Alexanria man arrested on burglary, contempt of court charges

By Everything Cenla staff

Cagron Clovis, 30, 1818 Bush Ave., Alexandria, was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a burglary that occurred at 50 Prospect St., Alexandria, according to the Alexandria Police.

Clovis was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and two contempt of court warrants.

According to the police report, the following allegedly occurred:

At about 6:03 a.m., officers responded to a call about a burglary in progress at 50 Prospect St. When officers arrived, they reported seeing a man later identified as Clovis walking near Levin and Bertie streets. Officers stopped Clovis to talk to him and he agreed to go back to the Prospect Street address. When they arrived at the home, Clovis allegedly said, “I was just here trying to get inside and get a drink of water. It’s my cousin’s house.”

The complainant told police that while she was in the kitchen preparing something to eat; she heard a knock at the front door. When she asked who was at the door, there was no answer. She then heard someone kicking or banging against the back door trying to get the door open. She also said that after the suspect couldn’t get in the back door, he began walking around the home. After further investigation, the homeowner told police Clovis was not her cousin as he had stated.

Four Alexandria men accused of robbing two Grant Parish men

By EverythingCenla staff

Four Alexandria men are accused of using a weapon to rob two Grant Parish men near Fatboy’s on North Texas Avenue Sunday afternoon, according to Alexandria police reports.

The four men are:

  • Dominik Rose, 18, 11414 Marilyn Dr.
  • Cederius Span, 18, 1205 Magnolia St.
  • Delmartrius Span, 19, 1205 Magnolia St.
  • Jerome Harrell, 26, 1525 Madison St.

Each has been charged with armed robbery

The four men allegedly brandished a handgun and robbed the men taking a credit card. The victims from Dry Prong and Colfax told police the men left the scene in a gray van. While responding to the call, officers reported seeing a gray van traveling east on Rapides Drive turning left on Veterans.

The men were arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.

Mother, daughter accused of stabbing mother’s boyfriend

By Everything Cenla staff

A mother and her daughter were arrested Saturday and are accused of stabbing the mother’s boyfriend after she saw him with other women, according to the Alexandria Police.

Alice Davis, 49, 120 Sunset, and her daughter Carnquitta Davis, 21, 3103 Monroe St., were arrested shortly after midnight Sunday, Aug. 29.  Davis’ boyfriend accuses the women of jumping and stabbing him after an argument about the boyfriend being with other women.

The boyfriend accuses Alice Davis of leaving their home irate and returning with her daughter.  They allegedly used a knife to stab him in the left arm and right side.

The victim was treated at Rapides Regional Medical Center. The women were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail each on a charge of aggravated battery.

Two arrested in connection with armed robbery in Alexandria

A 19-year-old homeless woman and two juveniles were arrested Saturday in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Holly Street, according to Alexandria Police.

Raunquiesta Archer, 19, and a 15-year-old juvenile, were arrested. According to the police report, the following allegedly occurred:

Police arrived at 1500 Holly Street to talk to the victim, who reported two men who were riding in a burgundy Dodge pickup truck, robbed him at gun point and took $800 in cash from him.

Officers located the truck in the 2800 block of Houston Street. Archer, who was the driver, was arrested. She told police she had been driving to take the juveniles to Holly Street, where she claimed the juveniles bought some “bad” crack cocaine from the victim the prior week.

The juveniles allegedly ordered about a quarter once of crack cocaine and had plans to rob him of the drug.

Archer told police she dropped the juveniles off on Houston Street after the robbery and they allegedly hid the drugs in the back seat of her truck.

With permission to search the vehicle, officers allegedly found 2.2 grams of crack cocaine. Also, one of the juveniles was located in the 2800 block of Harris Street. Officers were unable to locate the second juvenile.

Veteran Baton Rouge police captain appointed new Alexandria police chief

Mayor Jacques Roy with Alexandria's new police chief, Roger Tully

By Bill Sumrall
The Light

A 29-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department is the new chief of police in Alexandria as of Monday, Aug. 9.

Alexandria Mayor Jacques M. Roy on the recommendation of the Alexandria Police Chief Evaluation and Selection Committee appointed Roger Tully, 57.

“I’m excited to be here,” Tully told a crowd of area law enforcement officers, public officials and citizens gathered Monday in the Public Safety Complex’s community room, following a shift change at the police station.

Tully told the audience he’ll bring to the job as chief his experience and knowledge about law enforcement as well as personal involvement with the community.

Tully said he demonstrated that personal involvement by making his last arrest for the Baton Rouge Police Department on Thursday, Aug. 5, after he saw a man being chased for attempting to steal pillows and a blanket from a store.

“That’s why I wear a uniform, that’s why I’ve got lights on my car, because you don’t know what’s going to jump out in front of you,” Tully said.

“That’s the kind of work I believe in,” Tully said.

“I’ve never lost touch with the community, and my goal is for you, the community, and me, as the chief, to work together to build a safe Alexandria, where our children can grow up, where we can live and enjoy,” Tully said.

“I love Alexandria. I told the mayor I’ve been coming here for years. So it wasn’t hard for me to look at this. I’ve looked nowhere else, except for Baton Rouge,” Tully said, adding he tested unsuccessfully six years ago for Baton Rouge chief.

Tully was also recommended by Mayor Roy’s Personnel Committee, and scored the highest on the Police Chief Civil Service examination and “did extremely well” — among the top two or three — on the City’s “dynamic test,” Roy said.

“Roger’s appointment comes after an extensive process … it was very competitive,” Roy said.

The committee interviewed 10 candidates. “There was no weight given to insiders or outsiders, and Roger came out on top,” Roy said.

