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Joshua Fletcher

A manhunt is continuing in Grant Parish in the Iatt Lake area after the suspect allegedly broke into a home Tuesday. According to Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain, the manhunt started Tuesday evening when a man broke into a home in the J.D. Camp area, then fled the scene. The victim later identified the suspect as Joshua Fletcher, who had been seen before in the area. Fletcher is also wanted in connection with a murder in Marshal County, Mississippi. GPSO deputies, along with surrounding agencies, including helicopters and K9s, have been searching the area. McCain said it's a very rural area with more than 10 thousand acres of forest, which makes the search more difficult. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Joshua Fletcher is asked to contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

Millions of dollars in state income tax refunds will become unclaimed property if taxpayers donít collect the money in the next three weeks. According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, 9,500 letters were sent to taxpayers urging them to claim the refunds before they are transferred to the state treasurerís office. The state estimated the total amount of unclaimed refunds at $8.6 million. The letters were dated July 21, 2017. Taxpayers have until September 6 to claim the refund before it is moved to the Unclaimed Property Division. To claim their refund, persons should submit the required information to the LDR with the accompanying letter. State officials say the unclaimed property can still be claimed using the state treasurerís website at www.treasury.state.la.us.

A Lincoln Parish couple was killed after being shot by their landlord Monday night. According to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred Monday night at a residence on LA Hwy. 33 North. Investigators said that deputies were called to the home by John Nichols, who confessed to killing the victims shortly after the shootings. Authorities found that Anthony and Rachel Denicola had been shot multiple times in the head. Nichols surrendered at the scene and told his story to investigators, waiving his right to counsel. Investigators say two children were home at the time of the shooting. Nichols has been charged in the deaths of Anthony and Rachel Denicola.

Louisiana and nine other states account for almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country, making them major U.S. contributors to global warming. According to the World Resources Institute. Louisiana is eighth among the Top 10 states, producing 3.4 percent of all such U.S. emissions, largely because of the state's industrial, transportation and electric power sectors. When factoring in the size of the state's economy, Louisiana is fouth, and in emissions per capita, the state ranks fifth. The World Resources Institute used data from 2014, which is the latest available. The Institute published its analysis on Thursday, August 10. Louisiana's greenhouse gas emissions have held steady since 2008. Among other Top 10 states, Ohio has cut emissions. Illinois and, especially, Iowa, have gone up.

Louisiana's mid-2018 budget gap has been projected to be $1.5 billion. That's the official price tag in documents presented to lawmakers Friday, the first update since the legislative sessions ended in June. Most of the shortfall projected for the budget year that begins July 1, 2018, is tied to the expiration of temporary sales taxes enacted by lawmakers last year. The rest of the budget hole accounts for rising costs expected for prisoner housing, elections, the Medicaid program, K-12 public schools and other inflationary expenses. Lawmakers left Baton Rouge earlier this summer without doing much to address the so-called "fiscal cliff" that hits in less than a year. Governor John Bel Edwards has been unsuccessful so far in getting support for a tax plan to close the gap.

Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:

On Tuesday, August 8, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Demarious Payton, of Winnfield. Payton was arrested on four warrants for failure to appear. Also arrested on August 8 was Devin Hines, of Winnfield, for remaining on premises. On Wednesday, August 9, deputies arrested Christina Elliot for parole violation and two warrants for failure to appear, and Jimmez Jackson, of Alexandria, on a warrant for failure to appear. On Thursday, August 10, Reagan Boone, of Pineville, was arrested for simple obstruction of a highway, no insurance, switched plates, driving under suspension, possession of drug paraphenalia, and possession of methamphetamine. Also arrested on August 10 was Joseph Davis, of Winn Correctional Center, for aggravated second degree battery.

Season tickets for the 2017 through 2018 WSHS football season are on sale now through August 24. The cost is $50.00 for each seat, which includes five home games during the regular football season. Persons on the waiting list for season tickets will be contacted after August 25. Season tickets cannot be used at JV home games.

LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive Friday, August 18, at the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Tuesday, August 22, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and at Wal Mart in Winnfield Sunday, August 27, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Congressman Ralph Abraham has announced satellite office hours for Central Louisiana parishes. Office hours for Winn Parish will be in the Winn Parish Police Jury meeting room at 119 West Main Street, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Constituents are encouraged to visit the staff during these hours if they need help with any federal agency. Staff members are also available during business hours at the Central Louisiana District Office in Alexandria, which can be reached at 318-445-0818.

The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, September 12, 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