Local and Area News


Early Voting

Voters can get a jump on casting ballots for the October 24th elections when early voting begins Saturday. In addition to seven statewide offices, including governor, voters will decide on four proposed constitutional amendments, legislative and other district races, and local elections. Early voting will take place in parish registrars of voters' offices from 8:30am to 6pm Saturday through Saturday Oct. 10-17, except for Sunday. Each voter will need to bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license, when going to vote early.

October 8, 2015, Thursday

Opening Statements Set for Friday

After over a week of interviewing jurors, a jury has been selected for the first degree murder trial of Robert Barthelemy. The jurors were selected from St. Landry Parish. Barthelemy, a former Natchitoches Police Officer, is accused of kidnapping and killing Tony Procell on August 20, 2013. He was indicted on September 9, 2013 on charges of first degree murder, second degree kidnapping and home invasion, after investigators say Procell was forcibly taken from Sabine Parish home by Barthelemy at gunpoint. Procell's body was found 5 days after his disappearance in a shallow grave in the Kisatchie National Forest. Barthelemy initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, and later changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Opening statements are set to begin on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1pm in Sabine Parish.

October 8, 2015, Thursday

Road Closure

City of Leesville residents should be advised that portions of 10th street between addresses 815 and 919 will be closed October 12th - 13th. The street will reopen on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. This closure is being done by APECK Construction to lay new water lines. If anyone has any questions call Ricky West, Public Works Director, at 37-239-2995.

October 8, 2015, Thursday

Life Behind Bars

Allen Parish residents got a glimpse of life behind bars as the public got its first chance to see inside the new $8.5 million public safety complex on Louisiana Highway, just west of Oberlin.  The public had an opportunity to tour the new 38,000-Square-foot facility on Monday, which will soon house its first inmates, during an open house and ribbon cutting. Sheriff Doug Hebert III said the project was funded by $3 million in revenue from a gambling compact with the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, $5.5 million from the State Bond Commission with additional funding sources. The 200-bed facility will hold both male and female inmates. It will replace the overcrowded and outdated 42-bed parish jail built in the 1950s.

October 7, 2015, Wednesday

Oberlin School Suicide

A man who committed suicide at Oberlin High School was the parent of a student, authorities said. Stacey Beaubouef, 48, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert said. Beaubouef's body was found under the main awning in the front of the school yesterday morning by a maintenance worker. Hebert said that Beaubouef left a note, but they are not revealing the note's content at this time. All Oberlin schools were closed Tuesday. Authorities don't know what prompted the suicide to happen on campus. Beaubouef's son is now in the custody of his uncle. School officials said he will be given home-schooling opportunities while he copes.

October 7, 2015, Wednesday

Car Chase

Late Monday night, Many Police Officers became involved in a high speed chase when they attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Hwy 6 East. In an attempt to elude the officers, the suspect drove in both lanes of the highway at speeds that topped 100mph. The pursuit continued into Natchitoches Parish where the suspect was clocked at 115pmh. The chase continued to Robeline and then to Hwy 120 toward Marthaville. After the suspect sped through Marthaville and then the Little Egypt community, the Chevrolet vehicle traveled over spike strips that were placed by a SPSO unit. The chase continued through Belmont and toward Zwolle where spikes were used once more by a Zwolle unit. The vehicle continued on into Zwolle and finally came to a stop off Obrie Street. One subject was quickly detained. Various drugs and narcotic related items were found in the car. Arrested on multiple charges from various agencies was 39 year old Benjamin Shane Rivers of Zwolle. He was incarcerated into the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

October 7, 2015, Wednesday

KCS Holiday Express

The Kansas City Southern's "Holiday Express" will be making a stop in DeRidder this year. The train is set to visit downtown DeRidder at 4pm on Firday, November 27th, according to the KCS Holiday Express schedule. The train will also be making stops in Beaumont and Shreveport. The Holiday Express is a six-car train that brings Santa and his elves to communities along KCS's tracks. Admission is free. At each stop, the KCS charitable fund makes a contribution of gift cards to the local Salvation Army. Each car is decorated for Christmas. There's "Rudy," a smiliing tank car; a car with Santa's Sleigh; an elves' workshop; caboose and more.

October 6, 2015, Tuesday

Oberlin Suicide

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office says all Oberlin schools are closed today. The school closures come after a body was found on school property. Sheriff Doug Hebert says the body was found under the main awning in front of the school. It was discovered this morning by a maintenance worker. Sheriff Hebert says the person died as a result of suicide and it was not a student. The investigation into this death is ongoing.

October 6, 2015, Tuesday

Armed Robber

Sabine Parish Sheriff's deputies are looking for the person responsible for holding up a business. It happened around 8:45pm on Monday at the Roundup Grocery in the 1100 block of N. Main St. in Zwolle. Authorities say a man wearing a ski mask robbed the business before fleeing in a silver Dodge Charger. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-256-0006.

October 6, 2015, Tuesday

Louisiana-Monroe backup QB Daniel Fitzwater dies

The University of Louisiana at Monroe says a 20-year-old kinesiology major and member of the football team has died.

University spokeswoman Julia Letlow said in a news release that university officials don't know the cause or circumstances of Daniel Fitzwater's death. He was from Shreveport.

Football coach Todd Berry describes Fitzwater as a great person.

The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/1FNOpfO ) reports that Fitzwater was a backup quarterback for ULM.

He walked on at ULM this spring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi. He never saw the field for the Warhawks after a knee injury in fall camp required surgery and sidelined him for the season.

October 5, 2015, Monday


The man accused of killing Louisiana State Trooper and a Moss Bluff man in August appeared in court Thursday. Kevin Daigle pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include first-degree murder, second-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The Calcasieu District Attorney's Office also added a charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dewlling, to which Daigle pleaded not guilty. A trial date was set for September 19, 2016.

October 2, 2015, Friday

Fall Break

Northwestern State University will observe its fall break October 5th through 6th. Administrative offices will remain open during the break. Classes will resume on Wednesday, October 7th. Watson Library will close October 2nd at 2pm. The library will be closed October 3rd through 4th and will be open October 5th through 6th from 7:30am to 5pm. Watson Library will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, October 7th.

October 2, 2015, Friday

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar

A bar named as the "best sports bar in North America" by ESPN, will soon have a location in Shreveport. Earlier this year, a Shreveport restaurateur signed on to bring Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar franchise to Northwest Louisiana. According to former LSU football star Jacob Hester, the sports bar is expected to open mid to late October. He said the owner was trying to shoot for the LSU versus South Carolina game on Oct. 10th, but it might be a week or so later. Walk-On's currently has four locations, two in Baton Rouge and one each in New Orleans and Lafayette.

October 2, 2015, Friday

Burglary Suspects Arrested

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says three more vehicle burglary suspects were arrested for committing burglaries recently in the Haughton and Benton areas. Ronald Dyes, 37, of Marthaville, LA was charged with two counts of simple burglary and driving under suspension for stealing a wallet from a vehicle in Haughton and purse from a vehicle in Benton. Both vehicles were unlocked.

October 2, 2015, Friday

Rosepine Eagles

Despite having to use three different quarterbacks in a 40-20 loss last week at the hands of the Lake Arthur Tigers, Rosepine head coach Danny Cain was thrilled with how his team competed. He will be looking for that competitive spirit again at 7pm tonight as the Eagles will take the trip to Welsh to face off against the undefeated Greyhounds. Both temas will open up district competition next week. Rosepine will take to the road for the 3-2A opener against Menard, which is currently undefeated, while Welsh will be on the road for a 4 -2A tilt against DeQuincy.

October 1, 2015, Thursday

Changes Coming

Changes are coming for some people receiving food assistance benefits. Effective Thursday, the state says able-bodied adults without dependents must meet a minimum work requirement to quality for the benefits. The state, in a news release, said those in that category will be required to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program. If such a person doesn't meet the requirement, they will only receive benefits for three months out of a 36-month period.

October 1, 2015, Thursday

UTV Crash

On Wednesday evening Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Fire District #7, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics and Life Air Rescue responded to an injury UTV crash on Brandon Cotton Road in west Natchitoches Parish according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. A juvenile was airlifed from the scene by Life Air Rescue to University Health-Shreveport with serious injuries. The crash is being investigated by Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police, Troop-E Alexandria.

October 1, 2015, Thursday

West Nile

Health officials have confirmed 1 death and 4 new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana since last week. 2 of those cases are in Northwest Louisiana. The latest report from the LA DHH shows that 3 of the cases are neuroinvasive which is the most serious, less common form of the disease. NID cases involve potential inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissue. One of those cases is in Caddo Parish. The other two are in East Baton Rouge Parish and St. Tammany Parish. The fourth case is asymptomatic, meaning they did not show symptoms but their blood tested positive for the disease. It is the first West Nile Virus case confirmed in Natchitoches Parish. There have been no new cases of the West Nile fever form of the illness. The new confirmed death from the virus brings the total number of deaths to 2 in Louisiana so far in 2015. Last year at this time, 5 deaths had been reported statewide.

September 30, 2015, Wednesday

Safe Driving

Sabine Council on Aging will have an AARP Safe Driving Class on October 27, 2015 beginning at 9am until 1pm in the multi-purpose room. For AARP members its only $15 and non members $20. Pre-registration and payment is required on or before October 15th. Please make check payable to AARP. The course is open to all persons age 60 or older. Those who complete  the course are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance premiums of at least five percent, the discount varies by company. For any questions or comments please call 318-256-4140.

September 30, 2015, Wednesday

Keep Calm

Get a flu shot, not the flu! On October 15, 2015 beginning at 9am until 12pm flu shots will be available at Sabine Council on Aging administered by Tanya Turner of Brookshire Brothers. There is no age requirement! Remember to bring your insurance card or medicare card.

September 30, 2015, Wednesday

Storage Units

 A new ordinance aimed to control temporary storage units was passed by the DeRidder City Council Monday. The ordinance takes effect Tuesday and will restrict the time and location of portable temporary storage units on residential property. Residents who have temporary storage units will have to apply for a permit from the city. The permit would allow the portable units to stay on residential properties for a month but it would have to be placed on the driveway. There are some exceptions. The city of DeRidder is currently working to determine the cost of the permit.

September 29, 2015, Tuesday

Tamale Fiesta Parade

The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Parade is Saturday, October 10th at 10am. To enter please call 318-645-6704 after 5pm or leave a message.

September 29, 2015, Tuesday

Peyton Arthur

Peyton Arthur a 2015 graduate of Hornbeck High School has been selected to serve as the new LSU men's basketball team's manager for the upcoming season. Arthur, a freshman student at LSU will serve as manager for head coach Johnny Jones and a talented team including incoming freshman Ben Scmmions, rated as the #1 freshman in college basketball. Peyton was selected from a pool of 100 potential candidates for the job.

