July 7, 2016


Louisiana State Police ~ Troop E / Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force

Husband and Wife Arrested on Multiple Charges Including Drugs

Vernon Parish – Earlier today, Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) and the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force (VPSO NTF) arrested John Earl Jackson (W/M 40 yrs) and Lola Jackson (W/F 36 yrs) of Leesville, LA. John Jackson was arrested for distribution of CDS II (controlled dangeroussubstance) methamphetamine (four counts), possession of CDS II (over 28 grams) with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS, and for possession of stolen property (over $5,000.00).

Lola Jackson was arrested for conspiracy to distribute CDS II, possession of CDS II (over 28 grams) with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS, and for possession of stolen property (over $5,000.00).

In May 2016, LSP and VPSO began investigating John Jackson and Lola Jackson for distributing methamphetamine. Based on information obtained from the investigation, investigators were able to secure a search warrant for the couple’s residence and arrest warrants for them.

The search resulted in the seizure of over 70 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a firearm, and a stolen vehicle. Both Jacksons were booked into the Vernon Parish Detention Center.

The investigation remains ongoing.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visitingwww.lsp.org and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

Contact Information:
M/T Daniel “Scott” Moreau
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section – Troop E
Office: (318) 769-9USA (872)
scott.moreau@la.gov
www.LSP.org
www.facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice

Bond was set on John Earl Jackson at $ 315,000.00 and bond on Lola Jackson was set at $165,000.00. Both remain in the VPSO jail.




July 1, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the July 1, 2016 arrest of Crystal Michelle Rocker, age 37, of Fort Polk.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at approximately 03:36 a.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle parked at a dirt pit in the area of Lions Camp Road.

Deputies arrived at the location and identified the driver of the vehicle as Crystal Michelle Rocker.

Deputies observed three juvenile males and two juvenile females as passengers in the vehicle.

Upon making contact with the juveniles Deputies could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their persons.

While checking the well being of the juveniles Deputies determined that medical care was needed for a 14 year old male who appeared to be highly intoxicated.

An ambulance was contacted and the 14 year old was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Deputies also located various alcoholic beverages and empty beverage containers within the vehicle.

Detectives were contacted and upon further investigation it was learned that Crystal Rocker had in fact purchased the alcoholic beverages earlier in the evening for the juveniles.

Deputies and Detectives transported Rocker and the juveniles to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Crystal Rocker was arrested and charged with four counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.

Deputies and Detectives did immediately began notifying the parents of the juveniles.

The parents were instructed to come to VPSO to speak with investigators and to take custody of their children.

At the time of this release Detectives are still attempting to make contact with the parents of one juvenile female.

Rocker’s bond was set at $ 4,000.00 by Judge C. Anthony Eaves and she remains in the VPSO jail.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.



June 30, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 29, 2016 arrest of Frank L. Ford, age 47, of Leesville.

The arrest is a result of a traffic stop conducted after Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force.

During the course of the traffic stop VPNTF K-9 Dax was deployed and did alert to the presence of illegal narcotics.

Agents conducted a search of the vehicle and located in excess of 200 grams of Marijuana, over 28 grams of Methamphetamine, over 28 grams of Cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

Ford was booked into the Vernon Parish jail one count of Turning Movements and Required Signals, one count of Possession of Cocaine in excess of 28 grams, one count of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of Methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams, Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic ( Methamphetamine) with the intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic (Marijuana) with the intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic (Marijuana), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Bond was set by 30th Judicial District Court Judge C. Anthony Eaves at $ 302,194.00.

Ford is currently on parole and a hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole has been placed on Ford and he remains in the VPSO jail.



June 23, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 23, 2016 arrest of Destin Reder, age 22, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish E-911 Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 6:39 a.m. this morning regarding an unresponsive female at a residence located on Jeane Chapel Road.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene and upon arrival were told that the female had possibly overdosed on prescription medication.

Upon entry into the residence Detectives witnessed a deceased female later identified as Samantha Johnson Reder, age 28, of Leesville.

During the course of the investigation Detectives determined that information provided by persons at the scene was not consistent with the physical evidence at the scene.

Destin Reder, the husband of the deceased, was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by Detectives.

During the interview Reder admitted that he and the deceased had in fact been involved in a physical altercation prior to her death.

Destin Reder was arrested and charged with one count of Second Degree Murder. Bond has not been set and Reder remains in the VPSO jail.

The investigation into the death of Samantha Johnson Reder is ongoing.



June 22, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 20, 2016 arrest of Jeffery Debarge, age 30, of Rosepine.

Debarge was initially arrested on May 13, 2016 following an investigation into allegations that on several occasions Debarge secreted his cellular phone in a restroom to film an adult female and 9 year old juvenile female without their knowledge.

Debarge was originally charged with two counts of Video Voyeurism and one count of Possession of Child Pornography. Bond was set on these charges at $ 150,000.00.

Detectives did contact the Louisiana State Police and a forensic examination of Debarge’s cellular phone was conducted.

During the course of the examination additional videos of the juvenile female were located.

Debarge had attempted to delete these videos from his cellular phone.

Debarge was arrested on an additional charge of Video Voyeurism and bond on this charge was set at $50, 000.00.

Total bond for Debarge is currently $ 200,000.00 and he remains in the VPSO jail.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing.



June 8, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

June 3, 2016

Samantha Elan Lewis, age 25, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Criminal Mischief. Bond was set at $ 2,754.00. Lewis posted bond and was released.

Jamie Gray, age 30, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Criminal Mischief. Bond was set at $ 2,754.00. Gray remains in the VPSO jail.


June 4, 2016

Terri Nechelle Green, age 47, of Newton, Texas was arrested on an out of jurisdiction warrant for Theft of a Firearm. Green remains in the VPSO jail awaiting extradition back to Newton, Texas.


June 6, 2016

Jimmy Prestridge, age 40, of Hornbeck was arrested by Agents of the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force. Prestridge was charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic with the Intent to Distribute. Bond was set at $ 10,000.00. Prestridge remains in the VPSO jail.

Dennis R. Vance, age 53, of Leesville, was arrested on two outstanding Bench Warrants. The warrants have no bond and Vance remains in the VPSO jail.


June 7, 2016

Felicia C Thomson, age 38, of Hineston, was arrested on two outstanding Bench Warrants. Thompson posted a bond of $ 5,500.00 and was released.

Lauren Lane Stanley, age 38, of Pitkin, was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Simple Burglary, and one count of Theft over $ 1500.00. Bond was set at $ 11,039.00. Stanley remains in the VPSO jail.

Robert Anthony Suire, age 18, of Leesville, was arrested on an outstanding Probation Violation Bench Warrant. The warrant has no bond and Suire remains in the VPSO jail.

Edna Michelle Miller, age 46, of Oakdale, was arrested and charged with one count of exceeding the Maximum speed limit, one count of Careless Operation, one count of Procedure on Approach of an Authorized Emergency Vehicle, one count of Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, one count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, one count of Driving on Divided Highways, one count of Operating a vehicle while License is Suspended, one count of Failure to stop at a Red Signal, one count of When Passing on the Right is Permitted, one count of Turning Movements and Required Signals, one count of Signals by hand and arm or signal lamps, one count of Following Vehicles too Closely, one count of Driving on a Roadway laned for traffic, one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic, one count of Possession of a Legend Drug, and one count of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 132,108.00. Miller remains in the VPSO jail.

Britni Jewel Bernard, age 27, of Anacoco, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant. Bond was set at $10,000.00. Bernard remains in the VPSO jail.




June 7, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the arrest of Edna Miller, age 46, of Oakdale.

The arrest is the result of a multi parish police pursuit which began in Rapides Parish.

VPSO was notified by Rapides authorities that they were in pursuit of a white female in a green Ford Ranger Pickup.

VPSO learned that law enforcement had been in pursuit of Miller for a length of time in Rapides Parish before the pursuit traveled West into Vernon Parish.

