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1 stabbed, shot fired at Shreve City Walmart

SHREVEPORT, La. — A man was stabbed and a gunshot was fired inside the Shreve City Walmart Friday morning as two men fought on a food aisle, police said. One of the men is in custody. The other went to the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening stab wound. No one was hit by the gunfire. A gun was recovered. “So, this is not a public safety issue at this time. This scene is what we would refer to as is a cold scene. So, we just want to dispel any rumors. There is no active shooter situation at Walmart.  And we really want to thank the citizens in the community. We had several great witnesses, several people on scene very quickly taking action and also the quick response of the Shreveport Fire Department as well,” Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Chris Bordelon said. Ray Koch Jr. was headed to the self-checkout when he noticed two men fighting in one of the food aisles. He overheard one cuss the other as they wrestled and knocked merchandise off the shelves.  But he ran for cover when he heard another customer say, “He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun. When she said that people were splitting.” Koch ducked behind a stack of bakery goods as he heard one gunshot. “I was just praying for my health and safety,” Koch said. “I thought if this is the time, this is the time.”  The men continued to fight, knocking down more food and a large display of food and baked goods in a middle aisle. Koch then watched as one of the men ran out of the front door as a police officer arrived. The man was taken into custody, Koch said. Koch went back inside to talk to the police and watched as they found a single shell casing on the floor. “It’s just a scary experience when you’re that close away when someone does the gun thing,” Koch said. Walmart employees gather outside in the parking lot after a gunshot was fired inside the store. Josue Austin also witnessed the fight. “A male approached me, maybe 33 years old. He asked me, ‘Do I see what’s behind me?’ I look behind me. I said, ‘No, there’s nothing behind you.’ And then he said he leaned into him, and he asked me, ‘Are you black or white?’ And I said, ‘I’m Mexican.’ He gave me this funny look and turned around. And before I knew it, we heard a gunshot right in front of the jewelry stand, right around the corner from the jewelry stand. And everybody was screaming, taking off,  running and hiding.  And that’s all I know,” Austin said.

75 year sentence for man who shot 13 yo family member for refusing his sexual advances

He tried to get a 13-year-old female family member to have sex with him, she refused, so he shot her. Now he’s going to prison for 75 years. Timothy Harris, 34, received that sentence on Thursday from a Jefferson County Jury after they found him guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Family Violence. The crime occurred in March of 2020 at a Port Arthur apartment complex. The child suffered a gunshot wound to her lower body, and after surgery she eventually recovered. Harris has spent the last 4 years and 3 month in the Jefferson County Jail unable to make bond.

Boil water notice issued for some San Augustine residents

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (KTRE) – A boil water notice has been issued for customers of Denning Rural Water System due to electrical issues at the plant. All customers should boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc.). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria. To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers. If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489. You can also contact Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.

LSP: Fatal crash in Winn Parish claims life of Monroe man

WINN PARISH, La. (KALB) – Troop E of the Louisiana State Police announced that a man from Monroe was killed on Saturday, June 15, following a fatal one-vehicle crash in Winn Parish. LSP stated that the crash, which occurred on Louisiana Hwy 34, claimed the life of Preston McCarvill, 58, of Monroe. Troopers arrived at scene on Saturday afternoon and began a preliminary investigation. They determined that McCarvill was driving east on Louisiana Hwy 34 and, for reasons not yet known, his vehicle left the road, went down an embankment and struck several trees. McCarvill was not wearing a seatbelt, was fatally injured and was pronounced dead at the scene. LSP stated that routine toxicology samples were collected for analysis. This investigation is ongoing.

Refund could be coming to SWEPCO customers soon

SHREVEPORT, La. – SWEPCO customers could be getting a refund soon. Monday afternoon, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will preview his plan to ask for the return of $23 million to SWEPCO’s customers in 12 northwest Louisiana parishes. According to Campbell, the money was mistakenly over-collected by the electric company and discovered in a recent rate review.

