Two Arrested Following Complaints of House Damage and Attempted Car Theft

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On the evening of October 19, 2017 Red River Communications received a call in reference to an incident that occurred in the 400 block of Joe Price Road north of Coushatta. The caller stated that someone had broken into his house and also attempted to steal his car.

After arriving on scene, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies learned that the ignition on the complainant’s car had been damaged in an apparent attempt to start the vehicle. The front door frame of the house also showed signs of recent damage. Multiple screwdrivers were recovered which were believed to be used to gain illegal entry into the home. Eric Lindsey, who had recently been observed inside the complainant’s car and outside of his house, was identified as the alleged perpetrator.

Deputies then proceeded to a residence in the 100 block of Elria Road where they made contact with Lindsey. He was taken into custody without incident and a subsequent search of his person yielded illegal narcotics. A loaded handgun, which Lindsey concealed from deputies, was also recovered and taken into evidence.

Eric Lindsey, W/M, age 32 of the 400 block of Joe Price Road, Coushatta, LA was booked into the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) on the following charges: Simple Criminal Damage to Property Less than $500, Simple Burglary, Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), Possession of Schedule III CDS and Illegal Carrying of Weapons. Total bond for these charges was set at $18,300.

While effecting Lindsey’s arrest, deputies encountered a second subject known to have an outstanding bench warrant. Joel D. Long II, W/M, age 30 of the 100 block of Elria Road, Coushatta, LA was taken into custody and charged with Failure to Appear (Fines & Costs, 2 counts of Simple Battery and Remaining after Forbidden).

The following day, RRPSO deputies and detectives returned to the 100 block of Elria Road and were given consent to search the residence and an outlying building. While searching the building, deputies recovered various articles of drug paraphernalia, all of which were attributed to either Lindsey or Long. A subsequent search of Long’s bedroom, which was accessible to his two minor children, yielded drug paraphernalia and residue suspected of being methamphetamine. All items were collected as evidence.

On October 20, 2017, while housed in the RRPJ, Long was once again placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II CDS and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons under 17 years of age. In addition to $590 due in fines & costs, total bond for these charges was set at $6000. He remains incarcerated in the RRPJ and a probation hold has also been placed on his release.

Additional charges are pending for Lindsey. They include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons under 17 years of age and Possession of a Firearm with a CDS. He remains incarcerated in the RRPJ.

The Road to the Playoffs

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Both high school football teams in the parish appear headed to the playoffs. Riverdale Academy clinched a berth by posting a 7 win and no loss district record. Red River High has a 3 win and no loss district record so far with two district contests to go.

Riverdale’s Head Coach Jared Smelser told The Journal their first playoff opponent would be determined after this week’s games. Riverdale has a bye on Friday. Smelser said, “We will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to our district record.” The first playoff game will be November 3rd. Coach Smelser said, “Potential opponents are Tallulah Academy from Tallulah, LA or North Sunflower Academy from Drew, MS.”

Asked about the keys to Riverdale’s success this season, Coach Smelser said, “We are not a very large team and some people judge you by your size. The most underrated thing is our smarts and resilience. We don’t want to loose. We have a great combination of heart and resilience and that has lead to our success.”

Journal Sports is making plans to broadcast the Riverdale playoff games. They will stream live on The Journal’s website, www.RedRiverParishJournal.com and social media site www.Facebook.com/RedRiverParishJournal. There will be a button to click to listen to the games. Exact game time will be published when it is finalized.

District wins versus Winnfield, Lakeview and Bunkie are boosting the Bulldogs’ hopes of getting to the playoffs. The Red River High Bulldogs have two district games to go. On Friday they travel to Many for a game with the Tigers. Then the following week the Bulldogs will be home hosting Holy Savior Menard. The outcomes of these games will determine the Bulldogs’ playoff position.

Friday’s game will be broadcast by Journal Sports on both the website and social media site listed above. There is a “Listen Live” button to click on. No special app is necessary to hear the broadcast. Bulldog games are also being broadcast live on local radio station KRRP 950.

Parents Jailed on Child Abuse Charges

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On October 17, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies were dispatched to Christus Coushatta Emergency Room in reference to a suspected child abuse victim. The four year old white/male was driven by private vehicle to the E.R. by his step mother after he reportedly became unresponsive. Following initial contact with the child and his step mother, responding deputies requested that a RRPSO criminal investigator be dispatched to the hospital.

At approximately 6:20 p.m. the investigator arrived on scene and met with medical personnel and the victim, observing and documenting numerous injuries over his entire body, including significant head trauma. The pattern of injuries indicated abuse over an extended period. The child was being prepped for air transport due to the seriousness of the injuries and was subsequently airlifted by Life Air helicopter to University Health in Shreveport. The child’s step mother, Brooke Blount, was interviewed during this process. Probable Cause was developed which confirmed that Mrs. Blount was responsible for the serious injuries inflicted on the child.

Brooke A. Blount, W/F, age 23, of the 100 block of John Cotton Road, Coushatta, LA was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) for booking. She was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile and Domestic Abuse Battery (Serious Bodily Injury). Her total bond was set at $250,000 and she remains incarcerated.

Later that evening, the investigator interviewed the child’s biological father, Jordan Blount, who had been working out of town. While it was determined that he was not involved in the most recent incident, the investigator developed evidence of his involvement in prior instances of abuse.

Jordan L. Blount, W/M, age 25, also of the 100 block of John Cotton Road in Coushatta was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile and Domestic Abuse Battery (Serious Bodily Injury). His total bond was set at $150,000 and he remains incarcerated in the RRPJ.

