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City Council Approves Garbage Ordinance

12/06/2016

As expected, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen approved unanimously a revised ordinance at last night’s meeting relative to the city’s collection of garbage, trash, and refuse.

Public Works Director Darryll Caraway said the final draft differed from what was originally introduced. One change is that since residential customers would receive pickup once weekly instead of twice, they could obtain a second container.

Mayor Ronny Walker also noted that changes were made in the procedure for commercial garbage pickup, as that part of the ordinance hadn’t been revised in some time.

In other business, the council approved several dozen budget amendments for the fiscal year ended 9/30/16. Notable was $567 thousand in spending for acquisition of industrial park property, $523 thousand for recycling, and $1.1 million in revenues from oil and gas property leases.

See here the complete list.

Ruston Board of Aldermen Monday

12/04/2016

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet tomorrow (Monday, December 5) at 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

An ordinance relative to the city’s garbage and trash collection will be up for final adoption. A public hearing will held for input from any citizen who wishes to comment.

See here the final draft of the ordinance.

Weyerhaeuser Offices Return to Ruston

11/08/2016

Weyerhauser, a Seattle, WA base wood products company will be consolidating several satellite offices around North Louisiana into a soon to be constructed buidling on a one acre lot at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Hwy 167.

Weyerhauer formerly occupied the old Willamette Industries regional office building on Reynolds Drive, after its hostile takeover of Willamette in 2002. After downsizing in the late 2000’s during the recession, Weyerhaeuser located its remaining personnel into offices at Dodson and Taylor. Last year, it bought Plum Creek Timber, and the decision was made to build an office in Ruston.

Last night, the Ruston City Council approved sale of the city owned lot to Weyerhaeuser for half the appraised price, conditional that the company create at least 20 jobs within two years of the sale. If that condition wasn’t met, the company would be obligated to pay the full price, City Attorney Bill Carter said.

Asked Jim Pearce (Ward 4), “These 20 jobs created, they have to last the duration?” Carter said there was no time limit on the agreement.

The sale price was $140 thousand and the lot appraised for $280 thousand.

The council approved several budget amendments for the fiscal year ended 9/30/16.

Budget Amendment Ordinance
Requests for Budget Amendments

Finally, the council introduced an ordinance that may prove to be contentious with many Ruston homeowners. Among other things, curbside garbage pickup would be cut from twice a week to once a week.

See here the proposed ordinance.

A public hearing and final vote on the matter will be held at the December council meeting.

Ruston Board of Aldermen Monday

11/06/2016

The City of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, November 7, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

“Smash & Grab” @ Jefferson Corner

11/04/2016
Jefferson Corner - Friday, November 4, 2016

Jefferson Corner – Friday, November 4, 2016

A 2:45 AM Friday morning “smash and grab” robbery at a North Ruston convenience store resulted in the theft of several cash register drawers, damage to the front of the store, and the attempted theft of an ATM machine.

Jefferson Corner manager Rebecca Hofford told LPNO that four perpetrators smashed the front window with a truck and tried to make off with the ATM, but were unable to load it. Instead, they took three cash drawers in the store.

The robbery was caught on the store’s surveillance camera. It was also reported that two of the alleged robbers have been apprehended.

There were early rumors that instead of robbery, the incident may have been an attempt by irate local politicians to put the resident Liars Club coffee drinkers out of business. That rumor proved to be unfounded.

Update:  From KNOE-TV8

Ruston Police issued the following release, giving more information on the incident:

“At approximately 2:50 AM on November 4, 2016, the Ruston Police Department received a call from a citizen reporting that a vehicle had just backed into the front plate glass window at Jefferson Corner, a local convenience store. The caller reported that several persons entered the store through the broken glass and burglarized the business. Officers from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department immediately responded to the area and were able to locate the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing the scene. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle failed to stop and sped away. A vehicle pursuit then ensued eastbound on Interstate 20. Speeds reached approximately 100 miles per hour at times as the suspect vehicle continued eastbound on Interstate 20. Spikes strips were deployed in an attempt to end the pursuit. This caused damage to the suspect vehicle’s tires, but did not end the pursuit. The vehicle continued into West Monroe. Due to damage sustained to the suspect vehicle during the course of the pursuit, the vehicle exited Interstate 20 at the Fifth Street exit in West Monroe, and crashed at approximately the intersection of Filhiol Avenue. All occupants in the suspect vehicle fled. Officers from a number of surrounding agencies were able to take two occupants into custody relatively quickly. They have been identified as Jamie Howard B/F 31 YOA and Jboski Morrison B/M 29YOA; both from Monroe. Howard and Morrison have been booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center on the charge of Simple Burglary by the West Monroe Police Department. The Monroe Police Department and the Ruston Police Department also have pending charges on both subjects. The crime that occurred in Ruston matches other committed on Monroe and West Monroe over the course of last evening and early this morning.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

If anyone has information regarding this or any other crime, they are requested to contact the Ruston Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division at 318-255-4141 or Crimestoppers of Lincoln Parish. Crimestopper information can be given in several ways; either by calling 318-255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at http://www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com, but please keep in mind that crimes in progress should always be reported immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency or by calling 911.”