September 29, 2015, Tuesday

Jury Selection Begins

Jury selection has begun in Saint Landry Parish for the capital murder trial of a former Natchitoches Police Officer. Robert Barthelemy, 34, is accused of kidnapping and killing 25-year-old Tony Procell back in August of 2013. Barthelemy is facing several charges, including first degree murder. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, and later changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Barthelemy and Procell had served in the National Gaurd together. Jury selection was moved to St. Landry Parish in hopes of avoiding bias among the jurors due to pre-trial publicity. Once 12 jurors and 2 alternates are selected, the jury will be moved to Sabine Parish for the duration of the trial. Sabine Parish Judge Steven Beasley, District Attorney Don Burkett and defense attorney Richard Goorley are questioning potential jurors on their opinions and beliefs surrounding the death penalty. Groups of 15, referred to as panels, are only being told Barthelemy is on trial for capital murder. They are being told nothing specific to the case. Jury selection is expected to take at least one week.

September 29, 2015, Tuesday

T.B. "Teaberry" Porter

Congratulations go out today to Louisiana rodeo great T.B. " Teaberry" Porter, of Leesville, was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame on Saturday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. About 500 people attend the event each year, which honors rodeo legends from around the country. Porter, 88, Louisiana's first professional rodeo cowboy, began his rodeo career as a child. He told the Lake Charles American Press, in 1959, that his career began at the Vernon Parish Fair, at age 3, when he rode a goat.

September 28, 2015, Monday

ATV Claims Life

Burkeville Fire Department Chief Charles Duckworth says Trey Pilkington of Many, LA died and an unidentified woman was injured in a Friday evening crash inside the Sabine ATV Park on Highway 63, in northeast Newton County. According to Duckworth, it happened shortly after 9:00 on one of the many trails within the park. Duckworth said the pair were in a "side-by-side" all-terrain-vehicle when it went out of control, ejecting both of them. The ATV Park is located just west of the Sabine River, between Burkeville and Leesville.

September 28, 2015, Monday

Sex Crimes

A Converse, LA teen faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl in Sabine Parish. Louisiana State Police arrested Leland Cole Campbell, 19, on Friday in response to a complaint of sexual abuse from a 10-year-old girl. After an investigation by state police's special victims unit, Campbell was arrested and charged with aggravated crimes against nature, aggravated rape, oral sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

September 28, 2015, Monday


A crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Pitkin, LA. Troopers responded to the crash yesterday afternoon at LA Hwy 10 at Donald Perkins Road. The crash involved a 2014 Ford Escape, driven by Bobby G. Bunting Sr., and a 2000 Peterbilt driven by Benny O. Poston of Anacoco, LA.Prior to the crash, the Ford was stopped on Donald Perkins Road. Bunting Sr. entered LA HWY 10, attempting to travel onto LA HWY 377, when the westbound Peterbilt collided with it. The Ford failed to yield to the Peterbilt which resulted in the collision. Bunting Sr. was wearing his seat belt, but was pronounced dead. Poston received minor injuries and was transported to Oakdale Hospital. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

September 25, 2015, Friday

Photography Class

Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will present two basic photography classes on Saturday, October 3rd in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Annex. Basic photography will be held from 1-3 pm and will teach the skills and techniques of taking great photographs with your DSLR camera. The class will cover lighting and shooting techniques including photo composition and camera functions. This course is designed with DSLR cameras in mind, but could help those wanting to break into the field of more dynamic cameras and images. Participants will need a camera. A Nikon DSLR is preferred. The fee is $30 per class or $50 for both. For more information, e-mail bedgoodm@nsula.edu or call 318-357-6355.

September 25, 2015, Friday

Early Voting

Early voting for the Gubernatorial Primary Election is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th through Saturday, October 17th, excluding Sunday. For more information about the Secretary of State's Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com

September 25, 2015, Friday

All American Cheerleaders

Florien All American Cheerleaders will be having a massive rummage sale plus a car wash on October 3rd from 8am until 2pm at the Florien Civic Center. There will be electronics, furniture, and clothing. Don't miss out on this huge event. They are raising funds for their half-time performance at the Citrus Bowl in Florida. Also they will be hosting a BBQ Chicken Plate Dinner for $8 on October 4th from 11pm until 1pm at the Florien Civic Center. Come after church for a delicious Sunday Dinner and help support these young ladies.

September 24, 2015, Thursday

Ft. Polk Horses

Fort Polk is home to a large population of horses. Some believe they are descendants of old farm and World War II cavalry horses, and maintain they are part of the area's heritage and history. Army officials, however, contend they are strays from an open-range period in the state or have been abandoned by owners over the years. Under a federal court ruling, the horses are not considered "wild." They were determined to be "trespass livestock" and are not entitled to protection under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Army Officials have long said the horses remaining on Fort Polk pose safety concerns for soldiers and for the horses themselves. Army Officials, in their Sept. 23rd release, say that no decision has been made "as to the disposition" of the horses. Officials indicate that a decision will be made in early 2016.

September 24, 2015, Thursday

Budgeting Class

Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will present a Budgeting for College Students class on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am until noon in Room 213 of Russell Hall. The class is free with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 40. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register for the class call 318-357-6355.

September 24, 2015, Thursday

St. John's Pumpkin Patch

Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many is sponsoring a Pumpkin Patch beginning Sunday, September 27th and continuing through Saturday, October 31st. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available with prices beginning at $1. Fun activities such as face painting and a fall backdrop for photos will also be part of the fun. Hours include Saturdays :10am - 6pm; Sundays: 12:30am - 6pm; and Weekdays: 3:30pm - 6pm. School groups are welcome! For more information, contact Katie Ryan at 318-332-9514 or the church office at 318-256-5680.

September 24, 2015, Thursday

Lambert Town Cemetery Homecoming

The 45th Lambert Town Cemetery Homecoming will take place Sunday, October 4th at the Shamrock Advent Christian Church, Robeline Louisiana. Devotional begins at 10am and business meeting at 11am. Followed by fellowship and dinner on the ground. Hope to see you there!

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

Last Day to Register

Today is the last day to register to vote for the October 24th election. You can register at your parish Registrar of Voters' Office. The Vernon Parish Registrar of Voters is located at 301 East Courthouse Street in Leesville. The phone number is 337-239-3690. Registrar is Tina Cooley. The Beauregard Parish Registrar of  Voters is located at 204 South Stewart Street in DeRidder. The phone number is 337-463-7955. Registrar is Robin Darbonne. Early voting for the October 24th election is October 10th through the 17th.

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

Plane Caught Fire

A plane caught fire about 4pm on Tuesday at the DeQuincy Industrial Airpark. DeQuincy Fire Chief Johnny Copeland said the small Cessna had just landed to drop off a passenger. It was parked when the engine sparked and caught fire, he said. Workers tried to extinguish it but it was soon fully engulfed. There were no injuries. It took DeQuincy firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish.

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

Passport Required

Do you have a passport? If you are a Louisiana resident, come January 1st you'll need one in order to fly in or out of any airport in the country. This may be the first time you're hearing of this. And, you're not alone. On January 1, 2016 you'll be required to carry a passport if you want to board a domestic flight, not just an international one. The TSA change is due to the 2005 Real ID Act, which requires travelers to have an enhanced security government identification card.

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

Blood Drive

LifeShare Blood Center will have a blood drive at the Sabine Parish court house on Wednesday, September 23 beginning at 9am until 1pm in the Jury Room. You must have a photo ID in order to give blood. Make sure you have eaten and increased your fluids before you donate.  If you take any medications make sure you know the names of all the medications you take. Anyone 16 or older who meets the height and weight requirements may give blood. If you are 16 you must present signed permission from a parent or guardian.

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

Community Choir

Dinner Theater Fund Raiser for The Community Christmas Cantata. The Futurelle sisters are back! We Will be performing the second in the trilogy of the Futrelle sisters, which is called "Christmas Belles". It's Christmas time in the small town of Fayro, Texas and the Futrelle sisters are not exactly in a festive mood. An annual church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in the Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. It's absurd, it's quirky, it's definitely funny! But at the core, it's about family, love and acceptance - what the season is all about. We open Thursday, October 1st with a second show on Saturday, October 3rd. For more information call Marilyn at First United Methodist Church at 318-256-3632.

September 22, 2015, Tuesday

Fire Truck Roll Over

On Sunday Louisiana State Troopers reported a crash involving a 2016 Natchitoches Fire District 1 fire truck. The incident happened on Rapides Station Road near Moss Point. The driver Joseph C. Prothro of Lena, received moderate injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center. He was cited for careless operation of a vehicle.

September 22, 2015, Tuesday

Tamale Fiesta

This year the Tamale Fiesta is celebrating 40 years of fun and fellowship. Show your support of the fiesta by purchasing a tamale fiesta t-shirt. This year's designs include the poster t-shirt in two different color choices, pistachio and honey, the brown southern at heart shirt is short sleeve, the long sleeve version comes in black. Short sleeve shirts are $20, long sleeve $25. Shirts can be purchased in Zwolle at Mid-South and Sabine State Banks and in Many at Century 21 Sabine Property Shoppe. For more information visit www.zwolletamalefiesta.com

September 22, 2015, Tuesday

Indian Committee Meeting

An Indian Parent Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 5pm at the Sabine Parish School board office. All are invited to attend.

September 21, 2015, Monday


The DeRidder Police Department will hold a perscription drug "take-back" event on Saturday, September 26th from 10am to 2pm at the department's headquarters at 200 S. Jefferson Street. This will be held in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Officials said this is the 10th opportunity in five years for residents to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

September 21, 2015, Monday

Community Programs Day

All Sabine Parish Schools will host a Community Programs Day at the individual schools on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 10am until 1pm. This day has been set aside by the Sabine Parish School Board so that community organizations, clubs, or programs have an opportunity to promote student membership and/ or make available relative literature. There is no cost to the community groups and we ask that no items be for purchase. All students will be given an opportunity to visit your table/booth. If your group is interested in participating, please contact Shelly Rivers or Sandy Cosio at 318-256-9228 no later than Friday, October 16, 2015.

September 21, 2015, Monday

Voter Registration Deadline

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the October 24th Gubernatorial Primary is Wednesday, september 23, 2015. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

September 21, 2015, Monday

Vernon Schools

Central Louisiana is now home to the third best school district in the state, at aleast according to one national website.  In a parish seemingly driven by education, education seems to be succeeding. Onlyinyourstate.com recently listed the Vernon Parish school district as number three in the state, citing that the parish has one of the highest ranking high schools in the state, Anacoco High School, along with the fact that two-thirds of the parish's schools are A-schools. According to the website, the parish "offers one of the highest ranking high schools in the state, with a state score of 110.4 as well as having 66% of schools with an overall "A" rating."

