Special election could bring off-track betting to parish
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Voters in Bossier Parish will vote next year on whether to allow off-track betting for horse racing events to help raise revenue.
Lawsuit: Businessman says banks aided investor in $9M fraud
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man's lawsuit says two banks helped an investor defraud him out of $9.4 million in a Ponzi scheme.
KTBS-TV reports Shreveport businessman Byrum Teekell is...
US women’s volleyball team secures Tokyo Olympics bid
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — The U.S. women's volleyball team secured its berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, beating Argentina in straight sets Sunday at a Tokyo Women's Volleyball...
Worker dies from late June explosion in NW Louisiana
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana coroner says a 43-year-old man has died of injuries from an industrial explosion late last month.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says two teenagers are linked by DNA to the 2018 killing of an Air Force technical sergeant.
Bossier Parish District Attorney Schuyler Marvin...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to loosen restrictions on employers who hire teenagers stalled in the Louisiana House.
Rep. Raymond Crews, a Bossier City Republican, proposed to increase...
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The pilot and passenger of a small private plane pulled from the Red River over the weekend will be laid to rest this week.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana city is launching an outdoor market on Mardi Gras. The East Bank Market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Bossier City's new festival...
North Louisiana prison to undergo security upgrade
PLAIN DEALING, La. (AP) — A North Louisiana prison will undergo a sweeping security upgrade later this year.
KSLA-TV reports Bossier Maximum Security Facility, a 140,000-square-foot...
Horse urine, blood samples stolen from Louisiana racetrack
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Somebody stole about three dozen samples of horse urine and blood from a Louisiana racetrack.
Bossier (BOH-zher) City spokeswoman Traci Landry says nothing else was stolen during a break-in discovered Jan. 12 at Harrah's Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack.
Tractor-Trailer rolls backward into ravine, killing driver
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a tractor-trailer driver died when his big rig slid backward into a ravine at an oilfield.
Trooper Glen Younger says in a news release that the wreck killed 43-year-old Antorian Devol Johnson of Bossier City.
Younger says Johnson was driving a 2009 Freightliner. It stalled on an uphill grade and began rolling downhill about 2 a.m. Thursday on a private road about 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Shreveport.
Bossier City water tests negative for brain-eating amoeba
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Officials say water samples in a Louisiana city have tested negative for a brain-eating amoeba after they tested positive in October.
News outlets cite a Monday statement from Bossier City as saying that the latest samples tested negative for both Naegleria fowleri and the amoeba's DNA. The state Health Department collected the samples Jan. 23.
Guilty plea: barcode scheme used to steal $180,000 in goods
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to stealing $180,000 worth of high-priced goods by putting barcode stickers for lower-priced merchandise over the stores' own stickers.
The U.S. attorney in Shreveport says 39-year-old Peter Stifner of Bossier City would sell the goods online at a profit.
U.S. Attorney David Joseph says in a news release that Stifner pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to three counts of wire fraud and is scheduled for sentencing May 2.
Correction: School Religion-Lawsuit story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Jan. 24 about the settlement of a lawsuit accusing the Bossier Parish, Louisiana, school board of illegally promoting religion, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the school system admitted no wrongdoing. While the defendants in the suit denied allegations of wrongdoing by the school superintendent and School Board employees, they also admitted in the document that there was a factual basis for the agreement, which states that there were violations of the First Amendment.
Health system announces plans for hospital renovation
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana health care system has formally announced the launch of a $43 million project to renovate its medical center in Shreveport.
Man cleared by DNA leaves Louisiana prison after 37 years
BENTON, La. (AP) — A man who had been serving a life sentence for rape since 1981 was released from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola on Thursday after DNA testing cleared him.
2 sheriff’s offices compete, raise $2900 for Salvation Army
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The Salvation Army says friendly competition between two Louisiana sheriff's offices has raised $2,900 for the charity.
A news release Tuesday says Bossier (BOH-zher) Parish sheriff's deputies rang in nearly $1,900 during Friday's Red Kettle Challenge, while Caddo Parish deputies raised just over $1,000.
It's the challenge's third year. Bossier deputies won them all.
New call centers planned in Louisiana, creating 240 jobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's social services agency is moving its help-line work to new call centers planned within the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that Mississippi-based YoungWilliams will spend $4 million to create new call centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge, with 240 new jobs.
2 in Louisiana indicted in death of airman from Virginia
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana teenagers are charged as adults in the shooting death of an airman who was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.
