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Boil advisory issued for Bossier apartment complex

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The City of Bossier City is issuing a boil advisory for residents of the Mission Village Apartment Complex at 400 John Wesley Boulevard.

The advisory is being issued in accordance with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals- Office of Public Health regulations because utility crews had to turn off water to the complex for about an hour today to replace a valve on a water line that runs along John Wesley Boulevard between Bobbie Street and Loreco Street.

The advisory is a precautionary measure and pertains only to water that is consumed. It is recommended that residents of Mission Village Apartments boil water for one full minute in a clean container before consuming it while the advisory is in effect.  Bossier City will rescind this boil advisory once it gets word from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Public Health of test results that show the water is safe.  Again this is a boil advisory and not a boil order.

The city will notify the media when the advisory is rescinded.

Seventh detachment of BSO deputies depart for Baton Rouge

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Courtesy Photo | The seventh detachment of Bossier Deputies left for south Louisiana today. Leading the parting prayer is BSO chaplain, the Rev. Jay Valentine.

Story by Allen J.M. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office

Another detachment of Bossier deputies left today, bound for the Baton Rouge area.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said five deputies are being sent today to the troubled area to help agencies there whose resources are strained to the limit after the disastrous historic flooding, which came on the heels of the July civil unrest in the state capital.

The deputies will assist in Livingston parish.

“Those agencies themselves have lost a lot of vehicles in the flood,” Whittington said. “These Bossier deputies will assist in patrol. Sorry to say, there has been looting and other criminal activity when some people take advantage of the situation. Our deputies will help keep people safe, so they can concentrate on trying to put their lives back together.”

The deputies who left today are seventh detachment of Bossier deputies who have gone to assist Baton Rouge area law enforcement during the civil unrest in July and the flooding in August.

July 11, 13 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Task Force, during the civil unrest in the state’s capital. That team returned July 15.

July 19, 10 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge to provide support for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during the civil unrest.

Aug. 12, two deputies deployed to New Iberia Parish to help with the flooding situation there as part of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Emergency Task Force. They went with the Bossier Sheriff’s Hydratrek amphibious vehicle.

Aug. 13, four deputies departed with the Argo amphibious vehicle and two Zodiac boats. A team of six deputies went to the Baton Rouge area the following day, to help with flood evacuations and rescues there.

Aug. 15, seven deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the newly-formed Bossier Parish Water and Technical Emergency Rescue (WATER) Task Force, equipped with specialized water rescue gear, such as life vests which can sustain more than one person, and special ropes and rigging designed for swift water or dangerous situations. That team returned Aug. 17.

Aug. 25, a detachment of five deputies departed for Baton Rouge to help with patrol efforts.

Today’s is the seventh group, which will relieve the Aug. 25 group.

Bossier Police seek two missing boys

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Bradley & Lucas Glosup

The Bossier City Police Department is asking the public for help with locating two missing boys who were believed to have been taken from their father’s home overnight by their mother.

7-year old Bradley Glosup and 5-year old Lucas Glosup had been staying with their father at his residence in the 1400 block of West Maria Street. The man reported to police that when he woke up this morning both his sons were gone. The father tells police that he suspects his estranged wife, who is the mother of the boys, took them both from the house sometime overnight.

Tyler Rae Glosup
Tyler Rae Glosup

Police say the mother, 26-year old Tyler Rae Glosup, whose maiden name is Billingsley, does have legal custody of the boys as does the father. However, detectives with the BCPD Juvenile Unit have not been able to contact her to make sure that the boys are with her and that they are safe.

It’s believed she may be taking the boys to Montana where she now lives. Police have also been unsuccessful in contacting anyone who knows her, including her family in Montana.

Police hope she will see media reports about her missing sons and in doing so will contact the Bossier City Police Department. Police are also appealing to anyone who knows her to tell her to call detectives should they contact her. Anyone who can assist police in this matter is urged to call BCPD at (318) 741-8605.

