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Fort Polk Man Arrested for Distribution of Pornography Involving Juvenile

On Friday, December 14, 2018, investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit/Alexandria Field Office, with the assistance of Fort Polk Criminal Investigations Division, arrested Joey Womack (W/M 31 yoa) of Fort Polk, LA.  Womack was arrested for distribution of pornography involving juveniles (five counts). Earlier this month, LSP’s Special Victims Unit began an investigation pertaining to illicit images of child sexual abuse, involving toddlers.  During the investigation, a person of interest was identified. As a result of the joint investigation and information obtained, a search warrant was issued for a residence located at Fort Polk.  Following the search warrant, Womack was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail and will be transferred to the Rapides Parish Jail.  No bond has been set. The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

Sabine Parish Police Jury Meeting

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse at 400 S. Capitol Street in Many.

Bill Cassidy’s Speech

Click here to listen to the Speech given by Bill Cassidy on the Senate Floor to President Trump! We thank Bill Cassidy for Honoring our Hometown Veterans Charles Davis and Douglas Curtis.


Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 has issued a statement that the public please be advised that the BOIL ADVISORY for McAndy Lane in Many has been LIFTED.

Murder Suspect Surrenders to Natchitoches Police

A man wanted for the murder of a Natchitoches man surrendered to authorities on Friday evening.

Tranndon Mitchell, 20, surrendered to the Natchitoches Police Department in regards to the shooting death of Robert Griffin, 23.

On Thursday evening, NPD found Griffin with a gunshot wound at the Texas Street Grocery. He was then transported to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

On Friday, detectives were able to obtain information which led to obtaining an arrest warrant for Mitchell for second-degree murder. A search warrant was executed at Mitchell’s residence, however, he was not there.

After surrendering, Mitchell was booked on one charge of second-degree murder. He was later transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he awaits bond.

The Natchitoches Police Department is still urging anyone who has
information about the shooting to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or you may contact the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Sergeant Bobby Beard at (318) 238-3914.

All calls shall be kept confidential.


Missing 85-Year-Old Man Located Deceased Several Miles From Home

A Silver Alert has been discontinued for an elderly man who has been missing for five days.

According to Lufkin Police spokesperson Jessica Pebsworth, officers recovered the body of missing Alzheimer’s patient Moses Jeffero, 85, on Thursday night.

Pebsworth said that a citizen called dispatch at 7:58 p.m. to report seeing something suspicious in a creek that runs along Ellen Trout Drive near Sayers Street. Officers arrived to find a piece of plastic in the water, but continued walking the creek bed as the water had receded substantially since previous searches were conducted. She said that is when they located Jeffero’s body in the water.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Billy Ball came to the scene and performed a death inquest, police said.

In the time since his disappearance, officers have searched via ground, helicopter, drone and canine units to no avail. Detectives also sought leads out of town due to Jeffero telling his wife recently that he wanted to go “home” as his disease progressed; he considered Huntsville his home, family said.

Lufkin Police Chief David Thomas said he wanted to thank all the volunteers who came to help search day after day.

Pebsworth said that an autopsy has been ordered.


Pitkin Man Left Beaten on Side of Road After Going to the Casino

On Monday, December 10, 2018, the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from Coushatta Tribal Police Department advising they had found a man that looked beat up on the side of Powell Road, 2 miles south of LA Highway 26. The Allen Parish SO identified the man as Truman Doyle 73 of Pitkin.

Doyle had a severe laceration to the back of his head, was unable to provide much information on what had happened and was transported to St. Pats Hospital in Lake Charles.

It was determined that Doyle’s 2002 Ford Truck his wallet and about $2000 were missing. The vehicle was found on the side a road about a mile away. Evidence in the truck suggested Doyle had been at Grand Casino Coushatta and the Tribal Police assisted with surveillance video, which revealed Doyle had left the casino with Leah Langely of Elton.

When interviews, Langley admitted to the robbery and informed the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office that Gerald Artis of Kinder was also involved.

Langley was booked into the Allen Parish Jail on the following charges: Second Degree Robbery, Carjacking, Cruelty to the Infirm, Theft over $750 and under $5000, Accessory After the Fact of Aggravated Battery, and Criminal Conspiracy to Theft. Bond for Langely was set at $60,000, and she remains in the Allen Parish Jail.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Gerald Artis and he was arrested in Rapides Parish yesterday. Artis was booked on charges of Second Degree Robbery, Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Cruelty to the Infirm, and Criminal Conspiracy to Theft. No bond has been set on Artis at this time.


Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the Boil advisory has been lifted for HWY 118, Ashpond, Lee Jordan, Corleyville, Fisher Firetower, Shady Hill, Pump Station Roads, and all surrounding roads.

Natchitoches Shooting Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

NPD responded to a report of a shooting at Caspari Street on December 11, shortly before midnight.

Upon arrival, officers found Ronald G. Green, 57, with a gunshot to his head. He was later pronounced dead by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

Three other victims were transported by a private vehicle to a local hospital for treatment before officers arrived. Two male victims sustained gunshot wounds to the abdomen and a third victim sustained a gunshot to the rear of his neck. The current conditions of the three victims are not known. Their names are being withheld at this time due to the nature of the investigation.

The Natchitoches Police Department is urging anyone who has information about the shootings to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or you may contact the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Sergeant William Connell at (318) 238-3911. All calls shall be kept confidential.