The pursuit traveled West on highway 10 through Pitkin to highway 171 where Miller turned North.

Miller continued to travel North through Pickering, New Llano, and Leesville.

Spike strips were deployed on three occasions during the pursuit but Miller was able to travel into an alternate lane of Highway 171 to avoid the spike strips.

Ultimately Deputies pursued the vehicle to an area on Highway 171 just South of West Hawthorne Road.

Edna Miller lost control of her vehicle striking a bridge railing which caused her to travel into a VPSO patrol unit resulting in damage to the patrol unit.

Miller's vehicle then overturned and she was taken into custody without further incident. Nobody was injured.

Agencies involved in the pursuit included Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Glenmora Police Department, McNary Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Fort Polk Military Police, New Llano Police Department,and the Leesville City Police Department.

Miller will be charged with numerous traffic violations, multiple Bench Warrants, and Narcotics Charges.

Once charges have been established in each jurisdiction an update will be posted.



June 1, 2016


*** CAR BURGLARY SUSPECT ***

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a subject responsible for a car burglary in the area of 4th Street & Stanton Street in New Llano.

The subject obtained a credit card in the burglary and used the stolen card to make purchases at The Dollar Tree, Taco Bell, Tobacco Plus, Walmart, and Jacks All Ya' Need.

The subject appeared to be traveling on foot but was ultimately picked up at Wal Mart by a gray/blue SUV with Texas plates .

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the subject can contact VPSO at 337-238-1311 or the VPSO Criminal Division at 337-238-7248.

You do not have to give your name ~ a code number will be assigned to you.



Sheriff Sam Craft announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

May 17, 2016

Randy James Roberson, age 31, of DeRidder, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant for a Probation Violation. No bond has been set and Roberson remains in the VPSO jail.

Bradley Paul Smart, age 42, of Anacoco, was arrested and charged with one count of Violation of a Protective Order, one count of Simple Assault, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 3639.00. Smart posted bond and was released.

William Shannon Maddox, age 40, of Pitkin was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic. Bond has not been set and Maddox remains in the VPSO jail.

David Lazaro Martin, age 32, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with one count of Improper Display of a License Plate and one charge of Operating a Vehicle while License is Suspended. Bond was set at $ 1358.00. Martin remains in the VPSO jail.

Christie Ann Sanders-Akes, age 22, of Westlake, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Bond has not been set and Sanders-Akes remains in the VPSO jail.

Roland Anthony Massingill, age 28, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic, one count of Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic, and one count of Obstruction of Justice. Bond has not been set and Massingill remains in the VPSO jail.


May 12, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that jurisdictional issues have been one of the biggest hurdles with regards to the investigation of 2 year old Willow Renter-Molina’s death.

Willow was reported missing from a home in Vernon Parish on May 5, 2016 but, was discovered deceased in Beauregard Parish on May 6, 2016.

“We have been working closely with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine the manner of death as well as the time of the death. This information weighed greatly on the decision of who would lead the investigation and the prosecution.”

According to the autopsy report Willow’s death has been ruled a homicide and the date of her death has been determined to be Wednesday May 04, 2016.

Based on this information, “It is indicative that Willow died in Vernon Parish, therefore, we are going to be the lead agency on the investigation” said Craft. “We have been and will continue to work very closely with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as the Louisiana State Police and the FBI. “

“Rodney Don Bailey Jr. was the caregiver of the child when she died and is believed to be the primary person of interest in her death, however, we are not ruling out the possibility of someone else being involved”, said Craft. “An arrest has not been made as of yet in the case due to the fact that we are awaiting the results of several forensic tests.



April 27, 2016


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

April 25, 2016

Crystal Lee Greenwood, age 33, of Leesville, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant for non-payment of Child Support. A new court date was set and Greenwood was released.

David Ray Thigpen, age 44, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with one count of Misapplication of Contractors Payment. Bond has not been set and Thigpen remains in the VPSO jail.

April 26, 2016

Adam Stewart Poe, age 36, of Leesville, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant from Rapides Parish. Bond has not been set and Poe remains in the VPSO jail.

Brenda May Hagan, age 38, of Leesville, was arrested on one count of Possession of a Legend Drug. Bond was set at $ 5000.00. Hagan remains in the VPSO jail.

William Aldon Smith, age 49, of Leesville, was arrested on one count of Possession of a Legend Drug, one count of Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Obstruction of Justice. Bond was set at $ 22,015.00. Smith remains in the VPSO jail.



April 25, 2016

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

April 23, 2016

Speedia Paul Willis, age 24, of Pitkin, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic (Marijuana) and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 10,000.00 and Willis remains in the VPSO jail.

April 24, 2016

Daniel Ross Benedum, age 31, of Simpson, was arrested and charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Battery and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 15,000.00. Benedum remains in the VPSO jail.

Shane Watson Bonner, age 18, of Hornbeck, was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, one count of Illegal Discharge of a Weapon, and one count of Cruelty to Animals. Bond was set at $ 22,500.00. Bonner remains in the VPSO jail.

John Anthony Hernandez, age 39, of Pitkin was arrested on two outstanding Bench Warrants for non payment of Child Support. Bond has not been set and Hernandez remains in the VPSO jail.

Shelia O'Neal Hernandez, age 43, of Pitkin, was arrested and charged with one count of Disturbing the Peace - Intoxicated in Public, two counts of Resisting an Officer, and two counts of Public Intimidation. Bond was set at $ 5,717.00. Hernandez remains in the VPSO jail.

April 25, 2016

Amanda Michelle Ross, age 31, of Anacoco, was arrested on two outstanding Bench Warrants for failure to appear for for Felony Arraignment and Failure to Appear for Bond Forfeiture. A prior bond of $ 40,000.00 was also surrendered on previous charges of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine) with the intent to Distribute and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic. Bond has not been set and Ross remains in the VPSO jail.





April 13, 2016
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

April 11, 2016

Bobby Hayward McMurtury, age 34, of DeRidder, was arrested and charged with two counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and two counts of First Degree Rape.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by Detectives into a report received in late March 2016 regarding allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with a child.

Detectives learned that McMurtury was incarcerated in Beauregard Parish on unrelated charges.

Detectives conducted an interview with McMurtury and during the course of the interview McMurtury admitted to the sexual contact with the victim.

Due to the age of the victim and the type of physical contact, it was determined that McMurtury qualified for the two charges of First Degree Rape, which was formerly classified as Aggravated Rape in the Louisiana Revised Statutes , as well as additional charges for Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

Bond was set at $ 500,000.00. McMurtury remains in the VPSO jail.

Tina Marie Ingalls, age 39, of Pitkin, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant. There is no bond on the warrant and Ingalls remains in the VPSO jail.

April 12, 2016

Donnell Spearman, age 45, of the Knight Community, was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Domestic Abuse Battery, one count of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, one count of Battery of a Police Officer, and two counts of Criminal Damage to Property.

The arrests is the result of a 911 call placed from a residence on Rufus Road requesting an ambulance.

Deputies arrived at the residence and observed a 50 year old black male suffering from knife wounds to his shoulder and leg.

Upon further investigation it was determined that the man was stabbed by his girlfriend, Donnell Spearman.

Donnell Spearman became physically aggressive with Deputies who were attempting to handcuff her. Spearman caused injury to one of the Deputies by kicking him in the face during the struggle.

Spearman was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol unit. Deputies did buckle Spearman’s seatbelt about her person but she continued to physically resist being in the vehicle.

While Deputies were transporting Spearman to VPSO she was able to maneuver her body in a manner that allowed her to begin kicking the side window of the patrol unit, ultimately breaking the window.

Spearman continued to fight and threaten Deputies during the booking process.

A bond hearing will be held as mandated by Louisiana Law. Spearman remains in the VPSO jail.



April 7, 2016
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests within Vernon Parish.

