Category Archives: Local Headlines

Colfax Police Chief Arrested for Theft

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The Police Chief in Colfax is arrested for theft.  He’s 43-year-old Charles Stickell of Colfax.  Grant Sheriff’s Deputies say they acted on a complaint and an investigation.
This is an appointed position.  So, it will be up to the Mayor and council to decide if Stickell remains on the job until the legal matter is finished.
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Weinzettle to be honored by Louisiana Civil Service League

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NATCHITOCHES  — Ruth T. Weinzettle, a professor of social work at Northwestern State University, will be one of five recipients of this year’s Monte M. Lemann Awards, presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League.
Also receiving the award on Friday in New Orleans are State Bond Commission Director Whitman J. Kling Jr., LASERS director Cindy [...]

Government Shutdown Begins Today

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Many areas of the government are closed today and it’s affecting our area, as well.  Here’s what a partial government shutdown means for us:
The military will continue to fight and social security checks will continue to be paid.  Hundreds of thousands of federal civilian workers are furloughed and will not be paid during the shutdown.
If [...]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Starts Today

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This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bringing many events to the area promoting the importance of early screening, celebrating survivors, and remembering those who lost their lives to the disease.
One of two cancer-screening vans in Louisiana was in Natchitoches today.  It features a 3D mammogram machine.  The van is made possible through a partnership [...]

Tanker Truck Carrying Hazardous Material Catches Fire

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Several miles of Interstate 49 were shut down early this morning when a tanker truck carrying a hazardous material caught fire.  No one was injured, but state officials immediately called HazMat units and shut down the interstate between Meeker and Forest Hill.  Troopers say it could have been a deadly situation, so they acted to [...]

Ferriday Man Receives Life for Dealing Meth

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One man receives a life sentence and another gets almost 23 years for dealing in meth.  Maurice Smith (left) received life, and Chavo Thomas (right) got 22 years and 9 months.  Both are from Ferriday.
They were convicted of delivering meth from California to Ferriday.  Smith organized the trip, and Thomas carried the drugs back to [...]

Chamber Hosts Brig. Gen. William Hickman at Luncheon

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The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce has a long and rich history with Fort Polk.  Today, the Commanding General is hosted by the Chamber for a special luncheon.
The General is also Commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center.  He describes the ongoing exercises at Fort Polk, how the Chamber’s efforts to provide hospitality for the [...]

Grant Parish deputies respond to unusual animal call

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The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office is used to receiving calls involving animals. But the animal call G.P.S.O. received on September 25 was a bit unusual, even for the Sheriff’s Office.  Three buffalo were roaming loose in the Dartigo community for most of the day.
Sheriff Steven McCain even captured pictures of the beasts on his hunting [...]

Crime Stoppers Asks for Help

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Crime Stoppers needs your help finding a man who tried to rob a restaurant manager and then fired a gun at her when she took off in her car.  It happened at Darrell’s Restaurant on Main Street in Colfax very late on September 19th.
Investigators say the manager was headed to the bank when a man [...]

LaSalle Deputy Arrested for Dometic Abuse & Rape

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A LaSalle Parish deputy is arrested for domestic abuse and forcible rape.  He’s 52-year-old Clarence Breland Jr. of Jena.  Sheriff Scott Franklin says he’s been on the force for about one and a half years.
As with all these cases, the investigation is with Louisiana State Police (LSP).  The investigation began when LSP received information and [...]