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DeSoto Woman Accused of Shooting Husband

DeSoto Parish deputies are investigating a shooting on Ward Road in Stonewall. Chief Deputy Ray Sharrow said a woman shot her husband several times. He was transported to LSU Ochsner Hospital in Shreveport, where he is being treated. No names have been released. KTBS will have more information when it’s available. https://www.ktbs.com/news/desoto-woman-accused-of-shooting-husband/article_38be72ea-efc6-11e9-91d6-cfbc35f74203.html


Texas Department of Public Safety officials on Tuesday released the name of the driver of a van involved in the Sunday fatality wreck on Texas Highway 7 inside the Joaquin city limits.

The driver of the Chevrolet van involved in the fatality crash on Oct. 13, is identified as 53-year-old Cedric Walker from Keithville, Louisiana, DPS reported Tuesday afternoon.

Late Sunday morning DPS responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on SH 7, inside the city limits of Joaquin.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 11:30 a.m., a 2017 Chevrolet van driven by Cedric Walker was traveling west when for unknown reasons the van crossed over the center of the roadway and into the eastbound lane where it struck a 2010 GMC pickup that was towing a travel trailer.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace. The identity of the driver was not immediately available, pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the GMC is identified as 69-year-old Michael Webb from Etoile. Webb and a passenger were not injured during the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time, DPS reported.


Newton Man Trapped in Fishing Line Drowned in Toledo Bend

The Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office says a Newton man drowned in the waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir very early Sunday morning, and they believe it happened as the result of him becoming entangled in heavy-duty fishing line. 21-year-old Kenneth D. Adams was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at the scene of the incident, which was at the spillway on the Louisiana side of the dam.

KSLA 12 News in Shreveport is reporting that Coroner Ron Rivers said that Adams had the fishing line wrapped around him when his body was discovered, and they believe that it limited his ability to move.

According to Rivers, Adams and his girlfriend went to the spillway to fish at about 7:00 Saturday evening. Rivers said at some point Adams walked to another location to fish, and a short time later his girlfriend and a relative heard a splash in the water, but no other sounds.

Rivers said it was discovered that Adams fell from a five-foot ledge into water that was about six-feet deep and had a strong current. Adams’ girlfriend jumped into the water in a brave, but sadly futile attempt to save him.

His body was found at the bottom in about six feet of water which was only about four-feet from shore.


Bossier City Man Killed in UTV Crash

Louisiana State Police say a Bossier City man was killed in a crash in the south part of the parish.

79-year-old John Brown was driving a 2010 Polaris Ranger Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) on Bobbie Lane Monday morning.

As he reached the intersection with Caplis Sligo Road, state police say he then left the roadway. Brown reportedly drove through a fence and then crashed into a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police are investigating what led up to the crash.


DPSO Seeks Public’s help locating man reported missing

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a man reported missing last week by his family.

Larry Dean Simpson last made contact with his family around 3 p.m. Oct. 8. His last know whereabouts were at his residence at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The 61-year-old Simpson had been suffering from depression at the time of his disappearance. He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 215 pounds.

Simpson drives a white 2011 Ford F-150 single cab truck with a toolbox in the bed that does not close properly. Louisiana license plate number is C829014.

Anyone with information that may lead to the safe return of Simpson to his family is asked to contact the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 872-3956 and speak with Det. Travis Chelette.


Indian Parent Meeting

An Indian Parent Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Zwolle High School. All are invited to attend.

Lufkin Police Release IDs of 2 Men Injured in 2-Vehicle Wreck on Loop 287

Criminal charges are pending in connection with the two-vehicle wreck that occurred on Lufkin’s loop Sunday in which a Chevrolet Avalanche wound up on top of two cars on the Al Meyer Ford lot.

The two men who were injured in the wreck have been identified as Randal Dtray Shepard, 36, and Charles Edward Becks, 34, both of Lufkin. Both men remain in out-of-town hospitals and are expected to recover.

According to the press release, Shepard, 35 was driving a Chevy Avalanche north on Loop 287 when he rear-ended a Honda Odyssey minivan in the 500 block of North Medford Drive at about 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

“He then veered into a grassy field and went into a tailspin before hitting a ditch on Harper Road,” the press release stated. “That impact sent the truck into the railing outside Al Meyer Ford and propelled it up onto two cars on the sales lot.”

Becks was a passenger in the Avalanche, and neither of the two men in the pickup was wearing their seatbelts at the time of the wreck.

Becks was ejected from the pickup, and he landed on the windshield of a car. When Lufkin PD officers found Shepard in the back seat of the Avalanche, he was dazed but conscious.

The driver of the vehicle was found with a substance that officers believed was K2 in his pants pocket, according to a press release.

“The family in the minivan, including two children ages 2 and 4, were not injured in the crash,” the press release stated. “They were checked out at the scene by Lufkin Fire paramedics but did not request hospital transport.”

Criminal charges are pending, and the Lufkin Police Department is still investigating what caused the wreck.

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

A public meeting will be held on October 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse, 400 S. Capitol Street in Many.

SFA Football Player Hit by Stray Bullet

An SFA football player has been seriously injured following a shooting in Mansfield Sunday night.

According to Coach Colby Carthel’s Twitter page, LaCoryien Washington was an innocent bystander and took a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting.

Carthel said Washington is in serious but stable condition.

Washington is a freshman from Arlington and went to high school at Mansfield Summit.


Louisiana Election Results

Election polls are closed in Louisiana and votes are in.

