Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish School Board’ Category

Lincoln Schools Open for Students Thursday, August 19

08/04/2021

Lincoln Parish Schools will have the first day of classes for students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 19, District Superintendent Ricky Durrett told the Lincoln Parish School Board at last night’s monthly meeting.

Said Durrett, “Our goal is to have everyone in person, every day, all year long. We know from what we’ll see coming out in the next few days with scores – test scores and things – those who came to school performed much better.”

Durrett said the custodial staff had been busy sanitizing school rooms and offices, and that bus drivers, teachers, and secretaries would be helping those efforts.

Personnel Director Doris Lewis reported on a lengthy list of personnel changes for the month.

Here is the list.

Business Manager Juanita Duke presented her financial reports.

Duke also presented the final revised budget for the fiscal year ended 6/30/21, which the board unanimously adopted.

Lincoln School Board Tomorrow

08/02/2021

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 PM, Lincoln Parish STEM Center, 525 Tarbutton Road.

Here is the agenda.

School Board Meets Tonight

07/13/2021

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet tonight (Tuesday, July 13), 6:00 PM, Central Office, 410 South Farmerville Street.

Here is the agenda.

Notable agenda items include:

  • A lengthy personnel report. See here the list.
  • Millage rates for 2021. There are some increases and some decreases. See here the memo.
  • Purchase of the Ruston High School Baseball field from the City of Ruston. A negotiated price for the 5.44 acre tract is listed as $1,050,000.00. See here the memo.

School Board Tonight

06/01/2021

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet tonight, Tuesday, June 1, 6:00 PM.

A couple of things are notable. This is the first meeting of the board at the central office, 410 South Farmerville Street in over a year.

Also, the salary schedules for 2021- 2022 are included in the board information documents, and will be voted on by the board.

See here all the documents.

Public Records Requests Filed for Proof of Statements

05/24/2021

Lincoln Parish News Online filed two public records requests yesterday asking for proof of statements made last week by the commander of the Louisiana State Police and by the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney regarding the Ronald Greene case.

It has become quite clear that nothing said by anyone connected to this case can be relied upon. After twelve years of covering government and its people, we’ve learned that “If it ain’t in writing, it didn’t happen.”

We requested from the Louisiana State Police documentation proving the delivery of case files and receipt thereof from the agencies as was claimed last Friday by Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis. We understand that it is LSP procedure to require a signed and dated receipt whenever case files are submitted.

From Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton’s office, we requested a call log or any correspondence that would verify his allegation last week that he asked the U. S. Department of Justice or the FBI to intervene in the Greene case “…on the day I received the report…”

There is a six-month gap between when Belton said he contacted the FBI and when Davis alleges files were delivered to the FBI.

Here are our requests:

Louisiana State Police Public Records Request

Third Judicial District Attorney Public Records Request

We will report what we learn from the agencies promptly.

If they try stonewalling again, we’ll report that, too.

Amended Lawsuit Filed Thurs, 5/20/21 in Ronald Greene Wrongful Death Civil Case

05/22/2021

An amended complaint in the civil lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Ronald Greene was filed this past Thursday in US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

The original lawsuit was filed in May, 2020, a year after the incident that occurred in Union Parish near the Crossroads community.

The amended complaint adds some defendants, and also adds some new language to the facts pleading section of the lawsuit, based upon new information from bodycam videos and the autopsy.

Here is the original lawsuit.

Here is the amended complaint.

Until the original lawsuit was filed, the public knew only what the Louisiana State Police claimed was Greene’s cause of death – a car crash.

Incredible as it may seem here in the Twenty-First Century, several local, state and federal governmental agencies – Louisiana State Police, Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney, Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, Union Parish Coronor, FBI, and Rocky Branch Fire District – were able to construct a coverup and maintain Omerta for a solid year.

Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Report on Greene Homicide

05/22/2021

Last year when the Ronald Greene homicide case first became public, we suspected a massive and co-ordinated coverup among several government agencies was underway to conceal both the manner of death and the people involved in the incident.

Our suspicions appear to have been accurate.

Acting upon those suspicions, we executed several public records request, one of which was to the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office for any reports it may have generated relative to the incident. After several months, we received a response.

Our request was made on 9/14/2020, and the response is dated 02/23/2021.

It consists of a call sheet, a log of personnel involved, and a narrative by Union Parish Sheriff’s Office (UPSO) Deputy Chris Harpin. His narrative reads as follows:

On Friday May 10, 2019 at approximately 0022 hours I, Dy. Chris Harpin, was advised by dispatch that LSP was in pursuit of a northbound vehicle on Hwy. 143, in Ouachita Parish, and they were asking for assistance. I then went towards the intersection of Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 143 at Crossroads.

I asked dispatch to notify Pafford Ambulance Service, so they would be on standby, in case the pursued vehicle wrecked. Prior to my arrival, dispatch advised me the vehicle wrecked and that the Troopers in pursuit could not be reached by radio. Then, dispatch advised that the Troopers were calling for more units. Upon arrival, I observed two LSP units and a small, silver SUV on Crossroads Loop. As I approached on foot, I saw the two Troopers in between their cars, on the ground, with a unidentified B/M. The Troopers were asking the B/M to give them his right hand so they could handcuff him. The Troopers asked me to help them get him handcuffed as the B/M was actively resisting them and not complying with their verbal commands. TheTroopers already had the B/M’s left hand in a handcuff, but he was trying to roll on his left side and pull it under his body. The B/M was lying face down on the ground and had his right arm tucked under his upper body with his right hand near his head. I reached under the B/M’s body, trapped his right wrist with both of my hands and pulled his arm down, towards his belt. I then straitened the arm out and pulled his hand up and behind his back. One of the Troopers was then able to handcuff the right hand. The B/M was breathing and grunting as he pulled against the handcuffs.

