Why aren’t property owners registering their rental properties?

Want to know if a property is being used as a residential rental in Shreveport? The answer may not be as simple as it sounds.

In December 2022, Shreveport’s City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Residential Rental Registration Program. According to Alan Clarke, Executive Director of the Shreveport MPC, the purpose of the registry is “to increase transparency and improve accountability in the rental housing market in the city of Shreveport.”

The legislation, which took effect in January 2023, requires all existing residential rental property owners to register their rental property by December 31, 2023. With less than six months to go, a little over two hundred properties have complied with the new regulation (with approximately 33,000 active rental properties identified on the city’s registration website).

As part of the registration process, tenants can also submit a complaint to Property Standards about substandard living conditions.

“We have received a significant number of complaints from tenants that they were having issues with the rental property,” said Clarke. Some complaints included mold issues, backed-up sewer lines, and a broken HVAC system.

Clarke is frustrated that more landlords haven’t registered their property. He believes the program has the potential to create a better environment for the entire community.

“It’s a quality-of-life increase. It will actually overall be a benefit not only for the city and the landlord, but also the tenant,” said Clarke. “Rental Registration is the first step to ensuring that all of our residents have access to housing that is healthy and safe.”

Owners of rental properties in Shreveport have until December 31, 2023, to register their properties.

Failure to register a property could result in penalties or fines. Rental property owners may register by visiting the MPC’s website, http://www.shreveportcaddompc.com/about-us/services/applications/rental-registration-form, and filling out the form.

New Caddo Special Assistant DA sworn in

Caddo Parish District Attorney Stewart recently swore in new Shreveport City Attorney Marcus Edwards as Special Assistant District Attorney, First Judicial District. Marcus is a native of Keithville, and a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Morehouse College, and Tulane University Law School. He was previously employed at Mayer, Smith, and Roberts law firm.

New principal for Huntington High School announced

A familiar face will be returning to Huntington High School. The Caddo Parish School Board announced that Nicholaus Smith is the new Principal of Huntington, a campus where he played an integral part in the school’s success during his five years as an Assistant Principal. Smith previously served as the Principal of Caddo Middle Career & Technology School, where he worked diligently to enhance the climate and culture at CMCTS. During his tenure, he saw growth in teacher retention and student achievement.

Caddo Parish School District announces new Secondary Curriculum, Instruction Executive Director

The Caddo Parish School District announced that Dr. Matthew Mitchell will serve as the district’s Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. The position works directly to support our schools in ensuring they have the tools for each student to achieve success in their K-12 secondary careers by ensuring the highest-quality teaching and learning is taking place with a focus on career pathways and access to rigorous programs.
Over the last five years, Dr. Mitchell has served as the Principal of Huntington High School where he led the school to sizable gains in school performance along with recognition on the state stage for efforts in dual enrollment.

Caddo Parish Sheriff swears in new deputy

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator recently administered the Oath of Office to a newly hired deputy who joined the Caddo Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Prator swore in Deputy Michael Lasuzzo during a brief ceremony on Monday at Government Plaza. Deputy Lasuzzo recently retired from the Shreveport Police Department. He will begin his career at the Sheriff’s Office, working at the Caddo Correctional Center.
If you are looking for a career that offers excitement in the workplace and allows you to make a difference in our community, then the Caddo Sheriff’s Office has a position for you.
If interested in working at CPSO, visit our website at caddosheriff.org or contact the Personnel Office at (318) 681-0812.

Two Caddo Parish deputies honored for bravery, service

Two Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies were honored for their bravery and service by a statewide civic group and will soon be recognized on a national level, said Sheriff Steve Prator.
Deputy Adam Jones was chosen as the 40&8 association’s Officer of the Year and Senior Deputy Robert Fertal was selected as Hero of the Year during the group’s Louisiana Grand Promenade on July 16 at the Hotel Bentley in Alexandria.
Deputy Jones was recognized for his assistance with numerous criminal investigations over the years while serving as a deputy with the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and later with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he is currently employed. The cases included the investigation of a Mansfield police officer arrested for illegal drug use and sales, the rescue of a kidnap victim in Bossier Parish, and assisting with the arrests of 93 homicide suspects in 2022 while serving as the Caddo Sheriff’s agent on the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.
Deputy Fertal was filling in as a school resource officer at Byrd High School in May 2022 when he was called to a classroom for a medical emergency. When he arrived, he found an unresponsive student who had choked on some food and was lying on the floor. Fertal performed the Heimlich Maneuver, and when that was unsuccessful, he administered CPR, saving the student’s life.
The two will head to Sandusky, Ohio, on September 15 to be honored as the national winners in their respective categories. The 40&8 will present the awards at the 104th Promenade Nationale.