April 1, 2016

Jeffery Allen Bean, age 49, of Anacoco, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant. Bond was surrendered on three previous charges. Bean remains in the VPSO jail.

Shanna B. Martinez, age 38, of Anacoco, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Schedule IV (Lorazepam), one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense). Bond was set at $ 16,715.00. Martinez remains in the VPSO jail.

Jocelyn Rose Scott- Davidson, age 22, of DeRidder, was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 519.50. Scott-Davidson remains in the VPSO jail.

April 2, 2016

Bonnie Susan Strother, age 52, of Hornbeck, was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Domestic Abuse Battery. A bond hearing will be held as mandated by Louisiana Law. Strother remains in the VPSO jail.

April 4, 2016

Roy Edward Marshall II, age 38, of Leesville, was arrested on three outstanding Bench Warrants. Bond was surrendered on three previous charges. Marshall remains in the VPSO jail.

Sheryl D. Johnson, age 58, of Leesville, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant for a probation violation. Johnson was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Kandi Leigh Foster, age 28, of Leesville, was arrested on an outstanding Bench Warrant. Bond was set at $ 500.00. Foster posted bond and was released.

April 6, 2016

Coty Adale Stone, age 25, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine). Bond has not been set at the time of this release and Stone remains in the VPSO jail.




February 23, 2016
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the February 21, 2016 arrest of Michael Walls, age 64, of Midway, Georgia.

The arrest is the result of a complaint received by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in January 2016 in which two under age females disclosed inappropriate sexual contact with Walls.

Detectives began an extensive investigation into the allegations. Detectives did arrange for both children to be interviewed by a Forensic Interviewer.

The children did disclose incidents of sexual assault which they alleged took place in Vernon Parish and were perpetrated by Michael Walls.

Detectives did learn that Walls was currently residing in the State of Georgia and VPSO did contact the Liberty County Georgia Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Law enforcement officers with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office did locate Michael Walls and he was taken into custody without incident on February 10, 2016.

Walls was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was formally arrested and charged with one count of 1st Degree Rape and one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Bond was set at $ 300,000.00. Walls remains in the VPSO jail.

Sheriff Craft would like to express his appreciation to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter.



February 23, 2016
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent arrests with Vernon Parish.

February 18, 2016

Cody Edward Wayne Zimmer, age 29, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with one count of Identity Theft. Bond was set at $ 5,000.00. Zimmer posted bond and was released.

Skyler Vanpatten, age 20, of Rosepine, was arrested and charged with one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Bond was set at $ 7500.00. Vanpatten remains in the VPSO jail.

February 19, 2016

Erica Nikol Weeks, age 37, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with fifteen counts of Issuing Worthless Checks. Bond was set at $ 22,500.00. Weeks posted bond and was released.

Michael Davis, age 35, of Leesville, was arrested on two outstanding bench warrants for Failure to Appear, one count of Probation / Parole violation, and bond on two previous charges was surrendered. Davis remains in the VPSO jail.

John Kirkpatrick Facey, age 68, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Battery. Bond was set at $ 5,000.00. Facey posted bond and was released.

February 21, 2016

Joshua Ross Vanover, age 32, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine) . Bond was set at $ 10,857.50. Vanover remains in the VPSO jail.

Melanie Renee Sumler, age 27, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 10,857.50. Sumler remains in the VPSO jail.

February 22, 2016

Jason L. Walters, age 29, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Battery. Bond will not be set until the court holds a bond hearing in the matter.

February 23, 2016

Larry Benard Green, age 32, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 50,000.00. Green remains in the Vernon Correctional Facility.



November 24, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Jarrod Lynn Gray, age 37, of Rayville, Louisiana.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a resident on November 22, 2015 at approximately 07: 43 a.m.

The resident indicated that when he came out of his residence located on Texas Highway at which time he discovered a white male sitting in his vehicle.

The homeowner indicated that he yelled at the unknown male and at that time the male indicated that he just needed to sit down.

The homeowner indicated that he ordered the male off his property and the male fled into the woods.

Deputies began a canvass of the area and a short time later VPSO received a second telephone call in which a homeowner in the area of Woods Road indicated that a white male subject came to her residence and begin striking and breaking the glass on the front door of her home.

The female caller indicated that the male was screaming at her to let him inside because someone was trying to kill him.

The homeowner indicated that her husband retrieved a handgun and the would be intruder ran to a blue pickup truck with a black trailer attached and left the residence.

VPSO notified local law enforcement of a description of the suspect vehicle. Shortly thereafter VPSO was notified that the Leesville Police Department had conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

After further investigation it was determined that the 2014 Ford vehicle which Gray was traveling in had been stolen from a residence next door to initial complainant on Texas Highway. The attached trailer also was stolen.

A third complaint was received from a resident in the area of Tower Road. The resident indicated that a vehicle matching the description of the suspect entered onto his property where the resident was sitting in his parked vehicle.

The complainant indicated that the driver of the suspect vehicle rammed the resident’s vehicle causing substantial damage. The complainant indicated that after the incident the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

Deputies were able to make contact with the owner of the 2014 Ford Truck in which Gray was traveling. The owner indicated that he was unaware that his truck and trailer were missing from his residence and he wished to pursue charges in the matter.

Deputies did initially arrest Jarrod Gray on one count of Simple Burglary.

On November 24, 2015 Detectives additionally charged Gray with one count of Attempted Home Invasion, three counts of Criminal Damage to Property, one count of Criminal Mischief, four counts of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and one count of Theft. Bond was set at $ 133,500.00.

Gray remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.




November 13, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the November 12, 2015 arrests of Brandy Lee Smith, age 36, and Amy McBride Smith, age 28, both of Evans.

The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation conducted by Agents of the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force into illegal narcotics activity taking place in the Evans Community.

During the course of the investigation Agents obtained information which allowed them to apply for and receive a search warrant on the residence of Brandy and Amy Smith.

Agents did execute the search warrant and at that time several persons were located at the residence and detained for questioning.

Detectives arrived to assist in the search of the residence and a large quantity of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Prescription Medication, and Ecstasy were located.

Also located were a significant number of firearms inside the residence.

Upon further investigation Agents arrested Brandy Smith and Amy Smith and each was charged with one count of Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under the age of Seventeen, one count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, one count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic, and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams.

The other persons present at the time of the search warrant were interviewed and released.

No bond has been set and both Brandy and Amy Smith remain in the VPSO jail.

Sheriff Craft encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity within their communities. Suspected illegal narcotics activity can be reported to the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force at 337-238-4764.




October 26, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the October 26th, 2015 arrest of Ronnie Edwards III, age 38, of Evans.

On Friday, October 23rd, 2015, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident of a barricaded subject at a residence in the Evans Community following a incident of domestic violence.

Edwards was initially charged on Friday with one count of Second Degree Domestic Abuse Battery.

Edwards was additionally charged today with one count of Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, one count of Possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, and one count of False Imprisonment while the offender is armed with a Dangerous Weapon.

A bond hearing will be held on October 28th, 2015 regarding these charges as mandated by the recently passed “Gwen’s Law” which deals with felony grade offenses stemming from domestic abuse situations.

Edwards remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.



October 23, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the October 23, 2015 arrests of Timoree Lynn Jessup, age 39, and Joshua K. Vercher, age 33, both of DeRidder.

The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force into the illegal distribution of prescription medication.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested Timoree Lynn Jessup and she was charged with two counts of Distribution of a Schedule II Narcotic and one count of Distribution of a Schedule III Narcotic. Bond was set at $ 75,000.00.

Joshua Vercher was arrested and charged with one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Narcotic and one count of Distribution of a Schedule III Narcotic. Bond was set at $ 50,000.00.

Both remain in the VPSO jail.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office will continue to aggressively and diligently investigate illegal narcotics activities to include the illegal distribution of prescription medication.

