Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -
For the last 22 months, Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn has served as commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk but after Thursday, there's a new man taking charge.
With one last salute and the traditional passing of the colors, Chinn gave up his top post to Brig. Gen. William Hickman on Thursday, ending his two-year chapter as head of the sprawling Vernon Parish installation.
Thursday also started a new chapter for Hickman's storied Army career.
Since being commissioned into the Army in 1983, Hickman has served the country all over the world, earning more than a dozen medals and special recognitions.
Hickman was most recently the Deputy Commanding General (Support), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
While he may be new to the position, Hickman is no stranger to Fort Polk.
"I have had the opportunity to train at Fort Polk many times and actually spent a couple of rotations here these last 12 months. It's been a great reception when I came down as a training unit and I'm really looking forward to joining the team here," he said.
Taking over the team once led by Chinn, Hickman plans to build on the foundations of leadership, laid by his predecessor.
"We're going to maintain that excellence that we have right now and continue to adapt as the situations and environments adapt overseas. We'll have 10 more rotations than they did last year of training units coming to Fort Polk and preparing them primarily to go to Afghanistan, but there will be a focus on other parts of the world also," Hickman said.
As Hickman embarks on his new journey, Chinn said he's the perfect man for the job.
"I'm very proud and honored to be able to hand this command over to Brig. Gen. Bill Hickman and his wife, Mayme. They're tremendous Army leaders and a tremendous command team and they'll do great here," Chinn said.
Chinn will head to Afghanistan but said under Hickman's leadership, Fort Polk will continue to be the "Home of the Heroes."
KPLC's Gerron Jordan covered the change of command ceremony and will have more on later editions.