Richland Parish Sheriff’s personnel received a complaint of sexual misconduct from an offender incarcerated at Richland Parish Detention Center at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.
Allegations were made against a Richland Parish Detention Center corrections officer assigned to the transportation unit.
Corrections officer Christopher C. Moore, 41, of Columbia was arrested for two counts of malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with persons in custody (LA RS 14:134.1) at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Moore was terminated upon arrest and after providing a confession.
Moore is a veteran of 18 years of law enforcement and he began his career with the Richland Parish Detention Center in March 2007.
Sheriff Lee Harrell stated, “I am saddened today to make this press release but I have said from the beginning I expect more from law enforcement personnel and I will not tolerate corruption or misconduct. I receive no pleasure from arresting our own. It disgraces all that wear the badge.”
Sheriff Harrell quoted Teddy Roosevelt, “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.”Read more...
A Rayville man was killed in a car accident Tuesday night.
Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on Whitehall Road south of Louisiana Highway 15 at 8 p.m. April 22.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 16-year-old, was traveling north on Whitehall Road when it crossed into the southbound lane and struck a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by 34-year-old Brandon Rushing of Rayville, that was traveling south on Whitehall Road.
Rushing suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Richland Parish Coroner’s Office. The juvenile was properly restrained and was taken to a hospital in Rayville with minor injuries.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash. Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The juvenile was issued a citation for driving left of center. The crash remains under investigation.
While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers urge the public to remain vigilant while driving. Never drive a motor vehicle when impaired or fatigued. Always remain buckled up while in a vehicle, regardless of seating position. Avoid distracting activities, especially the temptations of electronic devices that can substantially divert a driver’s attention away from the road and always obey the speed limit.
Troop F has investigated nine fatal crashes which have resulted in nine deaths so far this year.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host seven public meetings to present details on the proposed 2014-16 hunting seasons and the 2014-15 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulations. One meeting will be held on March 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m., LDWF Monroe Office, 368 Centurylink Drive, Monroe
LDWF’s Wildlife Division will accept public comment that will be reported to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission prior to final approval of seasonal dates, rules and regulations at their April 3, 2014 meeting.
Some of the proposed changes include:
- Allowing small game hunters to carry buckshot and/or slug while small game hunting on private lands.
- Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish from Deer Area 9 to Area 6.
- Modification of a portion of St. Mary Parish from Deer Area 7 to Area 9.
- Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish within Deer Area 9 from gun with dogs to still hunt only.
- Elimination of requirement for an annual military permit on Camp Beauregard, Fort Polk, and Peason Ridge WMAs.
- Addition of general turkey lottery hunt on Pearl River WMA.
- Addition of youth turkey lottery hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA.
- Implementation of a Self-Clearing Permit requirement for turkey hunters on Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserves within Kisatchie National Forest.
- Expansion of deer hunting opportunities on Lake Boeuf WMA.
- Addition of a youth shotgun deer season on Pass-a-Loutre WMA.
- Expansion of fishing opportunities on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is surveying dove hunters across the state to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics include season dates, hunting activities, hunting success, ammunition used, as well as demographic variables.
To participate in this on-line survey visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting and follow the link provided. Interested hunters will have until March 16, 2014 to participate in the survey. The full survey consists of 13 questions and an additional section provides space for comments. The survey can be taken by anyone, but LDWF is interested in the opinions of dove hunters.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
Hello, hello, once again to all of you dear and special readers out there who are now scanning this weekly edition of the Outlook column. Another week has gone by since I sat here typing last week. I do hope this reaches all of you at a good time and that you join me in the appreciation or this most lovely weather.
I do hope that all of you had a most happy celebration of Easter which is a very notable day on our yearly calendar. After the usual Sunday School and morning worship hour at Woodlawn Baptist Church, I joined my son, Kirby and his wife, Linda on the drive south to visit their daughter, Kristi and her husband, Roy Wiggins, Jr. and their daughter, Abby at their rural home west of Mangham.
The delicious meal was just about ready when we arrived and it was some kind of scrumptious as we sat down to a big platter of fried catfish and all the “trimmings”. That is just about my most favorite meal and it reminded me of the many times when I went with my parents in my “growing up” years to camp out overnight at a favorite fishing place. Oh, yes, those were the days and I cherish those memories.........
After the meal, we rested a while and I played a bit with their two sweet canine critters. I can’t resist that cute doggy way they have of getting acquainted with visitors. It varies at times from their loping around at random from one person to the next as they peer hopefully for a tidbit of food. I know they don’t ever get really hungry; but, they can have a really sweet little “grin” as they accept a morsel once in a while. I know I spoil mine; but, she is extra special, too. Oh, yes.......
CHUCKLE #1 - A census clerk, checking over some questionnaires which had just been completed, was amazed to note on one, the figures of 127 and 123 in the spaces for “Age of Father, if living” and “Age of Mother, if living.”
“Surely your parents can’t be this old, can they?” asked the incredulous clerk of the man.
“Well, no,” was his answer. “But, they would be that old if they were still living.” ?????Hmmmmmmmm????