Anyone with information regarding suspected illegal narcotics activity can contact the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force at 337-238-4764.



October 22, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the October 22nd, 2015 arrest of Thomas Paul Smith, age 43, of Anacoco.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force made contact with Thomas Paul Smith at his residence on Marion Taylor Road in the Anacoco area.

Agents found Smith to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine.

Agents also located an operational methamphetamine lab at the location.

Agents arrested Thomas Paul Smith and charged him with one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one count of Felony Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory, one count of Possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of Possessing a firearm with a barrel of less than 18 inches in length or a rifle having a barrel of less than 16 inches in length, one outstanding child support bench warrant, and one count of Probation / Parole Violation. Bond has not been set.

A hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole has been placed on Smith and he remains in the VPSO jail.



September 29, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 29, 2015 arrests of Ann M. Deason, age 55, and Charlie Johnson, age 57, both of Pitkin.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force into the illegal distribution of Methamphetamine in the Pitkin area.

The Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force worked jointly with the Brazoria County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force.

During the course of the investigation Agents learned that Johnson was currently employed in Brazoria County Texas. Agents also learned that Deason had just arrived back in Vernon Parish from Brazoria County.

Arrangements were made between Agents of VPNTF and Agents with the Brazoria Narcotics Task Force for the arrests of Charlie Johnson and Ann Deason to take place simultaneously.

Deason was apprehended by VPNTF Agents as she exited the Fort Polk Army Base via the Highway 10 gate.

At the time of Deason’s arrest a quantity of Methamphetamine was located on her person.

At the same time Agents with the Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force traveled to Johnson’s place of employment and took him into custody on the outstanding VPSO warrant.

Agents arrested and charged Deason with one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine) and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 60,000.00 by Judge Eaves and Deason remains in the VPSO jail.

Charlie Johnson was booked into the Brazoria County Jail on one count of Distribution of a Schedule II Narcotic (Methampehtamine). Bond was set by Judge Eaves at $ 50,000.00. Johnson remains in the Brazoria County Jail where he awaits extradition back to Vernon Parish.



September 24, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 24, 2015 arrest of Tommy Lynn Bailey II, age 38, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a resident who indicated that numerous items including firearms, hunting equipment, and household items had been stolen from his residence.

Through further investigation Detectives determined that Tommy Bailey II and Sylvia Abbott were the persons responsible for the theft.

Detectives arrested Sylvia Abbott on September 15, 2015 due to her involvement in this theft.

Detectives, Deputies, and Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force located Tommy Bailey this morning in the parking lot of a local business and he was taken into custody without incident.

Upon arrest Tommy Bailey was found to be in possession of a firearm and approximately 6.6 grams of Methamphetamine.

Tommy Lynn Bailey II was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Distribution of Schedule II, one count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, two counts of Theft of a Firearm, one count of Possession of a Firearm or Carry of a Concealed Weapon by a Felon, and one count of Illegal Possession of Stolen Goods. Bond has not been set at the time of this release.

A hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole has been placed on Bailey and he remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.




September 17, 2015
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 16, 2015 arrests of Emmanuel Jamal Hardison, age 37, and Demetria Latasha Brown, age 30, both of Alexandria, La.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a citizen at approximately 5:17 p.m. regarding a disturbance in progress in the area of Camp Baker Road.

The complainant indicated that a vehicle was attempting to run over a person who was armed with a pipe.

Deputies began to canvas the area and located what was believed to be the suspect vehicle in the vicinity of Stephen’s Country Store.

Upon speaking with the female driver she was unable to provide a driver’s license to the Deputy, however, she did verbally provide personal identifying information.

A male subject who was on foot was also located and personal identifying information was also obtained from the male.

The provided information was checked through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) several times and Deputies were unable to confirm the identity either suspect.

Both subjects were detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for identification purposes.

Both were fingerprinted on the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) computer and Deputies were able to confirm the identity of the male and female.

The female was identified as Demetria Latasha Brown, age 30, and the male was identified as Emmanuel Jamal Hardison, age 37, both of Alexandria.

Deputies also determined that the vehicle involved in the altercation was reported stolen from Alexandria.

After further investigation Emmanuel Hardison was arrested and booked into the VPSO jail on one count of Disturbing the Peace and one count of Resisting an Officer.

Demetria Brown was arrested and booked into the VPSO jail on one count of Disturbing the peace, one count of Resisting an Officer, one count of Driver must be licensed, one count of No proof of insurance, and one count of Switched Plates.

Bond has not been set at the time of this release and both remain in the VPSO jail.

An investigative hold was placed on Emmanuel Hardison by the Leesville Police Department regarding outstanding warrants.

An additional hold was also placed on both subjects by the Alexandria Police Department regarding the Theft of the motor vehicle.



September 16, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 15th, 2015 arrest of Brian Lee Hayes, age 47, of Leesville.

The arrest is the result of a traffic stop conducted by Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force.

During the course of the traffic stop Agents located approximately 2 ounces of Methamphetamine and another illegal narcotic in Hayes’ possession.

Brian Lee Hayes was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Methamphetamine in Excess of 28 grams, one count of Possession of Marijuana (3rd Offense), and Stop Lamps and Turn Signals required on all motor vehicles. Bond was set at $ 50,500.00.

Hayes remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.




September 8, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the September 6, 2015 arrest of Sam Wells, Jr., age 41, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Ferriday Police Department regarding a stolen vehicle.

Information was provided by the agency identifying a possible location of the vehicle within Vernon Parish.

Deputies traveled to the area of VFW Road and did observe a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle.

Deputies attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle and at that time the driver sped away in the vehicle.

The driver eventually stopped the vehicle in a private driveway and fled on foot into a wooded area.

Additional Deputies, to include members of the Vernon Correctional Facility Chase Team, did respond to the location and begin a canvas of the area.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was then contacted by a citizen who advised that he had a subject detained on his property.

Deputies arrived at the location where Wells was identified as the driver of the vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The property owner advised Deputies that the suspect had entered onto his property and was attempting to cross his back yard when he made contact with Wells and held him until Deputies arrived.

It is believed that the influx of Deputies into the wooded area forced the suspect to attempt to cross the homeowner’s property.


Sheriff Craft would like to commend the property owner for his vigilance and assistance in this matter.

Samuel Wells Jr. was arrested and booked on one count of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things and one count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer. Bond was set at $ 4000.00 for the Vernon Parish Charges.

Additional charges from the Ferriday Police Department are expected. Wells remains in the VPSO jail with a hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.



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September 2, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 1, 2015 arrest of Kenneth Earl Erwin, age 55, of Hornbeck.

The arrest resulted from an incident handled by the Hornbeck Police department.

Kenneth Erwin was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office from the Beauregard Parish jail where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Erwin was arrested and booked on one count of Aggravated Battery, one count of Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, and one count of Leaving the scene of an accident. Bond was set at
$ 8,129.00.

Erwin remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.




September 1, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reports the arrest of Calvin Joseph Moore age 48 of Leesville for one count of manslaughter.

According to Craft a 911 call was received by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:40 a.m. on the morning of August 31, 2015 requesting assistance.

When deputies arrived they discovered a male subject lying in the front yard of 174 Lonnie Jeane Loop lot #19.

The male subject was identified as Floyd Wattigny age 44 of Leesville. Deputies immediately took Moore into custody until a further investigation could be conducted.

It was determined that Wattigny was shot one time with a .12 gauge shot gun and died as a result of his injuries.

The scene was secured and detectives were notified. Once detectives had an opportunity to interview witnesses involved in the incident, it was determined that Moore would be arrested for one count of manslaughter.

Moore was booked into the VPSO jail and his bond has been set at two million dollars.




August 12, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the August 11, 2015 arrests of Henry Devon Dean, age 29, and Christopher Andrew Dean, age 35, of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics within Vernon Parish.

Agents executed a search warrant at a residence located in the area of Highway 10.

