Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Sheriff’ Category

Mays Rape Conviction Upheld by 2nd Circuit

08/16/2017

Louisiana’s Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, in Shreveport, this morning affirmed the April, 2016 conviction of Cameron Mays for the June, 2012 rape and kidnapping of a Lousiana Tech University coed.

Wrote Judge Harmon Drew:

The evidence in this horrific case is overwhelming. Each of the three convictions is amply supported by this record, including, inter alia:

–  the victim’s testimony;
– the defendant’s fingerprints found on the condom wrapper;
–  the DNA evidence;
– his admission to his cousin that he had sex with the victim;
–  and his inculpatory words overheard by Ms. Daye.

While the record indicates that a second intruder was present, S.K. testified that only one man raped her, drove with her, and twice held a gun to her head.

Mays still faces a murder charge for the killing of Susan Hashway, who was found dead in her Paynter Drive home several days after the rape and kidnapping.

See here the court’s ruling.

Ruston Dentist Not Guilty of Insider Stock Trading

08/10/2017

Ruston dentist acquitted of insider trading related to sale of Shaw Group in Baton Rouge

BY JOE GYAN JR. | jgyan@theadvocate.com Aug 10, 2017 – 4:15 pm

A Ruston dentist whose brother-in-law worked at the Shaw Group was acquitted Thursday on federal insider trader charges relating to the 2012 announcement that Shaw was being acquired by CB&I.

Jesse H. Roberts III was found not guilty on one count each of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. He did not testify in his own defense.

Federal prosecutors had alleged that Roberts reaped a $700,000 profit from confidential information allegedly provided by his brother-in-law, Scott David Zeringue.

Zeringue was vice president of construction operations for Shaw when he claims to have passed confidential information to Roberts in July 2012 about the impending sale of the Baton Rouge-based engineering and construction firm.

Roberts’ attorneys claim information about the planned sale of Shaw to Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. had been leaking out and that Roberts, an experienced trader, used information available to the public to invest in Shaw stock options and hit it big.

Roberts allegedly told another Ruston resident, Billy J. Adcox Jr., about the information he received from Zeringue. Adcox was indicted in 2015 and is awaiting trial, accused of turning a $37,000 profit from his alleged insider trading activities.

Your Tax Dollars at Work!

08/02/2017

2017 Louisiana Sheriffs’ and Wardens’
Training and Exhibition Conference Conference

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Destin, Florida 32550

July 30th – August 3rd, 2017

See here the business agenda and the social agenda.

Is Another Judge Needed in Lincoln/Union?

07/26/2017

At yesterday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission, there was a bit of discussion about how to move cases through the court system in a more timely way, so as to relieve overcrowding at the parish jail.

Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton (who is also a member of the 5 person commission) said that a possible solution would be more court dates, or even the addition of a fourth judge to the district.

Said Belton, “If we had more court days, I think that would help.” He added, “Some of the numbers indicate we may need another judicial judgeship.”

Belton noted that adding another judge would be unlikely because of the state’s poor financial condition.

There was more discussion about pending plans to add about 100 more beds for the facility. The matter will be on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s August agenda, it was said.

Present plans call for the police jury to borrow the estimated $3 million to fund construction from a Rural Development Loan.

Presently, the jail houses 137 state prisoners, and this has resulted in no room for housing local inmates awaiting trial. The overflow local inmates are housed in other area jails that have available space.

The state pays the jail to keep the state prisoners, and that helps defray some of the jail’s operating costs.

To our knowledge, no one has done a study that estimates the operating cost of housing ONLY pretrial inmates and local prisoners, and no state prisoners.

Now, more than half the total jailed (137 of 241) are state inmates. If there were only about 100 local prisoners, food costs would be cut in half, at least, and the number of employees could be reduced significantly.

LPSO to Begin Dumpster Patrols

07/12/2017

For the next six months at least, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) deputies will begin patrolling the parish’s trash dumpsters in unmarked cars, in an effort to control problems with scavenging and out-of-parish dumping. The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) Solid Waste & Recycling Committee voted unanimously at last night’s meeting to approve a plan presented by LPSO Investigations & Patrol Commander Stephen Williams.

Taxpayers, however will be dinged to pay for the deputy patrols, up to a maximum of $1,200/week. Vehicle expenses will not be billed.

See here the proposal.

Williams said that Saturday and Sunday evenings were the prime times for problems. “The sheriff’s office is not looking to make any money off of this,” he said. He added that revenues from tickets should defray the cost of the patrols.

Williams said that the fines run from $400 to $600 per ticket, and that he had spoken with the Assistant District Attorney Laurie James, who promised cooperation.

The patrols are expected to begin within the next couple of weeks, Williams told Lincoln Parish News Online.

The committee also renewed for two more years the contract with Crochet Equipment Company to operate a woodwaste disposal facility at the Lincoln Parish Landfill. The original contract had a clause that would allow the jury to buy the equipment if it so choose, which it did not.

