com. NSU led the "Students Before Profits Award" rankings with a four cost of more than $3,300 less than the second ranked insitution.
Water officials with the Many City Water Department say the entire town of Many is without water because of a water main break. Officials say the city could be without water as long as 4 hours or more depending on how long it takes to repair the main. Once the water is flowing again, City of Many will be under a boil advisory.
Pleasant Hill Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30,2015. You may register your child at Plesant Hill High School on Friday, February 13th between the hours of 8:30am and 12:00pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 318-256-6143 for more information.
February 11,2015, Wednesday
Zwolle Dixie Youth will hold their final registration on Friday, February 13th at Zwolle High School starting at 3:30 until 6:00PM.
DeRidder City Meeting
DeRidder City Council woman Kimaron Moore will host her first District 1 meeting on February 10,2015 at 6:00pm. The event will be held at Norris Memorial Church. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 462-8900 and ask for Kerri.
The Rapides Foundation has released its new Workforce Opportunity Grant under its Economic Development Initative. The funding opportunity supports training and education for above-median income occupations for which there is demonstrated, unmet employer demand in the nine-parish area served by the Foundation. The grant is designed to promote partnerships between Central Louisiana businessess and accredited public, nonprofit post-secondary institutions from throughout the state.
February 10,2015, Tuesday
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a Sabine Parish man on felony drug and traffic charges according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. On Friday evening deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division and Natchitoches Police Department stopped a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck on Keyser Avenue in Natchitoches after an off-duty NPSO Sheriff's Reserve Deputy observed the vehicle traveling on La. HWY 6 West and in the city of Natchitoches in a reckless manner. Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Nicholas Lamar Johnson, of Zwolle, LA. A standardized field sobriety test was issued in which Johnson did not perform satisfactorily. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
February 10,2015, Tuesday
Second Degree Murder
Another arrest has been made in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday night of a Sabine Parish teenager. According to Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil, 24-year-old Porsha A. Aldredge of Many was booked Monday into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on a charge of accessory after the fact of second degree murder. Dewil says Aldredge transported the 16-year-old accused of shooting the teen from Many to Natchitoches to help him evade arrest on the night of the shooting.
February 10,2015, Tuesday
Sabine Parish Shooting
A 16-year-old had been arrested and charged in conncection with the fatal shooting of another 16-year-old in Sabine Parish Sunday night. It happened around 6:20pm at the Apollo Apartments off of Middle Creek Rd., just outside of Many city limits. According to Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil, the teen had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at Sabine Medical Center. Dewil also confirms that a 16-year-old suspect was arrested Monday in Natchitoches Parish on a warrant out of Sabine Parish on a charge of second degree murder. According to the Many Police Department, preliminary reports suggest that the shooting stemmed from some sort of argument that happened at the apartment complex. Authorities say they can't release the names of the suspect arrested or the victim at this time because both are juveniles.
Great East Texas Outdoors
The Great East Texas Outdoors 2015 Festival is here March 6th 12-5pm and March 7th 9am-5pm at the Sabine County Rodeo Arena! There will be live music entertainment food and lots of fun. Charlie Robison will be in concert March 7th Gate opens at 6pm. There will be vendors, silent and live auctions, a beer garden, kiddie area with a kid's fishing tank. Raffle prizes include a pontoon boat, 10 rifles, yeti coolers, rods and reels, hunting gear, fishing gear and camping gear. You can purchase tickets online at GETOUTDOORSFEST.COM
Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds all Louisianians eligible to vote in the Special Primary Election on Saturday, February 21st that early voting starts tomorrow. Early voting beings Saturday, February 7th and continues through Saturday, February 14th from 8:30am to 6pm daily excluding Sunday, February 8th. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations visit http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx
February 9,2015, Monday
Investigators from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office are stringing together the events leading to a fire that destroyed a Natalbany home and claimed the life of a woman. Shortly after 2:00am, firefighters responded to a report of a residential fire at 46485 Durbin Road. Upon their arrival, firefighters were met by a Tangipahoa Sheriff's deputy who advised them that while four occupants had managed to escape the blaze, one person was belived to be trapped inside. After entering the structure, firefighters located and removed Yolanda Dyson, 39, who was found near a window in her bedroom. Despite the efforts of first responders and paramedics, Dyson was later pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the survivors were also treated for minor injuries. Investigators have attributed the cause of the fire to the electric space heater. While the home was equipped with smoke alarms, they were not functioning at the time of the fire.
