BDC Area News

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse.

July 17, 2018 Tuesday

Former Red River Parish Administrator Paid Herself an Extra $17, 112, Audit Alleges

A legislative audit reportedly has uncovered that a former administrator for Red River Parish Communications District paid herself an additional $17,112 over 19 months. Jennifer Mahfouz gave herself an additional 10 paychecks, the audit alleges. She was responsible for overseeing 911 operations, as well as paying bills, issuing paychecks and entering transactions into the electronic accounting system. The audit also unearthed that Mahfouz "consistently issued herself paychecks before to the end of the district's pay periods and appears to have altered the district's electronic accounting records to conceal her actions." "One of the things we wanted to do was get them to talk to their legal counsel to figure out what actions they needed to make sure these types of situations don't occur in the future," said Roger Harris, director of investigative audit for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office. "Also, whether or not they can go about recovering the money they actually paid out to the administrator that they shouldn't have done." According to Harris, the additional paychecks Mahfouz paid out to herself did come from public funds. "We also want them to develop to policies and procedures to make sure there's some kind of segregation of accounting functions," said Harris. Harris said Mahfouz was the only employee working for the Red River Parish Communications District. "There's a board that oversees what she does, but I don't think they were focusing on that particular point at that time," said Harris. Julie Jones, district attorney for Red River Parish, discussed what's next for the case. "The attorney general's office is going to help me further the investigation, or help by furthering the investigation into criminal matter," said Jones. "Once their investigation is finished, the office will proceed accordingly." According to the audit, Mahfouz was fired from her position on April 8, 2018.

July 17, 2018 Tuesday

American Dream Inn Owner Reacts to 'Suspicious' Fire


Fire investigators in Longview now consider a motel to be "suspicious". Firefighters got the call around 6 am on July 13 that someone could see flames inside the American Dream Inn on East Marshall Avenue. Greg Jones has only owned the property that the inn sits on for two weeks; now one of the units is nothing but burned debris. "We bought it, it was vacated right before we purchased it, and upon purchasing it, we gated it off for construction, potentially demolition,” says Jones. Jones says the idea was to bring new life to an area of Highway 259 that's become run down in recent years. Being so close to I-20, he says it's a major corridor for commercial business and logistics. "We have interest down the road,” says Jones. “A couple of duplexes down the road that were completed two years ago, and we'd like to see more development and more gentrification in this area." Jones says now his plans could be put on pause, while an investigation into what caused the fire gets underway. He adds that no matter what caused it, he's leaving the matter to the proper authority. "There had been some folks who lived here for years, even though it's a motel, and there has been some interest from some of those people walking around,” says Jones. “I guess this is home to them, but I don't have any reason to place any blame in that regard, at this point I'm going to leave it to the fire chief." The building was empty at the time, and no one was hurt. Jones says he's still deciding what will become of the property.

July 16, 2018 Monday

3 Die in Early Morning Fire in Natchitoches Parish

Three people lost their lives in an early morning fire on Saturday morning. The call to Natchitoches Fire District #3 came in around 3:45 a.m. to the 1800 block of Clark road near Clarence, according to a Facebook post from the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal. Investigators found the bodies of an adult male, adult female and one juvenile. Officials with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office have not released the names of the victims at this time. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #3 and the Natchitoches Parish Coroners Office are assisting the State Fire Marshal's Office.Further information will come from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

July 16, 2018 Monday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Therefore, as a precaution, the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Hwy 120 in Robeline, starting at Shamrock Road to Hwy 1221 in Marthaville and all surrounding roads.

July 16, 2018 Monday

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak Has Spread to 100 Cases CDC Says

A Salmonella outbreak affecting Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has spread to 33 states and resulted in 100 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since a recall began on June 14, 27 more people in 19 states have been affected, including new illnesses in Florida and Colorado. The agency recommends “people not eat and retailers not sell any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.” It clarifies even “regardless of package size or best-by date” the cereal should be thrown away and not eaten. The CDC reports 30 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, and an investigation is ongoing. People as young as fewer than one year old and as old as 95 have fallen ill. Most of the confirmed cases have been in the northeast, with New York the most affected state. However other cases have been confirmed throughout the U.S. No deaths have been reported.

July 13, 2018 Friday

Two Women Killed in Wrong-Way Crash, Man and Officer Injured

Two women were killed and two others were injured in a crash on Interstate 49 late Thursday night, according to Shreveport police. Corporal Angie Willhite told KSLA News 12 that the driver of an SUV was traveling north in the southbound lane of I-49 between the King and Hollywood exits just after 11:30 p.m. The vehicle collided with a pickup truck. An off-duty Shreveport police officer then struck the truck. The driver and passenger of the SUV both died in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Willhite said he is now listed in critical condition. The Shreveport police officer suffered minor injuries and was just getting off a shift in which he worked to find a missing 6-year-old child. The crash is under investigation. No names have been released.

July 13, 2018 Friday

2018 Names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season list of names includes several that might sound familiar, along with one new name.

Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm name lists repeat every six years, unless one is so destructive and/or deadly that a committee of the World Meteorological Organization votes to retire that name from future lists.

This avoids the use of, say, Katrina, Sandy or Maria to describe a future weak, open-ocean tropical storm.

In 2018, Sara replaces 2012's Sandy. Four names were retired from future use after the 2017 hurricane season.

Here are some other notables from the 2018 list:

Alberto

Beryl

  • In 2012, Beryl narrowly missed becoming a hurricane when it struck northern Florida and southern Georgia on Memorial Day weekend.

Chris

  • In 2012, Category 1 Hurricane Chris was the northernmost June Atlantic tropical cyclone to become a hurricane on record, at 39.4 degrees north latitude – roughly the same latitude as Philadelphia.

Debby

  • The last version of Debby in 2012 was a lollygagging tropical storm in the northern Gulf of Mexico that brought up to 28 inches of rain to northern Florida and a combination of heavy rain and storm surge flooding to the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area.

Gordon

  • In 1994, Tropical Storm Gordon unleashed heavy rain for days over Haiti. The ensuing flooding and mudslides claimed 1,122 lives, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Isaac

  • In 2012, Hurricane Isaac slogged through the northern Gulf Coast, causing an estimated $2.8 billion (2017 dollars) in damage. Storm tides up to 17 feet above ground level swamped Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and significant surge flooding also swamped the Mississippi Gulf Coast and unprotected areas of Slidell and LaPlace, Louisiana.

Nadine

  • The last iteration of Nadine was one of the most bizarre paths of any tropical storm or hurricane.
  • Nadine's meandering three-week-plus odyssey in September and early October 2012 affected the Azores not once, but twice. Nadine strengthened to a hurricane three different times.
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  • July 13, 2018 Friday

Man Faces Jail for Pawning Guns


A Sabine Parish man faces up to 10 years in prison for pawning guns he is prohibited from having. Joseph Seth Rivers, 35, of Converse, also could be fined $250,000 and ordered to serve three years of federal supervised release once he is released from prison, the U.S. attorney's office reports. Rivers is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court in Shreveport. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In 2009, Rivers was convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm. And on Aug. 20, 2016, he pawned a .270-caliber Remington Model 700 rifle, a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver, a 22LR Ruger Model 10-22 rifle and a 16-gauge Browning Model BPS shotgun. Rivers had to present his driver's license when he pawned the firearms. Staffers at the pawn shop in Many gave a copy of it to investigators.

July 12, 2018 Thursday

Authorities Have Warning For Anyone Aiding Murder Suspect

Detectives say they have spoken with a murder suspect's family members. And authorities are reminding people that anyone who helps 26-year-old Quincy Dewayne "Flame" Nash, of Natchitoches, could face arrest themselves. Nash is suspected of fatally shooting 32-year-old Brian Keith Williams Jr., of Natchitoches, the evening of June 4. Authorities say Nash should be considered armed and dangerous. He stands 5',6" tall, weighs 140 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in the 900 block of Dixie Street in Natchitoches. Nash's criminal history includes weapons violations, authorities said. Detectives warn anyone who sees Nash to avoid approaching him. Instead, call 911, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 352-6432 or your local law enforcement agency.

July 12, 2018 Thursday

Chris Now a Category 2 Hurricane

With the tropical Atlantic still quite active early in the season, neither Chris nor the remnants of Beryl pose any threat to the Gulf of Mexico. The remnants of Beryl continue to produce heavy rain over parts of the Bahamas as the remnant low gets torn apart by land, therefore any reorganization into a tropical storm or hurricane isn’t likely in the short term. Later in the week, the remnants will drift northward back out over the open waters of the Atlantic and this could allow for some redevelopment, with the National Hurricane Center giving the future of Beryl a 50% chance of reforming over the next five days. Chris became a hurricane Tuesday afternoon, and continued strengthening to a category 2 hurricane during the evening. Winds are now up to 105 mph, and the storm is quickly moving to the northeast at 22 mph, over 300 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The track of Chris continues to keep it well offshore as it continues to accelerate toward the northeast and will be in the north Atlantic by the weekend. At this time there is no tropical development likely in the Gulf over at least the next five days.

