Local and Area News

Possibly Intoxicated Woman, Baby in Home with no Heat

Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a 32-year-old woman on endangering a child Tuesday after a welfare check at a home with no heat or electricity and found her passed out next to an infant in a baby seat. Myra Rebecca Colby Duckworth, of Waco, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a state-jail felony endangering a child-criminal negligence charge.

December 8, 2017 Friday

Convicted Felon Found with Meth, Rifle during Traffic Stop


Officers with the San Augustine Police Department arrested a 33-year-old Spurger man on felony drug and firearm charges after a traffic stop on State Highway 96 Tuesday night. The man was found with nine plastic baggies of methamphetamine and a rifle beside him in the vehicle, according to the offense report. Rusty Wayne Mathis is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on a first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, a third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge, and a Class misdemeanor unlawfully carrying a weapon. According to the narrative of the offense report, San Augustine Police Department officers were patrolling Highway 96 when they made a traffic stop on a white Dodge Dakota with a defective tail light at about 9:53 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle came to a stop in the Checkpoint parking lot. When one of the officers spoke to Candice Bohler, the driver of the pickup, she said she had bought the vehicle three hours prior to the stop and admitted that her license was suspended. Bohler was arrested at the scene because her license was suspended, she had no insurance, and she had multiple previous convictions for both charges. Mathis was a passenger in the vehicle. After Bohler was arrested, he was told to call someone to come get him because he also didn’t have a valid driver’s license. He was also told to gather his valuables from the Dakota. At that point, one of the officers did an inventory on the vehicle and found a Remington Model 710 7-Magnum rifle in the front passenger area of the pickup, the affidavit stated. Mathis then told the SAPD officer that rifle was probably loaded. Mathis admitted to having been released from prison 16 months earlier after he was asked if he had any previous felony convictions. When one of the officers asked if Mathis if he had any weapons or anything they needed to know about on his person, he said no. However, during a pat-down search of Mathis, an SAPD officer found a small, gray zip-up case in the pocket of his jacket. Mathis denied knowing what was in the case, and when one of the officers opened it, he found nine plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth and one syringe, the affidavit stated. Mathis allegedly told the SAPD officers that he was unaware that drugs in the car and that he grabbed the case from under the seat when he was collecting his belongings. Later, the two SAPD officers spoke to Mathis at the jail and asked him if he wanted to talk about the meth. Once again, he said he didn’t know what had been in the case, the affidavit stated. Mathis also told the officers that he and Bohler had been heading to Lufkin to pick up a four-wheeler from a man they had met online. According to the affidavit, Mathis admitted to the case being in his pocket, but said again that he didn’t know what was in it.

December 8, 2017 Friday

Sulphur Man Cited for Alleged Deer Hunting Violations

A Sulphur man was cited for alleged deer hunting violations after attempting to hunt for deer in his vehicle, according to authorities. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents observed a vehicle stop in the roadway, shine a spotlight into a nearby field and shoot at a suspected deer in the field from the vehicle, according to LDWF officials. Agents were able to stop the vehicle and found Jared L. Adamas, 34, with a loaded Browning 30-06rifle, a handheld spotlight, and a freshly fired 30-06 hull in the driver's side floorboard. Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

December 7, 2017 Thursday

National Weather Service Says Emergency Warning Was False Alarm

On Wednesday, four counties in East Texas received a false warning from the National Weather Service Office in Shreveport. The alert stated a radiological hazard warning was in place for Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, and Cherokee counties.  "We're going to review our procedures that we used to issue this product to see if there's anything that we can do to keep this from happening in the future," said NWS head meteorologist, Mario Valverde. "If we find something, we're going to change it because, yeah, it did cause a lot of angst for people today." The following is the statement released by the National Weather Service. National Weather Service: The routine Wednesday morning NOAA Weather Radio Test inadvertently transmitted as a Radiological Hazard Warning this morning. At 11 am, the Shreveport National Weather Service erroneously and inadvertently transmitted the routine NOAA Weather Radio Wednesday morning communications test under an incorrect header that triggered the Specific Area Message Encoder to display an incorrect Radiological Hazard Warning.  The proper Specific Area Message Encoder to display for the routine weekly NOAA Weather Radio Communications test during each Wednesday morning between 11 and noon is Routine Weekly Test. The correct communications test message was rebroadcast at 11:10 am this Wednesday morning with the proper Routine Weekly Test. The National Weather Service regrets any inconveniences to our listening audience. In Angelina County, emergency management coordinator Ricky Connor remembered hearing the alert coming through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather radio.  "I wanted to know what was going on so I started checking with my other emergency management officials and it was long enough for me to contact Nacogodoches, tried to contact Cherokee County because it was only for four counties," said Connor. Connor said that he received multiple calls from worried citizens who also shared his confusion with the warning.  "When I saw that I thought that was odd," said Connor. "You know if it was a radiological event. It's going to be include, to me I would think it would include everywhere." The NWS has yet to put forth a reason for the mistake, but Connor has his opinion. "Someone's hacked into whatever system and has put this out there to scare people," said Connor. In Connor's 10 years of serving with Angelina Emergency Preparedness, he said that he's never seen a mistake like this. "Everyone we get from the national weather service is legit," said Connor. "You know, whether it's severe whether, you know, high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes."

December 6, 2017 Wednesday

Fatal Wreck Involving 18-Wheeler in Nacogdoches County

A two vehicle wreck involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck that occurred on U.S. Highway 59 in Appleby Wednesday has claimed the life of a Nacogdoches woman. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges reported the fatal wreck on the NCSO Facebook page. The Facebook post said the wreck occurred near Tom's Grocery Store. Amanda Woodard, a co-manager at Tom's Grocery Store, saw the wreck and immediately called 911. She said an 18-wheeler was parked on the side of Highway 59, and it obstructed the woman's view. "A lady stopped and got some gas, tried to pull out of our parking lot," Woodard said. "Her view was obstructed by an 18-wheeler that was parked on the other side of this concrete barrier. As she was trying to pull out, she wasn't able to have a clear view, and that's when the 18-wheeler coming down 59 T-boned her in the driver's door." Woodard said as the woman pulled out, the truck driver blew his horn, but it may have startled the woman because "she just kinda paused." "He didn't have time to hit his brakes or respond in any way," Woodard said. A press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety press release echoed what Woodard said. According to the preliminary crash report, a 1997 GMC pickup driven by Elizabeth Gomez, 22, of Nacogdoches, failed to yield the right of way from a parking lot and was struck by a 2003 International commercial vehicle that was traveling north on Highway 59. Gomez was pronounced dead at a Nacogdoches hospital, the press release stated. The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 62-year-old man from Rusk, was not injured in the crash, according to the press release. The crash is still under investigation.

December 6, 2017 Wednesday

Hunter Finds Body in Jasper County 

A hunter looking for a new place to hunt came across a body Tuesday evening in Jasper County. Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said dispatch received a call around 5 p.m. from a man who said he found body parts when he was looking for a place to move his deer stand.Newman said deputies went to County Road 350 in the Erin community and secured the scene. They came back after daylight Wednesday and recovered the remains with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.Newman said they have no way of identifying the body and do not even know its gender.The body is being sent to a Texas Department of Public Safety forensics lab and could take up to six months to determine an identity, Newman said. The sheriff said he would guess the person has been dead for at least two years. "More information will be released upon further results," a press release from the Jasper County Sheriff's Office stated.

December 6, 2017 Wednesday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that a boil advisory has been issued for Anthony and Yellow Pine Roads in Florien, Louisiana.

December 5, 2017 Tuesday

DPS Identifies Driver, Passenger Killed in Sabine County Wreck

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated yesterday afternoon a two vehicle crash on US 96 about one mile north of Devils Creek that resulted in two fatalities. The preliminary crash investigation indicates the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet SUV was traveling north on US 96 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Investigators believe the SUV hydroplaned and crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a 2017 Ford pickup head-on.

The driver and passenger in the SUV both died at the scene of the crash. The driver is identified as Scott Morris, 51, from Mittie, Louisiana. The passenger is identified as Kandy Nichols, 45, also from Mittie, Louisiana. A five year-old child in the SUV was also injured in the crash and transported to a Jasper Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pick-up is identified as Sammy Jones, 52, from Wiergate, TX. Jones was also transported to a Jasper hospital with unknown injuries.

