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DECEMBER 2010

12/30 Underage Liquor Sales
The Caddo Sheriff's Office Youth Services Division conducted an operation Wednesday targeting businesses who sell alcohol to underage customers. Thirty businesses in Caddo Parish were checked for compliance with state laws. Summonses were issued at eight of the businesses, s...
12/30 Man arrested for driving drunk with juvenile in car
Caddo deputies arrested a Shreveport man for DWI after he crashed his car and injured his 9-year-old passenger. Anthony Lomas, 37, was westbound on Old Mooringsport Road Tuesday evening when he lost control of his car, crossed the roadway, and hit a utility pole. The impact ...
12/29 Caddo Sheriff calls for safety this New Year’s Eve; checkpoint and extra patrols planned
New Year’s Eve marks the annual tradition of bidding farewell to the past year and ringing in the New Year with celebrations that often include alcohol.All too often, people drive after they have had too much to drink.In 2009, there were 10,839 people killed in the U.S. in...
12/28 City burglary suspects now faces charges in parish
Two men who were originally arrested for committing burglaries in Shreveport now face additional charges for breaking into several homes in the parish, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.William Dean Bechtel, 17, of Keithville, and Tyler Bargenquast, 17, of Shreveport, have eac...
12/27 Update: 11:30 a.m . - I-220 wreck claims the life of one
A woman is dead this morning after she was hit by an 18-wheeler on the I-220 bridge over Red River.Clara Neal, 39, of Plain Dealing, stopped on the bridge just before 6 a.m. to assess damage to her car after she was involved in a single-vehicle accident. Deputies said Neal w...
12/23 Two men arrested for having sex with underage girls
Caddo Sheriff's detectives have arrested two men in separate cases for having sex with underage girls. On Wednesday, detectives arrested Steven D. Deleon of Mooringsport for having sex with two 13 year olds. Detectives received information that Deleon had sex with a 13-year-...
12/17 Caddo Sheriff offers second session of "First Gun Course” for kids
Registration is currently underway for a second session of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office's "First Gun Course." The 4-hour class will be offered from 8 a.m. until noon on Jan. 8 for children ages 8-12.All classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcement Trai...
12/15 Caddo SO hopes to ID owner of horse
The Caddo Parish Sheriffs Office is looking for the owner of a horse that was recently picked up in Caddo Parish.The horse was found in the woods at Hwy. 79 and Bethany State Line Road. It is a red gelding with a white blaze face. If the horse is not claimed, the Sheriff’s...
12/15 Caddo Sheriff announces holiday hours of operation for Tax Department
The Caddo Sheriff's Tax Department will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's holidays on December 24 and 31.The Tax Department will be open on Monday, December 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., although all other Caddo Courthouse offices will be closed.Tax payments will...
12/13 Two Caddo deputies to receive promotions
Two Caddo Sheriff's deputies will be promoted by Sheriff Steve Prator during a ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 14, at the Caddo Correctional Center. Alan Davidson will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant for the Marine Patrol, and Vernecia Webster will be promo...
12/10 Caddo Sheriff's Office schedules D.A.R.E. graduations
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator has announced graduation ceremonies at area schools for fifth-grade students participating in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.The D.A.R.E. program includes 17 weeks of officer-led classroom lessons that help young people buil...
12/10 Serial Bank Robbers Hit Again
David W. Welker, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division of the FBI, Robert E. Casey, Jr, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Division of the FBI, and Willie L. Shaw, Jr, Shreveport Police Chief, announce the robbery of another bank near the north Louisiana and...
12/9 Christmas celebration planned for Sheriff's Safety Town
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator is inviting the public to attend a Christmas celebration at Sheriff's Safety Town from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, December 11. In the event of rain, the event will take place on December 18.The celebration will follow the Southern Hills Homeowners Associat...
12/9 Caddo Sheriff to conduct sobriety checkpoint
Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in north Caddo Parish on Friday night, December 10. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. The focus of the grant is to reduce deaths and injuries from alcohol-rel...
12/3 Local law enforcement teams up to nab three suspected armed robbers
Three suspects are in custody for armed robberies that occurred this morning at convenience stores in Shreveport and Bethany, Texas. Detectives say the three could be responsible for a string of convenience store robberies that have taken place in three jurisdictions over th...
12/2 Sheriff Prator opens Red River substation
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator officially opened a new Sheriff's Office substation on Red River today.The substation is located in the structure that once housed the former S-Port Marina at Stoner Avenue and Clyde Fant Parkway. The marina closed in December of 2008, and the faci...
12/2 Caddo Sheriff offers First Gun Course for kids
Registration is currently underway for children ages 8 to 12 to participate in the Caddo Sheriff’s Office "First Gun Course."  The 4-hour class will be offered from 8 a.m. until noon on December 18.  All classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcem...
12/2 Caddo SO hopes to ID owner of horse
The Caddo Parish Sheriffs Office is looking for the owner of a horse that was recently picked up in Caddo Parish.A roan-colored gelding was found November 14 running loose on Bagley Road. If the horse is not claimed, the Sheriff’s Office will sell it at auction.For more in...