Two killed in a Jefferson County crash, driver to be charged with Intoxication Manslaughter

A fiery early morning crash in Jefferson County has left two people dead, and the Texas Department of Public Safety says the man who caused it will be arrested and charged. It happened shortly before 2:00 Friday morning on Highway 69 between Beaumont and Nederland. Troopers say Salvador Gamez, 51, of Brownsville, was intoxicated and driving a pickup truck southbound on the northbound lanes when he hit a small passenger car head-on. The car caught on fire and both the driver and passenger were killed. Their names have not yet been released. Meanwhile, Gamez underwent hospital treatment for his injuries and once released, DPS says he will be arrested and charged with two felony counts of Intoxication Manslaughter.

Cypress man arrested on traffic and felony drug charges

MARTHAVILLE, La. (KALB) – A man from Cypress was arrested on traffic and felony drug charges, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. NPSO deputies were patrolling on Hwy 120 near Marthaville on June 12 around 8:53 p.m., when they stopped a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck for a traffic violation. Ronnie Bradford, 36, was identified as the driver. Deputies said they smelled marijuana when they spoke with him, and they learned he did not have a driver’s license, no vehicle insurance and a switched license plate. NPSO deputies said Bradford became uncooperative, but when he realized deputies were about to use “necessary minimum force” to control him, he became compliant. He was then detained and a back up unit came to assist. During a search of the vehicle, NPSO found suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bradford was arrested and transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for possession of CDS schedule II methamphetamine, possession of CDS schedule I marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis and identification, and the vehicle was impounded by a local towing service.

Four arrested in a Polk County meth bust

Polk County Today is reporting that four people were arrested in a Tuesday meth bust. Both the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division executed an evidentiary search warrant at a home just southeast of Livingston. Once inside, deputies said they discovered a large amount of methamphetamine, and the four people in the house were already named in warrants for unrelated crimes.

ARRESTED WERE THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

Amie Lynette Freeman, 30, of Conroe

~Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information

~Motion to Revoke Probation on original charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

~Motion to Revoke Probation on original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance

Melba Louise Cox, 60, of Livingston

~Bond Forfeiture

~Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Richard Phillip Kinser, 33, of Livingston

~Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information

~Motion to Revoke Probation on original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance

~Failure to ID-Fugitive with Intent to give False Information

Tereza Lynn Pond, 52, of Livingston

~Possession of a Controlled Substance

~Failure to Stop at a Designated Point

~Allowing Child to Ride Unsecured

~Violation of Promise to Appear

Motorcyclist Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Sabine Parish – On June 12, 2024, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 6 west of Many.  The crash claimed the life of 57-year-old Michael D. Remedies of Fisher. The initial investigation revealed that a 2016 Toyota, driven by 52-year-old Ronald P. Jett of Many, was attempting to enter Louisiana Highway 6 from a private drive-way. For reasons still under investigation, Jett failed to yield to an eastbound 2021 Harley Davidson, driven by Remedies. This action placed the Toyota in the direct travel path of the motorcycle, which resulted in a collision.  As a result of the crash, Remedies sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Jett, who was unrestrained, sustained no injuries. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences. In 2024, Troop E has investigated 28 fatal crashes, resulting in 30 deaths.

Suspect arrested in connection with disappearance, murder of Crockett man

CROCKETT, Texas (KTRE) – The Houston County Sheriff’s Office has issued a murder warrant in connection with the disappearance of a Crockett man. On Tuesday, June 4, the sheriff’s office received a call requesting a welfare check on Patrick White, Sr., 53, of Crockett. A deputy went to White’s residence and found no one home, and his vehicle was not there. The next day, a family member filed a missing person report for White, stating the last time she spoke with him was May 17. On June 10, White’s vehicle was found and brought to the sheriff’s office. It was processed for evidence by the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers. During their investigation, they found sufficient evidence to get a warrant for White’s murder. On Thursday, June 13, DeShayon Maurice Knight of Crockett was charged with capital murder in the disappearance and murder of Patrick White, Sr. Knight was booked into the Houston County Jail.

Body found in a towed vehicle in Vidor

Vidor Police are investigating after a wrecker service made a shocking discovery late Wednesday morning, finding a body in a towed vehicle. Police say Ray’s Wrecker Service, 21004 Interstate 10 in Vidor, was doing an inventory of the vehicle when workers found the body. Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says the body was found about an hour after the vehicle was towed.

