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November 24th, 2014

Murder in Grambling?

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LPSO suspect homicide in Sunday morning shooting

Deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating the Sunday morning death of a Grambling man.
According to a press release from LPSO, at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday deputies responded to 172 Garr Road, after having been notified by family members that Grover Brown, 58, had been discovered in his home deceased.
LPSO Public information officer Chad Alexander said this incident is being worked as a homicide.

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LPDC face increases in juvenile costs

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The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission will begin looking into new options for housing juvenile offenders.
During Friday’s meeting, LPDC Warden Jim Tuten said the main facility that is currently being used has increased their rates.
LPDC currently pays for two beds at Green Oaks and one bed in Coushatta. The cost for the two beds at Green Oaks has been $135 for males and $200 for females.
Tuten said Green Oaks is increasing their rate to $200 across the board.
“We pay the $200 for each bed, and we pay that whether we have an offender there or not,” Tuten said.

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Man arrested in West Monroe death

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A man suspected of murdering a family member has been apprehended in West Monroe.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the West Monroe Police Department responded to the 1200 block Hinkle Drive in West Monroe in reference to family members finding a deceased family member inside of the home.

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Bulldogs beat Presbyterian, 76-48

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‘Speedy’ Smith sets career steals mark; Bulldogs sweep tourney
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It was another day with another fallen record and another victory.
Less than 24 hours after Michale Kyser became the all-time career blocks leader at Louisiana Tech, Kenneth Smith became the all-time career steals leader with the magic number being 192.
The point guard needed just one for the record but finished with three steals which ignited a defense that forced 21 turnovers in leading the Bulldogs to a 76-48 win over Presbyterian to complete the weekend sweep of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Sunday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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GSU to take on Ball State

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AT’Tori Shine (shooting ball) and the Grambling State Univeristy Tigers will take on Ball State University at 6 p.m. tonight in West Lafayette, Indiana. Grambling and Ball State both stand at 1-2 on the season.

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Taking extra precaution

Preparing for the holiday season begins in advance for some residents. But extra precautions to ensure safety this holiday season also need to be taken.
There are ways to help prevent an incident from happening, according to Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“Residents can request an extra patrol through either our (smartphone application) or the new website,” Alexander said.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams reiterated the same tip.

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Time to give back to others

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You don’t bave to be a baseball player to help.
On Saturday, former Ruston High School and LSU baseball standout Ben Alsup is conducting a baseball clinic to benefit former Louisiana Tech University football offensive lineman Ken Serpas, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The disease is no stranger to me. I had an uncle die of ALS in the early 1970s. Former Dubach and Grambling State basketball standout Mary Currie died of ALS in 2000 at the age of 34.

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Children, Christmas and domestic violence

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My head is filled with so many different thoughts as I sit down to write this week’s column. I am thinking of the heartfelt and humble Christmas Angel requests we have from children who have lived with the fear and stress of family violence. I am considering the fact that for many of those children, the holidays will not bring sweet and comforting family traditions, but instead a guaranteed mounting tension in the home, a growing anger, an increase in curses, threats and beatings.

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Pet of the week

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Rufus was found wandering on a busy road about to get hit by traffic. Rufus jumps in laps, licks faces and follows us everywhere. He is house broken, up-to-date on shots and ready to go to his forever home. Rufus is tan in color. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. To see all 4 Paws’ dogs available for adoption visit the shelter located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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‘A Cappella Christmas’ predicted for region

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North Louisiana’s weather can’t guarantee the region a white Christmas, but two choral groups can certainly assure the area “An A Cappella Christmas.”
Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present its annual show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Strauss Theatre in Monroe, joined by the Noteorius chorus.
Piney Hills Harmony is a women’s chorus based in Ruston; Noteorius, a men’s chorus based in Monroe. Rhapsody and Harmonic Engineers quartets will also perform. All the groups sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style.

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