North Louisiana

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Shreveport Field Office (LSP/SFO) have arrested Joseph Alexander, Mayor of Cotton Valley, Louisiana. Alexander was charged with felony abuse of power.

LSP/SFO received information from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office requesting LSP’s assistance. On two different occasions in 2017, Alexander is accused of mishandling town funds.

Information obtained from the investigation led to an arrest warrant for Alexander. He was arrested and booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center by LSP.

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Hard
Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to
10 AM CST Wednesday. 

An arctic airmass will remain in place today and tonight,
which will allow temperatures to fall into the lower and middle
teens again across all of the Ark La Tex. 

Near freezing temperatures late this afternoon will fall into the lower and mid teens overnight. Temperatures will climb back to near or above freezing by mid to late morning Wednesday. 

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There is a new North Louisiana Crime Lab operating in Shreveport, serving 29 north Louisiana parishes. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says the state of the art 86-thousand-square foot North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center should help them solve D-N-A cases much faster.

 

The planning started over 12 years ago with construction beginning in 2013 at a cost of 26-million-dollars. Prator says the new lab will also partner with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport.

 

National Hurricane Center

Louisiana and Texas continue to be pounded by severe flooding rains and tornadoes.  

An additional 10-15 inches of rain will fall today in Texas and Louisiana.  Currently, T.S. Harvey has backed out of Texas and is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The projected path of the storm has Harvey making a 3rd landfall near Lake Charles and the following a line to Alexandria. The center of the storm will continue to the north over Monroe on Thursday.

Louisiana State Parks

The Office of State Parks is offering a 50% discount on all overnight accommodations at selected northern Louisiana State Parks, for southeast Texas and south Louisiana residents evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

A list of the offered parks is as follows: