Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Sheriff’ Category

Detention Center Budgets Reviewed

12/01/2017

The commission that oversees the parish jail met yesterday morning and reviewed the 2017 amended and 2018 proposed budgets for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and approved their presentation at a 12/19/17 public hearing.

2017 Amended Budget
2018 Proposed Budget
2015-2018 Budget Comparisons

For 2018, revenues are expected to be $4.22 million, and expenditures are expected to be $4.28 million.

The amended 2017 budget revenues will be about $4.39 million, compared to an original estimate of $3.66 million. Final expenditures for 2017 will be about $4.19 million, compared to the original estimate of $4.02 million.

As we had reported earlier this year, the facility’s budget is double what it was five years ago when LaSalle Corrections ran the jail. Today, payroll and benefits alone are more than the entire budget was in 2012.

During the meeting, there was a lot of discussion about a new law that will go into effect 7/1/17 that puts 17 year-olds into the juvenile justice system, instead of into the adult system. Governor Jon Edwards signed the new law last year.

Some of the discussion centered on the possibility of converting some of the adult facilities into a juvenile jail, and then leasing some of the unused space to adjoining parishes. The cost of housing juveniles in a facility equipped to handle them can run $200 to $300/day, it was said.

The problem, Warden Jim Tuten said, was that the juveniles had to be housed “out of sight and sound” of the adult facility. Additionally, the guards for juvenile offenders have to be specially trained, and that a teacher would have to be hired, Tuten said.

Asked by Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers how many 17 year-olds he had in custody, Tuten replied, “I’ve got one, right now.”

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Burn Ban Issued for Lincoln Parish

12/01/2017

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2017

CONTACT: Chief Kevin Reynolds
(318) 255-1055

TEMPORARY BAN ON OPEN-AIR OUTDOOR BURNING

The Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 has issued an emergency order banning all open-air outdoor burning effective immediately. This bum ban coincides with Lincoln Parish Police Jury Ordinance No. 276-06-(1) which authorizes Commissioners of Fire Protection District No. 1 of Lincoln Parish to impose a temporary ban on open-air outdoor burning within said district.

Due to the extremely dry conditions presently existing in Lincoln Parish, rural areas, woodlands, and forests are subject to fire. Anyone found to be violating this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine not to exceed
$500 dollars, together with all costs of court, or a jail sentence not to exceed six months, or both.

This ban will remain in effect until lifted by the Commissioners of Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1. Anyone having questions concerning this matter should contact this office at the number listed above.

Mays Murder Trial still on for February

11/22/2017

Accused murderer and convicted kidnapper/rapist Cameron Mays was in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District court yesterday morning in Ruston, for a status conference hearing.

He is scheduled to stand trial Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:00 AM, for the home invasion and murder of Sue Hashway in June of 2012.

No motions or filings were made at yesterday’s hearing. Attorney for the defendant was Kia Baldwin Richardson, and the prosecutor was Assistant Attorney General Madeleine Slaughter-Young.

Presiding was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.

LA State Police Speed Trap Program Suspended

11/08/2017

Zurik: State Police suspend LACE program amid FOX 8 investigation

Written by: Lee Zurik, Director of Investigations
Contributor: Tom Wright, Investigative Producer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) –

Louisiana State Police have suspended a ticket-writing agreement with many local parishes, pending an internal review.

The suspension and review result from a FOX 8 undercover investigative series, State of Unrest, which premieres in the New Orleans viewing area Wednesday night on FOX 8 News at 10.

We spent much of the summer and fall on an undercover surveillance investigation and brought our findings to LSP Superintendent Kevin Reeves. Col. Reeves was noticeably upset and immediately called for the suspension of the LACE detail program.

LACE is short for Local Agency Compensated Enforcement. If you’ve seen a state trooper near the Bonnet Carre Spillway or in New Orleans East, they’re likely on a LACE shift.

Many local parishes throughout the state contract with State Police. They hire troopers to write tickets in those parishes on highways. The local government keeps the ticket money but reimburses LSP for trooper overtime and mileage.

Parishes participating in the program include St. Charles, St. John and Orleans parishes in the New Orleans metro, Ascencion Parish near Baton Rouge and Calcasieu Parish at Lake Charles.

It’s unclear how long the program will be suspended. But questions about some highly-paid police officers remain.

We’ll start to lay out our findings in State of Unrest, Wednesday on FOX 8 News at 10.

See here the memo.

Louisiana State Police suspends 3 troopers, LACE program amid payroll fraud investigation

BY JIM MUSTIAN | jmustian@theadvocate.com

The Louisiana State Police on Wednesday suspended a statewide highway traffic enforcement program and began a criminal investigation into three troopers accused of claiming extra-duty hours they never actually worked.

The State Police superintendent, Col. Kevin Reeves, ordered a review of the program, Local Agency Compensated Enforcement, and placed the troopers on administrative leave after reviewing surveillance footage provided by WVUE-TV.

The undercover footage appears to show the troopers “claiming hours for time they weren’t working,” said Maj. Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman.

The troopers under investigation are Eric Curlee, a senior technician assigned to the agency’s Emergency Services Unit; Daryl Thomas, a veteran trooper who works out of the agency’s Kenner-based Troop B; and Byron Sims, a State Police polygraphist.

The LACE program is run by local district attorneys, who contract with the State Police and reimburse the agency for hours and mileage claimed by troopers working extra-duty shifts and writing speeding tickets in jurisdictions around the state.

The WVUE-TV segment, called State of Unrest, captured footage of the troopers abusing the program, apparently in part by writing a full shifts worth of tickets in a relatively short period of time.

