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Missing/Murdered/Disappeared: Vanished from East Texas, 2000-2020
Hello friends. Per a request, here is a running list of those who have gone missing in East Texas. As a journalist in this area, these are the individuals I have noticed as part of the missing groups I frequent. Please feel free to direct me to more. As it is my line of work, I care deeply. Some of these individuals I know about, some I do not know much about. There are many more, but this first post is just the time range of 2000-2020. I will do other time periods if there is interest, although older cases are harder to track. They are organized alphabetically. Albright, Alwin- last seen 7/6/19 walking away from his home on Scott Street in Gilmer in Upshur County. He is 74 years old with grey hair and blue eyes. He’s 5’10” and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. Mr. Albright has medical issues and is without the medications he needs. There is a $1000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Upshur County Sheriff. Alvarado, Eric “Slow”- Last seen 11/20/18. Disappeared from Atlanta, Texas, he is 6’5” and 180 pounds. He was 32 years old, and now would be 34. He was last seen wearing camouflage pajama pants, a white t-shirt, and a gray zip-up jacket. He also may have the glasses he was wearing. He has tattoos on his arms, chest and neck. There is a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Atlanta, TX police. Birdwell, Jerrod- Last seen 1/6/14. Missing from Tyler, Jerrod was 17 at the time he disappeared. His height is listed as 5’5” and weight as 170 pounds, but he may have grown. He is white, with short black hair and brown eyes. There are no more details available about him. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff. Boehm, Frederick “Lil Joe” Joseph- Last seen 1/25/01. 6’0”, 130 pounds, white male with hazel eyes and brown hair missing from Marshall. He has a rebel flag tattoo on his upper arm. His sister Jolene is searching for answers and offering a $5000 reward. Anyone with information should contact the Harrison County Sheriff. Cannon, Heather Danielle- Last seen 8/27/09. The 15-year-old disappeared from Athens, Texas. Authorities believe she left of her own accord, and she was last seen in the company of her biological father, Jerral Allen Whitley. Whitley refused to take a polygraph test after Heather's disappearance and was later incarcerated in Florida for drug offenses and grand theft. He was imprisoned for 18 months before being released in October 2014. Police have since completed excavations of a property on County Road 4837, near Larue. Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff. Childress, Antoinette Renee- Last seen 10/13/15. Missing from Henderson at her trailer home. About a month before Childress went missing, her sister, Patricia Nichols, began receiving strange Facebook messages from her. The first message said there was an emergency and Childress needed her phone number. Three weeks later Nichols got another message that just said "Sister where are I, what's going on." On October 6, Nichols got a voice message from Childress's Facebook account. The message said something about guardian angels, but the voice wasn't Childress's. Nichols left home after that and didn't return until November 6, by which time Childress was missing. Two women contacted Nichols after Childress's disappearance and said they knew what had happened to her. The women stated Childress had been involved in using and selling drugs, and gotten some bad people angry, and was tortured and killed as a result. This information has not been verified. Childress was seeing Felipe Villanueva at the time of his disappearance. He is considered a person of interest in her case and has multiple warrants for his arrest on drug-related charges and driving without a license. His current whereabouts are unknown and it's unclear whether he's still in the area. A few days after Childress was reported missing, police found her car being driven by a man in Henderson. He was arrested on an unrelated charge, and stated Childress had sold him the vehicle, something her family finds difficult to believe. Childress has a warrant out for her arrest, but she's considered a missing person rather than a fugitive. Childress had just gotten off probation at the time and was trying to clean up her life. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Anyone with information should call the Henderson County Sheriff Combs, Donnie “Bon Jovi” and Cynthia Arnold (went missing together)- The pair was last seen 9/26/18 in Linden, near Atlanta, Texas in Cass County. Combs called Arnold and asked her to come pick him up in Cass Countyand she left home to do so. A little while later she contacted her mother and said Combs hadn't arrived and she was still waiting at the meeting spot. Neither of them has ever been heard from again. A few days after they were last seen, Arnold's truck was found abandoned and burned in Marion County, Texas. While Kevin Dewayne Shepard Jr. and his uncle, Gary Edward Shepard were charged in Oct. 2020 with capital murder of the pair, their bodies have never been found. They face the death penalty if convicted. Anyone with information should contact the Cass County Sheriff. Culberson, Larry- Last seen 9/4/13. Larry went missing from his home on County Road 4320 in Emory. Larry had been having some medical issues shortly before his disappearance. Larry was last known to be wearing camouflage-style gray pants, a white T-shirt and he might be wearing high-top tennis shoes. He was 56 at the time of his disappearance. An extensive search was conducted in the area without any result. His medical condition causes him to walk with a limp. Anyone with information should contact the Rains County Sheriff. Dunn, Hartford Hunter- Last seen 8/5/04. Vanished from his home in the 200 block of Private Road 4002 in Marshall in the early morning hours, his daughter said she woke up at 7:30 a.m. and found the door open and her father gone. At 76 years old, he was in the beginning years of dementia. He has not been seen since. Anyone with information should contact the Marshall Police. Flint, Kimberly Carter- Last seen 9/29/18. Kim’s car was found partially crashed and abandoned in the roadway of State Highway 154 near the rural community of Rekaw, in Rusk County. Her purse ID, as well as other possessions, were at her home, according to Kim’s son James. Picture evidence of the wreck shows damage to the front and side panel of the grey four-door sedan. "The vehicle it was found still in the roadway partially crashed," her son said. "She just wasn't there." Two searches, both immediately after the crash and 170 days later, turned up nothing. A witness believes he saw her speaking with someone in a white pickup truck, but as any local knows… there are a lot of white pickup trucks in East Texas. Kim was featured on “The Vanished Podcast.” Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff. Farrell, Justin Kyle- Last seen 05/11/04. Farrell disappeared from Nacogdoches, Texas. In March 2015, his skeletal remains were found near Cushing in Nacogdoches County, Texas. They were identified in April 2015. Farrell's death remains under investigation and has not yet been ruled a homicide. Anyone with information should contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff. Fleisher, Steven Miller- Last seen 9/14/16. Missing from Troup, he was last seen around 6:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Noble Street. Police say Fleisher did not take any of his belongings with him and his family has been unable to contact him. He was 53 years old at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff. Flores, Lydia- Last seen 10/11/20. Reported missing on Oct. 19 by her Shreveport, LA boyfriend, who said he had not heard from her since Oct. 11. She is a 40-year-old Hispanic female, and has two tattoos: a barbed wire on her bicep and a playboy bunny on her lower back. She is 5’1” and 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and auburn hair. She is from Longview, but anyone with information should contact the Shreveport Police Department. Franklin, Johnny William- Last seen 10/21/08. The black male, 5'9" tall and 150 pounds was last seen in Tyler. His vehicle was located in a church parking lot at 3009 N. Grand Ave. on October 21, but police said they saw no signs of foul play. He was 53 at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff. Gallegos, Veronica- Last seen 01/11/05. Missing from Gun Barrel City at the age of 19, Her live-in boyfriend said she packed a suitcase and left; he speculated she'd returned to her native Mexico. She has never been heard from again. Gallegos left behind her purse, her Mexican identification and her six-month-old child. Her boyfriend is considered a person of interest in her case and has stopped cooperating with investigators. Foul play is possible in her disappearance, but few details are available in her case. Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff. Gipson, Tyress- last seen 8/22/20. Missing from Jacksonville, Texas in Cherokee County, Tyress had just turned 18 and graduated. He is 6’0” and weighs 180 pounds. He has tattoos of the name “Lavance,” “BG$” and prayer hands. He is an African American man, wears his hair in dreads, and has braces. Anyone with information should contact the Jacksonville Police Department. Gutierrez, Marquita Leanna- Last seen 11/11/19. Some report her as missing out of Canton, while others report her as missing out of Wood County. Marquita Gutierrez was reported missing after borrowing her mom's pickup that morning to go to a doctor's appointment, but the doctor's office said she never showed up. Her husband told police she was last seen in the Dallas area and was possibly heading toward Laredo. Her husband has been named a person of interest in her case. Anyone with information should contact the Wood County Sheriff Hunt, Shirley Mae- last seen 6/17/07. Missing from Henderson, Shirley was last seen walking on County Road 454 near her home in rural Rusk County. She had alzheimers at the time of her disappearance. She is 5’4”, 140 pounds with hazel eyes, white hair and a partial denture plate. She wears eyeglasses with a gold wire frame, and was 72 at the time of her disappearance. Sheriff’s deputies believe she got in someone’s car, due to scent dog tracking. Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff. Jackson, Cole Duane- last seen 07/13/06. Missing from Timpson, Jackson was last seen near FM 1645 and CR 4230. The truck he was driving came out of a private pasture and rammed into a fence. He stopped and spoke to the elderly man who owned the land. Jackson apologized and said he would pay $120 for the damage, but said he had to run to get away from the "bad people" who were chasing him. He abandoned his Dodge half-ton pickup with minor damage and left his two inhalers, which he needed, in the vehicle. The driver’s side door was open and the truck was still in four-wheel drive. Jackson's wife was three months pregnant with their first child at the time he went missing. Anyone with information should contact the Shelby County Sheriff. Lee, Anthony Tyrone- last seen 6/25/11. Anthony was planning to go to the rodeo with his mother on the evening of June 25. When his mother came to pick him up for the rodeo, she found his home deserted. The ironing board was set up with the clothes Lee had planned to wear to the rodeo. His pants were on the ironing board with one leg dangling, as if he'd been interrupted while ironing and left in a hurry. His mother said he would not leave the house in his “house shoes” (a very East Texas thing lol) and he had $600 untouched in his bank account. About three weeks after Lee was reported missing, his mother got strange phone calls. A "death song" played on the line, then someone said, "that's what he gets for snitching." His mother noted that he had been associated with a known drug dealer and this person had wrecked Lee's car about a week before Lee disappeared. Anyone with information should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Troopers). Marshall, Kimberly Ann- last seen 3/17/17 after she spent one night in the Salvation Army womens’ shelter in Tyler, Texas. She was never seen again. Thirty-one years old at the time, Kimberly had cuts and scars on her arms, wrists and back. She also has upper dentures. She is 5’5” and approximately 105 pounds, although she fluctuates in weight. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Few details are available about her. Anyone with information should contact the Tyler Police Department. Martin, David Michael- last seen 1/14/10. He was a truck driver based in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and came home to Louisiana most weekends to visit his family. On January 14, Martin called to say he wouldn't make it home that weekend because his truck had broken down. He never contacted his loved ones again. The last person known to have seen him was the mechanic in Longview, Texas whom Martin took his truck to for repairs. They had dinner together, then Martin said he was going to wait on a friend to get truck parts. The mechanic left to do more work on the truck. Martin has never been heard from again. Anyone with information should contact the Sand Springs Police. Martinez, Gregoria Jacobo- last seen 8/13/09. Martinez was last seen in Nacogdoches. She was born in Mexico and was living in the United States without documents at the time of her disappearance. Her two young children, both of whom are U.S. citizens, and they were visiting their grandmother in Mexico when Martinez disappeared. She had asked the father of one of her children for money to help bring her children home from Mexico. He agreed to meet her and lend her money shortly before she disappeared.Martinez planned to go to the Nacogdoches County courthouse on July 13 to pick up copies of her children's birth certificates, but she never arrived there. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing on July 16. That same day, her vehicle was found abandoned on the side of County Road 525, near the intersection of U. S. Highway 59 south. There were no obvious indications of a struggle at the scene. Martinez may have gotten a ride south with a truck driver in order to find her children; however, her family never saw her. Both the fathers of her children have been questioned and neither of them have been named as suspects. Authorities believe Martinez was taken against her will. Anyone with information should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Troopers). Marquez, Erin Raquel- last seen 8/30/14. The 17-year-old disappeared as she was leaving the Longview Baptist Church in Hallsville, near Longview. She has long dark hair that was dyed red, and 5’6”, 130 pounds, and has brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact the Harrison County Sheriff. McKay, Melissa Darling- last seen 6/10/11. At 1:35 a.m., Melissa walked out of the Choctaw Casino in Grant, Oklahoma with a white male companion, Jeremy Upchurch, of Lamar TX and was never seen again. Upchurch continues to be a person of interest due to his criminal background. Properties in Oklahoma, Delta and Lamar counties were searched, but came up empty. I can’t find an independent source to corroborate, but a personal conversation I had with law enforcement indicates they have found her vehicle in Oklahoma and presume she is dead, possibly due to drug involvement. Anyone with information should contact the Hopkins County Sheriff or Sulphur Springs Police. Meadows, Beverly Lofton- Last seen 12/26/08. Beverly walked away from the Community Cares Nursing Home in the 200 block of west Merritt Street in Marshall, Texas and has never been seen again. Meadows had lived in the nursing home for about six years prior to her disappearance. She was supposed to wear an identification bracelet that would have activated the nursing home's door alarms, but she took it off before she left. She left without taking any personal belongings. Her mother, who lives 15 miles from the nursing home, believes Meadows was trying to walk to her residence. She was 48 years old at the time of her disappearance, 5’3”, and 240 pounds with short brown hair. She requires daily medication, and she doesn't have her medicine with her. Anyone with information should contact the Marshall Police. Morton, Sheila- last seen 6/2/14. Missing from Center, Texas, Sheila’s behavior and personality changed drastically in the weeks leading up to her disappearance, according to her mother Joan. She had recently quit a restaurant job she had for seven years, moved out of her residence, and began hanging out with an old group of friends. Additionally, the last purchase Sheila was known to make was for a 9mm handgun, which was left behind when she disappeared. She was last seen at her ex-boyfriend’s house. Her phone was turned off the same day she vanished, and she has never been seen or heard from again. Sheila’s family members do not believe she would voluntarily leave her son behind. Anyone with information should contact the Angelina County Sheriff. Pierce, Ashley- last seen 3/10/20. Disappeared from the Longview area, she is 5’3” and has a Hello Kitty tattoo on her thigh and a scorpion on her shoulder. She has long brown hair. Anyone with information should contact the Gregg County Sheriff. Salazar, Rosemary “Rose” Rodriguez- Last seen 10/6/19. Attended a family birthday party at the Golden Corral in Kilgore, and was supposed to report to work the next morning at the Kilgore Walmart, but no-show, no-called. She has several distinctive tattoos, including a heart with a fishing hook, a deathly hallow, and the inscription “my person” next to a rose. She is a 5’4”, 185 pound Hispanic woman with brown eyes and brown hair, and it is not known what she was wearing when she disappeared. Her lime green 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is also missing. Anyone with information should contact the Gregg County Sheriff. Stewart, Harry Edward- Last seen 11/30/11. Harry was traveling from Springtown, Texas to Alabama and was last seen in Hallsville, Texas. His age was 65 and he is white, 5’10”, and weighs about 170 pounds. Sheriff’s deputies determined he was driving when he hit something and had to leave his vehicle after his radiator overheated. Harry told the responding officer he would wait at the Dairy Queen on Farm-to-Market Road 450 near mile marker 604 for a ride. He was never seen again. Thompson, Lauren Colvin- Last seen 1/10/19. At 1:53 p.m., Lauren made a frantic but coherent call to her mother. At 2:01 p.m., Lauren called 911 and told Panola County dispatch she was being followed. The call lasted for 21 minutes before disconnecting. Lauren’s family says it “abruptly ended,” police say the “cell phone died.” Lauren’s phone and shoe were found in the Rock Hill community, a rural area with less than 200 residents and more than 2000 acres of woods. A search by multiple law enforcement agencies turned up nothing. A $10,000 reward is offered for information on Lauren’s whereabouts. Anyone with information should contact the Panola County Sheriff. Tidwell, James “Jimmy” Lamar- Last seen 2/15/12. Family members found his rural cabin in Rusk County abandoned, and later found his vehicle abandoned on Farm Road 95, approximately five miles from his home, without a battery. "I do not believe for one minute that he left this property of his own free will," his sister Lynn Akin said. The road was a route he took frequently. He was 58 at the time of his disappearance. The truck showed no signs of foul play, according to Sheriff’s deputies. Anyone with information should contact the Rusk County Sheriff. Valdovinos, Gustavo Baldovi- Last seen 7/11/12. Missing from his maternal aunt's home on Houston Street in Tyler. He told his family he was an alcoholic and had decided to go into treatment, and he left with a group of people who promised to get him some help. The group he left with is described as a Caucasian male and two Caucasian females driving a white Chevrolet Z71 or Silverado pickup truck. Anyone with information should contact the Smith County Sheriff. Wells, Brandi- Last seen 8/3/06. Was leaving the Graham Central Station nightclub in Longview at around 12:30 a.m. Her damaged car was found on Interstate 20 near the Brownsboro exit with her personal belongings inside. She was wearing rust-colored gaucho pants and a floral tube top, and is 4’11, 130 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was 23 in 2006, she would be 36 now. She was featured on Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared.” Anyone with information should contact the Henderson County Sheriff. Witt, Jana Mann- last seen 8/17/05. Missing from Glen Rose in Somervell County, Ms. Witt displayed personality changes several weeks prior to her disappearance. She has also gone by the names Jana Holstin, Jana Howard and Jana Branch. She was 44 years of age at the time of her disappearance, and 5’3”, 160 pounds with blue eyes and dyed red hair. The missing persons database notes that foul play is possible. Anyone with information should contact the Somervell County Sheriff. Sources: News reports, Charley Project, Missing Eight East Texas and more https://www.news-journal.com/news/local/police-searching-for-husband-of-missing-wc-woman/article_7c5144ee-8434-5e12-9829-360d060c510a.html https://www.ketk.com/news/vanished-hartford-hunter-dunn/ https://www.panolawatchman.com/news/still-no-answers-in-lauren-thompson-case-a-year-after-she-went-missing-from-panola/article_07d707bc-4d15-11ea-8c84-af4fb2d30b79.html
The summary is transcribed live, maybe paraphrased, and will contain spelling and grammatical errors until I am able to edit it once the press conference ends.
