Pitkin woman killed as vehicle crashes into tree

VERNON PARISH – On Friday, July 16, 2010, at 12:09 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 10, mile post 26.6. Preliminary investigation revealed Stacy Weldon, 33, of Pitkin, was driving east in a 2004 GMC Envoy. The vehicle exited the roadway and impacted a tree on the passenger side. The vehicle then rotated and vaulted after impact with the tree and traveled an additional 50 feet before striking a group of trees on the driver’s side.

Weldon was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Troop E troopers have investigated 34 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 39 fatalities.

Pineville man killed in Avoyelles Parish crash

On Thursday, July 15, at 9:35 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 454, mile post 9.7. Preliminary investigation revealed the driver, Robert Gibson Loudin, 39, of Pineville, was traveling west when he lost control of the 1988 Ford pick-up he was driving. The vehicle exited the roadway, re-entered the roadway, and then overturned several times. The vehicle continued traveling on its roof, again left the roadway, then impacted a tree on the passenger side.

Loudin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

Troop E troopers have investigated 33 fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in 38 fatalities.

2-year-old Simmsport girl killed in car crash; speed, alcohol suspected factors

By EverythingCenla

A 2-year-old Simmsport girl is dead as the result of a single-vehicle accident in which police suspect speed and alcohol were factors that led to the crash Wednesday morning in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to Louisiana State Police Troop A.

The Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Keondre Edwards dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Louisiana Highway 1 south of Louisiana 18. A second child sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Avoyelles General Hospital.

An investigation indicates Ashley Jones, 25, of Simmsport was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala north on Highway 1 when she entered a left-hand curve and ran off of the road to the right. Upon exiting the curve, the vehicle travelled through a ditch and began to roll over, ejecting the children, who were not restrained in their seats. Jones was also treated at Avoyelles General Hospital.

The children were in the back seat of the Impala. They were not in child safety seats or buckled in the back seat.

Troopers suspect that both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. Troopers have submitted a sample of Jones’ blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis. Currently, Jones is charged with careless operation and two counts of failure to restrain a child. More charges may follow, pending the outcome of toxicology tests being performed on Jones’ blood.

Meanwhile, State police said it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that every child under the age of 13 is properly secured in the vehicle. Both the children involved in this crash should have been restrained in forward-facing child safety seats.

Drunken drivers and lack of seat belt and child restraint use account for the majority of fatal crashes in Louisiana every year. There is never a good reason for an impaired person to get behind the wheel of an automobile.

While seat belt and child restraint use is on the rise in Louisiana, there is still a lot of work to be done. Troopers will continue to aggressively enforce Louisiana’s passenger restraint laws and DWI laws to ensure the public’s safety.

In addition, Louisiana State Police Troop A serves as a grant-funded Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Fitting Station, where Troopers inspect and install car seats for individuals at no charge. The Troopers are Certified CPS Technicians through the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program.

This program is run by the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Troopers at Troop A are available to inspect and install child safety seats on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Anyone needing assistance with the inspection or installation of a car seat is encouraged to come in and meet with a CPS Technician. There are also programs available to those individuals who may not be able to afford a child safety seat.

Missing 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl found safe near home

A 4-year-old Vernon Parish girl who was reported missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning is safe and at home as of 11 a.m., according to the Louisiana State Police.

Employees with the KCS railroad found Meagan Makaylee Eldridge behind a New Llano restaurant. She and her dog were found about 2 miles from her home and appears to be in good condition.

Authorities suspect she wandered away from her home, but the investigation is ongoing.

The girl’s mother said she had put the girl to bed at 2 a.m.

Cenla law enforcement officers participate in annual torch run

By Sherri L. Jackson
EverythingCenla.com

More than 100 law enforcement officers participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run through the Alexandria /Pineville area Wednesday in an  effort to get the torch to the Louisiana  Special Olympics held in Hammond.

The state summer games will be May 21-23. Rapides Parish Sheriff Charles Wagner is expected to carry the torch inside of Strawberry Stadium on the grounds of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Wagner participated in Wednesday’s event.

Detective Ricky Ouber of the RPSO coordinated the event.  Officers from Alexandria, Boyce, Leesville, Fort Polk Military Police, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana State Police and other agencies participated in the event.

Kathy Smith with the Louisiana Probation and Parole received the annual award for her contributions to the event. Smith is the Central Louisiana coordinator.

Ouber said runners will leave with the torch at 7 a.m. Thursday headed towards Hammond by way of Marksville, Bunkie. They will join up with other law enforcement officers in Krotz Springs and continue the journey.

The Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. Today, hundreds of citizens in the United States and more than 50 foreign countries can witness the Olympic Torch being carried by dedicated members of law enforcement through their communities on its journey to the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Games, according to the Louisiana Special Olympics Web site.

Annual memorial for law enforcement officers set for Friday, May 14

The 13th Annual Rapides Parish Law Enforcement Memorial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, on the front steps of the Rapides Parish Courthouse.

The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers from Rapides Parish, or who have a close connection with the parish, who have been killed in the line of duty.

This year’s memorial will honor 25 men from 10 different agencies. The ceremony will include “Taps,” a 21-gun salute, roll call of fallen officers, the bell toll and a flag presentation.

Family and friends of the fallen officers, along with the public, is encouraged to attend the free ceremony.

Winnfield vehicle crash leaves one seriously injured

A Saturday night crash involving two vehicles left one man seriously injured, according to the Louisiana State Police Troop E.

At 9:30 p.m. troopers responded to the crash on U.S. Highway 167 south in Winnfield. The crash involved a 2007 GMC Yukon, driven by Stacie C. Womack , 37, of Winnfield, and a 1999 Toyota Celica, driven by Steven R. Sliger II, 25, of  Greenwell Springs,

The GMC was traveling north bound in the inside lane of US Hwy 167 south bound when it collided with the south bound Toyota. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest on US Hwy 167 completely blocking both south bound lanes.

Womack was not wearing her seatbelt and received minor injuries. She was issued a citation for Driving the Wrong Way on a Multi-Lane Roadway and No Seatbelt.

Sliger II was not wearing his seatbelt and received serious injuries. He was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.