September 18, 2015, Friday

Car Show

Its the 9th Annual Natchitoches Car Show in historic Natchitoches and down along the banks of Cane River. The car show Registration is $30.00 and includes 2 tickets to Friday nights fish fry. Extra tickets are $20.00 each. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registared cars. So make your plans to attend the 9th Annual Natchitoches Car Show. Www.natchitochescarshow.com.

September 18, 2015, Friday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a break in a distribution line.  Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a Boil Advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Hwy 118 and surrounding roads, Pump Station Road and surrounding roads, and Shady Hill and surrounding road due to water leak. It is recommended that all consumers in the affected area disinfect their water before consuming it, making ice, brusing teeth or using it for food preparation by the following means: boil water for 1 full minute in a clean container.

September 19, 2015, Friday

Keep Leesville Beautiful

The Mayor's Women's Commission, in conjunction with The Keep Leesville Beautiful Committee, will host Leesville's annual Cleanup Week beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 2. Residents are encouraged to clean their properties, and the city will offer a helping hand. Leesville Public Works crews will dispose of items including tree limbs and boards throughout the week. Residents interested in this service should call the Public Works Department at 337-239-2995. The item pick up schedule will be as follows:

  • Sept. 28: Tree Limbs
  • Sept. 29: Boards
  • Sept. 30 and Oct. 1: Old Furniture/Appliances
  • Oct. 2: Paint Products

Progressive Waste Management will have a roll-a ways for residents to bring discarded items to American Moving and Storage. They will be on site Sept. 28-Oct. 3 from 7am to 12pm.

September 17, 2015, Thursday

Citizen Arrest

A Vernon Parish resident stopped a man crossing through his backyard and held him until police arrived, Vernon Parsh Sheriff Sam Craft said in a news release. Sam Wells Jr., 41, of Leesville, was running from police whe he happened upon the backyard of the resident, who detained him, Craft said. After receiving reports of a stolen vehicle from the Ferriday Police Department, Vernon Parish deputies attempted to stop the car wells was driving in the area of VFW Road, Craft said. Wells sped away, eventually stopping in a private driveway and fleeing on foot. Wells was booked on one count of illegal possession of stolen things. Bond was set at $4,000, although Wells is also facing a probation and parole hold. Additional charges from Ferriday are expected, Craft said. Craft commended the property owner "for his vigilance and assistance in this matter."

September 17, 2015, Thursday

Armed Robbery

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Detectives are attempting to identify an Armed Robbery suspect involved in the Armed Robbery of Sibley Lake One Stop on Monday evening in the 900 block of LA HWY 504 in the Oak Grove community near Natchitoches. Detectives said on Monday evening a unknown black male suspect armed with a blue steel semi-automatic handgun entered Sibley Lake One Stop. the suspect allegedly robbed the cashiers of an undisclosed amount of cash according to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn. The suspect fled on foot. There were no reported injuries. If you have any information regarding this robbery, please contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-352-6432.

September 17, 2015, Thursday

Computer Classes Available

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is offering Beginner & Intermediate Computer Classes at 200 Legacy Drive in Many. The Beginner's class will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 2pm. The Intermediate class will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 2pm. These classes are open to the senior citizens of Sabine Parish free of charge. If you are 60 years of age or older and interested, call Buster at 318-256-4140 to sign up for these classes space is limited.

September 16, 2015, Wedensday

Injured Teenager

Natchitoches police are asking for the public's help with information that could tell them how a teenager was injured Monday. Police officers responded to an area near Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center to find Mario Calvin Jr., 17, unresponsive on the ground. He was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center then transported by Life Air to University Health in Shreveport, where he remains in critical condition, according to a news release from Police Chief Micky Dove. Investigators spoke with medical personnel at the hospital who indicated Calvin was not a victim of foul play. Call the Police Department at 318-352-8101 all calls will be kept confidential.

September 16, 2015, Wednesday

Boil Advisary

The Town of Many has repaired a water leak on HWY 6 affecting all residents starting at 5900 Texas HWY West to Matthews Lodge Road. As a safety precaution, state law requires that a boil order be issued. This boil advisary will remain in effect until further notice. This boil advisary does not affect the citizens within the city limits east of Walker Road.

September 16, 2015, Wednesday

Travel Burden

Louisiana residents will soon need to show a new form of picture identification to board airplanes. Heath Allen, executive director of Lake Charles Regional Airport, said that the issue has been on their minds for a while now. This comes after Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would allow licenses to comply with the 2005 federal REAL ID Act. The act, enacted after Sept. 11, aims to ensure the country's secutiry and protection against terrorism. Part of the plan calls for driver's licenses with enhanced security features. And because Louisiana did not upgrade its licenses, Bayou State passengers will have to provide more documentation. Passports run about $100 and they're good for 10 years.

September 15, 2015, Tuesday

Fall Scramble

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation will hold its Annual Fall Scramble, presented by C. D. Morgan & Associates, on Monday, October 26th at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club in Woodworth, LA. Festivities will begin at 11am with lunch followed by a shotgun start at Noon. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams as well as Closest to the Hole and Longest Drive winners. Refreshments and live entertainment will conclude this very special event. The tournament will be limited to 18 four man teams. Team entries are due Monday, October 19, 2015. Several sponsorship opportunities are available through Monday, September 21, 2015. For more information please visit www.nrmchospital.org or contact the NRMC Foundation Office, 318-214-4558, foundation@nrmchospital.org.

September 15, 2015, Tuesday

Shot Over Game

Many Police Officers responded to the Sabine Medical Center on Sunday afternoon after the medical staff reported a gunshot victim arriving at their location. After officers interviewed the victim, who had been struck in the thumb by gunfire, it was determined that the incident took place at a residence on Mississippi Street. According to information from both the victim and witnesses, it appears that the 21 year old victim, who was identified as Edward Glynn and 32 year old Patrick Carhee, were playing a computer game at the residence when Carhee became enraged at the game and slapped Glynn. At this time Glynn punched the older Carhee. According to statements, Carhee then retrieved a hammer and attempted to strike Glynn, but was unsuccessful. Carhee then left and came back armed with a kitchen knife and cut Glynn on the arm. Some moments later, Carhee produced a handgun and shot Glynn in the hand. It was at this time that Glynn exited the house with Carhee in pursuit, firing more shots at Glynn as he ran down the street. Officers were not able to find Patrick Carhee at the location, but during a later search of the surrounding area, the MPD K-9 was able to locate Carhee hiding on the back porch of a nearby residence. Patrick Carhee, who lives on Day Street, was charged with various offenses, including attempted 2nd Degree Murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

September 15, 2015, Tuesday

Definitive Share Exchange Agreement

Grant Bancshares, Inc., the parent bank holding company for Bank of Montgomery, and Bank of Ringgold jointly announced today the signing of a definitive share exchange agreement which Grant Bancshares will aquire Bank of Ringgold. Following completion of this aquisition, it is anticipated that Bank of Ringgold will merge with and into Bank of Montgomery. The terms of the definitive share exchange agreement were not disclosed.

September 14, 2015, Monday

Course Instruction

A General Course of Instruction for Poll Workers or Commissioners will be held on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 9am and again at 2:30pm at the office of the Clerk of Court, Courthouse Building in Many, LA. A commissioner who serves, who is certified and has attended a Pre-election course will receive $200 per election. You may contact the Sabine Parish Clerk of Court for more information at 318-256-6225.

September 14, 2015, Monday

Sabine Arrest

Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson announced that Danielle K. Lewis 24 of 85 Brevelle Lane Many, LA was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Division Friday and charged with one count of Second Degree Murder of her child. The arrest stems from a investigation that started on July 21, 2015 when 8 month old Kayla Lewis was admitted to Sabine Medical Center and later pronounced dead. Details of the case are being withheld at this time.

September 14, 2015, Monday

Shooting Suspect Arrested

The Natchitoches Police Department has announced the arrest of a suspect in connection to the shooting which claimed the life of a 17-year-old, Demarcus Pye. A 14-year-old juvenile has been arrested and charged with one count of Negligent Homicide, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile. The juvenile was transported to the Ware Youth Detention Center. Pye was shot on Monday, September 7, 2015 and later died as a result of the gunshot wound he had sustained.

September 11, 2015, Friday

Looking For Chickens

A man who claimed to be looking for chickens was arrested on burglary charges, according to the Natchitoches Parish Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday evening at approximately 11:45pm, Deputies responded to a reported possible automobile burglary in progress in the 3000 block of US-71/84 near Campti, LA. The caller provided the NPSO with a description of the suspect. While speaking with the complainant, deputies learned the complainant encountered the suspect in the 2002 Jeep and when they asked why he was in the vehicle, he stated "that he was looking for chickens and that if he stole anything he would pay them later." Deputies began checking areas and soon after discovered the suspect walking on Lake Street in Campti. George A. Jackson, 54, of the 100 block of Larry Drive, Campti, LA was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with Simple Burglary of an Auto, and Criminal Trespassing.

September 11, 2015, Friday

4-Month - Old Unresponsive

For the second time in as many months a Sabine Parish infant's death is under investigation. Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said the second victim is 4-month-old Mary Fontenot, who died Thursday before she could be flown to the hospital. An autopsy will be performed this morning. The infant lived at home with her father, Brad Fontenot, and other siblings in the 700 block of Cooks Landing Road in Florien. Fontenot called authorities after finding his daughter unresponsive in her bed, Rivers said. Bruising was noted near the infant's left eye and forehead area, Rivers said. Sabine Parish Sheriff's investigator Bradley Marr said he could not comment on the investigation. Rivers said Fontenot told deputies he was cooking dinner and a small fire started so he ushered the other children out to clear the smoke. Then he returned to the adjacent room to get Mary, who was in a baby's bed, to feed her but found her unresponsive. Fontenot said he took his daughter outside, started CPR and called paramedics and Life Air, which landed at the scene. "There are still a lot of pieces of the puzzle that we don't have right now," Rivers said.

September 11, 2015, Friday

School Bus Drivers Needed

School bus drivers are needed for Sabine Parish.  Sabine Parish will host a 30 hour pre-service training for school bus drivers at the School Board office located at 695 Peterson Street in Many, Louisiana.  Classes will be held Tuesday, September 15 through Thursday, September 17.  This course is one of the requirements for becoming a certified Louisiana school bus driver.  Anyone interested in applying for a position as a substitute, 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 September 10.  For more information on job requirements and class registration, contact the School Board office at 318-256-9228.

September 9, 2015, Wednesday

Child Safety Seat Check Event in Alexandria

Rapides Regional Trauma Center and Louisiana State Police Troop E are conducting their monthly child passenger safety seat check-up event on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event will take place at Rapides Regional Trauma Center Medical Terrace, 211 Fourth Street, Alexandria, LA.  No appointment is necessary and it is always free.  The event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

September 9, 2015, Wednesday

No charges filed in domestic dispute shooting that Stonewall man to hospital

 DeSoto Parish sheriff’s investigators are still looking into the circumstances of a Sunday night shooting in a Stonewall neighborhood that sent a man to the hospital. No charges have been filed.