During the course of a search of the property Agents discovered a quantity of ecstasy tablets as well as a quantity of marijuana.

The illegal narcotics were found buried in the ground in two different locations on the property.

Christopher Allen Dean was arrested and charged with one count of Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 25,000.00.

Henry Devon Dean was arrested and charged with three counts of Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 75,000.00.

Both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.
Sheriff Craft and the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force will continue to diligently and aggressively pursue the arrests of persons who participate in illegal narcotics activity.

Anyone with information regarding suspected illegal narcotics activity can contact the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force at 337-238-4764.




August 10, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the August 10, 2015 arrest of Frank Hamby II, age 47, of Leesville.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force made contact with Frank Hamby II and Gwendolyn Brister, age 50, of Leesville, at a residence located in the area of B & G Loop in Leesville.

Brister consented to a search of her residence.

Gwendolyn Brister was ultimately issued a citation for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Frank Hamby II was arrested and booked on one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (Methamphetamine). Bond was set at $ 7,500.00 and Hamby remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.



PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the August 10, 2015 arrest of Jeffery Neal, age 30, of Leesville.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the area of Jeane Chapel Road.
Agents made contact with Jeffery Neal at the residence.

During the search of the residence Agents located approximately 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana .

Jeffery Neal was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Schedule I Narcotic (Marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Obstruction of Justice. Bond was set at $15, 857.50. Neal posted bond and was released on August 11, 2015.




PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the August 10, 2015 arrests of Landon Sean Harden, age 18, and Dakota Cole Yarbrough, age 22, both of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of ongoing investigations into numerous vehicle burglaries throughout Vernon Parish.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned citizen regarding a welfare concern on a person residing in the area of Brown’s Lane in Pickering.

Upon arrival Deputies noticed remnants of a burn pile in the yard at the residence. Deputies observed partially burned identification cards belonging to numerous persons.

The items were recovered and it was determined that the owners of the identification cards were in fact victims of a car burglary reported earlier in the day.

The owner of the residence indicated that he was concerned for the well being of his renter, Dakota Yarbrough, due to the fact that Yarbrough had not been seen for several days.

The owner of the property provided access into the residence where Deputies immediately observed in plain sight, numerous items to include property reported stolen from a vehicle earlier that morning.

Deputies immediately secured the location and Detectives did prepare a search warrant for the residence.
Detectives did recover numerous electronic items, a firearm, negotiable instruments to include checks and debit / credit cards, state issued identification cards, social security cards, as well as other items.
Deputies and Detectives canvassed the area in an effort to locate Dakota Yarbrough but were unable to do so at the time.
Deputies were able to confirm that Yarbrough was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

During the course of the investigation Detectives made contact with Landon Harden who was a known associate of Yarbrough.
During an interview Harden did admit that he and Yarbrough did break into several vehicles within the parish.

Detectives learned that Yarbrough had left the parish and at the time was at a motel in DeRidder.

Detectives made contact with DeRidder P.D. and when law enforcement personnel arrived at the motel Yarbrough refused to open the room door.

Officers were able to make entry into the motel room and take Yarbrough into custody without incident.

Landon Sean Harden was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Trespassing, two counts of Simple Burglary, and two counts of Criminal Conspiracy.

Dakota Cole Yarbrough was transported to VPSO from DeRidder and was arrested and charged with three counts of Criminal Trespassing, three counts of Simple Burglary, and three counts of Criminal Conspiracy. A hold has been placed on Yarbrough for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.

No bond has been set at the time of this release and both Harden and Yarbrough remain in the Vernon Parish Jail.

Detectives from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted other local Law Enforcement Agencies regarding the property recovered from Harden and Yarbrough.

At this time law enforcement officials from Ft Polk have identified some of the items as stolen from Ft. Polk.

Detectives were also able to determine that Yarbrough was responsible for a vehicle burglary which took place in March 2015 on Section Line Road.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional criminal charges are expected.




July 15, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the July 15, 2015 arrests of Tangye Christine Poe, age 24, and Jerry L. Eaves, age 34, both of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of a traffic stop conducted by Agents of the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force.

During the course of the traffic stop agents obtained permission from Poe to search the vehicle which she was operating in the area of Berry Town and North 5th Street in Leesville.

Agents conducting the search located numerous prescription pills, marijuana, and methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle.

Both Poe and Eaves were transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Tangye Poe was searched by a female officer who located a glass smoking device on Poe’s person. A number of prescription pills were also found concealed in Poe’s undergarments.

Tangye Poe was arrested and charged with one count of Turning Movements and Required Signals (Traffic), one count of No Driver’s License on Person, one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics – 2nd offense, one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics – Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of a Legend drug, one count of Possession of Schedule IV Narcotics, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jerry L. Eaves was arrested and charged with one count of Open Container, one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics – 2nd offense, and one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics – Methamphetamine.

Bond has not been set and both Poe and Eaves remain in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Sheriff Sam Craft and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to work diligently to arrest persons who are involved in illegal narcotics activities.

Anyone with information regarding any suspected illegal drug activity can contact the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force at 337-238-4764.




July 9, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Edward Arguello, age 56, of Rosepine.

On July 6, 2015 the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by officers from the Rosepine Police Department who requested that a Detective assist them in a complaint.

Detectives did travel to Rosepine where they made contact with a 17 year old female.

Detectives interviewed the female victim and an additional witness and learned that Edward Arguello was observed by the witness lying on the floor and peeking under a bathroom door while the victim was in the shower.

Detectives did take Edward Agruello into custody on July 7, 2015. Agruello was arrested and booked into the VPSO jail on one count of Voyeurism . Judge Eaves set the bond on the charge at $ 50,000.00.

Arguello remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.




PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft announces the July 2, 2015 arrest of Marty Carroll, age 43, of Pitkin.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted on June 30, 2015 by a citizen who indicated that Marty Carroll was hired by her to do some mechanic and construction work at her residence.

The victim indicated that she left town for a week after the agreement was made.

The victim indicated that upon her return she found numerous items missing from her residence and storage buildings. The stolen property included hand tools, power tools, firearms, cross bows, and saddles.

Deputies arrived at the location and the victim provided an inventory of the stolen property which was valued at approximately $ 16,000.00.

The victim indicated that Marty Carroll had been provided with keys to her residence so that he could complete the agreed upon work.

The victim also indicated that she provided a vehicle for Carroll to use during the course of the work.

Deputies at the scene did not observe any type of forced entry into the residence.

The victim did indicate that the vehicle used by Carroll was found to be damaged upon her return.

The victim was later contacted by persons who indicated that they had in fact purchased items, believed to be the property of the victim, from Marty Carroll.

Several items were returned to the victim at that time.

Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate Marty Carroll at the time. Deputies and Detectives did speak with numerous acquaintances of Carroll while attempting to locate him.

On July 2, 2015 Marty Carroll presented himself to the Criminal Division of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Carroll did admit to taking several of the items but denied the theft of the firearms.

Carroll was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office on one count of Theft over $ 5,000.00, one count of Simple Burglary, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 25,000.00 on these charges.

Carroll was additionally arrested on outstanding warrants as follows, two counts of Issuing Worthless Checks, one count of Theft, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 2500.00 on the outstanding warrants.

Marty Carroll did post bond and was released on July 6, 2015.

Anyone who may have purchased or obtained property from Marty Carroll should contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at 337-238-7248.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233. You do not have to give your name – a code number will be assigned to you.




July 1, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Larry Lynn Brown, age 36, of Leesville.

The arrest is the result of an investigation that began on June 26, 2015 in which a homeowner in the area of Highway 1211 filed a report regarding a theft that took place at his residence.

The homeowner did provide Deputies with surveillance photographs taken at the time of the incident and upon viewing the photographs Deputies were able to identify Craig Scott as one of the suspects.

Scott was arrested on June 26th, 2015 within an hour of the initial report.

