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A horse was injured and had to be euthanized after it fell out of a trailer on I20 and was subsequently hit by two vehicles.

Officers were called to the scene at about 3:40 a.m. today in reference to a horse that was observed walking in the bossier city policeeastbound lanes of I20 near Airline Drive. Before officers arrived the horse had been hit by two vehicles – a 1997 Dodge Dakota and a 2001 Ford Explorer. Police found the horse lying in the outside lane of traffic just east of Airline Drive. Neither driver of the vehicles was hurt but the horse sustained serious injuries. The collisions caused major damage to the Explorer and minor damage to the Dakota.

A short time later the owner of the horse pulled up to the scene and told police that she was eastbound on I20 in a pickup truck towing a trailer with the horse inside. A passing motorist flagged her down just east of Bossier City and informed her that the door on her horse trailer was open. Upon pulling over she observed that her horse was no longer in the trailer and then backtracked on I20 until she came up on the crash scene. She told police that she had stopped earlier at a location west of Bossier City to walk the horse and placed it back in the trailer before continuing on I20 into Bossier City where it appears the trailer door opened causing the horse to fall out.

Bossier City police dispatched a local veterinarian to scene who had to euthanize the horse due to the severity of its injuries. A crew with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development assisted Bossier City police with removing the horse from the roadway.

Police had to keep the outside eastbound lane of I-20 at Airline Drive closed for about 2 and a half hours while they worked the incident. No citations were issued.

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The Bossier Council on Aging will present a “Celebration of Veterans” Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 706 Bearkat Drive, across from Bossier High School, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

N1305P46001CThe Bossier High School ROTC Honor Guard will begin the festivities with the posting of colors, and a brief commentary from Colonel John Johnson.  A musical presentation by the Bossier Council on Aging “Singing Seniors” choir featuring patriotic songs will follow, with Mr. Ray Urban presenting his World War II Remembrance, complete with trivia and props from his private collection of memorabilia.

All former and current servicemen and women, from all branches of the service are invited to attend and be recognized for their efforts on behalf of a grateful nation.  Festivities will conclude with the singing of “America the Beautiful”.  Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information contact the Bossier Council on Aging at (318) 741-8302.

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voteThe Bossier Parish School Board has voted to close all Bossier Schools and Centers on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in an effort to ensure student safety, maintain a secure environment and not disrupt the election process.

The board action, taken at a specially called meeting October 28, is in anticipation of an influx of visitors being on 31 of Bossier Schools’ campuses that serve as polling precincts.

In addition, the board included in its action to close all schools and centers in future years whenever an election falls on a school day.

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The Spirit of Bossier Exchange Club honored local first responders over the weekend for outstanding service in their respective roles.

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

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

The community-service club presented the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for 2014 to Sgt. Rebecca Watts with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. The group also honored Capt. Brian Lindberg, South Bossier Parish Fire District #2, for outstanding service as a first responder during a ceremony at a park adjacent to First United Methodist Church in Bossier City Saturday.

Members of Bossier High School AFJROTC posted colors at the event. Bossier Sheriff’s Posse members Jim Allbriton and Jerry Frentress took fingerprints of children and gave them to parents as a security measure.

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The Arrive Alive Tour® from UNITE will be visiting Bossier Parish Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

ArriveAliveLogoUNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk and distracted driving. Their events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

IF YOU GO:

The Arrive Alive Tour® from UNITE
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas St., Bossier Parish, LA 71111
Presentation will be held in the Quad

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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