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October 17th, 2005

Three charged with criminal conspiracy in drug bust

While on routine patrol, Louisiana State Trooper Shawn McMillan spotted a vehicle traveling less than one vehicle length behind another vehicle, according to booking records on file at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
McMillan made a traffic stop and told the driver, a female, to exit the vehicle. When McMillan asked to see her driver's license, the woman said it was stolen in Texas, but that her name was Meshia Lowe, the arrest report says.

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Three arrested for terrorizing

Ruston Police received a call on Friday from an employee at Bank One who told officers two men in a dark gray Chevrolet Caprice had brought another man to the bank at gunpoint to withdraw money from his account, according to booking records at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Officers went to the bank and talked with Howard Pearson, 53, of P.O. Box 305, Gibsland, La., who told the he entered the bank to check his account balance, the arrest report says.

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Deputies now searching for two missing women

Investigators have been searching for Cheryl Williams since she was reported missing July 26.
That search has expanded to include KaRhonda Stringfellow, of Dubach, who was last seen two weeks ago, Deputy Investigator Chad Alexander said.
Stone is asking the public for help in locating the two women.

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Grambling man charged with attempted rape

At about 7:45 a.m., the suspect, who has been identified as Derrick Dewayne West, allegedly knocked on the door of an apartment at 1132 R.W.E. Jones Dr. The occupant, a female, opened the door and the suspect allegedly forced his way into the apartment, according to the arrest report on file at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

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Smoke detector giveaway continues in rural Lincoln Parish

Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Jerry Lewis pledged in February that his department’s intent was to see a smoke detector installed in the home of every senior and handicapped citizen in the parish.
“We’re going to give those out to senior citizens all over the parish,” Lewis said. “Any senior that needs one will get one.”
Smoke detectors will also be given to people with disabilities or special needs, regardless of age, and others to people on fixed incomes, Lewis said.

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Smoke detectors save seven lives in Tuesday fire

"The smoke alarm woke me up and when I opened my eyes I could see flames outside my bedroom window," Ford, of Athens, Texas, said. "I turned on the light and that's when I realized my room was full of smoke — it was just black with smoke."
Ford was one of seven young women, all students at Louisiana Tech University, who lived together in the large, two-story house located at 501 Mississippi Avenue.

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Alleged drug dealer hit with federal charges

On Feb. 24, Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) investigators, Ruston Police and Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Anthony Captain, 28, of 156 Heard Road, Ruston; Darin Earl Jones, 36, of 1014 Pecan St., Ruston and Anthony Dewayne Dade, 34, of 402 Edgewood St., on that indictment.

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Grambling introduces smoke free ordinance

If adopted, the ordinance will ban smoking in all public and governmental buildings but allow smoking in bars and restaurants. Restaurant smoking would be restricted to about 20 percent of the seating capacity of the facility.
“The next step is to have a public hearing,” Mayor Martha Andrus said.
The council agreed and set the public hearing for 6 p.m., July 7, one hour prior to next month’s council meeting.
The council unanimously selected The Ruston Daily Leader as its official journal.

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GSU Internet project receives innovator award

The award was given in recognition of GSU's "Louisiana Rural Internet Connection" (LaRINC) research project.
LaRINC, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, is investigating how home Internet access can and does impact the lives of Louisiana's rural poor; particularly those who have previously lacked not just Internet access but computer access in general.

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Learning to live with little known laws

Many motorists, new to Ruston, do a double take when they see someone make a left turn on a red light at certain intersections in Ruston.
Those turns are perfectly legal, if certain basic traffic rules are obeyed, Ruston Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Curtis Hawkins said.
"Many people have asked if it is legal to turn left at a red signal when they are traveling on a one-way street and are turning onto a one-way street," Hawkins said. "The answer is yes, with certain restrictions."

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