Officer wounded after Caddo prison attack

Did you catch Gary Clark, Jr. at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Thursday night? The 37-year-old Austin, Texas native used his virtuoso bluesy guitar style and signature falsetto singing to wow the crowd with some of his best-known songs, including “Bright Lights,” “Pearl Cadillac and “Our Love”.

Officer injured after accused violent offender breaks jaw

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator on July 10, 2020.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator speaks about overcrowding at the Caddo Correctional Facility.

Violence by long-term inmates became real again on Monday when Willie Lee Rochelle, 25, attacked two officers.

The injured officer fractured his jaw during the altercation.

This incident is the third time in three years that Rochelle has been incarcerated at the prison that he has become violent with staff.

“Three years of waiting for trial is ridiculous,” Prator wrote in a press release earlier this week. “It is well established that to deter crime, punishment must be swift and certain. Law enforcement is doing its job making arrests, but between the firings and the delays, there’s nothing fast or certain about justice in Caddo Parish.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator believes a spike in violent crime seen in Shreveport and local jails in recent years is caused by an increasingly common practice of postponing trials among local judges and district attorneys.

The exterior of Millennium Studios.

Animation and visual effects company brings jobs to Shreveport’s Millennium Studio

The town of Shreveport purchase of the long-defunct Millennium Studios and its housing of an animation company was announced at a press conference by Mayor Adrian Perkins Thursday afternoon on the studio’s campus.

Animation and visual effects company Troubled Muse will move to Shreveport to operate from Millennium Studios and promises to create 53 jobs in the area in the first year paying an average salary of $74,000.

Troubled Muse will create original content for film and television, specializing in animation, visual effects and motion capture.

The Southern University of Shreveport will offer film production courses and internships in hopes of building a base of world-class film production employees.

Winter weather leads to the closure of schools, roads and more

Snow in Shreveport on Friday, February 4, 2022.

After the National Weather Services announced Thursday evening that a wintry weather system would enter Caddo and Bossier Parish overnight, causing icy roads, the Louisiana Department of Transportation announced it would close a number of roads while a number of area schools also announced their closures.

TheDOTD closed I-49 North, I-220, I-49 Urban at LA526, the Benton Road Overpass and the 7300 block of West Bert Kouns.

In education, closures have been announced by the Caddo Parish School District, Louisiana State University Shreveport, Northwestern State University’s Shreveport campus and the Bossier Parish Community College campus.

Caddo Parish Commissioners approve $100,000 Ring surveillance camera distribution scheme

Shreveport resident Denise Arthur shared this image of herself "Ring" camera, accessible from his phone.

Caddo Parish Commissioners approved an ordinance at their Tuesday business session which would allow the parish to distribute potentially $100,000 worth of Ring doorbell surveillance cameras to citizens.

The program was created to deter violent crime.

Participants will be required to register their devices with the Shreveport RealTime Crime Center and give law enforcement access to the footage, per the order approved for the initiative. The first year would be a pilot program.

“The data and information will help us decide if this is a program we want to continue past the first year,” Commissioner Lyndon B. Johnson said.

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Kendrick Dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government watchdog reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He loves cooking, concerts and content. Email him at kdbrown1@gannett.com or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.