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August 1st, 2014

Bank scammed

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A Ruston man was arrested on bank fraud charges Thursday afternoon.
At 4:35 p.m. Tyrone Evan Beard, 37, of 812 E. California Ave., was arrested for bank fraud by the Ruston Police Department.
Sgt. Clint Williams said the RPD was contacted in September 2013 by a local bank in regards to new account fraud.
“This bank reported that a male, later identified as Tyrone Evans Beard, entered the bank and opened an account using a check made payable to him,” Williams said. “Beard was issued an ATM card, which he then had to activate.”

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RFD receives $24K grant

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The Ruston Fire Department has received a $24,304 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Program.
The money, along with a 10 percent match from the city, will be used to purchase physical fitness equipment and to pay for comprehensive physicals for all RFD employees, Chris Womack, RFD’s training officer, said Thursday.
The department plans to spend $14,456 for a multi-station gym for its physical fitness room, and $12,548 for the physicals. Womack said the goal is to thwart cardiovascular disease — the No. 1 killer of firefighters.

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House fire on Eastland Avenue

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At approximately 1:35 a.m. today the Ruston Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1200th block of Eastland Avenue.
According to RFD District Chief Tommie Woods the residence is expected to be a total loss.
“The State Fire Marshall’s Office is on scene right now and the fire is still under investigation,” he said. “No one was home during the time of the fire.”
More information will be available as the investigation continues.

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Holiday Arts Tour sign-up begins now

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I can hardly believe it’s true, but it’s already time to sign up for the Holiday Arts Tour.
The 17th annual event will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23.
As usual, this special weekend will feature visual artists and musicians, and we’ll be bringing back the poetry reading that was such a hit last year.
We are also looking into carriage rides on Friday and theatrical street performers on Saturday.

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Tech kinesiology professor re-elected to national board

David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University and strength and conditioning coach for the Tech baseball team, has been re-elected to a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Tech value shines nationally

At a time state officials are fighting over control of state education standards in Baton Rouge, we in Ruston have reason to celebrate.
Money Magazine ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the best college values in the nation placing them at No. 154 out of the Top 665.
Because so many alumni have chosen to call Ruston home long after shaking Reneau’s hand this area remains saturated with Tech.
Graduates, according to Money Magazine, have an average annual salary of $49,400 just five years after graduation.

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Debt ceiling no biggie to Feds

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It seems as if I wake up to a house full of young, bickering children every morning these days.
The thing is, I don’t have any children.
As most working Americans, I slowly drag my tired bones out of the bed each morning and begin my zombie-like approach to the coffee maker.
While I anxiously wait for that glorious sound indicating the caffeine is prepared, I sit and watch the news.
Sure, not every person watching television in the morning is tuning in to Fox News, CNN or MSNBC, I’ll have to attribute that to the journalist in me.

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Changing immigration view points

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In the time Barack Obama has been president more than 150 — 183 to be exact — executive orders have been signed, and that was as of July 18.
He has aimed to sign yet another executive order into action. One that will take action on illegal immigration and allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
The House was set to vote on a bill on Thursday afternoon that would prohibit Obama from expanding a policy that lets some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children stay.

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July 31st

Overlooking an 18-wheeler

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At approximately 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Parish Police Juror Skip Russell was involved in a vehicle accident.
The Ruston Fire Department/EMS, along with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop-F, responded to the accident at the intersection of Frazier Road and Louisiana Highway 33.
Russell,69, the driver of the Volkswagen Bug, was traveling east on Frazier Road.
Russell said he came to the stop sign, stopped and looked both ways, waiting on a slow car to pass.

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Bell to serve 42 years

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A man convicted for having indecent behavior with a juvenile has been sentenced.
Judge Jay McCallum sentenced James Anthony Bell to serve 42 years at hard labor for 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Bell was originally arrested in July 2012 for the charges.
According to a press release from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office, Bell received the maximum sentence allowed by law on each count of the conviction, which is a fine of $5,000 and seven years at hard labor.

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