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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington sent deputies and Sheriff’s Posse volunteers throughout the parish today to deliver about 500 Christmas food boxes to residents who might otherwise not have much of a Christmas dinner.

At a news conference before the food was loaded into patrol vehicles, the sheriff told the media that this effort was part of his “Spirit of Christmas” campaign and an aspect of his food

Sheriff Julian Whittington speaks at a press conference before deputies distribute Operation Blessing food boxes to local residents.

Sheriff Julian Whittington speaks at a press conference before deputies distribute Operation Blessing food boxes to local residents.

bank program, Operation Blessing. The food bank operates year-round, and is funded solely by contributions, not by public funds.

The sheriff stressed that the food distribution is a community effort by “the people of Bossier Parish.” He particularly lauded Brookshire’s. The market donated nearly 500 roasting hens and the cartons used to deliver the food.

He also had high praise for Bossier Schools for helping in the food collection, placing barrels in the schools for students to fill.

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An investigation by the Bossier City Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit into an armed robbery that occurred last month has resulted in the arrests of three people.

bossier city policeMekayla C. Brown, 21, Brittany Gay, 18, and Jaschumbia Wilson, 17, all from Haughton have been arrested for robbing a man and woman on November 26, 2014 in the parking lot of the Crossland Hotel in the 3000 block of East Texas Street.

During the incident Brown threatened the victims with a knife. She also reportedly struck the man in the leg and the woman in the arm with a crowbar resulting in minor injuries. After getting the woman’s wallet, the three suspects fled the scene in a pickup truck. Police learned that Gay was an acquaintance of the victims and had arranged to meet them at the hotel to smoke some marijuana.

Over the course of the ensuing investigation, detectives obtained information that linked the   suspects to the crime which subsequently lead to their arrests on charges of armed robbery.

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The Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for information that will help catch the suspects who burglarized a local business over the weekend.

bossier city policeBossier City police were contacted by employees with the Topps Western World store in the 3000 block of Topps Trailer after they arrived at work this morning and found the business had been burglarized. An investigation determined the break in occurred early Sunday morning when the suspects gained entry to the building via the roof and took an undisclosed amount of money from two offices along with multiple pairs of western boots.

Security cameras caught images of two suspects both of whom had their faces covered. Both suspects had their faces cover but based on initial appearances, it’s believed both are males. One was wearing what appears to be a blueish-gray sweat shirt and jeans, while the second had on a camouflage type jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100. They can also submit a web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website – bossiercrimestoppers.org.

Persons who contact Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday evening into Saturday morning, Dec. 12-13, at an undisclosed location in Bossier Parish.

The goal of the checkpoint is to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others, as well as increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired.  Bossier City Police Department and Louisiana State Police will also assist.

Motorists are encouraged to report impaired drivers to law enforcement at any time in support of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”  The Bossier Sheriff’s Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 318-965-2203.

The sobriety checkpoint is being conducted as part of a $14,040 grant awarded to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement.

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is asking the public’s help in identifying a young female found deceased with multiple stab wounds in Bossier Parish nearly 34 years ago.

Back on Jan. 28, 1981, hunters found a decomposed body in the woods about a mile off of Highway 157 just south of Highway 528 in east-central Bossier Parish.  Detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office found no purse or identification on her.  They conducted a thorough search for a match with missing or unidentified person’s databases, but nothing matched.

The unidentified victim is a white female ranging in age from 15-20 years old, 5’6” tall, about 125-135 pounds with blonde hair.  She was wearing blue jeans with a long-sleeve button up shirt and tan cardigan sweater.

She was also wearing a large Buffalo Nickel belt buckle and white “Evonne Goolagong” brand deck shoes.  The name “D. Davies” was written in a marker on the inside of the shoes she was wearing.  On the outside of the shoes were the names “Dena & Michael Brisco” written in ink.  Forensics experts determined that she had a substance on her teeth used to bond braces that could have indicated she had removed the braces on her own.

The Coroner’s Office found multiple stab wounds and determined she had been deceased for about four to six weeks.  Detectives worked with the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge, who developed a reconstruction composite drawing of what the unidentified female may have looked like.

Based on their investigation, detectives believe she may be from the Ark-La-Tex area in addition to a number of parishes in southeast Louisiana, including Calcasieu Parish and the Vinton area, as well as Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, Acadia, Vermilion, Allen, Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes.  Detectives also believe she may have been a runaway and are hoping someone knows who she is.

“We have an unsolved homicide and an unidentified female victim that we believe someone has answers to,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “Even after nearly 34 years, we would like to help bring closure to her family, wherever they may be.”

If anyone has any information about her identity or information about this case that may lead to her identity is urged to contact the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203.

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BARKSDALE AFB, La. – Col. Bruce R. Cox, currently the director of 10th Air Force Operations and Plans Directorate, will replace Col. Jonathan M. Ellis as commander of the 307th Bomb Wing during a change of command ceremony scheduled for December 7, at 10 a.m., in Hoban Hall, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Col. Bruce R. Cox

Col. Bruce R. Cox

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Col. Cox received his commission to the United States Air Force in 1986. After completing pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, where he was named a distinguished graduate, he completed F-16 Viper training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Col. Cox is a graduate of Texas A&M University, the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

Since entering the Air Force Reserve in 1991, Col. Cox has participated in 11 deployments, flying 158 missions and logging 565 combat hours. He is rated as a command pilot with more than 4,400 total flight hours. He has served in numerous leadership positions within the 10th Air Force, including serving as the 301st Operations Group commander prior to working in his present capacity.