Death penalty still considered for Livingston man accused of killing Audrii Cunningham

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Prosecutors are still considering pursuing the death penalty for a Livingston man accused of killing an 11-year-old girl. Don Steven McDougal was arrested on Friday, Feb. 16, though not initially in connection with the disappearance and eventual death of Audrii Cunningham. McDougal was a family friend of Audrii’s father. He has since been indicted on two counts of capital murder. On Wednesday, a hearing was held where motions were filed, and granted, for depositions to be held. However, Polk County District Attorney Shelley Bush-Sitton also said her office is still considering whether to formally pursue the death penalty should McDougal be convicted. Bush-Sitton said that reports and other information will need to be fully gathered before a final decision is made, though. Audrii’s body was found on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Trinity River after she had been missing for nearly a week.

NPSO recover stolen horse trailer, seize narcotics and weapons

NATCHITOCHES, La. – A recent tip from Texas sources of a stolen horse trailer possibly being in the Natchitoches area has led to the arrests of two Natchitoches men, the recovery of the trailer, and seizure of illegal narcotics and a weapon. Early June, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives received a tip from undisclosed Texas sources and images of a 2021 Sundown horse trailer valued at approximately $45000.00 dollars reportedly being in the Natchitoches area. The trailer had been near Dallas and reported stolen to Lancaster Police Department, Texas. Detectives also learned that horse trailer was allegedly being pulled by a dark-colored GMC dually pickup truck. Detectives then panned out over the Natchitoches area for a couple of days looking for the truck and trailer. On Tuesday afternoon, June 4, NPSO Detectives observed the truck and stolen trailer parked at a business on Texas Street in Natchitoches. Detectives set-up surveillance in the area to identify the occupants of the vehicle in possession of the trailer. After doing so, detectives stopped the vehicle as it was preparing to leave the business. Two occupants of the vehicle, identified as 31-year-old Onterio D. Pier and 33-year-old Charles L. Brown of Natchitoches were taken into custody. Detectives say while coming in contact with Pier and Brown they smelled a strong marijuana odor. Additional deputies responded to assist at the scene. Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents were contacted and also responded to assist in the investigation. Agents obtained a search warrant signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge to search the vehicle and trailer for any illegal items. During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered and seized over 1000 MDMA ecstasy tablets, 4 grams of suspected cocaine, over 100 fentanyl pills, 1 gram of suspected marijuana, and one Glock 43 semi-automatic handgun reportedly stolen in a vehicle burglary near Natchitoches last year. The seized evidence will be submitted to the Northwest Louisiana crime lab for narcotics analysis and identification. Deputies and Task Force Agents arrested:

(1). Onterio D. Pier, 31, of Natchitoches transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with illegal possession of stolen things valued over $25,000.00, possession of CDS schedule 1 MDMA ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of CDS schedule II fentanyl with intent to distribute, possession of CDS schedule 1 marijuana, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

(2).  Charles L. Brown, 33, of Natchitoches transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with illegal possession of stolen things valued over 25,000.00.

Deputies say the horse trailer confirmed stolen by Lancaster, Texas Police Department was impounded at an undisclosed location. The owner will make arrangements to take possession of the trailer. Sheriff Stuart Wright congratulated deputies on a job well done by recovering the stolen property and taking dangerous drugs off the streets that were believed to be intended for distribution in Natchitoches and surrounding areas. The dangerous narcotic fentanyl is at least 100 times stronger than morphine and many times that of heroin that can lead to death.”

Tyler County deputies say man fought arrest and tried to stab them

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford says deputies had to fight a man and he pulled a knife and tried to stab them before they could finally wrestle him into custody. It happened on Monday afternoon at a location on County Road 4580 in the Fred Community. Weatherford said it started with deputies responding to a complaint about the man trespassing and tampering with a game camera on the complainant’s property. As deputies were at the scene, Weatherford said the suspect, 50-year-old Daniel Crafton, of Silsbee, appeared and created a disturbance with the homeowner. Weatherford said deputies then tried to detain Crafton, but instead he began threatening them and wouldn’t adhere to their commands and fled to the porch of a nearby home. It was at that point that Weatherford said the deputies had to fight him and he pulled a knife and was trying to stab them until they got him into custody. Crafton has since been charged with:

~ Evading Arrest

~ Resisting Arrest

~ Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant

~ Criminal Trespassing

Tyler County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Tina Self set his combined total bond at $320,000.00.

