News for the week of Feb. 10

New Llano authorities looking for men who cut down city's tree

NEW LLANO -- The New Llano Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying two men who cut down a tree belonging to the city.
According to New Llano Police Chief Danny Hunt, the incident happened Sunday morning between 8 a.m. and noon.
Hunt said two males pulled up in front of the Country Inn on U.S. 171 in a white pickup, took out a chainsaw and cut down the tree.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New Llano Police Department at 337-238-3849.

Howard files bill to create La. Wounded Warrior Fund

BATON ROUGE -- State Rep. Frankie Howard, R-Many, has filed a measure that, if approved, would dedicate 15 percent of the state excise tax levied on low alcoholic content beverages to the "La. Wounded Warrior Fund." More HERE.

Officials eye joint Beauregard, Vernon economic development panel

VERNON PARISH -- Officials in Beauregard and Vernon parishes are looking to form a joint economic development panel. More HERE.

Beauregard police jurors discuss changes to lake ordinance

DERIDDER -- Beauregard Parish police jurors are eyeing the parish's ordinance that governs Bundick Lake and they may make some changes.
The panel's Legislative Committee met Tuesday and said some parts of the ordinance are "antiquated."
There was discussion only. No action was taken.
More HERE.

'Fighting for Mazzy' Foundation opposes pit bull ban, seeks support

The "Fighting for Mazzy" Foundation, a group that opposes the current pit bull ban in the Town of New Llano, is seeking community involvement in their cause.
More HERE.

Police jurors to mull road damage measure

DERIDDER -- Beauregard Parish police jurors want an ordinance that would require water districts to obtain a permit before their workers cut into a parish road. Police Juror Gerald McLeod, who chairs the Police Jury's legislative committee, said some parish roads have been damaged by workers. More HERE.

Smith files proposal regarding costs in mayor's court in Anacoco

BATON ROUGE -- State Sen. John Smith, R-Leesville, has filed a proposed bill that, if approved, would increase authorized court costs for municipal ordinance violations in the mayor's court in Anacoco. More HERE.

Fort Polk soldiers home from Afghanistan, more heading home in coming weeks

FORT POLK -- Some Fort Polk soldiers are home after months at war.
Around 100 members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division's Advanced Echelon arrived this week from Afghanistan.
Army officials say the main body will return home in coming weeks. More than 1,200 4/10 soldiers have been deployed since July 2013.

Leesville considering ways to control feral hogs

LEESVILLE -- The latest Louisiana municipality to attempt to join the fight against feral hogs is Leesville.
The Leesville City Council on Monday introduced a measure that, if approved, would authorize the city's police chief, Greg Hill, to issue permits to hog hunters.
Hill said hunters would have to meet certain state and city requirements. He said he would likely consider only landowners, or individuals approved by  landowners. More HERE.

Council won't seek appeal on district court judgment
Members also mull buy-sell agreement with water district, garage sales for non-profits

LEESVILLE -- The City of Leesville won't seek an appeal on a judgment on a firefighter's suit against the city.
A state district court judge ruled in favor of the firefighter, who sought vacation leave compensation.
The Leesville City Council on Monday went behind closed doors to discuss the suit.
The panel took a vote after returning to open session, and decided not to take the ruling to the 3rd Circuit appeals panel. More from the meeting HERE.

Two people booked in disturbance at local business

LEESVILLE -- Two people were booked into the Leesville City Jail on Saturday following a disturbance at a local business.
According to a news release from the Leesville Police Department, officers were at the business on an unrelated call when security advised that a group of individuals had left the business without paying for their meals.
An officer made contact with the group in the parking lot, the released states. The individuals were reportedly yelling profanities. More HERE.

Smith files bill to increase court costs in mayor's court in Rosepine

BATON ROUGE -- State Sen. John Smith, R-Leesville, has filed a proposal to increase the court costs in the mayor's court in Rosepine.
Senate Bill 48 says, "Not withstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the mayor of the town of Rosepine may impose court costs not to exceed thirty dollars for each offense, as defined by ordinance, on any defendant convicted of a violation of a municipal ordinance." More HERE.

VPSO seeking suspect in stolen check case

LEESVILLE -- The Vernon Parish SheriffÂ’'s Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect. According to authorities, the VPSO received a report in which a citizen said that bank checks were stolen from their residence.
More HERE.

Oakdale plant cited by OSHA

OAKDALE – After a worker was injured in an August 2013 chemical fire, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious safety and health violations at the Oakdale facility. Proposed penalties total $91,000. More HERE.

Audit looks at uninsured public money in bank

DERIDDER -- A recent independent audit report of the Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court says about $128,000 in public money was uninsured in a local bank.
The report was released publicly Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office. It was for the year ending on June 30, 2013.
The report says deposits at a local bank were not collaterized by pledged securities, at the fault of the bank, however.
"There were $128,289 of deposits at a local bank that had no federal deposit insurance or securities pledged as collateral. According to state law, any deposit over the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) allowed limit must be secured by securities owned by the bank and pledged to the entity as collateral," the report states.
According to the report, when the clerk's deposits at the local bank exceeded the FDIC coverage limit of $250,000, it was not noted by the bank and securities were not pledged for the excess.
They suggested monitoring the issue in the future.
View the report in its entirety, HERE.

DeRidder sailor serves as oboist with U.S. Navy’s Concert Band

A U.S. Navy Sailor from DeRidder, assigned to the United States Navy Concert Band in Washington, boasts a unique distinction: that of being one of the Navy’s finest musicians. More HERE.

Fort Polk soldiers get Louisiana rabbit hunting experience

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Office of State Parks (OSP) and Louisiana Hunters for Heroes (LHH) pooled community resources this past weekend to provide a rabbit hunt experience for U.S. Army personnel, including nine Fort Polk soldiers, in appreciation for their service to country. More HERE.

Audit report notes possible violation of state law by APSO

ALLEN PARISH -- A recent independent audit report says that the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office does not remit the tax collected monthly to local entities by the 10th day of the following month, a possible violation of state law.
The report was made public by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office on Monday. It was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. You can read it in its entirety HERE.

Soldiers due back this spring after nine months in Afghanistan

Elements of Fort Polk's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division that deployed last summer in support of the U.S.'s mission in Afghanistan are due home in coming weeks.
Nine months ago, 1,230 soldiers bid farewell to their family and friends on Fort Polk's Honor Field.
More HERE.
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