As of noon today we report 1,345 new cases for a Toal of 127,246 COVID-19 cases in Lousiana.
Cases are from 15,105 tests. 94% of today's cases were from community spread and 94% were collected int the past week.
There are 1,457 COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized, this is a decrease of 14 from yesterday's and is the 5th day there has been a decline in hospitalizations.
We hit a death milestone today surprising 4k deaths, with 50 new deaths reported today for a total of 4,028.
We have seen sustained improvements in regards to cases, hospitalizations, and case positivity. They are all too high but it beats the trajectory we were previously on since Memorial Day. We are doing better but have some work left to do.
We completed Surge testing in EBR parish sponsored by HHS at 56,711 tests were administered.
Fixed sites will remain in Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Alexandria while supplies last.
New Orleans now has surge testing open and will continue past next Friday.
Everyone who got tested was able to receive a mask and they were educated by the Department of Health on how to protect themselves and their communities from COVID.
These are the only sites that allow people to be tested without symptoms in Louisiana and we saw many asymptomatic got tested and found out they were positive.
Estimates are between 25-40% of people who get COVID will be asymptomatic, which is what makes this pandemic so hard to control because asymptomatic people are less likely to be tested and more likely to transmit the disease to others because they do not know they are infectious.
Mask is a proxy for a test result.
If you have COVID symptoms or been exposed to someone with COVID get tested. Call your doctor. Call 2-1-1 to find a test site with you.
Dr. Gina Laguard of Regional Medical Director of Region 9 / Northshore
Collectively Northshore makes up 12% of the state's population with over a 500,000 population the Northshore is home to both rural and urban living.
COVID is widespread on the Northshore and in all five Northshore parishes.
The cases and deaths from the Northshore represent 10% of the states.
All of the Northshore parishes Are higher than the federal threshold.
However, mitigation efforts are showing that the incidence of COVID is decreasing.
Percent positivity in all 5 parishes is above the Federal Threshold, but at least 2 of the parishes have shown a decrease in case positivity.
The age group that accounts for the majority of cases increases is 18-29 years of age.
Hospitals have the capacity, they have beds, ventilators, and PPE. However, their biggest challenge is staffing.
With community spread the people who work int he hospital are exposed and they too have fallen ill. Not all of it is COVID, keep in mind there are still other illnesses in the population.
I am hopeful in the region we will continue to work tirelessly to test the residents and work closely with parish leadership to provide the best testing, but it is becoming a challenge with limitations we have and the amount of the strike teams we have.
Right now we are working with National Guard, LCMC, and Oschner. We had two surge sites one in Livingston and Tangipahoa and were able to test over 1,400.
9,100 people have been tested in the community with the 178 tests per day.
Work closely with the hospitals to ensure they have what they need to deliver services.
Work with leadership to make sure mitigation measures are in place.
"Slow the pace. Cover your Face."
It's not too much to ask to wear a mask.
It is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID.
Mandates may affect how we live, learn, work, worship, socialize but they are necessary to curb the spread of the disease.
This is a collective effort. We must work together to reduce the spread of COVID.
Shows a picture of her 63-year-old cousin Nadine.
Nadine was retired from Loyola after 30 years of work experience but rejoined the work market.
March 9th was the first case in Louisiana. 7 days later Nadine became symptomatic.
She lived in New Orleans but it was atypical symptomology.
Her presentation was initially GI symptoms and we did not know that association at the time.
5 days later she was in the emergency room, the next day she was intubated and on April 3rd she passed away. She tased away on her son's birthday and 23 days before her 64th birthday.
So I'm sensitive when some feel they lost their sense of freedom. So when I hear people say it is my right not to wear a mask and congregate in large groups. What about my right to live? What about your right? I understand, but it is about doing what we know is right. Doing what we know is right and doing the right things. Wearing a mask might have saved my cousin. It was before we knew this. Avoiding large crowds and socially distancing may have saved my cousin. We know from contact tracing we have been able to track her exposure to possibly a gathering were others had symptoms at that time. Or maybe it was exposure at work. We know these mitigation efforts work. Masks are cheap. Five dollars is the economic impact of that mask, and if worn properly it reduces the spread of COVID, versus the cost of hospitalizations -- the cost of death -- the years of life lost?
When you look at the workforce 18-60 we've had over 1,400 deaths those are years of lives lost too soon. That was our workforce.
For those that have had COVID, we know that some still have issues with their lungs, kidneys, neurological systems. There is a cost to that. Especially to the healthcare system.
We ask that you wear a mask. That's simple. We ask that you avoid large crowds. That's easy. We ask that you physically distance at least 6 feet. How easy is that? We ask that you wash your hands and frequently disinfect common surfaces and stay at home and better yet stay at home if you re not well. These are simple asks to help reduce the spread of COVID in our state.
I wish my cousins had that opportunity to wear a mask, I wish we knew what we knew know and had restrictions on gathering sizes and knew about social distancing. We've learned a lot about COVID from March 9th to now but 1,400 deaths today? We can do better as a state.
I'm hopeful because our numbers are improving showing these migration measures are working.
Please mask up. Socially distance. Continue hand hygiene and disinfect surfaces.
Stay home if not well.
I worry about the children beginning school this week. They have the right to got to school and not have parents, staff, and faculty worry about the high cases of COVID in our community.
Giv. John Bel Edwards
If you have any doubts about the mitigation measures working just look at the data.
You can see it was about 2 weeks after the mask mandates and restrictions that we began to turn around the numbers and it has been consistent at least up to now.
When people hear we are doing better they think they can lift up on doing what they are doing, but we are doing betterbecauseof adherence. We know that if everyone wore a mask, washed their hands, stayed home when sick we would see a much larger impact on our numbers.
A reminder that we remain in the red zone as determine the day the White House Taskforce.
Some of you have heard of the verdict from Judge Janice Clark held in place the restrictions and mitigation measures. This is not the last legal challenge but I am confident that I am doing what is necessary. We are following the science. We are following the data. We are implementing best practices and recommendations from the CDC and White House Taskforce. I am doing with the authority I have as Governor, as I am authorized to do by the Constitution and Statutory Law of Louisiana, to respond to this Public Health Emergency. I am not just authorized, because we are talking about lives I am obligated to do these things as well.
It does not make it easy. It is absolutely essential. It is legal. We know without any doubt it is effective. This is not an academic exercise, it is not theoretical. We know it works.
We still have significant work to do in Louisiana, as we remain at No 1 per capita in the United States.
More than 2.5% of our state's population has been infected and that's just confirmed cases we know there are a lot more individuals who have had it and never were tested.
If we want as much of our economy to be open as possible -- but safely, our schools -- but safe, if we want to be able to engage in as much normalcy as possible... it is the mitigation measures that will allow this to happen.
We can get to a transmissions rate of <1 without Phase 1 or stay-at-home but it requires everyone doing their part -- that is what the modeling shows. We are on that track now if we can maintain it long enough to get below 1. If everyone would do their part we would see much more dramatic results and more quickly.
Title 3 which deals with the National Guard will stay in place until the end of the year.
They are a key part of our strategy.
From receiving, warehousing, distribution of PPE, ventilators, testing, going out to nursing homes as part of strike teams, you name it.
While we are excited to hear it will be extended to the end of the year we are upset to hear that we along with other states will have to pay 25% of the costs until the end of the year, while two states, Texas and Florida will not.
I do not begrudge these states but I will tell you there is not a rational basis to distinguish Louisiana between those two states when we have ridden the crest of both the first and second surge as evidenced by the fact we have more cases per capita than any other state. So I will be working through the Congressional Delegation to re-urging the White House to extend that 100% coverage to Louisiana.
The 25% cost share is about 2.5 million a month so we are talking about a little more than 10 million dollars. So it is not an insubstantial amount of funding.
WorkSearch has been implemented by the Louisiana workforce commissions.
Understands there is considerable anxiety because the $600 federal benefits have expired, know the state benefit is $247 a week and people cannot survive on that
It is time to get those who can back into a job and find work.
There are several thousand jobs available in Louisiana so that is what we are trying to do now.
