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Homicide suspect wanted

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RPD actively seeking Dumauriea McGee
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The Ruston Police Department responded to a shooting at the 1300 block of Benton Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. May 30.
According to reports, officers arriving on the scene found Deanthony Mardis, 31, of Ruston, had been the victim of a gunshot wound. Mardis was transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he later died.

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Duo arrested on drug charges

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Three Ruston residents were arrested following the execution of a search warrant at approximately 6 a.m. May 30 at a residence located at 1303 East Line Ave.
According to reports, a search warrant was issued for the residence, which Louis Johnson, 43, and Aileen Janie Johnson, 50, reportedly reside. Upon entering the home, deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) detained both Louis and Aileen along with a third person at the home.

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Passing storm knocks out power in area

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More outages, winds possible in coming days
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Thursday evening’s round of storms scattered downed tree limbs across Ruston and knocked a portion of the city out of power for around an hour while also causing numerous outages across the region.
City of Ruston Public Utility Manager Daryl Caraway said a tree limb knocked down a power line near Super 1 Foods on North Trenton Street, leaving nearby residents without power for around an hour.

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Fruits of local labor

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Farmers Market fundraiser on tap
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It’s no secret fruits and vegetables are chocked full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients and locally grown fruits and vegetables undergo minimal transportation, which helps them to remain fresh and nutrient rich. In the area, residents have the Ruston Farmers Market to not only buy fresh produce, but also help support local growers and farmers within the area as well.

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Murder in Dallas

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Two Ruston natives were shot and killed in the early morning hours of May 26 in a Dallas nightclub near the downtown area.
According to police reports, brothers Christopher Ferguson, 22, and Cecil Ferguson III, 39, both formerly of Ruston, were allegedly shot in a nightclub at the 500 block of South Riverfront Boulevard, near the intersection of Interstate 30 and Interstate 35E in downtown Dallas. The incident allegedly occurred, at approximately 2 a.m. after the pair engaged in an argument with Jerome Bernard Deamus, a convicted felon.

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Crews’ ‘Squared’ to open Saturday

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In a quaint coffee shop on Trenton Street hangs local artist Julie Crews’ yearlong labors of love. These 20 square paintings vary in size, but all represent the artist’s attempt to join together her roles: mother, wife and artist.
After choosing not to apply to a call for entries because she didn’t think her work possessed “challenging concepts with innovative use of materials,” and being away from the studio for a year, she decided to focus on painting the very scenes of domestic life that had pulled her away from painting. Here, she discovered her theme — a theme that combined “challenging concept with innovative use of materials” and “pretty pictures.”

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Trinity Preschool wraps up school year

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Trinity Preschool ended the school year with a special program, which celebrated the books written by the author Eric Carle. Crickets, caterpillars and ladybugs came to life as the students entertained their families with songs about insects featured in their favorite books by Carle.

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Preparing vehicles for summer trips

With school out and vacation season upon us, many families and individuals will be out on the road this summer.
No one wants to spend their vacation in a mechanic shop or stranded on the side of the road, so experts recommend that before going on a trip residents should do more than just fill their cars up with gas.
Carcare.org recommends that individuals get a pre-trip vehicle check to determine how ready their vehicle is for driving. Additionally, residents should take steps to fix any of the issues that arise during the check.
Before hitting the road, follow these steps:

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Techsters ranked nationally

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Goff, team finish in Top 25 for NCAA stat report
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Whether it was producing at the plate or on the mound, Melanie Goff was a major reason why Louisiana Tech University’s softball team had a winning record (11-10) this spring against league foes for only the third time since joining the Western Athletic Conference.
The senior from San Diego, Calif. had a .345 batting average and drove in 32 runs, plus compiled a combined on-base and slugging percentage of .828.
From the circle, Goff had a 4-5 record and 2.96 and saved four games.
It was in the latter category where she finished in the Top 25 for all players in the nation.

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Festival 5k, mile run forms available

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Entry forms are currently available for the annual Louisiana Peach Festival 5k and one-Mile Fun Run.
The event is set for June 22, with the 5k beginning at 7 a.m. and 1-mile fun run/walk beginning at 7:45 a.m. Awards will be given in both races.

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