Five Cenla residents arrested on drug charges

By Everything Cenla staff

Five Central Louisiana residents were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies arrested them at a home believed to be a meth lab, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The arrests were made at 469 Louisiana Highway 1206 in Deville. The report indicates the parish’s criminal interdiction deputies used an arrest warrant to enter the property. When they arrived, the five suspects allegedly ran from deputies causing a chase that went through a shed, which deputies reported as being a partially built meth lab.

Deputies caught all five of the suspects then search the building where they allegedly found two additional meth labs.

Those arrested are:

Kristen Futrell, 20, of 114 Maid Marion Dr. Dry Prong

Brala Everett, 20 , of 657 Gene Gunter Rd. Deville

Kyle Giardina,38, of 469  HWY 1206 Deville, La.

Robert Maxwell, 24, of 141 Worwick Rd., Jena

Bryan McCormick,26, of 469 Hwy 1206 Deville

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.

Rapides Primary Health Care to begin construction of new Women’s Pavilion

Patricia Lewis, chief executive officer of the Rapides Primary Health Care Center, explains the design of the Women's Pavilion to be constructed.

By Sherri L. Jackson
Everything Cenla

Construction on the Rapides Primary Health Care Center’s new Women’s Pavilion is set to begin on July 5.

For Patricia Lewis, the Center’s chief executive officer, board members and patients, that fact earmarks the beginning of the Center’s next phase of offering expanded medical services to the uninsured and underinsured population of Central Louisiana.

The first step toward that end was held Tuesday, June 29, as supporters gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony.

“This has been a dream for several years, and it has finally come into being,” Lewis said of the new building that will house women services.

Those attending the ceremony included Victor Kirk, the Center’s former director; Mayor Jacques Roy; Charles F. Smith, former District 3 City Councilman; Israel B. Curtis, former District 26 representative in the state House of Representatives;  Rhonda Litt, executive director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association; and Oliver Overton of the Rapides Parish Police Jury.

The 8,329 square-feet Women’s Pavilion will offer health-care services to women. It will be built behind the existing facility located at 1217 Willow Glen River Road in Alexandria. The Administration Department, which is currently housed in the Health Care Center, will relocate to the Women’s Pavilion, allowing for the expansion of medical and dental services currently offered.

The total cost of the project is $1.3 million, Lewis said. The Center received $738,000 from a $41 million state grant that was distributed through the Louisiana Primary Care Association. Other funds came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lewis said the expansion will allow the Center to effectively work with patients who have chronic diseases and cancer.

“We’ve been doing these services all along, but we’ve reached our limit. The patient base has grown tremendously,” she said. “We’ve always had to refer women with chronic diseases. We can now bring OB/GYN. We wanted the services to be closer to the community.”

Meanwhile, Curtis, who was instrumental in bringing the Center to the community, said he was proud of the Center’s accomplishments and the fact that many of the board members have served since the Center’s inception.

“The pavilion has always been in the plans,” he said. “I’m grateful that the many of the original board members stuck it out with us.”

The Center’s board members include Willie Stewart, president; Varie Stallworth, vice president; Ben Bensley, treasurer; Beverly Brown, board member, Delores Perry, consumer representative; Margaret Wess, consumer representative; Erma Lyons, board member; the Rev. Stanley Mathis, board member; and Dr. Charles Norwood, medical advisor.

Oklahoma man arrested for online solicitation of a ‘girl’

Donny Ray Hall Jr., 32, of 1509 NW St., Lawton, Okla., was arrested Friday, June 25, on charges of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with juveniles, according to Rapides Parish Sheriff Charles Wagner Jr.

Hall was arrested following an investigation into the online solicitation of minors. Hall allegedly made contact through a chat room with what he thought was a 14-yar-old girl from Pineville.

Authorities claim Hall identified himself as a 24-year-old man from Alexandria. He allegedly sent nude photos of himself to the “girl” and discussed how they could meet. During the online conversation, Hall’s words indicated he knew of Central Louisiana.

The investigation revealed Hall had friends and/or relatives that lived in Louisiana.

The “girl” Hall was chatting with was actually a trained member of the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force officer who works with the sheriff’s office.

Assisting in the arrested were the Fort Sill military authorities, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation and the Lawton Police Department.

Hall is in the process of extradition from Oklahoma to Louisiana to face the above charges.

Wagner said parents should monitor what their children are doing online.

Rapides Regional Medical Center now found on Smartphones

Rapides Regional Medical Center recently announced the launch of its first ever Smartphone app, iTriage.

This Smartphone medical application contains information on more than 300 symptoms, 1,000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. It also lists the current Emergency Room wait times at Rapides Regional Medical Center – as well as a list of RRMC services, specialties, campus map and driving directions.

“The iTriage application is designed to help consumers make the most appropriate decision about their healthcare needs,” said Charla Ducote, Rapides Regional Medical Center’s vice president of marketing and business development. “And it’s information available to them when they can’t be in front of their computer. It’s information available on-the-go.”

Consumers can download the free iTriage app for their iPhone, iPod touch, Android  or Palm – or access the medical application at www.iTriageHealth.com. BlackBerry® smartphone users will soon have their own iTriage application, as well.

iTriage was developed by two Colorado emergency physicians who wanted to give patients the ability to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

For instance, if your child comes down with stomach pain, you can search iTriage “symptoms” – and get a list of possible causes. From there, you can click on a list of procedures typically used to diagnose the condition.

And finally, based on your specific medical problem, iTriage will tell you how to get in touch with the most appropriate physician or hospital and provides a list of physicians based on your zip code.

“Rapides Regional Medical Center sets the pace for the rest of Louisiana healthcare providers in offering this cutting-edge technology to advance their patient services,” said Peter Hudson, M.D., Healthagen CEO and iTriage developer. “We look forward to a flourishing partnership with Rapides Regional as more Americans adopt smartphones as their frontline communications tool.”

Rapides Parish youth participate in Southern University’s family and youth conference

Rapides Parish students were among 350 youth who participated in the annual Family and Youth Conference at the Southern University Smith-Brown Memorial Union held June 17-19.

The youth attended seminars and workshops that included topics on technology, 4-H, juvenile justice and proper hand-washing techniques.

The theme of the conference was “Inspiring Youth with Tools for Achieving Excellence.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore was the speaker. He is currently a senior scientist with The Gallup Organization, where is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness.

Lt. Gen. Honore emphasized three concepts: do routine things well, don’t be afraid to take on the impossible and do not be afraid even when you are criticized.

Terry Washington, ag agent with Southern University, was responsible for bringing youth from Rapides Parish to the expo.

Two Pineville men, one Tioga man arrested on burglary charges

Craig A. Ramos

Jeremy R. Scarborough

Richard L. Billingsly

By Everything Cenla

Two Pineville men and one Tioga man were arrested in connection with a residential burglary that occurred June 10 on Rigolette Road in Tioga, according to Sheriff Charles F. Wagner Jr.

Craig Allen Ramos, 17, 108 Pleasant Dr.; Jeremy Ryan Scarborough, 18, 210 Armstrong St., both of Pineville; and Richard Lance Billingsley, 4403 Northup Dr., Tioga, were each charged with aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. They were each released from the Rapides Parish Jail on a $20.000 bond.

On June 10, the homeowner reported someone had force their way into the residence and allegedly stole various items, including two handguns. After an investigation, deputies, with help from Alexandria and Pineville police, recovered most of the stolen items and one of the handguns. A Llama model 1911 .45 Caliber pistol remains missing.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the missing pistol should call Crime Stoppers at 318) 443-7867 or RPSO Tioga detectives at (318) 641-6000.