Each week in order to recetrtify the individual will have to share the 3 employers that were contacted and no jobs were available.
It is also being done because we are concerned about the state's unemployment trust fund.
That trust fund started out with 1.1 billion dollars and is now down to 270 million today and we cannot pay benefits if it is solvent.
We need to either cross the threshold whereby the law increases the payroll tax on employers or employers have a surcharge.
Either way that's a functional tax increase and we do not want to do that. So we are asking for help from the Congressional Delegation and National Governors Associations and directly with the White House in order to get their assistance on this matter.
WorkSearch is back in place. Does not affect people whose employment isn't available because of the restriction that has been imposed due to COVID 19 or an employee who has COVID-19.
Critically important to the state's economy that people enter the workforce.
Census response rate lags the national average. If we do not get more people to respond there will be a price to pay for Louisiana. 2020census.gov to fill it out or can call 844-330-2020 to complete your Census.
Now that you won in court do you intend to crackdown, not he BBQ restaurant in Denham Springs? Yes. We will share that information with you when it is appropriate. When will that be? When it is appropriate. Do you think there will be leftover funding from the CARES Act or Business Grant Program in a time period that could keep the unemployment trust fund solvent? I do not see in the portion of the CARES Act that we dedicated to local government. There is a certain amount, of the 1.8 billion we received it was my recommendation that 45% of the 1.8 billion be reserved for local government. The house went more or less with that, but then did fund $300 million for the Main Street program, and then a smaller allocation for Front Line Workers. We believe that will be completely exhausted and I do not know if money will be left in the Mainstreet Program. I haven't received a report yet and I think it would premature to guess. They will not begin to issue checks until Aug 15, and I do not know how many applications they received, nor how many qualify. We will know by the end of the month, and it could potentially be there at the end of the month. But even if it is there that money would not tie us over for very long. So the assistance we need in Phase 4 of the Coronavirus Relief that is currently being negotiated is critically important for us. We are communicating this with our Congressional Delegation and there have been a number of conversations with the Speaker discussing multiple ways we could replenish that trust fund. On August the 3rd we put $12 million dollars in the trust fund from taxes fro the quarter. It is just not enough to meet the demand with the claims we have. Other states have banned smoking in casinos because they are concerned people are taking their masks on and off, has that been discussed here? I believe that was first discussed in Louisiana as far as I know right now when you just brought it up. My first impression is that makes some sense, but I hate to think out loud because sometimes you get in trouble. I think New Orleans and East Baton Rouge may be the only places where smoking is banned in casinos. That is something I will give some consideration to, but I am not making an announcement today. You've been hesitant to discuss football, have you had a discussion with their administration? I have. I have had discussions with their athletic director and most people love LSU football but we have football programs across the state. I have had an opportunity to discuss with Scott Woodward, the LSU Athletic Director, and they are planning for multiple contingencies with what they will be able to do safely in regards to the number of people they can put in the stands for a football game. They do not know what that will look like yet, and I do not know what that will look like yet. Obviously you cannot wait to make that discussion until game day, we will meet with other schools to determine how far in advance they need to know. They are looking at ways to get people in and out of the stadium in and out of restrooms, receive concessions, without having people grouping together. Will need to see where we are in terms of the data to inform what we can safely do here in Louisiana when football resumes. The good news is we have some additional time because they backed up the return of the season. A number of local bars are applying for temporarily conditional restaurant licenses so they can continue to operate and keep their doors open and a reduced capacity. Can you explain from a public health standpoint why a bar with a newly acquired temporary conditional restaurant license is safer than a bar that does not Because they have to operate as a restaurant. All the rules that apply to restaurants today will apply to them in terms of the 50% occupancy limit, the need to social distance people who are not in the same household, more than 1/2 of the income must be derived from food sales and not alcohol sales. So they would function like a restaurant which would make them safer. Another indication of the efforts we are making is to allow as many of these bar owners as much flexibility as possible so we are not just leaving them the option of pick up or drive-thru sales. Or allowing them to have 2 video poker machines open if they had inside, but it also allows them to function as a restaurant if they are able to do that. They are receiving these permits very quickly so they can get into operation and realize some income as soon as possible. It will be safer because all of their patrons will have to be seated, to distance, and so forth... its something we are doing in an effort to allow as many of these establishments to remain open as possible, but to do so in a safe manner. Is there a recommendation/protocol about how many cases college and university campuses can have without having to reduce people from campus? They are working hard with the Department of Public Health and the CDC to work with education leaders both K-12 and higher education, to determine what to do when there is a case and if there are multiple cases and so forth. We can all assume there will be cases. You cannot have the cases we have across Louisiana, resume school, and not have some of these cases show up in your universities or K-12 schools. It really depends on how many cases, if they are in the same classroom, same dormitory, etc. All of these things are being looked at. I can tell you just recently our higher education community completed tabletop exercises, and a result of lessons learned there they have now gone back and revised their plans and will continue to do that as they learn from one another, and as guidance from the CDC changes. Will you report data based on outbreaks/cases on educational campuses? I don't know. I am not sure what means we have to capture that information, but certainly, what we have we will share. We are not going to hide it from anyone. Before I say yes I want to make sure we can capture that through the means we have in place to update you every day, or if additional things need to go into place. I do not know if it will be a situation where I ask you to direct those questions to the particular educational systems and universities while we report the universal numbers. We will get back to you on that. Is there a point you will use your authority as governor to limit on-campus instruction I do not intend to have to do that because we know K-12 are doing everything they can to deliver an education that goes along with CDC guidelines. So it is not something I believe I will have to do. Higher educational students, especially vulnerable, will do online or hybrid education. So with everything, they plan to do and oversee.... what they are doing came up they from the Department of Health in consolation with the CDC guidelines. So I do not believe it will be necessary for me to step in. Shreveport reports its third death of MIS-C? The medical community trying to determine if that is just what COVID looks like in certain kids, or whether it is a separate medical condition that is tangental to COVID. We've had a number of deaths, but not like the 4,000 from COVID from around the state. So we are obviously concerned about that. It is further evidence that children are not immune to this disease. They are much less likely to have a serious illness, but it does still happens. We see sometimes a young person will get COVID-19 and have a bad result even though there is no identifiable co-morbid condition. It is not the rule, it is very much the exception, but it is evidence that children are not immune. This is why we must make certain the kids are as safe as possible which is one of the reasons why the CDC guidelines are important --- that kids socially distance, have masks, do no co-mingle, they stick to their cohort. That this starts form the moment they get on the bus to the moment they get home. It is critically important we do this if we are going to get children safely back in the classroom.
This public health emergency will be with us for some time. Unfortunately, there is a new normal and the mask is part of that. Socially distancing is part of that. Washing your hands is part of that. Staying at home when sick is part of that. I am asking everyone to do their part.
Understand the progress we have started to see over the past 8-10 days is positive, but we can lose it. If we do what we did after Memorial Day we will lose it. But, if more people adhere to the mitigation measures we will accelerate improvements and they will be long-lasting. We can get to a transmission rate of <1 so the disease is on the way out if we just all engage in the measures. We can do it without having to be more restrictive.
We have a long way to go but I am optimistic we will get there. We flattened the curve once before and we can do it again.
We just need to double down on these proven effective mitigation measures and restrictions and if we can just all o that we will be in a much better place. We will have fewer people getting this disease. Fewer people going to the hospital, and we will have fewer people dying. And that's the quintessential way to be a good neighbor 😏 (mod note: he actually smirked) to just do something that is modest request of you that hardly constituents a burden at all if it means fewer people get sick and fewer people die.
Might be moving to Shreveport soon, many questions
We have a 3YO and a baby. I'm a music teacher and hoping to teach lessons out of our house so living in a family-friendly neighborhood is especially important. I've read that Broadmoor is a great choice and less so South Highlands, and that north Bossier is another good choice. Are people from Bossier likely to drive to Broadmoor for music lessons? I was also looking at Silverlake and Wild Oaks(?) but it looks like there aren't many schools down there. Is it older people? We're from Phoenix so we are used to "patchy" neighborhoods and how not to get robbed/carjacked/roadrage murdered. Carjacking and roadrage murders are kind of a Phoenix thing though, what do I need to add to my safety repertoire for Shreveport? In our current neighborhood people get stuff stolen out of carports, unlocked cars and sheds. Basically just lock your shit up and don't keep valuables outside. Is Broadmoor similar? I'd like to avoid areas where people break into homes but I can handle stupidity tax type property theft. What's the commute like from north Bossier to the Highlands area? I think Highlands is where my husband's potential job is located. His potential future colleagues were complaining about white flight to Bossier. They all live in Broadmoor and Highlands. Would he be judged for living in Bossier? How about flooding? Do you need flood insurance? Are floods becoming more serious? How's the weather? We're used to living like vampires and scuttling from AC to AC in the summer with livable winters. Hoping for something more resembling four seasons. Hot and humid in the summer but how hot are we talking? What's the cool season like? My husband was recently there and mentioned that it seems like some issues arise from the casinos and that it feels like things are ripe for renewal, kind of like Phoenix 15-20 years ago. Thoughts? Random but we are hoping to keep yard chickens. Is that a thing in Shreveport? Many people have them here and it's NBD but the zoning here is bizarre so there are random fields in the middle of town and horses and shit. What about resale value? I searched the sub and have read that selling in Highlands and Broadmoor takes a long time. That info is a few years old though. Is it still true? Looks like values have gone up recently. What's a reasonable price for say 3 bed 2 bath 2000sqft in Broadmoor? How long do homes stay on the market? Is Bossier still selling well? Lots of questions, sorry. I'm an over planner. Thanks! ETA: Talk to me about schools. I know about the magnet schools but I'm a little concerned if my kids don't make it in. If AC Steere still good? Can you open enroll into schools outside your district like you can in other areas? Are charter schools a thing? How about private schools that are not religious? What's the cut off for public preschool? Here it's August 30 and my oldest has a September birthday so she would be five in preschool here. Are there parks and rec classes?