 

Ruston to Pay Feds $236 Thousand for Federal Bldg

10/04/2016

What was supposed to be a “free” building owned by the U. S. Government, but operated and maintained jointly by the City of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury will wind up costing Ruston’s taxpayers $236 thousand, not including renovations, the Ruston City Council was told last night.

The Ruston Federal Building, located at 201 North Trenton, was once the Ruston Post Office, and also has housed various local, state, and federal offices since its construction in the early 1900’s. In 1992, the building and land was deeded to the city and the jury, with the provision that it be used for certain governmental purposes.

Last year, the jury relinquished its claim to the building and property.

Earlier this year, Mayor Ronny Walker said that plans for the building included an arts center. As that usage was not contemplated by the 1992 agreement, ownership would revert to the Government Services Administration (GSA).

Walker told the council that the building and property appraised for $236 thousand. That price was agreeable to the GSA and would release any obligations on future use of the building, Walker said.

The council passed the resolution unanimously. It is unclear how much in renovations will be needed to bring the building up to modern standards, or what the cost will be.

See here the resolution.

In other city property news, negotiations are underway between the city and Weyerhaeuser Company to purchase about an acre of city owned land at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and US 167.

Weyerhaeuser had been looking at area property on which to construct an office building, local real estate sources have said.

Ruston City Council Monday

10/02/2016

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, October 3, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.

There are more than a dozen budget amendments that will be submitted for approval. They are for the just ended 2015-2016 budget year.

See them here.

Bonton Trial Reset for March

09/26/2016

Brandon Bonton’s trial was continued this morning at Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston this morning, and reset for March 20, 2017. The motion was made by Assistant Attorney General Clifford Strider, III, who was standing in for AAG Mike Ruddick.

Bonton is charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder, accessory to burglary, possession of stolen things, theft of a firearm, and possession of controlled dangerous substances. Retired Grambling State University Professor Sue Hashway was found dead in her Paynter Drive home in Ruston in June, 2012, which had also been burgled.

No reason was given for the delay, but the presence in court of two other alleged actors in the crime spree indicate that some type of maneuvering for tactical courtroom advantage is ongoing.

In court also for trial were two individuals – Markeva Daye and Robert Demps – who testified against Cameron Mays in his April, 2016 trial for aggravated kidnapping and rape. That crime was committed earlier in the same week that Hashway’s death occurred, and took place on Robert Street, west of Louisiana Tech University.

Those two trials were also reset to the March date. They are charged with unauthorized use of a debit card, and possession of stolen things.

Daye and Demps, LPNO readers will recall, had arrest warrants issued against them when they failed to show for a February, 2016 hearing.

Standing in for all the defendant’s attorneys was public defender James Buckley.

Bonton’s attorney of record is Robert Noel, Demps is represented by Robert Earle of Farmerville, and Daye is represented by Ruston attorney Forrest Moegle.

Presiding was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Bonton Trial Today

09/26/2016

Trial is set this morning at Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston for Brandon Bonton, an alleged accomplice to Brandon Mays, the accused murderer of retired Grambling State University Professor Sue Hashway. Hashway was killed in an apparent home invasion/robbery in June, 2012, in the Cypress Springs/Lakeview neighborhood of Ruston.

Bonton is charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder, accessory to burglary, possession of stolen things, and theft of a firearm.

Last April, Mays was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated rape, crimes that occurred at a house on Robert Street several days prior to the Hashway death.

Mays is currently serving two life sentences for the kidnapping and rape.

Prosecution is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick, while Bonton’s defense attorney is Robert Noel of Monroe.

Still unresolved is the matter of another alleged accomplice of Mays, Kevin Owens.

Owens was scheduled to be a prosecution witness, but “dropped of the face of the earth” and couldn’t be located, Ruddick told the court at a February hearing.

Owens has never been charged in either case.

Ruston City Council to Meet Monday

09/11/2016

The City of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will meet Monday, September 12, 5:30 PM, Ruston City Hall, 401 North Trenton.

Here is the agenda.