A Winnfield man was arrested after a passerby called 911 Thursday morning about a fight between a man and a woman on the side of LA Highway 1 near Natchitoches. The 911 caller said that there was a fight, that the woman was standing near the edge of some woods and that the man, 27-year-old Roger Jermaine Thomas, of Winnfield, had driven away. The caller was able to provide a description of both, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office release. Additional 911 calls indicated that Thomas allegedly was hiding the vehicle at a business and was walking back to the spot where the woman was located. When deputies arrived, both Thomas and the woman were sitting near the woods. Deputies saw the woman's bruises and a laceration, and arrested Thomas, As he was being searched, deputies found suspected hydrocodone, along with soma pills. Thomas was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and was charged with domestic abuse battery, illegal possession of hydrocone and illegal possession of soma. The victim declined medical attention.
Louisiana needs to do better when it comes to inspecting and fixing structurally deficient bridges, according to a Louisiana Legislative Auditor's report. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said that Louisiana is the 13th highest in population of structurally deficient bridges. The report says Louisiana needs to improve its bridge inspections, which are only 39 percent compliant with federal performance measures. It also recommends the state increase the frequency and timeliness of inspections along with keeping better track of its records. According to the state auditor's report, approximately 2,000 of the almost 13,000 bridges across the state are structurally deficient. Purpera also said that there's a backlog of about $2.7 billion in maintenance and construction, mainly because of the lack of funds.
State financing for Louisiana's public schools is short $55 million of what is needed to cover all the state's students this year, Superintendent of Education John C. White told lawmakers Tuesday. White said $35 million of this year’s shortfall is tied to having higher-than-estimated student enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. The rest of it he described as a "cash-flow issue" that he said Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration could explain. However, a statement from the governor’s chief budget adviser suggests the issue isn’t about cash flow, but instead about a disagreement between Jindal’s Division of Administration and the Department of Education about how many students are enrolled in Louisiana’s schools.
The body of a 3-year-old boy who fell into Spillway Creek in Winn Parish Monday morning was found about 24 hours later, according to Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan. Law enforcement agencies from DeSoto to Rapides parishes were involved in the search, which was suspended Monday night, and resumed at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. After a search by 25 divers and two dogs, the boy's body was found roughly a quarter-mile from where he disappeared. According to reports, the child fell from a concrete structure near a culvert. According to social media posts, the boy’s father jumped in the water after the child fell in, but was unable to find him.
A complaint of a suspicious vehicle near Clarence to Natchitoches authorities Thursday resulted in the arrest of a Winnfield man. Deputies arrived to find that the complainant and another resident were holding 34 year-old Derrick J. Thompson, of Winnfield, at gunpoint. Thompson told deputies that several antique items found in the bed his truck were removed from an unoccupied residence with the owner's permission. Deputies contacted the homeowner, who came to the scene and denied Thompson's claim, and said the items in the truck bed had been stolen from his property. Thompson was arrested and was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, charged with simple burglary. He remains in jail, awaiting bond, and an investigation is continuing. The stolen items were released to the owner.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Saturday, March 29, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Roy Robertson, of Montgomery. Robertson was charged with aggravated incest. Also arrested was Bobby Martin, of Calvin, for driving under suspension and reckless operation. Michel Edmonds, of Dodson, was arrested on the 29th on a warrant for simple battery. On Sunday, March 30, Justin Michael Boyette, of Dodson, was arrested for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, and criminal damage to property. On Tuesday, April 1, Donnie Wayne Folden and Wesley McCracken, both of Winnfield, were arrested for introduction of contraband into a penal institution. On Wednesday, April 2, Brandon Bradley, of Clarence, was arrested for failure to appear on charges of speeding and driving under suspension. On Saturday, April 5, Nathaniel Beverly, of Lafayette, was arrested and is being held for Texas authorities.
The 18th Annual Jackson Parish Classic and Antique Car Show will be Saturday, April 19, At Jay Mallard Ford in Jonesboro. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., judging will be at noon, and awards will be at 2:30 p.m. Classic and antique autos at least 25 years old are eligible, and the entry fee is $10.00 for each auto. Trophies will be awarded in 16 classes. The car show will benefit Shriner's Hospital for Children. There will also be an Antique Tractor Show next to the Car Show, with all events held in conjunction to the 11th Annual Jonesboro Sunshine Festival. For information, call 259-8490, 259-4750, or 259-8142.
The Winn Parish Sheriff's Department will hold a firearm familiarization class for women on Saturday, May 3, at the Sheriff's Department Shooting Range on the Old Alexandria Highway. The class will be from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and lunch will be provided. The first part of the course will be in the classroom, and the second part will be on the firing range. According to Sheriff Cranford Jordan, this will not be a concealed weapons class. Those interested may contact the Sheriff's Department at 628-4611 to register. Persons may use their own firearms and ammunition, or use weapons provided by the Sheriff's Department.
The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, May 13, 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.