December 5, 2017 Tuesday

San Augustine Looks To Derail Centerville's Season

The San Augustine Wolves have been rolling through opponents all season and are looking to claim the school's second state championship. The last state title was in 2003. This year's team is 13-0 and believe they could be a better team. "We want to be better  than that team," running back KJ Davis said. "We want people to look at us as the record to beat." To make that dream a reality, the team must travel to Palestine and knock of Centerville, a team who always fairs well in the region. Centerville is 10-3. "This is exciting and to play a team like Centerville who is always good and going to the fourth round will make it fun," quarterback Gavin Murr said. The team has plenty of weapons that can cause the Tigers headaches. The main threat could come through the air. "We have not been worried about many DB's.," wide receiver Q Borders said. "We like the challenge and if we are one on one than we will take it." The winner of the game will then move on to face either Mason or Refugio in the next round. The Wolves know that those two teams are state favorites and could cause a challenge.

December 5, 2017 Tuesday

CPSO: Credit Union Employee Swiped Nearly $50,000 from Dormant Accounts


An accountant with Barksdale Federal Credit Union is facing serious criminal charges, following her arrest for the alleged theft of almost $50,000.   In September, Kesha Hope Kestler transferred $4,000 without authorization from a dormant account belonging to a deceased credit union member, into her personal account according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. Later, authorities say Kestler closed another dormant account and fraudulently had a $10,101.23 cashier’s check issued for the balance, which she deposited into her own account once again. Finally, Kestler allegedly printed a fraudulent check, payable to herself, drawn on the deceased member’s account for $35,000, authorities say. According to the sheriff’s office, the alleged thefts were discovered when one of the deceased member’s heirs contacted the credit union about the dormant account. Kestler is now facing a single account of theft, which carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison. Booked in the Caddo Parish Correctional Center on Friday, Kestler is now out on a $25,000 bond.

December 5, 2017 Tuesday

Man Fighting For His Life After Being Hit by Vehicle

Shreveport police say a man was in life-threatening condition after being struck by a vehicle. It happened about 7 p.m. Saturday at Jewella Avenue at Mansfield Road. The man was wearing dark-colored clothing when he walked directly into traffic, authorities said. He was taken to University Health in serious condition. The driver stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed.

December 4, 2017 Monday

Sheriff's Office: Nacogdoches Man Arrested After 7 Malnourished Dogs Found at Home


A 17-year-old Nacogdoches man turned himself in to authorities Thursday in connection to allegations that sevens dogs found at a home on County Road 566 appeared to be malnourished.  Some of the dogs were chained without shelter, and others were inside kennels with no access to food or water, according to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office. Dakota Wayne Harrell is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on seven Class A misdemeanor cruelty to non-livestock animal charges. No bail amounts have been set for the charges. According to a press release, NCSO deputies were dispatched out to a home on CR 566 on Nov. 2 in reference to possible animal cruelty. When they arrived at the scene, they found seven dogs that appeared to be malnourished.  “Deputies observed that some dogs were chained and had no shelter,” the press release stated. “Some dogs were inside kennels and had no food or water. The animals appeared to be malnourished and showed other apparent medical issues that had been caused from neglect.” When the NCSO deputies talked to the neighbors, they were told that no one had been seen at the home for several days, the press release stated. The neighbors also said they had never seen anyone taking care of the animals. On Nov. 3, NCSO deputies obtained a warrant from Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace David Perkins. After the animals were seized, they were taken to the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter for medical treatment and proper care.  “Deputies contacted the suspect and found out from him that he had not fed the animals in over a week,” the press release stated. “Deputies continued the investigation and found more probable cause that the suspect had neglected the animals and not properly cared for them.” A hearing was held on Nov. 5, and the animals were awarded to the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter. NCSO deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Harrell on Nov. 22, and he turned himself in on the seven cruelty to animal charges on Thursday. He was then booked into the county jail.

December 4, 2017 Monday

Suspect in Chrevron Robbery Turns Himself in to Nacogdoches Police Department

A day after he allegedly robbed the Chevron convenience store at the corner of University Drive and Martinsville, the suspect turned himself in to the Nacogdoches Police Department. Darrell Twain Forney, 47, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony robbery charge. His bail amount has been set at $25,000. Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department said that Forney turned himself in to police on Thursday in connection to the robbery, which occurred late Wednesday night. The probable cause affidavit stated that Forney approached an NPD officer in the 200 block of West Hospital Street Thursday and said he wanted to turn himself in for a robbery he committed at 1000 North University on Wednesday. After he was advised of his Miranda rights, Forney admitted to the crime to an NPD officer and an NPD investigator, and it was recorded on video and audio. The affidavit stated that Forney was wearing the same clothes he had been wearing during the robbery, and he still had some of the stolen property in his possession. He was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail. Sowell said Thursday that the suspect demanded money, and he kept reaching into his waistband, indicating that he had a weapon. The clerk gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash, and the man fled on foot.

December 4, 2017 Monday

Beaumont Teen Missing

Authorities are still looking for another missing girl, 15-year-old Autumn Rice. Officials say Autumn has been missing since October 30. Autumn was walking to West Brook High School when she was reported missing on October 30. Rice is 5-foot-5 and about 160 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on Autumn Rice’s whereabouts is asked to call the Beaumont Police Department at (409) 832-1234.

December 1, 2017 Friday

Mauriceville Teen Found Safe

Heaven Cox was found safe at a Louisiana residence late Thursday afternoon. The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced the 15-year-olds safe return on their Facebook page. Heaven was unharmed and has been reunited with her family.

December 1, 2017 Friday

Vinton Couple Arrested After Daughter Found Malnourished and Covered in Lacerations

A Vinton couple is under arrest after a malnourished child brought to a hospital was found to have a lacerated kidney and several sores, bruises and rashes, authorities said. Detectives found the home in which the 5-year-old girl lived to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence, said Cmdr. James McGee, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. Three other children were living in the home - a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. The children's father told detectives that the kids were at times locked inside their bedrooms with the windows nailed shut and covered with garbage bags, McGee said. They would be left without food or water for several hours, sometimes overnight and into the morning.  The girl was transported to a hospital in New Orleans and the children placed in the care of the Department of Children & Family Services. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office began investigating on Sept. 22 after receiving a report from hospital staff who were treating the 5-year-old girl for seizures, said Cmdr. James McGee. The children's mother, Tammi S. Campbell, 40, was arrested Sept. 23 on a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Judge Clayton Davis set bond at $15,000. She posted bail on Sept. 24 and was released from jail, but she was arrested again on Sept. 25 - following the children's father's interview with detectives - and charged with three counts of cruelty to a juvenile. Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $225,000. The children's father, Brian S. Fisher, 40, was also arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and three counts of cruelty to a juvenile. Ware set bond at $325,000. Deputy Sr. Cpl. Elliot Phillips was the initial arresting deputy.  Detectives Ben Hare and Michelle Robinson are the lead investigators.

December 1, 2017 Friday

La. Sec. of State Tom Schedler testifies before Congress Oversight Committee

Secretary of State Tom Schedler flies to Washington D.C. this week for testimony Wednesday, Nov. 29 before the House Subcommittees on Information Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs. The hearing was held at 1 p.m. and is entitled "Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box." Secretary Schedler highlighted efforts to secure and protect voting machines across the country on behalf of the National Association of Secretaries of State and specifically highlight Louisiana’s elections best practices including how we protect equipment from tampering. Additional participants scheduled to appear with Secretary Schedler include:

  • Christopher C. Krebs, Senior Official performing the duties of the Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security;
  • Edgardo Cortés, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections;
  • Matthew Blaze Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania and coauthor of the DEFCON 25 report; and
  • Susan Klein Hennessey (minority witness), Fellow in National Security Law in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.

November 30, 2017 Thursday

Texas Postal Employee Charges in Connection with Body Found in Jeff Davis Parish


A 30-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping in connection with a body that was found in Jeff Davis Parish in October. Little information was known about the situation when the U.S. Postal Service's Investigative Unit located the body on Oilfield Road, just south of I-10 in Jeff Davis Parish. Last week, Don Gaines was charged in federal court with kidnapping a woman, whom he then transported from Texas to Louisiana and killed, according to information from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas. Several Texas stations have reported the dead woman as Gaines' girlfriend, 28-year-old Gayla Roy, who was reported missing on Sept. 11 after she did not show up for work for two days. Both Gaines and Roy were post office employees, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Gaines was also the father of Roy's two children. Gaines is accused of choking Roy in her car, after which he believed her to be dead. She regained consciousness, but Gaines brought her to Louisiana against her will. "Gaines stopped the car along the feeder road of Interstate 10, took the victim into the woods where he shot her in the head and abandoned her body." Gaines could face the death penalty if convicted.

