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April 26th

Arrests help build trust

The first incident surfaced last Thursday when a Bienville Parish transport deputy was arrested on charges that he used his position to have sex with a female inmate he was transporting.

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Running out of victim mode

As he spoke on crime prevention and what makes someone an easy target during Grambling State University’s Health Extravaganza, I unfortunately saw a lot of the listed characteristics in myself.
The first thing Ludley said a criminal will often look for to indicate an easy target is visible signs of low self-esteem, such as body language and failure to make eye contact.

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LifeShare seeks life-saving donors

With only a pint of blood drawn, Bajrachary reclined on a blue chair and squeezed a ball as LifeShare Donor Technician 1 John Davis watched over him.
“This is my third time to give blood,” said Bajrachary, who is originally from Nepal. “It makes you nervous the first time, but it is fun.”
John Caldwell, a LifeShare donor technician 2, said blood is currently in short supply. Although some of the shortage can be attributed to flooding at the Lake Charles LifeShare Center due to the hurricanes, there are seasonal causes as well.

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April 25th

Officers arrested on extortion charges

Dewarne A. Jackson, 29, of 413-8 Emerald Trace Drive, Ruston was arrested on warrants charging him with three counts of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft, one less than $100 and one less than $500.
Sheriff Mike Stone announced the arrests after the two officers were taken into custody following an “extensive undercover operation.”
“The investigation started in January when we learned some motorists stopped by the two GSU officers were allegedly asked to provide cash in lieu of receiving citations or facing arrest,” Stone said.

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Bearcats shine on diamond

O’Neal and the ‘Cats want to enter the history books and leave Shreveport/Bossier Parish as the first-ever champions of such a new format.
“We are looking forward to the chance of winning the first outright district championship since 2000,” he said. “We have been playing well.”
The Bearcats (22-9) set up their berth in the title contest with a close-to-the-vest 5-4 semi-final win over West Monroe this past weekend.

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Donation to save lives

This is why blood donations are so critical.
There is currently a blood shortage, and all blood types are needed.
LifeShare Blood Centers have experienced an 11 percent increase in usage of blood products. This could lead to the postponement of elective surgeries because of a shortage of blood products for transfusion.
It is estimated someone needs a transfusion every two seconds to keep breathing the air some of us take for granted.
Through the remainder of this week, LifeShare donor technicians are

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Donation to save lives

This is why blood donations are so critical.
There is currently a blood shortage, and all blood types are needed. LifeShare Blood Centers have experienced an 11 percent increase in usage of blood products. This could lead to the postponement of elective surgeries because of a shortage of blood products for transfusion.
It is estimated someone needs a transfusion every two seconds to keep breathing the air some of us take for granted.
Through the remainder of this week, LifeShare donor technicians are

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End begins for memorable month

However, this all will come to a close tomorrow night.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Lady of the Mist on Tech’s campus, a candlelight vigil and march to Railroad Park will begin.
This is to promote awareness of sexual violence and let our community know that this does happen — even in a place like Ruston.
I hope people attend. I hope people go to listen, to learn and to remember the victims of abuse and violence. I hope they become more aware of the tragedy and realize that we can fight this.

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April 24th

Vitter tackles hot issues during visit

By Tre Bischof
Special to the Leader
FARMERVILLE — National issues took the forefront of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s, R-La., town hall meeting in Farmerville Thursday.
Dozens of residents packed the Union Parish Police Jury meeting room to hear the senator in his first visit to the parish since winning the 2004 senate election. Vitter started the town hall forum with brief speeches on hot button issues, including job creation, prescription drug coverage and immigration.
Quickly, the topic of immigration, especially as it relates to Mexico, took the forefront.

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Sparta bills pass House

House Bill 65 breezed through the Louisiana House of Representatives, paving the way for the Sparta Ground Water Commission to move its meetings from its domicile in Lincoln Parish to other parishes within the Sparta Aquifer’s region.
The bill — one of two filed by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, that dealt with the rapidly depleting Sparta Sands — would rotate the meetings among eight of the 16 parishes that encompass the aquifer in Louisiana.
Opponents of the bill argued that rotating the meeting would mean less attendance in those parishes where there is little use of the aquifer.

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