Through further investigation Larry Lynn Brown was identified as the second subject involved in the theft.

Deputies and Detectives located and arrested Larry Lynn Brown on July 1st , 2015 without incident.

Brown was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Theft, one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Criminal Mischief, one count of Criminal Conspiracy, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond on these charges was set at $6,558.50.

Brown was also arrested on an outstanding Vernon Parish Narcotic’s Task Force warrant for one count of Felony Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory (Methamphetamine). Bond on this warrant was set at $ 50, 000.00.

A parole hold has been placed on Brown by the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.




June 26, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 26th, 2015 arrest of Craig Scott, age 30, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at 5:53 p.m. of a theft from a residence on Hwy 1211.

The victim indicated that an air compressor was taken from his residence.

The victim indicated that he did have surveillance cameras at his residence.

Deputies responded to the location and viewed surveillance camera footage and recognized the operator of the suspect vehicle as Craig Scott.

Deputies and Detectives canvassed the area and were able to locate Scott at a residence located in the area of Jeane Chapel Extension.

The stolen property was located in the back of Scott’s pickup truck.

Scott was detained within one hour of the initial report being filed and was formally arrested at 6:58 p.m. without incident.

Scott was arrested and booked with one count of Theft under $ 750.00, one count of Criminal Mischief, one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Criminal Conspiracy, and one count of Property Damage. Bond has not been set at the time of this release. A hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole has been placed on Scott.

The second individual wanted in connection with this theft has been identified as Larry Lynn Brown, age 36, of Leesville.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Larry Brown can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.

You do not have to give your name a code number will be assigned to you.




June 26, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 25th arrests of Jason Patrick “J.P.” Kay, age 39, of Anacoco and Roderick “Rod” Owers II, age 33, of Hornbeck.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received telephone calls in reference to an incident that was in progress on Highway 464 in which witnesses indicated that two trucks were traveling on the roadway and one truck was ramming the other truck.

Witnesses indicated that one vehicle traveled into a driveway and at that time the secondary truck began ramming the vehicle.

Witnesses indicated that a female passenger jumped from the vehicle that was being struck by the secondary vehicle.

Witnesses indicated that the female got back into the vehicle and both vehicles left the area at a high rate of speed.

The witness indicated that the vehicles had in fact damaged three mail boxes at the location.

Deputies began to canvas the area and information was received that the vehicles were currently located at a convenience store in the Burr Ferry area.

While responding to the location of the convenience store, Deputies did observe one of the damaged vehicles traveling East on Highway 8, towards Leesville.

Deputies learned that the secondary vehicle involved in the incident had left the convenience store traveling North on Highway 111.

Deputies pursued both vehicles.

The vehicle traveling East refused to stop when Deputies deployed their overhead emergency lights and the vehicle turned onto Lake Vernon Road and continued to travel for a distance.

When the vehicle finally stopped the operator, J.P Kay, fled into a wooded area. Deputies, along with the Vernon Correctional Facility K-9 Tracking Unit, deployed a K-9 and captured Kay a short time later.

A 16 year old female juvenile was taken into custody from the vehicle at this time.

The secondary vehicle was stopped by Deputies in the area of Tid Bits and Tackle at Highway 111 North and Highway 392.

At that time Deputies took Roderick “Rod” Owers II into custody.
Both vehicles suffered significant damage from the incident.

Deputies also learned that a third male subject fled from the vehicle of Owers at the scene on Highway 464.

Jason Patrick Kay was arrested and charged with one count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, one count of Speeding, one count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer.

Roderick D. Owers II was arrested and charged with one count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, one count of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, and one count of Hit and Run Driving.
The juvenile female was also arrested and charged with being a Runaway.

Jason Patrick Kay was charged additionally on June 26, 2015 with one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Roderick D. Owers II was charged additionally with two counts of Aggravated Assault.

The juvenile female was remanded to the custody of a juvenile facility.

No bond has been set at the time of this release and additional arrests are expected.




June 24, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 arrest of Amber D. Lisotta, age 30, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish 911 Communications Center was contacted by a male subject at approximately 7:24 a.m.

The caller advised that there was a deceased male individual at a residence on Tilley Road which is located in the area of Jeane Chapel Extension.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the location and observed a deceased male, later identified as Timothy Prather, age 51.

It did appear to investigators that the male did suffer a gunshot wound to the chest and that the male had been deceased inside the residence for a period of time prior to the discovery of his body.

The scene was secured and the VPSO evidence technician arrived at the location with the VPSO Crime Scene Unit so that a forensic examination of the residence could be conducted.

The Vernon Parish District Attorney’s Office was also notified of the incident and an assistant district attorney responded to the scene.

The scene was photographed and video recorded prior to the collection of evidentiary items. Detectives processed the scene for several hours and were able to collect biological and physical evidence.

Detectives learned that the individual who contacted 911 was in fact the employer of the victim. It was learned that the victim failed to appear for work on Monday and the employer traveled to the residence on Tuesday in an effort to make contact with Prather.

It was learned that when the caller initially arrived at the residence he made contact with a female known only to him by the name of “Amber”. The female was inside the residence and answered the door after the caller knocked on the door for a period of time.

The caller advised that the female was inside the residence when he exited the home to call 911.

The female apparently fled the scene by utilizing the back door of the residence prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Items located during the forensic processing of the residence led investigators to believe that the female who fled the scene could be Amber Lisotta.

Detectives prepared photo line-ups and witnesses were able to confirm, through the viewing of the lineups, that the identity of the female was in fact Amber Lisotta.

The Vernon Parish Coroner’s Office did arrive at the residence and at that time an examination of the body was conducted and it was confirmed that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest most likely from a long gun.

During the processing of the scene, a firearm which is believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered and secured, into evidence.

Detectives worked throughout the day to obtain additional information relating to Lisotta as well as statements from persons affiliated with the victim.

Amber Lisotta was located and taken into custody by Detectives without incident at 6:00 p.m. in Leesville.

During the course of an interview with Lisotta she did admit to Detectives that she had in fact shot Timothy Prather.

Amber Lisotta was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Second Degree Murder. No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office works jointly with the North Louisiana Crime Lab and various evidentiary items will be submitted to the lab for forensic examination.




June 18, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Anthony Scroggins, age 23, and Dillon Carr, age 23, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted on May 15, 2015 in regards to a sexual assault that is alleged to have taken place at a residence in the area of Polite Road.

Detectives interviewed the victim and witnesses regarding the matter.

A search warrant was executed at the residence and at that time Anthony Scroggins was taken into custody.

Anthony Scroggins was arrested and booked on one count of Simple Rape. Bond was set at $ 50,000.00.

Detectives learned that Carr had left the residence and traveled out of state.

On June 11, 2015 Detectives made contact with Dillon Carr and ask that he come to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Carr did arrive at VPSO and did speak with Detectives.

Dillon Carr was arrested and charged with one count of Simple Rape. Bond was set at $ 50,000.00. Carr did post bond and was released.

Anthony Scroggins remains in the Vernon Parish Jail on a hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.




PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 17, 2015 arrests of Matthew A. O’Neal, age 43, Kevin O’Neal, age 17, and Edward Truitt Johnson, age 20, all of Rosepine.

The arrests are the result of investigations into numerous reports of thefts and burglaries in the Rosepine area.

During the course of the investigation Detectives identified numerous instances of thefts and burglaries which occurred within close proximity of the three subjects residence.

Detectives also identified one victim as an elderly family member of Matthew and Kevin O’Neal.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force and Detectives took the three subjects into custody without incident.

Detectives did recover a large amount of property that was identified as stolen at the residence.

Edward Truitt Johnson was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics, one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Matthew O’Neal was arrested and charged with two counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Theft over $ 1500.00, two counts of Criminal Conspiracy, two counts of Criminal Trespassing, and one count of Theft of a Firearm.