You want my best price for working on my day off?.. Okay...
I'm not sure if this belongs specifically in Malicious Compliance, but here goes: I'm a barber. It's a great gig. In fact, I've never been happier working any job... but it does have a few downsides. The biggest one is vacations and holidays. There are very few barbering jobs that offer paid vacation days, holidays or even sick days. Whenever you're not working, regardless of why, you're not getting paid, because, unless you own the shop, you're a contract employee. A few years ago, I was working with an owner at his shop, which was in a small Texas town (even though he was the owner, I'll be referring to him as "partner" from here on out, because that's the way he made me feel, he was a great guy to work with). He and I had gone to barber school together and he's just an all around good guy and a good friend. But he's also a no-nonsense kind of a guy... we both like to have a good laugh, but he's not putting up with anything he doesn't feel like putting up with (nobody is going to push him around, customer or not). It was a few days before Thanksgiving, and he was planning on closing the shop Wednesday night and then not reopening until the following Monday. I was personally very happy with this arrangement, as every shop I've ever worked at takes off for Thanksgiving day, but reopens for the Friday and Saturday immediately after. My partner likes his days off, however (especially holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas... they're meant to be family time, and he's a big believer in that premise). He totally would have allowed me to work those days if it was something I wanted to do, since he understood that not everybody is like he is and he would never want anyone working with him to lose out on money just because of something he wanted to do... but I was very glad he was closing down those days because I love those holidays too. (super long set up... I know. So let's get to the actual story here): It's Tuesday, two days to Thanksgiving. My partner and I are both working on a customer, when in walks "Eye-Patch Guy" (you'll never guess why we called him that... go on... give it a whirl). Eye Patch Guy had "a serious problem," he told us as he leaned against the pool table in front of our chairs; the barber in his area (a small town north of us) was going to be closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (same as us), and he absolutely had to have a haircut and a shave on Saturday. As it turns out, EPG's barber is a good friend of ours and also went to the same barber school with us (what a co-inkeydink). His barber sent him down to talk to us in order to check if maybe we could help him. We politely explain to EPG that we were also going to be closed those very same days and, unfortunately, we wouldn't be able to help him either. But Eye-Patch Guy simply wasn't havin' none of that. "Surely", he tells us... "surely one of us could come in and fix him up for the right price." It's at this point that my partner pointed out to him that, besides being closed those days, both of us live 45 minutes from the shop. Coming in isn't exactly easy... well, I mean, it's not super hard but it's definitely a pain in the ass. He then goes on to ask him, "What's the big deal about Saturday? We're going to be open tomorrow, and a haircut and shave on Wednesday would probably look almost as fresh as one done on Saturday; so why does it have to be Saturday?" EPG then tells us, "I love to go to the casinos in Shreveport" (Louisiana). "But... before I go, I always like to get a fresh haircut and a shave that same morning... it makes me feel extra fresh and relaxed for when I get there. It's a tradition thing... for a little bit of luck. Plus, it may only be a couple days difference but, when I go, I want to look as clean and bright as a new penny." (<< he actually said that shit). My partner looks over at me to see if perhaps I might be interested in coming in, but I'm already shaking my head "no". "I'm sorry," my partner tells him, "but we've both been looking forward to spending time with our respective families on those days, and we won't be able to help you." "WELL YOU MUST NOT LIKE MONEY THEN!" Eye-Patch Guy angrily shouts at us. "Everywhere else I go, barbers have done this for me. I get this kind of thing all the time." Now... this is obviously not true since, as you may remember, his personal barber had already turned him down for this same request. But, out of courtesy, neither of us mention that to him (no sense making him madder than he already is). Instead my partner switches off his clippers... now, I should mention (and this is something I learned after many months working with my partner)... whenever he switched those clippers off, while he was still in the middle of a cut... some serious shit was about to go down, meaning: he was about to say something pretty bad-ass... or hilarious... or both. "You know what," he started. "you've talked me into it. For the right price, I'd be glad to get up during my holiday with my family, drive an hour and a half round-trip, just so I can give one single person a haircut and a shave; and I'll even go the extra mile to ensure that it's the best haircut and shave you've ever had." "Now that's what I wanted to hear," Eye-patch guy said, brightening in anticipation, "How much we talkin'?" "THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!" barked my partner, in all sincerity. Eye-Patch Guy just sat there, leaning up against our pool table in stunned silence. Both of us kept waiting to see what he would say (even the five or six other customers in the shop were eagerly waiting to hear his response). After about 60 arduous seconds in complete silence, EPG finally straightened up and -- without so much as a peep -- made for the door. "BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE MUNAAAAAAAY!" My partner shouted at him just as the door started to close behind him.
Nichole ”Nikki” LaDue January was born on February 27, 1972, to Terry and Bonnie LaDue. By all accounts, Nikki, her sisters, and parents had a close and loving relationship. Nikki moved to Pass Christian, MS with her first husband Mike and their son Zack. They moved from NY to start a new life and gain employment in the booming casino industry. Their marriage ended in divorce. While working at the Grand Casino, Nikki met her second husband, Phil January. Phil was in charge of security at the casino. They married not long after they began dating. At the time of her death, they had been married for 2 years. Just prior to her death, Phil lost his job at the Grand and wanted to move to Shreveport, LA area where he had gotten a job. Phil wanted Nikki and Zack to move with him, but Nikki had other plans. She confided in a few friends that instead of making a short trip to her parents, she was going to stay with them in Florida and not move to Shreveport. Nikki had told some friends that Phil was controlling and mentally abusive. Other friends and co-workers shared first-hand stories of witnessing Phil’s meanness and abusive behavior toward Nikki. Nikki had been staying with her friend, Nancy Burge for a few days prior to the move. Phil was in LA and Nikki didn't like being alone in their condo. The day before Nikki died, she dropped Zack off at the babysitter’s house around noon. She told the babysitter that she had to finish packing. Nikki actually went to hang out with her friend Eric. They were hanging out having fun and Eric states that Nikki was in a good mood. Around 9 pm Nikki said she had to make a phone call. Eric offered her his cell phone, but she used a payphone instead. Several minutes later, Nikki returned to the table upset. She said they had to leave immediately. The last time Eric would hear from Nikki was 1236am on 7/29/2002. Nikki told Eric not to tell anyone that they hung out together that day. (They were in public, so many people could place them together.) That was the last time Eric spoke to Nikki. Phone records show numerous calls between 11 pm on 7/28 until 140 am on 7/29 from a blocked number. Phil has stated those calls were from him. Phil also called Nancy Burge at 1030 pm on 7/28. He told Nancy that he couldn't reach Nikki. When Nancy got home, she noticed Nikki's car was there. She told her son that she was going to check on Nikki, but returned home saying she changed her mind after driving a few blocks. Nancy was supposed to meet Nikki at her condo at 8 am on 7/29/2002. Nancy was going to follow Nikki to her parent's house in Florida, bringing along some of Nikki's belongings. Nancy arrived at the condo at 930 am. Nancy said Zack opened the door and told her that mommy was sleeping. Nancy checked the condo but couldn't find Nikki. Nancy said Phil arrived shortly after her, she told him she couldn't find Nikki. According to Nancy, Phil walked right to the balcony door and found Nikki. Nikki was found seated at a table with her right knee held by the table in front of her, with her left leg down. A gun was found on the chair between her legs, slightly under her left thigh. On the table in front of her, to the left was a pack of Marlboro Medium 100’s and a lighter, that is Nikki's brand that she smoked. On the opposite side of the table was a pack of Marlboro Reds and a lighter, a filled ashtray with both brands of butts and a bloody cordless phone. There was also a black case of some sort. Nancy placed the 911 call. Within 2 hours of investigation, Nikki's death was signed off as suicide by lead investigator Tom Putsay. Putsay told the family that no autopsy or further investigation was necessary. No fingerprints were taken, approximately 20 Polaroid pictures were taken of the scene. No evidence was collected even though there was strong physical evidence that someone was on the balcony with Nikki. According to Putsay’s police report, the bullet passed from the right side of Nikki's head to the left, struck a wall and screen door, bouncing back landing on a chair 3 feet from Nikki. The bullet casing was found by the condo manager in the pool 3 floors below the balcony approximately 20 feet west. The report also states it's unknown how the phone got