At last report the child was listed in stable condition at University Health. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Mentoring Program Helping Red River Students

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The school board received an update on the school district’s mentoring program at the October board meeting. The presentation was made by Vera Smith, the Parent-Community Outreach Facilitator.

Smith reported, “We have 15 mentors at this point. And we need more. Hopefully we can attract more community residents, parents, business people to work with us.” Smith reported 48 referrals from Red River Junior High and 20 referrals from Red River Elementary School.

There are more referrals than workers. So Smith said, “We have developed a mini-mentor program. We have children working with other children. So far there are 22 youth mentors.”

Smith reports that this year there is a mentoring program getting started at Red River High. She said, “The Sheriff’s Department has agreed to be our support staff. They are working with mentors to talk with kids about getting tickets and bullying, among other topics.”

In summary Smith said, “I am working extremely hard to help our pastors and parents to understand how important it is for a child to say ‘I have a friend.’” She added, “It is more about to work with the child than just academics. It is important for a child to be able to say the mentor is saying something really different, something I have not heard before.”

 

Crash on US 84

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Last Friday morning, shortly after 5:30 a.m., there was a wreck at Ed Lester’s farm on highway 84. It tied up traffic between Armistead and the Red River Bridge for several hours.

Matt Harris of State Police reported, “A 2002 Dodge Ram operated by 34-year-old Charles Todd of Campti was traveling west on US 84, when he crossed the center line, and struck a east bound 2018 Western Star Tractor Trailer operated by 51-year-old Kevin Broadway of Robeline.

“Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash were not injured. At the conclusion of the crash investigation, Todd was cited for improper lane usage.”

Spectacular Sunrises

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This story isn’t about corruption, or misconduct, or anything else that grabs our attention. It is about beauty. For several days in the past week we have had spectacular sunrises visible in the parish. Here are a couple the Journal captured recently.

We have enough “ugly” in the world. How about something “beautiful” that we did not have to expend any effort to create.

Enjoy!

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ETC… for October 25th

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Halloween is almost here. You can tell by the decorations in yards and businesses. There are celebrations planned all around the parish. Many churches are having a fall festival. The Chamber of Commerce and Front Street merchants are holding a “Trunk on Front” next Tuesday evening beginning at 5:00 pm. Bring the children in costume and select something from the various vehicle trunks.

The Red River Athletic Booster Club is selling tickets for the Yeti Cooler raffle. Get them from Randy Thomas or any member of the boosters. Only $5.00 per chance. The cooler will be given away at halftime during the Menard football game November 3rd.

The dedication of the Oxbow Mine Facility, located off I-49 exit 162, or Highway 177. It starts at 11:30 Friday morning October 27th.

Saturday night is the time to dance. The Council on Aging holds the monthly dance with “The Playmates” from 7 to 10 pm. Cover charge is $6.

Local Teen Faces Terrorizing Charges

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At approximately 9:30 p.m. on October 17, 2017 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputy was contacted by a Red River High School teacher in reference to threats posted on social media.

Earlier in the day, the educator had referred a 15 year old female student to school authorities for discipline following a classroom incident and subsequent derogatory comments directed towards the teacher.

Following school that evening, the teacher learned that the student had posted information on social media threatening to kill her and blow up the high school. A copy of the post was provided to deputies and collected as evidence.

At approximately 11:35 p.m. deputies made contact with the student at a relative’s residence. The juvenile, along with a concerned adult (relative), were transported to the sheriff’s office for questioning. During the interview, no apparent means were discovered to carry out the bomb threat. Probable cause, however, was developed to take the student into custody for the alleged threats. The teenager was charged with Terrorizing and, in the interest of public safety, was housed in Ware Detention Center pending a court hearing.

 

Donkey Ball Packed the House

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Nearly every seat was filled on Tuesday night for the Donkey Basketball game. Local celebs and personalities took turns riding and attempting to score a goal. Rather just attempting to stay on their trusty mounts.

The event is an annual fundraiser for Red River Junior High School. Principal Mike Peter dressed up as Farmer Brown or some other rather rural looking individual and assumed the role of “Ring Master” on the event. That’s him wearing the high-water overalls, with loose strap.

The donkeys were tethered outside the Junior High Gym waiting their turn while potential riders met the donkeys and attempted to “bond” with them. One could say “I don’t think it worked!” All the sweet-talking, tugging, dragging, or slapping on the butt didn’t convince them to do what their riders wanted. Hey, they’re donkeys!

The evening’s entertainment consisted of two games between teams of local riders. Winners of those two games played each other for the championship. In game 1 Jackace defeated the High Ballers 16-14. Game 2 saw the Jumping Jacks and Donkey Dunkers battle to a tie, two points to two. No one could get the ball in the net.

An arm wrestling match, in center circle, decided the outcome. The floor crew cleaned the circle before the arm wrestling. The captain of the Donkey Dunkers prevailed. And off they went to the finals.

The final game of the evening saw Jackace outscore the Donkey Dunkers 12 to 6. By that time, or perhaps way before that time, the donkeys had had enough. Their crankiness sprang forward as riders were thrown into the air, or flipped forward over the donkey’s head. One brave soul even attempted to stay atop a wildly kicking donkey as it bounded down the court. Guess who won that contest!

The crowd enjoyed every bit of the evening’s entertainment. It was like an old joke that your favorite uncle tells over and over. It just gets funnier. Donkey Basketball has been around for a lot of years. It never seems to get old, and it is funnier and funnier every year. So The Journal is eagerly awaiting next year’s Donkey Basketball game at the Junior High.