November 30, 2017 Thursday

Angelina County Man Arrested After Leading Pursuit with Stolen Vehicle

A Lufkin man is behind bars after leading officers on a pursuit in Angelina County this afternoon. Jose A. Cazares, 37 was arrested after leading a pursuit with a stolen vehicle. According to the Angelina County sheriff’s office, the pursuit began after a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call of a stolen vehicle. When Deputy Nick arrived at the scene, he was met by a woman who filed the complaint, who told him she saw a man drive by in her brother’s truck. According to authorities, the complainant called and asked her brother if he had lent his truck to someone. The complainant’s brother confirmed he only lent his truck to his son for fishing. A description of the vehicle was later broadcasted to all units. When a deputy spotted the suspected vehicle, Cazares fled away. Cazares was arrested after the vehicle came to a stop at a residence in Ironwood. He was then booked into the Angelina County jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest with a vehicle.

November 30, 2017 Thursday

Body of Center Woman Found on Shelby County Property; Suspect Charged with Murder

A press release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office shed new light on the Brandi Tenille Wright case. After Wright, 38, was reported missing in late October, her car was found at a home on County Road 1012. After a search warrant was issued to search the 60-acre property, the suspect in the case told investigators where to find Wright’s body on the property. Charles Dearing Jr., the suspect in the case, is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on a first-degree felony murder charge and a second-degree felony possession of marijuana charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $2.8 million. According to the press release, Investigators with the Shelby County DA’s office and the Center Police Department got a warrant to enter the property and had Wright’s car towed to the CPD office, where it was processed by a Texas Department of Public Safety forensic team. At that point, authorities got another warrant to search the 60-acre property on CR 1012, the press release stated. “Investigators for the District Attorney’s Office, Center Police Department, San Augustine Sheriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executed the secondary search warrant on November 17, 2017,” the press release stated. “During this search, investigators recovered several 5-gallon buckets of marijuana, an industrial size trashcan of marijuana, a large plastic tote of marijuana, 1,750 marijuana plants and implements that were clearly utilized for the cultivation of marijuana.” As a result, Dearing, 69, was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, the press release stated. During his arraignment, Dearing allegedly asked to speak with investigators and told them where Wright’s body could be found on the property on CR 1012. Investigators with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, the Center Police Department, the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Rangers executed a third search warrant on the property. After Wright’s body was exhumed, it was taken to Tyler, where an autopsy was performed. Dearing was then charged with first-degree murder. “Due to the ongoing investigation of the murder, no more information can be released at this time,” said Joey Haley, an investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

November 29, 2017 Wednesday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory has been lifted for HWY 6E (Natchitooches Highway) from Tiger Drive to the Natchitoches Parish line and all surrounding roads.

November 29, 2017 Wednesday

Man Accused of Voyeurism at Natchitoches Walgreens

A man is behind bars after being accused of videoing a woman while in a Natchitoches store's restroom. Jamel L. Tolliver, 19, is charged with video voyeurism.  Officers were called to the Walgreens in the 300 block of Keyser Avenue regarding a man who was inside the women's restroom, according to Natchtioches Police Department. At the store, officers met the victim that said a man entered the restroom and filmed her by placing a cell phone under the stall. Officers met with Tolliver. After a search of his phone yielded videos of the victim in the restroom, he was arrested. Toliver was placed in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center; his bond is set at $5,000.

November 29, 2017 Wednesday

State Police Looking for Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Claimed Life of Moss Bluff Woman


Louisiana State Police are looking for a driver and a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that left a Moss Bluff woman dead, according to authorities.  Samantha Broussard, 29, Moss Bluff, was walking on the shoulder of the I-10 westbound on-ramp where it merges onto I-10 just west of La. 397, when she was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene, said Sgt. James Anderson, with the Louisiana State Police. Troopers believe Broussard was struck by a car based upon evidence at the crash location, said Anderson. The vehicle that struck her would likely have heavy damage to the front passenger side. Anderson asked anyone with information to call Troop D at 491-2511.

November 28, 2017 Tuesday

Jasper County Sheriff: Man Shot, Killed after Property Confrontation With Relatives

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting incident that occurred on Saturday in Brookeland. According to a press release from Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman, JCSO deputies were dispatched out to a home on County Road 201 in reference to a shooting that had just occurred. When deputies and EMS personnel arrived on the scene, they found a man who was later identified as Eddie Isabell lying on the living room floor.  Although someone at the scene performed CPR on Isabell, he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, Newman said. Further investigation revealed that Isabell was shot after he unlawfully entered the home of his sister and brother-in-law with a gun and confronted them about property issues.

November 28, 2017 Tuesday

Lufkin Man Dies in Broaddus Construction Accident Involving Fallen I-Beam

A 25-year-old Lufkin man died in a construction accident in Broaddus last week after a steel I-beam he had been working on fell on him. According to a press release from the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at a work site on County Road 4717 at about 8:51 a.m. on Nov. 13. The 911 caller told the San Augustine County dispatcher that an I-beam had fallen on a worker, and he wasn’t moving. When the SACSO deputies arrived on the scene, EMS personnel and first responders were already there. The first responders told the deputies that the man had been identified as Zachary Blake Brasher and that the justice of the peace had been notified. Justice of the Peace Billy Williams pronounced Brasher dead at the scene at 9:56 a.m. on Nov. 13, the press release story. “Witnesses were on scene and were very upset,” the press release stated. “One witness told deputies that Zachary was painting the metal I-beams that were propped up by a wooden pole." A witness said he heard the beam fall, and when he turned around, he realized that it had fallen on Brasher. The witness told a SACSO deputy that he called for another worker to come help him get the beam off of Brasher, the press release stated. The witness said that Brasher had worked for the company off and on for four years. “It is undetermined if the hose to the paint gun caught the brace or if Zachary himself caught the brace by going under the beam,” the press release stated. KTRE is reaching out to the sheriff's office and to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for more information.

November 27, 2017 Monday 

Unrestrained Colfax Woman Killed in Fiery Interstate Crash

 A Colfax woman is dead following a fiery crash on I-49 just after noon on Wednesday. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:05 p.m. after it occurred on Interstate 49 north of Cloutierville. The crash involved a 2008 Ford pickup, driven by Sheri Lynne Frisby, 39, of Colfax. The Ford was southbound on Interstate 49 when Frisby lost control, due to an apparent tire failure. Troopers said that Frisby's vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and collided with a large tree, before becoming fully engulfed in flames. Frisby was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected during the crash. She received moderate injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment. Her only passenger, identified as Betty B. Siders, 71, of Colfax was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police described her as having been unrestrained as well. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. In its release to the media, State Police wanted to remind driver to wear their seat belts to reduce their chances of being injured or killed in a crash. They said not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.Troop E Troopers have investigated 35 fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in 42 fatalities.

November 27, 2017 Monday 

Person of Interest in Shelby County Missing Person Case Charged With Murder

The man who was identified as a person of interest in a case involving a missing 38-year-old Center woman was charged with first-degree murder earlier this week. Charles Dearing, 68, of Center, is still being held in the Shelby County Jail, according to jail staff. He has been charged with first-degree felony murder second-degree felony possession of marijuana between 50 and 200 pounds, and his collective bail amount has been set at $2.8 million. The Center Police Department sent out a missing person bulletin in regard to Brandie Tenille Wright on Nov. 3. When East Texas News spoke to Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires on Tuesday, he declined to respond to a question about whether or not Wright’s body had been found. However, the Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center posted an obituary for Wright on its website earlier this week. Visitation for Wright will be at the Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the obituary. Wright was the mother of two daughters. On Tuesday, Shires said they had identified Dearing as a person of interest in the case and that a search warrant was issued for Dearing’s home. When authorities executed the search warrant on Dearing’s home, they found him to be in possession of a second-degree felony amount of marijuana - between 50 and 200 pounds, Shires said. A Shelby County judge set Dearing’s original bail amount for the possession of marijuana charge at $1 million because of the $350,000 estimated street value. However, that bail amount has since been increased to $1.5 million. Shires said on Tuesday that the case is still very much an open investigation, and as a result, he was unable to release a great deal of information about the investigation. Wright was last seen alive in the Center area. 

November 27, 2017 Monday 

Former Fenton Housing Authority Accused of Issuing Multiple Unauthorized Checks for Personal Use

An investigative audit of Fenton's Housing Authority in Jeff Davis Parish find the former executive director converted more than $34,000 of dollars of housing authority funds for her personal use. According to a report by the State Legislative Auditor, Gwen Jackson issued and negotiated 52 unauthorized checks to herself, other Fenton Housing Authority employees and to her family members between March and September 2017. Jackson resigned in September. The legislative auditors are now recommending that Fenton Housing Authority seek legal advice to figure out how to move forward, including recovering the funds from the unauthorized checks. Click HERE to view the full audit report.