The shooting of Latis McInnis, 43, by his wife, Caley McInnis, 30, was the result of a domestic dispute, Sgt. Shawn Parker said.

Latis McInnis was shot once in the stomach. He is still in University Health Hospital in Shreveport. Parker said he’s not had an opportunity to question him about what took place.

Caley McInnis called the sheriff’s office around 7:30 p.m. to report she shot her husband during an altercation. She was detained for questioning after investigators arrived.

A 9mm handgun was recovered from the scene in the 300 block of Leigh Lane. No other people were in the residence at the time shots were fired.

Deputies have not responded to the McInnis home “to my knowledge” for previous domestic disputes, Parker said.

September 9, 2015, Wednesday

SPD investigating early morning fatal shooting on I-20 on-ramp

Shreveport Police investigators are seeking answers in an early morning shooting which claimed the life of a Bossier City man.

Just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of Interstate 20 westbound at Monkhouse Drive relative to reports that a man was apparently sleeping inside a sedan parked near the shoulder of the off ramp. 

As officers arrived on the scene, it was apparent the man was deceased, from what appears to be a gunshot wound to the head.  The man, Mark Anthony Cornett, 31, of Bossier City, was pronounced deceased by Caddo Parish Coroner' Office officials at the scene.

Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives were immediately called to the scene of the crime. One person has been detained by investigators in connection with the shooting, however, there have been no arrests made in the case at this time.  The investigation is ongoing. 

A witness, who didn't want to go on camera, told KTBS 3 News that she was on a balcony of a nearby hotel when she saw a purple SUV pull up to the victim's car.  She says that's when she heard two gunshots.

Police say initial reports of a second crime scene related to the case didn't pan out.

Police are asking anyone with any information on the crime to contact Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or visit their website www.lockemup.org.

September 9, 2015, Wednesday

Natchitoches Central HS student found fatally shot honored at prayer vigil

Natchitoches police have identified the high school student shot to death Monday evening outside a home in Natchitoches.

It happened near the corner of Lake and Hedges streets just after 6 p.m. Monday. 

Police say 17-year-old DeMarcus Pye was found lying in a ditch in the 1000 block of Lake St.

"He just never got back up, he just never did. He was just looking around," said April Foster, a witness to the shooting.

Police say Pye had been shot twice and was later pronounced dead by the coroner's office. 

The shooting reportedly happened after a fight broke out at the intersection. The victim's brother Deandre Pye said DeMarcus was a 10th grade student at Natchitoches Central High School.

So far, no arrests have been made but police say, "arrest(s) may be forthcoming."

Meanwhile, friends and family have set up a makeshift memorial for DeMarcus Pye in the same spot he died. Now, they're coping with the face he's gone.

"I couldn't sleep last night, I just don't want to talk about it anymore," said another witness, Christina Brown.

Brown was reportedly the last person to talk to DeMarcus Pye and said she saw him get shot early Monday evening, right in front of her home.

The woman who all the neighborhood kids called "momma," said she ran outside and held the teen as he died.

"He raised up and looked at me and said 'momma I'm not going to die,'" recalled Brown. "That's like a child to me, he comes to my house every day. Every day. It's sad to see a child die in front of you."

Friends of DeMarcus Pye said the shooting may have been the final act, stemming from a problem at school.

According to the Superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Schools, Dale Skinner, the suspected shooter was also a student at Natchitoches Central. Skinner said there will not be an increase in campus security because he feels like students are safer at school than they are on the streets.

Tuesday evening, Brown and her family hosted a vigil to honor DeMarcus and also asked for an end to the violence.

Dozens tearfully joined together for a prayer vigil, some adding their own touches to the memorial. DeMarcus Pye's uncle Melvin Pye doesn't want his nephew's life to be forgotten.  "He'd want to be remembered as a happy kid, he was very outgoing," said Melvin Pye. 

"I loved him, everybody had their own special place in their heart for him, because if they didn't they wouldn't be out here right now," said April Foster, who explained they wanted to use the vigil as a way to send the message that violence is not the answer. "Violence is not the way, picking up a gun is not the way to end anything," she said. 

"We spoke about the community coming together, kids learning to play together, instead of fighting and killing each other," said Melvin Pye. 

The organizers also told the students to start respecting each other more, something Sheriff Jones agrees with.  "I'm glad it was mentioned more than one time, about respect and love, that's why they need to hear," said Sheriff Jones. 

DeMarcus' loved ones are hoping the person responsible for the crime will be arrested. "Somebody seen and somebody knows who did this to this child, justice needs to be served, because this is senseless," said Sandra Foster. 

Anyone with information in reference to the shooting is urged to  contact Detective Julius Armstrong of the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (318) 357-3810 or the Natchitoches Police Department directly at (318) 352-8101. 

Police emphasize that all calls will be kept confidential.

September 9, 2015, Wednesday

DeSoto Shooting

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Stonewall.

On September 7, 2015, at about 7:35 p.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who said she shot her husband during a verbal and physical altercation.  The shooting happened in the 300 block of Leigh Lane in Stonewall, LA.  Deputies and EMS immediately responded to the location.  The man was conscious upon arrival and was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  It appears the shooting occurred during the domestic altercation.  Detectives were dispatched to the location and the woman is being questioned by police.

September 8, 2015, Tuesday

In God We Trust 

Bumper stickers emblazoned with this motto will be appearing on marked Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department vehicles shortly. The stickers were ordered (free of charge) this week and should be shipped Friday. Thanks to all for your support and encouragement over the past few weeks. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

September 8, 2015, Tuesday

Faith Through Stickers

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office id declaring it's faith through stickers on patrol units. Sheriff's vehicles now have decals on the back bumper. It displays the words "In God We Trust." Sheriff Sam Craft says a couple deputies came up with the idea and paid for the stickers out of their own pockets. Sheriff Craft doesn't expect the community to have a problem with the stickers. " I don't expect any legal backlash here," Craft said. " You know, some other group may come here and we'll just face that when it occurs." The decals aren't on all of the patrol cars but should be very soon.

September 4, 2015, Friday

Fugitive Captured

Metoyer was captured earlier Thursday morning by US Marshal's Fugitive Apprehension Unit near West Plam Beach, Florida. Metoyer had been on the run since his escape from the Natchitoches Detention Center on Saturday afternoon August 8th, at approximately 1:08pm. At the time of his escape he was being held on Aggravated Assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a Person convicted of a felony, aggravated criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm in a school zone and probation violation. He is now facing additional charges of simple escape in Natchitoches Parish. Metoyer is being held in an undisclosed detention center in Florida pending extradition back to Natchitoches Parish. The NPSO will consult with Natchitoches District Attorney Van Kyzar concerning extradition proceedings. As a result of Metoyer's escape, six other people were arrested by assisting him following his escape.

September 4, 2015, Friday

Campus Closed

All campuses of Northwestern State University will be closed Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday. The campus will reopen and classes will resume Tuesday, September 8th. The wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be open normal hours Saturday thorugh Monday. Watson Library will close Fridayat 2pm and will reopen Tuesday at 7:30am.

September 4, 2015, Friday

Crime Stoppers

Beauregard Crime Stoppers is seeking information concerning a theft that was discovered on the night of August 30th. According to authorities, a storage container was broken into in Merryville and two AR -15 rifles and one AK - 47 rifle, along with magazines and ammunition for each, were taken. If you have any information regarding this investigation, contact Beauregard Crime Stoppers at 337-462-8918 or 1-800-273-1374. All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name. A reward is being offered for information concering this investigation.

September 3, 2015, Thursday

Deployment Ceremony

The community is invited to say farewell to elements from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Divison as they deploy to Afghanistan. The unit deploys in the fall in support of NATO's Resolute Support Mission as part of the Train, Advise and Assist Command-East. The deployment ceremony will be held September 3rd at 1pm at Fort Polk's Honor Field. The brigade will deploy about 1,000 soldiers to serve as advisors to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces, which include Afghan Army and Police. The brigade recently finished a successful mission readiness exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk.

September 3, 2015, Thursday

DeRidder Shut Down

U.S. 171 in downtown DeRidder was closed for several hours Wednesday because of an accident involving a train and an 18-wheeler. The accident happened around 3:30pm when the 18-wheeler was hit while crossing the tracks at South Washington Street, DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy said. There were no injuries reported and the 18-wheeler wasn't carrying any hazardous material, Toler siad. But there was extensive damage to the truck's cargo trailer. The train blocked all major east and west crossings through DeRidder and it took about four hours to clear the scene, Rudy said.

September 3, 2015, Thursday

New Decal

While there is no press release on the subject yet, just a social media mention, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is in the process of adding a new decal to their units. New to the vehicles is just above the back bumper with the vinyl decal with the words "In God We Trust" placed on the back. We will have more on this at a later date.

September 2, 2015, Wednesday

OK Man Arrested in Connection With Natchitoches Crimes

An Oklahoma man who created bogus social media accounts and claimed to be kidnapped to news stations throughout Louisiana, all in an effort to gain the attention of his ex-wife has been arrested in connection with the aggravated arson, attempted murder and attempted bombing of a Natchitoches residence occupied by his ex-wife, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

The investigation began approximately three weeks ago, when the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office began receiving calls from several television news stations throughout Louisiana reporting they were receiving messages about a man identified as Robert Groomer being kidnapped and held hostage. NPSO Detectives were familiar with Groomer during a prior investigation in 2014 involving domestic issues. An active protective order against Groomer as a result was signed by a Tenth Judicial District court Judge. Detectives Carey Etheredge and Victor Kay initated a criminal investigation into the allegations. The FBI was also contacted and began assisting with the alleged abduction. On Saturday morning deputies responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Sisson Road near Natchitoches. The residence was reportedly occupied by Groomer's ex-wife and another unidentified individual. Detectives say while speaking with the occupants, they learned they were awakened by a loud explosion then smoke and fire coming from the rear of the residence.

On Monday afternoon, FBI agents arrested Robert Groomer near Ardmore, Oklahoma without incident on the Natchitoches charges and booked him into the Carter County detention center. Robert Aaron Groomer, 42, of the 400 block of Stolfa Street, Ardmore, OK., signed extradition and was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center by NPSO Deputies early Saturday morning charged with 2 counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, 1 count of Aggravated Arson, 1 count of Manufacture and Possession of a Bomb and 2 counts of Violation of a Protective Order. A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge has set bond at $1,000,000 dollars.