“Again, the competition was close. They (the committee) were very impressed with Tully but, again, I can assure you our home team did very well, very well.”

Corey Lair, who served as moderator for the Alexandria Police Chief Evaluation and Selection Committee, explained their role in the candidate selection process that led to their recommendation of Tully to the mayor.

A detailed history and time-line of the process, which was designed to keep politics out of the selection, will be publicly released next week, Lair said.

“The process to select the next Alexandria chief has been rigorous, deliberative and exhaustive,” Lair said.

“The evaluation selection committee voted to continue its oversight for one year. During that time, the committee reserves the right to recommend to the mayor dismissal of the chief and recommendation for hire of other applicants,” Lair said.

“It is important to remember that this fit must work and it is only after real-time evaluation that the community can know that we’ve got the right guy,” Lair said.

Tully said he’ll have an open-door policy as Alexandria’s police chief.

“My door is open. My phone is open. I answer questions. If I can’t fix it, I’ll find who can. There’s obviously a lot of talent in Alexandria PD (police department), there’s a lot of things going on here that are good, that are working, and we just need to let the community know,” Tully said.

More than 60 people attended the press conference portion of the event which followed the shift change, when the appointment was first announced to Alexandria police officers and area officials.

As an Assistant to Baton Rouge’s Chief Jeff LeDuff, Tully was Commander of the Uniform Patrol Bureau, directly supervising 10 captains and more than 400 officers, the mayor said.

In addition, Tully has served in various capacities that include Chief of Staff for Chief Jeff LeDuff, Instructor for the Baton Rouge Police Department and LSU Basic Academy and Commander’s School, Commander of Professional Standards, Criminal Records Commander, and Accreditation Commander, Roy said.

Tully was instrumental in electronically converting Baton Rouge Police Department records and helped Baton Rouge Police Department achieve its first-ever national accredited status, Roy said.

LeDuff attended the press conference in support of Tully, whom he introduced to the audience.

“You’re getting somebody who’s going to put their boots on the ground. If you are here from the community … you will see a uniformed chief. You will see a chief that is involved with his community,” LeDuff said.

LeDuff noted that Tully believes in community policing. “He has an institutional knowledge of rules and regulations that are second to none,” LeDuff said.

“He’s been a problem-solver for me,” added LeDuff, the Baton Rouge chief, about Tully, who served as his assistant.

“You’re getting a criminal justice professional,” LeDuff said, specifically addressing Alexandria police officers.

“We believe in the process, we believe in the people, we understand what the community members mean to our fight against crime, we understand what it is to be a team,” LeDuff said, who concluded his remarks by embracing Tully.

Mayor Roy detailed the process for the selection of the chief.

A police advisory panel charged with selecting the committee that evaluated candidates for recommendation to the mayor was “diverse as to rank, gender and race.”

“That’s important because of the city we have in Alexandria, not only with its demographics, but, key, it’s also important because the ICP (International Chiefs of Police) findings discussed those issues about diversity and how improvement should occur in the future, and all the things that are big changes that this department faces,” Roy said.

“I want you to see the protections that are there to remove politics,” Roy said.

In addition to diversity, technology, community policing and organizational change were cited by the ICP report, the mayor said, adding that Police Commissioner T.W. Thompson instituted organizational changes before his tenure expired.

“All in all, as you can see, this process did in fact remove the political parts of a selection and I think represents a best practice that we can be very proud of,” Roy said.

Roy cited the formation of a five-member police advisory panel who were elected by the rank of the Alexandria police force, Roy said.

Four police panel members were elected through the union and one member was elected at-large who was not a union member, Roy said, and did not come from him or his office. Lt. Ethel Queen chaired the police advisory panel.

The panel decided to give no preference whether the candidate was from inside or outside the Alexandria Police Department, Roy said.

The panel also considered whether the chief should live inside or outside the city limits and concluded the chief should live inside, Roy said, though that did not disqualify anyone who didn’t as time would be given for a candidate to relocate.

RPSO deputy accused in hit and run that leaves one dead

By EverythingCenla

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputy Marvin Thomas, 40, of 6333 Deerfield Drive in Alexandria was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving early Tuesday morning struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Lee Street and Industrial Drive, according to the Alexandria Police.

Acadian Ambulance pronounced the pedestrian, whose identity has not been released, dead at the scene about 12:39 a.m., the police reports.

Thomas is accused of having his wife confess that she was driving a 2004 Nissan Altima at the time of the accident. He allegedly told her to make the confession because he had been drinking and that he didn’t want to get in trouble with his job since he was already on probation.

The wife allegedly later said it was her husband who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The report indicates that the pedestrian didn’t die from the impact of the vehicle hitting him.

A second vehicle, driven by Kendrick Hunter, 22, of 2509 Culpepper Drive, Apt. 88, ran over the pedestrian as he was being attended to by witnesses of the first impact.

Thomas was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of felony hit and
run and obstruction of justice.

Hunter was charged with one count of felony hit and run.

One Alexandria man caught in store robbery, a second being sought

Joseph Terrell Sanders, 24, 508 Newman St., was arrested Monday in connection to a robbery at a Third Street convenience store. A second suspect is being sought, according to the Alexandria Police.

The victim was walking out of J’s Food Mart, 2512 Third St., when the two men began walking and talking to her.

When she turned to talk t one of them, the other man snatched about $150 cash out of her and, the police report indicates.

The two men ran as the victim was calling the police. Officers chased down Sanders who went inside of a house in the 600 block of Broadway Avenue. He was booked in to the Rapides Parish Jail on a count of simple battery.

The second suspect’s identity has not been determined, police reported.