November 22, 2017 Wednesday 

SPD Asks For Help Finding Runaway Teen

Shreveport police are asking the public for help finding a girl who they say has been missing for four days.  Police say 17-year-old Kiera Cornelius was last seen on Saturday in the 6800 block of Pines Road. She is described as being 5'5" tall, weighing about 180 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  She was last seen wearing a black and gray hoodie with a red Raising Cane's shirt and jeans. Anyone with any information about Cornelius' whereabouts is asked to call Shreveport police at 318-673-7020 or Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

November 22, 2017 Wednesday 

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable microbiological 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 6E (Natchitoches Hwy) from Tiger Drive to the Natchitoches Parish Line and and all surrounding roads. It is recommended that all consumers in the affected area disinfect their water before consuming it, making ice, brushing teeth or using it for food preparation by the following mean: Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.

November 21, 2017 Tuesday 

Kinder Man Turns Himself In After Being Accused of Sexual Assault


A Kinder man is accused of sexual assault, according to authorities. On Nov. 3, a complaint was filed with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office regarding a sexual assault. The complaint indicated the assault occurred on Oct. 8., according to Commander Ramby Cormier with JDSO. Tyler Romero, 19, Kinder, turned himself into the Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office after a warrant for his arrest was obtained for the charge of third-degree rape, said Cormier.  Romero was booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail and his bond was set at $50,000.  Romero posted bail on Nov. 20.

November 21, 2017 Tuesday 

Shreveport Native Among Three Killed in Helicopter Crash

A Shreveport man was among three people killed when an air ambulance went down in eastern Arkansas, according to his family. John Auld III, who also goes by Trey, died on board the helicopter. According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the helicopter crashed in DeWitt located in Arkansas County. All three aboard the medical helicopter died. The Associated Press reports that Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt at the time of the wreck. Lunsford says no patients were on board. FAA investigators are heading to the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. Auld is a former rural volunteer firefighter in Caddo Parish and he was also a Duke of Centaur. The helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS. The company said on its Facebook page that it's "devastated by the sudden loss of three of our team members." Additional details about what caused the crash are not yet known.

November 20, 2017 Monday 

NSU Will Not Retain Head Coach After 5 Seasons

Northwestern State University is letting go of its head football coach at the end of the season. After five seasons, Jay Thomas will coach the Demons one last time Saturday afternoon. Thomas told his players Friday night that the Stephen F. Austin game will be his final one as their coach. “Coaching transition is never easy and that is especially the case when it involves a first-class person like Jay Thomas,” said NSU athletics director Greg Burke. “I am certain that many others share my appreciation for how well Jay has represented Demon football. I wish him and his family all the best going forward.” Thomas has a 20-36 record with the Demons, 14-27 in Southland Conference play.  Burke said Saturday's NSU-SFA contest is the sole focus for Thomas right now, but consideration of options for choosing a new head coach is underway and will intensify Sunday.

November 20, 2017 Monday 

FSA Names Additional Parishes as Disaster Areas

The federal government has designated several Louisiana parishes disaster areas due to damages caused by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency recently named Cameron, Grant, Natchitoches and Rapides parishes as disaster areas. On Tuesday, Strain said additional areas were named as contiguous disaster areas. These are Allen, Avoyelles, Bienville, Calcasieu, DeSoto, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Red River, Sabine, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn. The designation makes farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the FSA. Hurricane Harvey and its flooding swamped parts of the state from August 26 through October 10.

November 17, 2017 Friday 

Natchitoches Turns On Christmas Lights Thursday

The flip of the switch coincided with the ribbon cutting on a $4 million and nearly yearlong restoration of Natchitoches' riverfront. The renovated rue Beauport Riverfront is where free fireworks shows and musical performances will be staged Nov. 18 to Dec. 23 as part of the famed Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

November 17, 2017 Friday

NSU Announces Thanksgiving Break

Northwestern State University will be closed November 20 through November 24 for Thanksgiving break. Classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen Monday, November 27. Watson Library will close Friday, November 17 at 2pm and will reopen for regular hours on Saturday. November 26 at 2pm. The Randall J. Webb Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be open Saturday, November 18 from 9am-2pm and 1pm on Sunday November 19. Operating hours on November 20-22 will be from 5:30am to 8pm. The WRAC will be closed on November 23 – 24 and will reopen on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 5pm. The facility will resume regular hours on Sunday, November 26. Currently admitted students can register for spring classes through NSU Connect at my.nsula.edu.

November 17, 2017 Friday

Arc of Sabine Finds New Home After Fire

ARC of Sabine staffers officially are back to work more than a week after fire nearly destroyed the social service agency's day center in Many. Through the kindness of their neighbors, ARC of Sabine’s leaders said they have a temporary office up and running in a home at 470 Main St. “Today is our first day back, full day,” program director Roderick Davis said. “Out of our roughly 90 clients that we have, we have all back today except for 10. And so we’re up and running full-fledged.” Firefighters found the Arc of Sabine day center in the 500 block of San Antonio Avenue almost engulfed in flames just after 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. They battled the blaze until 3 a.m. Nov. 8 and still were putting out several hot spots later that afternoon. ARC of Sabine's day center provided job training and other services daily to nearly 100 disabled people throughout Sabine Parish. One of the agency's clients is accused of setting the fire. Brett Thomas Shoemaker remains in Sabine Parish Detention Center, where the 25-year-old Pleasant Hill was booked the evening of Nov. 8 on one count each of simple arson and criminal trespassing. No bond has been set. Shoemaker is suspected of entering the day center when it was empty then setting fire to combustible material in the back of the building’s storage room, according to the Louisiana state fire marshal’s office. Authorities reported finding Shoemaker hiding in bushes when they arrived to put out the fire. “When you have an unforeseen circumstance like this, you just do the best you can with the situation that’s presented in front of you,” ARC of Sabine’s Assistant Program Director Tim Goodwin. But Davis said that Wednesday’s move is thanks to the retired owner of Boyen’s Hardware next door to their old building. The owner let them lease property they owned at 470 Main St. “It was one of the homes that they had and it was vacant and, actually, we were looking for a place to set up our administrative office fairly quickly," Davis said. The owner of Boyen’s Hardware is letting the agency lease that building for a new day center to replace the one that burned, he added, and they can use it the moment their inspection of it is finished. “Because we’ll have residents or clients inside the facility, there are certain codes that we have to meet for state licensing and so we’re actually in the process of doing that,” Davis said. “You know, when we need help, people work,” ARC of Sabine client Cesaer Cazaress said. “Sometimes I have to help them, you know what I’m saying?” Davis also said they can renovate what’s left of their burned day center once their insurance adjusters quote them a cost. Should they receive the license to house their temporary day center inside Boyen’s Hardware, Davis estimated they’d stay there for up to a year until renovations on their burned center are complete. For now, Davis said, he just wants to thank the community for their support in getting them on this first step to recovery. “The concern that our community has shown us, the support that they’ve shown us being down for these few days,” he said with a smile. “We’re probably doing as well as we could during the circumstances.” ARC of Sabine is keeping the same hours - 7 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - at its temporary office at 470 Main St., Davis said. Call (318) 256-2202 to learn more about ARC of Sabine's services.

November 16, 2017 Thursday

High School Senior Accused of Bringing Handgun Onto Campus

A Bossier Parish high school senior is suspected of bringing a handgun onto a school campus. Authorities say it happened Wednesday at Plain Dealing High.  A school resource officer got word that 18-year-old Tyjuan Thomas might have brought a weapon onto the school grounds, Bossier School District spokeswoman Sonja Bailes said. A search turned up a handgun. "No threats were ever made toward other students or the school, and no one was harmed," Bailes said. Thomas reportedly told investigators he had the gun for protection in the wake of a crime involving his brother, who was a victim of gun violence.  "That incident was unrelated to the school and did not happen on a Bossier Parish school campus," Bailes said. Thomas now is being booked on one count each of illegal carrying of a weapon and illegal possession of a firearm in a gun-free zone, Bossier sheriff's Maj. Charles Gray said. Booking records show bond has been set at $1,000 on the charge of illegal carrying of a weapon. No bond has been set on the other charge. Thomas is set to appear before a judge Thursday, Gray said.

November 16, 2017 Thursday

All Lanes Reopened on I-20E After Fiery Tractor-Trailer Wreck on Wednesday

All lanes are open now on Interstate 20 east near Interstate 49 in Shreveport, according to DOTD.  Caddo 911 dispatch records indicate the wreck happened at 5:27 p.m. near southbound Interstate 49. It took firefighters hours to extinguish the blaze, which destroyed the big rig's cab and part of its trailer.  Authorities had been detouring traffic via I-49. At one point, there were 14 Shreveport Fire Department units and a dozen police units on the scene.

November 16, 2017 Thursday

Missing Shreveport Teen Found Safe

The search for a missing Shreveport teen is now over after being found safe. Shreveport police did not say where Joseph Nunley was found, but they say he was safely located on Wednesday. Nunley was last seen wearing a gray shirt with blue sleeves, a gray hoodie, gray jogging pants and gray Nike tennis shoes. Police say he could be in the Harrison County city of Marshall. 

