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News for the week of April 14


Some Fort Polk soldiers treated to fried fish appreciation lunch

BY ELONA WESTON
DERIDDER -- Fried fish and a Friday afternoon -- it was the perfect show of appreciation to Fort Polk soldiers.
The only thing better?
"T-bone steaks -- I'm a ribeye man myself," joked Ed Raiford.
Raiford was one of the volunteers who gathered at the First Baptist Church of DeRidder to help prepare the soldiers' meal.
Catfish -- around 130 pounds of it -- was fried up for around 200 hungry soldiers and families with Fort Polk's 46th Engineer Battalion. More HERE.


BPSO announces recent arrests

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the following recent arrests, according to Chief Deputy Joe Toler. Click HERE for more.


Beauregard Crime Stoppers seeking information in scrap metal theft

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- Beauregard Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for taking scrap metal items from a residence on Dogwood Trail in DeRidder. More HERE.



Millage proposal to benefit Beauregard organizations proposed

BY RYAN KEETON
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A millage proposal to support the Beauregard Community Action Association (BCAA) has been reintroduced in Beauregard Parish.
According to parish officials, the proposal was approved in committee and presented to the panel during their meeting Wednesday evening.
More HERE.

New details in worthless checks case

BY RYAN KEETON
More details are emerging in a case of a woman accused of issuing over 20 worthless checks in Vernon Parish. According to a press release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, the woman previously identified as Karen Lafleur, 52, of Oakdale, was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center under the name of Karen Susan Peters Slayter. More HERE.


Oakdale authorities investigating fatal stabbing

BY RYAN KEETON
OAKDALE -- A man is accused of stabbing another in Oakdale.
According to authorities, 61-year-old Ralph E. Johnson is accused in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Michael J. Kirklin.
Authorities say Kirklin attempted to defend his grandmother who had been attacked and slammed to the ground by Johnson. More HERE.


Council approves application of emergency sewer funds for broken main

BY RYAN KEETON
LEESVILLE -- Leesville City Council members approved a resolution Monday, authorizing the mayor to apply for a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for sewer rehabilitation funds for a broken main on La. 467. More HERE.


DeRidder man creates historical downtown walking tour

BY ELONA WESTON
DERIDDER -- A DeRidder history enthusiast has mapped a walking tour that includes 22 points of interest in the city's downtown area. The tour will be unveiled at a city event on Thursday. More HERE.


VPSB outlines 2014-2015 school calendar

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish School Board approved the school system's 2014-2015 school calendar on Tuesday.
The first day of the new school year will be Aug. 12 with the first semester ending Dec. 19 for Christmas break. More, plus the calendar, HERE.


Leesville fire department to conduct annual fire hydrant testing

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
LEESVILLE -- The Leesville Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants throughout the City of Leesville starting April 9, 2014 and ending May 30, 2014.
Fire hydrant testing is required yearly to ensure that all hydrants are in working order and to accurately estimate the capabilities of the city’s water mains. More HERE.


Child Abuse Prevention Month observed in April

FROM STAFF REPORTS
LEESVILLE -- Leesville Mayor Robert Rose signed a proclamation on Monday declaring April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in the city.
Members of the Court Appointed Special Advocates organization and city officials were present. More HERE.


Wildlife officials briefed on feral hog population in Louisiana

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) received an overview report on the feral hog population in Louisiana at the commission’s April 3 meeting. The overview provided details on agriculture and wildlife habitat impacts, diseases carried by feral hogs and control efforts implemented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). More HERE.


City of Leesville announces name change for golf course

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
LEESVILLE -- Is it the Country Club? The Municipal Golf Course Meeting Room? Just what do you call the room attached to the city golf course? For that matter, what do you call the golf course?
Interesting questions, and some that have plagued many for years. But now, at last, there are answers. More HERE.


Audit report covers previously reported issues at VCOA

An independent audit report, made public Monday, recounts many of the issues central to a Legislative Auditor's investigation last year of the Vernon Council on Aging. More HERE.


Oakdale woman booked in worthless checks case

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- A 52-year-old Oakdale woman has been booked in a worthless checks case.
According to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, Karen Lafleur was arrested Friday following an investigation into reports that Lafleur issued approximately 21 checks which were returned to area businesses as insufficient.
More HERE.

DeRidder men facing weapons charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- Two DeRidder men are facing weapons charges following an investigation into a burglary in Ragley.
According to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, 53-year-old Robert Bebee Sr. and 21-year-old Robert Bebee Jr. were both booked on additional charges of illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following an investigation into a report of a burglary at a Ragley home.
More HERE.


Singer woman booked in stolen credit card case

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A 31-year-old Singer woman is accused of forgery and theft in a case related to a stolen credit card. More HERE.


BPSO reporting drug, cyberstalking arrests

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office is reporting two drug-related arrests as well as a cyberstalking arrest, according to Chief Deputy Joe Toler. More HERE.


DeRidder teen accused of calling in false E911 report

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- An 18-year-old DeRidder teen is accused of calling in a false E911 report following a disturbance at a DeRidder home.
According to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, Daniel Mendoza was arrested March 26.
He was booked on criminal mischief, resisting arrest and threatening a police officer in the case. He was booked into the parish jail on $6,000 bond.


Delta Airlines expands service at Alexandria International Airport (AEX)

ALEXANDRIA -- Delta Airlines and Alexandria International Airport announce the expansion of Delta Airline service to AEX to include the CRJ900 regional jet.
Delta Airlines becomes the first airline to offer First Class seats from AEX. More HERE.


Oakdale inmate sentenced in correctional officer's attack

FROM STAFF REPORTS
LAKE CHARLES -- A 48-year-old Oakdale inmate was sentenced last week in federal court in the attack of a correctional officer.
According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, Gary T. Butler was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to an additional 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release for attacking a correctional officer. More HERE.
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