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October 17th, 2005

Biedenharn Museum in Monroe sustains minor damage in fire

Photographs of documents in the Bible Museum, located at 2006 Riverside Drive, were damaged or destroyed in the 3:30 a.m. blaze, but none of the historic bibles were lost, Biedenharn Museum Executive Director Ralph Calhoun said.
"We're still assessing the damage, but we know we've lost a lot of material in one office," Calhoun said. "The museum part will be closed indefinitely, but the garden and historic house will re-open Thursday."

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Broome pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Walter Broome, 47, of 666 Hwy. 595, Ruston, told the court he wanted to enter a plea of guilty shortly after noon and by 3 p.m. he was being led away in chains to begin serving his sentence.
Assistant Third Judicial District Attorney Laurie Whitten was to be the prosecutor in the case said the sudden plea was a blessing to the family.
“It’s very unusual to see anyone plead guilty to second-degree murder because it carries a mandatory life sentence,” Whitten said. “But it certainly was a relief to the family of the victim.”

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Ruston Police; domestic abuse against children is heartbreaking

The cries of pain from the 2-year-old were still ringing inside the emergency room the day Ruston Police Det. Sgt. Stephen Beard encountered a case of domestic violence against a child he will never forget.

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Cedar Creek students hold dog food drive

People all over the parish are donating food for the hungry, toys for children who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas, and now, even dogs have been remembered.
Cedar Creek Junior High Coordinator Sue Simmons said she was so impressed with the efforts of the Ruston-Lincoln Animal Society, and so touched by a recent Pet of the Week photo in The Ruston Daily Leader, she decided to do something about it.

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Armed man assaults school bus driver

The suspect, later identified as Hubert Henley, 36, allegedly argued with the bus driver and when the driver closed the door, got a gun, smashed the glass and boarded the bus.
The official report of the incident has not yet been filed by investigating officer J.D. Simpson, but Assistant Chief Franklin Bilberry related the unofficial account of the incident.

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Deputies, postal inspectors warn against email scams

Most of the emails originate in a foreign country such as Canada or Nigeria, and more and more of them are being sent to Lincoln Parish residents, Deputy Investigator Chad Alexander said.
"The scammers say the email recipient stands to inherit a great deal of money or that they have a great deal of money the scammer has to get out of the country," Alexander said. "The only way to stop it is to go over there and arrest people and we can't do that because of jurisdiction."

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Fake identification floods one establishment

Most are presented by young people trying to get into the bar part of the establishment to see and be seen by their peers and where highly popular live concerts frequently take place.
Owner Larry Rabb says young people using fake identification to get into liquor establishments is a common experience, but recently there has been a dramatic change.

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Fire chief retires, search is on for replacement

The last six of those years Watson served as the chief of the department, but now the search will begin for a replacement.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the fire department,” Watson said. “I’ve really enjoyed this line of work. It’s been a major part of my life for 28 years.”
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth praised Watson for his dedication.

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Fire marshal directive may be in error

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center received a minor setback Nov. 29 when two State Fire Marshals visited the prison.
The fire marshals, in their official report, cited the prison for not having keyed-locks on both sides of every door in the prison.
On Dec. 3 Acting Warden Major Marilyn Goree received a fax message from Patrick Aronstein, manager/special projects for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Ruston joins state in Fire Prevention Week

This year’s theme, “It’s Fire Prevention Week: Test Your Smoke Alarms,” highlights the importance of all families installing and maintaining smoke alarms in the home.
Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device available for the home and since they were introduced in the 1970s, they have helped reduce home fire deaths by half, according to a release by the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal.

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