News outlets report 18-year-old Jareona Crosby 15-year-old Alonzo Wilson, both of Bossier (BOZH-er) City, were indicted Dec. 10 for second-degree murder in the slaying of 30-year-old Air Force Technical Sgt. Joshua Kidd.
Reed helps NW State rally late to beat Southern 69-66
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — LaTerrance Reed nailed 4 of 8 from long range to total a career-high 17 points and C.J. Jones added 15 as Northwestern State rallied late to beat Southern 69-66 in the Shreveport-Bossier City Holiday Classic Saturday night.
Girl, 9, dies in crash as driver suffers medical condition
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a single-vehicle crash while the driver was suffering from an unknown medical condition.
News outlets cite reports from Bossier City police and firefighters as saying Brooklyn Dunn died at the scene of the collision Saturday night.
Dallas rape suspect also sought in northern Louisiana
DALLAS (AP) — Police say a man sought as a suspect in three sexual assaults in Dallas may also have made similar attacks in northern Louisiana.
Dallas police Deputy Chief Thomas Castro says the man sought in the September and October attacks in Dallas matches the description of a man suspected in two sexual assaults in Bossier City, Louisiana, in late March and early April.
Medical marijuana clinic opening Monday in Louisiana
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A new medical marijuana health clinic is opening in northwest Louisiana.
News outlets reported the Total Health Clinic was opening in Bossier City on Monday.
Dr. Chad Rossitter, an internal medicine doctor in Acadiana, said he became interested in marijuana prescriptions because of his work and his family. Rossiter said he has lost family members to the opioid crisis. He says many of those additions occur because people are in pain.
Trooper arrested, charged in use of law enforcement data
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say one of their troopers has been arrested.
State police said in a Monday news release that Trooper John C. Kelly of Troop G in northwest Louisiana faces a charge of felony abuse of office. The release says an investigation showed that Kelly used his access to law enforcement databases for unauthorized activities. The release did not provide details.
It said Kelly was placed on leave when the investigation began in August.
Man shot to death in front of Louisiana home
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A man has been shot to death in front of his home in Louisiana.
News outlets reported the shooting was reported around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday in Bossier City.
Police said that 30-year-old Joshua Lewis Kidd was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.
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Texas-based Air Force band teaching Louisiana students
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — An Air Force band based in Texas will hold workshops for Louisiana students and perform in Louisiana schools.
The Bossier Parish school district says in a news release that the Air Force Band of the West will hold a workshop for high-school students on Thursday and one for middle-school students on Friday.
Each day also includes a performance for elementary school students.
Police: Couple accused of sex crimes made teen smoke meth
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana couple is accused of sex crimes against a teen girl who police say they also forced to smoke meth.
Bossier City police spokeswoman Traci Landry tells news outlets that 42-year-old Shelly Carey and 27-year-old Bryant Smiley were arrested last week on charges of third-degree rape, cruelty to juveniles and indecent behavior with juveniles.
Louisiana National Guard: 70 return from Afghanistan
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard is welcoming soldiers back home after nine months in Afghanistan.
The ceremony was scheduled Saturday in Bossier City for about 70 soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 165th Combat Sustainment and Support Battalion.
The unit managed sustainment operations in support of coalition forces in Afghanistan.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say more than 50 people accused of entering the United States illegally are being held at a Louisiana parish medium-security facility.
Maj. Charles Gray with the Bossier Sheriff's Office tells The Times of Shreveport that the federal prisoners are male and began arriving Monday morning.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — An airman assigned to a northwest Louisiana air force base is charged with stabbing a fellow airman to death on March 26 while both were in Guam.
Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base say Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is in custody there, charged with the murder of Bradley Hale. Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal that could allow Louisiana school employees to pray with students during the class day edged closer to final legislative passage Tuesday, despite concerns it could embroil the state in litigation.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate has backed a proposal that opens the door to school employees praying with their students during the class day.
The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would allow teachers and other workers to pray with students during the workday, if parents of every student in attendance submit a signed request and if the prayer is student-initiated.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms 20 tornadoes hit Louisiana on Friday and Saturday.
A 2-year-old girl died when a tree fell on her travel trailer in Bossier Parish. No one was injured by any other tornado.
Tornadoes were reported in 13 parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Lafayette, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, St. Landry, St. Mary, Union, Webster and West Carroll.
Law officers searched Friday for a woman and her son whose family have become suspects in a string of vandalisms and arsons at deer camps in Bossier Parish -- trying to determine whether they jumped off a Red River bridge in a bizarre double suicide or had concocted a ruse in order to get away.
