North Hodge Assistant Police Chief Greg Coleman was arrested for the second time this month on Monday. Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown said Coleman was arrested and charged with two counts of forcible rape, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and one count of malfeasance in office. According to Brown, the charges stem from the testimony of victims claiming Coleman committed sexual acts against them. Coleman was arrested on August 12th and charged with six counts of malfeasance in office after five women came forward to the sheriff's department, claiming to be victims of Coleman. Brown said that another victim came forward Monday, and that deputies will be following up on the complaint. Coleman is being held on a $105,000.00 bond.
A special panel is about to launch a study of ways to boost state aid for Louisiana's often-criticized road and bridge system. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which includes legislative leaders and others, was authorized by the Legislature earlier this year and is set to hold its first public hearing on September 10 in Baton Rouge. The legislation that authorized the study is supposed to review "all potential funding mechanisms" and file a report with the House and Senate transportation committees by January 15. The study comes with the state having a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge needs.
A six year-old called 911 to report that her mother was unconscious in her car in the driveway of the residence on Fred Scott Road in Pollock last week. A Grant Parish Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene and discovered 23-year-old Keri Silk unconscious in her car with her daughter, according to Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain. The deputy also found a large quantity of presecription pills, including Oxycodone and Xanax in the vehicle. Silk was arrested Monday and charged with possession of CDS II, possession of CDS IV and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a minor. The child was released to a family member and the Department of Family and Children Services was notified.
Investigators with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit arrested a Leesville man for attempted aggravated rape and for trafficking of children for sexual purposes. On August 18th, Louisiana State Police's Special Victims Unit received information from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Task Force concerning 66-year-old Ernest Kickel Jr. In the course of their investigation, they say they discovered that the Leesville man was attempting to buy a 10-year-old child for sexual purposes. After obtaining a search warrant, items were allegedly located in the suspect's home that indicated his plan. Kickel Jr. was booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department Detention Center. His bond is set at $1.5 million, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies have arrested three men in connection with a residential burglary near the Clarence community. The burglary occurred around 1:30 p.m. last Thursday at a home in the 100 block of Oakley Jones Road. Investigators say the suspects forced their way into the home through a window. Items reported stolen included a variety of guns, along with jewelry, cash, and clothing. After further investigation detectives identified and arrested 34 year-old Otis Sneed, Jr., 46 year-old David Houston, and 31 year-old Steven Crumbler. Each was charged with simple burglary. According to authorities, most of the stolen items have been recovered.
Federal officials and Grant Parish deputies are looking for an Oklahoma inmate who escaped from the minimum-security prison in Pollock. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said that 26 year-old Juan Garza was found missing at the 10:00 a.m. head count Sunday. Garza is serving a 12-year sentence for possessing a firearm in Oklahoma's western federal district after a felony conviction. He was scheduled for release in February 2022. A news release says the U.S. Marshals Service and Grant Parish Sheriff's Department have been notified of the escape and an internal investigation has begun. Authorities ask anyone with information about Garza to call the U.S. Marshals Service at (318) 934-4300. Garza is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Thursday, August 21, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Lacy Brooke Moody, of Winnfield. Moody was charged with criminal trespassing. On Friday, August 22, deputies arrested Christopher Walker, of Winnfield, on a Grant Parish warrant. Also arrested Friday was Justin Abels, of Winnfield, for unauthorized use of an access card. Robert Evans, of Natchitoches, was arrested Friday for second-offense DWI and improper lane use. On Saturday, August 23, Harvey Lee Evans, of Natchitoches, was arrested on warrants for failure to appear. Also arrested Saturday was Tyrhonda Coutee, of Montgomery, for possession of marijuana, criminal trespassing, and driving under suspension.WSHS will begin the 2014 Football Season Friday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m. at Northwestern State University. Winnfield will play Loyola/Shreveport. Presale tickets are $8.00 each, and will be available in the school office. Tickets at the gate will be priced at $10.00. Season tickets for the 2014 WSHS Football Season are on sale through Tuesday, August 26. The cost is $40.00 for one seat, which includes five home games during the regular season. Persons on the waiting list for season tickets will be contacted after August 26. The Winnfield Recreation Department will hold the annual Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition Saturday, August 30, at the Grove Street Recreation Center. Boys and girls age 5 through 12 are eligible. Kids will be competing in punting, passing, and kicking a football from a tee. First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded for each age division. Registration will be at the Grove Street Recreation Center through Friday, August 29, and the cost is $10.00 per child. For more information, contact the Winnfield Recreation Department at 628-3413.
Registration for the 2014 Flag Football season is underway now through Wednesday, September 3, at the Grove Street Recreation Center. The cost is $40.00 per person, and boys and girls age 4 through 12 are eligible. Tryouts will be on Saturday, September 13, at the Recrreation Center on Field #2. For more information, call 628-3413.The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, September 9, at 9:00 a.m., at the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Office, at 602 North Fifth Street in Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend this meeting, and assistance will be provided to those who need special accommodations in order to attend this meeting. For more information, persons may call 225.342.1500
The Juanita Pharr Cancer Support Group meets on the first Friday of each month at 12:00 noon for a dutch treat meeting. All cancer survivors and caretakers are invited. There is a different meeting place each month, and persons may contact Maxine Godman for more information at 628-3858.