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Chief Charles Pilkinton of the Benton Police Department is proud to announce that Benton Police Officer, Assistant Chief Carl E. Bates has achieved the prestigious designation, Certified Criminal Investigator, CCI, by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute ( ACFEI ).

A Certified Criminal Investigator is a professional investigator who uses forensic skills to investigate all types of cases. Building upon a foundation of forensic basics, a Certified Criminal Investigator has met a set of standards maintained by the American Board of Certified Criminal Investigators.

The designation Certified Criminal Investigator, CCI identifies a professional’s high level of excellence, achievement and competence, and it confirms that the professional has made a commitment to providing reliable service and maintaining the highest of professional and ethical standards.

ACFEI is the world’s largest association for professionals in the field of forensic science. ACFEI’s mission is to recognize top professionals through board-approved standards. ACFEI members include many of the most prominent forensic science professionals in the world.

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Are you ready for Sci-Port’s tricks, or do you want some treats?

Meet their Creatures of the Night – if you dare – including snakes and spiders! Take a walk through the Zombie Cemetery using your senses, make edible blood inside a Bat Cave, watch Dr. Frankenstein use his Tesla Coil to create his monster bride, test your super hero skills and much, much more!

Don’t forget to enter the annual costume contest, which includes a family entry! See the full list of activities and rules for the costume contest below.

Tricks & Treats Night: Weird Science! 
Friday, October 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
Members: Children $10, Adults $5  •  Future Members: Children $15, Adults $10
Price includes a ticket for a snack provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Chick-fil-A® iced tea or bottled water while supplies last. (Pre-registration guarantees a ticket for a snack and drink.)

Schedule of Events:

6 p.m.
Costume Contest Judging: IMAX® Dome Theatre
Choose from one of the three available contests:
1. Children 5 & under will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
2. Kids 6 & over will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
3. Family entry will complete for one prize. (All Family members must be dressed as one theme.)

6 – 9 p.m.
Creatures of the Night: Red River Gallery
Creepy creatures are lurking around at night. Come see — and pet, if you dare — snakes, spiders and other nighttime creatures.

Sci-Port’s Kids in Wonderland: Raspberry-Powers Children’s Gallery
Children are welcome to visit our Science in Wonderland and play games to win a prize and of course get candy.

Carnival Corner “Pumkin Patch”: Comcast Red River Observation Deck
Lots of fun for all in our Pumpkin Patch area! Come play Spider Fishing and Candy Corn Catapults to win prizes and collect candy and participate in Pumpkin Chunking!

Zombie Cemetery: Franks Foundation Solarium
Come explore our Zombie cemetery where you will find Tricks & Treats, Smell My Feet and Give Me Something Good To Eat! …Just beware of the ZOMBIES!

The Bat Cave: Kilpatrick Activity Center
Make edible blood in a test tube that you can take home with you. Test your CSI skills to determine who was bitten!

Alien Encounter: Dayna & Ronald L. Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium
Everyone is invited to come dance the night away in this out of this world experience at the Sci-Port Alien Encounter in our Space Dome Planetarium.

Super Hero Science: Schumpert Body Works Health Zone
Come test your Super Hero skills to win prizes and candy.

Torture Chamber: JPMorgan Chase Grand Lobby
Get put in the stockades for a great picture opportunity!

6:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Frankenstein’s Monster Show: SWEPCO Demonstration Theater
Are you ready for a shocking good time? Come see Dr. Frankenstein and Igor bring Frankenstein’s Bride to life using a Tesla Coil and Faraday Cage! (Warning: this show uses high voltage and may be loud. Audience members will be asked to cover ears at times.)

8 p.m.
Costume Contest Winners announced in the JPMorgan Chase Grand Lobby with special guest judges!

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center provides a fun, educational environment for people of all ages to explore and actively engage in the world of mathematics, science and technology. Sci-Port serves to spark curiosity about the world around us, provides hands-on tools for using scientific discovery in everyday life and encourages a passion for lifelong learning.

Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

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The third annual Veterans Parade and Honor Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds.

The parade committee has requested a B-52 flyover, but has not received a confirmation as of yet. The Sky Dive Louisiana Parachute group will parachute into Independence Stadium at the start of the parade. The parade will begin at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum and travel down the midway to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. The Co-Parade Marshals are Mayor Lo Walker, who is a proud Air Force Veteran, and Colonel Steve DePyssler, USAF Retired.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Currently, there are (85) units in the parade and over 2,300 participants. Bands from Byrd High School, Fair Park, Southwood, Captain Shreve and Parkway will be included in this year’s lineup. Also marching will be (11) JROTC units from Caddo and Bossier City, along with the 50 state flags, carried by personnel from Barksdale Air Force Base. Other marching units will include: the Youth Challenge Cadets, the Young Marines, and eleven banners for each war, with local veterans marching behind them. Five People Movers have been designated to carry those veterans who are unable to march.

