A Shreveport man was captured December 5 in Webster Parish in a truck that had been reported stolen from a Natchitoches car dealership. The 2014 Dodge Ram Big Horn Crew Cab 4X4 truck, valued at $45,000, was reported stolen from Legacy Dodge on November 24, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Detectives began an investigation, entering the vehicle into the National Crime Information Center database. Webster Parish deputies stopped the truck, driven by 21 year-old Darren Coatney, of Shreveport. Coatney was arrested and was transferred to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Coatney was charged with felony theft of an automobile valued at more than $5,000. He remains in jail, awaiting bond. Detectives say Coatney allegedly admitted to the theft of the vehicle.
A single vehicle crash in Winn Parish killed a man from Calhoun early Tuesday morning. State police responded to the crash around 9:45 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 34 at LA Hwy 126. The crash involved a 2008 Toyota Tundra, driven by 55 year-old Billy W. Berry. The Toyota was eastbound on LA Hwy 34 when Berry lost control and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle collided with a ditch embankment before colliding with a tree. Berry was wearing a seat belt, but was pronounced dead.
The Louisiana Legislature's chief economist says state officials need to look at Louisiana's long list of tax breaks as spending programs that siphon dollars away from the budget. Louisiana has $7 billion in various tax credits, rebates and deductions. Greg Albrecht said Monday that the programs take money away from the state treasury just like road projects, health care services and other items included in the state's annual budget. Albrecht said that the difference with the tax breaks is that the spending is "open-ended," with few controls and no review from state lawmakers as the money goes out the door. Albrecht's comments come as state lawmakers have openly wondered whether some of the tax breaks are too costly for the state to continue.
A single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian killed a man from Jena late Sunday afternoon. State police responded to the crash around 5:41 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 8 near Jena. The crash involved a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 22 year-old Brittany N. Walker of Jena and a pedestrian, identified as 43 year-old Marcus W. Jones. The Chevrolet was eastbound on LA Hwy 8 when Walker observed an object, later determined to be Jones, in the roadway. Walker attempted to avoid striking Jones by unsucessfully steering right. The Chevrolet struck Jones in the upper torso. Prior to the crash, Jones was lying in the eastbound lane. A friend of Jones arrived on the scene and said that Jones had been riding in the bed of his truck, standing and holding down wooden pallets. Once the friend arrived at their destination, he realized that Jones was no longer in the bed of the truck and was attempting to locate him when he came upon the crash scene.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Tuesday, December 9, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Travis Carter and Phillip Chandler, both of Winnfield. Both were charged with distribution of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance. On Thursday, December 11, deputies arrested Matthew Patton, of Winnfield, on a warrant for failure to appear. On Friday, December 12, Christopher Breshars, of Coushatta, was arrested to be held for court. On Saturday, December 13, Demichael Friarson, of Shreveport, was arrested for felony introduction of contraband. Also arrested Saturday was Travis Carter, of Winnfield, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution.LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Wal-Mart in Winnfield on Sunday, December 28, from noon until 6:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive at Brookshire's in Natchitoches on Monday, December 22, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Persons may also donate blood at the LifeShare Blood Center in Alexandria, located at 2051 North Mall Drive. For more information call 1-800-256-7439. The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, January 13, 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
The Juanita Pharr Cancer Support Group meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:00 noon for a dutch treat meeting. All cancer survivors and caretakers are invited. There is a different meeting place each month, and persons may contact Maxine Godman for more information at 628-3858.