Warrant Issued for Bonton

10/31/2017

An arrest warrant was yesterday issued for Brandon Bonton, an alleged accomplice of Cameron Mays in the June, 2012 murder of Dr. Sue Hashway, after he failed to appear in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

Bonton was supposed to appear alongside two other co-defendants who were in court, Robert Demps and Markeva Daye.

Daye and Demps trial was reset for 9:00 AM, Monday, April 23, 2018, with a pretrial hearing the prior Friday (4/20 – 9:00 AM), and a status hearing at 9:00 AM, February 20, 2018.

Appearing for the state was Assistant Attorney General Madeleine Slaughter-Young. Kia Richardson appeared for the defendants.

Presiding was Judge Tommy Rogers.

Sumlin Attorney Donated to Lincoln/Union DA Belton

10/30/2017

Monroe attorney LaValle Salomon, who is the attorney of record for former state representative William Sumlin, has over the past three years contributed $3 thousand to Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton, campaign records show.

Sumlin, who two years ago was arrested and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, and has had his trial date rescheduled many times since his arrest.

Salomon donated $1000 to Belton’s campaign on 7/29/14, about three months prior to his election.

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After Belton’s election, Salomon donated $1000 twice more, on 12/15/14, and on 7/23/15.

12/15/14
7/23/15

Sumlin Trial Date Vanishes?

10/30/2017

The glacial pace of justice in the case of former Louisiana State Representative William Sumlin just got slower.

According to records at the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court, he is scheduled for trial today (Monday, 10/30) at 9:00 AM in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

However, during an October 17 hearing on a motion to suppress evidence, that hearing was rescheduled for Tuesday, January 16, at 1:30 PM. Apparently, the state and the defense neglected to set a new trial date.

We will be in court today for the Bonton/Daye/Demps matter, so we will try to find out what’s what with the Sumlin case.

Mays to Stand Trial for Hashway Murder in February

10/27/2017

The long-delayed trial of Cameron Mays for the murder of Cypress Springs resident Dr. Sue Hashway has been set for 9:00 AM, February 26, 2018, Lincoln Parish News Online has learned.

Mays was convicted in April, 2016 for a rape and kidnapping that took place several days before Hashway was found dead in her Paynter Drive home in June of 2012.

Prosecuting the case will be Assistant Attorney General Madeleine Slaughter-Young, a Monroe attorney who recently worked for the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Attorney’s office. She has civil law experience, and was also a prosecutor for the Orleans Parish DA. In 2015, she was a candidate for Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court.

She is a veteran of the U. S. Army.

LPNO readers will remember that formerly, Assistant AG Mike Ruddick handled the prosecution of Mays for the prior trial. He recently retired.

In this morning’s proceedings at Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston, the three alleged accomplices of Mays were not in court, but were reset to appear Monday at 9:00 AM. Their trials will be rescheduled to coincide with the February 26 Mays trial, courtroom sources said.

Mays has two hearings prior to trial, a 9:00 AM 11/21/17 status conference, and a 9:00 AM 2/23/18 pretrial conference.

Cameron Mays’ Alleged Accomplices to be in Court Friday

10/26/2017

Several alleged accomplices of convicted rapist Cameron Mays are scheduled for pre-trial hearings tomorrow (Friday, 10/27) morning in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court at 9:00 AM in Ruston.

Brandon Bonton, Robert Demps, and Markeva Daye were charged in connection with Mays’ alleged June, 2012 crime spree that resulted in the murder of retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway, and the aggravated rape and kidnapping of a Louisiana Tech University co-ed.

Mays was convicted of the rape and kidnapping by a Lincoln Parish jury in April, 2016.

Among Bonton’s charges are theft, accessory to burglary, accessory to murder 2nd and drug possession.

Day and Demps are both charged with accessory to murder 2nd, accessory to burglary, drug possession, and possession of stolen things.

See here the court docket.

Still unclear is the status of erstwhile key witness Kevin Owen, who was also an alleged accomplice of Mays.

Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick, who prosecuted Mays on the rape and kidnapping charges, originally intended to call Owen as a witness for the prosecution’s case. However, in February, 2016, Owens “disappeared from the face of the earth” just prior to trial.

During the trial, Mays claimed that Owens was with him during the burglary and that Owen committed the rape.

He never been charged, nor has an arrest warrant been issued for him. We’ve not been able to get a clear answer from the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office, the Attorney General’s Office, or the Ruston Police Department on why this is so.

Sumlin Attorney a No-Show in Court

09/20/2017

Claiming a “medical procedure,” Monroe attorney LaValle Salomon yesterday afternoon was a no-show at Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston. The result was several of his clients were left without representation, and had to have their court dates rescheduled, including former Louisiana State Representative William Sumlin.

Chief Felony Prosecutor Lewis Jones made the disclosure when he called up the cases from the court docket. Public defender Dwayne Burrell stood in (he sat, actually) for Salomon.

Sumlin was in court for a hearing on a motion to strike evidence related to his arrest two years ago on indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Sumlin’s hearing was reset for Tuesday, October 17, 1:30 PM. His trial is scheduled for Monday, October 30.

This is the second time Salomon has claimed health issues for a delay.

In February of this year, he said his wife was scheduled for surgery and couldn’t meet a March trial date. Sumlin’s trial has been set and delayed at least four times.

Salomon was a significant contributor to Jones’ campaign for district judge in 2014. See here the documents:

Candidate’s report 10/6/14 – pg 6

Candidate’s report 1/15/15 – pg 5

Presiding yesterday was Tommy Rogers.