Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:51:48 GMT
Warren Lewis, 70, was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in Federal Court for being a part of one of the largest meth operations in Lamar County history. Lewis was sentenced for possession of drugs withMore >>
Warren Lewis, 70, was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in Federal Court for being a part of one of the largest meth operations in Lamar County history. Lewis was sentenced for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute Tuesday morning.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:50:38 GMT
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Listeria is listed on the the baby's death certificate as an immediate cause of her death. Her mother, says that while she was pregnant, she ate food that was part of a recent, nation-wide Listeria recall.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:32:40 GMT
In a new viral video, a little girl is thrown into hysterics over the idea of her little brother growing up. The mother filmed the entire thing, asking her little girl why she was so upset. The littleMore >>
In a new viral video, a little girl is thrown into hysterics over the idea of her little brother growing up.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:21:27 GMT
The P.A.C.E. Head Start agency's regional director Willie Sims broke the silence on Monday about the suspended program. The agency is on a 30-day suspension for improperly reporting sex allegations. TheMore >>
The P.A.C.E. Head Start agency's regional director Willie Sims broke the silence on Monday about the suspended program.
The agency is on a 30-day suspension for improperly reporting sex allegations.More >>
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover has been ordered to sign off on funding for a dog park in the city.
That's the ruling handed down by Judge Leon Emanuel Thursday morning in Caddo District Court.
"I hope this will bring all the parties together again and start a conversation with how do we move forward with a dog park," said City Council Member, Michael Corbin.
It's a victory for the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, which filed the suit claiming Mayor Cedric Glover was violating the city charter and his oath of office by not approving funding for the $280,000 project already signed by the Shreveport City Council and the Red River Waterway Commission.
Mayor Glover, who was not present in the courtroom Thursday, has until June 21 to sign the agreement before he can be found in contempt.
City Attorney Terri Scott declined to comment on the ruling, saying "We are just the attorneys."
Dog Park Alliance Attorney Dan Keele says they are happy with the court's decision, and says the issue was never a personal one. Keele says the alliance is excited about working with the mayor on the project.
"We're very comfortable with the outcome of the case at this level, obviously the attorney for the mayor has indicated they intend to take it up to another court for review, whether they do that or not is up to them," said Keele.
The proposed park will be located at Hamel Memorial Park, off of Clyde Fant Parkway.
Officials said Wednesday that no matter what the judge ruled, it will be a long road ahead before the dog park is up and running. "There is construction that has to be planned, and bids that have to go out and things like that. So we are probably still looking at a number of months or even a year long process if we begin to move forward on this," says City Council Member Michael Corbin.
Corbin says some rules have already been discussed including what type of dogs are allowed and what owners will need to do before they bring their dogs to the park. He also says even though the park would most likely be maintained by Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation, it's still up in the air on whether SPAR would handle all of the maintenance at the park.
Glover's office released a statement Thursday afternoon, pointing out that a dog park was not "tagged as the highest item" on a list of priorities compiled in 2009 by a citizen-driven coalition assembled to identify project needed along the riverfront.
The statement goes on to say that "the idea of a dog park is fine but these parks also come with problems and challenges,'' Mayor Glover said. "There is ongoing costs and maintenance to consider once it's built and there also will be operational issues to address; such as the fact that there is no one currently available on the city's staff to police and operate this park on a regular basis.''
Furthermore, Glover says Judge Emanuel's ruling effectively diminishes the checks and balances that exist between the city's Executive and Legislative branches.
"What the judge has done is essentially neuter the powers of the office of the Mayor,'' Mayor Glover said. "Going forward, all the council would need is five votes to basically set aside any action taken by the lone public official elected by a vote of the entire city, thus opening the door for special interest groups to place undue pressure on individual council members in order to facilitate efforts that may or may not have the best interest of the entire populace at heart.''
Mayor Glover has the option to appeal the judge's ruling, possibly taking the battle to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Thursday, May 16 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-16 21:35:24 GMT
The following is the full text of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover's statement released Thursday afternoon in response to the ruling ordering him to sign off on funding a dog park.More >>
The following is the full text of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover's statement released Thursday afternoon in response to the ruling in Caddo District Court ordering him to sign off on an agreement to fund a dog park in the city or risk being found in contempt of court.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:21:23 GMT
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With a new school year just around the corner, health officials and physicians are reminding parents to visit their pediatrician or health clinic to have their children immunized. TwoMore >>
With a new school year just around the corner, health officials and physicians are reminding parents to visit their pediatrician or health clinic to have their children immunized.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:37:04 GMT
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Six physicians, all from Mississippi, are the first to participate in a new residency program at Forrest General Hospital. All six just graduated from medical school and haveMore >>
They just graduated from medical school and have been at the hospital since June 30 undergoing orientation.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:13:39 GMT
A man charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a Laurel woman had his arraignment Tuesday. William Dean pled not guilty for the death of 85-year-old Nora Peters after he was read his charges inMore >>
A man charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a Laurel woman had his arraignment Tuesday. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:04:26 GMT
This is a news release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol The Mississippi Highway Patrol is issuing a Silver Alert for James Wilson Burchfield. Mr. Burchfield has been missing since approximately 8:30More >>
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is issuing a Silver Alert for James Wilson Burchfield.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:47:29 GMT
This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department On May 29, 2014, Jones County Sheriff Department Narcotic Investigators executed a search warrant on Mesa Drive in Ellisville. InvestigatorsMore >>
On May 29, 2014, Jones County Sheriff Department Narcotic Investigators executed a search warrant on Mesa Drive in Ellisville. Investigators located and recovered a significant quantity of Illegal narcotics at the residence. An arrest warrant was issued for Newell, but he could not be located. His luck ran out when he was captured in Atlanta, GA on unrelated charges several weeks ago.More >>
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