News for the week of Feb. 3

Beauregard inmate accused of trying flee authorities during medical treatment

DERIDDER -- A 20-year-old DeRidder man, an inmate in the Beauregard Parish Jail, is accused of trying to escape authorities while being treated at a local hospital. More HERE.

Former volunteer firefighter accused of arson

A former volunteer firefighter is charged with four counts of simple arson in connection with fires that investigators say were intentionally set in a wooded area just south of DeRidder in 2012 and 2013.
Brandon Harris, 26, of Longville, was arrested on Tuesday by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office following a month-long investigation by the Beauregard Parish District Attorney’s Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) enforcement agents. More HERE.

VPSO still seeking suspect in worthless checks case

VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is still seeking the public's assistance in locating a subject wanted in connection to a worthless checks case. Jennifer Marie Hall is believed to be from Lumberton, Texas but once resided in Vernon Parish, according to authorities.
More HERE.

Sulphur man accused of child pornography possession

CALCASIEU PARISH -- A Sulphur man is accused of child pornography possession. According to Louisiana State Police, Troop D, 52-year-old James Allen Newman was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations. More HERE.

BPPJ moving on plans to renovate century-old courthouse

DERIDDER -- Renovating the aging Beauregard Parish Courthouse won't be easy, but parish officials hope the upgrades will last the public at least another century. The courthouse, built around 1914, will see major changes over the next two years. More HERE.

Resident asks BPPJ to consider regulations for mobile home parks

DERIDDER -- A DeRidder woman has asked Beauregard Parish police jurors to consider adopting regulations for mobile home parks in the parish.
Doris Davis said she is a concerned homeowner in the Hwy. 190 West area where a mobile home park is proposed.
Davis said the parish does not have an ordinance that requires park owners to meet certain guidelines on sewerage, flood zones and the age of mobile homes within a park. More HERE.

Fort Polk Progress seeks community's help with survey

LEESVILLE -- Fort Polk Progress has released a survey to gather information from parents and others in Vernon Parish about their education concerns. More HERE.

Grand opening, ribbon-cutting held for Downtown Events Center

LEESVILLE -- The Downtown Events Center in Leesville held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
Officials and residents turned out for the event. The facility was formerly known as the Pearl Creek Event Center.
"I had seven bookings on the first day I owned the place," said Sandra Craft, one of the venue's owner/operators. "Since then, the calls have just kept coming."
The décor of the main hall has changed slightly, and a large wall-mounted flat screen television for presentations has been added. The kitchen and office areas have been also been renovated and redesigned.

Zwolle man sentenced on federal weapons charge

SHREVEPORT -- A Zwolle man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.
Finley said 33-year-old David Earl Sepulvado Jr. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. More HERE.

 Country artist Neal McCoy to headline 'Rhinestone Roundup' in DeRidder

DERIDDER -- BeauCARE is pleased to announce that Amerisafe Inc. is the 2014 Titanium Sponsor for the 8th Annual Rhinestone Roundup – Denim & Diamonds Gala.
The company’s sponsorship included a donation in the amount of $10,000 for the event, which is BeauCARE’s largest annual event. This year’s primary sponsor’s also includes the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
The event will be held on Saturday, March 15 at the Beauregard Parish Civic Center – Covered Arena in collaboration with the Beauregard Police Jury – Covered Arena Committee. More HERE.

Hornbeck eyes list of enhancements in 2014


HORNBECK -- The Town of Hornbeck on Monday released its annual report on projects within the town and addressed some upcoming improvements.
Mayor Clarence Beebe said one project in the past year involved the addition of over 12 miles of pipe and infrastructure to support expansion. More HERE.

'Colors for a Cause,' benefiting Hope Village, deemed success

DERIDDER -- The "Colors for a Cause" run, benefiting Hope Village in DeRidder, took place Saturday at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds.
The run was the idea of Madison Hopper, DeRidder High School student body president. She wanted to get her school involved in something worthwhile. More HERE.

Planning underway for 'Trash Bash 2014'

DERIDDER -- Planning is underway for the annual parishwide litter bash, held jointly by the Beauregard Parish Police Jury and the City of DeRidder.
"Trash Bash 2014" is set for May 17. During the event, residents can bring discarded materials and recyclable/reusable items such as tires, scrap metal, clothing, old motor oil, batteries, junk cars, newspapers and aluminum cans for disposal -- free-of-charge -- to a designated location. More HERE.

Four people accused in New Llano drive-by shooting, no injuries reported

VERNON PARISH -- Four people are accused in a drive-by shooting incident that happened over the weekend.
According to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, booked in the case were 20-year-old Latesha Boseman, of New Llano; 25-year-old Conrad Patterson; 19-year-old Marcus Holmes Jr.; and 20-year-old Alex Taliaferro, all of Fort Polk.
Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said their arrests came as a result of a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the New Llano Police Department. Craft said no injuries were reported. More HERE.

Triple murder trial set May 19 in DeRidder

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The trial for the man accused in the 2011 deaths of a Dry Creek woman and her two young daughters is set May 19 in 36th Judicial District Court in DeRidder.

Christopher Bounds is accused of killing 40-year-old Patricia Kreuzberger, 10-year-old Mya and 5-year-old Nichole. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated arson. More HERE.

Allen man accused of child pornography possession

ELIZABETH -- An Allen Parish man is accused of child pornography possession. According to Louisiana State Police, Troop D, last year, detectives with the State Police Bureau of Investigations served a search warrant at the residence of 36-year-old Lloyd E. Moore Jr. near the town of Elizabeth in rural Allen Parish. More HERE.

City of DeRidder, McNeese partner on SAGE Lecture Series

DERIDDER -- The City of DeRidder has partnered with McNeese Leisure Learning to bring the SAGE Lecture Series to DeRidder. Registration is going on now. The fee is $25 for the series. More HERE.

Audit looks at Vernon Head Start program controls

An independent audit report of the Vernon Parish School Board says that students who had tuition grants sponsored by the federal Head Start program are not staying on the jobs for the required three years of the grant's term -- nor are they reimbursing the program.

The report was released publicly Monday through the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office.

Auditors also advise that the Head Start program needs better controls over the number of eligible students. School system officials, in the report, say they are working to address the problems.

You can read the full report HERE.

Leesville man, woman accused of stealing from Wal-Mart

LEESVILLE -- A Leesville man and woman are accused of stealing from Wal-Mart.
According to the Leesville Police Department, 23-year-old Kala Grettner and 37-year-old Adam Borreggine were booked in the case. More HERE.

DeRidder 'Arts Parade' lineup announced, ticket sales underway

DERIDDER -- The line-up for the City of DeRidder's 6th Annual Arts Parade Concert Series has been released and ticket sales are underway. Tickets are $40 per person and the fee covers all three concerts this year. They can be purchased at DeRidder City Hall or Curious Cargo. More HERE.
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