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James Demoss, 24 of Plain Dealing

James Demoss, 24 of Plain Dealing

Ten people were arrested during a “buy-bust” operation conducted by the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force.

Among them were James Demoss, 24 of Plain Dealing, and Brandon Martin, 23 of Benton. Agents conducted a short-term investigation Thursday night at areas throughout Shreveport and north Caddo Parish.

Brandon Martin, 23 of Benton

Brandon Martin, 23 of Benton

Arrests were made after suspects sold marijuana, crack cocaine, and prescription drugs in the Highland, North Market, Cherokee Park, Monkhouse, and Southern Avenue areas of Shreveport.

Demoss and Martin were both charged with possession of Xanax and possession of Oxycodone.

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Bossier Parish Assessor Bobby Edmiston was arrested this week for driving while intoxicated.

Bobby Edmiston

Bobby Edmiston

Louisiana State Police report that Edmiston, 54, allegedly crashed the 2013 Ford F-150 he was driving into the back of another vehicle Wednesday night at the intersection of LA-3 (Benton Road) and Wemple Road around 9:31 p.m. No injuries were reported from the incident.

Edmiston, a Benton resident, is also accused of having an open container and following too close to the other automobile.

He was booked into the Bossier Parish Jail just after midnight Thursday morning. Bond was set at $1,400.

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Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, the popular outlet shopping, dining and entertainment destination serving the Shreveport-Bossier City marketplace, announced today it will welcome Under Armour, the leading developer and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear and accessories, Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

UnderArmourAt more than 8,400 square feet, Under Armour will be located across from Nike Factory Store.

“Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets shoppers have been waiting patiently for Under Armour to arrive and we expect nothing less than a stellar grand opening for our newest tenant,” said Marketing Manager Ashley Davis. “We’re not only excited to welcome our newest store, but thrilled to have brought yet another favorite brand our shoppers have requested to Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets.”

Under Armour joins more than 60 favorite brand names at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. For more information including driving directions, a complete store directory, store sale announcements and special event listings, please visit www.louisianaboardwalk.com .

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BOSSIER SHERIFF:  “DO NOT HARASS, BULLY OR THREATEN”

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington warns students, parents and teachers about a troubling trend involving a mobile app being used by young people to make supposedly anonymous online postings that could be criminal and lead to arrests.

SheriffLogoThe app is called Burnbook, and it claims to be 100% anonymous where people can say just about anything they want and about anyone without retribution.

“For young people or anyone who think they can harass, threaten violence or bully others online, know this – there is nothing anonymous for law enforcement about anything you post online that breaks the law,” emphasized Sheriff Whittington.  “You will be actively investigated by our detectives, we will get your user account information, and you could be charged criminally with cyberbullying or even terrorizing.”

Investigators will also work closely with SROs and school leadership to investigate any posting on Burnbook or other sites, which could result not only in legal action by law enforcement, but disciplinary action by school officials.

The idea of Burnbook appears to originate from the movie “Mean Girls” in which students developed an actual book to write mean things about other people.  Now, however, the cruelty and threatening remarks have escalated to online posts where people think no one will know who they are.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office investigators have a stern warning, though, and caution that anything you do online can and will be tracked for criminal activity, whether it’s Facebook, Burnbook or any other social media, online or mobile app platform.

Sheriff Whittington encourages parents to not only monitor their children’s social media and online activity, but to have a conversation with their children, enforcing the notion that once they post something online, whether it’s a comment, a photo or a video, it can’t be taken back.

“We want young people to enjoy social media…just do so responsibly,” Sheriff Whittington said.  “If you wouldn’t say it in person, then don’t say it online.”

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Detectives with the Bossier City Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit have made an arrest in connection with a shooting last month that injured a teenager.

Tommy L. Thomas, 17, of Bossier City was arrested on a warrant charging him with attempted second degree murder.

Tommy L. Thomas, 17, of Bossier City was arrested on a warrant charging him with attempted second degree murder.