July 11, 2018 Wednesday

6-Year-Old Boy Killed in Major Crash on US-69 in Hardin County

 At approximately 4:30 PM Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on US 69 in Hardin County. The crash occurred in the Village Mills community. Preliminary reports indicate that a 2003 Lexus passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on US 69.  A Ryder truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling northbound on US 69.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Lexus crossed the center median, traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by the 18-wheeler.  The impact of the collision caused the Lexus to rollover several times before coming to rest in the ditch. The driver of the Lexus, 37-year-old Jason Abernathy of Woodville, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. Abernathy remains hospitalized.   The passenger of the Lexus, a 6-year-old boy from Woodville, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace TJ Hall at the scene.  The child’s name will not be released.  Abernathy was the deceased child’s father. The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 43-year-old male from Longview, did not appear to be injured, but was taken to a local hospital for observation. At this time, alternate northbound and southbound traffic lanes on US 69 are being utilized while crash debris is being removed from the roadway.  Drivers are urged to use caution while traveling in the area. There are no further details to be released as Troopers continue to investigate this fatal crash.

July 11, 2018 Wednesday

Shooting Sends Man to Hospital with Life-Threatening Injuries


Shreveport police are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital early Wednesday morning. It happened just after 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Pierremont Road in the parking lot of Towne Oak Square, next to the Sprint store.  Police say several witnesses heard multiple gunshots but did not see the shooter. A short time later a man was found lying next to a gray 2005 Mazda with at least three gunshot wounds in his legs and side, according to police. The man was taken to a Shreveport hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries.  Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.  No arrests have been made. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shreveport police or Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

July 11, 2018 Wednesday

ETX Police Investigating After 10-Year-Old Electrocuted


A 10-year-old East Texas girl died tragically over the weekend. Now police and AEP/SWEPCO crews are trying to determine how she apparently was electrocuted Saturday afternoon. It happened as Greenlee Marie was trying to rescue her kittens from behind a clothes dryer in her home on U.S. Highway 82, the child's parents said. "She loved her babies. And she would do anything for them," Shelby Roos said of her daughter and her kittens. "I know she is up there right now with all of her babies." Roos and Scott Hendrix said they plan to set up a fund in Greenlee Marie's name to which people can donate to help a local rescue care for orphaned animals. Investigators were back Monday at the home that Roos and Hendrix have been renting for about 15 months. Authorities have not yet said what they think was the cause of the electrocution. "It is too early right now to go ahead and place blame and responsibility until the investigation is over," New Boston Police Chief Gary McCrary said. The child's body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

July 10, 2018 Tuesday

ETX Man in Custody, Accused of Multi-State Crime Spree
 

An East Texas man is accused of going on a crime spree that started in Shelby County, Texas, and ended in southern Caddo Parish. Representatives of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office say 26-year-old Alvin Jerome Davis II, of Center, TX, is the man responsible. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Davis reportedly stole his parents' vehicle Sunday night. Based on information gathered during the investigation, police in Mansfield, LA, believe he committed a home invasion and assault in Center after stealing the vehicle. Davis is believed to have then traveled to Mansfield, where police allege he committed two home invasions starting around 11:40 p.m. Sunday. Davis stole items and no one was injured in the first home invasion, Mansfield Police Chief Garry Hobbs said. A short time later, Hobbs said, Davis reportedly went down the street to a home on Lake Road and restrained a female and committed battery. The woman was able to contact her father, who lived nearby, and he chased after Davis and rammed into and disabled his vehicle, authorities said.  Police then arrived and ran after Davis but lost him, according to Hobbs. Mansfield officers came into contact with Davis again about 4 a.m. Monday after he allegedly stole an 18-wheeler, authorities said. DeSoto sheriff's deputies and Louisiana state troopers helped with the ensuing pursuit.  Davis reportedly drove the big rig north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 49 with its headlights off while being chased. The law enforcement officers worked together to shut down the interstate. And state police used spike strips to try to disable the vehicle. The stolen 18-wheeler made it to Darrell Street at Shattalon Drive, where it got stuck in a dead-end just west of I-49 in south Shreveport, according to state police.Davis spent a half hour in the stolen truck, then officers used tear gas and other non-lethal tools to try to get him out, DeSoto Sheriff Jason Richardson said. Davis appeared to be under the influence of something and made no response, the sheriff said. Davis then reportedly got out of the truck on his own. Officers used a K-9 to take him into custody. Davis was taken to a Shreveport hospital for treatment.  He was booked into Caddo Correctional Center at 6:30 a.m. Monday on two counts of being an out-of-state fugitive and one count each of flight from an officer, resisting an officer by force, illegal possession of stolen things and being an in-state fugitive.

July 10, 2018 Tuesday

Center Police IDS Man Found Dead, Homicide Investigation Ongoing
After an unresponsive man was found behind a home on Sampson Street on Thursday, the Center Police Department is now investigating the incident as a homicide. Center police officers were dispatched out to a home on Sampson Street at about 10:23 a.m. Thursday to check out a report about an unresponsive man found lying in the backyard, according to a press release. When they got to the scene, they found Brakia Rashad Roland, 27, of Center, dead. "This case has been ruled a homicide and is still under investigation," the press release stated. Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Mike Crouch performed the inquest on Roland and ordered an autopsy be performed on his body. The body was taken to Tyler and the autopsy results are still pending, the press release stated. No arrests have been made in the case at this time.

July 9, 2018 Monday

Authorities Respond to House Fire in Ragley

Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a house fire in Ragley Sunday evening, according to Sheriff Ricky Moses. Sheriff Moses says the fire occurred at a residence on Trinity Lane while nobody was home. Beauregard Fire Department, Meadow Village Volunteer Fire Department, Broadlands VFD, Texas Eastern VFD, and Ragley VFD are also on the scene. A neighbor said they heard a loud lightning strike outside that shook their home. Upon going outside, they saw smoke coming from the house next door. It's suspected that lightning caused the fire, although the cause of the fire can not be confirmed at this time.

July 9, 2018 Monday

Driver's License? There's an App to Carry That In Louisiana

 Louisiana residents can now carry their driver's license on their smartphone. News outlets report a new phone app, created through a 2016 state law, offers a digital version of the Louisiana driver's license, allowing motorists an option aside from carrying a physical license. The smartphone app is called LA Wallet . Though the app is free to download, a $5.99 charge is required to activate the license. Once activated, LA Wallet enables cellphones to display an image of the physical driver's license. “Most people never leave home without their smartphone, and with this app they will never be without their driver's license,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement. The digital license is good for the life of the issuance. When the physical license expires, motorists will have to renew their license with the state Office of Motor Vehicles and buy a new digital license. LA Wallet was designed by the state police and the Office of Motor Vehicles. It was developed by Envoc, a Louisiana-based software development firm. OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain said safety measures have been built into the digital license app. The safety of the app has been tested with all industry-standard security measures, and with pin number protection, it is protected from anyone using a user's license information,” she said. St. Germain said if a user's phone is lost or stolen, the motorist can log into an online portal to unlink license information from the mobile device. St. Germain said the app does not track the user's location.The legislation calling for a digital driver's license was sponsored by state Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat.

July 9, 2018 Monday

Sheriff: Man Threatens Neighbor After Breaking Down Door With Machete

A Nacogdoches man has been arrested after deputies say he broke into his neighbor's house with a dangerous weapon. Marcus Rodrigues, 41, was arrested after his neighbor called saying Rodrigues had made forced entry into his home with a machete in his hand. After receiving the call at 6:40 a.m., deputies arrived at the residence to find the door with clear signs of forced entry.  The suspect then had allegedly confronted the homeowner inside the residence, deputies say, and started making "aggressive comments" toward them. The suspect then left and went to his own home nearby before deputies arrived.  Deputies went to the  man's home, but he would not come out when they contacted him.  Deputies finally made forced entry into the home. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail.  Sheriff Jason Bridges said poor mental health is being considered for the cause of this home invasion. "We attempted to call him and we attempted to call him on the pa system," Bridges said. "He would never respond, so in retrospect we were dealing with a barricaded suspect inside the house that we knew was armed with at least a machete. We made a decision to make entry in the house because we felt that he was still a threat to the community. Fortunately we were able to take him into custody without anybody getting hurt."  Bridges stated that Rodrigues would be evaluated at the county jail. Rodrigues has been charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, a first degree felony. No bond has been set at this time.

