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Tech football player suspended after arrest on battery of a police officer

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Written by Zack Southwell  

 

A Louisiana Tech football player was arrested by Lincoln Parish deputies early Friday and suspended from the team.

Head coach Sonny Dykes said defensive end IK Enemkpali was suspended and will not be allowed to participate in any offseason workouts or any other team activities while he is suspended.

Capt. Stephen Williams said the incident took place at Rabb’s Steak House, 2647 South Service Road West in Ruston.

“An off-duty Arcadia police officer was working security at the bar,” Williams said. He said a Lincoln Parish deputy was passing by and saw the officer arguing with Enemkpali outside the bar.

Williams said pepper spray had been used on Enemkpali, but he continued to fight with security. He said Enemkpali then swung and struck the officer.

Enemkpali had to be stunned with a Taser and was then taken into custody by the deputy. He was booked into Lincoln Parish Detention Center on charges of battery on a police officer and disturbing the peace.

A Louisiana Tech news release stated Enemkpali’s suspension comes after the off-campus incident last weekend in which the redshirt freshman was detained.

The Pflugerville, Texas, native had recently completed spring practice with the Bulldogs.

Bond was not set.

The News-Star’s Ethan Conley contributed to this report.

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April 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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Jindal heads to San Antonio for campaign fundraiser

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Written by Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal has headed back to Texas to raise money for his re-election bid.

 The governor’s office announced Thursday that Jindal traveled to San Antonio for two fundraisers for the governor’s race.

Jindal has reported $9 million in his campaign account for the Oct. 22 election — and he has no announced challengers so far.

The Republican has traveled to Texas many times to drum up campaign cash.

Since last fall, Jindal has made a series of trips to other states to promote his book, raise campaign money and help other candidates and the GOP. He’s gone to Arizona, Washington, D.C., New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Texas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Georgia and Ohio.

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April 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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Redistricting on hold as lawmakers take weekend off

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Written by Mike Hasten
mhasten@gannett.com

 

BATON ROUGE — Plans to wrap up the special session on redistricting early fell apart Thursday when a mix-up led to the House and Senate adjourning for the weekend.

But Speaker of the House Jim Tucker said “it’s not bad,” because it would give time to work out what he says is a serious problem with the Senate redistricting plan, SB1 by Senate President Joel Chaisson.

The House staff found precincts in Rapides Parish that were counted for population purposes in two senators’ districts when they’re actually in another senator’s district, he said.

Chaisson said he doesn’t think there’s a problem.

“I’m aware of the situation in Rapides,” he said. “Staff tells me it’s a permissible drawing of that senatorial district. It may give the impression that it’s not contiguous, but it is.”

The confusion began soon after the Senate convened at 11 a.m. — an hour after the posted time. Chaisson told the body that the House of Representatives had adjourned for the weekend, so the Senate should, too.

But in the House, Speaker Jim Tucker had not adjourned the House. Instead, it was in recess until 2 p.m. waiting for the bills that the Senate was supposed to debate so they could move through the legislative process and be introduced in the House.

One of the bills was a congressional redistricting plan by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, which failed by one vote earlier this week but was to be reconsidered. Several senators said complications with that bill probably would have delayed a vote, anyway, but they could have handled other measures on the schedule.

After hearing that the Senate adjourned until Monday, Tucker adjourned the House.

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April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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Sports: Lady Demons have improved under Pickett’s charge

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Written by   Randy Benson
rbenson@thetowntalk.com

 

NATCHITOCHES –While it isn’t fair to say the rebuilding of the Northwestern State softball program is complete, the Lady Demons have made huge strides in their three seasons since coach Donald Pickett arrived in town.

“Two years ago, I said the reinforcements were coming,” said NSU pitcher Kelee Grimes, a junior from Pineville. “The reinforcements are here and they’re talented.

“Now there’s not a team in our conference that we can’t beat. There’s not a series that we go into where we don’t have a chance to sweep.”

That wasn’t the case when Grimes arrived on campus three years ago.

Pickett, a former Memphis assistant, inherited a program with a rich softball tradition that had fallen in hard times, going 10-45 overall and 5-24 in the Southland Conference in 2008.

“We knew it was not going to be a quick rebuilding job,” Pickett said.

