Barksdale Air Force Base, in partnership with the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, is hosting the annual Barksdale Air Force Base Open House and Air Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27.
Sheriff Whittington presented the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Commendation Medal to Deputy Darryl Ware, a five-year veteran with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, for rescuing a man from the second story of the Reserve Apartments during a fire at the complex in late January.
Det. Martinez has been a member of the Bossier City Police Department for the past four years and is assigned as an investigator with the Property Crimes Unit. As such, Martinez has been credited in solving multiple property crime cases including burglaries, thefts and incidents of vandalism.
The checkpoint began at 10 p.m. Friday and ended at 4 a.m. Saturday in order to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or to others and to increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired.
The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Mike Thornton, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and commandant of the Floyd L. Baxter Red River Detachment of the Marine Corps League. As a 30-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. Thornton rose through the ranks as an enlisted Marine to chief warrant officer to commissioned officer.
“The late Mayor George Dement instilled in all of us what he called ‘the curb appeal effect,’” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “Basically, he would say that as he’s traveling through cities and towns he would observe either how clean or not clean it was — the litter effect, as he called it, in these towns.
Davis said the land that had been used as the pea farm — so named because purple hull peas were the primary crop grown — is privately owned by a man who lives in Houston, Texas, and who had leased a portion of the property for use by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.
The goal of the checkpoint is to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to them selves or others, as well as increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired..
Since January, the two high school seniors have spent a few hours each week working with detectives and learning the ins and outs of crime scene investigation, including DNA analysis, fingerprint processing, evidence gathering, photography and re port writing.