It wasn't tough to pick Monday night's 6:30 matchup between Southland Conference basketball stalwrts Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin as "Pack Prather Night" at NSU. The NSU-SFA rivalry always keeps ticket-takers busy. With free food, prizes and festivities adding to the allure of the latest battle between the Southland heavyweights, there's a good chance to reach or surpass, the 3,400 capacity listed for NSU's venerable Prather Coliseum. NSU (12-9 overall, 7-3 in the Southland) is No. 2 nationally in scoring 84.7 points per game. SFA leads the country with 31 straight conference regular-season conference wins.
Ringtail Classic Bench Show and Jackpot Coon Hunt at Rebel State Historic site is set for Saturday, March 21,2015. The Bench Show will start at 5pm the entry fee will be $10 with a 50% pay back for each Best of Show Male and Best of Show Female. The Jackpot Coon Hunt will start at 6pm entry fee is set at $20 with a 100% pay back for 1st through 3rd places. It is a open event, UKC rules and regulations will be followed. Don't miss the 6pm Bluegrass Concert, concessions will be available, no alcohol, firearms or unprescribed drugs will be allowed. For more information call 318-472-6255 or 888-677-3600.
Around 100 positions have been eliminated at state parks and historic sites due to mid-year budget cuts, according to Dwight Landreneau, Assistant Secretary of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Landreneau said the park system must find $1.5 million to trim from its coffers. In an e-mail to the West Central News Center on Thursday, he said cuts were "strategically to avoid closure of recreational parks." Landreneau wrote that Hodges Gardens State Park is "not scheduled for closure this fiscal year." "Our situation will be reassessed next fiscal year once the 2015-2016 budget is finalized," Landreneau wrote.
February 6,2015, Monday
A joint investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of a Sabine Parish man in connection with several residential burglaries in Natchitoches and Sabine Parish according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. The investigation began on Tuesday afternoon January 27th at approximately 1:00pm, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a reported residential burglary in the 7300 block of La. Hwy 6-West near Robeline, LA. As the investigation progressed, NPSO Detectives learned the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office were working residential burglaries in Sabine Parish with several weapons also being stolen. Detectives working together and with information provided by the homeowner were able to identify a suspect vehicle as a gray 2003 Hyundai Elantra operated by Zachery Skinner of Zwolle, LA.
The Giving Tree
Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present "The Giving Tree" on February 19th and 22nd in the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Auditorium. Performance time is at 7:30 pm on February 19-21 and at 2pm February 22nd. Reservations are not required. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 or seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under. NSU, LSMSAA and BPCC students will be admitted free with a current student ID. Tickets can be purchased online at theatre.nsula.edu. For more information, contact Jane Norman at 318-357-4483 or e-mail email@example.com.
February 6,2015, Friday
Northwestern State University's rowing team had several strong finishes at their opening meet of the season at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Devin Metoyer of Melrose had the top individual race, finishing second in the collegiate lightweight men's category closely follows by Jon LaCour of Ball in fourth. Holly Smith of Baton Rouge, was fourth in collegiate novice women while Ashlyn Vitte of Arnaudville was ninth and Alyssa Akers of Spring, Texas was 15th. In collegiate lightweight women, Karensa Bray of Shreveport was sixth and Kayla Ashford of Baton Rouge was 11th. In other individual categories, Nicole Plunkett of Natchitoches was fourth in collegiate coxswain women, Jami LeBlanc of Jennings was fifth in collegiate open women, Anthony Hunter of Morgan City was 10th in collegiate open men. The collegiate team relay squad consisting of Smith, Vitte, Bray, LeBlanc, Metoyer, LaCour, Hunter, and Dontavious Chambers of Shreveport was third.
February 5,2015, Thursday
A historic building in downtown DeRidder was severly burned on Sunday, and fire officials believe "human intervention" may have been involved. Firefighters had the blaze at the Sauter Building under control within an hour, but the building's roof collapsed and walls were knocked down. The building was vacant at the time of the fire, and no one was injured. DeRidder Fire Chief Kenneth Harlow said that the fire is being investigated by his department, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office and DeRidder Police. Harlow said that although they are not saying arson was involved, investigators are seeking any information the public could provide regarding the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 337-462-8918.
