Pregnant woman shot, killed in Louisiana
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are investigating the shooting death of a pregnant woman at an apartment complex in Minden.
KSLA-TV reports Police Chief Steven Cropper says...
MARION, Ohio (AP) — A death row inmate accused of killing a Louisiana woman in 2006 in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder.
MARION, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say they've identified a woman whose killing was linked to a man now on death row for other homicides in Ohio.
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Two police officers of Minden, Louisiana, are accused of making racist comments online.
News outlets report Chief Steve Cropper, Mayor Terry Gardner and city council...
Feds: defendant paid only $100 of $149,000 restitution
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who pleaded guilty in connection with dumping military explosives in Louisiana has paid only $100 toward more than $149,000 restitution, so the...
Former Louisiana US Rep now US assistant commerce secretary
A former Louisiana congressman is now head of the Economic Development Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
A news release says Dr. John Fleming was sworn in Friday as the...
Explo Systems ex-owner drops Camp Minden sentence appeal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility has dropped an appeal of his sentence.
Meanwhile, a codefendant's sentencing appeal remains before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ex-company owner to appeal Camp Minden explosives sentence
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility says he will appeal his sentence.
David Alan Smith, 63, of Winchester, Kentucky, filed a notice of appeal Friday with the federal court in Shreveport, where he was sentenced Nov. 29 in connection with what a prosecutor called the nation's worst-ever dumping of military explosives.
5 get prison after 2012 military munition blast in Louisiana
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered $34.8 million in restitution from the owner of a company that committed what a prosecutor calls the nation's worst-ever dumping of military explosives -- a case stemming from a huge 2012 munitions blast. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote also ordered David Alan Smith to spend 4 years and 7 months in prison.
Hearing delays Camp Minden explosives sentencing
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge says she needs more information before sentencing five men who pleaded guilty in a case involving a huge explosion at a Louisiana National Guard site.
District Judge Elizabeth Foote scheduled sentencing Wednesday for Explo Systems co-owner David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky, and four company officials from Louisiana.
Catamaran Solutions to create 120 new jobs in Minden
MINDEN, La. (AP) — New jobs are coming to Webster Parish.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Catamaran Solutions Chief Executive Officer Chip Ray say the company completed the purchase of Reynolds Industrial Contractors Inc. in Minden. They say 120 new jobs in advanced manufacturing will be created at the 20-acre (8-hectare) site over the next three years.
Edwards' announcement Tuesday said the site will serve industrial construction and maintenance customers throughout the U.S.
2 inmates on work release fall from pickup bed; 1 dies
DIXIE INN, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say one jail trusty died and one was hurt when they fell from the bed of a moving pickup truck on a highway.
Trooper Glenn Younger said in a news release Thursday night that 30-year-old Kenneth George of Shreveport and 26-year-old Tyler Hodges of Minden were both on work release from the Webster Parish jail.
Younger says George died and Hodges suffered moderate injuries.
Train hits pickup stopped on tracks; 1 dead
DUBBERLY, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a 33-year-old man died when his pickup truck stopped on railroad tracks and was hit by a freight train.
Trooper Glenn Younger said in a news release that Jason Fory of Minden was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his truck. He died at the scene about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Webster Parish near Dubberly.
Anonymous donor returns stolen office supplies tenfold
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Someone who stole pencils and markers from a Louisiana office more than 40 years ago has sent an anonymous tenfold donation of office supplies to make up.
A Folgers Coffee box overflowing with new pens, pencils and highlighters arrived Wednesday at the LSU AgCenter extension office in Minden, The Times of Shreveport reported Friday.
Camp Minden Explosives: Sentencings postponed 3 months
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed three months for men who pleaded guilty in a case involving a huge explosion in 2012 at a site owned by the Louisiana National Guard.
Online records show that U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote moved the sentencing Tuesday from Aug. 30 to Nov. 28 in her Shreveport courtroom.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The last defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed that he owes the federal government $149,000 in a case involving a huge explosion at a Louisiana National Guard-owned site.
William Terry Wright's plea agreement was described in news release Friday from the U.S. attorney's office in Shreveport. Wright signed the agreement Thursday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote.
Camp Minden explosives: Lawyer expects guilty plea
The last defendant in a case involving a huge explosion at Louisiana National Guard-owned site is expected to plead guilty, his attorney said Wednesday.
William Terry Wright has a change-of-plea hearing Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT, according to U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote's electronic docket.
"About all I can say at this point is we anticipate a guilty plea," attorney Donald E. Hathaway Jr. said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on change-of-plea hearing in case involving explosion at Louisiana National Guard facility (all times local):
The lawyer for the last defendant in a case involving a huge explosion at Louisiana National Guard-owned site says he expects his client to plead guilty.