Home Fire Victims Identified

The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the victims of Sunday morning’s tragic house fire near Campti  in north Natchitoches Parish.

Natchitoches Parish Asst. Deputy Coroner Steve Clanton says the bodies have been identified as Lucy Telsee, 71, and her granddaughter, Rosia Mae Telsee, 6, of 1of 123 Bright Morning Star Church Road, Campti/Grappes Bluff area.

Other family members transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center were identified as Lucy’s husband, Sam J. Telsee Sr., 74, and Billy R. Telsee, 39, both admitted into Intensive Care. Sam Telsee III, 7, and Billy R. Telsee Jr., 8, were treated for smoke inhalation.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:01 a.m., Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, multiple Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #9 units and multiple Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS units responded to 911 reports of a structure fire in the 100 block Bright Morning Star Church Road off of La. Hwy 480 near Campti.

NPFD# 9 arrived on scene within 11 minutes.

After firefighters arrived, they learned four occupants of the residence escaped, however, two were still believed to be trapped inside the mobile home.

According to Natchitoches Parish Fire District #9 Fire Chief Doug Rachal the fire was intense.

Firefighters worked tirelessly for over an hour to contain the fire.

The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office responded.

After the fire was contained, firefighters, law enforcement and the coroner’s office sifted through the burned rumble finding two burned bodies.

Louisiana State Fire Marshals and detectives with the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to assist in determining the cause of the fire. At this time the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Louisiana State Fire Marshals are working closely with Natchitoches Parish Fire District# 9 and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

Sabine Parish Educator Arrested for Having Sex With Student

A Sabine Parish teacher is behind bars, accused of  having sex with a 13-year-old female student.

Sabine Parish sheriff’s investigators have charged James C. Jones, 50, of Pleasant Hill, with five counts of molestation of a juvenile. He’s held in the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

Jones, a teacher at Pleasant Hill High School, surrendered to authorities after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was issued after an investigation by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives found that he allegedly had sexual relations with the student on five different occasions.

No bond has been set.

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by the system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution, the Sabine Parish Waterworks is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately, for customers in the following area: McAndy Lane in Many.

Bossier City Megachurch Still Smoldering After a Huge Morning Fire

Fire crews kept a watchful eye on smoldering debris well after sunset at the scene of what was a raging fire at a Bossier City megachurch.

Crews got the call to First Bossier Church, located in the 2800 block of East Texas Street about 5:30 a.m.

According to Bossier City Fire Department Spokeswoman Traci Landry, the fire was placed under control around 7:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported but Landry said medical personnel were on scene as a precaution.

“The new sanctuary, the firefighters did everything they could to save that and right now at this point it is safe.”

Flames were visible from Interstate 20 at the height of that early morning fire, while a total of 19 Bossier City fire units and along with 11 from Shreveport arrived on scene to to assist with efforts.

Landry added that the cause of the fire is unknown. An investigation to determine the cause will be held.

“Number two, the fire department responded accordingly and take care of business. Obviously, we can rebuild and we’ve faced challenges in the past. We’re going to face these in the future.”

After crews knocked down the huge flames, Bossier Kids Academy employee Janice Mohawk later recalled, “I just started crying because I was just thankful we wasn’t there already and the kids weren’t there because they would have been so devastated.”

The church’s child development center has 135 children enrolled. It is operated right where the fire did some of the worst damage.

“We began receiving a barrage of phone calls and text messages about the sad news very early this morning in Washington. I have spoken at length about the matter with Pastor Brad Jurkovich, as well as local and state officials such as State Representative Raymond Crews and Attorney General Jeff Landry. Our church family and our entire community are stunned by the magnitude of this tragedy.

“First Bossier has such an extraordinary history in our region, and its iconic steeple has been a landmark over Bossier for generations. My wife, Kelly, and I were married in Faith Chapel 20 years ago, and it is very sad to think that landmark may now be changed forever. I do know that the First Bossier family will pull together and recover from this tragedy even stronger than before. The Bible teaches that trials produce perseverance, character and hope, and we believe that to our core. The mission of First Bossier will continue in earnest.”


Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by the system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution, the Sabine Parish Waterworks is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately for the following areas: Hwy 118, Ashpond, Lee Jordan, Corleyville, Fisher Firetower, Shady Hill, Pump Station, and all surrounding roads.


On a related note, the boil advisory for 982-1375 W. B. Lewing Road in Many has been lifted.

Jasper County Sheriff: Body Found Believed to be a Case of Homicide

 The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office they believe a body found near Jasper Friday night is a case of homicide.

According to a press release, on December 7, 2018 at approximately 9:20 PM, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a possible homicide. Sheriff Mitchel Newman and his deputies arrived on scene and located a body in the woods north of Jasper. Sheriff Newman says that he believes the incident to be a case of homicide.

The press release said Sheriff Newman said the man, later identified as 22-year-old Christopher Spikes of Jasper, was found on Friday evening by a family member on Hi-Truitt Road, just off of Highway 96 North.

According to Sheriff Newman, Spikes had been missing for a day or so and family members used a tracking app in his cell phone to find his body.

Sheriff Newman said that the Spikes’ body was taken to the Beaumont Medical Examiner’s office where Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Daniel Whitton ordered that an autopsy be performed. Sheriff Newman said that this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 409-384-5417.