SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Federal investigators Wednesday released a preliminary report involving a plane that crashed last month into the Red River, killing the pilot and his...
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over religious activities at a Louisiana school system.
U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Hicks Jr. on Wednesday...
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...
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The FAA says a small plane heading from Louisiana to Texas crashed into the river between the states, and initial reports indicate two people were on board.
Indiana aftermarket ATV-part company plans Louisiana factory
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An Indiana company that makes aftermarket parts for all-terrain vehicles says Louisiana is getting its first out-of-state factory.
Louisiana mayor announces plans for medical corridor
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor has announced plans for a medical corridor that he says will spur economic development and improve access to healthcare within resource-deprived...
2 from Mississippi plead guilty in cocaine case
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A man and woman from Mississippi each face a possible 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in Louisiana to cocaine-related charges.
Louisiana Rapper Mystikal free on $3M bond in rape case
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Mystikal, a Louisiana rapper who had been in custody for nearly 1½ years on a rape charge, has been released on a $3 million bond.
The artist, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was freed Wednesday from a Shreveport area correctional complex, local news outlets report.
Airline offering tickets from Shreveport to Destin, Florida
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An American discount airline is offering tickets from a Louisiana city to a Florida city.
The Shreveport Times reports Allegiant Air is offering tickets from Shreveport to Destin at prices starting at $49 one-way. The flights will be twice-weekly, leaving on Mondays and Fridays.
Louisiana chimp sanctuary schedules 4 public mornings
KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana sanctuary for retired federally owned chimpanzees has scheduled four mornings when the public can see humanity's closest relatives in outdoor habitats.
Chimp Haven is in Keithville, outside Shreveport. The sanctuary has scheduled "Chimpanzee Discovery Days " from 9 a.m. to noon on four spring and fall Saturdays: March 16, April 13, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.
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.
Surgeon found guilty of stealing Social Security benefits
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A surgeon and chief of trauma at LSU Health Shreveport has been found guilty of stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security disability payments.
A federal jury deliberated for around 10 hours before finding 58-year-old Dr. John Owings guilty Friday of 20 counts of theft of government property and one count of concealing or failing to disclose an event affecting right to a government benefit, news outlets reported.
Woman’s Department Club has empowered women for decades
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — In 1919 —at a time when there were limited educational opportunities for women — the Woman's Department Club emerged as a place Shreveport women could learn from each other.
It was organized in November 1919 by a group of ladies inspired by the city's oldest literary club — the Hypatia Club.
Louisiana mother gets jail time for children missing school
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says a woman whose children missed almost two years of school has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart tells KTBS-TV that 35-year-old Fathimah Slack pleaded guilty to improper supervision. She appeared in parish juvenile court Thursday.
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.
2nd prison guard pleads guilty in chemical spray cover-up
A second former prison guard has pleaded guilty to covering up an incident in which he and other officers used a chemical spray on five kneeling, handcuffed inmates at a privately run Louisiana prison. Three other ex-guards are scheduled for federal trial April 15.
Centenary students get a boost to LSU law school
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A private college in north Louisiana says it has a new agreement giving a law school boost for students who are graduating with a minor in legal studies and are interested in public interest careers.
Officials at Centenary College in Shreveport say a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday gives those students a good chance of admission to LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center — though not a guarantee — and automatic consideration for financial aid.
Louisiana man pleads guilty in livestreamed killing
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to murdering his former girlfriend while she was livestreaming on Facebook.
News agencies report that 37-year-old Johnathan Robinson of Shreveport pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder of 27-year-old Rannita Williams.
The plea agreement means he cannot be sentenced to death and must be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Court-martial: 35 years for airman who killed roommate
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A court-martial in Louisiana has sentenced a 22-year-old airman to 35 years in prison for killing his roommate in Guam last year.
The seven-officer panel sentenced Isaiah Edwards on Tuesday in the March 27 stabbing death of 20-year-old Bradley Hale, news agencies reported.
Edwards will be dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.
Chief: Louisiana officer was fatally shot by her boyfriend
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The man who killed a Louisiana police officer as she left for work was her boyfriend and the father of her child, authorities said.
At a news conference Wednesday, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said Treveon Anderson, 26, shot and killed Officer Chateri Payne on Jan. 9.
"We believe Anderson shot and killed her, then concocted the false narrative of her being murdered by an unknown suspect," Raymond told news outlets.
Trial delayed for man charged in Louisiana officer’s death
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing a police officer in Louisiana in 2015 has been delayed again.
The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office said in a news release that the trial of 31-year-old Grover Cannon has been delayed at the request of defense attorneys.
Cannon is charged in the shooting death of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley, who was killed when he responded to a report of a prowler.
3 arrested in death of Louisiana officer leaving for work
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Louisiana police officer preparing to go to work.
Funeral arrangements set for officer shot leaving for work
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been set for a recently graduated Louisiana police officer who was fatally shot shortly before a night shift.
News outlets report a public viewing and family hour service for 22-year-old Chateri Payne will be held Friday, while her funeral will take place Saturday morning at Summer Grove Baptist Church.
Louisiana Film Prize seeks short-film competition applicants
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana short-film competition is seeking applicants for its 2019 film prize, which will award $50,000 to the winning director.
To be eligible for the Louisiana Film Prize, independent filmmakers must produce an original short film ranging from five minutes to 15 minutes in designated parishes in northwest Louisiana.
This year, competition filming locations will expand to include Lincoln Parish, with downtown Ruston and Louisiana Tech University.
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.
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Louisiana police officer fatally shot while leaving for work
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A recently graduated Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot as she was in uniform leaving for work on the night shift.