The city of Mansfield will have to wait until April to see who their next Mayor will be.

Saturday was election night for about 2/3rds of Louisiana. For the folks in Mansfield, that meant choosing a new mayor and picking the city’s five aldermen.?

With incumbent Mayor Curtis McCoy not on the ballot, five candidates qualified for the seat.

Incomplete but unofficial results, Thomas Jones led all candidates with 37%. He’ll be in a runoff with John Mayweather, who came in second with 27%.

In the Mansfield Aldermen races, District A Alderman Mary Green, District C Alderman Mitchell Lewis, and District D Alderman Joseph Hall, Jr. all won re-election.

In District E, incumbent Kervin Campbell is in a runoff with challenger Rita Myles. Each candidate got 42% of the vote

Christopher Thomas will be a new face on the board. Of the three candidates vying for the office, Thomas won the seat outright with 58% of the vote.

Caddo, Natchitoches and Webster Parishes were the only other parts of northwest Louisiana with items on the ballot. Click here to see the rest of Saturday night’s election results.


Police: Vehicle Loses Control After Rear Ending Vehicle, Crashes into Lufkin Car Dealership Lot

A crash sent two people to the hospital Sunday afternoon in Lufkin.

According to Lufkin police, around 1:22 p.m. Sunday, a Chevrolet Avalanche truck was traveling northbound on North Medford when it rear ended a minivan near the intersection of Lufkin Ave. and lost control.

The car ended up in the lot of Al Meyers Ford upside down on other vehicles. Lufkin police said the passenger was ejected upon impact and landed on a Cadillac on the sales lot of the dealership.

Police said officers arrived to find the driver in the back seat of the Chevy. Neither of the men were wearing seat belts.

Both have since been air lifted to out-of-town hospitals in unknown condition.

The people inside the minivan were checked out at the scene but did not request hospital transport.

Rainy and Stormy Pattern Ahead with Another Cold Front Arriving Wednesday

The rain wasted no time making a return to Southwest Louisiana this morning, as showers have been nearly continuous since before sunrise over Vernon, Beauregard and Allen parishes and have begun to develop in more frequency as of mid-morning over the rest of Southwest Louisiana.

Additional rain and at times heavier downpours are working toward Cameron Parish off the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to spread inland through the late-morning and early afternoon, keeping the need for the umbrella around throughout the duration of today.

Severe weather isn’t likely, but a few lightning strikes will be the primary concern from the rain today, and the intensity should be low enough to not cause a flood threat today.

This rain today is being ushered in by a warm front that continues it trek up the state and will keep temperatures much warmer tonight, only dropping into the lower 70s for nighttime lows are highs today top out around 80.

More scattered showers and storms with breaks in between will be around pretty much all day Tuesday, so again you’ll want to keep an umbrella close-by all day. The time to really watch the weather will be late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning as an advancing cold front sends a line of heavier thunderstorms through the state.

The prime time for strongest storms looks to be after midnight Tuesday night and into the predawn hours of Wednesday where storms could be on the strong side as a line pushes through ahead of a cold front that begins dropping temperatures quickly through the day Wednesday.

Watch out for a few stronger storms along this line, with the bulk of the rain ending prior to your morning drive on Wednesday. Rain amounts between 1 and 3 inches are likely through Wednesday morning.

Pickup Sideswipes School Bus; 4 Children on Board

Four children were on a school bus when it was sideswiped by a pickup in Red River Parish.

The truck and its driver then fled the scene.

The hit-and-run accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 71 just south of Louisiana Highway 784 near Magnolia Landing, according to Louisiana State Police.

Authorities asked the public for help locating the pickup and its driver.

They have since located the driver.

State police say a tip from a concerned citizen helped lead investigators to 29-year-old Marthaville resident Shad W. Burr, who was found driving on a highway in Natchitoches Parish.

Burr was booked into the Natchitoches Parish jail then transferred to the Red River Parish Jail, where he is charged with one count each of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, hit-and-run driving and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Preliminary investigation shows a blue Ram pickup, possibly a 2012-17 model, crossed the center line and sideswiped a Red River School District bus that was taking children to school.

No injuries were reported.

“The Ram pickup should have extensive damage to the driver side as follows: broken driver’s side headlamp lens, missing driver side mirror, damage to cab and windshield, broken driver tail lamp lens and yellow paint transfer down the driver’s side,” says a statement issued before the driver was found.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the crash to call Louisiana State Police Troop G at (318) 741-7411.


Temporary Voting Location Change

Sabine Parish Voters who normally vote at precincts 6-4, 6-4A, 6-4B and 8-2 at North Sabine Fire Protection District Station located at 919 Hammond Street in Zwolle will vote at the temporary location at the VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS HALL, 860 Dahlia Vines Rd., in Zwolle, LA for the October 12 election onlu. The precinct will return to the fire station for November.

VPSO Seeking Missing Teen

The Vernon Parish Sheriffs Office is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a missing teen, Brandon McDaniel, 15.

Brandon was dropped off at Lenahan’s Grocery in Anacoco on Wednesday at noon. Brandon indicated that he was going to a friend’s house on Thaxton Landing.

Brandon did not return home at the time he agreed upon with his parents.

Brandon was last seen wearing a black shirt, khaki shorts and white slip-on shoes. He may be in the DeRidder area.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brandon should contact VPSO at 337-238-1311 or Detective Sylvester Denmond at 337-238-7248.