**Correction** PM-Newscall October 17th, 2014

Are Americans overrating about the Ebola threat? Local health officials are urging citizens to calm down. Eric Gill reports.

CUT 1 (28) “reporting”


The community that was hardest hit by the EF2 tornado in northeast Louisiana Monday is making news because of the huge way they are rallying together to help each other out in the aftermath. Michelle Southern reports.

CUT 2 (33) “reporting”


Are we freaking out a little too much over the threat of Ebola in the United States? State and National heath care officials are urging the public to take a chill pill when it comes to the threat of Ebola. Dr. Frank Welch is the Medical Director for the state Department of Health and Hospitals:

CUT 3 (13) “unrealistic fear”

Welch says people aren’t concerned for “no reason” but it’s over the top to think that you’re going to walk outside and contract Ebola. He says, on the other hand, this is a huge wake up call for our health care system to keep their workers safe…:

CUT 4 (12)  “put into practice”

Welch wants to emphasize that Louisiana has been intensively preparing for the possibility of an Ebola patient entering the health care system here at any level…:

CUT 5 (08)  “beforehand”


The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the father and step-mother of the 11-year-old boy who ran away from home in Plain Dealing on charges of child abuse, neglect, and drug charges. Lt. Bill Davis says the search for the boy began Tuesday evening and no one could find him…

CUT 6 (09)  “to the family”

Davis says the boy was found about 25 hours later after going to a home about five miles away tired and looking for food. He was then returned to his family. Davis says at that point the case turned when authorities noticed bruises on the boy’s body…

CUT 7 (10) “against this couple”

43-year-old Ernest Bell and 30-year-old Kristen Downs were booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on several charges including cruelty to a juvenile, criminal neglect of family, and possession of marijuana. The neglect charges stem from the child not being enrolled in school for the past two years. Davis believes the child was just trying to run away from an abusive situation…

CUT 8 (08) “unfortunate case”


The community that was hardest hit by the EF2 tornado in northeast Louisiana this week is making news because of the huge way they are rallying together to help each other out in the aftermath. Alan West Brockman is president of a property management company in Monroe and a local musician. He says it was amazing to see how many people came out to help clear all the debris…:

CUT 9 (13)  “and still are”

Brockman says their local celebrated Chef Cory Bahr who owns  Nonna in the Garden District is offering free meals to those helping out and Wal-Mart donated 500 pounds of meat for him to cook. He says it was a major grass roots effort by citizens taking charge…:

CUT 10 (11)  “to help everybody”

At the peak of Entergy’s outages, about 35,000 customers were without power and Friday morning later that number was down to just under 2700. Brockman says the tornado caused trees to fall onto houses, crush cars, close businesses and several roads were completely impassable….:

CUT 11 (12) “something else happened


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic violence situation that turned into a murder-suicide Thursday night in Deville. Lt. Tommy Carnline says deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired at an apartment complex at around 8:40PM…

CUT 12 (09) “rendering aid”

He says 39-year-old Theresa Ann Johnson of Devile was found with a gunshot wound to the right side of her face. She was transported to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries Friday morning. Carnline says deputies immediately went on the hunt for the suspect. He says as they were clearing the building, they found him…

CUT  13 (11) “he was deceased”

Carnline says the suspect, 36-year-old Terrel Joe Laprarie, Jr. of Deville, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Carnline says investigators are trying to determine what exactly happened…

cut 14 (06) “unfortunate tragedy”