Donald Hathaway says he can't say more until after William Terry Wright's change-of-plea hearing, scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT Thursday.
Camp Minden explosives: Last defendant’s trial now Jan. 7
The last defendant's trial has been postponed in a case involving a huge explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard. William Terry Wright is now scheduled for trial Jan. 7, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote's office said Tuesday.
Reasons for the second postponement in a week were not immediately made public Tuesday.
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A suspect has turned himself in to authorities in connection with a shooting outside a child's birthday party in Louisiana.
Northwest Louisiana news outlets report that 18-year-old Simuel Shaw got into an argument with 26-year-old LaTravion Minix Sunday night at the Victory Park Community Center in Minden.
Minix was shot later and taken to a hospital. He was treated and released.
Minden man shares journey from bricklayer to brick collector
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Dan Strange lives with his wife Susan and dog Sissy in a large, secluded home in north Minden, complete with a pond, a guest house, and a treehouse in progress. He maintains his property, mows his church's grass, and helps Susan supervise the medical plan for the local housing authority.
Also, Dan Strange owns over 2,500 uniquely branded bricks.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for one of two remaining defendants in a case involving a huge explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard.
While five other defendants were indicted on about 30 charges, Charles Ferris Callihan faced two: conspiracy and making a false statement. The online docket shows his change-of-plea hearing was scheduled Friday.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Tennessee man died two days before his scheduled trial in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard.
Trial for two remaining defendants has been postponed a week.
2012 Camp Minden explosion: 3rd defendant pleads guilty
A third defendant pleaded guilty Monday in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard, and agreed to repay $149,000 to the federal government.
Kenneth Lampkin was program manager for Explo Systems LLC, which abandoned 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of potentially explosive artillery propellant at Camp Minden when it went bankrupt in 2013.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A change of plea hearing is scheduled Monday for a third defendant in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard.
Kenneth Lampkin was program manager at Explo Systems, which abandoned 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of potentially explosive artillery propellant at Camp Minden when it went bankrupt in 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to 29 counts of conspiracy, false statements and wire fraud.
MINDEN, La. (AP) — The mayor of a north Louisiana town has been arrested for allegedly mishandling the town's funds.
Louisiana State Police said Cotton Valley Mayor Joseph Alexander was arrested Tuesday on a charge of felony abuse of power. He was processed at the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center and released after posting $1,000 bail. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The inventory control officer for a one-time contractor would repay about 1 percent of the $8.7 million cost of an Army contract to take apart charges of M6 artillery propellant in Louisiana, under a plea agreement reached this week.
Camp Minden explosives: Change of plea hearing Tuesday
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former official of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana is pleading guilty.
The Times of Shreveport reports that Koons pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of making a false statement to the military's Joint Munitions Command.
Louisiana: June trial in abandoned artillery propellant case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has set aside all of June for the planned trial of an owner and three former officials of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana.
Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in recent court filings that they will need up to three weeks for their case against Explo Systems co-owner David Fincher of Burns, Tennessee, and the ex-officials. The trial is scheduled to start June 4.
Camp Minden explosives: Change-of-plea hearing scheduled
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for a former official of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana.
Lionel Koons was traffic and inventory control manager for Explo Systems when it went bankrupt in 2013, leaving 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of M6 propellant on land leased from the Louisiana National Guard.
Company co-owner pleads guilty in industrial site explosion
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the owners of a company that abandoned thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana has admitted lying in order to be awarded federal contracts to "demilitarize" the smokeless powder, known as M6.
Louisiana Guard Cavalry unit holds their annual Spur Ride
(PINEVILLE, LA) – The Louisiana National Guard’s 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team awarded silver spurs to seven Troopers during the annual Spur Ride at Camp Minden in Minden, Nov. 4.
“The spur is not something that is given, it’s something that is earned,” said Master Sgt. Timothy McKnight, 2-108th senior operations noncommissioned officer. “The candidates must challenge themselves and push past their limits to prove themselves as Cavalrymen.”
Harvey cancels Houston wedding; Louisiana city donates 1
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A small Louisiana city banded together to hold a wedding for a couple whose plans to be married in Houston were ruined by Hurricane Harvey.
Erin Smith and Jason Doyle of Shreveport, Louisiana, were married Saturday in Minden, about 270 miles (434 kilometers) north-northeast of Houston, The Press-Herald reported .
Louisiana woman sentenced for shooting, killing son
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman was given the maximum sentence for manslaughter after she fatally shot her 22-year-old son, prosecutors said.
Dora Blake, 48, of Minden was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday by Bossier District Judge John Robinson, KTBS-TV reported .
Rowland named Webster Parish schools superintendent
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A product of the Webster Parish School System has been tapped as its leader.