“It was going to take time. The program had fallen pretty far. You can’t rebuild programs overnight any more.”

Pickett was further handicapped by the fact that by the time he was offered the job, the recruiting season was over. His freshman class for the 2009 season consisted of Grimes, who was signed by athletics director Greg Burke while the Demons were searching for a coach, and outfielder Samantha Roberts of Ruston, whose mother is a former NSU softball player, along with third baseman Tiffany Ward.

“I had been coming to games here my whole life,” Roberts said.

“I always planned to play at Northwestern State. I never wanted to go anywhere else.”

The Demons, outmanned at every position, suffered through a 5-45 season in 2009 as Grimes went 3-27 as Northwestern State’s only reliable pitcher, and Roberts hit .221.

“I have a lot of respect for what Kelee and Samantha went through that season,” Pickett said. “They kept a good attitude and kept working to get better. I think you can say we’re ahead of schedule today. A big reason that we’re ahead of schedule is how hard Kelee and Samantha worked and made themselves better players.”

The Lady Demons made a huge jump last season, going 27-27 overall, including a 13-17 mark in Southland play. They got off to the school’s best start in nine seasons this year before falling a little.

NSU will go into this weekend’s series at Texas-Arlington with a 22-16 overall record and a 6-9 record in the

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April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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Jindal heads to San Antonio for campaign fundraiser

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Written by Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal has headed back to Texas to raise money for his re-election bid.

 The governor’s office announced Thursday that Jindal traveled to San Antonio for two fundraisers for the governor’s race.

Jindal has reported $9 million in his campaign account for the Oct. 22 election — and he has no announced challengers so far.

The Republican has traveled to Texas many times to drum up campaign cash.

Since last fall, Jindal has made a series of trips to other states to promote his book, raise campaign money and help other candidates and the GOP. He’s gone to Arizona, Washington, D.C., New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Texas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Georgia and Ohio. 

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April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Former Pineville youth minister faces sex charges

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Additional charges have been filed against a former Pineville youth minister accused of molesting juveniles, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office reported today.

 Angelo Deboray “Doogie” Golatt, 28, of the 1700 block of Military Highway in Pineville faces new charges of four counts of molestation of a juvenile, four counts of sexual battery and two counts of attempted aggravated rape.

Golatt, who had been a youth minister at Donahue Family Church in Pineville, had previously been arrested in Jena on one count each of aggravated rape and sexual battery, and two counts of molestation of a juvenile.

His arrest in Rapides Parish on the latest charges came last Friday, April 1, and was reported today by the Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest stems from an investigation into allegations that Golatt sexually assaulted multiple juveniles at Donahue Family Church between 2003 and 2007.

He was employed as a junior high youth minister at the church. His position allowed him to supervise and interact with juveniles who attended the church and its youth functions.

Golatt is being held at the Rapides Parish Jail on a $230,000 bond. The bond amount includes charges related to his Jena arrest on March 29 on a $150,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is urging others who may have been victims to call Detective Stephen Phillips at the Tioga Substation at (318) 641-6000. Possible victims also can call Crime Stoppers at (318) 443-7867 or the main Sheriff’s Office number (318) 473-6700. 

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April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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Student arrested for threatening teacher on Facebook

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 Written by: Staff Reports

14-year-old boy faces charges for posting threatening text messages on his teacher’s Facebook page, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.

 The student used another student’s name to create a fake account in order to send the messages to the teacher because he allegedly received a bad grade in her class.

The student was arrested for cyberstalking and released to his parents following an investigation, Prator said.

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April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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Civil service body freezes pay

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Written by Melinda Deslatte
The Associated Press

 

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s state workers won’t be getting pay raises for a second year.

 The Civil Service Commission voted 6-1 Wednesday to back Gov. Bobby Jindal’s request to freeze employee salaries and block annual “merit raises,” as Louisiana grapples with a budget shortfall.

The decision affects 56,000 rank-and-file government workers, called classified employees. The Jindal administration says agencies can’t afford the 4 percent pay raises, which are based on annual evaluations, and civil service leaders agreed.

“We’re responding to the whole state fiscal crisis,” said David Duplantier, chairman of the seven member commission.

Pay was frozen in the budget year that ends June 30. The proposal approved by the commission will again suspend the merit raises in the 2011-12 fiscal year that starts July 1, as the state works to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.

