Ag Dept. says support local farmers’ markets: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., encourages the public to support local farmers markets. "The week of Aug. 3- 9 was declared ‘National Farmers Market Week’ by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. While many people often enjoy the benefits of their local farmers markets, this is a way to bring additional attention to those who do not frequent these markets," said Strain. The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. "It’s important to support The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allowing senior citizens to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets and roadside stands. This program helps to increase access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by seniors, as well as supports local farming producers. Seniors who applied for the program this year have until Nov. 30 to visit their local farmers market or roadside stand to utilize their vouchers. While the program is closed for this year, applications will be accepted again in March of 2015. Strain encourages senior citizens 60 years and older who meet certain income requirements to contact their parish Council on Aging next year to participate. For a list of local farmers markets in your area, go to the LDAF website at For more information about the FMNP, go to the website or call 985-345-9483.

Parent checks cell phone; finds sexual texts: A Natchitoches man facing multiple charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile and was arrested July 25 after a father reported the incident to the Natchitoches Police Dept. Simmon Dewayne Griffin, 24, 1109 Lake St., was charged with 11 counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor, six counts of indecent behavior with a minor and six counts of child pornography. The father bought the young victim a cell phone two weeks ago and when he examined it last week, he found the texts between her and Griffin who was a neighbor. She told her father who the texts were from and he took the phone to the police station. The High Tech Crime and Juvenile units recovered evidence from the cell phone and secured a warrant to arrest Griffin. He allegedly admitted his part in the crime and was being held at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center Monday awaiting a bond hearing. NPD Capt. Brad Walker said the incident is a reminder that parents should closely monitor cell phones and other communication devices regularly. "We would never have known this was going on if the father had not looked at the cell phone. It’s always a good idea to see who your child is communicating with."

Sabine Parish deputies have arrested a Zwolle man and charged him with the murder of a man whose remains were found in his burned down house earlier this month. Major C. Jones, 27, has been charged with second degree murder in the case of James Paul Green, 50 of Fisher. Green's body was found July 18 inside his home on 4L drive. Deputies had been called to the scene late the night before due to a house fire. Early the next morning, the house was aflame again, and that's when deputies found Green's remains.

Shoppers can avoid sales tax on most purchases: BATON ROUGE – Most retail purchases in Louisiana are exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Friday, August 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2. The La.Annual Sales Tax Holiday applies to most individual consumer purchases of tangible personal property. The sales tax holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item when the customer:

•Buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;

•Places property on layaway;

•Acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or

•Places an order for immediate delivery, even if the delivery must be delayed, provided the customer has not requested delayed delivery

The sales tax holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. Local sales taxes still apply unless the local taxing authority creates its own exemption.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

•Vehicles subject to title and license

•Meals prepared for consumption on premises or to-go; and

•Taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement, or recreational facilities.Visit for a full explanation of conditions of the 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday. The La. Department of Revenue reminds shoppers to retain receipts for back-to-school items such as supplies, uniforms, and equipment required by schools. These purchases may qualify for tax deductions on 2014 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns due May 15, 2015. The deductions apply to educational expenses for public, private, parochial and home schools. To claim the deductions, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return, and you must be able to provide documentation for the expenses. For more information about the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deductions, visit

East Natchitoches Elementary and Middle School will have early registration for the 2014-2015 school year Aug. 4-8. Applications can be completed between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday-Friday. On Aug. 5 and 7, the school will extend the registration time until 7 p.m. All new and returning students must register and have proof of residency (utility bill, driver’s license, social security card and a birth certificate). It is required that a parent of a student trying to secure an affidavit for shared residency must bring the following documentations:

*Louisiana Driver’s License

*Voter Registration Card

*Change of address card from the Post Office

*Any mail correspondence in their name at the address in question.

If you have any questions, call the school at 318-352-4033.

‘Operation Styrofoam Cookie’ operation busts Natchitoches men who gets 5-year prison term: SHREVEPORT, La. – A Natchitoches man was sentenced last week to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his part in a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution operation in parts of northwest and southwest Louisiana, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced. Michael R. Casson, 38, of Natchitoches, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth E. Foote, for one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and methamphetamine. According to evidence presented at the March, 12, guilty plea, law enforcement agents investigated Casson as part of a DEA Task Force investigation into cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Vernon parishes and the state of Texas in 2012 and 2013. Agents recorded Casson and another suspect discussing drug trafficking on several occasions. Casson later set up a sale of cocaine to the suspect in April of 2013. Casson was indicted on Aug. 28, 2013, along with Eric Hunter, 43, of Natchitoches; Marquis Williams, 28, and Melvin Bobby Morris Jr., 25, both of Leesville; and Isaiah Golston III, 42, of Shreveport. Golston was sentenced to 21 months in prison June 12. Hunter was sentenced to 100 months in prison, and Williams was sentenced to 35 months in prison on June 13. Morris was sentenced to 20 months in prison on July 23, 2014. They were also sentenced to three years of supervised release. "My office, along with our federal, state and local partners, is committed to keeping our communities safe and will continue to prosecute those who distribute illegal narcotics," Finley stated. "I hope those who choose to traffic understand that there are consequences when they pollute our communities with drugs." The defendants were prosecuted as part of OCDETF Operation Styrofoam Cookies. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case. The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Over the past 24 hours the Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office report 3 arrest. Arrested were:

Marsh McDonald, white female, 27, arrested on charges of warrant for theft of a motor vehicle. She bonded

Mitchell Lance Sonnier, white male, 32, arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphenilia, resisting an officer, obstruction public passages. He bonded

Corey Lewis Bland, white male, 29, arrested on charges of probation violation thru Beauregard Parish.

Over the past 24 hours the Vernon Parish Sherriff's Office report 5 arrest. Arrested were:

Ronald Gaspard, white male, 45, arrested on charges of domestic abuse battery by the Leesville Police Department. He remains in jail.

Damian K. Sweat, white male, arrested on charges of bench warrant (2 cts.) by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. He's on hold for Probation and Parole.

Angela M. Sweat, white female, arrested on charges of accessories after the fact by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. She's on hold for Probation and Parole.

Kenneth Erwin, white male, 53, arrested on charges of theft/false swearing by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. He bonded.

Christopher Dubois, white male, 29, arrested on charges of domestic abuse battery by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. He bonded.

NPSO’s Arrest report for Friday, July 25 – Monday, July 28, 2014

Arrested was:

1. Russell Joseph Abraham – WM (43) – 2120 Hill Street, Pineville, LA – Second Degree Battery

2. Tunisia Delane Davis – BF (40) – 128 Briarwood Court, Natchitoches, LA – Aggravated Criminal Damage to property

3. David Ayres – WM (39) – 1650 Highway 122, Montgomery, LA – Operating a Motor vehicle While Intoxicated, Turn Signals Required, Speeding

4. Emilee Jane Kedroske – WF (27) – 10622 Effringham, Baton Rouge, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Schedule III Drugs, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Improper Lane Usage

5. Roger Jacob Bailes – WM (21) – 6827 Highway 6, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, No Driver’s License on Person

6. Glenda Bialecki – WF (47) – 1966 Highway 493, Montrose, LA – Improper Lane Usage, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container

7. Stacy Denise Springer – WF (43) – 65 Brittany Lane, Many, LA – Obtaining Perscription Medication by Fraud

8. Roderick Gene Rachal – BM (35) – 901 Anita Street, Natchitoches, LA – Disturbing the Peace

9. Levi Cornelius Price – WM (25) – 6700 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport, LA – Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

10. Charles Canterbury – WM (42) – 3334 Highway 514, Ringgold, LA – Simple Battery

11. Tyrone LaCour – BM (37) – 1001 Clarence Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court

12. Mark Alan Cripplin – WM (51) – 594 Green Road, Kilmichael, MS – Contempt of Court





















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