Officer Chateri Payne, who had graduated from the police academy Nov. 16, died within hours of being shot outside a home Wednesday night, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said Thursday during a livestreamed news conference.
Court-martial pretrial hearing in airman’s death in Guam
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An Air Force electronic warfare journeyman has pleaded innocent to a murder charge accusing him of stabbing and slitting his roommate's throat while they were temporarily assigned to a base in Guam.
News agencies report that court-martial proceedings began Monday for Isaiah Edwards. He is charged with killing 20-year-old Bradley Hale of Montgomery County, Texas.
Airman’s trial Monday in 2nd airman’s stabbing death in Guam
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A court-martial is scheduled Monday for a Louisiana-based airman accused of stabbing his roommate to death in their quarters at an Air Force base in Guam, the Air Force said.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is charged with murder of 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale on March 26 at Andersen Air Force Base.
An Air Force panel will hear the case in the federal district court in Shreveport, Louisiana.
How artist is leaving impressions on and off campus
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Bruce Allen will need a while to pack up his office — a corner room in the Turner Art Center at Centenary College. He's collected many memories and memorabilia since the 1980s, and the space has become a personal museum reflecting his extensive career and decorated life in the arts.
"It's stuff I've saved over the years from all sorts of different things," Allen said. "I've been here for so long I kind of dread having to clean everything out of here."...
Perkins to be inaugurated Saturday as Shreveport’s mayor
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The swearing-in of Shreveport's new mayor is set for this weekend.
The 33-year-old Adrian Perkins defeated incumbent Mayor Ollie Tyler in a runoff election earlier this month, garnering 64 percent of the vote compared to Tyler's 36 percent.
The Harvard graduate has never held elected office, telling voters he had a fresh vision for the city. Perkins has promised to tackle the city's crime problem and bring in more business.
Jones, Duke offense roll past Temple in Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win.
But the Owls had one problem that couldn't be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe doesn't lose in Shreveport.
Daniel Jones threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two scores, and Duke recovered from a slow start to blow past Temple 56-27 in the Independence Bowl on Thursday.
6800-pound gumbo for charity, Guinness record book
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Talk about making a ton of gumbo — a Louisiana chef cooked up 6,800 pounds (3,084 kilograms) of the state's signature soup for charity and a Guinness world record, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said Thursday.
He and Guinness representative Kaitlyn Vesper were in Shreveport, where a 1,068-gallon (4,043-liter) pot bubbled during Independence Bowl tailgating before the Duke and Temple football teams took the field Thursday, according to a news release from Nungesser's office.
Duke faces Temple in Cutcliffe’s return to Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe has an impressive winning history at the Indepedence Bowl. The Blue Devils hope his return to Shreveport can help the program get back on track after a rough ending to the regular season.
Stumbling Duke, surging Temple meet in Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Independence Bowl: Duke (7-5) vs. Temple (8-4), Thursday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
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.
Ridesharing discount offered in Louisiana for holiday period
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents can get discounted rides home through the holidays in a partnership between the state highway safety commission and ridesharing company Lyft aimed at lessening drunken driving incidents.
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.
Book in ‘Guardians of Childhood’ series released
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — It's been decades in the making, but the mission is complete.
Last month, William Joyce — children's author and illustrator — concluded "The Guardians of Childhood series" with the release of the fifth installation, "Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning."
The book series transpired from a simple idea.
"It's been almost 30 years. All I knew is that I wanted the icons of childhood to know each other and work together," Joyce said.
Adrian Perkins defeats incumbent to become Shreveport mayor
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Adrian Perkins has defeated incumbent Ollie Tyler to become mayor of Shreveport.
Media outlets report the 33-year-old Adrian Perkins won Saturday's runoff election, according to complete but unofficial returns.
Perkins won 64 percent of the vote, compared to Tyler's 36 percent. The Harvard graduate has never held elected office, telling voters he had a fresh vision for the city.
Police: Toddler accidentally shoots mother in back
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police say a woman in Louisiana has been accidentally shot in the back by her 2-year-old child.
Toddler accidentally shoots mother in back
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police say a Shreveport woman was accidentally shot in the back by her 2-year-old child.
The Shreveport Times reports that the shooting happened early Saturday morning.
Police told the newspaper that the woman and her 2-year-old child were in the bedroom when the child appears to have accidentally discharged an unsecured handgun.
Police: Couple, boy with pup for sale ambushed, shot
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say one or more people ambushed and shot a 5-year-old boy and a man and woman who said they'd come to sell a puppy.
Shreveport Police Department spokeswoman Christina Curtis says the boy was shot once and the adults were shot multiple times when they showed up Wednesday evening.
They told investigators they had come to sell a puppy to someone they didn't know.
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.
Holiday Express Train begins multistate journey
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A festive holiday train has started its journey through Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri.
The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train started its journey last week in Shreveport, Louisiana. After stops in more than 20 cities, the trip will end Dec. 14 at Union Station in Kansas City, where the six-car train will remain on display through Dec. 18.
Former priest convicted of raping altar boy dies in prison
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has died in prison while serving a life sentence for repeatedly raping an altar boy.
Louisiana state corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick tells The Houma Courier that 82-year-old Robert Lester "Bobby" Melancon died of natural causes this month. Melancon was convicted in 1996 of the aggravated rape of an altar boy.
13-year-old arrested in murder of Louisiana delivery driver
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Shreveport police have arrested a 13-year-old accused in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver earlier this month.
KSLA-TV reports the victim, 28-year-old Lester McGee, had just started his new job with Domino's two days before his Nov. 13 murder.