Deputies earn award for volunteer service

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Education Section presented Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Randy Swain and Reserve Deputy Randy Ogles with an award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for Hunter Safety and Firearms Training.  

“Deputies Swain and Ogles have over 23 years of combined experience teaching hundreds of our parish youth Hunter Safety and Firearms Training,” Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley said. “We are very fortunate to have these deputies volunteering to educate our youth.”

Man sentenced to 30 years for indecent behavior

District Attorney John M. “Mack” Lancaster advised that on July 17, Henry Heath,  45, of Bastrop, was sentenced to a total of 30 years on twenty counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile who was between the ages of 14-17 years old at the time the crimes occurred.  

This sentence was a result of a complaint filed in 2017 at the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office against Heath.  

Ogden named Teacher of the Year

Rayville High School math teacher Emily Odgen of  is the 2020 High School Teacher of the Year.

The Louisiana Department of Education announced the 2020 Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year on Friday night at the 13th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Awards Gala.

“It’s very surreal,” Odgen said. “As a teacher, you get used to kind of being in the shadows. You don’t expect a lot of recognition.”

She credits much of her success as an educator to developing a relationship with her students.

Delhi farmer pleads guilty to lying in order to steal nearly $17 million

A Delhi, Louisiana, farmer pleaded guilty July 15 to lying to more than seven financial institutions, insurance providers and government entities in an effort to obtain nearly $17 million illegally, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced.

Thomas Dickerson, 45, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty for making false statements to the Commodity Credit Corporation.


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