Saturday, October 31, 2009
They announced that they will close at 1AM Sunday.
The Casino at Louisiana Downs is open 24 hours per day year round.
That might get a little crowded.
Shreveport/Bossier has a total of 9,500 hotel rooms. According to the Tourist and Convention Bureau, at the latest count they were maintaining a 73% occupancy rate, the highest in the state. That would leave about 2,400 rooms available for the 25,000 folks.
Shelters have been opened at Platt Elementary School on Hwy 80 in Haughton and at the old Parkway High School on Panther Drive.
The city has decided not to open the convention center as a shelter.
Meanwhile, the mayor’s subdivision is being evacuated. Wonder which shelter he chose?
Levee Breach threatening Louisiana Downs
A minor levee breach on Red Chute Bayou has already been reported near Louisiana Downs. If the levee breaches, the complex could see waters up to 5 or 6 feet.
Residents are evacuating from Stockwell, Brookhaven, Victorian Point, Carriage Oaks, Carriage Oaks Crossing, Stonebridge and Richmond Cove subdivisions.
In South Bossier, the sheriff’s office and Wildlife & Fisheries have boats available to help evacuate anyone trapped by high water.
The sheriff’s office can be reached at 965-2203.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sheriff Larry Deen has crews out sandbagging and also checking neighborhoods in order to offer assistance.
The sheriff said in a press release “if you need anything, please feel free to call on us at anytime. Our main number is 318-965-2203. We would be more than happy to assist you.”
Videos courtesy of KTBS.
Wicked Wind, Torrential Rain and Flooding
Man killed when car crashes into fallen tree
Thousands remain without power this morning
Tornadoes rip across Northwest Louisiana
Toppled church steeple lands on car, traps man for nearly an hour
Benton Road Tornado (courtesy KTBS)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
18,000 in Bossier and 4,000 in Shreveport are without power.
A pine tree fell in Mimosa Gardens neighborhood in Haughton and cut a brick house in half. A 94 year old woman was rescued from debris and is in good condition.
Greenacres Place Townhouses had a fire, and trees were down in Greenbriar and in Greenacres Place. Some houses suffered heavy damage.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Residential areas along Airline Drive were hit hard, particularly Bayou Bend, Cross Creek, Oak Creek and Cypress Point apartments.
Homes around Princeton were also damaged.
The steeple was blown off the First Methodist Church in downtown Shreveport and fell on a car. The driver is in stable condition.
In Bossier, Shed Rd, Beckett St, Airline Dr at Douglas, all streets entering Greenacres subdivison off Benton Rd are closed.
Bossier City police and fire departments are on the job dealing with the situation.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Benton police arrested David Kingston and his wife Tammy Kingston Monday after a bad encounter with the Kingston’s rolling meth lab.
They were pulled over for driving without lights in the rain. Officers were suspicious and asked to search the vehicle. They were overcome by the chemicals and had to be hospitalized.
Both are charged with Possession of Schedule II CDS
Creation of a Clandestine Lab
Manuf/Dist/Produce Schedule II CDS
Possession of Schedule II CDS
Possession of over 12 grams of Ephedrine
Tammy Kingston’s bond is set at $295,000, David’s at $295,100. The extra $100 is for driving without lights. They are both enjoying the hospitality at Bossier Max.
Good job Benton PD.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Flash Flood Watch
The forecast from the National Weather Service:
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 70. Southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. High near 78. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Low around 63. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 65. North wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Beginning tomorrow morning, Bossier residents can pick up sandbags at the following locations:
1. The Bossier City Public Service Complex at 3223 Old Shed Road.
2. The Benton Public Works Building, 410 Mayfield St. in Benton.
3. The fire station on East McKinley Street in Haughton.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
People attending were furious at the brush-off and at the fact that for a second week they weren’t allowed to express their concerns. I’m sure that the council will say that there are rules of order, etc. etc., a fact which no one disputes. There comes a time, however, when rules need to be thrown out the door and the electors acknowledged.
The council has done itself a great disservice by ignoring the people to this point. The mayor and council seem determined to wait for the November 17th meeting to allow anyone to say anything at all, I suppose in an effort to minimize the fallout.
What they are doing is making sure that it is infinitely worse. What in the world are they thinking?
- Let's make cuts starting with those who missmanaged the money in the first place.