NOVEMBER 2010

11/30 Man arrested for shooting horse
A man who randomly shot a horse that later died was arrested Monday for criminal cruelty to an animal, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Xavier Strickland, 21, of 3021 Skelly Street, was arrested by Caddo sheriff's deputies and booked into the Caddo Correctional Center. His bo...
11/29 Law enforcement encourages use of on-line system to track valuables
Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to encourage the use of an on-line system that will help locate personal property faster in the event that it's ever stolen.The Report It system is an on-line service that allows citizens to record serial numbers and upload image...
11/29 Sitter arrested for stealing from elderly woman
A sitter for an 89-year-old Shreveport woman was arrested for stealing over $10,000 from the woman's bank account, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Jennifer Hall, 48, of the 8900 block of Melanie Lane in Shreveport, was arrested following an investigation by Detective Alan Da...
11/24 CSO conducts underage alcohol sales op
The Caddo Sheriff's Office Youth Services Division conducted an operation Tuesday targeting businesses who sell alcohol to underage customers. Thirty-six businesses in Caddo Parish were checked for compliance with state laws. Summonses were issued at nine of the businesses, ...
11/22 Caddo Sheriff's Regional Training Academy to graduate recruits tomorrow
Graduation exercises for the 27th basic training class of the Caddo Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, in the banquet room at Summer Grove Baptist Church.  Graduates will take the oath of office, receive their badges, a...
11/19 Man arrested for selling stolen four-wheeler
Caddo sheriff's deputies arrested a Plain Dealing man for selling a stolen four-wheeler. Justin D. Hays, 20, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for felony illegal possession of stolen things.Caddo Sheriff's Detective Donnie Laney said that on Oct. 27 Hays sold the...
11/18 Bridge closed after accident
Motorists on Mira Levee Road in north Caddo Parish are being forced to find an alternate route of travel after a bridge was damaged in a traffic crash this morning.Brandon Shackelford, 24, of Mira, was traveling westbound when he rounded a curve in his 1996 GMC truck and hit...
11/18 Man wanted for theft surrenders on warrant
A former maintenance manager at Grand Oaks Apartments surrendered to authorities on Wednesday after a warrant was obtained for his arrest, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Derry Ray Marston, 53, of the 500 block of Janet Lane, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for...
11/9 Man dies in morning crash
A Keithville man died this morning after his truck was hit by an oncoming vehicle on a foggy road.Caddo Sheriff's deputies say Dylan Parker, 27, of West Monroe, was westbound on Keithville-Springridge Road just before 7:30 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a 2...
11/8 Narcotics Arrests
Sheriff Steve Prator and Chief Willie Shaw announced that the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force conducted a operation in Shreveport on November 4. Agents conducted a narcotics “Buy Bust” operation in Shreveport and made controlled purchases of illegal narcotics durin...
11/5 Caddo Sheriff's Office to sell unclaimed animals
Several animals are on the auction block at the Caddo Sheriff's Office after being unclaimed by their owners.The Sheriff's Office will accept sealed bids on the animals from 8 a.m. until noon November 12 at its 4910 North Market Street substation.Up for sale are six horses -...
11/3 Caddo Sheriff seeks revocation of business's alcohol permit
A Mooringsport convenience store with a record of selling alcohol to people who are underage is being asked to explain why it shouldn't have its alcoholic beverage permit revoked.Herman Crady and Joseph Hawkins, owners of The Triangle on Hwy. 1, have been ordered to appear b...
11/3 Investigation uncovers theft of money from construction companies
An investigation into theft of funds from local construction companies has landed two men in jail - one of them for the second time, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Mark Everett Williams, 38, and Billy Wilson, 41, were arrested Monday for stealing $14,450 from Commercial Con...
11/3 CPSO responds to major accident at Southern Loop, I-49
Caddo sheriff's deputies responded to a one-vehicle accident in south Caddo Parish early in the morning on Tuesday November 2.Albert Martinez, 68, of Shreveport, was entering I-49 northbound from Southern Loop around 7:40 a.m. when his F-250 pickup went off the road, crossed...
11/3 Woman arrested for participating in forgery ring
A Shreveport woman believed to be part of a two-state forgery ring was arrested today on multiple charges.Ashley Nicole Lee, 18, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on 11 counts of forgery and one count of bank fraud for negotiating counterfeit checks at several Sh...
11/1 Caddo Sheriff to offer training for concealed weapons permit
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering state-required training for anyone wanting to obtain a concealed weapons permit, said Sheriff Steve Prator.Citizens can complete most of the state requirements in one stop by attending a class at the Sheriff’s Regional Traini...
11/1 Shreveport man arrested on drug charges
A Shreveport man was arrested today for operating a meth lab near a local high school, according to Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Police Chief Willie Shaw.Steven Beaird, 53, of 9117 Walker Road, was arrested by agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force following...

