Drowning victim’s body recovered from Louisiana river
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The body of a 40-year-old woman who drowned in the Sabine River has been recovered.
KPLC-TV reports the body of Dolly Joyce Laughlin was pulled from the waterway in...
Louisiana DA clears 3 officers in fatal shooting
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A district attorney in Louisiana has cleared three police officers of criminal wrongdoing in the February shooting death of a 21-year-old.
A Louisiana school bus driver is accused of DWI
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school bus driver is accused of driving students to school while under the influence.
The American Press reports 60-year-old Tammy Gibson, of DeRidder, faces...
Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship rearrested
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A former teacher in Louisiana accused of sexual misconduct with a student has been re-arrested on new charges involving the same child in a different parish.
Louisiana city names new police chief
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has named a new police chief.
KPLC-TV reports DeRidder police Lt. Craig Richard will immediately assume duties as the department's chief of...
Amerisafe: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
DERIDDER, La. (AP) _ Amerisafe Inc. (AMSF) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $17.9 million.
The Deridder, Louisiana-based company said it had profit of 93 cents per share....
Police: Officers kill man who pulled weapon during arrest
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Police in southwest Louisiana say officers fatally shot a man who pulled a weapon when they tried to arrest him.
Louisiana State Police identified the man as 21-year-old...
Louisiana parish’s beaver bounty program suspended
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana parish has temporarily suspended its beaver bounty program.
The Beauregard Parish Police Jury halted the program to allow jurors a chance to re-examine its permit and bounty ordinance, The American Press reported.
Netflix buys movie made partly at Louisiana Gothic jail
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Netflix has bought the rights to a movie that is set in a century-old southwest Louisiana landmark called the Gothic Hanging Jail , even though it was filmed on the other side of the state.
Charlie Shotwell plays the title role in "Eli," about a boy being treated for a rare disease at a clinic in a haunted prison.
Mother charged in death of infant who had severe burns
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mother and her boyfriend face a murder charge after authorities said the woman's 11-month-old son suffered severe burns and was left untreated for two weeks.
KPLC-TV reports that 24-year-old Shamira Kimbrough and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Christian Coutee, were charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
Man arrested, accused of burning mother’s house over mold
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Officials in Louisiana say a man set his mother's rental home on fire because it had mold.
The State Fire Marshal's Office says in a Facebook post that 30-year-old Michael McClendon was arrested and booked Saturday into the Beauregard Parish Jail on an arson charge. News outlets report he is accused of burning the house in DeRidder.
Amerisafe: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
DERIDDER, La. (AP) _ Amerisafe Inc. (AMSF) on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $19.7 million.
The Deridder, Louisiana-based company said it had net income of $1.02 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $1.01 per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 75 cents per share.
James D. Cain Jr. nominated for federal judgeship
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Lake Charles attorney has been nominated for a federal judgeship.
Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy said Monday that James D. Cain Jr. was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles.
Cain is a Deridder native and the son of former state Sen. James David Cain.
Amerisafe: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
DERIDDER, La. (AP) _ Amerisafe Inc. (AMSF) on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $17 million.
On a per-share basis, the Deridder, Louisiana-based company said it had profit of 88 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 92 cents per share.
The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share.
19-year sheriff’s deputy accused of rape, fired
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A veteran sheriff's deputy in Louisiana has been fired after being arrested on a rape charge.
Robert Shortridge was fired from the Calcasieu (KAL'-kuh-shoo) Parish Sheriff's Office and was being held without bond in the Beauregard Parish Jail.
News outlets report that he was arrested in connection with the rape of a family friend July 15 at a home in Ragley. He turned himself in to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday to face a charge of third-degree rape.
DeRidder’s first female mayor sworn in
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has sworn in its first female mayor.
Misty Clanton, with her family by her side, took her oath of office for mayor of DeRidder earlier this week.
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Digital magic will make a century-old Gothic jail in west Louisiana the setting for a Hollywood horror movie filmed across the state in New Orleans.
Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission Director Lori Darbonne tells The American Press that the "Gothic Hanging Jail" in DeRidder will set the tone for "Eli," starring Max Martini.
Volunteer firefighter arrested for simple arson
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter for the Longville Fire Department has been arrested on a charge of simple arson.
The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal says 24-year-old Chance Felice of Longville was arrested Monday for allegedly setting an air mattress on fire, which subsequently spread to his home. It was unknown if Felice is represented by an attorney.
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — DeRidder High School senior Cameron Cross suffered a gunshot wound in September and was paralyzed from the waist down. This May, he brought home two first-place medals from the state track and field meet.
