The town of Jonesville is missing over $93,000 dollars in funds from December of 2014 to September of 2015. According to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's report, two former employees were responsible for collecting utility payments. The report says the women failed to issue receipts to residents and then failed to put the payments into the bank. The audit also shows high costs could be another issue with the system due to management problems. According to the audit, the two employees denied any wrong doing. The Catahoula Parish District Attorney is responsible for deciding if criminal charges will be brought against the employees, but was not available for comment.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has charged a Port Allen man with shooting deer and failing to tag them. After receiving an anonymous tip, agents met with 25 year-old Sammy Monson at his residence on January 26. Upon investigation, they found him to be in possession of venison from a 12-point buck Monson harvested on January 17 in East Baton Rouge Parish, which was never tagged. Further investigation revealed that Monson had harvested a spike in East Baton Rouge Parish and an 8-point in Winn Parish in November, and had not tagged either of the deer. Failing to comply with deer-tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense. Monson may also face civil-restitution charges totaling $2,033.00.
Two additional suspects were arrested in connection with the stabbing death of 18 year-old Dylan Kyle Poche Saturday at the Sibley Lake boat launch. According to a press release from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, 18 year-old William Aaron Holman, of Natchitoches was booked as an accessory after the fact to second degree murder and disturbing the peace by engaging in a fistic encounter. 18 year-old Kristine Gail Woodall, of Winnfield was booked with aggravated assault with a hammer and criminal obstruction of justice. 18 year-old Andrew Jacob Wallace, of Natchitoches, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the incident, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. All three suspects remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center without bond.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture says a task force of federal and state authorities has found 23 credit card skimming devices on gasoline pumps around the state since June of last year. Clerks at retail outlets have alerted authorities to two others. Thieves will place the skimming devices on pumps and then use the information to make fraudulent charges. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said that new versions of the devices are becoming more difficult to detect. To avoid becoming a victim, persons are advised to use credit cards rather than debit cards when possible at gas pumps. Also, motorists are advised to use pumps easily seen by gas station employees - where thieves are less likely to try to install the devices.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the 2016 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 5. Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on 10 state wildlife management areas this spring. Youth lottery hunts will be held on 14 management areas. Application forms are now available on the LDWF website. The forms list all lottery hunt dates and locations. The 2016 wild turkey season will open March 26 on private lands in three designated areas with different end of season dates. For more information, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Sunday, January 24, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Eric Elliott, of Stuttgard, Arkansas. Elliott was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. Also arrested was Tyler Lacroix, of Bossier City, for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, damage to property over $500.00, and removal or alteration of motor vehicle identifying numbers. On Monday, January 25, deputies arrested Allen Watkins, of Winnfield, for parole violation, and Ashley Reddoch, of Eros and David Hollingsworth, of Winnfield, for failure to appear. On Tuesday, January 26, Arthur Phillips, Jr., of Winnfield, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.
The Winn Parish Fire District #3 will hold a public meeting Monday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Station at 8920 Hwy. 501. Items of business include approval of the financial report, welcome to new members, a motion to rescind the public meeting law, standard procedures, job qualifications, floors, walls and doors, ISO, training videos, status updates, and manpower.Young persons age 12 to 18 are invited to a Career Fair Saturday, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at the Winnfield Kindergarten Annex. Children will have the opportunity to learn about different careers and what it takes to get there. Parents are invited to attend with their children to explore availible curriculums. For more information, contact Wanda Smith at 318-413-9034.
The Winn Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will hold a banquet Thursday, February 18, at the Winnfield Civic Center. There will be games, raffles, and social hour at 6:00 p.m., with a pork dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 for singles, and $20.00 for spouse and children 15 and under. Proceeds will go toward benefits in Winn Parish. For tickets, contact Brandon Dubois at 318-278-0675, Donny Moon at 318-794 2288, or Brian Andrews at 318-374-9078. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com.The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, February 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