Tommy L. Thomas, 17, of Bossier City was arrested today on a warrant charging him with attempted second degree murder. Thomas is charged with shooting Travarus Devon Watson, 17, of Bossier City on the evening of February 25, 2015. The shooting happened in the vicinity of the intersection of Burdine Street and Lampkin Street.

Watson sustained a gunshot wound to the chest before running to the backyard of a home in the 4300 of Burdine Street where he banged on the back door for help. The residents of the home then contacted police. Watson was taken to University Health in Shreveport for treatment.

Upon receiving information that linked Thomas the shooting, detectives today obtained a warrant for his arrest. Thomas was taken into custody this afternoon and booked into the Bossier City Jail. His bond is set at $250,000.

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Joint law enforcement efforts led by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Cyber Crime Unit have resulted in the arrest of six Louisiana men this week in separate incidents on child pornography charges.

Ryan Altuchow, 21 of Bossier City, has been arrested and charged with 140 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Possession- RS. 14.81.1) and 2 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution- RS 14.81.1).

Ryan Altuchow, 21 of Bossier City, has been arrested and charged with 140 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Possession- RS. 14.81.1) and 2 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution- RS 14.81.1).

Among them is 21-year-old Ryan Altuchow ( 414 Preston Blvd., Apt. #128, Bossier City, LA 71111). Investigators received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children providing information that a subject was exchanging child pornography online.

Probable cause was developed that led investigators to obtain a search warrant for Ryan Altuchow’s residence. During the execution of the March 18 warrant, investigators located over 140 images of child pornography ranging in age from toddler to 13 years of age.

The arrest was a result of an investigation with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, Bossier City Police Department, Bossier City Marshal’s Office and Louisiana State Police. Altuchow’s charges include 140 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Possession- RS. 14.81.1) and 2 counts of Pornography Involving Juveniles (Distribution- RS 14.81.1). He was arrested and booked into the Bossier Parish Jail.

The six individuals are charged with violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, distribute, possess, or possess with intent to distribute pornography involving juveniles. If convicted, each of the men faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison on each count.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, “I am proud of the undercover investigative and forensic work my cyber crime investigators accomplish on a daily basis. The partnerships they’ve forged with other law enforcement agencies that help us take down these offenders have proved invaluable to the success of our operations. We will continue to reach all corners of the state to protect our children from abuse and exploitation.”

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The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for help in identifying two women and a man who were caught on security camera video using a stolen credit card to make and attempting to make purchases at local businesses last month.

creditcard2One of the women used the card to buy gift cards in the amount nearly $800 at the Home Depot store in the 2800 block of Airline Drive. She appears to be a black female who was wearing what looks like a full length sweater coat with a distinctive design.

A few hours later a different, heavyset woman wearing a red shirt and a man in a dark colored jacket with a white hood were also caught on camera attempting to use the same stolen credit card to buy items at the GameStop store in the 2300 block of Airline Drives but were unable to do so after the card was declined.

An investigation found the card had also been used at other stores. In all, a total of $1781 in purchases was made with the card, including the one at the Home Depot.

Anyone with information who can help police identify these suspects is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100 or submit a tip online at bossiercrimestoppers.org Callers to Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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Sandbags will be available for Bossier residents this weekend

With the arrival of additional rainfall in the Bossier Parish community, efforts started last week to place Bossier Parish in a positive posture in case of additional high water concerns.

warningExamples of the protective precautionary measure underway at this time include: Sandbagging along portions of the Red Chute Bayou, release of water through the Red Chute Bayou controlled diversion structure, continuous observation of the Levee systems and associated flood gauges and sandbag availability to the public.

Due to wet ground conditions already in our area and because our rivers, bayous and tributaries that eventually drain into the Red River are already high, any significant rainfall amounts will influence this situation. The National Weather Service Office in Shreveport predicts that we will be getting more rain beginning late today and through the weekend, all ending early Sunday morning.

