The CEO of Jackson Parish Hospital has resigned his position. Lloyd Monger gave the Jackson Parish Hospital Board his resignation on Wednesday. Board of directors chairwoman Fannie Williams said that Monger resigned on his own and wasn't asked. The board is now in the process of finding an interim CEO to take over. Monger's resignation comes after a Legislative Auditor's report said two former hospital employees mismanaged payments for accrued time off and payroll deductions, and awarded themselves more than $120,000 in unearned pay and benefits. In March three hospital employees and the husband of one of the employees were arrested by Louisiana State Police on charges ranging from theft to conspiracy to drug distribution.
A woman from Urania has been reported missing. The LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in locating Kylie King Duncan, who was reported missing Wednesday morning. LaSalle Parish authorities are talking to two individuals in an attempt to locate Duncan. According to a news release, Duncan is in her twenties and was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt. Anyone who has any information on Duncan's whereabouts is asked to contact the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 495-5128.
A Grant Parish homeowner recently arrived at his home to find a Pineville man asleep on his couch. According to a news release the homeowner called the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office after finding the intruder. The report said a lock had been broken on a door with an ax handle, which was found near the door. Deputies arrived to find 25 year-old Trenton Malone, of Pineville, asleep on the couch. Near him was a glass pipe that is commonly used to ingest narcotics. Malone was arrested and was charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, simple criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An annual review by the legislative auditor's office says Louisiana is reducing its governing boards and commissions, but still has more than any other Southeastern state. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana had 471 boards and commissions created by law or executive order as of June 30. That's a drop of 24 over the last five years. Despite the reduction, the auditor's office says Louisiana has far more such panels then other states in the region. The next closest is Oklahoma with 422 boards and commissions. Mississippi has 178, according to the auditor. Purpera's office identified 15 inactive boards, recommended for abolition. Governor Jindal has pushed legislation to eliminate inactive or underperforming boards and commissions. But as they removed some panels, lawmakers and Jindal have created new ones.
Most Americans say they have filed their income taxes on time this year, but over half think they are paying more than they should. A new national telephone survey finds that 53% of American Adults believe that, compared to people who make more or less than they do, they pay more than their fair share of taxes. Twenty-three percent (23%) disagree, but just as many (24%) are not sure. In another survey, 21% of American Adults think all tax deductions should be eliminated in order to lower tax rates. Fifty-two percent (52%) donít want to sacrifice deductions for lower tax rates. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.
The Winn Parish Sheriff's Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, will conduct roadside safety checkpoints throughout the month of April, at various dates and locations in the parish. At each checkpoint officers will ensure drivers are complying with driver's license, registration, insurance, inspection, and seatbelt requirements as well as determine whether anyone is driving impaired. The checkpoints' purpose is to ensure roadway safety, increase seatbelt use. increase the liklihood of safe travel, and help reduce the number of vehicle crashes in Winn Parish.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Wednesday, April 15, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Daniel Martinez, of Joyce. Martinez was arrested for failure to appear. On Friday, April 17, deputies arrested Jason Brent Viers, of Winnfield, for domestic abuse battery. Also arrested Friday was Jean Stoud, of Montgomery, for first-offense DWI and no license plate. On Monday, April 20, Ramond Russell, of Winnfield, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal possession of a firearm. Also arrested Monday was Nicholas Normand, of Montgomery, for illegal taking of deer, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting without a license and hunting without a resident license, taking deer from a public road, and failure to tag deer. Jason Brent Viers, of Winnfield, was arrested Monday for sexual abuse battery.Early voting for May 2 tax elections in Winn Parish began Saturday. Voters may cast early ballots in the Winn Parish Registrar of Voter's Office from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, April 25. In Winn Parish, a half-cent, parishwide sales tax for the Police Jury is on the ballot. The 10-year tax would bring in about $900,000.00 annually for roads and bridges. LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College Tuesday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive at Atlanta High School Thursday, April 30, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. All donors will receive a free T-shirt, along with refreshments. The Winn Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest will hold the 13th Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 13, at the Bombing Range Pond on Highway 84 West, near the Gum Springs Recreation Area. All children age two through twelve are invited to participate. The purpose of the derby is to provide a fun, exciting, and educational fishing experience to area youth. Each child that participates will receive a prize. For more information, contact the Winn Ranger District at 628-4664. The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, May 12, 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