I then advised dispatch that we had one person in custody and definitely needed medical assistance. The B/M was bleeding from a head wound. More Troopers arrived shortly after getting the B/M handcuffed. Rocky Branch Fire arrived shortly after the back up Troopers and started medical treatment. Pafford arrived approximately 10 minutes after RBFD. The B/M was loaded into the Pafford Ambulance and transported to Glenwood Hospital. We were advised, while still at the scene, that the B/M had died while en route to Glenwood.

LSP advised that they would be sending Detectives to the scene. I helped MT Kory York take measurements of the scene while waiting for the Detectives. At this time I was advised that the B/M’s name was Ronald Allan Greene (B/M, DOB 9/28/1969). Upon the Detectives arrival, I was asked to give a statement of my participation in the incident, which I did. The silver SUV that Greene was driving was removed by Brick’s Towing and taken to Troop F for further examination.

Nothing further.
Dy. Chris Harpin 301

Here is the complete document.

Two other UPSO Deputies were on scene, according to the report – Cade Mobley and Cade Nolan.

Belton Notified of Greene Case in August, 2019

05/21/2021

Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton’s office was given the case files of the Ronald Greene Homicide in August, 2019, three months after the incident, according to WAFB TV9, Baton Rouge.

The incident occurred in the late evening/early morning hours of May 9/10, 2019, over two years ago.

WAFB – TV9 – Baton Rouge

Published: May. 21, 2021 at 6:38 PM

Ronald Greene In-Custody Death Investigative Timeline:

05/10/19 – 0045 Troop F Commander notified of Troop F pursuit/confrontation with Greene

05/10/19 – 0122 Troop F Commander notified of Greene’s passing, responds along with Bureau of Investigations (BOI)

05/10/19 – 0241 BOI Commander confirms that LSP Criminal Investigations Division Monroe Field Office (CID-Monroe) is enroute to investigate

05/10/19 – 0544 Troop F Commander posts Command Duty Journal entry

05/10/19 – KNOE, KTVE, Monroe News Star post stories citing LSP as source noting pursuit, struggle, and death

05/10/19 – CID-Monroe immediately commences investigation

08/20/19 – CID-Monroe submits case to the Lincoln Parish DA

09/09/19 – CID-Monroe follows up with DA, nothing further needed

02/20/20 – CID-Monroe provides case file to DOJ/FBI

August of 2020 – Lincoln DA finishes LSP case review; however, he reserves right to revisit pending DOJ review therefore case remains open

08/25/20 – Appointing Authority directs Internal Affairs to begin Admin Investigation into Use of Force

Gov Bel Edwards Blames Belton for Greene Video Coverup

05/21/2021

Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards yesterday said that Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton had prevented release of Louisiana State Police bodycam video of troopers beating and tazing a handcuffed Ronald Greene in May, 2019 near the Crossroads community in Union Parish.

Greene allegedly died en route to a Monroe area hospital, but as the incident occurred in Union Parish, Belton’s office has original jurisdiction over the case.

From WAFB TV-9 Baton Rouge.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – One day after body camera video was put out showing the deadly 2019 arrest of 49-year-old Ronald Greene, Governor John Bel Edwards is weighing in on the release of the video.

“I can’t speak for them about whether there’s going to be a criminal prosecution,” Edwards said.

Parts of the video leaked to the Associated Press are hard to watch. The video shows troopers kick, stun and drag the 49-year-old while he was face down in handcuffs. Today, the 9News Investigators asked the governor why it took so long for the video to get out and why Louisiana State Police still refuses to release it.

“Well the state police didn’t release it because the DA asked that it not be released before the investigation was concluded and then subsequently, the US Department of Justice initiated an investigation and made the same request,” Edwards said.

Belton Issues Statement on Greene Homicide

05/20/2021

May 19, 2021

It is of the utmost importance that the Ronald Greene family and our community, as a whole, be provided complete and truthful answers about what happened to him.

For our justice system to properly function, citizens must have trust and confidence in the justice process.  To ensure an independent investigation into the death of Mr. Greene, on the day I received the report from the Louisiana State Police, I asked the United States Department of Justice to conduct an independent review of the circumstances surrounding his death, including whether any criminal or civil rights violations occurred.

To date, the federal investigation is ongoing. Ethically, I am prevented from making any extrajudicial comments while this matter is under investigation.  Furthermore, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana has asked that I make no comments regarding the merits and investigation of the case.  My office will await the conclusion of the federal investigation before making any further comment or decisions in this case.

JOHN BELTON

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

LINCOLN AND UNION PARISHES

Greene died two years ago while in custody of the Louisiana State Police near the Crossroads community in Union Parish.

The case wasn’t made public until a year after the incident, when the Greene family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Yesterday, the Asssociate Press published the bodycam videos of the incident.