Marksville husband, wife accused of stealing money from home safe

Joseph Johnson

By EverythingCenla staff

April Johnson, 34, and Joseph Johnson, 32, both of Marksville were arrested in connection with a home burglary in which a safe that contained a large amount of money was stolen, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received information on Aug. 20 that money from a safe had been taken from a Marksville home. The homeowner provided information to authorities that led them to believe the suspects may  have been headed to Alabama.

Shortly afterwards, authorities stopped a vehicle in which the couple was in on Louisiana Highway 11192. The wife allegedly admitted that she and her husband had burglarized the Marksville residence on more than one occasion, each time taking large amounts of case from the safe without the homeowner’s knowledge.

At the time of the traffic stop, Joseph Johnson allegedly had  $2,000, which he admitted was taken from the safe burglary earlier that day.

Also, authorities claim the Johnsons said they had purchased vehicles, durgs and alcohol with money previously taken from the home.

Both were booked into the Avoylles Parish Jail. April Johnson was charged with simple burglary, possession of CDS II with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Joseph Johnson was charged with simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen things. His bond was also set at $100,000.

Paragon Casino Resort to host Marksville mayoral debate

Chairman Earl J. Barbry, Sr., The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and The Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee (TBIPAC) are excited to host the Marksville Mayoral Candidate Debate on Wednesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the Mari Showroom. All three candidates for mayor will be attending: Dan Michel, John Lemoine and Richard Tassin.

Admission to the debate is one canned food item. All donations will be donated by TBIPAC to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. RSVP is required; please contact Amy Sampson at (318) 240-6414. For more information regarding the debate, please contact David Rivas, Jr., Director of Political Affairs at (318) 240-0944 or email

For more information about other upcoming events at Paragon Casino Resort, please visit  Additional press releases are available in the “About Us” section of the website, including upcoming events.

About Paragon Casino Resort
Paragon Casino Resort, the Pearl of Louisiana, is the only casino resort destination in Central Louisiana. Paragon has been attracting gamers from across the country for 15 years. Paragon features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions including a new luxury hotel tower; Spa La Vie, a full-service spa and salon; an eighteen-hole golf course; an indoor tropical pool with swim-up bar; a soaring retail atrium with “living” bayou; and three movie theatres. The new Mari Convention Center opened with a new Showroom, Grand Hall and Ballroom. Paragon’s Marketplace Buffet is Louisiana’s largest buffet, with 550 seats and live-action stations.

Additionally, Paragon features a 59,754-square-foot gaming floor offering approximately 2,200 slot machines with Las Vegas odds, 46 table games, including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, various poker games, as well as a nine-table poker room. Other attractions include a 531-room hotel, five restaurants, a full-service RV resort, and the newly renovated Kids Quest child care activity center. The luxurious OTB adjacent to Roxy’s is open to the delight of racetrack enthusiasts. LA 1 Market was recently completed. It features a wide range of Louisiana products from art to cookbooks. The Pelican Stage in Big Daddy E’s restaurant features live music for dining pleasure.

Paragon Casino Resort is located on Highway 1 in Marksville, La. The casino is owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.  For more information, please visit or call 1-800-946-1946, ext. 2035.

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