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News for the week of June 23

LSP to begin online application process for concealed handgun permits

The following is a news release from Louisiana State Police:

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit is responsible for issuing and managing concealed handgun permits statewide and processed over 26,000 applications in 2013. In an effort to expedite and improve the application process, citizens can now utilize the Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit website to submit an online application. The online application creates a more efficient process and when properly utilized applicants can expect to receive their permits quicker than when submitting the traditional paper application packets. More HERE.


Teens booked in Rapides Parish incident

FROM STAFF REPORTS
RAPIDES PARISH -- A Hineston teen and a Pitkin teen are accused in an altercation that authorities say took place at gravel pits in the Plainview area. Both were jailed on $100,000 bond. More HERE.


Leesville authorities investigate accident, fire fatality

FROM STAFF REPORTS
LEESVILLE -- One person was killed Saturday morning following an accident and subsequent fire in Leesville.
According to the Leesville Police Department, it happened on Thompson Street.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Mazda Tribute was traveling south on Kings Road. More HERE.


CLTCC teams up to help Cenla residents earn high school diplomas

ALEXANDRIA -- Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and the Rapides Business and Career Solutions Center (RBCSC) are working together to promote the high school equivalency test (HiSET®) and reduce the number of residents in Central Louisiana without a high school diploma. More HERE.


Beauregard AgCenter announces summer events

DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish Country Agent's Office has announced the following summer events, see the list HERE.


National organization joins search for missing Vernon Parish man


BY ELONA WESTON
VERNON PARISH -- Vernon Parish resident James "Jamey" Stephens has been missing for 75 days and on Wednesday, searchers with a national organization, the Klaas Kids Foundation, arrived to help. More HERE.


VPSO advising residents of phone scam

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is advising residents of a scam.
According to Sheriff Sam Craft, the department has received reports of fraudulent calls in which the caller identifies himself/herself as a representative of an organization collecting donations for families of officers killed in the line of duty. More HERE.


'Best of West Central' winners announced

Thanks to everyone who voted in Today's Country 105.7's "Best of West Central" contest. We had 10 categories -- and the count in several was close, but HERE are the winners for 2014.


Rosepine woman booked on sexual battery

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A Rosepine woman, who is incarcerated in the Beauregard Parish Jail, was booked on sexual battery after an investigation into a complaint that she had inappropriate contact with another female. More HERE.


DeRidder man accused of supplying illegal weapons to felon

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A 49-year-old DeRidder man is accused of illegally supplying a convicted felon with a weapon and ammunition, according to a news release from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office. More HERE.


BPSO: Forensic evidence leads to arrest of man in 2009 burglary

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A 54-year-old Winnsboro man has been arrested in the 2009 burglary of a Ragley home following the recovery and study of forensic evidence. More HERE.


BPSO reporting recent arrests


BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office has announced the following recent arrests,  more HERE.


Leesville man booked on gun, drug charges


FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- A Leesville man, accused in a firearm theft, is also facing drug charges. According to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, 33-year-old Adam Taug was arrested following an investigation into stolen guns from a Vernon Parish home. More HERE.


Fire claims life of elderly Anacoco man

BY ELONA WESTON
ANACOCO -- A fire claimed the life of an 88-year-old Anacoco man late Monday.
According to Deputy Chief Brant Thompson of the Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office, 88-year-old Donald Beebe died in a fire at his Watkins Road home.
Thompson said the fire may have started from candles that were lit by Beebe and his wife due to the power outage experienced by residents in the area after inclement weather. The home was a newer, double-wide, manufactured home. More HERE.


Internal review concludes officers' actions were 'proper,' 'lawful' in February diner incident


BY ELONA WESTON
LEESVILLE -- Police officers acted appropriately in the arrests of two men in a February incident at a local diner, according to the findings of an internal review by the Leesville Police Department.
One of the men claimed excessive force was used on Feb. 8 when he was tased. He also alleged false arrest.
City officials, in a Feb. 13 new release, said they would investigate "given the seriousness of allegations that have been made concerning the conduct of the city's police officers during the incident."
More HERE.


Fort Polk couple booked on drug charges following traffic stop

FROM STAFF REPORTS
HAGEWOOD -- A Sunday traffic stop on La. 6 West in Natchitoches Parish led to the drug arrests of a Fort Polk couple.
According to a news release from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Joshua Joseph Jordan and 25-year-old Lashala Karbee Jordan were found in possession of marijuana, illegal prescription drugs and a loaded firearm. More HERE.


Leesville Council eyeing change to retail alcohol sales ordinance

BY ELONA WESTON
LEESVILLE -- An amendment to a Leesville city ordinance that governs retail alcohol sales would provide an exception for drug stores/pharmacies selling alcohol, under certain guidelines.
The Leesville City Council on Monday introduced an ordinance that would retain a 300-foot distance requirement from churches, libraries and schools but would provide for an exception for a retail drug store/pharmacy "if it has a public habitable floor area of no less than 3,000 square feet and the retail drug store/pharmacy derives less than 15 percent of its gross sales from the sale of alcoholic beverages." More HERE.


New Family Dollar opening in DeRidder this summer

FROM STAFF REPORTS
DERIDDER -- A new Family Dollar store is coming to DeRidder.
The store, at 1010 West 1st Street, will be 8,000 square feet, according to Bryn R. Winburn, Public and Media Relations Manager. More HERE.
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