And, so we move on.......It does appear that we have one more Monday left in this lovely month of April and I will be attempting to write another Outlook column on that date if all goes well. But.....it will not be printed for our readers until Thursday of next week and that will be May lst. How about that? I hate to say goodbye to April because I have enjoyed it so very much.
I also think we can expect some pretty warm temps as summer gets more advanced. So far, I haven’t needed any fans nor air conditioning. But, I know that time is surely coming and I will deal with it then. Oh, yes. (I don’t even want to think about the muggy days of July and August; but, they will surely come......) Hopefully, there will be a little cool spell every now and then. I will crank up the air conditioning only when it gets really hot and then some more hot.......Again, I didn’t grow up with it; but, i have come to appreciate it when the temps start to steam and fry - so to speak.........
CHUCKLE #2 - “What do you mean insulting me in that yellow sheet paper of yours?” roared the politician at the editor.
“Didn’t we print that item exactly as you gave it to us - to the effect that you had resigned as city treasurer?”
“You printed it correctly enough,” conceded the grafter, then he bellowed, “but just look where you put it - in the column headed ‘Public Improvement!’” H-m-m-m..............
Well, I think I have just about rambled long enough on this week’s Outlook effort, so I believe I will just bring this to a stopping place and go on to something else.........
Birthdays are coming up soon for: Jessica Greer, Sharon Gibson, Stephen Dupont and Tonya Childress on 4/25 and for Nona Garner on 4/29 and Jonathon Coleman on 4/30. May all of these birthday folks enjoy a fine celebration of their special natal day and we wish them many, many more in the future..... OH, yes, we do, indeed........
And, now for a parting thought until we meet again through this medium........
PARTING THOUGHT: “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” (Bill Cosby in Fatherhood) Think about that......Oh, yes.
By Shirley Thompson
Up - adverb, adjective, noun, preposition
It’s easy to understand up, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake up? At a meeting, why does a topic come up? Why do we speak up? And why are the officers up for elections (if there is a tie, it is a toss up) and why is it up to the secretary to write up a report? We call up our friends, brighten up a room, polish up the silver, warm up the leftovers and clean up the kitchen. We lock up the house and fix up the old car. At other times, this little word had real special meaning. People stir up trouble, line up for tickets, work up an appetite, and think up excuses. to be dressed is one thing but to be dressed up is special. And this up is confusing: A drain must be opened up because it is blocked up. We open up a store in the morning but we close it up at night. We see to be pretty mixed up about up! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of up, look up the word up in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes up almost 1/4 of the page and can add up to about thirty definitions. If you are up to it, you might try building up a list of the many ways up is used. It will take up a lot of your time, but if you don’t give up, you may wind up with up to a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding up. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing up. When it rains, it soaks up the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry up. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it up, for now I’ve used up all my space!
Judy Hough is home and yes she is doing well. James Earl brought her over on Friday for ice cream and sweet visit as well as his children, Tammie, Reed, Tyler and Lauren. I sure did enjoy thier visit! Sterling Silk flew down from New York to spend her Easter Holidays with her grandmother, Cathy Calson. She always comes by to see me! Louise traveled over to Vicksburg for Easter with Cindy and Jason and thier family.
Tonya Thompson had all of her Children, Menko and Sarah Thompson, Niki Thompso, Juri Thompson and Marie, Mara and Ryle and all of her grandchildren here for Easter.
Can you believe? I did not cook dinner on Easter. Vanessa, Carter, Ahndi and I went to the Cast Iron for lunch with Ben & Emily and their little waitress. Sure was good!!
Enjoyed the Golden Anniversary for Diane and Jerry Cobb on Saturday at thier home. It was just wonderful. I saw some long time friends John and Joyce Walker from Baton Rouge and so many more. I also meet Pat Guynes from Girard. I’ve ordered flowers from her but had never met her. Was nice to meet someone new. Ha!
O’yeah! I was making up my biscuits last evening and my little great grandson, Cooper of course was sitting on the cabinet helping, I don’t know what make me think of the little jingle, “Mama’s little baby loves shorten, shorten bread,” I began to sing it and he just loved it. You never know what will entertain a child. Fond Memories!
Happy Birthday this week to: My nephew, Butch Stokes, Susan Richardson and Katherine Gilly on April 24th, Mrs. Estelle Nicholson on April 25th, Scott Self on April 26th, Kasi McPherson, Jace Clack, Colby Sanders on April 27th, Sandra Kay Guest out Dallas way, Amy Whittington Barton on April 28th, Jordan Holly and Miranda Holly on April 29th, Carol Neilson Thompson, Abigale McManus, Olivia Kate Graham on April 30th. I wish these many more happy ones! Anniversay wishes to: Cindy and Dennis Odom on April 26th also Judy and Paul Slayter on April 26th, Fannie and Bennie Wynn (57 years) on April 27th, Annette and Wayne Vondenstein on April 30th. May these share many more happy years together!
Have a good week. Its time to mow so send your donation for the cemetery fund, Thanks!
Remember: People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within!