Caddo Parish man arrested for livestock theft

A Caddo Parish man was arrested on July 24 by inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the commission and a subsequent arrest warrant from Caddo Parish.

Travious D. Johnson, 22 of Shreveport, was arrested on a warrant for theft of livestock. An investigation by the LDAF’s Livestock Brand Commission determined that Johnson allegedly illegally removed a palomino horse without the owner’s permission from a pasture and stall location in Caddo Parish in August of 2022. Johnson allegedly advertised the horse on social media and subsequently sold it. Brand inspectors were able to locate the horse in Allen Parish, and it was returned to its owner.

Johnson was arrested without incident by the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Department, where he was booked on the arrest warrant and transported to Caddo Parish. At this time, a bond has been set at $25,000.

“The LDAF always recommends that buyers use caution when purchasing livestock over social media or anytime you don’t know the person you are dealing with,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM. “If you suspect foul play, please contact the Livestock Brand Commission, which investigates livestock theft and other agricultural crimes in the state.”

The Livestock Brand Commission was assisted in this investigation by the Desoto, Allen, and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Departments.

The Livestock Brand Commission maintains a 24-hour Crimestoppers hotline at (800) 558-9741 for the public to report thefts or other agriculture-related crimes.

Note: All persons accused of any crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Holden pleads guilty to battery charge

A man charged with the battery of an elderly woman pleaded guilty to the charge on July 24 in Caddo District Court.
Eric Holden Jr., 22, pleaded guilty to the attack that occurred August 31, 2022.
Holden pleaded guilty before District Judge Chris Victory to the charge of aggravated second-degree battery and was sentenced to six years at hard labor with a permanent protective order in favor of the victim.
Early August 31, 2022, officers were dispatched to South Land Avenue in Oil City on reports that an elderly woman was bleeding from her head. On arrival, officers found the 72-year-old victim sitting on her front porch with a head injury, while a man later identified as Holden stood on the porch yelling at her.
The victim informed officers that Holden grew angry with her after she requested he take off her tennis shoes and threw a cell phone at her head, causing her injuries. Holden provided inconsistent explanations regarding the victim’s injuries and was arrested.
Holden was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Terry Pittman Jr. He was defended by Michael Enright.
The case was docket No. 391102.

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day benefits Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System

On Thursday, July 27, 2023, the Dairy Queen brand is bringing health and hope to kids for Miracle Treat Day® at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System through Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Participating Dairy Queen locations are coming together to change kids’ health to change the future.

When you purchase a Blizzard® Treat at participating DQ® locations on Miracle Treat Day®, July, 27, 2023, $1 or more is donated to Children’s Miracle Network to benefit sick children in our Shreveport-Bossier community. Funds provide urgent, high-quality care kids need to thrive and offer their families comfort in knowing what’s next. The DQ® brand recognizes the importance of memories created with families. Together, we can bring health and hope to kids so they can enjoy moments of happiness for years to come.

Children’s Miracle Network knows that when treatments and facilities improve, children’s care improves to address the most challenging health issues of today while preventing and preparing for tomorrow. 100% of funds raised stays right here in the Shreveport-Bossier region, so by enjoying a Blizzard Treat, you are truly making a difference in the lives of sick kids in our community.

Stop at a participating Dairy Queen location and buy a Blizzard Treat on Miracle Treat Day®, so CHRISTUS can continue to care for our children. Together, we can help children lead healthy, fulfilling lives, while also bringing joy and happiness tomorrow.

When we change kids’ health, we change the future – for all of us.

Dairy Queen and Miracle Treat Day® Facts:

The 2023 Miracle Treat Day® event is Thursday, July 27, 2023. 100% of funds raised stays local to help sick kids in the Shreveport-Bossier community.

About CMN Hospitals:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together, we can change kids’ health. Together, we can change the future. To learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and your local children’s hospital, visit cmnhospitals.org.

Lane closures: Miller’s Bluff, Jimmie Davis Bridges

A pair of bridges will see traffic narrowed to one lane according to the state Department of Transportation and Development and both will have an impact on Bossier Parish motorists.

From Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 2, one lane of the Miller’s Bluff bridge on LA Hwy. 2 over the Red River in Bossier Parish will be closed to allow for routine bridge inspection.