N1305P46001CThe Military Order of the Purple Heart will also be included, as well as El Karubah’s miniature cars. Several American Legion groups will be participating as well. Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups from the area will also march. Local dignitaries from BAFB, and from city, parish and state government, will ride in the parade. Red River Chevrolet and the Trail Lizards Jeep Club will furnish the vehicles for the parade. The announcers for the parade will be Tom Pace and Sonja Bailes.

5,000 American flags will be distributed during the parade by the Louisiana State Fair staff. All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend and will gain free admission and free parking on that day. Veterans and their family members are encouraged to wear military caps and/or t-shirts designating their military affiliation.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a ceremony honoring eleven of our local veterans for their service. The event will be held at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located at 2821 Greenwood Road, Shreveport. The Honorable Judge Carl Stewart, U.S. Army Veteran, will be the keynote speaker, and there will be a performance by the Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band, along with the Caddo Magnet High School Choir. Each honoree will receive a commemorative plaque.

Any military or Veteran group interested in participating in the parade or volunteering to help, please contact Mr. Ken Epperson at (318) 773-2654. Or, you can reach him via email at kepperson@caddo.org. The entire parade and honor ceremony will be videotaped and photographed. Interested parties may obtain a copy by calling the number listed above.

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The Bossier City Police Department joined the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department and Kansas City Southern Railroad today to promote railroad crossing safety by taking part in Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the state.

bossier city policeAs part of today’s operation, traffic officers and deputies were stationed near the railroad crossings on the tracks that run along Barksdale Boulevard from Central Park Drive to Sligo Road while other officers and deputies rode on a KCS train to observe motorist behavior at each crossing as the train approached.

In all, 29 citations were written today for railroad crossing violations. 10 additional citations were issued for non-moving violations.

When a motorist was seen violating the grade crossing traffic law, the train officer would radio an officer or deputy stationed near the crossing, who then issued the motorist a citation.

SheriffLogoLouisiana law requires motorists to stop at railroad crossings when:

(1) A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train

(2) a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train

(3) a railroad train approaching within approximately nine hundred feet of the highway crossing emits a signal, and such railroad train, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard

(4) an approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing

(5) when a stop sign is erected at the approach to a railroad grade crossing.

State law also prohibits motorists from driving a vehicle through, around, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed when an approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.

The latest statistics compiled by Louisiana Operation Lifesaver show 8 people were killed in railroad crossing crashes in Louisiana during 2012. The last railroad crossing fatality crash in Bossier City occurred in 2008.

Operation Lifesaver is conducted periodically with law enforcement agencies across Louisiana to bring awareness to the dangers of vehicle-train collisions. For more information, log onto www.laoperationlifesaver.org.

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LifeShare Blood Centers reports an urgent need for O negative blood donors in order to stabilize the supply.

Patient use of O negative blood has exceeded recent blood donations of the same type, resulting in an immediate need for blood donations.

“Patients in trauma situations, those with O negative blood and most infants can only receive type O negative blood. Because of this, it is vital to increase the current supply to support and be prepared for local patient needs,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

lifeshare-blood-centersAfter blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. People who are eligible to give blood and know they have an O negative blood type are needed immediately.

Persons who are unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection. Donations of all blood types are needed for constant replenishing.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with mobile blood drives. To locate a mobile blood drive, call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org.

LifeShare Blood Centers locations:

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Avenue Shreveport, LA 71106
318-673-1471
8:00am-5:30pm M, W, F
8:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th
8:00am-3:00pm Sat

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Drive Bossier City, LA 71111
8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
11:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th

Texarkana
1321 College Drive Texarkana, TX 75503
903-794-3173
8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
10:00am-5:30pm Tu, Th
8:00am-1:00pm Sat

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SheriffLogoThe North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy is conducting the state-required annual Peace Officer Standards and Training Council’s firearms instructor retraining this week.

Seventy police firearms instructors from all over the state are attending the three-day training session, which will be completed today, Wednesday. These instructors will teach law enforcement trainees throughout the state in their home agencies.

The North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy is the Training Division of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

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The Louisiana Department of Education released its annual report card for school districts Tuesday. Among Bossier’s accolades are increased school letter grades, three Top Gains Schools and an overall  score that proves the district, as a whole, continues to improve.

The District Performance score for Bossier Parish increased from 96.6 in 2013 to 98.3 in 2014. This increase places Bossier Schools among the top 12 districts in the state.

BPSB for school web#3F3AE0ESuperintendent D.C. Machen also noted that Bossier’s score is just 1.7 points away from an ‘A,’ a goal that he said the district strives to meet each year.