After 28 years as a fighter pilot, Col. Cox said he is looking forward to transitioning to bombers.

“The excitement of learning new missions with the great Airmen of the 307th Bomb Wing, along with learning the B-52 and B-1 aircraft, is an honor and a privilege to be cherished,” he said. “I hope to gain familiarity with every seat on the airplanes operated by the wing. In the end, I’ll sit wherever I’m told and execute the mission to the high standards taught by the 93rd Bomb Squadron instructors.”

Col. Cox stated his first priority as the new wing commander is to take care of the Airmen of the 307th Bomb Wing so they can execute the mission.

“It is the responsibility of leadership to provide our Airmen the tools and opportunities to balance civilian pursuits and military operational and strategic demands all while caring for each other and our families,” he said.

Col. Ellis will move to Air Force Global Strike Command and serve as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations.

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SHREVEPORT – Santa Claus made an early visit to area this year.

His sleigh, however, was a big red fire truck driven by firefighters and Santa, himself, was escorted in by law enforcement officers. Deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are working

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

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

alongside the Shreveport Fire Department, Shreveport Police Department and Townsquare Media to provide Christmas toys to children who are less fortunate in Bossier and Caddo Parishes through Operation Santa Claus, which has provided toys to disadvantaged children since 1984.

Two dozen children from Northside Elementary School were chosen to receive toys from Santa, marking the first distribution of toys this holiday season. Other events will take place over the next few weeks to support Operation Santa Claus, and officers and firefighters ask for the public’s help in providing unwrapped new toys and monetary donations for hundreds of local children who may not otherwise receive any Christmas gifts.

Donations can be made online through the OSC website, www.osccaddobossier.com or mailed to 6341 Westport Ave., Shreveport, LA 71129.  Toys and donations can also be dropped off at all Citizen National Bank locations, Townsquare Media and Life Share Blood Center on Linwood.

There will be six radio remotes where radio personalities will be broadcasting live along with law enforcement officers and firefighters to support OSC:

-Dec. 2, Brookshire’s at 9250 Mansfield Road, 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 3, Health Care Express at 1460 E. Bert Kouns, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Dec. 4, Time It Lube, 988 Ravendale and N. Market, 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 9, Brookshires in Haughton, 1125 Hwy 80 E., 7 – 9 a.m.
-Dec. 10, Brookshires in Benton, 6280 Highway 3, 4 – 6 p.m.
-Dec. 11, Rite Aid at 5711 Youree and Southfield, 7 – 9 a.m.

Other special dates for Operation Santa Claus include:

-Dec. 2, Chick-Fil-A at 7010 Youree Drive, Donation Drop Off, 5 p.m.
-Dec. 13, NW LA Car Club “Santa Fun Run” toy donation at Townsquare Media, 11 a.m.
-Dec. 13, OSC RC Race at Trends &Trains Hobby Shop at 7143 Mansfield Road, noon
-Dec. 17, Shriner’s Hospital “Barney Cannon Smile Run.” 10 a.m.
-Dec. 17, Last day to drop off gifts for sponsored children
-Dec. 22 – 23, Deputies and firefighters deliver toys!

You can also follow OSC on Facebook, online at www.osccaddobossier.com or call 318-687-GIFT (4438) where phone lines are manned Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 23rd Annual Christmas Show slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 and

A scene from the 2013 Christmas show.

A scene from the 2013 Christmas show.

Thursday, December 4 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA. This year’s show, “An Old-fashioned Christmas,” is sure to be a treat for everyone.

Since 1992, this “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Jazz Ensemble, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, Jennifer McMullen, Demarea Erving, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, and Jesse Kortus as MC for the annual show. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will read the Christmas favorite “’Twas the Night before Christmas” for all the children to enjoy.

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

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The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is asking the public’s help in identifying two people involved in fraudulent check cashing.

CheckFraudSurveillance video shows a black man and black woman using worthless checks at local grocery stores in Bossier City, Benton, Bossier City, as well as Caddo, Claiborne and Desoto Parishes from Oct. 20-23.  The two suspects have primarily purchased beer and cigarettes and other items with the fraudulent checks, totaling nearly $2,000.  Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives believe they are driving a red Chevrolet HHR or Chrysler PT Cruiser-type vehicle.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is encouraged to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.  They can also submit a tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website www.bossiercrimestoppers.org.  Persons who contact Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous.

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white-collar crime investigators with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the General Congressional Election set for December 6th to consider voting early.

Early voting begins this Saturday, November 22nd and continues through Saturday, November 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.

“Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, early voting is shortened by two days for this election,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminded voters. “This is always a busy time of year with families traveling and time off of work, but it’s important not to forget about the December 6th election, especially with the congressional runoffs as well as many important local races. 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 app, 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.