Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama has launched an "assault on the American dream." The Republican governor says the Democratic president is trying to redefine success in America by dependence upon government. He was among several prospective presidential candidates who addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington on Thursday. Jindal faulted Obama for not doing enough to help improve the nation's educational system. He says that millions of American students are trapped in failing schools.
Payday lenders that offer quick, upfront cash for costly repayment rates are targeted for tougher regulations by organizations that represent the elderly and the poor. They want lawmakers to cap the fees that can be charged by the storefront lenders at an interest rate of no greater than 36 percent annually. Supporters of the proposal say the short-term loans currently carry exorbitant fees that put borrowers in never-ending cycles of debt. Payday lenders say if lawmakers approve the measures, they could put payday loan stores out of business and send their customers to more expensive, unregulated borrowing options.
Dallas residents headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras were stopped for a traffic violation in Natchitoches, and drugs were found in their car, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Deputies stopped a 2005 Cadillac near the Powhatan exit on Interstate 49 early Saturday and were interviewing the occupants when they smelled marijuana. A female passenger admitted that she had been smoking marijuana, according to the release. After searching the vehicle deputies found a bottle with about 31 suspected clonazepam pills and suspected marijuana residue. Deputies arrested Veronica Ann Granado, 40, and booked her into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Granado, who is awaiting bond, was charged with illegal possession of clonazepam.
An Alexandria man is facing an attempted second-degree murder charge in a Saturday shooting that left a man in Colfax injured, according to the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office. Tom Jenkins, 47, of 2226 Oliver St. in Alexandria, was arrested and was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center. In addition to the attempted second-degree murder charge, Jenkins also faces a contempt of court charge. The shooting happened on Saturday, February 22. The victim, Kenneth Hardy, was treated at a hospital and later was released. Jenkins, whose bond was set at $250,500, remains in custody.
Jackson Parish Sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in connection with a sexual assault that reportedly occurred at the home of a Jonesboro councilman early Sunday. Cornelius Boston, 33, of Ruston was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with simple rape. Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown said the young woman was attending "some kind of gathering" at Councilman LaStevic Cottonham’s home with several other individuals. After the reported rape, the woman reportedly left the home and drove herself to Jackson Parish Hospital. Deputies are waiting until the victim recovers before speaking with her. Brown called her injuries "very brutal and somewhat animalistic in nature." The sheriff’s office has collected DNA samples from all the individuals present in Cottonham’s home at the time of the assault. If the investigation reveals that anyone chose not to help the victim, Brown said JPSO will make additional arrests.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Sunday, February 23, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Dawn Prestridge, of Winnfield. Prestridge was charged with domestic abuse battery. Also arrested was Alexis Nash, of St. Maurice, for three counts of aggravated battery and simple criminal damage to property. On Monday, February 24, deputies arrested Dakota Daughtry, of Jonesboro, for failure to appear. On Tuesday, February 25, Chester Howard, of Natchez, was arrested for failure to appear. On Wednesday, February 26, Lynk Jenkins, of Jonesboro, and Brittany Gilbert, of Winnfield, were arrested and both were charged with failure to appear.
The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Boardwill be on Tuesday, March 11, 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 Winn Parish Sheriff's Department is planning a DARE Fair, to be held in May. A planning meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 12:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Winn Parish Courthouse. Volunteers are needed to participate in the planning, advertising, and implementing of the Fair. Everyone who has an interest in Winn Parish youth that provides youth-related activities and anyone who promotes safe and drug-free living are invited to participate. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and everyone is invited to bring lunch. For more information, contact Winn Parish DARE Officer Anna Jones at the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department at 628-4611.
The 11th Annual Trista Tyler Scholarship Bass Tornament is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at the Red River Midway Marina in St. Maurice. There's a guaranteed $3,000.00 First Place Prize. The entry fee is $160.00 per team, which includes $10.00 per boat Big Bass Pot. There will be a 60 percent pay back on entries, and a 100 percent pay back on big bass. For more information, visit www.tristatylertourney.com , or contact James Tyler at 628-9739 or 628-0333.
The 3rd Annual Cane River Thunder-Full Throttle Bike Rally will be held on the DownTown Riverbank in Natchitoches Saturday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m., and Sunday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. Registration is $20.00 per bike and $25.00 with a passenger. Registration includes admission, a fun run, bike games, and a bike show.
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.