State police suspect alcohol a factor in Natchitoches Parish fatal crash

By Everything Cenla staff

Lauren D. Delrie,  21, of Chopin, was killed in a one-vehicle accident  early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was in went off of the right side of Louisiana Highway 490 and hit a tree, according to Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Delrie was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver, Joseph D. Delarcerda, 21, also of Chopin, was seriously injured.

State Police report the accident occurred about 9:15 a.m. east of Interstate 49. Delarcerda was driving a 1997 Honda Accord eastward on Highway 490 when he lost control of the vehicle resulting in it hitting a tree on the right side of the highway.

Delarcerda or Delrie were not wearing seatbelts. Delarcerda was taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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

Two Natchitoches parish men accused of stealing cattle

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said two Natchitoches Parish men were arrested on cattle theft charges for allegedly selling mortgaged cattle and failing to pay the lender.

Louisiana Brand Commission inspectors arrested Steven L. Jones, 1586 Hwy. 484, Natchez, and Milton Jude Metoyer, 1223 Cat Island Road, Derry, on May 17.

Jones and Metoyer are accused of unlawfully selling more than 20 head of cattle with an estimated value of $9,300 between December 2008 and July 2009.

Michael Sullivan, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Loan Manager, filed a complaint with Natchitoches Parish authorities alleging that Jones and Metoyer had sold the cattle, mortgaged and collateralized by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), but did not remit the money to the FSA.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Commission investigators have regulatory powers authorizing them to investigate farm related crimes.

Strain advised livestock owners and agricultural and forestry producers to report any suspected cases of agricultural theft to the LDAF Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-558-9741.

Nathchitoches man arrested in accident receive fourth DWI

Kona L. Richards of Many was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Natchitoches Parish Monday night, according to the Louisiana State Police Troop E.

Richards, 59, was a passenger in the front seat of a Chevrolet SUV.

The accident occurred about 11:14 p.m. when a 1996 Ford F-250 traveling north on Louisiana Highway 1 crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1999 Chevrolet SUV head-on.

James Travis Jones, 27, Natchitoches, was the Ford’s driver. He was taken the Natchitoches Parish Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 33-year-old Dynise Colbert from Natchitoches, received minor injuries in the crash. Three juvenile passengers, ages 11, 13, and 8, in the Chevrolet received minor to moderate injuries in the crash. They were all taken the Natchitoches Parish Hospital for treatment.

Jones  was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, four counts of negligent injuring, DWI 4th, open container, no seat belt, and driving under suspension. Jones was booked at the Natchitoches Parish Correctional Center.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troop E Troopers have investigated sixteen fatal crashes for the year of 2010, resulting in eighteen fatalities.