Kevin O’Neal was arrested and charged with two counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Theft over $ 1500.00, two counts of Criminal Conspiracy, two counts of Criminal Trespassing, and one count of Theft of a Firearm.

No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The investigation into the thefts is ongoing and additional charges are expected.




June 16, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 13, 2015 arrest of Robert Daniel Drummond, age 37, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s office received a complaint of a domestic disturbance at approximately 3:27 a.m.

Deputies responded to a residence in the area of Oak Ridge Drive. A neighbor advised that a female came to his home and advised that she had been hit in the head with a firearm.

Deputies spoke to the victim and observed multiple scrapes, bruises, and abrasions on the victim’s face and neck.

The victim was very distraught and indicated that her husband tried to kill her.

The victim further stated that her husband had physically struck her several times with a firearm. Deputies observed a round mark on the victim’s cheek which appeared to have been made by the muzzle of a handgun.

The victim indicated that her husband was extremely intoxicated and had threatened to kill her while he held her down.

The victim also indicated that she fled the residence on foot and while she was running the suspect fired four shots from the weapon.

Deputies did travel next door to the victim’s residence to attempt to make contact with the suspect.

The Deputies conducted a search of the residence but was unable to locate the suspect at that time.

It was observed that the suspect’s vehicle was not at the residence.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Deputies contacted military officials at Ft. Polk to make notification of the incident due to the fact that the suspect is currently active duty military.

At 7:08 a.m. the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from army officials who indicated that the suspect was back at his residence.

Deputies arrived at the residence at 7: 16 a.m. and took Drummond into custody without incident.

Robert Daniel Drummond was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, one count of Aggravated Second Degree Domestic Abuse Battery, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, and one count of Illegal Discharge of a Weapon.

A bond hearing will be scheduled as required in incidents of Aggravated Domestic Violence under Louisiana Law.



PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces recent narcotics arrests within Vernon Parish.

June 12, 2015

Agents with the Narcotics Task Force located Linda Gail Holsomback Wilson Pedley, age 38, of Leesville, parked in a cross over on Highway 8 in the area of Hwy 184.

Agents utilized their emergency lights and parked behind Pedley’s vehicle. Agents exited their vehicle and observed Pedley standing outside of her vehicle sorting through objects in the side pocket of her vehicle door.

Pedley failed to initially acknowledge the agents and when Agents spoke to Pedley she turned, obviously surprised.

Pedley was observed to have prescription pills in both of her hands. It was determined that Pedley did not have a prescription for the medication.

Pedley was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics with the Intent to Distribute. Bond was set at $ 25,000.00.

Pedley posted bond and was released.

Deputies with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a disturbance on Main Street in Anacoco.

Upon arrival contact was made with a male subject who indicated that he and his girlfriend had been in an argument and the female was throwing objects in the home.

The male indicated that he had in fact located what he believed to be methamphetamine in the cigarette pack of his girlfriend.

Deputies made contact with Desteney Mooneyham, age 30, of Anacoco and spoke with her regarding a small amount of a crystal like substance located in a cigarette pack.

Mooneyham admitted that the substance was hers and it was in fact Methamphetamine. Mooneyham also identified a straw type device as the device she used to consume the methamphetamine.

Mooneyham was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 10,857.50.

Mooneyham remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.


June 13, 2015

Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop in the area of Highway 10 in the Pitkin area.

During the course of the traffic stop Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle. The driver agreed and a search of the vehicle and contents was conducted.

During the course of the search Deputies located a clear plastic sandwich bag containing a quantity of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Deputies spoke with the female passenger of the vehicle,
Johnneice Jackson, age 49, of Florien, who admitted that she had concealed a smoking device in her undergarments.

Jackson did handover a smoking device at this time.

Johnneice Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics, 2nd Offense, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 10,857.50.

Jackson remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.




June 10, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 6, 2015 arrest of Katlyn Neal, age 24, of Pitkin.

The arrest is the result of a complaint in which an individual contacted the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and indicated Neal had struck him in the face causing injury.

Deputies did meet with the victim at the VPSO Substation in Pitkin and observe significant injuries to the complainant’s face.

Deputies canvassed the area where the incident occurred but were unable to locate Neal at the time of the initial report.

Deputies also learned that Neal was traveling in a vehicle without the permission of the owner of the vehicle.

The information regarding the incident was provided to the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office so that patrol officers within Allen Parish could be on the lookout for Neal.

A short time later the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office who advised that Katlyn Neal had been located during a traffic stop.

Deputies from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office did travel to APSO where they did take Neal into custody and transport him to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Katlyn Neal was arrested and charged with one count of Second Degree Battery, one count of Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, and one count of Theft over $ 500.00.

Bond has been set at $ 11,00.00. Neal remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.



June 10, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office has been contacted on numerous occasions regarding the May 20, 2015 arrest of Amanda Herring Scerbo, age 33, and Jason Chad Scerbo, age 42, both of Anacoco.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office initially received a complaint regarding what was believed at the time to be several abandoned animals at a residence in the area of Willow Road in Anacoco.

Deputies responded to the location where several animals in very poor health and the remains of deceased animals were located.

Deputies immediately made contact with the Vernon Parish Animal Warden who responded to the location.

A survey of the property concluded that none of the animals on the property had adequate food or water.

The Vernon Parish Animal Control Warden did make arrangements for the removal of the live animals as well as the carcasses of the deceased.

The property was photographed and a report was filed at that time.

Detectives became involved in the investigation and information was obtained that indicated that Amanda and Jason Scerbo were representing themselves as operators of an animal rescue center.

Amanda Herring Scerbo was arrested and charged with Littering and Animal Cruelty. Bond was set at $ 27,500.00.

Jason Chad Scerbo was arrested and charged with Littering and Animal Cruelty. Bond was set at $ 27,500.00.

Both Amanda and Jason Scerbo posted bond and were released.

The case file to include statements, photographs from the scene, and other pertinent documentation will be forwarded to the Vernon Parish District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Sheriff Craft and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office take an extremely dim view of the mistreatment and neglect of animals.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to diligently investigate any cases of this nature which are reported within Vernon Parish.

Sheriff Craft would like residents to know that the charges in this case remain the same as at the time of the arrest of Amanda and Jason Scerbo.



June 9, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the June 5, 2015 arrests of Mark Allen Cain Jr., age 21, of Rosepine and Cody Allen Thompson, age 20, of DeRidder.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a residential burglary and theft on June 4, 2015.

The complainant advised that numerous items had been taken from a residence in the area of Lewis Road.

During the course of the investigation Detectives were able to determine that items taken from the burglary were sold to an area business which deals in the purchase of precious metals.

Mark Allen Cain Jr. was arrested and charged with one count of Simple Burglary, one count of Theft, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 11, 019.50.

Cain remains in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.

Cody Allen Thompson was arrested and charged with one count of Simple Burglary, one count of Theft, and one count of Criminal Damage to Property. Bond was set at $ 11,019.50.

Thompson remains in the VPSO jail with a hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.



June 9, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the June 5, 2015 arrests of Jeffery Nolen, age 23, and Justin Ray Anding, age 33, both of Pitkin.

The arrests are the result of an investigation into a complaint of a stolen ATV which was filed with VPSO on May 20, 2015.

Detectives with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office worked jointly to conduct the investigation.

The ATV was located and recovered from a residence in Rapides Parish.

Justin Anding was arrested and charged with one count of Theft over $ 1500 and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. Bond was set at $ 10, 050.00.

Anding was also arrested on two outstanding Bench warrants. There is no bond on the bench warrants. Anding remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Jeffery Nolen was arrested and charged with one count of Theft over $ 1500 and one count of Criminal Conspiracy. Bond was set at $ 6,000.00. Nolen posted bond and was released.


June 5, 2015

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the arrest of Issac T. "I.T." Grant, age 65, of Leesville.

The arrest is the result of an investigation into a theft that took place on June 5, 2015 at a Rosepine business.

