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April 19th, 2017

CHS rings up Bell City

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Aggies beat Bell City 10-0 in first round of softball playoffs
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CHOUDRANT -— Sometimes you just need to settle down and take a deep breath.
That was case for the Choudrant High School Aggies Tuesday night, and after doing so they cruised to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Bell City in Class B softball first-round playoff action.
Choudrant jumped out to an early lead on an Olivia Hennen two-run home run in the bottom of the first but struggled at the plate in the second stanza.
So before the start of the bottom of the third inning, CHS coach Joy Thomas circled her troops around her.

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April 18th

Homicide suspect used assumed name

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The suspect in a Sunday night homicide used what investigators now believe was an assumed named, Major Stephen Williams, commander of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division, said Monday afternoon.
Deputies arrested Ronnie Michelle Francis, 17, of 1954 McMullin St. in Dubach, early Monday morning on charges she stabbed her boyfriend to death.
When Francis, who is from New Orleans, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, she identified herself as Malayasia Carter, age 19. But investigators later discovered that isn’t her real name.

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New children’s building to come

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As residents round the corner of West Louisiana Avenue downtown, they will see a change in scenery at Ruston’s First Baptist Church. Crews are demolishing the church’s old activities building. Brittany Jackson, publications staff member for the church, said a new children’s area will be built on the site. The construction is expected to last approximately two years, including the demolition that’s underway.

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Police: Alleged Wal-Mart abduction a hoax

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Ruston police have determined no attempted child abduction or battery occurred at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter earlier this month, despite claims by the alleged victim’s mother otherwise.
“The interaction caught on Wal-Mart video surveillance clearly refutes the reporting party’s claim that a man inappropriately touched or tried to forcibly abduct a child,” RPD Deputy Chief Clint Williams said this morning.
Williams said the reported victim’s family has also stopped cooperating with the police investigation.

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Panel backs planned unit development; sends recommendations to aldermen

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The next move toward preliminary approval of a planned unit development that could mean more housing near Louisiana Tech University is up to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday approved Total Properties Inc. preliminary plat application for the development on the south side of West Barnett Springs Avenue. The commission also approved rezoning the acreage upon which the development will be built from one-family residential to a planned unit development, or PUD.

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LHSAA Softball Playoffs: Perfect game propels RHS past Southwood

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Senior Harlie Robinson (above) pitched a perfect game Monday night, striking out five batters, as Ruston High defeated Southwood 11-0 in first-round action of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A softball playoffs. The sixth-seeded Bearcats will next play host to the winner of today’s game between No. 22 Haughton and No. 11 Live Oak on Saturday.
Softball playoff opening games for area teams
Class 5A
No. 6 Ruston 11, No. 27 Southwood 0
Class 1A
No. 23 Lincoln Prep at No. 10 Beekman Charter, 5:30 p.m. today
Class B

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Diamond ’Dogs to host McNeese

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Louisiana Tech Baseball is gearing up for a full week of action as the Diamond ’Dogs are set to play a pair of midweek games against McNeese State and Little Rock.
The week begins with Tech welcoming the McNeese State Cowboys to Ruston for a 6 p.m. first pitch today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs will then travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, at 6 p.m. Wednesday to take on the UALR Trojans at Gary Hogan Field.

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CHS baseball teams chops down Forest

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The Choudrant High School Aggies heated up late last week to defeat Forest 10-3.
With the game tied at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, a Dakota Taylor sacrifice hit put CHS up by one run.
Singles from Clayton Allen and Logan Smith along with a fielder’s choice hit by Joe Craighead plated three runs for Choudrant in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the Aggies up 7-3.
Choudrant totaled nine hits on the day, with Allen, Smith and Daniel Taylor each turning in multiple hits.
T.J. Craig, Smith and Craighead recorded two RBIs each.

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LA Tech golfers finish second

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HATTIESBURG, Miss.— Louisiana Tech Golf made it to the finals of the Southern Collegiate Match Play on Saturday before the Bulldogs fell short against South Alabama at the Hattiesburg Country Club.
Louisiana Tech began the day by defeating Conference USA foe Southern Miss, 4-1, in the semifinals to advance and play South Alabama, who topped UL-Lafayette, 4-1, as well. In the championship, South Alabama completed the come-from-behind victory and took the match, 3-2, over LA Tech.

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Tech’s De La Cruz earns C-USA honors

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Louisiana Tech sophomore Krystal De La Cruz earned this week’s Conference USA Pitcher of the Week award following her performance in the Lady Techsters three-game sweep over UTEP.
De La Cruz posted a 2-0 record on the week with a 0.00 earned run average, picking up a pair of victories over the Miners (who entered the week ranked No. 1 in hitting in league-only games).

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