July 6, 2018 Friday

Louisiana State Police Release Update on May 29th Vernon Parish Crash That Killed Pedestrian

After a very thorough and comprehensive investigation into the crash that killed Sherell L. Lewis Jr. on May 29, 2018, the following information has been obtained through numerous investigative techniques: Martin was operating his vehicle at the posted speed limit of 55 mph, prior to the crash, and decreased his speed as he approached Lewis Jr.’s location in the roadway; As Martin was nearing the scene, he switched his vehicle from the right lane to the left lane. As Lewis Jr. entered the right lane, he altered his direction of travel and began walking back towards the grass median. This action placed him in the direct path of the 2003 Chevrolet pickup; Injuries Lewis Jr. sustained and the front bumper damage to the Chevrolet helped to confirm the direction Lewis Jr. was walking when the collision occurred; Martin’s cell phone was examined by Louisiana State Police Forensics Investigators. It was concluded that he was not on his phone during the crash.

July 6, 2018 Friday

Sabine Parish School Board Meeting

Sabine Parish School board will hold a public hearing July 9, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. at The Sabine Parish School Board  Board Room. This meeting will be conducted in regard to the Adoption of the 2018-2019 General and Special Revenue Fund Budgets .

July 6, 2018 Friday

Crimestoppers Offering $5000 Reward for Info About Sabine Homicide

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a homicide that happened on June 18 in Sabine Parish.  The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Lynnquithis Lee January was killed at the Apollo Apartment Complex in Many, LA shortly after 10:30 p.m. while sitting in a breezeway. January was reportedly shot multiple times in the face and body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies believe the person responsible arrived at and left the complex on foot. They are described as a man with a thin build who was wearing a dark-colored hoodie. He was reportedly seen by several people who were in the area.  Deputies say any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be helpful in leading to the arrest of the gunman. Information should be given to Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 and callers will be provided a code number. Anyone with any information can also call the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department at 318-256-9241.

July 5, 2018 Thursday

SUV Hits Pedestrian


A man is fighting for his life after an SUV struck him in north Shreveport Tuesday night. It happened at 9:33 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Market Street near the Aero Drive intersection, according to SPD spokeswoman Angie Willhite. Police say they initially got a call about a man, who was only wearing black shorts, standing in the street. They then got a follow-up call that the man had been hit by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was detained and taken in for testing, according to Willhite.  The victim was taken to a Shreveport hospital with life-threatening injuries in what police described as extremely critical condition.

July 5, 2018 Thursday

DeRidder's First Female Mayor, Misty Clanton, Sworn In

Misty Clanton won the DeRidder mayoral election in March, and now that she's sworn in, she's excited to make a lasting impact on her daughter's future. "We have made history being the first woman mayor, so I'm just really excited. Being the mom of a daughter, it's been something she's really proud of. So I'm just really excited to have paved that path for her," Clanton said. Some of the main goals she wants to accomplish in the next year revolve around bettering the city for future generations. "I've been working with the city for the past nine years, so just continuing on, continuing the progress we've been making," Clanton said. "I'm looking forward to creating jobs, bringing industry here, making sure that our children can come back here and have great jobs, good paying jobs so they can raise a family here. We have a great city." Those who have been watching this process are already looking forward to what she's going to do in office. "We've had great mayors before her, but this is like, historical, we have a woman mayor. She's going to do a wonderful job," Sylvia Hoggard, DeRidder resident said. Before she was even sworn in, Hoggard shared a heart-warming moment in the crowd with Clanton, where she shared her pride.  "I was telling her how proud I am of her," Hoggard said. Seven city council members were also sworn in at the ceremony. Those members included:

  • Vincent LaBue, Councilman at Large 
  • Michael D. Harris, Councilman at Large
  • Kimaron Haynes- Moore, District 1
  • Julian "PeeWee" Williams, District 2
  • Gordon Jenkins, District 3
  • Randy Larken, District 4 
  • Keith Hooper, District 5 

July 3, 2018 Tuesday

Multiple Agencies Investigating Armed Bank Robbery in Tyler County

The FBI is investigating an aggravated robbery where officials said three men threatened Tyler County bank employees with handguns. According to a press release, employees of the Texas State Bank in Chester called 911 just after 2:00 PM Monday reporting an armed robbery had just occurred. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said deputies arrived on the scene within minutes and began processing information and evidence.   “Bank personnel advised three male subjects entered the bank wearing dark clothing, masks, and brandishing handguns,”  weatherford said. “Information obtained immediately upon arrival led to a vehicle description of a black car, which witnesses describe as being occupied by subjects matching the description.” Numerous agencies including Tyler County Constable Pct. 2, Woodville Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Corrigan Police Department, and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Police assisted in searching the area for suspects matching the description.  “Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrived shortly after and assisted in the retrieval of evidence,” Weatherford said. “The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.” Anyone with information on the aggravated robbery should contact the Tyler County Sheriff’s office at (409) 283-2172.

July 3, 2018 Tuesday

Caddo Coroner Identifies Man Who Died When Truck Wrecked


Authorities have identified the man who died in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Caddo Parish. The Caddo coroner's office says he is 35-year-old Otis Miller, of Vivian. Caddo 911 dispatch records show it happened at 9:57 p.m. Sunday southeast of Vivian. The wreck involving a truck was in the 9700 block of Louisiana Highway 170.  Miller was pronounced dead at the scene between South Pardue Street and Mount Gilead Road. Caddo Fire District 8 sent three EMS units to that location. Three Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office units also responded.

July 3, 2018 Tuesday

One Man Confirmed Dead After Drowning At Lake Sam Rayburn


A Lumberton man's body has been recovered by game wardens and Jasper County Sheriff's Office at Lake Sam Rayburn. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Justin Eddins said Jason Tampke, 40, was out on the lake with his family, when they went into the water. Game wardens responded to the call 8:30 p.m. Friday. Three to four hours later, authorities located Tampke's body in the Rayburn country area. Eddins said they used side scan sonar to help find Tampke. Both game wardens and Jasper County Sheriff's Office helped in the search. Eddins said he advises anyone heading to the waters to be prepared with life jackets and consume low levels of alcohol.

July 2, 2018 Monday

SPD Officers Shot at During Traffic Stop; Gunman On the Run

Detectives are looking a man who allegedly fired multiple shots toward Shreveport police officers. Two officers reportedly pulled over a grey Chevrolet Impala regarding an issue with temporary tags. That's when police say 20-year-old Isaiah J. Martin, of the 3000 block of Bibb Street in Shreveport, opened the car door and began shooting.  Officers returned fire. It was not immediately known whether the Martin was struck.  This happened just before 4 p.m. Saturday on Wallace Avenue near Hattie Perry Park in Shreveport's Caddo Heights neighborhood. No officer was wounded, and Martin ran off, police Cpl. Marcus Hines said. The driver, 18-year-old Nicholas Parks, was taken into custody and charged with no driver's license and flight.  Police are searching for Martin, who is wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. 

July 2, 2018 Monday

1 Dies When Truck Wrecks

One person died in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Caddo Parish, authorities say. Caddo 911 dispatch records show it happened at 9:57 p.m. southeast of Vivian. The wreck involving a truck was in the 9700 block of Louisiana Highway 170. That's between South Pardue Street and Mount Gilead Road. Caddo Fire District 8 sent three EMS units to that location. Three Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office units also responded. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

July 2, 2018 Monday

Beaumont Man Sought in Connection With Body Found on Side of I-10


Sheriff Tony Mancuso says a suspect has been identified in connection with the death of a man who was found dead on the side of I-10 Tuesday. The body of John Michael Deville Sr., 68, was found by state troopers next to his truck near the Ruth Street exit in Sulphur around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. Mancuso announced Thursday afternoon that Beaumont man Ronald Gene Mclain, 57, is wanted in connection with Deville's death. Mancuso said Mclain spent 30 years in prison for killing someone when he was 16 years old. In that case, Mclain was sentenced to 50 years in prison on a conviction of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Mclain should be considered armed and dangerous, Mancuso said. A warrant has been issued for second-degree murder, theft of a motor vehicle, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. When Deville was found, his cell phone was not at the scene, according to further information released by the Sheriff's Office. Detectives tracked the cell phone to a neighborhood on Pete Seay Road, which is about three miles from where Deville was found. Surveillance footage showed a man, allegedly Mclain, stealing a green Jeep from a home in the neighborhood later that morning. Mclain's fingerprints also linked him to two home burglaries in the area. Two guns were stolen during the burglaries. Detectives tracked the phone to Everday Gas Station in Beaumont, Texas, where Deville's phone was found in a trash can. Mclain was seen on surveillance video dumping the phone, entering the store and filling the Jeep up with gas. He was wearing the clothing seen on surveillance video during the home burglaries on Pete Seay Road. Footprints found near Deville's body matched shoes believed to have been worn by Mclain. Beaumont police officers surveilling an area based on the tracking of Deville's phone stopped a Volkswagen Passat. The juvenile boy driving the car, which was stolen out of Jefferson County, intentionally misidentified Mclain as Mclain's nephew.  Detectives interviewed Mclain's nephew, as well as others at residences in the area where the cell phone was tracked. Witnesses said Mclain drove the Passat to a casino in Louisiana. They also said he was seen driving the stolen Jeep and had Deville's phone and admitted to stealing both. Surveillance video from the casino showed the Passat leaving a short time after Deville's truck left. More people may be involved - either who helped him get away or where directly involved, Mancuso said.

