The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of April 14-20.

• Terrence Young, 29; 512 Spruce St., Rayville; disturbing the peace (general).

• Shane Mccormick, 19; 523 Carter Road, Downsville; disturbing the peace by loud music.

• Courtney Johnson, 25; 213 Russell St., Rayville; disturbing the peace (general).

• Cody Travis, 33; 301 Dacron St., Rayville; disturbing the peace (general).

• John Walker, 20; 413 Martin Luther King Drive, Rayville; simple battery.

• Samantha Colquitt, 38; 136 South Circle Drive, Rayville; shoplifting (first offense).

• Three juveniles were arrested this week. One was charged with disturbing the peace by fighting and two were charged with shoplifting.

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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of six traffic citations this week.

 That number includes two for speeding and one each for leaving the scene of an accident, expired driver’s license, failure to yield with an accident and wrong way on a one-way with an accident.

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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson would like to remind motorists to obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs or signals.

“Be especially mindful of speed limits in the school zones and in residential areas where children may be playing near roadways,” the chief said. “Also, be sure to stop for school buses that are stopped to load or unload children.”

Chief Robinson would also like to remind motorists to remain at the scene of an accident until officers arrive to process the scene.

“In the event that you are involved in an accident, be prepared to present the officer with your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance,” the chief said. “Don’t leave the scene of the accident until the officer arrives and has gathered all the information he or she needs.”

Chief Robinson advised that failure to carry proper documentation or leaving the scene of the accident could result in citations and even arrests in some cases.

Chief Robinson encourages all citizens to come by the Rayville Police Department at 900 Harrison St. or to call 728-4431 if you need his help in any way.

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of April 7-13.

• Tallundrea Taylor, 18; 113 Van Buren Drive, Monroe; careless operation with an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Michael Stewart, 38; 91 Diana Drive, Swartz; displaying a weapon.

• Bobby McDonald, 33; 116 D South Circle Drive, Rayville;

public intoxication, disobedience to a police officer, battery on a juvenile and disturbing the peace (general).

•Laterrance White, 27; 113 Quail St., Rayville; damage to property, no driver’s license and careless operation with an accident.

•Mark Cooper, 30; 114 Robinson St., Delhi; driving under suspension and failure to yield with an accident.

• Joseph Newell, 56; 361 Ollie Morris Road, Rayville; disturbing the peace by noise and damage to property less than $100.

• John Pippens, 39; 5144-A Highway 80, Rayville; simple possession of synthetic marijuana.

• Toney Johnson, 28; 1309 Henry Avenue, Bastrop; disturbing the peace by loud music.

• Colin Quinn, 19; 4553 Highway 178 West, Lakeview; speeding and driving under suspension.

• Khelcie Williams, 21; 221 Wanda St., Rayville; damage to property greater than $100 and disobedience to a police officer.

• Dorjameka Logan, 33; 606 Martin Luther King Drive, Rayville; simple battery.

• Colin Johnson, 20; 314 Wood St., Rayville; disturbing the peace by fighting.

• Michael Kendricks, 39; 202 Leo Street, Rayville; simple battery.

• Darren Smith, 31; 112 Naylor Street, Rayville; domestic abuse battery.

• Two juveniles were arrested the week. One was charged with resisting arrest and theft less than $300 and the other with three counts of public intimidation of an officer, three counts of aggravated assault and one caught of attempted first degree homicide.

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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of four traffic citations this week. That number includes three for speeding and one for careless operation.

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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson would like to remind all citizens of Rayville of the importance of complying with a police officer in the event of a traffic citation, an arrest or a criminal investigation. 

The chief stated that when a motorist is pulled over, he should be prepared to present the officer with proper documentation -- driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.

“You are required by law to carry those documents in your vehicle any time you are driving,” the chief said. “Failure to do so could result in citations or even arrest.”

Chief Robinson advised that during arrest procedures, failure to cooperate with an officer could result in additional charges such as resisting arrest.

 

“No one likes to get a traffic citation or to be arrested,” the chief said, “but when you are in that situation, cooperation with the officer is very important and makes the whole process smoother.”

Chief Robinson would also like to remind dog owners that it is unlawful for them to allow their dogs to run or be at large on the street without a leash.

“Recently, my office has been getting calls from concerned citizens about dogs running free and chasing children in a threatening manner,” he said. “It’s your responsibility as a dog owner to ensure that your dog is properly contained.”

The chief commented that dog owners who have failed to keep their dog off the streets can be charged with a leash law violation.

Chief Robinson encourages all citizens to come by the Rayville Police Department at 900 Harrison St. or to call 728-4431 if you need his help in any way.

By Keith Collins

Spring and summer are prime growing seasons for lawns in Louisiana.  

Following a few basic tips will help insure a healthy lawn throughout the growing season.

 A healthy lawn begins with fertilization. Slow release, turf blend fertilizer is best and worth the extra cost and are available at many garden centers and feed stores. However, normal formulated fertilizers may be used successfully to maintain lawns.

Lawns should receive adequate amounts of moisture during dry periods of summer months.  Slow, thorough irrigations once a week(1 to 2 inches)during extended hot/dry periods are preferred to frequent and shallow waterings. Frequent watering promotes poor root growth as well as increases the incidence of disease due to extended leaf wetness.

Incorrect mowing heights is a common problem.  Various species of lawn grasses have optimum mowing heights but a good rule of thumb is to not remove more than one-third of the grass top at any one mowing.  Mowing frequently, provided ample moisture is available, at the desired height will help maintain a healthy lawn. Allowing grass to continually grow too tall between mowings may result in thin, weedy lawns.

Weeds, insects and fungal diseases will occur in lawns that require control measures. Chemicals are available that are effective in controlling these pests but a well maintained lawn through proper fertilization, irrigation and mowing is capable of withstanding many pests and recovering from damage that may occur.

Contact your local Extension office at 728-3216 for further information about lawn maintenance. 

Visit our website at www.lsuagcenter.com/richland.

 

Keith Collins is the LSU AgCenter County Agent for Richland Parish.