City of Shreveport /

A judge says a northwest Louisiana city has been overcharging residential water and sewer customers for years.

An attorney for Shreveport residents says in a news release that Caddo Parish Judge Michael Pitman ruled Monday without a full trial.

Attorney Anne Wilkes said in an interview that the Harper Law Firm estimates damages at $24 million to $25 million since 2007, but the judge will decide the amount later. She says about 60,000 customers are affected.

City spokesman Benjamin Riggs could not be immediately reached for comment.

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The United Daughters of the Confederacy says a monument in front of a Louisiana courthouse that's been ordered removed is considered very fragile and could cost $1 million to be taken down safely.

The UDC told KTSB-TV they hired an expert witness who says the 116-year-old statue outside of Shreveport's Caddo Parish Courthouse could fall apart if it isn't moved carefully. They say the Mississippi Stone Guild found it would take nearly $1 million to properly move it.

City of Shreveport /

A state agency in Louisiana has found 27 issues in an audit of the city of Shreveport's 2018 finances.

News outlets report the document was released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

Shreveport, Louisana /

A Louisiana mayor has appointed a permanent police chief despite the appointee being a possibly controversial choice.

News outlets report Provisional Police Chief Ben Raymond was named the permanent chief by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins on Monday. Raymond has been the temporary chief since November.

Perkins says Raymond has performed well as temporary chief and that crime has gone down under Raymond's leadership. It's unclear if the city council will vote on the nomination Tuesday.

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office /

A Louisiana teacher and football coach has been jailed on a child pornography charge.

An arrest warrant states 33-year-old James Allen Opie of Shreveport was arrested Wednesday. The warrant says police assisted the FBI in a search of his home.

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office /

 Three City of Shreveport employees are facing charges.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said Friday that the Department of Water and Sewerage workers each are accused of felony theft. He says detectives discovered that 44-year-old Tobashia Watson had a large concrete driveway installed at her home that she collaborated with co-worker, 36-year-old Antonio Church, to have built. Authorities say the materials cost more than $3,300 and were installed by city employees during work hours.

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SHREVEPORT, La. – A Bossier City man pleaded guilty today for his leadership role and participation in an anabolic steroid distribution conspiracy in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. 

The 14,000-seat CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, will play host to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament August 2-4. Team USA, ranked third in the world, will play host to No. 11 Argentina, No. 16 Bulgaria and No. 23 Kazakhstan. The winning team in the round-robin event earns a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


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 A former school official in Louisiana has been charged with criminal offenses involving mail-order prescription drugs.

KTBS-TV reports that a federal bill of information charges former Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith with four misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a controlled substance. KTBS says the drugs involved were sleep and anxiety medications.

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 Police in northern Louisiana say a man has been arrested for shooting and killing a postal worker.

Shreveport police said Saturday that 32-year-old Michael Gentry is being held in the city jail on one count of second degree murder.

Bond was set at $250,000.

Authorities say they believe Gentry shot 52-year-old Antonio Williams as he was bringing mail to the home.

Investigators say there does not appear to have been a dispute between the two men prior to the shooting.