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Witness leads Alexandria Police to burglary suspects: A witness reported a burglary in progress to Alexandria Police early Wednesday morning, leading to the arrests to two suspects, according to a release. The witness reported the burglary in the 2200 block of North MacArthur Drive at 1:29 a.m., saying he'd seen two men enter a storage room at a local business. The witness gave officers a description of the men, who were found in the area after a search, according to the release. The suspects — Charles Dorty Jr., 42, and 32-year-old Willie Hagan III — were arrested and were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Nothing was taken during the incident, according to the release. Both were charged with simple burglary. Hagan also was charged with two outstanding warrants.

Gulfport man charged in slaying of 5-year-old Mississippi girl: GULFPORT, Miss. — A south Mississippi man was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl who was taken from an apartment complex last week, police said. Alberto Julio Garcia, 29, of Gulfport, will be held without bond while awaiting court appearances, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said during a news conference. Garcia was identified several days ago as a person of interest in the slaying of Ja-Naya Thompson and has been in jail since he was arrested Friday on a burglary charge in an unrelated case. The child was last seen outside her family's apartment the evening of July 16. Her body was found the next day in an abandoned trailer nearby. The coroner said she was strangled to death. "This was a crime of opportunity, and she was targeted based on her age," Papania said. Garcia has applied for a public defender to represent him on the burglary charge but had not been assigned one by Wednesday, said Maj. Ron Pullen of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. Pullen said Garcia is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday on the capital murder charge. Police arrested another man on unrelated charges last week and also identified him as a person of interest in the little girl's slaying. Papania said the man remains under investigation and is in jail.

Cenla Wreck Kills 2 Women: Early this morning, a single vehicle crash killed two local women that were not wearing their seatbelt. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:15 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 1205 near Credeur Road. The crash involved a 2006 Honda Accord, driven by Heather E. Cosenza McComic (W/F 31 yrs) of Boyce, LA. The Honda was northbound on LA Hwy 1205 when McComic lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a tree. McComic was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead. Her only passenger, identified as Ashley Nicole Gallien (W/F 29 yrs) of Pineville, LA, was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seatbelt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to "buckle up!"

The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging fan drive is underway. To donate a fan call the council at 357-3250. The fans are given to seniors to help them say cool during the summer. Elderly individuals interested in receiving a fan should contact the Council on Aging.

SNAP funds help residents with home repairs for safety: CAMPTI, LA. As part of an ongoing effort to improve housing conditions in its communities, MidSouth Bank participates in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ Special Needs Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP. MidSouth Bank is putting those SNAP funds to good use, helping local residents like Willie Reliford of Campti with home repairs. MidSouth Bank was able to award Campti $5,000 to make her home a safer place to live. "Helping those in need is my passion and the greatest part of my job," said LaCarsha Babers, MidSouth Bank’s Community Outreach Development Specialist. MidSouth Bank received grant funds and has been passing those funds on to households occupied by persons with special needs who meet the program requirements. Home rehabilitation or modification projects must be structurally necessary, or made for the safety of the special needs resident. Eligible expenditures under the program include repair/replacement of a leaking roof; replacement of sheetrock due to rotten, molded or damaged walls; and repairs or installation of wheel chair ramp and/or modifications to make to the home handicap accessible. SNAP is not a home improvement program, but rather a grant for repairs, rehabilitation and modifications. For more information on SNAP and whether you might qualify, please contact a Banking Center Manager or Commercial Lender in your area at (318) 238-4401.

Nutritions program available to in-home daycares: The Child/Adult Care Food program, sponsored by the Louisiana Housing Assistance Corporation, offers a nutrition program to people caring for children in their home. The program pays for two meals and one snack daily for each child at the day care home center. Amounts are listed in the table below. You can keep up to six children, ages 13 and below. Your own children can be included in the program. You will learn to feed nutritious meals to the children as well as yourself. Requirements for the program include your home being inspected and registered by the Office of the State Fire Marshall for fire safety and sanitation. A handbook will be given to each day care home provider that outlines all of the program rules and regulations. For more information, contact Oneary Bobb 318-476-2408 or the Louisiana Housing Assistance Corporation main office 318-487-5646. Toll-free number is 1-800-889-4138. The Child/Adult Care Food program, sponsored by the Louisiana Housing Assistance Corporation, offers a nutrition program to people caring for children in their home. The program pays for two meals and one snack daily for each child at the day care home center. Amounts are listed in the table below. You can keep up to six children, ages 13 and below. Your own children can be included in the program. You will learn to feed nutritious meals to the children as well as yourself. Requirements for the program include your home being inspected and registered by the Office of the State Fire Marshall for fire safety and sanitation. A handbook will be given to each day care home provider that outlines all of the program rules and regulations. For more information, contact Oneary Bobb 318-476-2408 or the Louisiana Housing Assistance Corporation main office 318-487-5646. Toll-free number is 1-800-889-4138.

Over the past 724 hours the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office report 1 arrest. Arrested were:

Mack Henry Johnson Jr., black male, 31, arrested on charges of theft, forgery by the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office. He remains in jail.

Over the past 24 hours the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office report 2 arrest. Arrested were:

Joshua D. Gardner, white male, 29, arrested on charges of traffic warrant by the Lousiana State Police. Jailed on bond.

Jason R. Perkins, white male, 34, arrested on charges of improper telephone communications by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. Out on bond.

NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday, July 21, 2014

Arrested was:

1. Randall Gordon O’Bannon, Jr. – WM (33) – 112 Pratts Lane, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in the Presence of Minors,

2. Natasha Elizabeth Evans – WF (26) – 5560 Highway 480, Coushatta, LA – Simple Battery, Disturbing the Peace

3. Elizabeth Ann Moore – WF (53) – 5562 Highway 480, Campti, LA – Simple Battery, Disturbing the Peace

4. Randy Desha – BM (38) – 441 Sanford Street, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court

NPSO’s Arrest report for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Arrested was:

1. Michael Andrew Shields – BM (34) – 1093 Shady Grove Road, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Obstruction of Justice, Probation/Parole Violation

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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