Cottonport Bank robbed, suspect sought

A gunman holds up the Cottonport Bank in Effie.

By Everything Cenla staff

Avoyelles Parish sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who allegedly  used a blue steel revolver to rob the Cottonport Bank in Effie, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

About 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, the lone gunman first came into the bank acting as if he wanted to make a loan. He left and returned a short time later pointing the gun at the teller while demanding money.

The suspect waited to brandish the weapon until after the single bank customer left the bank. He allegedly took an undetermined amount of money and left employees bound at the wrist in a a storage closet.

Authorities suspect the gunman fled north into Rapides Parish. Deputies vaguely described the suspect as being a white man between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall with shoulder length white hair. He was wearing a dark colored ball cap with the “CAT” logo, dark sunglasses, a yellow buttoned down shirt, blue jeans and brown boots.

Deputies suspect the gunman may have been driving a late model Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck with balck trim on the fender.

Anyone with information relating to the armed robbery should call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department at (318) 253-4000. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Marksville pair arrested in shooting incident in bar parking lot

By Everything Cenla staff

Brian Jordan

Brian Jordan, 26, and a 16-year-old, both of Marksville, were recently arrested in connection with shootings that occurred Aug. 22, on the Biz Lounge parking lot off of Louisiana Highway 1 north of Marksville, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The pair was arrested on a warrant that indicates several witnesses identified Jordan as being one of the people involved in the shooting. The juvenile is accused of brandishing a small caliber revolver at the scene and randomly shooting it.

A bullet didn’t hit anyone from the juvenile’s weapon, authorities said.

Investigators determined the shootings allegedly stemmed from arguments that occurred earlier in the night at a local Marksville lounge. When the lounge closed, those involved in the argument congregated in the parking lot. The argument escalated resulting in gunfire.

Jordan and another man allegedly exchanged gunfire, which resulted in Jordan suffering a gunshot wound to the leg prior to fleeing the scene.

Jordan was charged with aggravated criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentalities and possession of a firearm on premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Meanwhile, the juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm on premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet. He was released to his parent’s custody pending a juvenile adjudication hearing in the 12 Judicial District.

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.

Three Avoyelles Parish prison escapees captured in Miami

Three escaped Avoyelles Parish prisoners  were captured while staying at a Miami-Dade motel early this morning, according to WSVN Channel 7 from Miami.

Police found Quentin Truehill and Peter Hughes at the Budget Inn along 89th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue. Kentrell Johnson was picked up a few blocks away.

In March, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson said, at about 1:40 a.m. March 30, the  inmates of the Avoyelles S.O. D.C. #1 escaped from custody after taking a correctional officer at knife point and forcing him to open a door.

The Sheriff stated that the door to a disciplinary holding cell was opened by the jailer to provide water to the inmates within when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the correctional officer threatening to kill him if he did not open a nearby access door.

As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter Hughes all fled the jail facility.

Deputies, City Police officers and a K-9 Chase Team from the Avoyelles Correctional Center tracked the escapee’s into a wooded area near Highway 1. Sheriff Anderson said it is now apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near the old Wal-Mart building in Marksville

Escapee’s are:

1.) Quentin M. Truehill, New Orleans, La., B/M, 5’9”, 140 lbs., D.O.B. 04/16/1987

Truehill is serving a 30 year sentence for manslaughter.

2.) Peter M. Hughes,  Abbeville, La.,B/M, 6’2”, 152 lbs., D.O.B. 10/31/1987

Hughes is serving a 4 year sentence for Unauthorized Entry of an inhabited Dwelling

3.) Kentrell F. Johnson, Marksville, La., B/M, 6’3”, 230 lbs., D.O.B. 10/04/70

Johnson is currently serving a 10 year parole violation in addition armed robbery charges.

Two arrested in connection with 300 Ectasy tablets

Derrick Patrick

Kimberly Jones

By EverythingCenla staff

Derrick Patrick, 28, of Morganza, and Kimberly Jones, 30, of Marksville, were arrested  Thursday, April 1, after authorities allegedly found 100 Ecstasy tabelets in their possession, according to Sheriff Doug Anderson of Avoyelles Parish.

Authorities stopped the vehicle the pair was in on Laurel Street and allegedly found the tablets in the vehicle. Later, narcotics investigators with a search warrant searched a Green Street property in Marksville and allegedly seized an additional 200 Ecstasy tablets.

Anderson said the vacant building on Green Street was the “stash house.”

Deputies also found a pit bull chained inside of the building.

The drugs had a street value of $4,500. Agents also allegedly found $540 in cash.

Avoyelles Parish bus hits ditch off of Bayou Rapides Road

The Alexandria Police Department responded to a call relating to a school  bus in a ditch on Bayou Rapides Drive near Benjamin Drive.

The bus had the words, Avoyelles Parish Schools, on it.

A wrecker pulled the bus out of the ditch about 8:50 a.m. There didn’t appear to be any injuries.

No children were on the bus. However, two adult women were on the scene talking to police.

Avoyelles PSO arrests three related to string of burglaries

By EverythingCenla staff
Adam Laborde, 19, Mansura, and Dalton J. Laborde, 17, of Marksville, and Dalton Brevelle, 18, Centerpoint, were each arrested on burglary charges in connection with a string of burglaries along Lake Long Road, according to the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The burglaries occurred on March 1 when the Labordes allegedly traveled to Lake Long Road to meet Brevelle. The men are accused of burglarizing the hunting camps and stealing alcohol, firearms and assorted hunting-related equipment, said Sheriff Doug Anderson.

Anderson also said the suspects confessed to the burglaries.

The Labordes were charged with one count of simple burglary relating to a February burglary of Don Dupuy Grocery in the Brouillette Community. The two allegedly forced entry into the business through a back door and stole beer, cigarettes and liquor.

Regarding the hunting camp burglaries, the Labordes were each charged with five counts of aggravated burglary. Brevelle was charged with five counts of aggravated burglary. The three were booked into the Avoyelles S.O. Detention Center #1.