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January 18th

Jackson Parish rape suspect jailed

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Investigation uncovered complaints against victim in Lincoln Parish
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A tip received by the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a Ruston man on a list of charges stemming from the alleged kidnapping and rape of a young woman in Jackson Parish.
Desmond Brewster, of 1301 Davis Blvd., in Ruston, was arrested Wednesday through the joint efforts of Jackson Parish and Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputies, along with Ruston city police.

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Wyly Tower disappears in fog

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Wyly Tower on the Louisiana Tech University campus did a disappearing act Friday morning as heavy fog blanketed parts of Lincoln Parish. Pictured above is a photograph taken in downtown Ruston where Wyly Tower can’t be seen. Pictured below is a photograph taken at the same location an hour later after the fog had lifted.

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Parish school SRO plan maxed out

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Taff Watts doesn’t have typical days.
Sometimes he plays kickball. Sometimes he helps untangle the car line. Sometimes he just sort of happens to appear when teenagers — or parents — tempers appear on the verge of escalation.
But all the time he’s watching, listening and making rounds to help keep Simsboro School safe.
Watts is a school resource officer. SROs are career law enforcement officers assigned to a community-policing oriented role working with one or more schools.

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Junior High Student of the Year keeps her eye on the future

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Rosie Shultz took home district Student of the Year honors Monday at the Lincoln Parish Schools awards gala, but despite such accolades she is determined to fix her focus beyond herself.
“Some of the things that are most important to me are other people,” she said. “I like focusing on making the world a better place for others so everyone can live a happy life.”

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Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

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CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video.
Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet he fired. He faces at least several years in prison, if not decades, after being convicted in October.

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Feds confirm jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers.
Marzieh Hashemi has appeared twice before a U.S. district judge in Washington and has been appointed an attorney. U.S. government officials expect her to be released immediately after her testimony before a grand jury.

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Laissez les bon temps rouler

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It’s time to laissez les bon temps rouler in Ruston. The Krewe of Allegro invites you to celebrate Louisiana’s favorite time of year with the Mardi Gras Ball & Silent Auction on Feb. 23.
The event is in its 20th year and going strong as Ruston’s social event of the season.
Don’t miss this evening out with dinner, dancing and supporting the arts culture of the area.
The ball will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.
Live music will be provided by the Jukebox Boomers playing all the favorite tunes throughout the decades.

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DIY POM-POM SHOOTERS

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Lincoln Parish Library
Storytime Classroom
910 N. Trenton Street
Tuesday - 4 p.m.
The Lincoln Parish Library will be crafting pom-pom shooters out of pool noodles. Come prepared to test your aim: aftwards there will be a challenge.
Children ages 8-12 are welcome to join.
This event is free and open to the public.
No registration required.

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SUNDAY MOVIE REVIEW

“The Upside”

“The Upside” pulled off quite the upset at the box office this past weekend. It really shouldn’t be so shocking — star Kevin Hart opened the shabby “Night School” to $27 million last September, he can certainly open a better movie to $19 million now.
Hart’s career has been rocked by scandal lately, with some inappropriate tweets from his past coming to light and forcing him to step down as host of the Oscars.

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Grace UMC Preschool

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At Grace, we know the impact reading has on young children, and we take every chance given to make reading an enjoyable experience. What better way to do that than a visit from a local author. Our students enjoyed a visit with Marianna Almeida, author of “I Love You to the North Pole and Back.” We would like to thank her for reading her book, about a bear who learns just how much he is loved, to the children of Grace.

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