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No fire protection, no problem

THREE RIVERS ISLAND - A man tired of waiting for fire protection in his neighborhood built his own makeshift fire hydrant.

"This isn’t a cure-all, it gives us some piece of mind," said Sanford Kreisler.

Three Rivers Island has about 80 homes, 30 of them house permanent residents and there’s more land to build on. Since its existence, the community, only accessible by golf cart or boat, has not had its own fire or emergency protection services.

It can take 20-40 minutes for help to arrive, which is a big concern for responders. The community is located on parish lines, so the St. Amant Fire Department backs up Livingston Parish Fire Districts 8 and 9. Still, Three Rivers Island, located about seven miles from any fire district, does not have its own fire protection.

Last month, a house was destroyed by fire. St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department responded with its fire response boat. Responders say if they got to the scene any later, the fire could have spread to other homes.

Kreisler says he’s not taking any more chances. He’s attached a hose to his house that pumps about 23 gallons of water a minute.

"If there’s a problem, you have the water, at least until the fire department gets here," he said.

Although Kreisler hopes he never has to use the fire hose for an emergency, this will buy him some time if tragedy strikes again.

Parish President Layton Ricks says he has met with members of the Livingston Parish Fire Districts 9, residents from the island and a boat builder to see if anything can be done. Currently, no solution has been decided on.

Hayden’s daughter accuses him of fondling her

Stephanie Hayden Ford, the daughter of ‘Sons of Guns’ star William Hayden, said on national television that her father inappropriately kissed and fondled her when she was a 12-year-old girl.

Ford made the accusation on the Dr. Phil show, saying she was “very afraid” of her father and co-star on the cancelled reality TV show.

Hayden faces three sets of rape and other sex crime charges in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, all with children as victims. One of the East Baton Rouge victims is still a child, and said Hayden repeatedly raped her for more than a year’s time. A 34-year-old woman said Hayden raped her while she was 12 and staying with his family, while the person who filed charges in Livingston Parish said she was 11 years old when Hayden inappropriately touched and kissed her.

After Hayden’s second arrest his company, Red Jacket Firearms, legally separated from him and his TV show was cancelled. Ford and other family members initially defended the allegations against Hayden, saying they were being made by someone he was no longer associated with who wanted to take advantage of his celebrity status.

Thursday, Ford said she decided to come forward after speaking further with the first victim. Ford said she felt like she let her sister down by not coming forward before now.

"When it happened to me, I was immediately depressed, I didn’t want to be around him (Hayden), I started carrying knives," she said.

Hayden remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

NAACP meeting held to address cop’s alleged racist text messages

BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages.

At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the matter.

"There is an internal investigation going on," said Holden. "Even from the FBI. There could be criminal sanctions against [Michael Elsbury]."

Elsbury resigned following the report last week.

"For you to wear that uniform and only say the words, but your actions are totally different, it’s a total disgrace to the police department and all those around when they’re out there working hard to make a difference,” said Holden.

Part of the string of texts read, “They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them.”

The texts also read, “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work…I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”

"I would love to go to sleep every night knowing not just my child, but everybody’s child is safe,” said one woman. “Then, an encounter with law enforcement would be a blessing and not a curse.”

People in attendance Tuesday asked for more information about the situation. The NAACP asked for the officer to be terminated, but promised to not let things go easily since he quit.

"Persons like that run in packs, like dogs, animals, they run in packs," said Mike McClanahan, president of the local chapter of the NAACP. "I’m quite sure that he’s not the only one who feels like that."

Chief Dabadie and the NAACP are working to arrange a discussion about this entire situation.