November 16, 2017 Thursday

Tyler County Sheriff: Inmate Died While in Custody at Jail; Autopsy is Pending

A 41-year-old Ivanhoe woman died Sunday after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the Tyler County Jail. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said in a press release that the Texas Rangers are investigating the death of Amie Coon, 41. He said Coon was found unresponsive in her cell at the Tyler County Jail Sunday night. Jail staff, TCSO deputies and Woodville Police Department officers administered CPR on Coon until EMS personnel arrived, the press release stated. Tyler County Justice of the Peace Ford pronounced Coon dead at the jail later that day, the press release stated. "A autopsy will be performed in Beaumont later this week to determine the cause and manner of death," the press release stated. According to the press release, Coon was being held on injury to a child, injury to the elderly, and assault-family violence charges. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Sabine County for possession of a controlled substance.

November 15, 2017 Wednesday

DeSoto Parish Deputies Seek Burglary Suspect

Deputies in DeSoto Parish are asking the public for help finding a man wanted for simple burglary. Dustin C. Weeks of Mansfield, La. is wanted for two counts of simple burglary. Weeks, 32, is described as being 6’1” tall and weighing 196 pounds. DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that results in Weeks' arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP(7867). All calls are confidential. People with information can also contact the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)872-3956.

November 15, 2017 Wednesday

Sabine Parish Police Jury

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse, 400 S. Capitol Street Many, Louisiana.

November 14, 2017 Tuesday

Angelina County Affidavit: Etoile Man Molested 9-Year-Old Girl

Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 23-year-old man Sunday in connection to allegations that he molested a 9-year-old girl. Roger Allen Whinery, of Etoile, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a second-degree felony indecency with a child by sexual contact charge. No bail amount has been set on the charge yet. According to the arrest affidavit, a Child Protective Services investigator contacted a Huntington PD officer and told him that a 9-year-old girl had made a sexual assault outcry to her in regard to Whinery. The CPS investigator said that the girl told her that Whinery had touched her privates several times in the period from December 2016 to June of this year, the affidavit stated. The HPD officer then set up a forensic interview for the child at Harold’s House in Lufkin. During the interview, the girl allegedly said Whinery touched her inappropriately twice. In addition, the alleged victim said that Whinery told her he had a surprise for her before he pulled her pants down. According to the affidavit, Whinery told the girl not to tell anyone what had happened. Later in the investigation, Whinery came in for an interview with the Huntington PD officer, and he denied all of the allegations and said they weren’t true. Whinery said he would cooperate fully with the investigation and said that he was willing to take a polygraph test, the affidavit stated.

November 14, 2017 Tuesday

Nacagdoches ISD School Bus Involved in Wreck; No Students Injured

Nacogdoches Independent School District Bus No. 9 was involved in a wreck around 4 p.m. today while making a stop on Lane Drive near Liles Boulevard. None of the 56 students on board were injured. The bus was not damaged and was used to transport the students home on the remainder of the route, NISD Transportation Director Stacy Lampkin said. The bus was struck in the rear by a passenger car while students were preparing to exit at the stop. Lampkin said the bus driver reported having the bus’s stop sign extended. Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating the wreck, Lampkin said. This evening, Lampkin is contacting parents of students that were on the bus.

November 14, 2017 Tuesday

DeSoto Woman Airlifted to Shreveport Hospital After Car Crash

A DeSoto Parish woman was airlifted to University Health Hospital in Shreveport suffering moderate injuries following a two-vehicle crash on I-49, Monday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. On Monday afternoon November 13 at approximately 2:57pm, Natchitoches Police, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches City Fire Department, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Life Air 1 Medical helicopter responded to 911 reports of a two-vehicle injury crash on I-49 north of Natchitoches near milepost #139. Units arrived on scene finding one occupant trapped in the wreckage. According to Louisiana State Police, 62-year-old Suzanne Powell, of Mansfield, La. was traveling northbound on I-49 north of Natchitoches operarting a 2016 Infiniti QX-70 in the outside lane when she apparently veered off the road on the right side striking a parked eighteen wheeler on the right shoulder that was unoccupied and disabled at the time of the crash due to mechanical problems. Powell was extricated from the vehicle by Natchitoches City Fire Department, treated at the scene by Natchitoches EMS and airlifted by Life Air to University Health with moderate injuries. Deputies say traffic was slowed in the area for approximately 3 hours while State Police investigated the crash. M/T S. Pezant worked the crash investigation.

November 14, 2017 Tuesday

30-Year-Old Man Dies After 2-Vehicle Wreck Involving 18-Wheeler Near Timpson

A 30-year-old Timpson man died after a two-vehicle wreck involving a pickup and an 18-wheeler that occurred on U.S. Highway about two miles north of Timpson Friday morning. According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Johnathon Martin Jr. was transported from the scene of the crash to a hospital in Center and was later pronounced dead. The preliminary crash investigation shows that at about 8:40 a.m. Friday, a 2006 Freightliner truck-tractor rig was making a U-turn on US 59 in an attempt to travel south. A 2009 Ford pickup driven by Martin that was also traveling south struck the side of the trailer being towed by the Freightliner truck, the press release stated. The driver of the Freightliner, a 32-year-old man from Houston was not injured in the crash. The wreck is still under investigation.

November 13, 2017 Monday

Former Angelina County Deputy Arrested on Sexual Assault of Child Charge


A former Angelina County Sheriff's deputy is facing allegations of a sexual assault of a child. According to Angelina County Jail records Billy Joe Murphy was booked into the jail Friday. Records also show that Murphy bonded out on Saturday. Angelina County Capt. Alton Lenderman said the sheriff's office is not involved in the case. Lenderman said this case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers who are with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Lenderman confirmed that Murphy worked as a deputy with the sheriff's office several years ago. Murphy currently works with Jasper Police Department. Bond was set at $75,000.

November 13, 2017 Monday

Public Service Announcement

The Town of Many Water System will be shut down beginning at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, to repair a broken valve. Service restoration is expected by 6:00 a.m. Sunday, November 12. The town will be under a boil advisory until further notice.

November 10, 2017 Friday

Two Dry Creek Residents Die in Two-Vehicle Accident

A two-vehicle accident on La. 112 claimed the lives of two Dry Creek residents Thursday night, according to Louisiana State Police spokesman James Anderson. Upon investigation, troopers revealed a 2001 GMC Sierra traveling South on La. 399 crossed into the path of a log truck traveling West on La.112. The driver of the GMC pickup truck, 86 year-old Elaine Picard, and her passenger, 82 year-old William Picard, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Anderson. The driver of the log truck, 68 year-old Charles Davis of DeRidder, was flown to Rapides Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. The log truck caused the pickup truck to travel an additional 350 feet before coming to a stop. Routine toxicology samples were taken and are currently being analyzed. Crews will begin working to clear logs from the area around 9:00 Friday morning. The crash remains under investigation.

November 10, 2017 Friday

Harvey Recovery Continues in Southwest Louisiana

It’s been over two months since Tropical Storm Harvey made its way through Southwest Louisiana, but areas are still working to repair damage caused by the storm. Vernon Lake has been lowered to 12.5 feet below pool stage. Hundreds of residents were asked to evacuate during Harvey because there was doubt the dam would hold steady and now the damage to the Dam looks worse than expected. Bodies of water south of Vernon Lake like Anacoco Lake are being monitored. Anacoco is being kept at pool stage to prevent any issues farther south as well. Any area along the Anacoco Bayou down to the Sabine River could be affected by Vernon Lake, if the dam were to breach. The repairs are expected to take around a year. The work is being funded with money from FEMA.

November 10, 2017 Friday

South Toledo Bend Water District to Receive Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the South Toledo Bend Water District, which services the town of Many in Sabine Parish, will receive a rural development grant in the amount of $150,000. The grant will provide federal funding to replace a previously failed hydro-pneumatic tank that has caused drinking water shortages for over 2,900 residents in the area. This project is funded through the Persistent Poverty Initiative for fiscal year 2017.

November 10, 2017 Friday

New Website Releases Louisiana School Ratings

Louisianaschools.com is up and running. The site allows you to search schools, districts and care centers, to see their state grades and the 2017 ratings have now been released.  Sections are available for test results, discipline and attendance, sports/club/extra curricular activities. Also the overall results for the school districts are available and the levels of schools within them. Locally, Beauregard Parish scored an 89.3 performance score, which gives it a B. Breaking it down by schools, they have 9 B-level schools and 3 at C-level. Vernon Parish earned 107.9 performance scores, which gives them an A. They have 11 A level school and 7 that earned a B.Entirely new is the ability to use this program to look up daycare center's ratings and inspection reports, as well as the ability to save to a "favorites" section to compare between multiple schools. 