“We are very pleased by the continued growth and improvement being made at our individual schools and district level,” Machen said.

Apollo Elementary is just one example of a school that made significant improvements. Part of Apollo’s success comes from attaining high passing rates on the fourth grade LEAP tests (100-percent passing in mathematics and 96-percent passing in English Language Arts).

Apollo is the eighth school in the parish to receive an A rating by the state. Other schools that showed improvement were Haughton High School and T.O. Rusheon Middle School, both of which moved up letter grades from last year’s scores.

Several Bossier schools received Top Gains distinction. To recognize schools that make significant growth from one year to the next, Louisiana designates schools that achieve their growth target as a Top Gains school. Top Gains schools are eligible for monetary awards that can be used for any educational purpose within the school.

Schools receiving Top Gains distinction include Apollo Elementary, Legacy Elementary and Stockwell Place Elementary.

2014 Letter Grades and School Performance Scores for Bossier Parish Schools:

Airline HS – B (90.6)
Apollo ES – A (105.9)
Bellaire ES – B (94.1)
Benton ES – A (103.6)
Benton HS – B (98.6)
Benton MS – A (106.8)
Bossier ES – D (62.2)
Bossier HS – D (65.7)
Carrie Martin ES – C (80.7)
Central Park ES – D (63.1)
Cope MS – A (101.6)
Curtis ES – A (105.0)
Elm Grove ES – B (98.0)
Elm Grove MS – B (91.2)
Greenacres MS – B (95.7)
Haughton HS – B (88.2)
Haughton MS – B (95.0)
R.V. Kerr ES – C (80.2)
LA New Tech @ Plain Dealing – C (71.2)
Legacy ES – A (118.9)
Meadowview ES – D (60.3)
Parkway HS – B (90.0)
Plantation Park ES – D (68.1)
Platt ES – B (91.6)
Princeton ES – B (95.6)
T.L. Rodes ES – B (91.6)
Rusheon MS – C (69.8)
Stockwell Place ES – A (117.5)
Sun City ES – B (90.2)
Waller ES – C (79.6)
W.T. Lewis ES – A (117.3)

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Students in Bossier Schools’ Talented Music Program will present a recital that is free to the public Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The Talented Music Recital will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Bossier Instructional Center, which is located at 2719 Airline Drive. The performance will feature musicians from Benton Middle and High Schools, Parkway, Airline, Bossier High and Haughton High.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come support these talented musicians and enjoy a free evening of entertainment.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4th Congressional Primary Election to consider voting early.

GeauxVoteLogoEarly voting begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21st and continues through Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Oct. 26.

“This election has garnered a lot of interest throughout the state and early voting is a great way to conveniently cast your ballot,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “The ballot is extremely long so voters should do their homework, especially reading the 14 constitutional amendments, before going to early vote. A great resource for doing that is our GeauxVote Mobile app. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient. Don’t make excuses. Go vote!”

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award winning smartphone application, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.

 

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.

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A Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputy took home 2nd place in his division during his first-ever motorcycle competition at the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Competition Oct. 7-11 in Gonzales, La.

Deputy Jonathan Colgin, along with Sgt. Jeff Pleasants from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, competed in the competition last week against more than 140 deputies and officers from law enforcement agencies in nine different states.  When the three days of practice and two days of competition were completed, Colgin was elated to hear he took 2nd place in the Novice division…impressive news for a deputy who has been riding motorcycles for the department for only three months.

Photo courtesy of Becky Landreneau | Sgt. Jeff Pleasants from the BSO

Photo courtesy of Becky Landreneau | Sgt. Jeff Pleasants from the BSO

“We were told the competition this year was one of the toughest in the country,” said Colgin, an eight-year veteran of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.  “It really makes us safer and allows us to bring back handling skills to pass on to the rest of the unit.”  Competition consisted of a speed course, slow-ride course and challenge course.

The event also allowed riders like Colgin and Pleasants a chance to support a great cause.  The motorcycle competition partners with Dream Day Foundation which raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the deputies were able to meet some of the St. Jude patients and hear their success stories.

“That humbled all of us and brought things in perspective,” said Colgin.

During the first year of the competition, the group raised $12,000 for St. Jude, and this year, they raised nearly $100,000.

At last year’s competition, Pleasants, supervisor of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office traffic unit, took top honors in his Novice division.  This year, he competed in the Expert division, and even though he didn’t place in the top tier this year, he was thankful for the experience.

“I am grateful to have had an opportunity to compete against some of the best riders in the nation and also have had the privilege to help the children at St. Jude,” said Pleasants.  “Representing the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in south Louisiana is rewarding and an awesome experience, and we’re glad to have returned each time with accolades for our motorcycle handling talent.”