Louisiana State Police retire K-9 officer
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — K-9 Rico, a Belgian Malinois who began working with Louisiana State Police in 2009, has retired.
The agency says Rico retired at the end of February after nine years of service with Troop G in Bossier City. He is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine.
Suit claims religion promoted in Louisiana school district
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time in as many months, a north Louisiana public school district is accused in a federal lawsuit of promoting Christianity in violation of the Constitution.
This time the defendants are the Bossier (BOH'-zher) Parish School Board and the Bossier schools superintendent. A federal lawsuit filed by four parents says officials throughout the Bossier system coerce students into religious practices in class, at athletic contests, graduation ceremonies and other events.
(BOSSIER PARISH, LA) - Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Haughton man has been arrested for engaging in illegal sexual relations with a juvenile female following a lengthy investigation by detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.
Daniel Hernandez Del Angel, 43, of the 200 block of Bodcau Station in Haughton, was arrested on active warrants Thursday and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Friday morning. He is charged with 1st Degree Rape and Molestation of a Juvenile.
Potentially dangerous conditions exist across much of the ArkLaTex in the wake of this latest winter storm. As a result, a number of road closures have been implemented.
Here is a working list. Be sure and check back for updates.
EXCO Resources, Inc. to be delisted from NYSE; drilling operations continue
The New York Stock Exchange has served notice it plans to delist a company that has a substantial investment in this area’s natural gas play.That company, Exco, is a strong economic driver in Northwest Louisiana, producing natural gas in from the Haynesville Shale and Bossier Shale. At last report, it had four rigs running.But what does a decision in New York City mean for local property owners who’ve leased to the company? According to Exco, the delisting of its stock does not affect business...
Road to Recovery: Cancer patients need rides to appointments
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Battling cancer gives Bossier City resident Agnes Mercadal enough to think about as she faces two months of radiation treatments.
One extra burden Mercadal, 78, doesn't need to worry about is how she's going to get to and from her appointments when she doesn't have a car.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is headed to northwest Louisiana on Thursday. He'll be in the area for a series of meetings and events.
First, he'll speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Louisiana Tech University facility at the National Cyber Research Park.
Then, Gov. Edwards will participate in a dedication ceremony for new combat wounded parking spaces at the Bossier Parish Community College in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Former Bossier City employee pleads not guilty to theft
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A former City of Bossier City employee who was arrested and accused of stealing city funds has pleaded not guilty.
The Times of Shreveport reports 47-year-old Shelli S. Briggs, former booking manager at the Bossier Civic Center, waived formal arraignment Tuesday in state court and entered the plea.
Louisiana bus system: Come on and take a free ride
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Northwest Louisiana's largest transit system is offering a week of free bus rides.
SporTran, serving Shreveport and Bossier City is showing off new electric buses and new terminals downtown and in southwest Shreveport. The terminals cost $5.8 million.
KSLA-TV reports that an estimated 2,000 customers rode the new buses on Sunday.
(SHREVEPORT, LA) - The Louisiana Veterans Day Honor Parade kicks off on Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. For the sixth year, the parade will be held at the State Fair of Louisiana.
The first 5,000 people who enter the fair will receive an American flag. Celebrations begin with the national anthem followed by the parade down the Midway at the state fair. Ten veterans will be honored. They will be presented on floats with information about their accolades.
SEND YOUR VETERANS DAY PHOTOS TO USHARE@KTBS.COM OR USE #KTBSSALUTES ON SOCIAL MEDIAVeterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11 to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces as well as those who have fallen defending the country.Since this federal holiday falls on a Saturday this year, many workers and students have the day off on Friday, November 10, and there are many special ceremonies planned and complimentary meal offers. We've listed many of them below.
Barksdale airman arrested on child porn charges
BENTON, La. (AP) — An airman at Barksdale Air Force Base has been arrested on more than two dozen counts of pornography involving juveniles.
Bossier City Police, in a news release, said 27-year-old Robert Betha Broadus, of Bossier City, was taken into custody Thursday.
City spokesman Mark Natale says the arrest was the result of a tip. The investigation began in June.
What it’s like to be a single parent in Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Nearly half of Louisiana kids — 45 percent — live with only one parent, 10 points higher than the national percentage, according to the Kids Count Data Center's most recent data.
Thirty-five percent of children in the U.S. are in single-parent households. Each family comes with its own story, with different backgrounds and situations.
Toni Genova of Alexandria was surprised to learn she was pregnant at 36.