Flash flooding throughout our parish is likely with any significant amount of rainfall. Due to the geographical makeup of Bossier Parish, some areas may experience flash flooding during this event. It should be noted various locations in south Bossier Parish are more susceptible to flooding in the lower-lying areas.

As a precautionary measure, sandbags will be available to the public for use in those areas prone to flooding.  Sandbags will be available for pickup from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at these two locations:  Bossier Parish Highway Department Barn at 410 Mayfield St. in Benton and the Bossier City Public Service Complex at 3223 Old Shed Road.

As we receive more rainfall, residents should be watchful for flooding conditions in their area. Bossier Parish and Bossier City officials, along with the Bossier Parish Levee District, are all keeping a close eye on the situation here in Bossier Parish.

(News release from the Bossier Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness)

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is encouraging residents to stay better connected to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office with the recent launch of a new mobile app and Twitter feed.

These new outreach efforts are being added to the agency’s existing social media and online platforms of Facebook, YouTube and our website to provide for public safety alerts and information and allow better interaction with the public.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington

“Communication methods are rapidly changing, and social media is an excellent way for us to keep residents informed about their Bossier Sheriff’s Office and to develop better communication with our residents,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “Our goal is to ensure people have quick access to breaking public safety information, provide a means for the public’s help in solving crimes and show how our deputies and staff are committed to serving our community.”

Recent Facebook postings at facebook.com/bossiersheriff  have helped investigators on various cases, including missing persons, wanted suspects and runaway teens.  Just last month, the creation of the “Bossier Doe” Facebook profile played a critical role in identifying an unknown homicide victim from 34 years earlier as Carol Ann Cole.

The recently-created free mobile app will provide breaking information, such as traffic alerts and inclement weather, as well as allow residents to submit tips about suspected criminal activity in their neighborhoods, basically formatted as a mobile website.  The mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  Ensure your phone’s “notifications” setting is turned on to receive alerts.

The Twitter feed at twitter.com/bossiersheriff will provide breaking information and news of interest and can be followed using the handle @bossiersheriff.  The Sheriff’s Office YouTube site, youtube.com/bossiersheriff, is used for surveillance videos, PSAs and other relevant videos for the Sheriff’s Office.  The BSO website, www.bossiersheriff.com  remains a mainstay of complete information about our agency, including news releases and arrest data.

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LifeShare Blood Centers is asking all O negative donors to make a plan to give now. O negative donors are in critical need as recent patient usage has increased substantially.

“At least five hospitals in our service area have patients currently using O negative blood. We do not have patient details, but do know that one patient is a young female going into surgery today and another is an elderly gentleman with internal bleeding. Less than seven percent of the population is O negative making every available donor vital,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

lifeshare-blood-centersA decrease in blood donors during the wintry weather combined with an increased patient need has created the critical need for O negative donors. The supply of all other blood types is also being used daily and needs additional donors for replenishment. Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection.

“Donors of all blood types are necessary and welcome, but the immediate need for more O negative donors is imminent,” stressed Hooper.

Give blood at a LifeShare center or at a mobile blood drive in the area. Call your local center or go to www.lifeshare.org for hours and blood drive locations.

Local donation sites:

Bossier City, La.
1523 Doctors Dr.
318.742.4636
Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
11:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th

Shreveport, La.
8910 Linwood Ave.
318.673.1471
Hours:
8:00am-5:30pm M, W, F
8:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th
8:00am-3:00pm Sat

Texarkana, Texas
1321 College Dr.
Texarkana, TX
903.794.3173
Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
10:00am-5:30pm Tu, Th
8:00am-1:00pm Sat

Upcoming local blood drives:

March 18 from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway St., Minden, La.

March 19 from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Centenary College
2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, La.

March 19 from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Haughton Fire Department
224 West McKinley Ave., Haughton, La.

March 20 from 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Christus Coushatta Health Care Center
1635 Marvel Street, Coushatta, La.

March 20 from 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Willis-Knighton Bossier Medical Center
2400 Hospital Dr., Bossier City, La.