This structure is located approximately 3.3 miles east of US Hwy. 71. Lane closure is scheduled to take place from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flagging operations will be in place to allow traffic to cross the bridge.

Vehicles 11 feet or smaller will be allowed to pass through the bridge inspection zone while larger vehicles will need to detour.

And on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30, the LA Hwy. 511 Jimmie Davis bridge over the Red River in Caddo and Bossier parishes will be reduced to one lane, also for routine bridge inspection.

Lane closures are scheduled to be in place from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flagging operations will be in place to allow traffic to cross over the bridge.

Vehicles 11 feet or smaller will be allowed to pass through the bridge inspection zone. Larger vehicles will need to detour.

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park closed until further notice

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is now closed until further notice to the public after extensive storm damage.
The facility and trails sustained significant damage from falling trees and limbs as a result of the storms that moved through the area in June. Based on the assessment of damage, the facility and nature trails are now closed and will be unable to reopen prior to the beginning of the scheduled construction work to demo the facility and rebuild the upgraded park, which was approved by voters in 2022. That work is scheduled to begin in early September.
“While we have suffered a loss with the current nature park facility, we continue to move forward with providing a larger, interactive and modernized facility for the citizens of Caddo Parish,” said Parish Administrator Erica R. Bryant. “We are pleased to be able to work with our partners in the community to continue to offer a level of service to those who enjoy our nature park,” said Bryant.
While the facility is officially closed to the public, the Parish has partnered with organizations to provide new locations for scheduled nature events and programs.
Citizens are asked to visit caddoparks.org and the Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park Facebook page (facebook.com/walterbjacobs) for updated programs and locations, or call 318-929-2806.

Blanchard-Latex Road bridge closure, replacement begins August 2

Beginning Monday, August 2 the bridge located on Blanchard-Latex Road in North Caddo will be closed to allow the Caddo Parish Department of Public Works to replace the structure.
The Public Works Department will be replacing the bridge and conducting associated road improvements to expand commercial use of the bridge. These improvements will ensure decades of durability, safety and access for motorists that utilize the bridge.
Citizens are asked to use Highway 169 to Blanchard Furrh Rd to W. Daugherty Rd. as an alternate route.
Construction is expected to be completed in 90 days.

Boil advisory: East Central Bossier Water System

A boil advisory effective immediately has been issued for the East Central Bossier Water System, according to Director of Public Utilities Larry Landry.
Areas impacted by the boil order include from Seven Pines Rd. to Butler Hill Rd. on LA Hwy. 160, Ward Line Rd., Derbe Ln., Merrill Ln., Leslie Rd., Butler Hill Rd., Scarborough Ln. and Rd., Elite Ln., and Seven Pines Rd. Also included is Thornton Rd.
An outage was planned to install a valve and to replace the main and all roots. Work is expected to take approximately five to six hours.
During the boil order, consumers in the area should disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks, making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods) until this boil advisory is rescinded by the following means:
• Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)
Again, please be sure to disinfect water prior to consumption until otherwise advised.

Jamario James pleads guilty to gun charges

A Shreveport man pleaded guilty to felony gun charges Monday, July 24, 2023 in Caddo District Court.

Jamario James, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon before Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett, just before his trial was to have begun. He was sentenced to ten years at hard labor, to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also was ordered to pay a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000. The court ordered James to serve 300 days in lieu of the fine, concurrent with the hard labor sentence.

James admitted that on September 21, 2021, he drove repeatedly around and on the property of the Royal Inn at 1906 North Market St., despite being told four times that he was not allowed on the property. Inn employees told the responding Shreveport police officer who responded that James had flashed a gun several times, and threatened passersby.

As the officer spoke with an employee, James drove by again, and shortly after the officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. James consented to a vehicle search, and the officer recovered approximately 1.7 ounces of methamphetamine and a Smith & Wesson handgun from the back seat.

James was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ross Owen. He was defended by John Evans.

The case was docket No. 385287.

Felon Hodge sought for Failure to Appear

A Shreveport man who failed to show up for his trial in Caddo District Court is being sought by authorities on a bench warrant.
Ladarrius Hodge, 25, who was free on bond, failed to appear in District Judge Ramona Emanuel’s court on April 25, one day after his trial on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon began.
Over defense objections, Judge Emanuel allowed the trial to resume, with the eight-woman, four-man jury empaneled that day. Later on April 26, the jury returned its unanimous guilty-as-charged verdict after a half-hour of deliberation.
The court and the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office have issued a bench warrant for Hodge’s arrest. Anyone with formation of his whereabouts should contact the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office.