- The mayor and his staff should be ashamed.
- They need to see that we wont be quiet while they consider making a decision that could so adversely affect our collective safety..
- All those who have protected and served Bossier....is this what they deserve? I think not....
- We are in complete support of our Bossier Police and Bossier Firefighters...trim the budget in across-board salaries of everyone!!!
- trimming the police and fire is the last place they need to start with budget cuts!!!! your city not safe without them!!!
- well everyone needs to pray for the citizens of bossier..the have an IDIOT for a mayor
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a true story.
I always wanted to use this line, ‘the names have been changed to protect the innocent’ so we’ll call our policeman Officer John Doe.
Last week Officer Doe’s boss gave him a pink slip telling him we don’t need him anymore because we can’t afford him.
This week the officer was
- Pepper Sprayed
- Almost hit by a car
Oh, and he helped put a child pornographer out of business.
Think the politicians need to find a better way? Think you can find a few minutes today to make your presence known to them? Think you can let the policemen and firemen know that they are appreciated and that you will back them up?
City Council Meeting
Sunday, October 25, 2009
According to council minutes, the vote reflected:
Ayes: Mr. Larkin, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Irwin, Mr. Darby, Mr. Jones, Dr. Rogers
Nays: Mr. Williams
Mr. Williams also voted no to the previous (2008) budget that was approved in 2007.
While it is easy to blame all of the councilmen all of the time, it also behooves us to look and the record and see where each one stood.
As long as we are pointing fingers we should remember the old saying about having three pointing back at us. Consider this entry in the council minutes from 2007:
"Public Hearing for the 2008 City of Bossier City Budgets. Joe Buffington, City Finance Director, explained some of the major budget items. Hearing nothing from the public, the Public Hearing was closed."
The bunker mentality that the administration has adopted does not sit well with either the council or the people of Bossier City. People are up in arms, and council members, while attempting to maintain public decorum, are privately furious with the mayor.
This is a city government that has grown accustomed to flying under the radar with very little attention from the governed. That has changed. While the mayor prefers to wait until the middle of November to address concerns in a public forum, the council has announced that the budget will be on the agenda at Tuesday’s 3PM meeting, and that people will be allowed to speak.
I believe it is safe to say that this will be the most largely attended council meeting in Bossier City history, and that attendance will only grow as this matter is further discussed in the coming weeks.
The city finance director said that the administration had finally just put the pieces of the puzzle together. That’s interesting, because others have been aware of a pending crisis for some time.
Marsha McAllister ran for councilman-at-large in this year’s municipal election and received 20% of the vote. We noted at the time that this was a good showing for a first time candidate who was running against two incumbents. Mrs. McAllister addressed the city’s financial situation at that time, but was largely ignored.
Mrs. McAllister believed that with decreased revenues and increased spending, and with the fact that the city had used surplus funds to fund the budget for a couple of years, it was inevitable that problems would follow. It is a shame that other candidates chose not to address this during the election.
Councilmen are working to find a solution to the budget crisis without cutting any positions. While they are not blameless in this, they are stepping up and addressing it now, and they are interacting to varying degrees with the public. Councilman David Jones is personally answering his email and addressing questions from the public. It would be good to see the mayor do the same.
Friday, October 23, 2009
If you want to get your message to the council, just click on this link, put your message into the body of the email and hit send. We will see that all emails are delivered to the council before Tuesday’s 3PM meeting.
It is important to let the council members know what your concerns are. It also would not hurt to let them know that you support them in their efforts to work out the budget in a way that will not drastically cut police and fire services.
Bossier City Council members are struggling to find alternatives to the massive public safety layoffs proposed by Mayor Lo Walker last week. Council members have been flooded with calls and emails from concerned citizens.
As of this writing, council members still have not received the proposed budget from the mayor.
There will be a council meeting Tuesday at 3PM, and Channel 3 is reporting that the budget will be on the agenda. Public turnout is expected to be very heavy.
The people of Bossier City are represented by a councilmen within their district and by 2 at-large councilmen.
Some of the emails that councilmen have received have been very hostile. Please remember in your correspondence and phone calls to keep it decent and as simply as possible to express your views on the matter.
We will post more as it is available.
The results were not surprising, to me at least. Geaux Saints!
New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins 81% (2793 votes)
Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons 19% (658 votes)
Total votes: 3451