"As unfortunate as this situation may be, Cameron represents the 'can-do' spirit of DeRidder High School," said Principal Harry Hooker.
Louisiana veterans advocate for medical cannabis
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Four veterans representing countless others have been sticking their necks out to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis in Louisiana.
Bud Clark of Longville served in the US Navy from 1972 to 1975, Paul Bonial of Alexandria served in the Louisiana Army National Guard and then the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1992, Tony Landry of Jennings served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1994, and Brian Greer of Lafayette served in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1987 to 1991.
Cyclist treks cross-country for first responders
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A cyclist recently stopped by DeRidder, Louisiana, as he made his way from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast.
Aodhan O'Ferrell is a former firefighter and paramedic now riding his bicycle in an effort to raise awareness for "move over" laws. These are meant to protect paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement from motorists while they are pulled over doing their duty, maintaining public safety.
Louisiana city elects first woman as its mayor
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has elected a woman to be its mayor for the first time.
The Lake Charles American Press reports unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office show voters made history Saturday as Misty Clanton won more than 1,460 votes in DeRidder's mayoral race. The results show Mike Harper garnered over 450 votes.
Who was the Russian woman behind Women’s Day?
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — March is Women's History Month and the eighth is globally recognized as International Women's Day. The roots of International Women's Day trace back to a Women's Day Celebration on Feb. 28, 1909 in New York City.
The event was organized by the Socialist Party of America and first suggested by Theresa Malkiel. It is not only considered by many to be the precursor to International Women's Day, but also a key point in the women's movement.
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a Louisiana site contaminated with creosote should be added to the Superfund list of the nation's most contaminated sites.
The American Creosote site is south of DeRidder in Beauregard Parish. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says it was a timber treatment operation for the first half of the 20th century.
A news release Monday says EPA has proposed adding it to the list.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Training Center will be abuzz for several Monday evenings as the Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association and LSU AgCenter present their fourth annual beginning beekeepers class.
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Three DeRidder puppies found discarded in a backpack are now awaiting adoption in Wisconsin thanks to a network of volunteers.
Local rescue group Louisiana Lifelines for K9s fostered the abandoned pups after they were found, and volunteer Joan Baker said that doing so will leave her feeling rewarded for the rest of her life.
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A local police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that has shocked some: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers.
DeRidder Police Chief John Gott says officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned April 15 to raise funds for the department's Christmas toy drive.
"They are willing to do whatever it takes ... to purchase toys for local families in need," Gott told The American Press of Lake Charles (http://bit.ly/2pmnO2g).
Louisiana police stun with raffle prize offer
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police department is raffling off the chance to use a stun gun on an officer.
The American Press of Lake Charles reports (http://bit.ly/2pmnO2g) the DeRidder Police Officers Union Local 222 raffle will benefit the department's Christmas toy drive.
Police looking for missing sign, and whoever took it
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The "Welcome to the City of DeRidder" has been stolen — again.
On La. 27, it can get quite dark at night and there's not much around, making the sign an easy target. The last time it went missing, Police Chief John Gott tells KPLC-TV (http://bit.ly/2m0753x ) they didn't have to search long for it.
He says after a few phone calls, it was magically returned.
Dead identified; State, federal officials look into blast
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Authorities have identified the three workers who died in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder.
The Beauregard Daily news reports that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office identified those killed as 33-year-old William Rolls, Jr.; 42-year-old Sedrick Stallworth; and 41-year-old Jody Gooch.
Seven others were hurt in Wednesday's blast. Authorities described six injuries as minor and one as moderate.
3 dead in explosion at packaging plant in Beauregard Parish
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Three people are dead and seven people injured after an explosion at a packaging plant in Beauregard Parish.
Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson says one person who was unaccounted for after the blast at the Packaging Corporation of America facility has been found.
Anderson describes the injuries as moderate to minor. The injured were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
6-year-old boy joins Beauregard Parish SWAT team
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The Beauregard Parish SWAT team made a 6-year-old boy an honorary team member Tuesday after a surprise visit to his home.
Camdyn Curry's mother, Mel, said that despite her son being diagnosed with autism, he has maintained the dream of one day becoming a police officer and joining a SWAT team.
Beauregard Police Jury Oks $400 raise for jurors
DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Beauregard Parish Police Jury members have voted to give themselves a $400 a month raise.
With no opposition at a public hearing Thursday, KPLC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2ilAM0T ) jurors voted to raise their pay from $1,200 to $1,600 each month.
It's the first raise for the Beauregard Parish Police Jury since 1997.