KZBL-KDBH AREA NEWS

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.

A Love Fund has been set up at Sabine State Bank for Eula Hazel Procell Dyess. She just has a kidney removed because of cancer and the family needs assistance with current and upcoming medical expenses. If you would like to donate to the Love Fund for Eula Hazel Procell Dyess please make deposit at Sabine State Bank account number 012054221.

A single vehicle crash killed a young man from Pleasant Hill, LA. He was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected during the crash. Alcohol usage is a suspected factor. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:30 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 174 west of LA Hwy 487. The crash involved a 2002 GMC pickup, driven by Wallace Scott Jones (B/M 22 yrs). The GMC was eastbound on LA Hwy 174 when Jones lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the left side of the roadway, Jones overcorrected his vehicle and exited the right side, before entering a ditch and overturning. Jones was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Pineville man facing drug charges after street incident: When a Pineville man reached into his waistband after Alexandria Police officers stopped to talk to him Monday, he was detained and eventually was arrested on drug charges, according to a release. Officers were patrolling in the 2800 block of Harris Street when they spotted the man, 36-year-old Derric Smith, standing in the street. Smith was talking to the driver of a vehicle that had stopped in the street, according to the release. The driver left when officers stopped, and Smith then reached into his waistband. "Not knowing if Smith was reaching for a weapon, officers detained him," states the release. What officers did find was "several small quantities" of suspected heroin, according to the release. Smith was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance I drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer.

Baton Rouge woman arrested after reckless driving complaints: A Baton Rouge woman was arrested after she was stopped Saturday by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies, who had been searching for her after several reports about an erratic driver on Interstate 49, according to a release. The department initially was contacted by Louisiana State Police's Troop E in Alexandria because that office had received reports of a car being operated recklessly in the northbound lanes of I-49 near the Rapides-Natchitoches parishes line. Deputies spotted the 2004 Toyota and stopped it just south of Natchitoches. Deputies contaced the Dallas-bound driver, 27-year-old Emilee Jane Kedroske, and began writing her a citation, but started to suspect that she was impaired, according to the release. Deputies got permission to search Kedroske's vehicle and found suspected Mexican brown heroin, alprazolam, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Kedroske, of the 10000 block of Effringham Street, was arrested and was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. She was charged with possession of heroin, illegal possession of oxycodone, illegal possession of hydrocodone, illegal possession of alprazolam and traffic offenses. She remains in jail, awaiting bond.

Alexandria woman facing charge after stabbing incident: An Alexandria woman is facing an aggravated battery charge after a Friday stabbing in the 100 block of Mary Street, according to police. Alexandria officers arrived at the scene to find a man suffering a non-life-threatening stab wound. An investigation found that the man had been stabbed during a verbal altercation with Dora Baggett, 47. Baggett was arrested at the scene, according to the release. She was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, while the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Louisiana Boardwalk's new outlet stores will open before end of November: The first of the new class of tenants for the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk will arrive before the end of the year. When new owners purchased the in-foreclosure Boardwalk in March last year, the development group promised to repopulate the shopping center with high-end outlet stores. Now they’re making good with J.Crew, Charming Charlie, Coach and Levi’s. Construction began recently to make space ready for these stores, and they’re all expected to be open before the end of the year, according to Boardwalk General manager William McFadden. Coach will open its doors in mid-August, Levi’s sometime in the fall and Charming Charlie and J.Crew are expected in early November. "The new ownership has focused on truly making this an outlet shopping center. We have a lot of great shopping centers in Shreveport-Bossier, and we needed to do something to make the Outlets at the Louisiana Boardwalk stand out," McFadden said. "By adopting the outlet concept, we’re able to bring the best of many national retailers to the shoppers of Shreveport-Bossier and the entire Ark-La-Tex." But it took time to reestablish the property as a functioning marketplace worthy of investment, McFadden said. The outlet concept — which offers name-brand merchandise discounted because the merchandise is last-season or made from cheaper materials — is otherwise lacking from the Shreveport-Bossier market. "These are really the first big, new stores we brought to the shopping center. These deals take time," McFadden said. "The addition of J.Crew is huge for this market. They do a fantastic job with their outlet store. Charming Charlie already has one store in the marketplace at the Shoppes at Bellemead. Coach outlet is a well-known, established name nationally, and we’re very excited to bring them to join us for the holiday season. And what can you say about Levi’s? They’re a great American standard, and they’re going to be a very welcome addition here at the Boardwalk." Part of the rebranding strategy is to get back the customers who lost interest in shopping the Boardwalk during the financial upheavals that let the place slide downhill. The Boardwalk remained popular with out-of-towners even at its lowest point, but the bread-and-butter local shoppers were harder to impress, McFadden said. Shreveport resident Jodi Bush doesn’t come to the Boardwalk very often, unless it’s to take her niece and nephew to the arcade like she did Monday. But a few new outlet stores might get her shopping, she said. "There’s no other outlets closer than Dallas, so right now you’d have to travel," Bush said. "I know its all last-season stuff, but it’s cheaper so its more economically feasible. I think its a good direction for them." Jennifer Reeder, of Carthage, Texas, was less interested. Even though she comes to the Boardwalk once every few months, she mostly spends time at Bath and Body Works or Bass Pro Shop. Purses and dresses just don’t drive her spending habits. "I’m not really a high maintenance kind of person," Reeder said. "Everything here is geared toward people looking to spend a couple hundred dollars, not really to people just looking to spend a little bit." The four new additions aren’t the only plans to remake the Boardwalk’s image. Along with all-new signage and promotions coming in the next few months, McFadden said there are deals on the table with other national outlets, though he wouldn’t say which. Even farther in the future is the possibility of adding as many as 20 boat slips to the Boardwalk, a $150-200,000 cost that could make special events like the Fourth of July more profitable for the Boardwalk tenants, McFadden said. Bossier City Project Coordinator Pam Glorioso said that idea is very young and would require more development before the city could decide for sure if it would be interested in a partnership akin to the other infrastructure agreements it has with the Boardwalk.