June 29, 2018 Friday

Stolen SUV Found with Burned Seats in Cypress Black Bayou

An SUV stolen in Shreveport was recovered Thursday morning from Cypress Black Bayou at Parks Road in Bossier Parish. Robert Berry, executive director of Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District, confirmed that the vehicle was pulled from the Cypress Creek area south of the spillway. Bossier sheriff's deputies, alerted by a motorist about 9 a.m. Thursday, found the 2007 Dodge Nitro all but submerged. Just a portion of the top was above the water’s surface. After the vehicle was pulled to shore, authorities it to be empty. "Bossier crime scene investigators further processed the vehicle for any other clues or evidence as to what happened or if anyone had possibly been in the vehicle," sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis said. "They discovered the seats in the vehicle had apparently been burned." The SUV's owner later told investigators the last time he had seen his vehicle was Sunday at a job site in Shreveport. In a statement, Sheriff Julian Whittington thanks the motorist for promptly telling authorities about seeing the vehicle in the water. "What if that had just happened and someone was still in the vehicle in the water? What if the vehicle sunk even further where nothing was visible?"

June 29, 2018 Friday

62 Louisiana Arrests Announced in Child Predator Crackdown

Louisiana officials arrested 62 people accused of child pornography and child sexual abuse, in a statewide law enforcement effort between March and May. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office announced the arrests Wednesday at an event with federal, state and local agencies. The coordinated effort is known as Operation Broken Heart, part of a national investigative and prevention effort targeting child predators. Arrests around Louisiana included for possession, distribution and production of child pornography and other crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. While the number of arrests is a success, law enforcement says they're not even close to catching all of those preying on children. "We're up here saying we made 62 arrests through 'Operation Broken Heart', but we could have made a lot more if we had more law enforcement dedicated to this," said Corey Bourgeois, a Commander with Internet Crimes Against Children. Bourgeois says the child pornography activity online is only growing with the advancements in technology and the internet, and it’s taking a toll on those digging, searching and trying to put an end to the crime. "You're looking at child abuse images all-day long. That affects you. You’re going into these houses with kids getting raped and abused daily. It’s tough," Bourgeois said. "Mental health is a big issue right now with ICAC." Bourgeois says these officers are getting burnt out, blocking more suspects from being caught. But, parents can help. Law enforcement officials encourage parents to closely monitor their children's use of websites, social media, phone apps and other technology where they can be targeted by predators. Landry's office has posted an online pamphlet with information for parents and children about cyber safety.

June 29, 2018 Friday

Longville Firefighter Arrested for Arson

 The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested a volunteer firefighter after she confessed to setting three separate fires in Longville and Alexandria since last month. Kelly DeVille, 35, was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on June 25, on two counts of simple arson. DeVille had previously been booked in the Rapides Parish Jail by authorities in Alexandria for two counts of aggravated arson and one count of simple arson. On June 15, the Alexandria Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau contacted the State Fire Marshal's Office regarding an arrest they made in a hotel fire. The suspect, DeVille, was a non-active member of the Longville Volunteer Fire Department. Investigators learned DeVille lives 100 yards from two suspicious structure fires that occurred on the same day in May that are still under investigation. In those cases, a fire call was placed around 2 a.m. on May 21 to an abandoned mobile home on Dusty Lane in Longville. Investigators learned this was the third fire on this property in two days. The first was a mattress set on fire at the front of the property on May 19. The second was a truck bed camper, also located at the front of the property, a day later. A second call came just before Midnight on the 21st to an abandoned home, also on Dusty Lane. Both cases were ruled incendiary. In an interview with investigators on June 25, after initially denying involvement, DeVille confessed to intentionally setting both of those fires, as well as admitting to the Alexandria hotel fire. DeVille blamed her behavior on alcohol and drug impairment due to depression. This is the second volunteer firefighter from this department arrested this month. “It is so disheartening to hear of people entrusted by their communities to protect them, but instead, put their communities and fellow firefighters in danger with set fires like this,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning. “I know the majority of our state’s fire service, including the Longville Fire Department, is full of good people with goodwill. I hope cases like this don’t diminish the spirit of the true servants in fire departments across Louisiana, nor the faith their communities have in them.”

June 28, 2018 Thursday

Center Mayor: Dixie World Regional World Series Could Have Huge Economic Impact

Center will be hosting the Dixie Regional World Series July 20 to 30, and city officials are hoping that the event will bring up to 2,000 visitors to the town. “We are expecting 40 teams to participate in the World Series, and these teams are coming from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi,” Jason Mitchell, Center’s recreation director said in a press release. “ Because the city is anticipating that the teams will average about 12 players each, city officials estimate that will translate into almost 2,000 people if the players’ family members are factored in, the press release stated. The World Series will affect area retailers and hotels. “We expect this tournament will require at least 400 hotel rooms,” Mitchell said. “We have been told that teams are already booking hotels in Carthage and Nacogdoches.” Center Mayor David Chadwick said the tournament is a “great economic opportunity for the community.” According to the press release, each visitor will likely spend money in Center, and that money will be circulated several more times in town. “We could easily see a quarter of a million dollars of economic impact from the tournament weekend,” Chadwick said. “So, it is very important that our guests are encouraged to spend at locally owned businesses.” Local businesses will have an opportunity to advertise in the tournament program book or by sponsoring tournament events, the press release stated. In addition, all sponsors and advertisers will be featured on the tournament app. Rose Specter, the owner of a Center restaurant, said in the press release that the mid-summer period was one of their slowest times before the city started recruiting tournaments. “We definitely went from losing money during those months to making money,” Specter said. “Every year, our sales get better with the tournaments.” The World Series will have a mobile app to facilitate communication and information. To use it, download the Attendify app and search for DYB to stay current on the event. “Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should visit the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936/590-7196,” the press release stated.

June 28, 2018 Thursday

Saharan Dust May Arrive in East Texas This Weekend

Over the next few days, dust from the Sahara Desert will move westward It is currently being indicated over the Caribbean Sea and portions of the Atlantic Ocean. This dust will continue its westward movement into the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow and Friday and may arrive over the State of Texas over the weekend. You will know that it is here because a haze will be noticeable when it arrives. This happens very often during the summer months, however, only a few times a year, if that, will it make it all the way to Texas.

June 28, 2018 Thursday

Elderly Woman Killed in Bossier City Crash Identified

Bossier City police have identified the person who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon.  Police say 73-year-old Kathryn Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash happened just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of Airline Drive and Interstate 220. Police say 53-year-old David Sigle of Mooringsport, LA was driving a red Ford Focus on Airline drive northbound in the lane to turn onto I-220.  Witnesses told police that's when Sigle ran a red light and was struck by an oncoming white Lincoln Aviator that was southbound on Airline Drive. Johnson, also of Mooringsport, was in the front seat of the Focus. Sigle was cited for running the light, but no impairment is suspected in the crash. 

June 27, 2018 Wednesday

Impairment Suspected in Young Teen's Death, Hit and Run Driver Arrested

Early Monday evening, June 25, a single vehicle crash killed a young teenage pedestrian from Jonesville. The driver, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and other drug(s), fled the scene after running over her. However, the driver was apprehended a short time later. Troopers responded to the crash around 7:20 p.m. on Taylor Road, near LA Hwy 923. The crash involved a 1984 Toyota pickup, driven by Earl A. Hancock, w/m, 23, of Jonesville and a young teenage pedestrian, identified as Cadance L. Parker, w/f, 14. The Toyota was westbound on Taylor Road when Hancock lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with Parker while she was taking the trash to the roadway in front of her residence. Hancock was not wearing a seat belt, but was not injured. He was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, careless operation, driving under suspension, open container, no vehicle registration, expired MVI, no insurance and booked into the Catahoula Parish Detention Center. Parker was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. To report aggressive/impaired driving, call *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone or your local law enforcement agency. In 2018, Troop E has investigated 22 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.

June 27, 2018 Wednesday

DeRidder Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Justin Foley, 40, of DeRidder was arrested on Friday on charges of child pornography. A Louisiana State Police investigation led to the search of a DeRidder residence and detectives found evidence that Foley possessed and had distributed child pornography. Foley was charged with distribution and possession of child pornography and was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail and bond was set at $100,000. Anyone who has information on people who distribute or possess child pornography can call the State Police at 318-487-5099 or use the Suspicious Activity Link at www.lsp.org.