Jindal said he’ll similarly freeze pay raises for thousands of political appointees, known as unclassified workers, in the cabinet agencies under his control. Legislative agencies also have suspended merit increases.

The governor’s budget office estimates the pay freeze would save the state $55 million, including nearly $17 million in state general fund dollars.

The only commission member to vote against the pay raise suspension was Helen Jones, the employee representative on the panel.

She sided with the hundreds of workers who e-mailed to oppose the pay freeze and who said it was unfair to balance the budget on the backs of state workers.

“In effect, this is a pay cut. The 4 percent merit doesn’t even keep up with the costs that we’re being burdened with,” said Larry Hofstad, an employee at the Department of Transportation and Development who testified in person Wednesday against the raise suspension.

Hofstad said gas prices are rising, state employee health care costs are going up and the governor is proposing to require state workers to pay more toward their retirement.

“We’ve made our sacrifice,” he said.

Commission member John McLure said he worried that if state worker salaries weren’t frozen, that could force agencies to lay off employees to come up with the dollars for raises.

“I don’t think we have much choice,” he said.

Civil Service Director Shannon Templet has said suspending pay hikes in the current fiscal year has lessened the pink slips handed out to workers and could have the same impact next year.

The order won’t affect salary increases tied to job promotions, but only the merit raises that had become near automatic for most classified workers.

In some agencies, it will be the third year of pay freezes for workers, because a few individual departments had asked for special permission last year to suspend pay raises as well.

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April 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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2 Natchitoches men get 25 years for armed robberies

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NATCHITOCHES- Two Natchitoches Parish men each have been sentenced to 25 years in prison for separate armed robberies, according to Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar.

Chris T. Sherman, 21, of 434 Richard Jordan Loop in Robeline was found guilty last June of the July 2008 armed robbery of a clerk at the Travel Express Inn in Natchitoches.

During the trial, the victim testified that Sherman, a former employee, entered the motel and asked to use the phone. A second male entered the lobby wearing a mask. Both suspects bound the victim with duct tape, put a gun to the victim’s head and destroyed the security surveillance equipment. The safe was opened, and an unknown amount of money was taken, along with the clerk’s wallet.

In a separate case, Gregory R. Lewis, 20, of 116 Sherry Circle in Campti pleaded guilty in January before his trial was to start. Lewis was charged with the armed robbery of an individual in June 2010 who had picked up three males on U.S. Highway 71 in Campti who claimed they had run out of gas.

One of the males, Lewis, placed a gun to the victim’s neck and instructed him to drive to an ATM and withdraw $400 from the victim’s account. The victim escaped by jumping out of his car after the three began beating him. Lewis was identified from the ATM camera and arrested a short time later.

The sentences were handed down by District Judge Dee A. Hawthorne, who presided over both cases. Kyzar said both sentences are to be served without the possibility of parole.

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April 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones seeking re-election

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NATCHITOCHES- Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor E. Jones Jr. has announced he will run for re-election.

“Running for re-election as sheriff certainly isn’t about one person,” Jones said in a press release. “It’s about the entire (Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office), which is comprised of over 200 professional law enforcement officers who represent the parish. I consider this campaign to be a public view of my job as sheriff and the overall status of NPSO.”

Jones was elected Natchitoches Parish sheriff in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.

Jones said that during his tenure, the department has increased deputy personnel by 12 percent, added a community services division, expanded the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and implemented a professional development and career-advancement program for deputies.

He has 34 years of law enforcement experience and is a graduate of more than 20 professional education programs, including the FBI National Academy. Jones also served as president of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association from 2009 to 2010.

Jones pointed to the department’s Community Service Division, which is focused on helping children, families and senior citizens with outreach services.

“If we can reach people in a positive way, before they make bad choices in life, we have a chance to help them stay on the right path. Our Community Service Division helps accomplish this goal,” Jones said.

He said the department is working to fight crime and keep neighborhoods and communities safe.

“In the last three years, the patrol division has answered over 45,000 calls for service from the citizens,” he stated in the release. “Our investigators are working hard to stop felony crimes before they occur, especially crimes that endanger children. In fact, we have added new investigators to our force, whose main job is to investigate Internet-related sex offenses and get predators off of your child’s computer screen and into jail.”

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April 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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