November 9, 2017 Thursday

DOTD Updates Drawdown on Vernon Lake Being Done for Repairs

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced the water level of Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish has reached the desired depth to assess damage that occurred during Hurricane Harvey. The drawdown was necessary to evaluate the condition of the dam. The lake will be maintained at or near its current level until a full assessment of the damage is complete, designs are developed for the repairs, and the repairs are finalized. The management gate will be operated to maintain the existing lake level; however, water levels will fluctuate during this period due to rainfall and the gate’s limited capacity to remove runoff. The dam remains stable at this time. The timeframe for project completion and for the lake to return to pool stage is contingent on the results of the assessment. Updates will be provided throughout the process. Anacoco Lake, located downstream of Vernon Lake, is near pool stage, and intentions are to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage during the repair process. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would also like to remind all property owners that any work to the shoreline or lake bottom of a state waterbody requires a permit from either the Division of Administration Office of State Lands or the US Army Corps of Engineers. For information on permit requirements contact the Lake Charles LDWF office (337) 491-2575, the Office of State Lands (225) 342-4578 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office (817) 886-1306. For questions regarding the drawdown, contact Brad Sticker (318) 561-5280 or Jonathan Lachney (318) 561-5103 with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.


November 9, 2017 Thursday

LSP Places Three Troopers on Leave, Suspends LACE Program


Louisiana State Police have placed three troopers on paid administrative leave and suspended a ticket writing agreement with many local parishes pending a criminal investigation. The suspension and review result from a Raycom Media undercover investigative series. The series of reports uncover questionable actions related to the program.   The three troopers placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation include Eric Curlee, Daryl Thomas, Byron Sims.  State Police spokesman Major Doug Cain says the Raycom Media undercover video appears to show the troopers "claiming hours for time they weren't working."  Reporter Lee Zurik and his investigative team spent much of the summer and fall on the undercover surveillance investigation and brought the findings to State Police Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reeves. Reeves was noticeably upset and immediately called for the suspension of the LACE program. LACE is short for Local Agency Compensated Enforcement Detail. 44 parishes throughout the state contract with state police. They hire troopers to write tickets in those parishes on highways. The local government keeps the ticket money but reimburses state police for trooper overtime and mileage. It's unclear how long the program will be suspended but questions about some highly paid police officers remain.  Many local parishes throughout the state contract with State Police. They hire troopers to write tickets in those parishes on highways.  The local government keeps the ticket money but reimburses LSP for trooper overtime and mileage. Parishes in Northwest Louisiana participating in the program include Claiborne Parish, DeSoto Parish, Bienville Parish, Natchitoches Parish, Winn Parish, and Lincoln Parish. It's unclear how long the program will be suspended. But questions about some highly-paid police officers remain.

November 9, 2017 Thursday

Person Of Interest In Custody After Fire at S.A.R.C.

One person is in police custody following a blaze that destroyed a Many business on Tuesday night. A judge issued a court order for the male suspect, who is a former client of SARC of Sabine, according to Assistant Police Chief Dwayne Brumley with the Many Police Department.  The building has been destroyed. Brumley added that clients are allowed to do odd jobs, like washing cars and cutting grass, under supervision. Many PD has contacted the state fire marshal's office for further investigation.

November 8, 2017 Wednesday

Major Fire At S.A.R.C. Building in Sabine Parish

Firefighters in Many have called for help fighting a blaze downtown. It's at SARC of Sabine. That's in the 500 block of San Antonio Avenue and about a mile down the street from the Many Fire Department. Indications are that the building houses a tire shop and is where SARC employees wash cars and where inspection stickers are available. It took town firefighters several hours to get the fire under control. They have requested help from fire departments throughout the parish. The building caught fire again Wednesday morning but is under control. 

November 8, 2017 Wednesday

Sabine Parish Schools and Students Make Exceptional Gains

November 7, 2017 – Sabine Parish School District receives a District Performance Score of 98.4, “B”, improving a record-high 15.7 points. District and school level performance scores were released by the Louisiana State Department of Education November 7, 2017. The paper-based and computer-based assessments administered to students last spring, indicate their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for success in college, career and life. These tests include a wider variety of questions requiring students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically. According to data released today, Sabine Parish ranks 18th in the top 20 highest performing districts in the state. A record-high 100% of Sabine Parish schools improved academically and earned progress points while improving or maintaining their letter grade standing and increasing their annual school performance score. Six schools earned a higher letter grade. Converse High School moved from grade “C” to grade “B” with 17.2 points improvement overall and a score of 97.5. Pleasant Hill High School moved from grade “C” to grade “B” with 16.5 points improvement and a score of 90.8. Ebarb High School moved from grade “C” to grade “B” with a 6.5 point increase and a score of 89.1. Three Sabine Parish Schools moved from grade “B” to grade “A”; Florien High School with 13.9 points improvement for a score of 105.3, Many High School with 7.1 points improvement for a score of 101.1 and Zwolle High School improving 5.7 points for a score of 100.1. Negreet High School maintained their letter grade “A” improving 18.4 points to an impressive and difficult to attain score of 120.8. Also improving academically and maintaining their letter grade are Many Junior High improving 6.2 points, Zwolle Elementary with a gain of 5.7 points followed by Many Elementary. Four Sabine Parish Schools are recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as being “Top Gains” School for the 2016-2017 academic year. Those schools are Converse, Florien, Negreet and Pleasant Hill. Sabine Parish continues to have no schools labeled as Academically Unacceptable and no schools with the letter grade F. District wide the most significant gains were in ACT/WorkKeys with Pleasant Hill improving by 41.1 points, followed by Many High and Negreet with a 31.1 point gain, Converse improving by 27.9 points, Zwolle High improving by 23.5 points, Florien improving by 23.1 points and Ebarb with a 6.7 point gain. Increasing their ACT composite were Ebarb with a 2.1 point increase for a composite of 18.8, Negreet with a 1.2 point increase for a composite of 19.5, and Zwolle High with a 1.1 point increase and a composite of 18.5. The district has an overall gain of 26.3 points in the ACT SPS component. Sabine’s largest growth, 28.8 points, was in the assessment component made up of LEAP, End-of-Course and ACT/WorkKeys scores. Since 2015, Sabine schools have elevated student performance at the Mastery level and above with a 7% increase and is one of eight districts recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education for having made “accelerated progress in ELA, math, and science over time.” Sabine Parish high school graduation rates trend upward with the class of 2016 posting the overall highest grad rate on record at 92.3 percent. Graduation rate data from the Louisiana Department of Education lags a year behind with the latest data reflecting that of the class of 2016. Graduation rates for all high school students were up 5.3 percentage points from 2015 and up 12.5 percentage points since 2013. Pleasant Hill increased their graduation rate by 27.3 points followed by Negreet with an 18.5 point increase. Both schools along with Ebarb have a graduation rate of 100%. Converse and Negreet lead the district earning a maximum of 10 progress points followed by Pleasant Hill earning 8.7 points, Florien earning 8.5 points, Zwolle High earning 7.2 points, Many Junior High earning 5.2 points, Zwolle Elementary earning 4.7 points, Many Elementary earning 4.4 points, Ebarb earning 3.3 points, and Many High earning 1.5 progress points. This is the first year that 100% of Sabine Parish schools were awarded progress points for demonstrating significant growth with struggling students. The district was also awarded the maximum 10 progress points. Sabine Parish schools will continue to utilize the school improvement planning process to ensure quality programming, continuous improvement, and high expectations in all teaching and learning environments. “It’s undeniable that Sabine Parish Schools are heading in the right direction, with progress in every school in the district. We will continue to build upon this progress,” said Dr. Sara Ebarb. “This is exactly the type of progress we knew our students, families, educators and principals were capable of achieving and we look forward to continued improvement. We are also very proud of our students, staff and communities.” Louisiana Department of Education District Support Officer, Dana Talley, stated that “Of the 32 districts in Network A, Sabine Parish had the largest amount of improvement and was the only district in the Network with all schools demonstrating improvement.” Louisiana's education department has created an online tool aimed at helping families evaluate and compare K- 12 public schools and child care centers around the state. The online site, called the Louisiana School Finder, launches today at www.LouisianaSchools.com. For further information, please contact Dr. Sara P. Ebarb, Superintendent of Schools, at 318-256-9228.

November 8, 2017 Wednesday

Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help Locating Leesville Woman

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is attempting to contact a Leesville woman and her 3-year-old daughter, the department posted on its Facebook PageFamily members of Felisha Scroggins, 24, who also goes by Felisha Maccabee, say they have been unable to get into contact with her since Aug. 16.  Felisha is believed to be with a man named Ramon Jose Alvarez, who may also go by Ray Maccabee or Ray Alvarez Maccabee. Felisha's 3-year-old daughter, Natalie is also believed to be with them.  Maccabee was last seen driving a white van with religious banners and crosses displayed in an effort to conduct ministry from the van. The van bears Texas license plate No. CN7J301.  Maccabee often parked in various business parking lots in the Leesville area and surrounding towns.  The Natchez Democrat Newspaper interviewed Felisha and Maccabee in Vidalia, on Aug. 24.