Join Shreveport Police Department for Dean Williams Memorial Run: August 26

Please join the Shreveport Police Department for the 28th Annual Dean Williams Memorial Run on Saturday, Aug. 26
Ron Dean #551 and Dewayne Williams #904 were both assigned to the narcotics division of the Shreveport Police Department and were killed while carrying out those duties in an effort to make our city a safer place to live.
On December 16, 1992 Ron Dean was shot and killed during the execution of a narcotics search warrant at the Pines Apartments on Line Avenue.
On March 3, 1993, less than three months later, Dewayne Williams was shot and killed while executing a search warrant for narcotics at a home on Magnolia Avenue.
Ron Dean and Dewayne Williams were long time supporters of the Special Olympics. Shreveport Police Officers, other law enforcement agencies across the region, and many great people participate in this run each year. This event is an example of how two people’s commitment to their community can leave a legacy that will last forever. 
All funds raised are donated to the Louisiana Special Olympics

Starting Times: 

1/2 mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:00 a.m.     5K Run starts at 8:30 a.m.

Early Registration: Early registration fee is $25.00 until  August 18th after that the fee is $30.00. Race day fee $35.00. You can also register at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Ave., Shreveport.

Sleep-in supporter: Don’t feel like getting up and running? Be a sleep-in supporter. You still get a shirt and you don’t have to break a sweat to get it!!

Race Packet: Every pre-registered participant will receive an Official 2023 Dean-Williams Run T-shirt.

Shirts will be limited to the first 300, so please register early.

You may pick up your packet early at Sportspectrum—Thursday, August 24th from 12pm—6pm and Friday, August 25th from 10am—5:30pm. Race day pick up will be from 7:00—8:15am at the race site.

Course Description: The race will begin near the Veterans Memorial on the Clyde Fant Parkway. Runners will head north on the parkway to the Police/ Fireman’s Memorial turn around and head back to the finish.

Awards: Overall Male & Female will receive awards.

1st & 2nd age group winners receive awards. Male & Female 13-under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up.

Law Enforcement Awards: Overall Male & Female. 1st & 2nd age group winners receive awards. Male & Female 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up.

Great 100 Nurse Award nominee: Chasity Teer

Chasity Teer was recently recognized as a nominee for the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s Great 100 Nurse Award. This award recognizes her for her concern of humanity, her significant contribution to the profession of nursing and the mentoring of others. We asked Chasity a few questions about her nomination and her time in the nursing field.
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙚? 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙬𝙨?
I was honored and surprised. God has blessed me with an amazing team of nurses that work together, support each other, and strive to be the best.
𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣? 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙣𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙨?
Key aspects in nursing are compassion, humility, and placing others needs before your own. I do not believe there is anything particular that sets me apart from others nurses. I believe nursing is a calling and I have been blessed to be apart of team of nurses that are focused on providing equitable, high quality care to everyone the touch. I try to be a positive role model and I never ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do myself. You should always lead by example.
𝑵𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏. 𝑰𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒋𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒑 𝒏𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆, 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒃𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎?
The field of healthcare is constantly evolving. How do you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and ensure that your skills and knowledge are always at their best to provide the highest level of care to your patients? Healthcare continues to evolve and change over the years. I continue to maintain two national certification that help me keep abreast of healthcare’s dynamic changes. I am currently working on a master’s degree and a huge proponent of professional growth for my staff.
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒏𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅, 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒔, 𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆?
Find an area in nursing that you are passionate about serving. Use that passion to care for patients, to be innovative, and to be a true partner with your healthcare team. Make sure you are reliable and keep the promises you make to others. Be curious, ask questions, and do not be afraid to have your voice heard.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝑾𝒆𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚, 𝑶𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝟏𝟏.

Update: Over 10,000 child porn images found on Shreveport man’s computer

More than 10,000 images depicting child sexual abuse have been found on a Shreveport man’s electronic device, said Sheriff Steve Prator.
On July 14, Robert Randall Reinhart, 58, of the 8100 block of Paula Kay Place in Shreveport, was arrested and charged with 266 counts of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.
He now faces an additional 10,496 counts of possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles. Cyber Crime Detective Thomas Lites discovered the images after a digital forensic examination of one of the eighteen digital devices seized from Reinhart’s home.
Reinhart is currently booked with no bond in the Caddo Correctional Center. This is an ongoing investigation.