June 26, 2018 Tuesday

Vigil Held for Elderly Man Found Dead in his Shreveport Home

A Shreveport pastor is calling for the community to come together after his neighbor was found dead. "Brother Miller was a very kind man, a very quiet man," said Carey McCall, pastor of New Beginnings Praise Ministries. The man the pastor identified as Kenny Miller was found dead Sunday afternoon in his home on Waggoner Avenue. Police have yet to formally release his identity. Miller "... stayed to himself and he was just a very humble person," McCall said of the man who had lived next door for at least 30 years. The neighbor said he remains in a state of shock over Miller's sudden death. "When I heard about who it was, I was really heartbroken. That's a person who didn't bother anybody. ... It's a shocker and it blew my mind." Investigators found Miller in his home around 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Authorities have said that the circumstances of his death are suspicious and that his wounds lead them to think he murdered. McCall said he'd have daily interactions with Miller as he was going to Super 1, the grocery store across the street.  "If he'd see you, he'd wave or speak. He'd go to the front of his house and back twice a day." McCall said it's time for an end to the violence in Shreveport. "In a time like this, there needs to be unity. Unity that we are one and that we have each other and no man can stand alone." A vigil in Miller's honor was held Monday evening in the 2600 block of Waggoner Avenue.

June 26, 2018 Tuesday

ETX Man Dies When Pickup Wrecks on I-49 in Natchitoches Parish

Authorities have identified the man killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Natchitoches Parish. He is 72-year-old Michael C. Cope, of Marshall, Texas, according to Louisiana State Police. The wreck occurred about about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 49 north of Louisiana Highway 174, which is near the communities of Ajax and Lake End. Cope was driving a 2002 GMC pickup north on I-49 when he lost control of the truck, Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau said.  The pickup left the right side of the road, went through a ditch and collided with a tree. Cope, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Louisiana State Police Troop E has investigated 21 fatal crashes this year, each of which has resulted in a death.

June 25, 2018 Monday

Unrestrained Jonesville Teen Killed in Crash, High Speed a Factor

A Jonesville teenager was killed and two others were moderately injured in a high speed crash Thursday afternoon. Troopers responded to the single car crash around 12:50 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 3165 near LA Hwy 124. The crash involved a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor. The vehicle was southbound on LA Hwy 3165, at a high rate of speed, when it exited the right side of the roadway and began overturning before coming to rest on the roof. The passengers are identified as Shyonna S. Jones (B/F 18 yrs) of Jonesville, Delicia O. Ceasor (B/F 18 yrs) of Jonesville, and a juvenile (B/F 17 yrs) of Jonesville. Jones received moderate injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment. The juvenile received moderate injuries and was transported to Riverland Medical Center for treatment. Ceasor was pronounced dead. It is unknown, at this time, who was driving the vehicle. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. All three teenagers were unrestrained.Louisiana State Police would like to note: Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities. Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to "buckle up!" Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes. Troop E Troopers have investigated six fatal crashes in 2018, resulting in six fatalities.

June 25, 2018 Monday

Driver Sends Pickup Truck into Cane River

A driver landed himself in a river of trouble when he lost control of his truck in downtown Natchitoches. Police got the call around noon on Saturday when a passerby said a vehicle drove into the Cane River from the downtown riverbank area. Officers were able to find the 72-year-old driver Julius Harper of Saline safe. He told police he was driving his 2014 Ford F150 on Beauport Street when he lost control of the vehicle. A good Samaritan jumped in after the driver and pulled him out. No injuries were reported. The truck will remain in the river until early next week, according to police.

June 25, 2018 Monday

One Suspect In Custody After Bomb Threats at Walmart in Jennings

One suspect is in custody after a bomb threat was written on a bathroom wall at the Walmart in Jennings, according to Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes.After conducting interviews, Tyler Lantier, 19, was taken into custody on the charges of terroristic threats, said Semmes. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information.

June 22, 2018 Friday

Sabine Parish School Board

Sabine Parish School Board will hold a public meeting at 695 Peterson Street in Many on June 25th, 2018 at 6 p.m.

June 22, 2018 Friday

Numerous Small Fish From Various Species Died in Rare, But Natural Phenomenon in Lake Rayburn

The District Fisheries Biologist with the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery at Lake Sam Rayburn said on Thursday that a rare, but natural phenomenon occurred earlier in the week in Lake Sam Rayburn which resulted in a localized fish kill. According to Todd Driscoll, it happened near the Public Boat Ramp in an area known as "The Cove", just off of Recreational Road 255. Driscoll said all of the fish that died were small, 8 inches in length or less, and they were primarily bass and sunfish along with a few other species. Driscoll said he didn’t know how many fish were affected, but a Texas Parks & Wildlife game warden told KJAS News that approximately 1,000 dead fish had been observed. Driscoll called it a "Natural low dissolved oxygen kill", meaning that the water had suddenly become deprived of oxygen due to natural circumstances. Those circumstances, according to Driscoll, involved the heat, warm water, and cloud cover. Driscoll said "During the summertime, the warm water holds less oxygen anyway, and then we get cloudy weather, and lack of sun reduces the amount of oxygen released naturally in the water by all the small plants, so it’s kind of like a perfect storm of conditions there. Early in the morning, for like 10 or 15 minutes is all it takes for that oxygen to be low and it kills fish like that, and then 2 or 3 hours later it’s just fine". Driscoll emphasized that it’s not believed that any type of chemical was released into the water, but was simply a natural phenomenon.

June 22, 2018 Friday

Convicted DeRidder Man Ordered To Return to Pakistan

Fahim A. Shaikh, who was originally convicted in 2015 for indecent behavior and simple kidnapping, has been released from prison and turned over to immigration authorities. Shaikh was released from prison April 14th and following a hearing last week, Shaikh was ordered to return to Pakistan. Shaikh was accused of picking up a 13 year old runaway along a Beauregard Parish highway, taking her to his apartment where he touched her inappropriately and kissed her on the cheek before taking her to her friends house – where she had been headed when he picked her up. The 3rd Circuit Court had overturned the ruling for insufficient evidence. Then last year the Supreme Court reinstated the conviction. The original sentence was 7 years hard labor, 3 years suspended sentence and 5 years probation.

June 21, 2018 Thursday

1 Killed, 1 Injured in ETX Crash

One man is dead and another was sent to the hospital after a head-on crash early Wednesday morning.  The crash happened around 3 a.m. on TX-149 in Panola County between Beckville and Tatum. Preliminary information from Texas Department of Public Safety crash investigators suggests that the driver of a truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer was traveling north on TX-149 while the driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup was traveling southbound on the same roadway. Investigators say the driver of the Chevrolet, identified as 34-year-old Kedrick Tramaine Parker, of Beckville, crossed over the center stripe into the path of the truck-tractor. The crash caused the Chevrolet to travel off the roadway and catch fire. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were taken to Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage. The driver of the truck-tractor was taken to a hospital in Longview in stable condition.   The crash remains under investigation.

June 21, 2018 Thursday

ETX Corrections Officer Dies in Crash Trying to Avoid Deer


An East Texas corrections officer is dead after his vehicle crashed while trying to avoid a deer in the roadway. Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the crash happened around 12:42 a.m. Tuesday on Farm to Market Road 31 in Harrison County, about 10 miles south of Marshall. The preliminary crash investigation shows 20-year-old Noah Tyson Langston, of Jefferson, Texas, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord south in the right lane of FM-31 when a deer entered the roadway from the right. Langston reportedly tried to take evasive action to avoid hitting the deer but was unsuccessful. His vehicle entered a side skid, left the left side of the highway and hit a tree. Langston was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall. Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool says Langston had just gotten off of work as a corrections officer for the county. Langston, whose family identified him as an Elysian Fields High graduate from Panola, Texas, reportedly was heading to his father's house when the crash occurred.

June 20, 2018 Wednesday

Vernon Parish Man Arrested for Attempted Homocide

Gregg A. Lewis, 37, was arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's office Monday, June 18th. Mr. Lewis was involved in an altercation with another person, whom Lewis struck with a blunt force object causing serious damage. Lewis then fled the scene. Officers then obtained a search warrant and located Lewis's girlfriend who told them Lewis was in the attic. Lewis refused to leave the attic and chemical agents were used. Lewis was charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Homicide and remains in the Vernon Parish Sheriff's office jail. Bond has been set at $200,000.

June 20, 2018 Wednesday

New Trial Date Set in 2014 Second Degree Murder

Brad Jeansonne is charged with second degree murder and simple arson in the case of Sheterica Brewer, 27. Jeansonne was part of the military police at Camp Beauregard at the time. A trial date as been set for September 17 – but this is the 6th date to be assigned. There were previous dates on Feb. 6 2017, May 1 2017, October 9 2017 December 18 2017 and June 18. Brewer disappeared in May 2014 and her car was found burning in the area of Duhon Street in Alexandria. Her body was found a few days later, but where and the cause of death were not released by the police. Shortly after Brewers body was found, Jeansonne was arrested.