November 7, 2017 Tuesday

Sheriff: Sunday Incident Not First Time Oakdale Man has Fatally Shot Someone While Hunting


An Oakdale man charged with negligent homicide after killing a woman while hunting Sunday also shot someone in a hunting accident in 2010, officials say. David Strother, 56, was arrested after allegedly shooting and killing a 42-year-old woman at West Bay Wildlife Management Area Sunday. Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert said Strother claimed the rifle discharged when he stumbled. The incident is similar to one in 2010 in which authorities say Strother shot and killed a friend while hunting near the West Bay Wildlife Management area. Strother and Robert "Bobby" Fontenot, 55, also of Oakdale, went hunting at a club near West Bay on a Monday morning in 2010 . Fontenot was reported missing the next morning and his body was found less than two hours later. Fontenot was not wearing a hunter-orange hat or vest. Hebert, who was not sheriff at the time, said the case was investigated and Strother passed a polygraph test. No charges were filed.

November 7, 2017 Tuesday

SPSO Church Security and Assessment Seminar

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Department will be conducting a church security and assessment seminar on November 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Coordinating & Development Conference Center located at 1125 West Mississippi Ave Many, La. This class will be provided to all local ministers. The program will be based on the ALICE active shooter response system and should take approx 3 hours to complete based on the number of attendees. We are attempting to get this information to all local ministers in order that they may attend. This seminar will be free of charge and refreshments will be provided. Please notify your pastor of this class and have them call Chief Detective Bradley Marr at 318-590-9475 with any questions.

November 7, 2017 Tuesday

Man Charged With Murder of 2-Year-Old Child

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child in Beauregard Parish. DeRidder Police officers arrested Forrest Edward Menard, 22, on Friday, Nov. 3, on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after they discovered a 2-year-old child under Menard's care with multiple injuries, including severe head trauma, according to DeRidder Police Chief John Gott. The child was flown to a local hospital to receive treatment.  At around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, DeRidder Police investigators were contacted by medical personnel and told that the victim had died from his injuries, said Gott. Menard is now being charged with first-degree murder, and remains in the Beauregard Parish jail with no bond. The investigation remains ongoing, said Gott.

November 6, 2017 Monday

Update on Water Break

The Town of Many has repaired two water mains from the break. They will be flushing the lines until they get good chlorinated water through the system. This will cause low pressure throughout the town. The Many water system is under a boil advisory until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this ordeal.

November 6, 2017 Monday

Public Service Announcement

A major water leak has been reported at Dillon Street and Shreveport Highway that has affected the entire town of Many. Water service has been restored and the town will be under a boil advisory until further notice.

November 3, 2017 Friday

Stolen Firearms Sold to Undercover Officers

A convicted felon has been arrested after allegedly selling stolen firearms to undercover officers. As part of an investigation, officers purchased stolen firearms from Charles Ward Sr., who is a convicted felon, according to Mark Herford, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office chief of detectives. The stolen firearms were obtained from numerous burglaries in multiple parishes in Southwest Louisiana. Deputies from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Beauregard / DeRidder Narcotics Task Force and Louisiana State Police investigators arrested Ward Sr., 51, on Wednesday, November 1, Ward is charged with one count of possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, and one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Ward was booked into Beauregard Parish Jail with bond set at $275,000.

November 3, 2017 Friday

Early Voting Begins Friday Due to Veterans Day

Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced that early voting for the November 18 Special Treasurer/Municipal General Election will begin on Friday, Nov. 3 because of Veterans Day observances the following week.  According to Schedler's office, pushing up the date to the Nov. 3 will allow voters to get their ballots in without losing a day. The Secretary also reminds voters that they can dedicate their vote to a current or former soldier who served through the "Honor Vets...Vote!" program. The turnout for voting is expected to be low due to historical data. All eligible Louisiana voters can begin casting their ballots on Friday, Nov. 3 and continue until Saturday, Nov. 11. Times for voting during this period starts and 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Voting, as noted, will not be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 or Friday, Nov. 10.  Citizens may early vote at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or other designated locations. Find your location here. Voters may download the GeauxVote Mobile app to find out where to early vote. 

November 2, 2017 Thursday

2 Wounded After I-20 Shooting in West Shreveport

Shreveport police are looking for the people responsible for firing bullets at a vehicle in west Shreveport Wednesday night. Officers were called to the 3200 block of Stonewall Street around 6:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 17-year-old man and 24-year-old Tedric Ratcliff with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Ratcliff was shot in the arm while the teen was shot in the mid-section. Both victims were rushed to University Health hospital for treatment for their wounds. Police say the two victims were driving westbound along Interstate 20 between Fairfield Avenue and Greenwood Road when somebody from another pickup truck started firing bullets at them. The gunmen drove away from the scene after the shooting. The victims exited the interstate and contacted authorities in the 3200 block of Stonewall Street, according to police. Investigators have not identified the people responsible for the shooting and are asking the public for any information. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 318-673-7373 or visit their website at www.lockemup.org.

November 2, 2017 Thursday

Former Welsh Police Chief Accused of Killing Neighbor's Goat With Baseball Bat

A former Welsh police chief is accused of killing his neighbor’s goat with a baseball bat. Ben Richard, 49, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. He served as Welsh police chief in the 2000s. Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet said the incident was the result of an ongoing “feud” with a neighbor about her animals getting loose. Welsh police have been called to the area of E. South and Frances streets at least three times to handle a dispute about animals between the neighbors. Richard found a goat belonging to his neighbor on his carport Friday, Crochet said. He first tried to shoo the animal away, then “he made a very poor decision, went inside got a baseball bat and ended up battering the animal until it succumbed,” Crochet said. Richard then dragged the animal onto his neighbor’s porch. When they found the dead animal, they called police around 10 p.m. Friday. “They’ve got a feud going on and it got out of control,” Crochet said. Richard was arrested and the neighbor was cited for animals being at large. It’s at least the second time the neighbor has been cited for an animal being loose, Crochet said. A previous citation involved a dog. Richard was released from jail following a court appearance.

November 1, 2017 Wednesday

DeSoto Fire Chief Takes Medical Leave Instead of Resigning

A DeSoto Parish fire chief who two weeks ago told officials he was resigning has done an about face and instead had taken medical leave. DeSoto Parish Fire District No. 8 Board of Commissioners in a special meeting Monday approved a medical leave request from Fire Chief Fred Lowery. The leave request was dated Oct. 20 through Friday. It’s uncertain if the leave will be extended. Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday. The state’s civil service law allows firefighters to draw full pay for up to 52 weeks during “sickness or incapacity not brought about by his own negligence or culpable indiscretion. Firefighter William DeLoach, who is next in line to Lowery, has been named substitute fire chief. The board additionally gave DeLoach authority to spend up to $1,000 for expenses without board approval, which was the same authority granted to Lowery. KTBS reported two weeks ago that Lowery had submitted his resignation. Lowery personally informed the DeSoto Parish Police Jury administrative staff of his decision, saying he would stay during a transitionary period. However, he gave no effective date for his departure.

November 1, 2017 Wednesday

SPD: 2 Men Crash Stolen Van

Shreveport police are looking for 2 men who they say crashed a stolen van into an apartment building Tuesday morning.  It happened just after 2 a.m. when officers tried to make a traffic stop on Valley View Drive near Mansfield Road.  Officers tried to pull over a white van that was reported stolen.  The driver fled down Wyngate Blvd turning into the Oxford Court Apartments, according to police.  Police say, 2 men, one described as being chubby with dreads, bailed from the van while it was still moving.  The van came to a stop against a brick framed apartment building and reportedly caused no visible damage. The two people from the van weren't found after a search which included K-9 officers.