there or how the blood got on it. Rigor and lividity indicated she had been dead for several hours. Pictures, the 911 call and Putsay’s report in the following link: https://behindtheyellowtape.wordpress.com/investigation-notes-nikki-ladue-january/ The position of Nikki's body raised a lot of questions. Why were her hands folded neatly in front of her and how did the gun end up between her legs, partially under her thigh? There was a note on the computer allegedly from Nikki apologizing for her drug use. The rest of the hard drive was wiped clean by Phil’s son. No autopsy was done. As far as the police were concerned, case closed. It took 3 morticians to find the exit hole on the left side of Nikki's head. LE hadn't looked. During his interview with LE, Phil stated during those phone calls he may have said something that upset Nikki causing her to look for his gun and shoot herself. When Nikki's family talked to Nancy Burge, they laid out their concerns that it wasn't suicide. Nancy became quiet and the said,”maybe I should be frightened too”. Nancy did not attend Nikki's funeral. Nikki is buried, Putsay closed the case as suicide and Nikki's family are left to conduct their own investigation. Bonnie's investigation has been ongoing since Nikki died. There have been several blogs that have written about Nikki, but little mainstream media coverage. Bonnie found out that there was a drug ring being run out of the Grand. Could Nikki's death be connected? Bonnie was told that Nikki's death was a warning and that everyone understood they couldn't say anything about drugs in the hotel. The LaDue’s convinced Phil to give permission for Nikki to be disinterred to have a private autopsy done. The results were undetermined but unlikely a suicide. Unfortunately, an autopsy result in NY doesn't change the cause of death in MS. Tom Putsay was later tried and convicted of child sex abuse. He will serve a minimum of 40 years before he can be paroled. He has said that there were red flags that morning but still signed off as suicide within 2 hours. https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/crime/article152694434.html https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/crime/article42113940.html To this day, the only autopsy done was by a coroner hired by the LaDue’s. The results remain undetermined. https://coldnomore.wordpress.com/tag/nikki-ladue-january/ https://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/nikki-ladue-january-deserved-bette (Norm Holliston wrote a series of posts about Nikki’s death and the mystery surrounding it. He spoke to relatives and friends and has a series of posts on conversations he had with Phil January. LME (Logical Minded Engineer) wrote a series of interesting comments on how it was physically impossible for Nikki to shoot herself and have the bullet and casing end up where they did. There are several blog posts on Cold No More worth reading.) https://coldnomore.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/mathematical-reasons-nikkis-death-was-murde There is so much more I could write, but this has gotten lengthy. So, so you think Nikki committed suicide? What do you make of the evidence on the table and the position of Nikki's body? Why was the hard drive wiped clean? Do you think after all this time, the lack of evidence collected by LE, that we can ever learn what happened to Nikki? Edit: updated to include the year Nikki died.
Jesus. I feel stupid writing this. This is not something I feel comfortable sharing with anyone in my circle (family friends, co-workers), so I’ll share it with you, nosleep. I’m new to the group, and not sure exactly how this whole thing works, but I could use some advice, or at least some feedback. First, a quick hello: I’m a forty-eight year old traveling salesman. I provide electrical components to military/defense aerospace companies. My territory encompasses several states which requires lots of travel. Basically, I spend more time on the road than I do at home. I know. Poor guy, right? I get to see where they make the missiles and tanks, AND I get to travel every week. But please don’t misunderstand, I know I’m lucky to have a great job. I’ve been doing this for almost eight years and couldn’t imagine a better way to make a living. My concern is not with my job, it’s where I stay at night. I started out booking hotels (mostly Marriott and IHG properties), but after years of eating those scrumptious ‘scrambled eggs’ and turkey patties from the free breakfast, well, I decided to try something different. So a few weeks ago I booked a Bed and Breakfast. My first experience was in Arkansas. I don’t want to post the name of the B&B, but it is in the Ozarks near Eureka Springs. It is an older home, remodeled with new carpet. I remember the staff being extremely nice and helpful. I stayed two nights while visiting customers. Nothing out of the ordinary happened other than I accidentally left a pair of my work slacks hanging in the closet. The following week, I was in Salt Lake City, UT. I stayed in a two-story house with a view of the Wasatch mountains (beautiful). The first night, I was restless. Even my white noise app didn’t help. The second night, I was awakened around 3am. Dripping sweat, and my heart was messing up a little. I have a slight AFib (Atrial fibrillation) condition that bothers me if I don’t eat enough carbs. Couldn’t go back to sleep, so I watched a YouTube documentary about an island in Mexico full of broken dolls. Next morning, I packed and had breakfast in the common area before heading to the airport. On the way to the rental car facility, I couldn’t shake the feeling I’d left something at the B&B (not my slacks again either- Ha!). I even called to have them check my room. The feeling never really left. Next week was a detached B&B in Albuquerque, NM. It was a converted garage next to the main house. Nice enough but smelled a little moldy. I awoke the first night to the barking of a dog. Again, I was drenched in sweat and my AFib was kicking the hell out of my chest. I tried cooling down with a wet washcloth, but I just couldn’t get comfortable. I tossed and turned all night, and the next morning, the feeling that I’d lost something was back. I checked out without breakfast. Called my wife from the airport- Asked her if everything was ok at home. She sounded worried about me. Last week I was outside Tulsa, OK. Stayed in a little cottage near a casino. The lights seemed dim in my room. And the tv didn’t work. I know this will sound ridiculous, but as soon as a set my bag down, the feeling was back. Obviously, I couldn’t have left anything yet. But I couldn’t shake it. I went to bed and couldn’t sleep, so logged on to YouTube. My Recommended Feed offered a video about a bible in Dalton, GA that leaks holy oil. From that video, I just watched whatever popped up next (When will the World End, The Truth about Imaginary Friends, How to Astral Travel, etc.) Five or six videos later, one came up on Lost Souls and What Causes a Soul to be Lost. It’s a short video of some old lady rambling about souls that can’t find the ‘light’ or something. But after watching it, I started to wonder if this reoccurring feeling could be tied to more than just leaving my slacks in Arkansas. Tonight, I’m in Baton Rouge, LA. I think it was a bad idea to stay in a B&B. I’m a little freaked out. Should have booked the Marriott. I’m near the swamp and can hear the frogs and god knows what else outside my window. I met with a customer this morning who asked me if I believed in demon possession. The question caught me off guard. She realized I was uncomfortable and tried to downplay the question by telling me she had an aunt living in Shreveport who could tell someone’s mood by reading their aura. I said it sounded like a cool trick and changed the subject back to electrical components. She kept glancing above my head. I’ve just felt weird all day. When I got back to my room tonight, I ordered some of that holy oil from the leaking bible. Not sure why. Not even sure what to do with it once it comes. I don’t want to sound cliché, but I don’t feel like myself. I don’t know if it is possible to ‘lose’ your soul like the YouTube lady said. I wouldn’t think you could just accidentally leave it in a B&B. But I do wonder if you can pick things up from rooms that others have stayed in. Like maybe it’s possible that someone left ‘bad energy’ in a room? Maybe it attached to me or my stuff. This may not be the right venue to write this kind of experience, but I’m just not sure who to talk to. Feel free to comment. I’ll follow this post when the holy oil comes.
Franchises or make something up, its neat to see what people think this town could use. I for one think a Dave and Buster's would be rad. Sandbar opened on the premise of what Dave and Buster's would be, but never could take it to the house. What do you guys think?
So I have a possible job offer in Shreveport. I have read other posts about there being nothing to do and there is high crime etc. but I have spent very little time here to really get a feel for it. I’m from south LA so the racism and conservatism isn’t really something I’m unaware of. I’m more curious about what someone in the 20s can do around here that’s not gambling (while visiting my company literally put me in one of the casino’s hotels). I know Dallas is only a couple hours away so that’s cool, but I don’t want to have to drive to Dallas every time I want to go do something. I’m into concerts and art and really enjoy that scene of New Orleans, just not the party aspect of the city. I’ve heard many times that Shreveport is like a shrunken down New Orleans with less alcohol. I also know that the cost of living is much lower so that’s a plus. I don’t know anyone here and having lived far away from home, I don’t know that I want to live far away again and have to make a ton of trips back home when I get lonely/see friends (my friends probably aren’t gonna make a five hour trip to come here). The job offer is not something I have to take for my career to progress as I have a similar offer staying in New Orleans so that’s not a factor. Sorry for rambling, but curious. Any thoughts?
