Two men stopped by a Grant Parish Sheriff's deputy ended up facing drug charges after one shattered a smoking pipe within earshot of the deputy. After hearing the sound of breaking glass, the deputy noticed a glass pipe commonly used for drugs near the rear of his patrol unit. The driver, 24 year-old Colby Vance of Ball, admitted that the pipe was his and that he had dropped it. A search by the deputy and his K-9 turned up meth and another glass smoking pipe. Both Vance and his passenger, 24-year-old Matthew Gross of Dry Prong, were arrested. Gross was charged with possession of crystal meth and third-offense possession of drug paraphernalia. Vance was charged with third-offense possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to use a turn signal, driving under suspension and having an obscured or unsafe windshield, along with two outstanding warrants from the Pineville Police Department.
Federal prosecutors say a former Concordia Parish couple has pleaded guilty in a scheme to steal veterans' benefits. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Tuesday that 67-year-old Alfred Lewis, Jr. of Ferriday, Louisiana, pleaded guilty on August 21 to one count of stealing government money which totalled $197,780 in veterans' benefits received over 10 years. Finley said that 63-year-old Rose Lewis of Natchez, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal the money. Lewis, who served in the Air Force, applied for veterans' benefits in July 2003 and received them until November 2013. Prosecutors say that Rose Lewis was earning more than $50,000 a year, but both Lewises sent Veterans Affairs written statements denying that she was employed. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 23 in Alexandria.
One out of four U.S. employers may soon face a steep new Obamacare tax on the insurance coverage they offer workers, unless they take steps to reduce overall spending on the plans. A new analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 26 percent of employers offer health benefits that could be subject to the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac" tax on high-cost plans when it starts in 2018. The tax kicks in when the total spending on a health plan — including the employer and employee premium contributions — exceeds $10,022 for an individual or $27,500 for a family. Total spending includes not just the cost of the plan, but also any contributions made to a health savings account or a flexible spending account. It's expected to prompt many employers to pare down the benefits they offer in order to duck the tax, which will equal 40 percent of the difference between a plan's total cost and the allowed threshold.
The 2015 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday takes place Friday, September 4, through Sunday, September 6. The sales tax holiday applies to all consumer purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. Firearms eligible for the sales tax exemption include shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, or other handguns, which may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana. Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm is eligible for the sales tax exemption. Hunting supplies are eligible for the sales tax exemption only if used for and designed for hunting. Purchases made by a business or for business purposes are not eligible for the sales tax exemption. For a complete list of eligible and non-eligible items, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov.
Fewer people had jobs in Louisiana in July, but the unemployment rate fell again as even more people left the labor force. Payrolls shrank by 5,500 jobs, with almost half the losses coming in government. A separate survey shows the state's unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in July from 6.4 percent in June. July 2014's jobless rate was also 6.4 percent. Fewer people reported having jobs, but the labor force fell by nearly 13,000 people. Because so many people stopped looking for work, the number of unemployed Louisiana residents fell to 137,000. That's down 5,000 from June, and about 2,000 lower than July 2014. Both sets of figures were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Thursday, August 20, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Ragen Allen, of Atlanta, and Jeffrey Hyde, of Winnfield. Both were arrested for failure to appear. On Tuesday, August 25, Hunter Ross, of Goldonna was arrested for failure to appear and Joseph Blake Allen, of Winnfield, was arrested for illegal possession of stolen things over $750.00. On Wednesday, August 26, deputies arrested Wayne Simmons, of Campti, for failure to appear.Season tickets for the WSHS 2015 Football Season are on sale to current season ticket holders. The cost is $40.00, and persons may contact the school office at 628-3506.
The WSHS varsity football team will play Natchitoches-Central Friday, August 28, at Turpin Stadium at Northwestern State University. Tickets are on sale at the WSHS office for $8.00 each.The Winnfield Recreation Department is holding registration for Youth Flag Football. The registration fee is $40.00 per child, and must be paid at the Grove Street Recreation Center. Boys and girls age 4 through 12 are eligible for the program. The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 8. For more information, contact Anthony Hall at 628-3413.
The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, September 8, at 9:00 a.m., at the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Office, at 602 North Fifth Street in Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend this meeting, and assistance will be provided to those who need special accommodations in order to attend this meeting. For more information, persons may call 225.342.1500