September 2, 2015, Wednesday

Leesville Man Arrested For Manslaughter

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reported the arrest of Calvin Joseph Moore, 48, of Leesville, for one count of manslaughter. According to Craft, a 911 call was received by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at approximately 3:40am on the morning of August 331, 2015 requesting assistance. When deputies arrived they discovered a male subject lying in the front yard of 174 Lonnie Jeane Loop lot #19. The male subject was identified as Floyd Wattigny, 44, of Leesville. Deputies immediately took Moore into custody until a further investigation could be conducted. Deputies determined Wattigny was shot one time with a .12 gauge shot gun and died as a result of his injuries. The scene was secured and detectives were notified. Once detectives had an opportunity to interview witnesses involved in the incident, they determined Moore would be arrested for one count of manslaughter. Moore was booked into the VPSO jail and his bond has been set at two million dollars.

September 2, 2015, Wednesday

Senator Visits

Senator Bill Cassidy was in Leesville on Monday to talk about Fort Polk Progress. The Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce hosted the Senator along with other special guests. They discussed the drawdown of troops and how it affects Fort Polk. General Timothy McGuire and Senator Bill Cassidy agree that without the Community's support, the army might have removed more soldiers. " The quality of life for a family on this base is a good quality of life and there is continued investment in that. All these things make this installation one that the department of defense is more likely to keep," says Cassidy. Fort Polk Progress is currently working to join other community organizations like it to help create a national presence.

September 01, 2015, Tuesday

Whiteout Tailgate

Northwestern State University's Office of University Recruiting will sponsor a Whiteout Tailgate party for high school seniors Thursday, September 3rd from 3:30pm until 5:30pm near the Athletic Fieldhouse. Admission is free for high school seniors and their families. City Bank and Trust Company of Natchitoches will provide food. The Office of University Recruiting will have free snow cones and Northwestern State giveaways. Tickets to the Northwestern State - Southeastern Louisiana game will be available at a group rate of $5 for high school seniors and their families. Demon fans are encouraged to wear white for Thursday's game as part of the annual Whiteout.

September 01, 2015, Tuesday

Student Dies Following Illness

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shreveport are mourning the loss of a classmate. Frederick Carmody, 8, died Saturday after battling a sudden infection. Caddo Coroner, Dr. Todd Thomas told media Monday that this was a natural, but quite tragic death and there is no public health risk. Students held a balloon release on Monday at the school at 1210 Anniston Avenue in Shreveport in memory of Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Tuesday at St. Joesph Catholic Church.

September 01, 2015, Tuesday

Shrine Circus

The West CenLA Shrine Club will host the Shrine Circus at 7pm tonight at the Lions Club Rodeo Arena in Leesville. All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the West CenLA Shrine Club. With three rings of affordable family fun, "The Shrine Circus" will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts and animal attractions including trigers and elephants.

August 31, 2015, Monday

Voter Registration

Voter Registration Week runs Monday through Friday, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is joining with registars of voters across the state for various activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote. Citizens with a valid Louisiana Driver's license can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week by visiting www.GeauxVote.com.

August 31, 2015, Monday

Supreme Court Rules on Sabine Murder Trial Funding

The organization that provides attorneys to defend those charged with capital murders must represent a former Natchitoches police officer accused in the kidnapping and beating death of a Sabine Parish man, according to a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling issued Friday. The order reverses a decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles that said otherwise and reinstates a ruling of Sabine Parish District Judge Stephen Beasley. The ruling, however, in a way becomes moot because it comes two days after the director of the Louisiana Public Defender's Board, the state-funded agency that gives money to the Capital Assistance Project of Louisiana, assured Beasley during a pretrial hearing it would pay for the defense of Robert Barthelemy, who faces trial September 28th on charges of first degree murder and kidnapping of Tony Procell, 24, of Many. Barthelemy, 35, of Natchitoches, faces the death penalty if convicted.

August 31, 2015, Monday

Town of Zwolle

The Mayor and Town Council would like to let the citizens of Zwolle know that they will be experiencing low water pressure from Friday August 28th through Sunday August 30th due to the Town of Zwolle having the water tank painted.

August 28, 2015, Friday

Domestic Disturbance

Domestic disturbance leads to the arrest of a Natchitoches man and the recovery of approximately $100,000 worth of drugs and currency.

On the 26th of August, a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Partol Deputy was flagged down at the residence of 227 Shoreline Street in Natchitoches in reference to a domestic disturbance. As Deputies were investigating the situation they were advised that Darris Adams, who resided at the residence, possessed a large quantity of illicit drugs. After receiving this information, the Natchitoches Drug Task Force and Natchitoches Polie Department were called to assist. During this search Agents recovered approximately 10 ounces of suspected methamphetamine ice.

August 28, 2015, Friday

Night of Gospel Music

Rebel State Historic Site and area gospel groups will host the 5th annual Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, September 26th, from 6-9pm in the park's amphitheatre. For more information, call 318-472-6255.

August 28, 2015, Friday

Gunman at Large

Police are looking for those involved in the armed robbery of a Pizza Hut employee as she was driving to the bank with the day's bank deposit earlier this week. The woman left the Sabine Parish restaurant about 10am Aug. 24 and headed north on U.S. Highway 171. That's when a male emerged from the back seat, put a gun to her head and told her to head north on Old Fisher Road. The gunman was described to police as a black male in his 20's who has a slender build and a receding hairline. He was wearing a black shirt and shorts. Surveillance footage from along the route showed the gunman apparently had an accomplice driving a silver Dodge Charger that tailed the employee's car. Authorities had no description of the person who was driving the Dodge Charger. Anyone with information should call Many Police at 318-256-5617.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

Warrant for Missing Man

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Sabine Parish man reported missing this month after he failed to show up for court Wednesday in Many. Shannon Dion McCullough was supposed to be in court for the conclusion of his bench trial for aggravated second-degree battery. McCullough, 39, of Many, allegedly beat an elderly man inside the bathroom of a bar last year, leaving him comatose and with multiple injuries. McCullough's trial started July 31st before District Judge Stephen Beasley, but was delayed to allow for a final witness to testify. His wife reported him missing on Aug. 11th to the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office. She said she last saw him on Aug. 7th when he left their residence to look for work. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red American Eagle T-shirt. He was driving a 2001 white Mitsubishi Montero Sport with La. license plate number RRA831.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

St. Landry Shooting

Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson, 40, died in the stabbing and shooting incident in Sunset on Wednesday. The suspect has been identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr. of Arnaudville. The incident began early afternoon at a home on Anna Street in Sunset and continued after the suspect shot the officer at the home, fled and crashed into a mini mart on Napoleon Street, barricading himself inside. Louisiana State Police negotiated with the suspect and other responding officers used tear gas in an attempt to remove him from the store. They successfully apprehended him around 6:30pm.

August 27, 2015, Thursday

Blake Brewer

Kevin Daigle's roommate who was found dead in his home Monday has been identified as 54-year-old Blake Brewer. Police said Daigle lived with Brewer from time to time, and he was driving Brewer's truck when he shot Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday. Calcasieu Parish detectives believe Brewer was killed before Trooper Vincent was fatally shot. The crime scene shows that someone tried to clean up the scene of the crime (believed to be Daigle) before it was discovered by police. No word whether Kevin Daigle has confessed to killing Brewer at this time.

August 26, 2015, Wednesday

Arrangements Finalized

Following the tragic line of duty death of 44-year-old Louisiana State Police veteran Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, funeral and memorial service arrangements have been finalized. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3pm to 9pm and on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30am to 11:30am at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, LA. The funeral will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12pm at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles, LA with burial to follow at the Lacassine Cemetery in Lacassine, LA.

August 26, 2015, Wednesday

Three Arrested for Helping Escapee

Natchitoches Police have arrested three more people in connection with assisting Natchitoches Detention Center escapee Davantay Metoyer following his escape according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Metoyer, who is still on the run, escaped from the Natchitoches Detention Center on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at approximately 1:08pm. On Monday evening, Natchitoches SWAT assisted by Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and Natchitoches Police executed three search warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge on Dixie Street and Grave Avenue within the city limits of Natchitoches and Sorgee Road near Natchitoches, looking for the escapee or evidence connected to him. As a result of investigation, agents developed sufficient evidence and probable cause to arrest three suspects believed to have been in contact and assisted Metoyer since his escape. As a result, arrested were: Brena Metoyer, 43, (mother of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. Laketra D. Hamilton, 21 (girlfriend of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. Ricky D. Metoyer, 20 (Brother of escapee) charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape. All three remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond. Three other Natchitoches residents were arrested earlier this month who allegedly assisted Metoyer following his escape. Metoyer is considered dangerous as the search continues. Deputies said they spoke with family members following the escape requesting their assistance. Deputies also warned the public if they assisted Metoyer in anyway after his escape they were subject to arrest for assisting escape. An All Points Bulletin has been issued along with Metoyer being placed in the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person.

August 26, 2015 , Wednesday

Homicide Suspected

Roommate of man arrested in state trooper's death has beed found dead, homicide is suspected. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said authorities found the body on Monday morning after the man did not go to work. He did not identify the man but said Kevin Daigle, a suspect in the police shooting, was his roommate.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

Steven Vincent

State Trooper Stevent Vincent, who was shot in the line-of-duty Sunday afternoon, has died. Vincent was pronounced dead at 8am Monday morning, said Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. Vincent, 44, is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son. A member of a military and law enforcement family. One brother, Keith Vincent, is the Chief of Police in Iowa and another brother, Terrell Vincent, is a fellow state trooper. Vincent was shot in the head with a sawed-off shotgun by Kevin Daigle, state police said. Vincent was responding to a report of an erratic driver near the intersection of LA 14 and Fruge Road. KPLC will air a prayer vigil in honor of Trooper Steven Vincent 6:30-7pm tonight in its entirety and commercial-free. It will also air online. The vigil will be held at the Iowa High School football stadium. Members of law enforcement agencies and other first responders are asked to wear their uniforms. All will be asked to sit in a place of honor on the football field. Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff following the death of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

Armed Robbery

An employee of the local Pizza Hut found herself held against her will and robbed at gunpoint while making a daily deposit for the restaurant. It all started around 10am when the employee left the store and headed north on Hwy 171 toward the bank. It was then that a male emerged from the back seat and put a gun to her head. She was told to head north on old Fisher Rd. After he had emptied the deposit bag of its contents, she was told to turn onto North Highland Avenue. Soon he ordered her to stop and he exited the vehicle. She quickly returned to the restaurant and reported the incident to the Many Police Department. The investigation is continuing at this time. After obtaining various surveillance footage along the route, it appears that the offender had an accomplice who was following the victim's car. This vehicle is described as a Dodge Charges, silver in color. If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Many Police Department at 318-256-5617.