[Housing] (Military) Buying an apartment with the intent to rent it out after several years. I know nothing about real estate.
Hi PF, I'll give you the TL;DR up front: Should I buy an apartment in a downtown location knowing I'll be moving in 2-3 years? I think I could rent this property out pretty easily to other military, but I don't actually know that for sure. Hoping for someone to say "sounds good" or completely blow a shotgun sized hole in my plan. I live in Shreveport, LA and have been scouring the area for a new apartment as I intend to move and didn't want to commit to a house. I first looked downtown Shreveport, hoping to get a place in walking distance to bars, restaurants and casinos. Shreveport's downtown isn't the most exciting, but they are doing a good job of keeping their event calendar relatively full and trying to attract new business. I see it as a desirable area, especially for military who want to be close to the community events, as most of the apartments for rent in that area have maximum salary restrictions, meaning the military makes too much money to stay in most apartments in the area. The ones we can stay in charge around $800 for a one bedroom and the apartments themselves are far from luxurious. I stumbled across 'luxury' apartments built in 2008 in a historic 5 story building. They are 1000 sq. feet and going for 150k-180k. My thought is I can purchase one of these places with a VA loan, and I should have no problem renting out the apartment when I inevitably change stations to someone like me who wanted to be downtown, but doesn't necessarily want to overpay for a slummy one-bedroom just to be in the riverfront location. I have zero intentions of living in Shreveport after I get out, or ever again, really. I know some military who have rented their previous residences with success. I guess I just wanted someone who knows what they are talking about to throw in their two cents. Sorry that this isn't a specific question, though if I go forward I'm sure that I'll have plenty of those in the near future. Here is the properties in question: 180k157k
Here's my critique. Bit old, but I DID IT!Here's another one. To catch up to word count Looking for unbiased, honest critiques about this first chapter in my first 'serious' story I'm writing. Previously only written in RPs on reddit, short stories, and a fanfiction story. I feel I need to work on both sentence flow (actions transitioning to exposition/past specifically) as well as the length of my descriptions and tendency to ramble. So, any tips on those, and anything else you notice, would be much appreciated! Sorry for Reddit submission, I'm not able to make a Reddit-specific google account at the moment. :( I tried to make it easier, a new paragraph/line is color coded with gray. EDIT: In terms of what I'm going for, first chapter is to establish Wallace as a character, what life he lives, etc. Tonally I'm going for a mostly serious with some humor splashed in, Wallace is intended to be pretty light hearted (already messed that up, I realize) and is supposed to go through a major change over the course of the book to 'hardened badass'. I'm mainly looking for critiques to make sure everything flows nicely, if it's a nice intro chapter, easy to read, and tone. Plot isn't really showing up until the end and even then it's a line of it so I don't really worry about that. This is obviously part of a bigger story. Glenn/Dog is, obviously, the dog at the end. He's the demon Glasya-Labolas with a little twist, he is a total addict to drugs and a huge amnesiac so he doesn't know he turns into a dog. Mainly concerned with spelling and paragraphing. Not too worried over grammar. This is still a rough draft so changes can obviously be made. Thanks in advance! If you have questions, let me know! Wallace McKnight was nothing if not stubborn. He had hit the snooze on his alarm clock a few too many times already. The digital clock reading 4:08 PM and casting a small, green glow on his freckle ridden face. A nose a bit too big sat above thin lips, that seemed to be in a perpetual state of discomfort, and between two bright blue eyes peeking from behind obsidian-like hair. Eventually, after the third alarm buzz, his eyes shot open to glance around his messy room as his hand snaked from under the covers to power off the clock. He had already missed his afternoon class, unfortunately. Wally had already read the assigned chapters, done the worksheet, and studied. His main reason for attending class was because he hated missing anything...also because today was the day he was going to ask out Samantha Burnes. However, missing class also meant he could visit his mom before she went to bed! With a pep in his step, despite being groggy from over sleeping, he dressed in his nicer clothes; only the best for his mom. Although, the best of his clothes consisted of a black jacket with small holes in right sleeve accompanied by jeans that were still wet from the rain and a maroon shirt that could have passed for a senior citizen with how many wrinkles it had. All in all, he looked like a normal teen working full time with no money. Leaving his humble apartment, located in what was known as The Dog's Den in the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, Wally nearly tripped over Glenn. The druggie that always seemed to be locked out of his apartment. "Hey man, what're you doing in my room?" Glenn's speech was slurred, his blond hair, pointing every which way, went just past a nose that looked like it had been punched, "I thought I locked the door...." He voice trailed away as his eyes slowly closed. Wally had a soft spot for him, sure he was an addict but he was never a bother; more like his floor's mascot. Plus, Wallace had convinced his landlord to give Glenn the home of a recently evicted person. He'd stumbled upon Glenn on the street, curled up like a stray dog on a piece of cardboard in The Dog's Den. When Glenn moved next door to Wallace, the other residents learned where he came from and soon Glenn was known as Dog...in an endearing way. Soon, Wally became a sort of caretaker for Dog, the friend always looking out for him. "Come on, big guy, let's get you to your bed." He lifted the dazed man, slinging Glenn's arm over his own shoulder to help keep the addict upright. The door wasn't locked, even if they wanted to lock it the door frame and knob would resist since they were busted to hell from the previous renter. Getting the door opened all the way proved difficult, for some reason Dog had stacked empty boxes by the door like cardboard sky scrapers that toppled over almost instantly when Wallace entered. Whilst dragging his friend to his couch, Wally had done this several times before, he took notice of just how much Glenn's apartment had changed since he was last here. The contents of the cardboard boxes were evident by what lied in the living room. A square table with two legs screwed in and on its side, the underside of the table had been scribbled on with bright markers. The words PLAGUE and ZAZES were written above what looked like an elementary child's drawing of a woman getting stabbed by the devil. Below the murder scene was a symbol, a cross made to crucify someone with four arms, the strange cross planted firmly into a sideways eight. Image of symbol, it shows up centered on a new line in my evernote doc "That's my easel...." Glenn muttered, lazily pointing to the table as he walked away from Wally to plop down on a couch with flattened cushions. Wally could then see that Dog had somehow gotten on Ebay as the room was littered with busted knick knacks, likely bought at a discount, as well as torn up history books that ranged from The French Revolution to subjects as obscure as whatever The Shroud of Turin was. Dog had always been pretty big on reading, but he had a mini library in his living room now as opposed to the same five books he was reading a few months ago. Wallace hadn't had to put Glenn to sleep for weeks, he'd been so busy with school and work that when he finally got home Glenn was nowhere to be found. "Are you going to be alright, Glenn?" Wally asked, looking at a stack of envelopes on one of Dog's easels, which were just any flat surfaces he could find. "Just bring me back some dinner." Dog, face buried in the cushions of his sofa, waved at Wally as he fell asleep; leaving his friend to question if he was able to breath properly in that position. Shaking his head with smile, Wally agreed to bring back some food as he closed the apartment door, "Sure, bud." Having taken care of Dog, Wallace was able to finally head downstairs, pulling his hood over his head, and head outside to the chilly, winter winds of Louisiana. He had no car but he did own a bike. Sadly, riding one in the rain wasn't smart since the sidewalks and roads looks like they experienced a major tectonic plate shift. So he opted to just walk to his mom's place but stopped just a block away from his apartment. He'd forgotten his wallet and watch. With a sigh, he made his way back up to his apartment, shutting Glenn's door as he passed, and went into his apartment to get his wallet and watch. Of course, he had no money in his wallet but he would need his ID to see his mom and he never liked to leave his house without his watch. It had fallen off his nightstand during his sleep, probably caught in the crossfire of his wild attempt to hit the snooze on his alarm clock, but he gripped the silver pocket watch in his hand. It had stopped working when he was six, around May 2002, but Wallace had held onto it anyways; it was the last thing he or his mother owned of his dad's. Wallace's database on his dad was practically nonexistent, his mom didn't talk about his dad much nor did she own any pictures of him. She simply stated that he was a musician that traveled around a lot. It had taken years to learn that much about his dad, getting a straight answer from Wally's mom was much akin to climbing up a mountain without any gear. But, with his broken pocket watch in hand, he was now ready to go see her. Maybe he could pry some info from her about his dad or they'd just play dominoes as they always did. After opening the door and locking it his legs buckled as he fell to the ground. A scruffy looking dog had bolted past, or in this case through, him and was heading towards the stairs in a blur of gold. "Damn dog..." He cursed to himself, it showed up every so often and as far as he could find out it didn't belong to anyone. It had matted, golden hair, looking like it spent a lot of time in dumpsters and mud puddles, and stood at about Wally's upper waistline. Standing up he saw that Glenn's door was open again, it usually blew open if Glenn had a window even cracked just a smidge so it wasn't unusual. Pulling the door shut, Wallace went downstairs, yet again, to his mother's. The walk was uneventful despite being downtown. With it being a Wednesday evening, traffic of people leaving work filled the streets and people were walking all around; the city was like a mini New York. Wallace could look up and see the big bank skyscraper that used to be for a phone company standing just above The Building on Fire. It was a big casino that had weird windows and glass all around it that distorted the sunsets and sunrises to make the gold-ish, horseshoe shaped building look like it was lit aflame. He stepped over a sleeping homeless person, who mumbling, and passed several shops that were going out of business. Shreveport had seen better days. Even during the market crash a few years ago it was still somewhat up and running, but now was worse than ever. People were losing their jobs, shops were closing down, gangs were growing and the mayor died just last week. Wally liked to call it Gotham City. It wasn't too long of a walk to his mom's, about fifteen minutes if he took shortcuts down some alleys; which he did. Normally people wouldn't dare walk down the alleys near Dog's Den, which was right next to the Red River and stretched for several blocks into downtown, but Wallace knew enough people to where no one would jump him. He'd made friends with a few gang members, not intentionally of course, a cop that frequented the diner he worked at, and even a few homeless people; one less now that Glenn had a home. So, he was caught off guard being ambushed in the middle of an alley one block from his mom's place. The first thing he heard was a trash can falling over, clanking loudly as a rat scurried away from out of it. Next came a big puff like someone just threw a bag of flour on the ground hard enough to make it explode like a grenade, followed by an intense odor of rotten eggs and a flash of yellow clouding his vision. That was the fifth time Wallace McKnight had been jumped but the first time he'd been kidnapped.
