Caddo Parish

Authorities in Louisiana say a 15-minute chase after a stolen pickup truck ended with the arrest of a 13-year-old boy. Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says the incident began after Blanchard police reported that three males had been seen trying to get into vehicles, and had left early Saturday in two pickup trucks and a car. Sheriff's deputies chased them, but the three vehicles headed off in different directions at a traffic stop. All three had been stolen.

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A Dallas man was sentenced to ten years in prison last week for possessing drugs in a vehicle that was stopped in Caddo Parish.

Xavier Martin Guerra, 34, was sentenced Thursday on one count of of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the Jan. 18 guilty plea, a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle Guerra was riding in on his way from Dallas Texas. Guerra was found to have an active warrant in Panola County, Texas, for forgery and was arrested.

Officials Won't Have To Testify About Monument Removal

Mar 28, 2018
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A federal judge has ruled that four members of a local governing board in Louisiana don't have to submit to questions from lawyers fighting the removal of a Confederate monument from courthouse grounds.

The four members of the Caddo Parish Commission in north Louisiana voted for a resolution last year authorizing removal of the monument at the Caddo courthouse in Shreveport.

The Shreveport chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is fighting removal.

The group's lawyers planned to question the commissioners about their votes in depositions.

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A Georgia man is in custody after he allegedly stole money from several Shreveport apartment complexes.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, in a news release Tuesday, said 37-year-old Charles Epps, of Stone Mountain, faces 10 counts of simple burglary, forgery and criminal conspiracy. He's being held at the Caddo Correctional Center.

Jail records did not indicate if he has an attorney and the sheriff's office did not know whether he's represented by a lawyer.

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A state Department of Children and Family Services report finds there has been a 77-percent increase in the amount of juvenile human trafficking victims aged 12 or less. Juveniles account for over 52-percent of the 681 identified victims in 2017. Author of the report Walter Fahr says part of the increase has to do with better identification methods.

 

The report found that 72 of human trafficking victims identified in 2017 are 12 and younger, an astounding 260-percent increase over 2016. Fahr says they are vulnerable and easily coerced back to the trafficking lifestyle.

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Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator is asking the Caddo Parish School Board, to allow some faculty and administrators to carry guns on campus.  Most Caddo Parish schools have a security guard or a resource officer, but he feels it’s not enough.  Prator says schools are an open door to criminals with weapons.

 

Prator says that the "gun free zone" signs on school campuses are welcoming to evil people who wish to harm others.

 

Teenager Accused In Stabbing Of Mom, Her Boyfriend

Feb 19, 2018
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A 19-year-old man is in custody accused of stabbing his mother and her boyfriend.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says deputies responded to a call Friday night about a woman badly cut with a knife.

When authorities arrived, emergency personnel were treating 46-year-old Michelle Wright and 44-year-old Allen Meshell.

Wright was transported to University Health with critical injuries, while Meshell was treated at the scene.

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There is a new North Louisiana Crime Lab operating in Shreveport, serving 29 north Louisiana parishes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the state of the art 86-thousand-square foot North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center should help them solve D-N-A cases much faster.

 

The planning started over 12 years ago with construction beginning in 2013 at a cost of 26-million-dollars. Prator says the new lab will also partner with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

 

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As a result of criminal justice reform measures passed in the last legislative session, 14-hundred inmates in Louisiana will be released early from prison in November. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said last week that some extremely dangerous criminals could be back on our streets. But Criminal Justice Reform Field Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center John Burkhardt says that isn’t true.

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A man in Caddo Parish has been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly fatally shooting his neighbor’s dachshund, because he thought it was an alligator.

Caddo Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Bobby Herring says the owners of the dog discovered their pet, Chloe, was missing and she was found in the yard of Tommy Collinsworth Jr’s residence.

Herring says the 11-year-old dog has never been aggressive and did no damage to Collinsworth’s property. He says the dog was found in the pond with multiple gunshot wounds.