June 20, 2018 Wednesday

Vehicle Drives Into Building in DeRidder Starting Fire

At about 12:20 PM Saturday afternoon, a vehicle driven by a 68 year old female was approaching a store at the East Village Shopping center when she depressed the accelerator instead of the brake. The car accelerated, jumped the curb and crashed through the store window and door. The vehicle struck an interior pole causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire. The driver was trapped and DeRidder fire department personnel had to extract her from the car. The driver was transported to Beauregard Health System Hospital where she was treated. Chief Gott would like to thank the DeRidder Fire Department for their heroic efforts in extracting the driver in the crash which could have been tragic.

June 19, 2018 Tuesday

Man Shot, Killed in Sabine Parish


The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed while visiting friends Monday night. The shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. at the Apollo Apartments in Many. A man identified as 23-year-old Lynnquithis Lee January, from Lake Charles, LA, was sitting at the bottom of a staircase in the breezeway of building D when someone approached him from behind and started shooting, according to the Sabine Parish assistant coroner Ron Rivers.  January was reportedly shot multiple times in the face and body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was ordered to determine how many times January was shot. The unknown gunman took off after the shooting. The shooting is under investigation.

June 19, 2018 Tuesday

Sabine Parish Police Jury

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly schedule meeting Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury meeting room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse, 400 S. Capitol Street in Many, Louisiana.

June 19, 2018 Tuesday

Missing Vernon Parish Teen Found Near Lake Charles

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday that Daymin Sorensen, 16, of Slagle was found in Calcasieu Parish. VPSO said law enforcement found Sorensen, and he is safe. His parents are going to pick him up in Lake Charles. Sorensen went missing last week when he was seen leaving a residence in the area of Hwy 121 VPSO would like to thank everyone who helped in finding Sorensen.

June 18, 2018 Monday

Man Charged With Illegally Trading Louisiana Box Turtles

A 65-year-old New Jersey man was charged Friday (June 15) with violating federal and state law by illegally trading in Louisiana box turtles, according to U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans' office. Robert Glenn Hennessey, of Bayonne, New Jersey, is accused of four counts of violating the Lacey Act, which forbids trading in wildlife that has been illegally captured, possessed, bought or sold. Federal court records do not describe exactly how Hennessey allegedly broke the law, only that the offenses occurred between March 2016 and June 2017 in the Gray area of Terrebonne Parish. In a news release, Evans' office noted that Louisiana law prohibits the trade of box turtles -- or box turtle eggs or parts -- and forbids the taking of wild box turtles for commercial purposes. In addition, state law requires anyone involved in the sale of native reptiles and amphibians to be licensed to do so. The investigation involved the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If convicted, Hennessey faces up to five years in prison per count and a fine of up to $250,000, according to Evans' office.

June 18, 2018 Monday

Love Fund

A love fund has been established for the family of Rev. Matt Haggard at Midsouth Bank in Natchitoches to help with expenses. Haggard was tragically killed Thursday, June 7th. To donate to the fun, one can go to any Midsouth bank in the state or call (800) 213-2265. Request your donations go to account 3718530.

June 18, 2018 Monday

City of Shreveport Truck Stolen; Suspect Caught After Winding Up in House in Red River Parish

A man suspected of stealing a City of Shreveport truck wound up in somebody's house in Red River Parish before being caught, authorities said. No one was hurt. Red River Parish sheriff's Chief Deputy Greg Moore says now the man, identified only as Jeffery Pennington, will face multiple charges in Red River Parish. Pennington has relatives in the area of Red River Parish where he was caught, the chief deputy added. The Red River Parish Sheriff's Office was notified at 2:45 p.m. Thursday that the stolen Water & Sewerage Department truck was on Louisiana Highway 1. The vehicle was intercepted by a sheriff's deputy who was in the area on LA 1 at the time. The truck then turned off LA 1 and onto Henry's BBQ Street. That's about 30 miles south of Shreveport. The vehicle then continued past the dead-end and into a weeded area before the driver fled on foot, Moore said. With the aid of two Caddo K-9 units, authorities learned that the man had doubled back and gone into somebody's house. Authorities had already notified residents of the area to be on alert, the chief deputy said. The resident of the house contacted the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office. Authorities then surrounded the house. The man came out and ran but was caught.

June 15, 2018 Friday

Natchitoches Parish School Board Votes to Close Cloutierville School

 


School Board members of Natchitoches Parish have voted to closed Cloutierville Elementary and Middle School for the upcoming school year. Out of 11 of the member voting, 5 were against closing the school for the 2018-2019 year. The special meeting began at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board office, 310 Royal Street. According to officials, if the school would close, the district would save $1.4 million dollars. Board President Michael Hilton says the fall 2018 enrollment for the entire school could be less than 100 students, equaling about $14,000 per student. The meeting was initially postponed so officials could gather and distribute more information on what the closure would mean for the school district. As of now, it is unclear what will happen to the schools after the upcoming school year is up. Discussions were held to close the school in summer 2017. 

June 15, 2018 Friday

Owner of Suspicious Herb Requested to Come Pick it Up

A suspicious herb has the DeRidder Police Department on high alert to find the owner. The jar holding "some type of suspicious herb" was found on High School Drive in DeRidder. The department is asking the owner to show up in gray sweatpants, a white t-shirt, and tennis shoes without any laces. The owner is also advised to bring an extra pair of underwear and socks in a plastic grocery bag. Here's the best part - once you claim the item, the DeRidder Police Department promises a free ride in a police car, and room and board for possibly six months - with meals included!

June 14, 2018 Thursday

VPSO To Update Cold Case Investigation

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is holding a news conference to discuss a missing person cold case. 25-year-old Bambi Brantley was reported missing by her brother in October of 1986. Police believe she disappeared from her home in the Tower trailer park on Highway 8 West. The sheriff's office announced in March, the case was being reopened by their cold case investigative team. Brantley's family is traveling from various parts of the U.S. to be at the news conference at 2:00 p.m., Friday. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.

June 14, 2018 Thursday

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found Again in Louisiana Water District

A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been found again in a Louisiana parish. The Courier reports independent testing returned positive results for Naegleria fowleri, which causes fatal brain swelling and tissue destruction, in Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish. The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District issued the notification Sunday and has temporarily switched to a different disinfectant to kill the organism. Last June, Terrebonne Parish's water system tested positive for the amoeba in Isle de Jean Charles, where it was found in 2015. Consolidated Waterworks' general manager, Mike Sobert, says it began using a 60-day pure chlorine wash on Friday to kill the microbes. It will test the water in two weeks to ensure it's eradicated. Sobert says the agency had planned to temporarily switch to the pure chlorine for the summer, which has been its practice for the past three years. Information from The Courier.

June 14, 2018 Thursday

First Alert: Tropical Moisture Could Lead to Heat and Drought Relief


Relief from the heat and much-needed rain could arrive late this weekend or early next week as tropical moisture increases. On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center highlighted a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Right now, the potential for development is low. The chance of formation over the next 48 hours is 10 percent. The chance of formation over the next 5 days is low as well, 20 percent. This system will likely not become a named storm. This system will likely produce heavy rainfall across portions of Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula over the next couple of days. By the end of the week or early this weekend, this system will likely be in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Even though there is still some uncertainty regarding how this system is going to evolve, it will still likely bring heavy rain to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. As tropical moisture continues to increase and this system gets closer to the ArkLaTex late this weekend through early next week, our rain chances will begin to increase. On Sunday, the heaviest rain will likely stay south of the ArkLaTex. However, showers and storms will begin to lift further north across the area. The best chance of rain on Sunday will likely be across the I-20 and points south. If you have outdoor plans with dad on Sunday for Father's Day, now is the time come up with a backup plan just in case you get washed out. The much-needed rain and clouds will continue to bring heat and drought relief early next week. Right now, showers and storms are likely on Monday. With the clouds and rain around, temperatures will not be able to soar into the 90s.  It's still a little too early to pinpoint exactly how much rain is going to fall over the ArkLaTex. However, this system could definitely put a dent in the drought and could erase it in some spots. The latest run of FutureTrack shows widespread rainfall totals between 1.0"-2.0" of rain. A few spots could see close to 3". The heaviest rain will likely fall south of I-20. Keep in mind, these numbers will likely change some over the next several days.

