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A Monday morning fire at a vacant mobile home in Natchitoches has fire investigators searching for answers after a man was discovered dead and badly burned inside the home. The fire occurred around 5 a.m. at the corner of Dean and Salim Roads in Natchitoches. According to the State Fire Marshal, the initial call came in as a tree fire outside the home. When fire officials arrived, they found that the abandoned home was on fire. Once inside the home, firefighters found the body of a deceased male in a bedroom. Authorities say the man's body had extensive burns which made it more difficult for investigators to make a formal identification. Authorities say an autopsy of the body will be done in Shreveport and the name and cause of death could be released later this week.

The Winn Parish Sheriff's Department has received several complaints on scams being conducted in Winn Parish. According to Sheriff Cranford Jordan, some have been called and told that they have won a new car and that they need to send money for processing. Usually the caller is asked to buy a gift card from Wal Mart and call them back with the number from the card. Others have been called and told that their credit card has been lost, and the caller will ask for the number to verify it. In a third scam, the victim is sent a check for $1,800.00 and is asked to be a Secret Shopper. The victim is asked to spend $20.00 at Wal-Mart, keep $250.00, and send them the remaining balance. When the victim is notified that the check is bad, the scammers have received the balance of the check. Anyone who receives a suspicious call is asked to contack the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department at 628-4611.

A Jackson Parish business owner faces felony charges for allegedly failing to remit sales taxes to the state. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says Miriam Robertson, of Jonesboro, is accused of keeping more than $100,000 in state sales taxes she collected on purchases at Deals & Discounts, a furniture store she operated. Investigators said that between 2009 and 2014, Robertson submitted sales tax returns to the revenue department that underreported the amount of sales tax she collected and pocketed the difference. Records show she failed to remit $105,155.20 owed to the state. Robertson was arrested Thursday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of criminal penalty for failing to account for state tax monies. It's unknown whether Robertson has an attorney.

Americans are sending positive signals about much of the economy, but they still remain deeper in debt than they were last year at this time. They also continue to think higher interest rates are coming on the money they owe. A new national telephone survey finds that 29% of American adults say they owe more money than they did a year ago. That's unchanged from December and consistent with surveying since last summer. But just 23% said they owed more money in January of last year. Thirty-two percent (32%) say they owe less money than they did a year ago, while for 36% their level of debt is about the same.

A Montgomery man wanted in a Natchitoches Parish home invasion and armed robbery turned himself in to the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office Saturday night. 27 year-old Joshua Blake Coburn was wanted in connection to an incident near Campti on November 16. Coburn called the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Saturday night, saying that he was in Montgomery and wanted to turn himself in. Grant Parish deputies arrested Coburn, and Natchitoches deputies brought him to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Coburn was charged with home invasion, armed robbery with a gun and simple burglary. He remains in jail, awaiting a bond hearing.

Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:

On Friday, January 16, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Lamarcus Delry, of Winnfield. Delry was charged with failure to appear. Also arrested Friday was Shannon Marony, of Saline, on two warrants for failure to appear. On Sunday, January 18, deputies arrested Kelly Skains, of Winnfield, for first-offense DWI, improper lane use, and open container. On Monday, January 19, Delois Williams, of Winnfield, was arrested for failure to appear for a child support hearing. Also arrested Monday was Michael Carter, of Winnfield, for reckless operation of a motorcycle, no safety helmet, and no D.O.T approved eyewear. On Tuesday, January 20, deputies arrested Iquitas Booker, of Dodson, on two warrants for failure to appear.

LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Wal Mart in Winnfield Saturday, February 7, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive Monday, February 9, at Wal Mart from noon until 6:00 p.m. According to LifeShare, a decrease in blood donors following the winter holidays has resulted in an immediate need for O negative blood donors in order to continue to avoid a critical situation.

The Louisiana Political Museum will hold its 23rd Annual Hall Of Fame Induction on Saturday, February 7, 2015. There will be a reception at the Museum from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and the Banquet starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Winnfield Civic Center. Tickets are $75.00 per person, and $600.00 for a reserved table of eight, and must be purchased before January 30. To purchase tickets, call 628-5928. This year's inductees are Charles "Peppi" Bruneau, Jr., James "Buddy" Caldwell, John "Juba" Diez, Noble Ellington, John Maginnis, and Charles "Corky" Marvin. The Political Family of Officeholders Award will go to the Nauman and Jock Scott family.

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, February 10, 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.