August 25, 2015, Tuesday

 School Burglary

Two men have been arrested after staff and students from Pitkin High School arrived Friday morning to find their school had been broken into and vandalized, authorities said. Shane Trinity Perkins, 20, and Everette Ray Cody Foster, 25, were arrested after Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office reviewed the school's video surveillance system that had captured two white male subjects breaking into the school causing damage to school property and stealing various items. Both men were arrested and charged with one count of simple burglary, theft under $750, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. Bonds are pending.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Soldier Killed

A Fort Polk soldier was killed early Sunday when hit by a vehicle while trying to walk across a highway near Lake Charles, State Police Troop D reported. The victim was identified by police as Devin Lee Olmos, 22, of San Antonio, Texas, a soldier at Fort Polk. The driver of the vehicle, Marcus Devin Pettifield, 37, of Lake Arthur, has been charged with vehicular homicide, State Police said. Olmos was struck by the pickup truck. He was taken to a Lake Charles hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. Pettifield was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. A breath test indicated Pettifield was over the legal limit for alcohol, police said. Pettifield was charged with vehicular homicide as well as driving under suspension and was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The crash remains under investigation.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Trooper Shot

A Louisiana State Trooper was shot in the head with a shotgun Sunday afternoon near Bell City, authorities said. Trooper Steven Vicent, 43, a 13-year veteran of the state police force, was airlifted to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, where he is in critical condition, Col. Mike Edmonson said at a news conference Sunday evening. a suspect, Kevin Daigle, 54, was arrested. Edmonson said Daigle is to be charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer. Authorities said Vincent was responding to a call of a vehicle driving erratically around 2:45pm Sunday. When he arrived, a Dodge pickup truck driven by Daigle was in a ditch at the corner of LA 14 and Fruge Road. Edmonson said video of the shooting showed Vincent trying to convince Daigle to get out of the truck and let him help him get the truck out of the ditch. "I watched as that truck door came open and i saw a shotgun blast," Edmonson said. "This guy was carrying a sawed-off shot-gun. Let me tell you something, that shotgun wasn't to do anything else but hurt somebody, kill somebody." Shot, Vincent attempted to go back to his unit to call for help, Edmonson said. Daigle exited his truck and walked to Vincent, speaking  to him asking him if he was still alive, Edmonson said. More than one drivers passing by stopped to help, including one who turned around, and "encountered" Daigle, Edmonson said, the man wrestled the shotgun from Daigle, wrestled Daigle to the ground and used Vincent's handcuffs to restrain him. The passers-by gave aid to Vincent.

August 24, 2015, Monday

Kidnappers Arrested

Four people have been arrested after trying to kidnap a child -- one of the people involved being his mother, authorities said. Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department said Raymond Brown, 49; Sean Brown, 25; Laken Brown, 20; and Anik Hoggatt, 31; were arrested in connection with a possible abduction of a 3-year-old child who was later found unharmed. According to authorities, on Tuesday, August 18th the homeowner reported an unknown number of subjects entering his home, physically attacking him and taking his child. After several interviews, detectives learned that one of the people involved is the 3-year-old's mother. Laken Brown has been charged with one count of ciminal trespass. Bond was set at $519.50, she has bonded.

August 21, 2015, Friday

Mama's Oyster House Fire

The Natchitoches City Fire Department is investigating what sparked a fire at a restaurant. Fire crews were called to Mama's Oyster House in the 600 block of Front Street near the intersection of Church Street Thursday evening. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the attic space of the building. Fire crews were able to reach the fire from inside the building and extinguish it in minutes before the fire department was going to cut through the roof. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. But seems to have started from the kitchen area.

August 21, 2015, Friday

Teen to be Prosecuted as an Adult

The 15-year-old accused of fatally stabbing his aunt on Wednesday will be charged as an adult, according to DeSoto Parish District Attorney Gary Evans. Evans says that while the deadly attack does not qualify as a capital murder case, he will recommend that the teen be charged as an adult based on the seriousness of the crime. Relatives say it was 36-year-old Yolanda Hunter's 15-year-old nephew who attacked her as she slept, stabbing her multiple times. Hunter, 36, reportedly awoke and grabbed the knife from her nephew, who had also been badly cut. Because the suspect is a juvenile, Sheriff Arbuckle will not release his name. However, he did remark on the shockingly random nature of the crime. The teen is being held at the Ware Juvenile Youth Center in Coushatta on a charge of second degree murder. A juvenile court hearing will likely take place on Friday to determine whether to he will remain in custody. A grand jury will be convened in the next 30 days to determine the exact charge.

August 21, 2105, Friday

Quilt Show

Red River Quilters Annual Quilt Show will be judged by a certified Quilt Judge. The theme is Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating Red River Revel's 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 2nd thorugh Sunday, October 4, 2015 part of the Red River Revel Arts Festival. On Friday, October 2nd show hours will be 10am to 6 pm, Saturday, October 3 - 11am to 6pm, and Sunday, October 4 - 11am to 4pm at the Riverview Hall, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA. Admission will be $5 Saturday and Sunday are included with Red River Revel ticket. For more information go to, www.redriverquilters.com

August 20, 2015, Thursday

Murder Indictment

A Leesville woman is facing a murder indictment Wednesday night. Amber Lisotta is charged with killing Timothy Prather back in June. Her attorney has filed a motion to appoint a sanity commission to determine if she's compentent to help with her own defense. Now a group of doctors will decide if they think she is competent. In the meantime, no arraignment date has been set and not much more can be done until the sanity commission makes its ruling.

August 20, 2015, Thursday

Mansfield Homicide

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing that left one person dead. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said it happened just after 7 on Wednesday evening in the 600 block of Brown Street in Mansfield. Deputies say the sheriff's office dispatch was told that Yolanda Hunter had been stabbed. Hunter was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Authorties say a 15-year-old male relative is responsible for the stabbing and was taken into custody. Arbuckle said he is not releasing the suspect's name at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

August 20, 2015, Thursday


The Vernon Parish sheriff's Office is looking for two men who kidnapped a small child from it's father's home. Police say the men took the child to it's mother's home. Deputies returned the child to it's father but they are still looking for the two men. There is no further information on this story at this time.

August 20, 2015, Thursday

First Degree Murder

A Vernon Parish man has been found guilty of First Degree Murder in a case dating back to 2011. A Vernon Parish jury deliberated for about an hour before finding Jousha Xavier Griffin guilty on Saturday. Griffin was also found guilty of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. On April 13 of 2011, Vernon Sheriff's deputies found the body of 23 year old Jason Perry on the ground  at a mobile home park in Rosepine. Two other men, Dontrez Banks and Andre Porter were also arrested in the case. Both men pleaded guilty to Manslaughter and Conspiracy to Commit Simple Robbery and agreed to testify against Griffin at trial. He had been stabbed several times. No word yet on when Griffin, Bank or Porter will be sentenced.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Reward Offered

The family of Shannon McCullough is offering a $500 reward for any information leading directly to the finding of Shannon McCullough. Please contact the SPSO at 318-256-006 with any information.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Music Academy

The Northwestern State University Music Academy will begin its second year Monday, August 24th. The academy is under the direction of Northwestern State music faculty Dr. Christine Allen and Dr. Francis Yang and offers piano and guitar lessons for area students in pre-K thorugh 12th grade. For more information, contant Yang at yangf@nsula.edu.

August 19, 2015, Wednesday

Prevent Forest Fires

It might be slow moving but that does not mean it is not tough. Through the area has been under a no burn advisory the Lafayette fire was sparked by an unattended campfire in an area near the Longleaf Trail. Tackling the flames requires an inter-agency effort, bringing in two helicopters, and a crew of more than 20 firefighters from a job corp in Kentucky. Firefighters used drip torches to light certain areas on fire as part of a back burn to ensure the fire does not grow any larger than it already is. The Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway from LA 119 to FS 339 is closed to all traffic.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Downtown Shooting

Sabine Parish sheriff's detectives planned to interview gunshot victims from an early morning shooting Sunday in Converse. Investigators have few clues as to the identity of the gunman who fired eight shots or more into two vehicles as they traveled together north on U.S. Highway 171 through the small Sabine Parish town. Three males in a pickup truck were not injured; however, three of four occupants of the second vehicle were struck by the bullets, Police Chief Keith Manshack said. The only description the victims were able to give then was that the gunman or gunmen were in a dark-colored vehicle that reportedly followed them from Many, where they attended a reunion event. Gunshots were fired first at the pickup truck, Manshack said, causing the driver to slam on his brakes. Then the car in front became the target. Manshack describes the weapons used as a large caliber handgun and a small automatic rifle. He hopes surveillance video from some of the downtown businesses can help identify the shooter's vehicle.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Fall Scramble

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation will hold its Annual Fall Scramble, presented by C. D. Morgan & Associates, on Monday, October 25th at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club in Woodworth, LA. Festivities will begin at 11am with lunch followed by a shotgun start at Noon. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams as well as Closest to the Hole and Longest Drive winners. Refreshments and live entertainment will conclude this very special event. The tournament will be limited to 18 four man teams. Team entries are due Monday, October 19, 2015. Several sponsorship opportunities are available through Monday, September 21, 2015. For more information please visit www.nrmchospital.org or contact the NRMC Foundation Office, 318-214-4558.

August 18, 2015, Tuesday

Shannon McCullough

Many Police are searching for a missing person : Shannon McCullough, white male, 5'8, weighs approximately 170, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen on August 7th driving a 2001 white Mitsubishi Montero sport. Anyone with any info please contact the Sheriff's Office at 318-256-5617 or call 318-379-8748 immediately. Family, Friends, and other volunteers gathered at Toledo Town on Saturday morning for a search of the area for Shannon or his vehicle. Any help would be appreciated.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Catfish Junction

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at the Catfish Junction restaurant in New Llano. Deputy Chief Brant Thompson said the fire call came in at approximately 1:15am Saturday. The Fire Marshal's Office was notified at 2:07am. Catfish Junction has been around for close to 30 years. The restaurant was in operation Friday evening with the last employee reported leaving the location around 11:30pm that night. Thompson said the restaurant has been under new management for 15 months. The structure is a total loss and the investigation remains active.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Converse Shooting

Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 4:12am on August 16th, reporting that three people had been injured when the vehicle they were in was shot repeatedly. The incident happened on Hwy 171 inside the city limits of Converse. There were seven people traveling northbound in two different vehicles when a third vehicle began shooting at them as it passed. All three people injured were in the same vehicle and were transported to University Health in Shreveport. No one in the second vehicle received any injuries. Witnesses described the vehicle that shot at them as a dark colored car that continued northbound after the shooting. The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is currently assisting the Converse Police Department in the investigation.

August 17, 2015, Monday

Blue Bell Back in Business

Blue Bell Ice Cream could reach Texas store shelves as early as next month. Houston may be the first to receive the product based on proximity to distribution, a spokesperson fo rH-E-B confirmed. Social media exploded with buzz Thursday after several trucks were seen rolling into the city. Blue Bell announced on Tuesday that trucks are back on the road, filled with ice cream. The company did not give a concrete date for when the ice cream will be sold, as its flagship Brenham creamery and the Broken Arrow plant remain closed, Blue Bell spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said earlier this month.