November 1, 2017 Wednesday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to repair water line. Because of this problem, the water produced by the water system is of questionable microbiolgical quality. There fore as a precaution, The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately for customers in teh following area: HWy 1715 from Lee Road to Addison Road, including these roads. It is recommended that all consumers in the affected area disinfect their water before consuming it, making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preartaion by the following means: boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring from one container to another. Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

  October 31, 2017 Tuesday

Fort Polk Soldiers 'Making a Difference' In the Community

Fort Polk's 46th Engineer Battalion Command Team wants the unit to get more involved in the community. They had the perfect opportunity to do that over the weekend. Saturday was national 'Make a Difference Day.' Soldiers in the Forward Support Company helped renovate the Mt. Zion Church senior apartments in Alexandria. "We were power washing down the driveways, cleaning up the interiors of the apartments, painting them, cleaning the sides of the apartments," explained First Lieutenant Jacob Branco, Executive Officer of Forward Support Company. "We called them up and said 'hey we're coming out here' and they were ecstatic that we came out. They prepared a great breakfast for us. Even regular civilians and citizens turned out just to work with us." "We know they are just up the road, and that they are there to protect and serve," said Wilie Spears, Executive Director of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority. "But they're not only protecting and serving us, they are coming into our neighborhoods and helping us maintain quality affordable housing for our seniors. And as I can understand it, they are doing other projects. It's neighbor helping neighbor, and extended neighbor helping neighbor." "We've been working with the chamber of commerce, building these relationships," said 1LT Branco. "And aside from that, I think the big thing is having the soldiers get out and do something meaningful on the weekends and realize that 'Make a Difference Day' is not a day, we can start doing this all the time if you want." Saturday's community service wasn't just with Mt. Zion. Soldiers in the 46th Engineer Battalion were spread across Alexandria doing various projects, something they hope to continue in the future. While working at the senior apartments, a group of soldiers even helped lift a woman's car out of a ditch after one of the front tires got stuck. 

  October 31, 2017 Tuesday

More LA Prisoners to Be Released Under New State Law Than Expected

About 1,900 Louisiana prisoners could be released earlier than expected under a new state law, according to new data from the Department of Corrections (DOC). That's up from the roughly 1,500 inmates originally estimated by the corrections secretary. Those inmates will be eligible for release on Wednesday, November 1. A spokesman for DOC says staff has been going through databases every day to determine which inmates are eligible for early release. As a result, he says hundreds have been added to the list. Most of the inmates were convicted in just a few parishes: 164 in Caddo, 139 in Orleans, and 139 in Jefferson. In the capital region, East Baton Rouge Parish leads the pack with 128 convictions. Seventy-six were convicted in Livingston and 23 were convicted in Ascension. The early release is part of criminal justice reforms passed by the state legislature earlier this year, shortening sentences for those described as “non-violent.” Those bills found widespread and bipartisan support. Looking through the criminal histories of those in EBR Parish, many were put behind bars for drug offenses and theft-related crimes. In a few cases, assistant district attorneys chose to not pursue charges of battery or possession of a firearm. Corrections Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc says the public should not be concerned. “Could something happen? Certainly. Something can happen. I pray it doesn’t, but it was probably going to happen anyway,” he said. How early will those prisoners be released? Data from the department indicates about 22 percent will be walking less than a month ahead of schedule. In fact, at least 15 are being released just one day sooner than initially planned. All told, roughly half will get out less than three months early. There are some exceptions though. A handful will see their time in prison cut down by years. However, a spokesman for the department says those prisoners are still not considered to be violent offenders. “If we don’t do it here, I don’t know when you do it. I don’t know how you move in the right direction,” LeBlanc said, defending the reforms.

  October 30, 2017 Monday

Zwolle Mother Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Drowning Death

A Sabine Parish mother has pleaded not guilty in the June drowning death of her 2-year-old son.  Christina Rivers of Zwolle entered the plea Thursday in Sabine Parish District Court. Her trial is set for May.  A Sabine Parish grand jury indicted her in August on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of her son, 2-year-old Mason Rivers. The jury concluded Christina Rivers showed gross negligence in the parental supervision of Mason. Christina Rivers told authorities on the day of Mason’s death that she had left him unattended for only a short period of time in the living room of their home on Mayfield Loop in Zwolle while she took a shower. She said she came out of the shower to find him missing, then got a neighbor to help her search the neighborhood. However, authorities said information gleaned during the investigation indicated a motorist saw Mason around 10:20 a.m. unattended in the yard of a home that sits behind Christina Rivers’ home and fronts Highway 191. The call about Mason’s disappearance came after 2 p.m., authorities said. Mason was found floating in the Jacuzzi area that is part of a neighbor's in-ground swimming pool. The deputy coroner said it appeared Mason, clad only in a diaper, climbed onto the ledge of the Jacuzzi and fell in. Mason was familiar with the home where the pool is located. He often visited there and was used to going to the door and knocking to be let in. However, the family was out of town the day Mason drowned. An autopsy indicated the child had been dead approximately one hour prior to being found. And toxicology testing performed after Mason’s death revealed the child also had methamphetamine in his system. Investigators are still trying to determine if the child was exposed to second-hand smoke or ingested the drug directly. If convicted as charged, Christina Rivers faces a mandatory life prison sentence. She is represented by attorneys Dhu Thompson and Daryl Gold.

 

October 30, 2017 Monday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory for Hwy 6. E. and all surrounding roads has been lifted.

  October 30, 2017 Monday

Ford Sedans are Investigated for Faulty Steering Wheels

The U.S. is investigating complaints that steering wheels can come loose on some Ford Fusion sedans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says one driver complained that the wheel completely detached from the steering column. The probe revealed Friday covers about 841,000 midsize sedans from the 2014 through 2016 model years. Two other people reported that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while driving and had to be retightened at a repair shop. The agency doesn't have any reports of crashes or injuries. Investigators will determine how often the problem happens, how many vehicles are affected and will assess safety consequences of the problem. No recall has been issued.

October 27, 2017 Friday

Desoto Parish Authorities Arrest Man Wanted for Attempted Murder of Deputy

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's deputies say a man wanted for the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer is in custody. Deputies report 28-year-old Malcolm Flowers was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for charges of principal to distribution of schedule I and principal to distribution of schedule II. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said deputies responded to a gas station in the 500 block of Washington Ave. in Mansfield on Tuesday trying to execute a felony drug warrant on a suspect. According to the sheriff's office, after Flowers observed the deputies approaching his vehicle at the gas pump, he immediately tried to get away from them in his car and struck one of the deputies. Sheriff Arbuckle reports the deputy suffered moderate injuries and was taken to DeSoto Regional Health System. Flowers fled the scene and the vehicle he was driving was found abandoned a short time later outside the city limits of Mansfield, according to deputies. In addition to the original felony warrant, Flowers was wanted for Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.

October 27, 2017 Friday

Opening of Newly Renovated Beauregard Parish Courthouse

The official Opening of Court in the newly renovated Beauregard Parish Historical Courthouse will be Friday, October 27 from 9:30am – 11:30am, with a special ceremony in Courtroom 1 from 10:30 am – Noon. An open house without a ceremony will be scheduled for Thursday, November 9 from 4-6pm.

October 27, 2017 Friday

Man found dead in Shreveport Auto Center

SHREVEPORT, LA - Shreveport police are investigating after a man was found dead inside an auto center Friday morning. The building in the 5200 block of Mansfield Road reads Anderson Performance Auto Parts. Police responded there to a report of a shooting around 6:40 a.m., according to Caddo 911 records. Police on scene say a man was found dead inside.

October 27, 2017 Friday

Probation and Parole Issues Mandatory Meeting for Sex Offenders

(Natchitoches) District Manager Nicole Mitchell announces the Natchitoches District Probation and Parole office will be holding a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 2017, for all convicted sex offenders under supervision with the Nitchitoches District of Probation and Parole that are residing in the areas of the following parishes: Natchitoches, DeSoto, Sabine, Red River and Winn Parishes. The event will be held at the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's community Service Division office, 726 Third Street, Natchitoches, La from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is considered peak trick or treating hours. The aim is to keep all sex offenders, especially those under the supervision of the lacal State Probation adn parole office, from any contact with children on Halloween Night. Officers will update official records, inform the local sex offenders of any new and/ or revised laws, and will review and will review compliance issues with them. The offenders will be under close observation by officers with the Office of Probation and Parole. offenders will not be left unattended. Only those sex offenders under supervision by the Natchitoches who have a valid and verified reason for not attendng the meeting (employment, medical, etc) may be excuse, biut they still must not have any contact with children on that evening. This event has been authorized wby Natchitched District Probation and Parole Dosyrict nabager icole Mitchell. The meeting ewill be conducted by Natchitoches District Probation and Parole. The meeting will be conducted by Supervisor and District Sex Offender Coordinator Sedrick Smith and officers with probation and parole. Attendence  requirement at the mandatory meeting only applies to those sex offenders who are under the supervision of State Probation and Parole; However, an invitation has been to sex offenders currently residing in the 5-parish area that are not currently under formal mandated supervision at this time. Those offenders currently not under supervision may benefit from attendence at the meeting in an effort to avoid accusations of misconduct duing trick or treating hours and the ability to aquire updates on new laws and revisions. Last year's meeting was extremely successful in terms of both attendance and review of compliance issues. For more information, contact the Natchitoches District Office of Probation and Parole at (318) 357-3199 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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