(Active Duty Military) Should I purchase an apartment in an ideal downtown location, with the intent to rent after I change stations in 2-4 years? (Complete novice)
Hi RE, I'll give you the TL;DR up front: Should I buy an apartment in a downtown location knowing I'll be moving in 2-3 years? I think I could rent this property out pretty easily to other military, but I don't actually know that for sure. Hoping for someone to say "sounds good" or completely blow a shotgun sized hole in my plan. I live in Shreveport, LA and have been scouring the area for a new apartment as I intend to move and didn't want to commit to a house. I first looked downtown Shreveport, hoping to get a place in walking distance to bars, restaurants and casinos. Shreveport's downtown isn't the most exciting, but they are doing a good job of keeping their event calendar relatively full and trying to attract new business. I see it as a desirable area, especially for military who want to be close to the community events, as most of the apartments for rent in that area have maximum salary restrictions, meaning the military makes too much money to stay in most apartments in the area. The ones we can stay in charge around $800 for a one bedroom and the apartments themselves are far from luxurious. I stumbled across 'luxury' apartments built in 2008 in a historic 5 story building. They are 1000 sq. feet and going for 150k-180k. My thought is I can purchase one of these places with a VA loan, and I should have no problem renting out the apartment when I inevitably change stations to someone like me who wanted to be downtown, but doesn't necessarily want to overpay for a slummy one-bedroom just to be in the riverfront location. I have zero intentions of living in Shreveport after I get out, or ever again, really. I know some military who have rented their previous residences with success. I guess I just wanted someone who knows what they are talking about to throw in their two cents. Sorry that this isn't a specific question, though if I go forward I'm sure that I'll have plenty of those in the near future. Here is the properties in question: 180k157k
I figure you're looking for some kind of crazy Oceans 11 story (of which there are several in the industry but none on my watch), but honestly the best ones are people trying to steal from the fucking buffet.
Mom comes in with two kids and says they're not eating so she shouldn't have to pay. The cashier says OK.
Fast forward 15 minutes and the cashier notices that the kids are missing.
THE FUCKING MOTHER IS FEEDING THEM UNDER THE TABLE LIKE FUCKING DOGS.
We never make judgment on whether or not they can afford it. We really only step in if they come to us or start doing something overt like begging for money or asking for loans, etc. In the macro view, it's very bad for business if we don't do something about problem gambling when it presents itself.
Overhead... EBITDA margin of 30% is great.
Expenses... I guess crab legs would be too obvious? Besides that, maybe table games labor. You have a 0.5% house advantage at blackjack and have to have a physical person here 24/7 plus a supervisor for every 5-6 games.
1.) I actually just moved away for a job. I just think Vegas is OK. I moved there when I was in my mid-20s with a decent job so it was cool and exciting then. Fast forward a decade or so and the allure isn't there anymore. It's not "home" and I don't think it will ever will be because of how transient the population is.
2.) I don't have the numbers in front of me, but we did a study one time and showed that Vegas has the highest incidence of regularly gambling activity in the nation. I always just felt that was a function of accessibility and self selection on the part of the residents. But you're right that locals don't go to the strip. The marketing offers are terrible compared to the non-strip properties and it's a pain to get to the strip just to get your gambling fix.
The industry is very, very heavily regulated. When you get to the executive ranks you have to go through very, very thorough background checks. 5 years of tax returns, 5 years of all cancelled checks, explanations of all withdrawals > $200 and deposits > $500, in depth interview with an agent, etc.
The last time I've heard of legit organized crime here in the states (places like Macau are an entirely different story) was in Rosemont, IL I think in the mid-90s.
It's possible but relatively rare. you have to have enough cash to really turn out our lights to get to that point. for the vast vast majority of people, we have more money than you so as long as feel like we can get you back in the door, go ahead and win away
It's a lot more than the number of decks and the casinos use that information asymmetry to their advantage (e.g., $5 SINGLE DECK BLACKJACK!!!) Everything being the same, the less amount of decks the better but we will change the payouts for BJ, rules for splitting and double down, etc. to our advantage. So you can have a 6-deck shoe with otherwise very liberal rules that have a lower house advantage than a single deck show with very unfavorable rules.
Every casino company has policies regarding problem gambling that are audited by the state. Each state also has its own minimum guidelines like mandating that brochures be placed in very visible areas of the casinos, hotline numbers printed on every ad, etc.
It's a delicate situation when you think someone might have a problem because, well it might not be a problem. So we generally only do things if they specifically ask us to (e.g., they can ban themselves) or if they start doing something really egregious like asking players or employees for loans at which point we'd probably pull them aside and hand them a brochure and ask if there's anything we can do to help because what they're currently doing is unacceptable (the begging).
I was being sarcastic. It's a huge competitive disadvantage to not be able to offer credit (e.g., Missouri) because no high roller wants to play there. You'd have to physically go to the bank, withdraw 20K cash or whatever, somehow survive walking to your car, and then somehow survive walking to the casino from your car. TBF, there's also what is called front money which is where you can wire money to us and we will hold it for you but you have to pay the fees vs us offering you credit free. I did have a millionaire player who strictly got his money off of a variety of credit cards and would just do cash advances. We obviously never questioned it but he had apparently had a huge credit line (evidenced by the amount he was able to withdraw) and enough to pay it back (evidenced by him able to come often).
This one is international but I think is the funniest. Not only did you "win" $55MM on a machine that stated the max jackpot was $50K but after winning $55MM, you went ahead and played another spin... just in case...
In NC, for example, games have to be "games of skill" so like on the slot machines you don't just pull the handle and watch the reels go round and round, you have to physically touch the game to stop each reel.
Btw, I'm a bit of an advantage gambler myself. I only play low house advantage games, maximize my coupons and promotions etc. so I'm sympathetic but there's just nothing that can be done on the card counting front.
In Texas it's because your legislature meets relatively irregularly. expansion since the 90s has been predicated on budget shortfalls and using gaming to patch up those holes.
Texas' economy has been relatively good so combine that with a conservative legislature that doesn't meet often as we'd have have to have the perfect storm of you having a bad economic run at the same time the legislature is meeting.
Trust me, we are ready to pounce when that happens.
Well everyone goes through a background check through the state with fingerprints and whatnot then executives go through an FBI-style background check where they check all of your bank records and stuff.
But with so much cash floating around there is theft but it's basically like a bank so I can't imagine the incidence to be much higher than with tellers at banks.
Just moved here from lafayette for a new job workin at all the casinos. Currently at Margaritaville setting up our slots. Is downtown the area where everything happens at night (besides the casinos)? Just trying to find out what's going on in my new city. Everything I've read says Shreveport sucks but I can hope it's not true :/ Edit: I've been here for a few months I've just always been working setting up the casino in Alexandria and now Margaritaville. Haven't been around to check out the city.
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