The Impromptu Players
The Impromptu Players in DeRidder present two Seussi-fantastical weekends February 27-28, March1, and March 6-8. Imagine the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and the citizens of the Jungle of Nool and Whoville all meeting on one stage for a colorful, zany, unforgettable evening of rhymes, songs, and antics. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. Call 337-462-2751 for reservations and tickets.
Gas Prices Increase
Drivers nationwide are experiencing their first increase in gasoline pump prices in 18 weeks, the U.S Energy Information Administration reported today, ending what may have been the longest consecutive streak of weeks for sliding gas prices in 20 years. EIA, which surveys gasoline prices each Monday, said the 17 consecutive weeks of declining prices marked the longest decline since EIA weekly surveys taken over a period of 24 weeks in 1995. Prices rose nationally to $2.068 per gallon Monday, the survey suggested, up from $2.044 on Jan. 26th. The Jan. 19th survey listed prices at $2.066.Consumers should prepare for an upturn in pump prices that are linked to seasonal turns. For example, Louisiana refineries generally shut down at mid-winter to adjust their plants for producing a summer grade gasoline that burns cleaner and is less volatile and more expensive to refine.
The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will present its first concert of 2015 on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30pm in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student ID. Douglas Bakenhus is musical director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds everyone that qualifying begins for the Spring Municipal Elections on Wednesday, February 4th and runs through Friday, February 6th until 4:30pm daily. All candidates for local municipal races will qualify with their local clerk of court or the parish they are registered to vote in for multi-parish races. Spring Municipal Primary Elections will be held on Saturday, March 28th.
February 4,2015, Wednesday
Accused of Murder
A bond has been set for the woman accused of killing victoria Marie Perez and her unborn child in 2011. Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom said bond for Pamela Causey-Fregia was set at $780,000 on Monday. Authorities with the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office believe a pregnant Oakdale woman was killed in 2011 by a woman as part of her plot to take the baby and raise it as her own.
February 3,2015, Tuesday
Destroyed by Fire
An historic building in downtown DeRidder was destroyed by fire on Sunday evening. The building, known as the old Sartor building, on First Street near the Beauregard Parish Courthouse, was over 100 years old. It sat beside DeRidder's Serenity Park, a city-owned pocket park, and across the street from Cecil's restaurant. Firefighters said the blaze started around 5pm. DeRidder and Beauregard area firefighters responded. The fire was contained to the area. The building was unoccupied and had been up for lease. On Monday morning, officials with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office confirmed they are assisting with the investigation to determine the fire's cause.
February 3,2015, Tuesday
Rapides Parish Educator Arrested
A Rapides Parish teacher has been arrested for ciminal sexual conduct. 28 year old Donald Parker III was arrested on February 2,2015. Detectives made contact with Parker III at the Criminal Investigation Division where he was informed of the warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Bond was set at $327,000. Detectives say the investigation is still ongoing. His charges include: 1 count computer aided solicitation of Minor, 1 count pornography involving juveniles, 1 count indecent behavior with juveniles, 1 count criminal conspiracy, 2 counts obstruction of justice, and 3 counts intimidating a witness.
February 3,2015, Tuesday
DeSoto Judge Threatened
A bomb squad has given the all-clear to the DeSoto Parish Courthouse, judicial offices in the annex and a district judge's residence after a threat was phoned in early Monday to the DeSoto Parish sheriff's office. Barksdale Air Force Base's 2nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog section responded with three bomb-sniffing dogs to search the properties. Parts of a residential street and downtown Mansfield around the courthouse were blocked to traffic during the searches that ended in early afternoon. "Nothing was found," Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs said. The investigation into who made the call continues through a joint investigation of Mansfield police, DeSoto sheriff's investigators and the U.S. marshal's office. Two anonymous calls were placed to the sheriff's office dispatch around 3:30am threatening District Judge Robert Brugess with bodily harm and to blow up his house, Hobbs said. Additionally, retired sheriff's Lt. Robert Davidson also received anonymous threats on his cell phone around the same time. The situation is still under investigation.