August 14, 2015, Friday

Protecting Fort Polk

Protecting Fort Polk from major personnel losses in the face of Army cuts was "a team effort," U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and David Vitter said at an appearance in Alexandria. "We both feel very fortunate to be a part of that team," Vitter said. The Republican senators spoke at a Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event Thursday. Not surprisingly, recent Army troop reductions and their effect on Fort Polk was the major topic. Army officials announced last month how they plan to meet a mandated reduction of 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilian personnel. As part of those cuts, the Vernon Parish post will lose 388 troops, but will retain the brigade combat team stationed there. In a worst-cast scenario, Fort Polk could have lose more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel. Fort Polk escaped major losses during a similar process in 2013.

August 14, 2015, Friday


The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics agents arrested several residents this week on drug charges, authorities said. Sheriff Sam Craft said the arrests are part of an "ongoing investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics" in the parish. Frank Hamby II, 47, and Gwendolyn Brister,50, both of Leesville, were charged on Aug. 10. Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force agents found the two at Brister's residence. After a search, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Hamby was arrested on one count of possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into the parish jail with a bond of $7,500. Brister was ticketed for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Hamby has since bonded out. Jeffery Neal, 30, of Leesville was also arrested on Aug 10. Narcotics Task Force agents searched his residence and found 1-1/2 pounds of marijuana. He was arrested on charges of one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of obstruction of justice. He posted his bond of $15,857.50 on Aug. 11.

August 14,2015, Friday

Angles X-Play World Series

On Wednesday, August 12th in the 2pm game, Alabama remained unbeaten defeating Louisiana by a score of 1-0. Tallassee, Alabama, captured the 2015 Dixie Angles X-Play World Series Championship. Sabine, Louisiana, was the recipient of the 2015 Dixie Angels X-Play Runner-Up Award. The coveted James E. 'Obie' Evans Angels X-Play Sportsmenship Award was presented to Aynor Area, South Carolina.

August 13,2015, Thursday

Wild Mustangs

About 700 feral horses roam Fort Polk, the Kisatchie National Forest and neighboring lands, and they're getting in the way of training at the Army base. The Army is holding a public meeting Thursday in Leesville to explain the problem and ask about ways to eliminate the horses. Base spokeswoman Kim Reischling says the horses like to gather in open, grassy areas, but that's where training goes on. That poses a danger that horses could get hit by vehicles or aircraft or might bite or kick soldiers. And she says the animals also create a manure problem. Officials are trying to figure out how to eliminate what officals call "trespass horses." Federal courts ruled in 2003 that they don't fall under the 1971 law protecting wild horses and burros.

August 13, 2015, Thursday

Skeletal Remains Found

Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office deputies have recovered the skeletal remains of an individual in a wooded area near Zwolle, LA. Deputies were responding to a call of a vehicle parked on a hunting lease when they found the remains in the general area of the vehicle. The vehicle and suspected driver, Morris W. Davenport III, 36, of Converse, had been reported as missing to the SPSO on July 9th by Chief Keith Manshack of the Converse Police Department. Davenport has not been seen since he left his job sight on July 2nd. Investigators have not determined a cause of death at this time and are attempting to identify the remains. Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-256-9241.

August 13, 2015, Thursday

Alert Patrol Deputy investigating Suspicious Activity uncovers Dogfighting Operation

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Natchitoches man in connection with a possible dogfighting scheme near the Marthaville community in Natchitoches Parish; while another is being sought according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Thursday evening August 6th at approximately 11:15pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on La. Hwy 120 near the Natchitoches-Sabine Parish line in Marthaville, La., when they observed suspicious activity at a vacant mobile home.

Deputies say recent burglaries in the area, prompted Deputy Kenny Vines to stop and investigate the matter further.

While checking the area, Vines came in contact with a person in the driveway identified as Kerry T. Kahey.  
Deputies say while speaking with Kahey they asked him if he was alone he responded “yes” although they could hear additional activity behind the residence along with dogs barking which made the deputy believe criminal activity existed.

Shortly thereafter, deputies made contact with an individual identified as Ronald C. Payne.  
Both subjects were acting extremely nervous.

Additional NPSO units were enroute to assist.

While the deputy was in his unit attempting to obtain background checks on both individuals, Payne who has an extensive criminal history began walking towards the deputy, while Kahey ran to a nearby Ford F-150 grabbed an unknown object and ran into some nearby woods.

When additional units arrived on the scene to assist, they observed suspected  marijuana in plain view on the seat of the truck.

While deputies were attempting to locate Kahey, they observed several trails and several pit bulldogs staked in various areas around the property including other items commonly used in dogfighting operations.

Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents also responded to the scene.

Deputies continued to search the area for Kahey but were unable to locate him at that time.

Deputies applied for and obtained a search warrant for the property and buildings signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

During a search of the mobile home, property and buildings, deputies seized  thirteen (13) pit bulldogs varying in ages, some with minor visible scarrings, two dog treadmills to build animal strength and speed, assorted chains,harnesses,pulleys, assorted vitamins, protein, an unknown substance believed to be creatine to build muscle mass, 1000 watt generator,  portable kennels to transport dogs and a Black Diamond AR-15 semi-automatic rifle stolen in a theft at Nichols Store in Many, La. on March 26th, 2015.

The Ford F-150 is also being held as evidence.

The weapon will be released to Many Police at a later date.

The dogs were transported from the scene by NPDC animal control and are currently being housed at the Natchitoches Detention Center.

Animal control officers report the dogs are friendly to humans but do attack the other dogs on sight.

As a result of the investigation, deputies have arrested:

Ronald  C. Payne Jr., 44, of the 1500 block of Pauline Street, Natchitoches, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Dogfighting, Cruelty to Animals, Possession of Marijuana-2nd Offense, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Probation Violation.

Payne remains in the Natchitoches Detenton Center with bond set at $55,000.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for the second suspect that fled in the woods in dogfighting investigation:


Kerry Turman Kahey, B/M, 37, Hgt/511, Wgt/240, Hair/Blk, Eyes/Brown, with tattoos on his Right arm, Left forearm, Left arm of the 100 block of Rock Creek Road, Marthaville, La. with ties to the Natchitoches and Sabine Parish wanted by the NPSO for Dogfighting, Cruelty to Animals, Possession of Marijuana, and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

If you see Kahey, contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office at 352-6432 or your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective Carey Etheredge of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-7830.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies previously uncovered a dogfighting operation near Natchitoches on April 17th, 2015 when twenty-three bulldogs were seized resulting in two arrests.

Involved in the investigation and arrest were:  Deputy Kenneth Vines, Detective Carey Etheredge assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division, Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Many Police Department.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

DeRidder Fire Claims Life of Homeowner

State Fire Marshal investigators continue to examine the facts surrounding a residential fire that killed a homeowner in DeRidder early Tuesday morning.

 Firefighters responded to the fire shortly after 1:00 a.m., finding the blaze confined to the  master bedroom of the home. After entering the residence, firefighters located the lifeless body of homeowner Paul Ashworth, 52, on the floor adjacent to the bed.

 After being notified of Ashworth’s death, State Fire Marshal investigators arrived on the scene and determined that the fire began on the bed before spreading throughout the room. Investigators were informed by family members of the victim that Ashworth was a heavy smoker who habitually smoked while in bed.

 Within the area of the bedroom where the fire originated, investigators noted the presence of smoking materials and a disposable butane lighter. While the investigation continues into the cause of this deadly fire, investigators suspect that unsafe smoking practices played a role in the man’s death.

 After being examined by investigators, Ashworth’s body was released to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy.

 The status of this investigation is active.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

Angels X-Play World Series

On Tuesday, August 11th, in the 2:00 pm ET elimination game, Louisiana eliminated North Carolina 5-1 and advanced to the Championship round.  In the 4:00 pm ET game, Alabama eliminated South Carolina 6-0 and remained undefeated advancing to the Championship round.  In the 2:00 pm ET game, a win by Alabama gives them the Championship while a win by Louisiana forces a second game at approximately 4:30 pm ET against Alabama with the winner claiming the Championship.

August 12,2015, Wednesday

Vehicular Homicide

A DeQuincy man indicted in the death of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Monday in state district court. A grand jury charges James J. Abdalla, 85, with vehicular homicide in June in connection with the March death of his girlfriend, Mary Franklin, 56, in the driveway of their home off LA 27. She died at the scene. Abdalla reportedly ran Franklin over the driveway. According to the indictment, Abdalla was drunk at the time of the incident. A court date was set for December.

August 11,2015, Tuesday

Golf Scramble

The Annual Many Golf Scramble for MHS Football will be held at Cypress Bend Golf Resort on Saturday, August 15th. If you would like to enter a team contact Mike Ross, Bobby Slaydon or Adam Founds at Julian Foy Motors.

August 11,2015, Tuesday

LA Angels

The LA Angels defeated Mississippi 9/0 on Monday afternoon in Moore County, NC. To advance to the final four in the 2015 Dixie Angels X-Play World Series. Louisiana Angels play at 1pm central today to continue their dream of a world series championship.

August 11, 2015, Tuesday

Safest Place to Live

DeQuincy has been named the safest place to live in the entire state according to an online study. The findings ranked the top 11 safest places in the state, based on total population versus the number of violent crimes in each area. The study reveals DeQuincy has just over 3-thousand residents and the number of violent crimes is zero. The information was posted on the "only in your state" website on August 6, 2015. Ann Cormier, a resident who's lived in DeQuincy for 45 years said she agrees with the ranking.

August 10 ,2015, Monday

ULM International

Monroe and ULM police are investigating the death of an international student. Monroe Police say her body was found late last night in the 400 block of Filhoil Avenue, just off of ULM's campus. She's described as an Asian woman in her thirties. Police say she hadn't been seen in more than a week, and when a friend went to check on her, they found her dead. Her body was sent off for an autopsy Sunday, and police are treating this as a homicide until they can get the results of those tests.

August 10, 2015, Monday


The Many Police Department is attempting to locate Jimmy Lee Holden, a Many resident, who is wanted for simple assault and resisting arrest. The charges stem from an August 4th disturbance at the Many Apartments. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Holden is asked to call the MPD at 318-256-5617.

August 10, 2015 , Monday


Louisiana State Police say a Merryville man died when his pickup truck collided head-on with another pickup that had crossed the center line of Louisiana 3226 in DeRidder. Sgt. James Anderson says 54-year-old Gary Blair died and the other driver, 25-year-old Edmond Victor III of Leesville, was seriously injured. He says invesigators are looking into what caused Victor's 2010 Ram pickup truck to cross the center line on Highway 3226 about a mile north of U.S. 190. Anderson says neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

August 10, 2015, Monday

Help Our Seniors

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is out of fans for our seniors. With the temps rising daily, The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is requesting fan donations to assist in keeping the seniors cool. Fans may be dropped off at our facility located at 200 Legacy Drive. Your donations will be greatly apperciated.