June 13, 2018 Wednesday

Early Morning Search and Rescue Called Off Along Red River

A search of the Red River was called off early Wednesday by the Bossier City Fire Department. Officials had two boats in the water searching for a missing person, but canceled the operation after an hour. A man swimming in the river claimed someone was swimming with him and that person disappeared. This came after the man climbed up on the Boomtown Casino Boat and employees had to call Bossier City Police around 12:15 Wednesday morning. Bossier City PIO Mark Natale told KTBS 3 News the man gave police a couple of different stories and they suspected he was under the influence. He has been arrested for disturbing the peace and more charges could come for trespassing. Police have not released his identity.

June 13, 2018 Wednesday

Vernon Sheriff's Office Seeks Missing Teen

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing 16-year-old boy from Slagle. Daymin Sorensen last was seen Sunday around 6 a.m. leaving a home in the area of La. Highway 121. He was wearing a long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and no shoes. He suffers from asthma and does not have an inhaler with him, according to the release. The sheriff's office confirmed that he was given a ride to the Gardner area, and that the person who gave him a ride provided him with some shoes. It's believed that Daymin remains in Rapides Parish.

June 12, 2018 Tuesday

DPS Trooper Faces Perjury Trial in Nacogdoches

Divorce court is leading to criminal court for a Department of Public Safety trooper in Deep East Texas. Trooper Richard Hill, out of Shelby County, admitted in Nacogdoches County Court of Law, that some of his testimony in his divorce proceedings wasn't truthful. Hill was charged with perjury. Trooper Hill's days in court would have been over after Monday's divorce proceedings from Jima Hill. Now the once-promising trooper will return to face misdemeanor perjury charges. The damaging testimony happened in April when Jima Hill's attorney, Ryan Deaton, pinned the trooper down over missing speakers from a red truck awarded to Jima. "We were shocked," said Deaton, as he stood next to his client. Testimony transcript shows Hill discussing the sound system. "It was sold before we even came to the temporary hearing, because she left me with no money. I had to make money," he said. Deaton doubted Hill stating, "You haven't sold it. You just took it out and kept it." Hill admitted to taking out the speakers and keeping them. "I pretty much knew the truth already, but for him to confirm it, that was a little shocker, under oath, I mean, yeah," said Jima Hill. Deaton spoke of other alleged lies. "He also testified that he made significantly less money than we could prove he did make, so that was a shock," he said. According to Richard Hill's attorney, Jeff Adams, his client has been instructed by the DPS not to comment on the case. At this time there is no mug shot available of Trooper Hill. Court records show no bond is set, nor has the case been scheduled. Some procedures may be out of the ordinary however the charges aren't. "In a case like this where you've got a law enforcement officer, the judge and the court in law enforcement themselves hold those types of people at a higher standard," said Deaton. Perjury is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 dollar fine. Law enforcement licenses could be suspended. According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement misdemeanor waiver requests are accepted only by an agency administrator.

June 12, 2018 Tuesday

Rare River Sinkhole Created Whirlpool

A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man's Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death. Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Arkansas, died Saturday at Saddler Falls along the Spring River, said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. At least one other person was injured. Sinkholes are common in the northern half of Arkansas, where subterranean limestone erodes away easily. Small whirlpools are common where bits of land extend into waterways, but having a sinkhole open a whirlpool in the middle of a stream is uncommon. "I've been here for 40 years. This is the first one I've ever heard forming in a river like this," said Bill Prior, a geologist supervisor at the Arkansas Geological Survey.The Spring River was flowing normally Saturday — fed by Mammoth Spring, the second-largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. Its steady flow, at about 356 cubic feet per second (enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every four minutes), makes it desirable for basic training on kayaks and canoes. "Classes are often held on the Spring River because Mammoth Spring has such a reliable flow," said Jonathan Gillip, field operations chief for surface water at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Little Rock. Dead Man's Curve has the occasional switchback, falls and pools, but isn't terribly turbulent, said Rocky McCollum, owner of Spring River Camp and Canoe. Boaters avoid it mainly to take a short cut around the switchbacks — but doing so Saturday put them on a portion of the stream where the river bed gave way. "There are thousands of sinkholes across the northern part of the state," Gillip said. "This is an active one that people happened to see collapse, and it had a traumatic impact."Saturday's whirlpool was both instantaneous and thousands of years in the making. The Spring River eroded harder rock above an underground cavity, and when the river bed gave way, it created a vacuum that sucked the water in a "pretty strong vortex," Prior said. Rachel Ratliff, Rocky McCollum's daughter, rented canoes to Wright's group and said Wright was wearing a life jacket and was an experienced kayaker. "But the river is stronger than any life jacket there is," she said. If the sinkhole system were closed, the water would drain into the cavity and eventually refill enough to kill the whirlpool. But because there's no change at the river gauge at Hardy, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) downstream, the whirlpool is likely diverting water back into the river, Gillip said.Ratliff has 60 boats, all of which she rented out Saturday before the accident. She said she's seen no cancellations yet for the upcoming weekend, though she's not sure word has gotten out. People have been calling regularly to check on the safety of their route and to change it if they were uncomfortable. The Spring River, 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, remains open. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission warned prospective boaters to stay away from the whirlpool, which is marked off by buoys and ropes.

June 12, 2018 Tuesday

DeRidder Police Investigating Attempted Church Robbery

The DeRidder Police Department is investigating an attempted burglary of a church on Martin Luther King Drive that occurred early this past Saturday morning. They have a surveillance video on the Police Department facebook page that shows the suspect from different locations as he walks down the street, to a convenience store, then at the church and finally back in the direction he began. The suspect appears very intoxicated. The suspect broke a window of the church but was unable to gain entry. If anyone recognizes this person or has information related to this event, please contact Crimestoppers at 337-462-8918 or the DeRidder Police Detectives at 337-462-8911. Crimestoppers offers a reward for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect and you do not have to give your name.

June 11, 2018 Monday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory has been lifted for West of HWY 487 on HWY 120 and Hwy 1221 and all surrounding roads in Marthaville.

June 11, 2018 Monday

Sabine Parish School Board Meeting

The Sabine Parish School Board will be holding a meeting June 11th, 2018 at 6 p.m.

June 8, 2018 Friday

CivicSource to Hold a Community Information Session on Investing in Tax-Adjudicated Property in Sabine Parish

On Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., CivicSource will hold a community information session on purchasing adjudicated property in Sabine Parish. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting Room #101, located at 400 Capitol Street in Many. Comprehensive training on all aspects of purchasing adjudicated properties, including how to aquire title insurance, will be covered.

June 8, 2018 Friday

Birds of Prey Show and Tell

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) will host a show and tell experience at Los Adaes State Historic Site on Saturday, June 16, 2018 featuring birds of prey from Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park.   Senior Park Naturalist and Manager, Rusty Scarborough will give visitors an up close and personal look at various species of owls, hawks and falcons. With amazing eyesight, quick thinking and deadly accuracy these spectacular birds are sure to capture visitor’s attention. “Some of the most beautiful predators on earth are our birds of prey. Visitors will be fascinated as they get to see these birds and listen to an expert handler tell you about the extra special qualities of each species,” commented Michael Mumaugh, CRNHA Heritage Ranger. Throughout the day visitors will be able to borrow binoculars to get a better look at the wildlife located on the grounds of Los Adaes SHS. There will also be a drawing activity for visitors who want to draw the animals they discover. The Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is dedicated to helping the citizens of Northwest Louisiana connect with nature by conserving a pine-oak-hickory forest for interpretation and recreation. Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a rentable pavilion with restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and several naturalists who provide information and interpretation to park visitors. Nature oriented programs are available on an appointment basis. The program is scheduled to begin at 2PM on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact CRNHA by phone at 318-356-5555 or by email to MMumaugh@CaneRiverNHA.org. Los Adaes SHS is located just off Highway 6 near Robeline at 6354 Highway 485.

June 8, 2018 Friday

Sabine Parish Pastor Killed While Jogging

Matt Haggard, interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Fort Jesup, was hit and killed by a motorist Thursday morning while jogging. The accident was reported just before 7 a.m. Haggard, 48, was on his daily jog on state Hwy 6 near the Fort Jesup Community which is located six miles east of Many, Louisiana when he was hit by a teenage driver. He died at the scene of the accident according to Sabine Parish deputy coroner Ron Rivers. Haggard was headed west as was the teenage driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck who struck him, Rivers said. Louisiana State Police Troop E is investigating the accident. According to the Annual Church Profile, Haggard previously served as pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Many and First Baptist Church in Marthaville. Phillip Strahan, minister of music at First Baptist Marthaville, told the Baptist Message that Haggard leaves behind a wife, April, and two sons, Sam and Brenden. First Baptist Jesup said in a Facebook message to the Message, "Please pray for his wife and children, and also the driver and his family. Funeral arrangements are still pending but the Message will publish once we have them.

