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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.

Richland spared serious damage from passing storm

Richland Parish avoided most serious damage over the weekend as Hurricane Barry passed through Louisiana.

Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley stated the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office, Richland Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the Richland Parish Police Jury working together had sandbags staged throughout the parish dispersing approximately 3,400 bags over the weekend.

Extra patrols were also put in place along with teams that were on standby to clear roadways.  

Local riders do well at state

A complaint about unsafe driving led to a drug arrest recently.

At approximately 3:25 a.m. July 10, the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a suspected impaired driver on I-20 west-bound near the Bee Bayou exit. 

Deputies responded and stopped a 2013 white Camaro being driven by Charles E. Jones, 43, of Alabama.

Residents warned to secure their ATVs from thieves

Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley is warning residents to take extra precautions after the RPSO has received numerous complaints over the last several weeks of stolen ATV’s.

Gilley said five ATV’s have been recovered by RPSO Investigators after being reported stolen.  Four juveniles and one adult have been arrested in connection to these thefts.

One ATV recovered in Ouachita Parish is still under investigation with an arrest pending.

Senator continues push for safe water

At the urging of State Senator Francis Thompson, the legislature passed, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 170.

Senate Bill 170 creates the Rural Water Infrastructure Committee within the office of the governor to provide advice and guidance to the governor on all matters relative to rural water systems in Louisiana. 

The 17-member committee will further the efforts of a comprehensive rural water infrastructure plan to address deteriorating public water supply systems and protect the interests, health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Louisiana.

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