February 3,2015, Tuesday
Concealed Carry Class
Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Louisiana Concealed Carry Class Saturday, February 7th. The class is for those age 21 or older who want to obtain a Louisiana concealed handgun permit. The course will be from 8am until 6pm in South Hall on the Northwestern State campus and at the Natchitoches Shooting Range. The cost is $110 plus a range fee. Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Billiot will teach the class. For more information call 318-357-5682, 800-376-2422
February 2,2015, Monday
A Winn Parish man died Friday afternoon from injuries sustained during a fall at the International Paper Red River Mill near campti. On Friday morning according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr., at approximately 11:00am, the NPSO 911 Center received a call from International Paper Mill near Campti, LA. reporting that a worker had fallen approximately 15 feet requesting assistance. Deputies along with EMS Paramedics arrived on the scene to assist International Paper First Responders learning that Phillip Whitehead, 57, of Winnfield, LA, had suffered serious injuries after falling. Mr. Whitehead was transported from the scene by Natchitoches EMS Paramedics to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and airlifted to University Health, Shreveport, LA. On Friday evening, the Natchitoches Parish Coroner's Office notified the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office that Mr. Whitehead had died from his injuries at University Health. The cause of the accident will be investigated by International Paper Officials.
February 2,2015, Monday
The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office says the remains of Victoria Perez, the missing pregnant Lecompte woman who disappeared in 2011, have been found. The woman investigators arrested earlier this week in her disappearance, has now been charged with both Perez and her unborn baby's murder. Now, investigators in Allen Parish are finally piecing the plot together. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office says they have uncovered the remains of 22-year-old Victoria Perez, the 8 months pregnant Lecompte woman who disappeared in 2011 after a doctors appointment at Rapides Regional Medical Center. They say her bones were found in the front yard of the woman arrested earlier this week for her disappearance. "Thursday afternoon, a backhoe was brought out and on the third scoop in an area we were originally told the body was burned, we found numerous bones," Said Sheriff Hebert. The Sheriff says it was Pamela Causey-Fregia's own minor children who reported to police on Tuesday that their mother has killed Perez. Investigators say around 2010, Pamela Causey-Fregia's husband left her and moved to Texas. She concocted a story that she was pregnant, even sending him fake sonogram photos, in an effort to win him back, He didn't believe her. In March 2011, when she would have been nearing the ninth month of her supposed pregnancy, she traveled to Rapides Women and Children's with her youngest daughter looking to a child. She found Perez, who was 8 months pregnant. She knew her to be from Oakdale and she lured her to a residence in Oakdale under the promise of giving her baby clothes. That's when they say Causey-Fregia killed her using blunt force. The sheriff says after Causey-Fergia killes Perez, she brought her back to her own home, burned her for several days in the woods and then buried her on her own property. Pamela Causey-Fregia is expected to have her first court appearance Monday. Meanwhile, her children have been placed in state care.
February 2,2015, Monday
C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center
More than two years after the area was shocked by the abrupt closure of the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center, the prison facility located outside of DeQuincy in Beauregard Parish has received new life. Beauregard Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses announced on Tuesday that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office has entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana Department of Corrections to utilize Phelps for a transitional work release program for nonviolent offenders. Phelps officially reopened with an estimated 101 inmates transferred there on Monday. Moses said the program, managed by Louisiana Workforce LLC, will create 45 to 50 jobs when the facility is fully staffed.
January 29,2015, Tuesday
A former Sabine Parish teacher's aide was arrested this week accused of having sex with a student. Authorities say 36-year-old Renee Jones was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on Tuesday. Jones is charged with prohibited sexual contact between an educator and student. Authorities haven't released many details surrounding Jones' arrest but say that the incident reportedly happened while Jones was employed with Sabine Parish Schoolds. Sabine Parish Detention Center Warden Joe Dewil Jr. says Jones was released on a $1,500 bond.
January 29,2015, Tuesday
Campti Man Arrested
A Campti man is facing charges cruelty to the infirm after deputies say the man used a belt to whip his 82-year-old grandmother. Just after noon on Wednesday, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a home in the 200 block of Lake Drive in Campti on reports of a battery. When deputies arrived, a female victim reportedly told them that her boyfriend, 35-year-old Rodney Davis, struck her in the eye causing a bruise on Monday and then again struck her again Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were told that the victim and boyfriend lived with his grandmother. During their investigation,deputies also say they learned that Davis allegedly would use a belt to whip both the victim and his 82-year-old grandmother on several occasions. Deputies arrested Davis and charged him with domestic abuse battery and cruelty to the infirm. Davis remains in the Natchitoches Parish Dentention Center.
January 29,2015, Thursday
Northwestern State University is offering the GRE online beginning in February. Prospective graduate students wishing to take the online version of the GRE can take the test at NSU on Feb. 6th, March 13th and 28th, April 17th, May 15th and 29th, or June 5th and 19th.