Operation Santa Claus to host 5K run Sept. 10

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Courtesy Photo | Santa Claus (Bossier Deputy Buck Wilkins), delivers toys to children with Deputy Matt Guerrero (left) and Deputy Jackie Loveless (right).

It’s time to lace your running shoes and join first responders and media personalities for the Operation Santa Claus 5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 10, to help raise funds to provide Christmas gifts for children who are less fortunate right here in northwest Louisiana. Our motto is “Making Kids Smile.”

The run will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Louisiana State University in Shreveport campus on the E. Kings Highway side.

Operation Santa Claus in an organization joined by the Shreveport Police and Fire Departments, Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Townsquare Media to ensure every kid receives a Christmas gift this holiday season.  Law enforcement officers and firefighters sign up the children and families who have needs, and the community pitches in with toy and monetary donations that will go directly to hundreds of needy children right here in our area.

The Kids ½ Mile Run will start at 8 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:15 a.m.  Early registration continues through Aug. 31 with a cost of $20; after that, the cost is $25 through race day.  Kids (12 and under) registration is $15.  You may pay with a credit card online only at www.sportspectrumusa.com or pay with cash or check at 6970 Fern Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71105.   Be sure and register early; no shirts are guaranteed to late registrants.  Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers in the Kids Run and 5K.

There are various age groups for runners age 13 through 60+.  Overall male and female finishers receive $200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd.  Each top age group finishers receive an award as well.  For the 12 and under runners, the overall finisher in the Kid’s Run will receive $50.

Strollers, wagons, baby joggers and any hand pushed or pulled vehicle will be allowed on the course, but at a walk pace capacity only. Absolutely NO in-line skates, roller skates or runners with baby strollers will be allowed on run course. This rule is an RRCA regulation!

Find out more about the event or how to register at https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Shreveport/OperationSantaClaus5k or http://www.sportspectrumusa.com/events/operation-santa-claus/.

Courtesy Photo | Runners await the start.
Courtesy Photo | Runners await the start.

Brain Gym to host tournament to benefit students in need

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The Brain Gym: A Mental Workout Facility is hosting a fun way for community members to help students get the academic help they need.

The Brain Gym will host its first Dodgeball Tournament at Plantation Park Gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Each team can have up to six players, and the cost is $10 per player.  ALL money collected will help an economically disadvantaged student attend The Brain Gym: A Mental Workout Facility. Lunch will be provided.

Visit www.cognitiveworkout.org to sign up or call 318-471-0218.

Located at 2210 Clovis Street, Bossier City, The Brain Gym: A Mental Workout Facility is committed to offering superior tutorial service. Each workout session is conducted in a constructive atmosphere using a variety of tutoring techniques tailored to each student’s individual learning style. Our mission is to strengthen comprehensive learning, enhance retention, and produce confident, independent, students.

Bossier City man killed in crash on I-20

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Bossier City police are investigating a major traffic accident that happened over the weekend.

The accident happened at approximately 8 PM Saturday, Aug. 27, on I-20 near the Traffic Street exit. According to witnesses, a motorcycle with two people on it were traveling eastbound when the driver lost control, causing his female passenger to fall off. The driver of the motorcycle stopped and attempted to assist his passenger when both were hit by a car that was traveling in eastbound outside lane of traffic.

John Earnest Newhart Jr., age 43, of Bossier City (the driver of the motorcycle) was pronounced deceased at University Health in Shreveport. The female who was injured is identified as Kimberly Michele West, age 43, of Benton.

City offices to close on Labor Day

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City of Bossier City administrative offices, including city council and city court, will be closed Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.

Please note that residential trash pickup routes will not be affected as a result of the holiday. Monday’s scheduled trash collection routes will run as usual on Labor Day.

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission appoints new Executive Director

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The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Larry Otwell as Executive Director.

Pastor Larry Otwell, new Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission.
Pastor Larry Otwell, new Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission.

