LRN PM Newscall December 1

Republican State Treasurer John Schroder says if GOP Senator John Kennedy decides to run for governor, he won’t run, but if he doesn’t, Schroder says he will announce in January that he is running.  Marsanne Golsby has more.

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Federal authorities are searching for potential victims from an online child exploitation scheme that started in Northeast Louisiana in 2021. Whitney Thomas Reports

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The community of Holum in Caldwell Parish is recovering from a tornado that hit Tuesday. The National Weather Service says the tornado strengthened as it went along, reaching peak winds of 140 miles per hour as an EF3. Caldwell Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Jack McKeithen describes the damage.

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McKeithen says the tornado killed some livestock and injured one person whose house collapsed around him.

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McKeithen says he is thankful that the people in the small community and throughout Caldwell Parish have turned out to help those who suffered damage.

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Republican State Treasurer John Schroder says he will not run for governor in 2023 if GOP U.S. Senator John Kennedy runs…

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Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is in the same position, while Attorney General Jeff Landry has already announced and has the endorsement of the Louisiana Republican Party.

Schroder says he and Kennedy have worked closely for many years. Kennedy endorsed him when he ran for Treasure and the two have similar political philosophies.

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He also says the Louisiana Republican Party’s early endorsement of Attorney General Jeff Landry has no bearing on his decision, but he is hoping Kennedy clears the air soon.

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Schroder succeeded Kennedy as treasurer in 2017 when Kennedy became one of Louisiana’s two  US Senators.


Federal authorities are searching for potential victims from an online child exploitation scheme that started in northeast Louisiana in 2021. The investigation centers on Gary London Harper who has been indicted for producing child pornography after preying on minors. U.S Attorney for Louisiana’s Western District  Brandon Brown says he’s glad Harper is in federal custody.

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Harper used Snapchat and  Cash app with usernames like “lilharp”, “oleharp”, “Millwright2011”, and “olecountry1234”. Harper was in his late 20’s while using the accounts posing as an 18 years old. Brown says for this very reason parents should be more mindful..

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Brown says Harper’s trial date has been set for March. He says victims that come forward will receive help and  have access to legal resources ..

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A Greater New Orleans Crimestoppers tip leads to the recovery of 16 vehicles and the arrest of David Darby of Texas and Haley Smith of New Orleans.  Trooper Kate Stegall says the tip led them to an Algiers abandoned apartment complex and eight stolen cars. Then a traffic stop of Darby prompted a search of his apartment at the same complex.

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Stegall says the 16 vehicles are valued at more than $ 300 thousand and the search also found stolen several guns and a travel trailer. Stegall says there are even more stolen items that they need the public’s help locating.

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Stegall says that one tip led them to multiple stolen cars, and guns, and resulted in two arrests.  She says if you see something say something and this case is a testament to the value of Crimestoppers.

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