See here the contract.

The full jury passed a resolution and had a moment of silence to remember former juror Annie Brown, who died on July 5. Brown served on the jury for twelve years, from 2000 to 2012.

See here the resolution.

Lincoln Jail, GNLCDC on Audit Noncompliance List

07/10/2017

Two North Louisiana agencies that we have reported upon have turned up on the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Non-Compliance List – The Lincoln Parish Detention Center and the Greater North Louisiana Community Development Corporation.

The agencies apparently did not submit their annual audits in a timely fashion.

According to Louisiana’s Revised Statutes (RS 39:72.1), state funds can be withheld for as long as they remain on the list.

A. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no funds appropriated in the general appropriations act, the capital outlay act, or other appropriation act, shall be released or provided to any recipient of an appropriation if, when, and for as long as, the recipient fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of R.S. 24:513.

LPPJ Seeks Loan for New Construction @ “Angola North”

06/20/2017

One other item of interest to come from last Tuesday night’s Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) meeting was that the jury will be applying for a Rural Development loan for new construction at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center (Angola North).

The $2 1/2 million dollar expansion would add just under 100 beds at the facility. Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone has been actively lobbying the jury to fund the construction, claiming that funding from the Department of Corrections for housing state prisoners would more than pay for the construction.

Jury Treasurer Laura Hartt said Argent Financial had been engaged to provide advice on the application to Rural Development. She said the proposed loan could go before the State Bond Commission at their August meeting.

All borrowing by any Louisiana public entity must first get approval from the commission.

Arrests Made in Lincoln Parish Vehicle Burglaries

05/23/2017

Tuesday May 23, 2017 Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department Press Release – Vehicle Burglaries Update

Two adults, along with three juveniles have been arrested and charged with numerous counts of vehicle burglaries. The adults involved are Jamario Smith and Emerion Holland (images attached). The total number of vehicle burglaries that are being worked by LPSO investigators total greater than thirty (30). Victims sustained losses of items ranging from cash to firearms, primarily from vehicles that the suspects discovered to be unlocked, at the time they committed their offenses.

The sweep of arrest began Monday morning (5/22/2017) and included all divisions of the sheriff’s department. LPSO investigators believe a strong case exists with respect to physical evidence. Many stolen items are still at large, to include firearms. Ruston / Lincoln Crimestoppers (318.255.1111) will pay for information leading to the arrest or arrests of those persons found to be in possession stolen property.

The suspects were believed to be driving a dark colored mid-size sedan during the time these offenses were committed. The suspects preyed upon parked cars in residential areas of the parish that they (suspects) discovered to be unlocked. The names of the juvenile offenders have been intentionally omitted from this report. Each juvenile was booked with sixteen (16) counts of burglary. Attached are images of Jamario Smith, booked with sixteen (16) counts of burglary and Emerion Holland (booked with one count of burglary).

Said Sheriff Stone, “This investigation is still ongoing and there is still much work to be done. Investigators are meticulously working thru physical and scientific evidence, in an effort to solve each crime committed. I would like to specifically thank our criminal investigators, narcotics investigators, juvenile division, patrol division as well as our support staff for the long hours put into apprehending these suspects.”

Another Shooting in Ruston Today

05/17/2017

Meanwhile, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Ruston Police Department continue their intensive speed trap enforcement for all the dangerous lawbreakers traveling along Interstate 20. After all, revenue generation is a much higher priority than crime fighting.

RUSTON, La. (Press Release) – On Wednesday, at approximately 1:50 PM, the Ruston Police Department received an E911 call regarding a shooting in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Avenue in Ruston.

Upon arrival in the area, officers from the Uniform Patrol Division located a male victim that was suffering from a gunshot wound. The Ruston Fire Department responded to the scene to render aid to the victim, who was later transferred to a Shreveport-area hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time. Detectives began their follow-up investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male wearing a red shirt. He was armed with a handgun. This incident remains under active investigation by the Criminal Investigative Division of the Ruston Police Department.

If anyone has information regarding this or any other crime, they are requested to contact the Ruston Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division at 318-255-4141 or Crimestoppers of Lincoln Parish. Crimestopper information can be given in several ways; either by calling 318-255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at http://www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com. But please keep in mind that crimes in progress should always be reported immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency or by calling 911.

Sumlin Trial Put Off Until October

04/19/2017

Trial for former State Representative William Sumlin was rescheduled for 9:00 AM, Monday, October 30. It had been set for next week.

The action came yesterday afternoon at Division B Judge Tommy Rogers’ Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

Yesterday’s hearing was on a motion to strike by the defense, but that too was reset for 1:30 PM, July 18.

Sumlin was charged in October, 2015 with indecent behavior with a juvenile, and a Lincoln Parish Grand Jury returned an indictment in December, 2015.

Representing Sumlin was Lavalle Salomon, and representing the State was Chief Felony Prosecutor Lewis Jones.