News for May 26

Wednesday's headlines:

Leesville adopts 2014-2015 budget

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Tuesday adopted the city's proposed budget for 2014-2015. Operating revenues for the next fiscal year sit at around $10.4 million -- $291,624 up from last fiscal year. More HERE.

Couple files court request aimed at blocking New Llano pit bull ban

LAKE CHARLES -- New Llano residents who filed a lawsuit in federal court over the town's pit bull ban are seeking a "preliminary and/or permanent injunctive relief" that if granted, would block the town from enforcing its ordinance and send their banned dog home.
Christina Nelson and Victor Nelson, through their attorney, filed the papers Monday in the U.S. District Court's Western District. The couple filed their suit against the town last month. It's assigned to U.S. Judge Patricia Minaldi.
More on the latest motion HERE.

Vitter: Community prepared in effort to help shield Fort Polk from cuts

LEESVILLE -- West Central Louisiana has helped clear hurdles when it comes to preserving and enhancing Fort Polk, but the race isn't over, said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La, on Tuesday.
Vitter spoke at a community town hall meeting in Leesville, held at the historic Vernon Parish courthouse.
Budget threats remain, but Vitter said the community is well-organized and prepared to tackle challenges, noting local leadership, elected officials and Fort Polk Progress, an area lobbying group. More HERE.

Vitter addresses land acquisition program, says call will touch on landowner concerns

LEESVILLE -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said Tuesday he'll be meeting with U.S. Army and Corps of Engineers officials "to help them plot a path forward" in the Fort Polk Land Acquisition Program "that respects local feelings and desires as much as possible."
Vitter made the comments during a town hall meeting. He said he is scheduling a call with officials this week. More HERE.

VPSO seeking information in storage unit burglary

The following is a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office:

VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the person or persons responsible for the burglary of a storage unit located on U.S. 171 in the area of Lions Camp Road, north of Leesville.
The Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an individual who reported the burglary of a rented storage unit. More HERE.

Water discharge permit focus of DEQ public hearing

LEESVILLE -- Around 25 people attended a Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality public hearing May 20 that centered on a draft water discharge permit application filed by local company, Westin Services LLC. More HERE.

Free fishing weekend set June 7-8

Louisiana’s free fishing weekend is set June 7-8, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Officials invite Louisianans of all ages to fish for free the first weekend in June without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.
Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh, and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event.

Texas man dies in Vernon Parish crash

VERNON PARISH -- A Texas man was killed Thursday in a Vernon Parish crash, according to Louisiana State Police, Troop E.
Troopers say the single-vehicle crash happened around 12:50 p.m. on La. 8, west of La. 464. More HERE.

Vernon Parish graduates receive nearly $5M in scholarships and grants

The following is a news release from Fort Polk Progress:

LEESVILLE -- Fort Polk Progress, as part of its Education Initiative, recognizes the 2014 Vernon Parish graduates who have earned a combined total of $5 million in scholarships to attend four-year colleges, technical and trade schools.
This year, the Vernon Parish School District graduated 446 seniors from its nine senior high schools. More HERE.

Leesville man sentenced to 240 months on child pornography charge

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Thursday that Elliot R. Duke, 30, of Leesville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi, to 240 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving child pornography. More HERE.

BPSO: Man accused of stabbing, killing dog

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A Dry Prong man is accused in Beauregard of stabbing a woman's dog to death.
According to a news release from Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler, 36-year-old Joseph Weeks was arrested May 19. More HERE.

Crash kills man, injures another, in Rapides Parish

RAPIDES PARISH -- A single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon killed a Glenmora man and seriously injured another, according to Louisiana State Police, Troop E.
Troopers say neither were wearing a seatbelt and both were ejected. More HERE.

Smith was parish's historian, best friend

DERIDDER -- Beauregard Parish lost its historian on Friday --
and best friend.
Velmer Smith didn't only record the parish's history, she also promoted the area's beauty at every turn.
Smith left no corner unexplored.
More HERE.

Beauregard inmate found dead, authorities say foul play not suspected

DERIDDER -- A Beauregard Parish inmate was found dead Tuesday morning in the parish jail, according to Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler.
Toler said 27-year-old David Wayne Droddy Jr., of Longville, was found around 6 a.m., unresponsive in his bed. More HERE.

Family, community unite in search for missing Vernon Parish man

VERNON PARISH -- Family and friends of 31-year-old Jamey Stephens gathered Friday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church.
A candlelight vigil and balloon release were held for the missing man, last seen on March 29 in the Johnsonville community.
It was a time for family to be together and for friends -- and the community -- to show their love and concern. More HERE.

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