Shreveport Amtrak study finally under way, Examines feasibility of service from north Louisiana to Vicksburg: A 12-month study is finally underway to examine the feasibility of re-establishing Amtrak Passenger Rail Service from Shreveport-Bossier City to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Kent Rogers, North Louisiana Council of Governments executive director, said the study, conducted by Howard, Needles, Tammen, Bergendoff Corporation, will look at the condition of existing railroad tracks between the cities, potential stops, hours of operation and the cost to operate the service. Currently, Amtrak does not offer passenger rail service in north Louisiana. Re-establishing passenger rail service in the region has been discussed for a long time coming. "It’s been a long, long, long process," he said. State Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, helped secure $250,000 to finance the recent study. He could not be reached Monday evening. Rogers contends that the addition of passenger rail service through the north Louisiana corridor can have a positive impact on economic development as well as offer residents an alternative method of transportation. "It’s a great opportunity for this area to have that rail service. The initial linkage would be the Shreveport to Dallas-Fort Worth area then from here to Vicksburg and then from Vicksburg to Meridian," he said. The Louisiana study is one of three studies that will look at the extension of passenger rail service from the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area to Meridian, Mississippi — where Rogers said travelers can connect to trains going to New Orleans or Atlanta. Existing Amtrak passenger service in Texas turns north at Marshall, according to the Texas-Louisiana Rail Coalition. Shuttle buses carry passengers to the Shreveport-Bossier area from there. The Texas Department of Transportation and Amtrak conducted a study that looked at the feasibility of extending service from the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area to Shreveport-Bossier City. Rogers said Mississippi will pick up the last leg of the corridor and examine whether it is feasible to have service between Vicksburg and Meridian, Mississippi. Rodgers said many of the rail lines throughout the region belong to Kansas City Southern Railroad and carry freight traffic. HNTB, a national civil engineering and architectural consulting firm with offices in Baton Rouge, has 12 months to conduct and complete the study; but the firm is seeking to complete its study in nine months, Rogers said. HTNB has subcontracted consultants Alliance Transportation Group of Lake Charles; Franklin and Associates of Baton Rouge; and Aillet, Fenner, Jolly & McClelland of Shreveport. Last week, the Shreveport City Council adopted a resolution of support to endorsing the extension of the service in north Louisiana. Rogers said the Louisiana Municipal Association is drafting its own resolution of support which its executive board will vote on at its July 30 meeting. Meetings with regional stakeholders also will be held throughout the process though Rogers did not know when the meetings will take place. He expects Amtrak to be a part of the process.

Sabine Parish Arrest Report

Lorase Denzel Combs, 23, was arrested by the La. State Police on charges of driving while intoxicated first offense and speeding.

Jeffery Patrick Sonnier 48, was arrested by the SPSD on a charge of domestic abuse battery.

Joseph Blaine Timmons, 33, was arrested by the SPSD on charges of illegal discharging of weapons, driving under suspension, and open container.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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