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Robert Davidson Appointed to LA Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice

Robert Davidson Appointed to LA Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice

Mansfield resident and retired DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office Lieutenant Robert “Robbo” Davidson was recently asked by Louisiana Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder to serve as an appointee from the Speaker of the House on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) and the Administration of Criminal Justice. Davidson graciously accepted the post and the Speaker notified Executive Director of the Commission Jim Craft of the appointment.

Davidson has previously served in this capacity under various governmental administrations including Gov. Buddy Roemer, Gov. Edwin Edwards, Gov. Murphy “Mike” Foster, Speaker Tom Salter of Sabine Parish, Speaker Taylor Barris of New Iberia with his most recent appointment coming from Speaker Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales.

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Mansfield Mayor Reports City Ordinance Code Enforcements Will Increase

Mansfield Mayor Reports City Ordinance Code Enforcements Will Increase
Mansfield Mayor Reports City Ordinance Code Enforcements Will Increase

Mansfield Mayor John Mayweather reminds citizens that the City of Mansfield will actively enforce ordinances and codes that have been adopted. These standards, in addition to codes specifically designed to address blight and nuisances, will be imposed in an effort to maintain a clean, healthy environment for the community. Ordinances concerning tampering with water facilities will also be strictly imposed.

The Code Enforcement Department will be working in partnership with Mansfield citizens to enforce Ordinances 3 and 4 of 2019 related to high grass and weeds, junk motor vehicles, trash, dangerous or neglected buildings, and other code violations of this type.

Mayweather said, “The Code Enforcement Department desires to promote a higher quality of life by encouraging awareness in compliance with city codes in order to stabilize and reverse deterioration of neighborhoods.”

 

 

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Joaquin Teen Fatally Shoots Friend by Accident

Joaquin Teen Fatally Shoots Friend by Accident

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the Shelby County Sheriff ’s Office received a call from Heston Avery, 17, of Joaquin. Avery stated that he had accidentally shot his friend, 16-year-old Angel De La Rosa,, also of Joaquin.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell said deputies and investigators from the SCSO were dispatched to the scene along with ACE EMS. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Jackie Kirkwood arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim deceased. An autopsy was ordered.

Avery and a 14-year-old witness, who was present at the time of the shooting, were brought to the SCSO and gave statements of what occurred.

 

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DeSoto ROV Announces Board Public Meeting

DeSoto ROV Announces Board Public Meeting

DeSoto Registrar of Voters Amanda Raynes has announced that the DeSoto Parish Board of Election Supervisors will hold a public meeting on Friday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held to selected commissioners and alternates for the April 4,2020 election. 

 

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DeSoto Chamber Announces Date for 92nd Annual Awards Banquet

DeSoto Chamber Announces Date for 92nd Annual Awards Banquet

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will be hosting their 92nd Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 26 at the Clista A. Calhoun Center in Mansfield. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations for the banquet will be $50.00 per person or $300.00 for a table of eight, with March 16 set as the deadline, payable in advance. The admission price includes dinner provided by Big Zach’s Place of Logansport with entertainment by the Jazzology band, A cash bar will be available for beer and wine purchases.

 

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Domestic Disturbance Leads MPD to Make Arrest

Domestic Disturbance Leads MPD to Make Arrest

Mansfield Police Assistant Chief Billy Locke has reported that on Monday, February 17 at approximately 8:24 p.m., MPD received a call through DeSoto Parish E 911 regarding a shooting that had occurred in the 100 block of Hope Street. E 911 Dispatchers reported that the caller stated that she had just shot her husband.

 

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Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint

Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint
Progressive National Bank – Stonewall Robbed at Gunpoint

On February 19, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery at Progressive National Bank’s Stonewall Branch.

Sheriff Jayson Richardson reported that a masked gunman went into the bank on Highway 3276 (Stonewall-Frierson Cutoff Road) around 3:30 p.m. and demanded money from the tellers. He left the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala with Texas license plates. The car was later located on Old Jefferson Road in Stonewall.

 

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Boil Advisory Issued for Rambin Water System

Boil Advisory Issued for Rambin Water System

On Thursday, February 20, a boil advisory was issued for the Rambin Wallace Water System due to repairs being made to a water main break.

The affected area includes 75 customers on Highways 175, 483, 512, 513, and on Stewart Road.

 

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Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins

Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins
Cassidy, Kennedy Introduce Legislation Dedicating Mansfield Post Office for Civil Rights Icon, Dr. C.O. Simpkins

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) will introduce legislation designating the post office in Mansfield for Dr. C.O. Simpkins, Sr., a lifelong Louisianan, veteran, and civil rights icon.

“Dr. Simpkins was a civil rights icon not only for Louisiana but for the entire nation during the civil rights movement,” said Dr. Cassidy. “He dedicated his life to fighting for freedom for all Americans, and we are honored to pay tribute to Dr. Simpkins through this designation.”

 

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Riders Prepare for 65th Old Spanish Trail Ride Trek

Riders Prepare for 65th Old Spanish Trail Ride Trek

On Saturday, February 22, riders will ride through Logansport for the 65th Annual Old Spanish Trail Ride, with participants departing for a 216-mile trip to Houston, as they travel down Texas Hwy 59. The trip is scheduled to last seven days, with the “all the way” riders arriving in time to participate in the Houston Fat Stock Show (HFSS) Parade, which also hosts rodeo events, concerts and auctions. The ride is held in conjunction with the HFSS to help with its promotion. The riders are due to arrive in Houston on February 29, after a weeklong journey. Seven stops along the way include Timpson, Nacogdoches, Diboll, Livingston, Cleveland and Humble, before reaching the final destination of the Houston Fat Stock Show.

Riders have only been able not to begin their lengthy trip from Logansport a few times, and that was due to construction. They are excited to be able to pass through Logansport, Haslam and Joaquin as they relive history traveling the Old Spanish Trail.

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