OCTOBER 2010

10/28 Man cited for child desertion
A Shreveport man was cited for child desertion after the toddler he was caring for was found wandering alone near traffic.Motorists traveling in the 300 block of Mayo Road spotted the 2-year-old boy unattended on the edge of the road around 1:30 p.m. today. The boy was weari...
10/27 Caddo Sheriff's Office, Shreveport Police conduct Operation “Purple Ribbon”
Twelve people were arrested Tuesday night by Caddo Sheriff's deputies and Shreveport police during an operation to address domestic violence, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw.Deputies and officers working in teams hit the streets to loc...
10/25 Two Caddo deputies to receive promotions
Two Caddo Sheriff's deputies will be promoted by Sheriff Steve Prator during a ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 26, at the Caddo Correctional Center. Darwin Jones will be promoted to the rank of captain over Judicial Services, and Donna Jackson will be promoted t...
10/20 Caddo Sheriff says avoid dangerous homes by using sex offender alert system
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator is urging citizens to take advantage of a sex offender community notification program offered by his department this Halloween.Citizens can look up addresses and review a list of registered sex offenders living in their neighborhood by going to www...
10/6 Local volunteer donates award money to Sheriff's Safety Town
Shreveporter Sal Miletello is using money received as a state Angel Award winner to help Sheriff's Safety Town teach children about fire, bicycle, and vehicle safety.Miletello recently donated $2,000 to Safety Town, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.The donation was part of a ...
10/1 Caddo Sheriff seeks info on armed robbery
Caddo Sheriff's detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday night at the Dollar General Store in Greenwood.Between 8:45 and 9 p.m. a black female entered the store and produced a gun. After robbing the employees at gunpoint, she ordered them into a b...
10/1 Apartment manager charged with theft
The manager of a Shreveport apartment complex was charged with theft for stealing money from the complex to pay her bills, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Tracy Diane Hawkins, 38, of Shreveport was employed by Tree Tops Apartments as an Office Manager. Between May and July 2...

SEPTEMBER 2010

9/28 Caddo Sheriff introduces warrants on line
The Caddo Sheriff's Office website now features the names and photographs of people wanted by the sheriff's Warrants Division, said Sheriff Steve Prator. Beginning today, active Caddo Sheriff's Office warrants dating back to January 2009 can be viewed at www.caddosherif...
9/24 74-year-old woman arrested for stealing identity of 87-year-old friend
A 74-year-old Shreveport woman was arrested today for stealing the identity of her 87-year-old friend, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Dorothy Johnson, of the 7400 block of Glen Leaf, was arrested for identity theft and theft of assets of an aged person following an investig...
9/22 Local man arrested for sex crimes involving Virginia runaway
Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Shreveport man today for numerous sex crimes involving a Virginia runaway, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Kevin L. Lunsford was arrested at his apartment in the 7700 block of East Kings Highway where he was found with the 14-year-o...
9/22 Caddo Sheriff, Shreveport Police to join in nationwide Drug Take Back Day
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw announced today that their departments will join together to participate in the first-ever national "Take-Back" initiative for prescription medications to be held this weekend.Local law enforcement agencies a...
9/17 Intruder dies after being shot by homeowner
Caddo sheriff's detectives are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man dead on Old Mooringsport Road.Robert Green, 48, no address available, was shot in the upper body as he tried to force his way into a residence at 4544 Old Mooringsport Road just before 11 p....
9/17 CPSO detectives arrest man for possessing child pornography
Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator announced the arrest of a Shreveport man for possessing child pornography. Prator said sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant this morning at 4345 McKneely in Shreveport and recovered thousands of images and videos involving child pornograp...
9/16 Repeat ID thief back in jail
A man who went to jail in May for using stolen credit card information to purchase thousands of dollars in pizza is back in jail for committing a similar crime.Francis O. Gallagher, 21, used a stolen credit card number from one victim and personal information from a second v...
9/16 CPSO arrests man for seven burglaries
Caddo deputies have arrested a Shreveport man and charged him with seven counts of burglary in south Caddo Parish, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.Detectives say that within an hour and a half on September 7, Taurean L. Thomas, 24, broke into four houses in search of items t...
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