June 7, 2018 Thursday

Natchitoches Man Hit By Train Dies

A man has died three days after being hit by a train while sleeping on railroad tracks in Natchitoches Parish. The Natchitoches coroner's office reports that Henry Allen Howard died about 4 a.m. Wednesday as a result of his injuries. The 65-year-old Natchitoches man had been in an Alexandria hospital since losing both feet in the accident. The accident happened about 1 a.m. Sunday near the Brickyard Road area off Louisiana Highway 6 near Natchitoches.

June 7, 2018 Thursday

Sears Closing 3 North LA Stores


Sears is closing three stores in North Louisiana. And in the process, two Shreveport-Bossier City malls and one in Monroe will lose anchor tenants. Workers at the three locations were informed Wednesday that the closures come as part of the company's ongoing efforts to streamline operations and focus on its best stores, a company spokesman said. Closing in early September will be the Sears stores at:

  • in Mall St. Vincent at 3601 Southern Ave. in Shreveport
  • in Pierre Bossier Mall at 2950 E. Texas St. in Bossier City
  • in Pecanland Mall at 4800 Millhaven Road in Monroe,

Liquidation sales will begin as early as June 22 at three stores.  The three North Louisiana locations were not on lists of previously announced closures. "We have identified approximately 100 non-profitable stores, many of which will begin store closing sales in the near future," the company announced May 31. The same date, the company released a list of 63 more stores to be closed.The Shreveport-Bossier City and Monroe locations were not among them.

June 7, 2018 Thursday

Major Waterline Break

The Town of Many's Water System has experienced a major waterline break. The water will be shut off effective immidiately and the duration of the shut off is unknown. Please conserve water until the line can be repaired. Please be advised that the Town of Many will be under a boil advisory when water is restored.

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Longview Volunteer Firefighter Arrested For Simple Arson

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested a volunteer fireman with the Longville Fire Department for allegedly setting an air mattress on fire, which subsequently caught his home on fire. Chance Felice (DOB 6/20/94) was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail Monday, June 4, for one count of Simple Arson. Just after Midnight on Monday, June 4, the OSFM was contacted to assist in determining the origin and cause of a fire at a home in the 500 block of Jordan Deville Road in Longville. The Fire Chief told investigators he was suspicious about Felice’s involvement with the fire due to comments made by Felice two hours prior to the 911 call. The chief also mentioned Felice had been suspended from the department twice in the past year. Additionally, Felice said he had been unable to respond to two calls for service earlier in the evening due to lack of transportation. After examination of the damage, deputies determined the origin of the fire to be the floor area of the northeast corner of the home’s garage. In an interview with detectives, Felice claimed to have knocked over a torch and lit some wires on fire. After further interrogation, Felice confessed that he lit an air mattress under his garage wanting to start a small fire. He said the air mattress fire quickly got out of control and he tried putting it out with a garden hose, which was unsuccessful. Then he called 911. Felice was placed under arrest following treatment for smoke inhalation. “This is, undoubtedly, a disappointing incident to the Longville community and its fire service,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, “But this instance should not tarnish the dedication that hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer and career firefighters demonstrate in their communities, across our state, on a daily basis.”

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Unrestrained Jonesville Man Killed in Crash

A single-vehicle crash has led to the death of a Jonesville man that was not wearing a seatbelt. Michael A. LaPrairie, 55, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 565 in Wildsville sometime after 4:30 p.m. when he lost control of his pickup truck and exited the right side of the road, traveled down an embankment, and finally collided into several trees. LaPrairie was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.June 5, 2018 Tuesday

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Boil Advisory

A boil advisory has been issued for West of 847 on Hwy 120 and HWy 1221 and all surrounding road in Marthaville.

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Teen's Body Recovered From Sabine River in DeSoto Parish

The body of teenager was pulled from the Sabine River Monday afternoon in DeSoto Parish. Around 12:35 p.m., the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a call from DeSoto 911 regarding a possible accidental drowning at the riverfront in Logansport.  Deputies arrived to the scene and spoke with several friends who had been swimming together during the time of the incident. "This is directly in front of our substation and we had deputies on scene in moments," said Desoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson.  The victim, identified by family members as 15-year-old Javier Simpson, went under the water and did not resurface. "I was very shocked because I didn't know they were down here or anything," said Simpson's uncle Pastor David Mitchell. Search and Rescue teams from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and DeSoto Fire District 1 responded to the location. Divers recovered Simpson's body from the river a short time later.  "The water is very murky. The current is not a factor at this point. There was very little current in the river. But the water conditions definitely make it difficult on the recovery. For the divers, it's like diving in the dark," continued Richardson. The family says "JD" played football, was an usher at his church and lived a respectable and Christian life. "We thank God for the life that he did live. He was a respectable young man," said Mitchell.  "I can shout that he knew Christ and lived a Christian life and we'll see him again," said Pastor Joseph Pitkin Jr.  Sheriff Jayson Richardson asks that you please Simpson's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  A vigil will take place Tuesday, June 5 at Logansport High School. It's scheduled to begin at 6  p.m.  Simpson leaves behind a twin brother. 

June 5, 2018 Tuesday

Garrison Teen Dies, Cause Unknown

A Garrison teen has died Saturday after he was reported to pass out while mowing a yard. Ian Sims, 17, a Garrison High School student was air lifted to a Houston hospital Tuesday night. According to family on Facebook, doctors have yet to be able determine the cause of his death. A service for Sims is scheduled on Thursday at Holly Springs Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m. The family is requesting to wear bright, bold socks to honor Ian.

June 4, 2018 Monday

Woman Alleges She was Beaten Then Her Boyfrind, His Mother Held Her Against Her Will.


A man is accused of severely beating his girlfriend, pulling her hair and putting his fingers down her throat during a struggle. He and his mother then allegedly stopped her from leaving his residence until sometime the next day. Now 32-year-old Cody L. Crittenden, 32, of Natchitoches is being held in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on one count each of second-degree battery, simple battery and false imprisonment. And 68-year-old Diane F. Crittenden, 68, of the Natchitoches, is free on her own recognizance after being booked into the same lockup on a charge of being a principle to false imprisonment. Deputies met with a girlfriend, whose name has not been released, at 12:18 p.m. Thursday at an undisclosed location and interviewed her, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office reports. She alleged that her boyfriend beat her the previous weekend at his residence in the 700 block of Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches because he thought she had contacted a former acquaintance via social media. At the time of the interview, deputies said, the woman had severe bruising and swelling on her face, arms and upper body and had been treated at an Alexandria hospital. After the assault, the woman told deputies, her boyfriend's mother stopped her from leaving the residence.“You’re not going anywhere! My son is not going back to jail,” Diane Crittenden reportedly told he The girlfriend, whose name has not been released, said she was given the keys to her vehicle and allowed to leave the next day.After interviewing the woman and photographing her injuries, deputies got warrants to arrest the Crittendens. The man and his mother were taken into custody after 7 p.m. Thursday at the residence on Fish Hatchery Road. A judge also signed a protective order. Booking records show Cody Crittenden's bond on the charge of simple battery has been set at $9,000. No bond has been set on the other two charges. A judge released Diane Crittenden on Friday afternoon pending a court appearance. Now the case will be turned over to the Natchitoches Parish district attorney’s office to be reviewed and prosecuted, the Sheriff's Office reports.

June 4, 2018 Monday

Credit Union ATM Stolen

Someone made a withdrawal from a Shreveport credit union. Problem is, it was done before business hours.  And instead of currency, the thief or thieves made off with an automated teller machine. Police were alerted to a silent alarm at 4:42 a.m. Thursday at Shreveport Federal Credit Union. Officers arrived at the financial institution in the 8500 block of Fern Avenue to find the ATM was missing, police Cpl. Angie Willhite said. The theft occurred at a time when Shreveport Federal customers are being transitioned to Red River Federal Credit Union. In fact, Red River Federal has signs posted advising Shreveport Federal members to make their first-of-the-month cash withdrawals Thursday. "In preparation for our system core merger all electronic deposits for June 1-3 will be posted early on May 31st," the sign reads.  The signs also advise customers that Shreveport Federal ATM and debit cards are being terminated Thursday and that they are to begin using their Red River Federal ATM and debit cards. Most all locations in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi will be closed Saturday. The exceptions are the express branches on Walton Drive and Texas Boulevard and in Central Mall in Texarkana. Those locations will conduct business Saturday. But they will not open until 1 p.m.

June 1, 2018 Friday

Man Found With Gunshot Wound in Zwolle

Sabine Parish authorities are investigating after a man was found shot in Zwolle on Wednesday night. Officers were called about midnight to a home on Jeter Street where a man was found with a wound to the upper body, according to Police Chief Daniel Thomas. Thomas says the department is trying to piece together what happened, but there was some sort of argument between the suspect and the victim.  The victim was sent to a Shreveport hospital for treatment, where is expected to survive. The investigation is ongoing.

June 1, 2018 Friday