Region briefs

June 30, 2014 

Suspect arrested in fatal bar shooting

PONCHATOULA, La. -- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says a suspect has been arrested in a fatal bar room shooting Saturday night.

Edwards says 45-year-old Robert Jenks, of Springfield, was taken into custody in the shooting death of 55-year-old Harold Bart Oliphant Sr. in a Ponchatoula bar on Louisiana Highway 22.

Edwards say Jenks and Oliphant were engaged in an altercation prior to the shooting.

Jenks was booked with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm in an alcoholic beverage establishment.

It was unclear whether Jenks has an attorney.

-- Associated Press

Boy Scouts eye camp in Atchafalaya Basin

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The Lafayette Boy Scouts of America council is laying the groundwork for a new public recreation area and adventure base camp in the Atchafalaya Basin as part of the group's efforts to encourage exploration of the vast swamp.

The Legislature this year signed off on leasing the Boy Scouts of America Evangeline Area Council about 450 acres of state-owned swamp land in St. Martin Parish. The state has tentatively approved $3.9 million for planning and other preliminary work.

The idea has its roots in the need for a permanent facility to serve the Evangeline Area Council's new Atchafalaya Swamp Base adventure program.

Swamp Base Director Ben Pierce tells The Advocate scouts from across the U.S. are eager for the chance to experience the Basin.

-- The Advocate

Morehouse deputies seek ID of man killed by train

MER ROUGE, La. -- Morehouse Parish deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a man struck and killed by a train early Sunday morning.

Sheriff Mike Tubbs tells The News-Star that Union Pacific railroad officials reported a train hitting a man believed to be 18 to 24 who was on the track about four miles north of Mer Rouge.

Tubbs said autopsy revealed that the victim had a tattoo on his chest. It is unclear whether the tattoo reads "Bonnie" or "Donnie"

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 318-281-4141.

-- The News-Star

10 accused of illegal gun sales at Ala. market

DOTHAN, Ala. -- Federal prosecutors say 10 men accused of illegally selling firearms at a Dothan area flea market have been arrested.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George Beck says federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents started investigating after federal authorities were told that guns were being sold at Sadie's Flea Market.

Authorities say the market's organizers weren't involved in the firearms sales, which date back to at least October 2013.

Beck says undercover informants made purchases as part of the investigation. More than 200 guns and 500 rounds of ammunition were seized in the operation.

Authorities say the men were charged with selling firearms without licenses, selling firearms to convicted felons, and the sale of a firearm by a convicted felon to another convicted felon.

-- Associated Press

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