A crash involving two vehicles killed a woman and a man from Columbia Monday afternoon. A woman and a child, in a separate vehicle were also injured. State police responded to the crash around 12:45 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 28 East near US Hwy 84. The crash involved a 1995 Ford pickup, driven by 72 year-old Margie W. Moore and a 2010 Cadillac DTS, driven by 68 year-old Judith Hewitt of Ferriday. The Ford was westbound on LA Hwy 28 East when Moore failed to observe that westbound traffic was slowing down. In an effort to avoid a rear end collision, Moore swerved left and crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane. and collided with the Cadillac. Moore and her passenger, 83 year-old Bluith Moore , were both pronounced dead. Hewitt and an eight year-old both received moderate to severe injuries, and were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.A Grant Parish Sheriff's deputy arrested a woman Thursday who was standing in a road with a knife, throwing rocks at passing vehicles, according to a news release. The deputy went to Parsonage Road to investigate after someone reported the woman. When the deputy arrived, the woman dropped her knife and started yelling that people owed her money. As the deputy approached 50 year-old Connie Pennington, of Colfax, she swung at him and started running away. Pennington was caught after a short chase, but started fighting the deputy. Pennington was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center, charged with battery of a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace.
Sabine Parish sheriffís deputies are investigating a possible homicide in the village of Fisher. Sheriff Ronny Richardson said a manís body was discovered Friday in the kitchen of a home destroyed by fire Thursday night. Richardson says the body was found after firefighters responded to reports of the blaze flaring up again. Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers says authorities know who was supposed to be living in the house but are unable to positively identify the victim because the body was burned beyond recognition. Rivers says a vehicle owned by the man living in the home was found Friday, parked at an abandoned house in Zwolle. He says it appears an attempt was made to set it on fire. The case is also being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's office.
A Bentley resident is facing charges after he allegedly punched and threatened a boy Wednesday, according to the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office. Grant officials had received a report of a disturbance on Wednesday, and an investigation found that 18-year-old Joseph Ducote Jr. had punched a 10-year-old boy in the stomach. Ducote then pulled a knife on the boy and told him he would cut his throat, according to a news release. Ducote was arrested and was charged with cruelty to a juvenile and aggravated assault.
Two suspects in the case of human remains found north of Sicily Island on June 26th have now been charged with murder. Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly said that 36-year-old Daniel White of Ouachita Parish and Leah Pontiff of Catahoula Parish were charged with first degree murder based on evidence found after their initial arrests. Both White and Pontiff remain in Catahoula Parish custody. White's bond has been set at $2,475,000 and Pontiff's at $600,000. The human remains were found in a shallow grave near a cornfield off of Louisiana Highway 425. The LSU FACES Lab on Thursday positively identified the remains as those of 29-year-old Gwen McIntosh of Sterlington. Kelly said McIntosh had been missing since Father's Day weekend.
Federal officials say Louisiana improperly received $7 million in performance bonus payments for its enrollment of children in the state Medicaid program. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Childrenís Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didnít meet federal requirements for the bonus payments. The state Department of Health and Hospitals agreed with the audit finding. The inspector general recommended the state refund $7.1 million to the federal government. But DHH spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said Monday that the federal Medicaid agency hasnít indicated if it will seek to recover the overpayment. Watkins says if repayment is required, the money would come out of future federal Medicaid funding to the state, at the earliest in October of 2015.
Winn Parish Sheriff's Department Arrest Report:
On Thursday, July 17, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Bobby Martin, of Calvin. Martin was charged with failure to appear. On Friday, July 18, Byron Luc, of Winnfield, was arrested for a parole violation. Also arrested Friday was Alex Spurgeon, of Atlanta, for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Alison Maurene Mayes, of Winnfield, was arrested Friday for possession of a Schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphenalia. On Saturday, July 19, Danille Nonthime, of Clinton, was arrested for theft of goods. On Sunday, July 20, Diane Zimmerman, of Winnfield, was arrested for failure to appear.LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Wal-Mart in Winnfield Wednesday, July 23, from 12:30 until 6:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive at the LaSalle Correctional Center Monday, July 28, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team will sponsor the 14th annual domestic abuse conference on Thursday, August 14, at the Ruston Civic Center at 401 North Trenton Street in Ruston. The conference starts at 8::00 a.m. and continues untill 5:00 p.m. The conference theme is "Collaboration Is The Key," and topics to be discussed include new laws that affect domestic abuse cases, interacting with domestic violence victims, and prosecution of domestic violence cases. Registration is open, and those who would like to attend the conference may call Wanda James at 318-513-9373, or visit www.dartla.org.
The City of Winnfield is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age or younger, without charge, through August 1. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the Winnfield Primary School at 401 South St. John Street, the Winnfield Kindergarten Annex cafeteria at 1010 West Boundary Street, True Vine Baptist Church at 904 East Jones Street, and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Chlurch at 409 Long Street. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board will be on Tuesday, August 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
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.