Pastor Larry joined the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission in 2015 as General Manager and was appointed as Executive Director in June 2016. Prior to coming to the Rescue Mission, Pastor Larry was the owner of Cornerstone Disposal Service. He currently serves as the Street Pastor at Riverpark Church.

For over 28 years, the Rescue Mission has been under the leadership of Rev. R. Henry Martin. During his tenure as Executive Director, the Mission grew from a small men’s shelter on Texas Avenue to its current shelter for men, women and children on McNeil Street.

“Larry does an outstanding job of looking at the big picture… in bringing the business side and the spiritual outreach piece of the mission together to form a cohesive unit that is able to stand on its own” says Chad Erie, Chairman of the Mission Board of Directors. Under Pastor Larry’s leadership, the Mission has unveiled a new Life Recovery Program that will help men and women recover their identity and break the cycle of poverty. More information on the Life Recovery Program can be found at  http://www.sbrescuemission.com/programs/liferecoveryprogram/.

As the Mission rolls out its new Life Recovery Program, Rev. Martin will continue to serve at the Mission in the role of Community Ambassador.

Obituary – Robert Carradine Edwards, Jr

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Robert Carradine Edwards, Jr (Bobby Edwards)
September 15, 1966 – August 26, 2016

Bobby was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the effects of this disease took his life on August 26, 2016. Despite the many struggles and difficulties he endured due to Muscular Dystrophy, Bobby lived a life of purpose and was an inspiration to his friends and family. Bobby served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as the local and State of Louisiana Goodwill Ambassador in 1976.

Bobby is survived by parents, Robert Carradine Edwards and Doris Edwards, sister Robin Edwards Beck and husband Mark Beck, nieces Shawna Bates, Ruth Ann Bates, Shannon Stillwell and husband Ryan Stillwell, nephews Benjamin BJ Sparks and Taylor Guyton and numerous relatives and friends.

Bobby was a 1984 graduate of Parkway High School, received his BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and was pursuing his Masters in Child Development at the time of his passing.

Bobby accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a child and lived his life in a manner that reflected this decision. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Bossier City, LA.

Bobby will be sadly missed as we go about our daily lives. We will miss his brilliant mind, his wit, the gift he shared with us through his writings, perspective and opinions. Though he is no longer here with us, and we grieve his loss so heavily, his memory and our love for him remain.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Sorrell pastor of the church officiating. Interment to follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery, Bossier City. There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Bossier City.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Bossier Chapel
318-746-2543

Obituary – Henry Pete Odom, Jr.

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Henry Pete Odom

Henry Pete Odom, Jr

Benton, LA. – Funeral services celebrating the life of Henry Pete Odom, Jr., age 76 will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA with Rev. Brad Franklin officiating assisted by Rev. Cheryl Nelson. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery in Haughton, LA. There will be a time of visitation on Monday, August 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Odom was born in Wagram, NC on September 19, 1939 to Henry Pete Odom, Sr and Florine King Odom and passed away on August 26, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. He was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and a member of the Benton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Odom is preceded in death by his father, Henry Pete Odom, Sr and his mothers, Florine King Odom and Addie Virginia Brock Odom; son-in-law, Jay C. Meredith. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Charlotte Eugenia Ennis Odom; daughters, Brenda Ebey, Denise Odom (Renee) and Pamela Meredith; grandchildren, Nicole Jackson (Jay), Ryan Meredith, Cory Meredith, Zack Ebey, Josh Odom. He is also survived by his greatgrandchildren, Taylor McDonald, Jacelynn Jackson; siblings, Linda Poole, JoAnne Burns, Buddy Odom, Judy Burr (Benja), Eddie Odom and Mike Odom (Debbie).

Honoring Mr. Odom as pallbearers will be Troy Clay, Charlie Clay, Dennis Clay, Jr, Ryan Meredith, Billy Odom, Sr. and Jay Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Posse.

The family suggest that memorials be made to the Benton UMC Youth Group or to the Charity of Donor’s Choice.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Bossier Chapel
318-746-2543

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