Beaumont Police arrest 17 year old homicide suspect

Beaumont police have arrested a 17-old-homicide suspect on charges of murder in the shooting of a man found dead in his car. Investigators obtained a murder warrant for Kuyler Jeanmard and BPD detectives, along with a number of officers and AFT Special Agents, arrested the teen at about 7 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Concord. He’s charged with killing Joshua Rogers on June 4 in the 4000 block of Oak Grove. First responders found Rogers’ body inside an SUV that appeared to have crashed on a street off Lucas near the Eastex Freeway. It began shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday when Beaumont police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 4000 block of Oak Grove Place. While officers were in route, they received information that it was possibly a crashed vehicle with an unresponsive driver. Police tried to help the driver, but EMS arrived and said the man was dead. First responders discovered the victim had been shot.

Gulf of Mexico shows first sign of life in 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Gulf of Mexico is showing the first sign of life in the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is monitoring a broad area of low pressure over the eastern Gulf of Mexico that is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Fortunately, forecasters say is has only a 10% chance of development and it’s expected to move to the northeast and produce tropical showers across portions of Florida. Elsewhere, no other activity is occurring.

Major Changes Coming To High School Playoffs

One person was injured when an SUV crashed into trees early Tuesday afternoon a few miles north of Jasper. It happened at about 1:30 on Highway 96 North near County Road 249. DPS Sergeant Shana Clark said 72-year-old Clyde Edwards, of San Augustine, was driving a 1998 GMC SUV northbound on Highway 96. Clark said he leaned down to grab a drink and drifted slightly out of the travel lane. When this occurred, she said the passenger, 36-year-old Michael Renfro grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to start sliding sideways and off of the highway where it struck multiple trees. Renfro had several cuts to both of his legs and a minor abrasion on his head. He was transported by Allegiance EMS to CHI St Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin. Edwards was not injured.

Man killed when a tree fell on top of him

Newton County Sheriff Robert Burby says a Burkeville man was killed when a tree fell on top of him. According to Burby, the 45-year-old died sometime late Monday afternoon or early evening on property along County Road 2120 at Highway 63, just west of the Sabine River. Burby said his body was discovered shortly before 7:00 Tuesday morning, and he was sitting on his tractor in a pasture with the tree on top of him. The name of the man has not yet been released pending notification of next-of-kin.

Sabine Parish man arrested in deadly hit-and-run

MANY, La. — A Sabine Parish man is in jail after hitting and killing a pedestrian Monday night as he attempted to cross the highway, Police Chief Cheryl Wooley said. The victim is identified as Perry Barnhart, who was in his 50s. He was pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving attempts. Many police and Sabine Parish sheriff’s deputies tracked down the suspect, Fredrick Myers, 60, at his home in Fisher, where he was washing his damaged vehicle. Myers was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on charges of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and obstruction of justice. The incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 171 inside the Many city limits. Barnhart was hit as he attempted to cross the four-lane highway, Wooley said. Barnhart was found lying on the edge of the turning lane. Myers was not at the scene when police arrived. Many police used surveillance camera video to get a description of the car, and an officer recognized it from recent prior contact. Record searches led them to Myers’ home. Barnhart’s body was sent for an autopsy. Many police continue to investigate. A person identifying himself as the victim’s family member commented on MPD’s social media post about the incident: “The Barnhart Family appreciates the efforts of both Law Enforcement Agencies and EMS. Your dedication to this last night was outstanding. I want to personally thank Officer Stanley Cook for sitting with my grandmother until family arrived, that meant a lot to us.” Justin Barnhart

UPDATED – One injured when an SUV crashed into trees

One person was injured when an SUV crashed into trees early Tuesday afternoon a few miles north of Jasper. It happened at about 1:30 on Highway 96 North near County Road 249. DPS Sergeant Shana Clark said 72-year-old Clyde Edwards, of San Augustine, was driving a 1998 GMC SUV northbound on Highway 96. Clark said he leaned down to grab a drink and drifted slightly out of the travel lane. When this occurred, she said the passenger, 36-year-old Michael Renfro grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to start sliding sideways and off of the highway where it struck multiple trees. Renfro had several cuts to both of his legs and a minor abrasion on his head. He was transported by Allegiance EMS to CHI St Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin. Edwards was not injured.

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