Traffic stop leads to stolen gun and drugs

A Caddo patrol deputy arrested a Shreveport man who was found with drugs and a stolen gun during a traffic stop, said Sheriff Steve Prator.
Marvin Robinson, 38, of the 2900 block of Judson Street, was stopped by Dep. Jon-Marco Daughtery on July 17 at the intersection of Pinehill Road and Roy Road. Dep. Daughtery said he smelled marijuana during his interaction with Robinson. Deputies detained Robinson and found a stolen Glock handgun, four large-capacity magazines, one 50-round loaded Glock magazine, marijuana, ecstasy, and two digital scales.
Robinson was arrested and charged with:
• Possession of Schedule I with Intent to Distribute
• Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute
• Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
• Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Robinson also received a ticket for operating a vehicle while under suspension and no license plate. He is currently booked with no bond in the Caddo Correctional Center.

Briana Spivey sworn in as Caddo Parish Assistant DA

District Attorney Stewart swears in Briana Spivey as Assistant District Attorney, First Judicial District.
Briana comes to the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office from the City Court of Shreveport prosecutors office. She is a native of Monroe, and graduate of Neville High School, University of Louisiana – Lafayette, and Southern University Law Center. Briana joins the prosecution team in the court of Judge Donald Hathaway, Jr.

Caddo Parish Public Schools provide one-time stipend for employees

The Caddo Parish School Board recently approved using higher-than-expected sales tax revenues to fund a $1,000 stipend for employees. The stipend is a token of appreciation for the hard work and dedication of staff members.

Additionally, the district is actively hiring teachers and support staff for the 2023-2024 school year. New teachers will be eligible for the Board and $2,000 state-approved one-time supplements but also a $1,000 new hire stipend. Interested individuals can view available jobs online at http://www.caddoschools.org.

BPCC Theatre presents Titanic supernatural mystery “Scotland Road”

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, “Scotland Road” is a captivating play that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The performances will take place on August 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m., with additional matinee shows on August 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre in Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. This thought-provoking production is recommended for teenage and older audiences.

The story revolves around a perplexing incident in which a young woman, dressed in nineteenth-century attire, is discovered floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. After being rescued, the woman utters only one word: “Titanic.” Intrigued by her enigmatic references to a place called “Scotland Road,” a mysterious man named John has arranged to interrogate her for six days.

John’s objective is to unravel the truth behind the woman’s story, prove her to be an imposter, and uncover her true identity. As the play progresses, the characters’ identities come into question, leading to a shocking turn of events. Throughout their journey, John and Winifred, played by Blaine Fultz and Sarah Noelle Foster respectively, will unveil a shared secret that will culminate in a final voyage to Scotland Road.

The cast features Blaine Fultz as John, Sarah Noelle Foster as Halbrech, Riley Burns as The Woman, and Lauren Holland as Frances Kittle. The stage management will be handled by Johnathon Houghes, with Brody Hines serving as the assistant stage manager.

Prepare to be captivated by “Scotland Road” as it explores themes of mystery, identity, and the haunting legacy of the Titanic. Get ready for an evening or afternoon of suspense and intrigue as this talented cast brings Jeffrey Hatcher’s gripping play to life on stage. 

The show will also travel to Michigan City, Indiana for special performances at the Canterbury Summer Theatre on August 4-6.

For teenage and older audiences. Visit www.ticketsource.us/bpcc-theatre for ticket information or call The BPCC Theatre Box Office at 318-678-6021.

Louisiana retains LifeLock to offer a year of free credit monitoring for residents impacted by the MOVEIt data breach

The Office of Motor Vehicles announced that they have retained Norton LifeLock to offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for Louisiana residents impacted by the recent MOVEIt data breach. The complimentary 12-month package includes LifeLock Standard™ identity theft protection.

To activate your membership online and get protection at no cost to you, please see enrollment instructions available at nextsteps.la.gov. OMV will also be emailing notices to individuals with an email on file whose information was involved in the incident.

Additionally, OMV has established a toll-free call center open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to answer questions that individuals may have. If you believe your information was involved and have questions about this incident, please call (866) 861-8717.

These resources are being offered in response to the MOVEIt data security incident announced last month that involved personal information of individuals who were issued a Louisiana driver’s license, identification card and/or vehicle registrations.

OMV encourages all Louisianans whose information was involved in this incident to actively monitor for the possibility of fraud and identity theft by reviewing your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. If you notice any unauthorized activity, contact the relevant financial institution or the credit bureau reporting the activity immediately.

For more information on how to protect your identity and a list of FAQ, visit nextsteps.la.gov. To read the official notice posted by OMV, visit expresslane.org.