KTBS-TV reports the School Board voted unanimously Monday to Johnny Rowland Jr. as the new superintendent of schools. He replaces Dan Rawls, who retired in April.
All unstable artillery propellant at Camp Minden burned
MINDEN, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says a burn chamber used to dispose of thousands of tons of explosive material will not be used again at Camp Minden.
Friday the guard said the company responsible for burning the materials, Explosive Service International, is conducting cleanup activities, which will take approximately 30 days.
The Baton Rouge company burned all 7,800 tons of the unstable artillery propellant and 160 tons of nitrocellulose abandoned at Camp Minden.
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming is going to be working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2nO2eUk ) reports that former U.S. Rep John Fleming says he has accepted a job as deputy assistant secretary for health technology within the department.
BENTON, La. (AP) — It was night, and three runaways were hiding in woods. A sheriff's deputy put up a drone with a thermal imaging camera, and found them within a minute.
Two were quickly detained. The camera showed that the third ran through the woods and crossed Interstate 20 in the dark.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff's office said Monday that the drone was deployed last Wednesday night, looking for teenagers who escaped from Youth Challenge, a military-style training program at Camp Minden.
Nude livestream on office Instagram account gets boss fired
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana tourism director has lost her job after accidentally sending nude live video of herself to a tourism account instead of her husband.
News outlets report that the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau voted 3-2 to fire executive director Lynn Dorsey.
She'd been on paid leave since sending the video to the bureau's Instagram account in December. She said then that she meant it for her husband.
Local wants stake in Camp Minden burn chamber
MINDEN, La. (AP) — A Minden contractor says his family's company wants to become minority owner of the burn chamber at Camp Minden, and to add a rotary kiln that could burn explosives.
John Madden of Madden Contracting Co. told the Webster Parish Police Jury the company would pay for environmental oversight, with the parish hiring the contractor and getting results first.
Tourism director on leave after adult video mistakenly sent
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana tourism official has been placed on paid administrative leave after inadvertently sharing an adult video on her employer's Instagram account while on business in Baton Rouge.
The half-hour video with nudity went live on the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau's Instagram account Dec. 19 and sent notifications to followers. .
Tourism official: Adult video shared on Instagram a mistake
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A tourism official on business in Baton Rouge says she had no intention of sharing an adult video with nudity on the Instagram account of her employer, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The video with nudity went live on the tourism bureau's public Instagram account Monday night, and sent notifications to followers, The Minden Press-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2h5uBbP ). The video lasted about 30 minutes.
Man offers wave and smile to drivers on Louisiana highway
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Travelers along U.S. Highway 80 to and from Minden are greeted many mornings with a smile and a wave.
The Press-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2flFivc ) that 63-year-old Benny Moore stands by the roadside to spread cheer to people headed to work and school.
The semi-retired logger says it's a blessing to share some joy — and it takes more energy to frown than to smile.
All of the most unstable compound at Camp Minden destroyed
CAMP MINDEN, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says all remnants of the most dangerously unstable compound at Camp Minden have been destroyed.
A statement released late Tuesday said the last bits of nitrocellulose were burned that day.
The guard also released aerial video of 57 tons of nitrocellulose , also called "clean-burning igniter," set ablaze Saturday, and the ignition Monday of 42.5 tons of igniter and 20 tons of M6 artillery propellant.
National Guard: last big burn at Camp Minden went well
CAMP MINDEN, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says its final big burn of dangerously unstable nitrocellulose was a success.
It says a bunker holding 42.5 tons of nitrocellulose and 20 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant was ignited at noon Tuesday at Camp Minden. Nitrocellulose is also called "clean-burning igniter."
Last big burn Tuesday at Camp Minden; small burn Wednesday
CAMP MINDEN, La. (AP) — A bunker holding 20 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant and 42.5 tons of dangerously unstable nitrocellulose will be set afire Tuesday morning at Camp Minden, if weather allows, the Louisiana National Guard said Monday.
Compound’s fast burns unlikely to be heard off Camp Minden
MINDEN, La. (AP) — Weather permitting, the smallest of three burns to destroy unstable and potentially explosive nitrocellulose at Camp Minden is scheduled Friday, the Louisiana National Guard said Thursday.
Experts don't think people outside of the camp are likely to feel or hear anything from Friday's ignition of 820 pounds of "clean-burning igniter" or from two much larger ignitions tentatively scheduled Sunday and Nov. 5, said Col. Ed Bush, a national guard spokesman.
Too hot to handle: Robot to help destroy defense chemicals
CAMP MINDEN, La. (AP) — If the air is calm Monday morning, the Louisiana National Guard will use a robot to open a bunker door at Camp Minden and set up remote ignition of 820 pounds of an unstable, fast-burning chemical compound stored there.
It's by far the smallest amount of "clean-burning igniter" remaining after a bunker of it exploded Sept. 29.