D.A.R.E. family night

Taking part in the recent Family Night at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo were, above, from left, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Hendrix, Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley and D.A.R.E. officer Kathy Sheppard

D.A.R.E. officers enjoy family night at training

Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley and Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell co-hosted Family Night July 18 at the Louisiana Purchase Garden and Zoo for the 27th Annual Training Conference of the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association. 

R.P.S.O. and O.P.S.O. served hamburgers and hot dogs to more than 400 D.A.R.E Officers and their families.

R.P.S.O also entered the new D.A.R.E. Unit in the annual car show held at every conference. 

Community urged to join in prayer at the flag

The community is invited to join together for a morning of prayer Aug. 4 at the Rayville High School flag pole for a morning of prayer.

The gathering will begin at 7:45 a.m., with the program including a short time of worship, reading and individual prayer to be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Rayville First Baptist Church, located at 802 MLK St., Rayville will also host a prayer breakfast at 9.m. for the community.

Head-on collision leaves two dead

A head-on collison in Richland Parish has left two people dead.

Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a head-on crash at 3:30 p.m. July 27 on LA 17 in Richland Parish just south of the West Carroll line. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 35-year-old Stephone Smith of Lake Providence, was traveling north on LA 17.  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by 21–year-old Gabrielle Otwell of Oak Grove.  

Troopers arrest Rayville man for distribution of child pornography

In June 2018, investigators assigned to the Louisiana State Police Special Victim’s Unit began an undercover child exploitation investigation involving images/videos of child sexual abuse.  As part of the investigation, a search warrant was served today at a residence in Rayville by the Louisiana State Police, FBI Task Force Agents and the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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