August 7,2015, Friday

Officer Thomas LaValley

Shreveport police have confirmed that suspected SPD officer killer 27-year-old Grover Cannon is now in police custody. Cannon will be booked into jail on three separate charges; first degree murder, attempted second degree murder and domestic battery. A memorial service honoring the life and service of Officer Thomas LaValley will be on Friday, August 7th at 4pm at the Summer Grove Baptist Church located at 8924 Jewella Avenue in Shreveport, LA. Visitation will follow until 9pm. Officer LaValley had been with the police department since February 2011.

August 7,2015, Friday

School Registering

Many Jr. High School is registering students this week into next week. Parents are encouraged to register their students before the first day of school.

August 7,2015, Friday

Blue Bell Back in Business

Public health officials have given Blue Bell the ok to resume the production and sale of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant. Jim McVay, director of health promotion and chronic disease at the Alabama Department of Public Health, said Wednesday that Blue Bell can resume full production at its facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. He says product testing and trial runs have shown no indications of the listeria contamination that caused illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas, and a crippling recall in April. Other production facilities in Oklahoma and Texas remain closed.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

Officer Shot

Shreveport police have confirmed that the officer shot in Queensborough Wednesday night has died. Shreveport Police Department will hold a news conference at 9:30 am this morning with updated information. More than 6 dozen police units are on the scene, and DeSoto Parish is also lending a helicopter in the search for the gunman, and a Special Response Team is currently at a home in the 3400 block of Judson street. Bossier City police, as well as Louisiana State Police are also assisting. Bossier City SWAT team officers and K9 units have been searching houses in the Judson and Lakeshore Dr. area. Officers were called to the 3500 block of Del Rio Street just after 9pm Wednesday for a call of a suspicious person or prowler. Authorities say they are looking for a male gunman but no description has been provided.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

BBQ Chicken

The Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry is having a $7 BBQ chicken plate dinner fundraiser for one of their own, Chuck Chumley, who was injured in a bike accident 2 weeks ago and will be off work for 2 months. Plates will be ready for pickup at the Many Market Basket parking lot at 10:30 Saturday, August 8th morning. Donations will also be accepted.

August 6, 2015, Thursday

State Sales Tax Holiday

Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday, just in time for families preparing to send their children back to school. The holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. It does not apply to sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

August 5,2015, Wednesday

Pressure Washer Gone

An 18-year-old Natchitoches man is accused of roping a pressure washer from a residence, using a horse to drag it away and selling it for $40, according to a release. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's detectives got a report about the theft from the 1200 block of Miller Farm Road near Natchitoches on July 14th. The victim said an Excell 2400 pressure washer, valued at about $400, had been taken. When the victim and detectives watched surveillance video, they saw two men on horses who were trespassing on the property. One of the men, later identified as Issac Zeno of the 1500 block of Pauline Street, attached a rope and used the horse to take the pressure washer, according to the release. Zeno was interviewed on July 20th at the office's Criminal Investigation  Division "where he confessed to the theft," reads the release. The pressure washer was recovered in Natchitoches. Zeno was arrested and was charged with trespassing and theft of less then $750. He later was released.

August 5,2015, Wednesday


The LifeShare Bus will be at Walmart in Many, LA on Wednesday, August 5th begining at noon until 6pm. You must have a photo ID. Make sure you eat a good meal and increase fluids before you donate. Also, be sure you know the names of all medications you take. Anyone age 16 or older, in good health who meets height, weight and donation eligibility requirements may give blood. 16 year-olds must present signed permission from a parent or guardian at each blood donation.

August 5,2015, Wednesday

Jindal Ousting Planned Parenthood

Gov. Bobby Jindal is ousting Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program. The Jindal administration announced Monday it was ending four provider agreements that reimbursed Planned Parenthood for providing health care services to low-income patients through the grovernment funded Medicaid insurance program. Termination of the agreements comes after an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research. Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, cited the videos in his announcement. Planned Parenthood doesn't provide abortions in Louisiana, but offers cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted disease treatment and other health services in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Melissa Flournoy, Louisiana state director for Planned Parenthood, said Jindal's decision will lessen health services for the poor. The organization has 30 days to appeal.

August 4,2015, Tuesday

Train Wreck

Early Monday morning in Zwolle, LA a train hit a 18-wheeler knocking the tail end off. The accident caused all three of the rail road crossings to be shut down, forcing people to travel the Noble cut off to reach either side of the town. Luckily the driver was able to exit the truck before the train hit the truck.

August 4, 2015, Tuesday

Stolen Equipment

Two Red River Parish men have been arrested in a joint investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Red River Parish Sheriff's Office in connection with the theft of heavy equipment from a Natchitoches construction company. On July 6th, deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to a report of a theft at Regional Construction in the 100 block of Industrial Drive near Natchitoches. Deputies say while speaking with the owner of the company, they learned that a Caterpillar D3 dozer and a 28-foot Tophat flatbed trailer valued over $100,000 dollars were taken from the company premises during the early morning hours of July 1st, 2015. On July 15th, Red River Parish Sheriff's detectives arrested Jarvis L. Moore, 23 of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, LA, in Red River Parish on the outstanding Natchitoches Parish warrants. Moore was released into the custody of NPSO Deputies and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he was booked and charged with 2-counts of Felony Theft. On July 19th, Houston Police Department in Texas arrested Rob Moore on a unrelated matter and during his arrest learned he was wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Rob T. Moore, 24, of the 1800 block of Bonner Road, Coushatta, LA waived extradition while in Harris County Jail and was transported back to Natchitoches where he was booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with 2-counts of Felony theft. Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches detention center awaiting bond.

August 4,2015, Tuesday

Avoiding Cuts

Fort Polk's military value and community support were key factors in the installation avoiding major cuts, its commanding general said. Brig. Gen. Timothy McGuire spoke at a Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce event in Alexandria Friday. Not surprisingly, the major topic was the recently announced Army cuts, and what the Fort Polk community can do to avoid similar cuts in the future.

August 3,2015 Monday

Drugs and Guns

Several DeRidder residents were arrested on Friday morning after a joint investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, authorities said. Investigators got a search warrant Friday and searched a mobile home, three campers and three sheds at a 19-acre compound in DeRidder. They discovered approximately six grams of methamphetamine, two grams of marijuana, a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, 23 long guns, and 4 handguns on the property. Leslie R. Self, 54, Wyatt Self, 21, Elissa S. McGlothlin, 28, Paul J. Nash, 51, Allan Richmond, 38, Shannon C. Cryer, 53,  were all arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.

August 3, 2015, Monday

New Laws

The start of August marks day one for hundreds of new laws passed in the most recent legislative session. Below are some of the newest laws on the books in Louisiana. Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse is now grounds for an immediate divorce. Additionally, abusers under a protective order are banned from possessing a firearm. Anyone convicted of a domestic abuse related battery is prohibited from possessing a firearm for 10 years. Cell Phones in School Zones: drivers using hand-held cell phones in a school zone will face fines, if the school district has a sign posted stating that such use is prohibited. Vehicle Inspections: vehicle inspection stations are now permitted to conduct inspections in the rain. Trailer Inspections: Single-axle, two-wheeled trailers and boat trailers no longer need to undergo state inspection. Attacks on Referees: there are now stiffer sentencing penalties for parents convicted of battery against a school or recreational contest official, a minimum of 5 days of jail time or 10 days if the referee suffers serious bodily injury.

August 3, 2015, Monday

Cleaning Out Your Closets?

Consider donating some of your gently-used, work-appropriate clothing to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to help men and women who are leaving state correctional facilities. They can use the clothing as they interview for jobs as they re-enter society. The department has partnered for eight years with Refined by Fire Ministries and Men's Wearhouse to collect the clothing. This year's drive ends on Friday, so take your donations to  2385 Z. MacArthur Drive, Suite 102, in Alexandria.

July 31,2015, Friday

Shots Fired

More than 2 dozen Shreveport police officers are searching for a driver they say shot at an officer during a traffic stop.  Police say an officer was trying to stop a car on Kings Highway around 3:30am under I-49 when a man jumped out of the car and ran off. Police on the scene say shots were exchanged between the man on the run and the officer. Detectives and K9 officers are also on scene searching for the man.

July 31,2015, Friday

High Speed Chase

A 15-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon, after leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Rapides Parish while driving a stolen car. Just before 4pm Louisiana State Police Troop E learned that a 2015 Chrysler 200 stolen in Avoyelles Parish was traveling north on Louisiana Highway 1 towards Rapides Parish. Less than an hour later, a deputy with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office located the car. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle on Louisiana Highway 3170 in Rapides Parish. The driver responded by accelerating, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour, and traveled north into Alexandria. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of a convenience store on North Mall Boulevard and the driver fled on foot. Authorities quickly apprehended the driver and placed him under arrest for speeding, aggravated flight from an officer, no driver's license, and resisting arrest.

July 31,2015, Friday

Personally Identifiable Information

The start of a new school year is right around the corner and students and parents will be seeing some changes as far as privacy goes. A new state law aims to protect students' personal information. Using students names publicly, such as an honor roll list in the newspaper, will no longer be allowed under the new law. The legislation prevents schools across the state from publishing "personally identifiable information." New rules are now added an extra section to the school's district's handbook that covers student privacy. The new law says schools can no longer publish two pieces of identifiable information: student's name and grade. But parents can sign waivers giving permission for their children's personal identifiable information to be used. And the penalties for breaking this law are big ones. A 10,000 dollar fine and up to three years in jail.

July 30,2015, Thursday

Oakdale Crash

One man is dead,   and a woman is injured following a single-vehicle crash near Oakdale on Wednesday morning. According to Louisiana State Police Troop D, a 2005 Ford Expedition was heading west on River Dam Road near its intersection with La. 1152 when, for unknown reasons it left the road and traveled 140 feet before striking a tree. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 38-year-old Jeremy Drake of Oakdale was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The only other occupant of the vehicle, identified as 36-year-old Tabitha Johnson of Oakdale, was not wearing a seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators believe impairment by Drake could have been a factor in the crash. A routine toxicology sample was collected and will be submitted for analysis.

July 30,2015, Thursday

Toledo Bend Drowning

Sabine County game wardens are investigating a drowning in Toledo Bend Tuesday night. According to Game Warden Doug Williams, authorities were called out to the Shawnee Shores subdivision around 8:30pm. "We were called about a stranded boat," Williams said. " Another boat was about to get close and saw a body floating in the water." Williams said the victim is a 66 year old man but the name is not being released yet. The incident is still under investigation.

July 30,2015, Thursday












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