The business owner provided high quality video of the theft to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.

Photographs from the surveillance video were posted on social media in a crime stoppers release.

Grant was taken into custody within 29 minutes of the video being uploaded to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Grant was taken into custody by Patrol Deputy Kenneth Robinson on Highway 171 near Mud Bugs in Leesville.

Grant was arrested and charged with one count of Theft. No Bond has been set at the time of this release.

Sheriff Craft would like to commend Deputy Robinson for his rapid response in this matter.

Sheriff Craft would also like to express his gratitude to all of the citizens who responded to the crime stoppers release.

This is the second investigation that has had a positive outcome within the past week with the assistance of information received by crime stoppers on social media.


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PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of James Leatherwood II, age 28, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested Leatherwood, on May 26th, 2015.

Leatherwood was charged with one count of Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory (Meth Lab) for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotics.

Leatherwood was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, into the manufacturing, possession, and distribution of illegal narcotics within our parish.

Sheriff Craft pledges to continue to aggressively investigate and arrest those persons that are involved in illegal drug activities.




April 30, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the April 30, 2015 arrests of Gary Michael Hunt, age 32, and Jessica Lynn Pruitt, age 27, both of Leesville.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force were contacted by Officers with the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole regarding some suspicious items located at the residence of Hunt and Pruitt.

Task Force Agents responded to the residence located on Highway 464 where they observed various items which were utilized in the operation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Gary Michael Hunt and Jessica Pruitt were arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Operation of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab.

Each has a bond set at $ 30,000.00. Hunt also has a probation hold for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.

Both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Sheriff Craft would like to commend the Probation Officers for their efforts in this matter. The arrests in this incident are a great example of the things that can be accomplished when information is shared among agencies.




APRIL 8, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the April 8th, 2015 arrest of Cody Lee Wheeler, age 40, of Leesville.

On the morning of April 8th a Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants Deputy traveled to a residence in the Pickering area in an attempt to make contact with Cody Wheeler who was currently a fugitive from outstanding warrants.

Upon arrival at the residence Cody Wheeler fled the residence. The VPSO warrants deputy engaged in a foot pursuit with Wheeler who ultimately fled into a densely wooded area.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office did receive several telephone calls from area residents who advised that Wheeler would approach various homes and then flee back into the woods.

Other VPSO Deputies, to include members of the Vernon Correctional Facility Chase team, arrived and established a secure perimeter surrounding the area.

Deputies with the VCF Chase team did deploy blood hounds and conduct an intensive search of the area.

Members of the Chase team along with K-9 Duke and K-9 Bella were able to track Wheeler into a thicket where he began to make threats to harm officers as well as himself.

Deputies with the chase team continued to speak with Wheeler and were ultimately able to take him into custody without incident.

Cody Wheeler was transported to the Vernon Parish Jail where he was arrested on four outstanding bench warrants for Failure to Appear and five outstanding traffic bench warrants.

Judge Eaves set a total bond on the four outstanding Bench warrants at $ 400,000.00 and the five traffic bench warrants have a total bond of $ 2056.00.

Total bond is $402,056.00. Wheeler remains in custody at the time of this release.




APRIL 7, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the February 27, 2015 arrest of Bradley Warner Bynog, age 23, of Anacoco.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force initiated a traffic stop on Bradley Bynog who was traveling in a vehicle in the area of Hawthorne Road and Highway 171 in Vernon Parish.

After contact with Bynog was made Agents did observe that Bynog was in possession of a quantity of Marijuana.

Agents immediately obtained a search warrant for Bynog’s residence which is located in the Anacoco area.

Upon searching the residence Agents did locate approximately three pounds of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and several firearms.

Agents also seized one vehicle and approximately $ 23,000.00 in cash money from the Bynog.

Bradley Bynog was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and one count of Driving on a Roadway Laned for Traffic. Total bond was set at $5300.00.

Bynog did post bond and was released.



March 8, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the March 8, 2015 arrest of William Patrick Power, age 31, of Leesville.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted on the day of the arrest regarding an incident that took place on March 6, 2015.

... Deputies arrived at the location and spoke with the female victim who indicated that her spouse struck her about the face and head repeatedly until she lost consciousness.

Deputies did observe significant bruising to the victim’s face and bruising to other areas of her body.

The victim also alleged that Power threatened her with a firearm and refused to allow her to leave the residence.

Deputies did locate William Patrick Power and he was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of 2nd Degree Domestic Abuse Battery, False Imprisonment ; Offender armed with a Dangerous Weapon, Criminal Damage to Property, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence, and Disturbing the Peace.

William Patrick Power remains in the Vernon Parish Jail awaiting a bond hearing at the time of this release.



FEBRUARY 23, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the February 23, 2015 arrests of Brandy Mize, age 41, and Travis McKee, age 43, both of Rosepine.

On February 22, 2015 the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by medical personnel at a local hospital regarding a juvenile female who was at the facility. Medical personnel advised that the juvenile indicated that she was the victim of a sexual assault.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the facility and met with the juvenile. After speaking to the victim information was obtained which led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the Rosepine area.

Upon arrival at the residence contact was made with Brandy Mize and Travis McKee. Mize and McKee were transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives did conduct interviews with both individuals and the victim during the course of the investigation.

Upon further investigation Brandy Mize was arrested and charged with one count of Principal to Sexual Battery and one count of Principal to Simple Rape.

Travis McKee was arrested and charged with one count of Sexual Battery, one count of Simple Rape, and one count of Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

No bond has been set at the time of the release and both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail.



January 27, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the January 24, 2015 arrest of Curtis D. Fletcher, age 32, of Evans.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by emergency room personnel at Byrd Hospital in Leesville.

Medical staff advised that a female was in the emergency room undergoing medical treatment for injuries which the victim indicated she had received in an incident involving Domestic Violence.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the emergency room where they interviewed and photographed the victim who had significant injuries to the area of her face.

Deputies were able to locate Curtis Fletcher at a residence in the Evans area.

Fletcher was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by Detectives.

Upon interview Fletcher admitted to striking the female victim.

Curtis Fletcher was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office on one count of Second Degree Domestic Abuse Battery. No bond has been set as of the date of this release.

New laws in the State of Louisiana allow for enhanced bond upon arrest and punishment upon conviction in a Felony Domestic Abuse Battery Case.

The felony grade is determined by the degree of injury to the victim.




January 15, 2015
PRESS RELEASE

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of Joel Grace, age 62, of Leesville.

Joel Grace is described as a black male, 5’10”, 150 pounds, with black / graying hair, and possibly some facial hair.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office initially received a missing person’s report in December 2009.

At the time of the report family members indicated that Joel Grace was last seen in the Leesville area on November 18, 2009.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joel Grace is asked to contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.

The investigation into this case is ongoing in an effort to ensure the well being of Joel Grace.



DECEMBER 12, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reports the December 11, 2014 arrests of Thomas Brandon Bryant, age 20, and Avery Evan Preston, age 20, both of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of an investigation into two residential burglaries that occurred at homes located along Hwy. 1211 West of New Llano.

During the investigations residents in the community provided information concerning a particular vehicle that had been seen in the area at the approximate time the second burglary occurred.

On the morning of December 11th, VPSO Detectives received a call advising that a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle that had been reported in the area of the burglary was at a business in Leesville.

At the same time an off duty VPSO Deputy who learned of the burglaries contacted Detectives and indicated that he had observed what is thought to be the same suspect vehicle in the area of the burglaries.

The Deputy indicated that he made contact with two male subjects at a residence on December 10th in the area of Hwy 1211. The officer indicated that the two suspects indicated they were trying to find a friend’s house and left the area when he confronted them.

The off duty Deputy took down the license plate number of the vehicle at the time of the contact and provided it to Detectives.

Detectives responded to the area of the business and spoke with the occupants of the vehicle. The subjects were interviewed and information was obtained that led to a search warrant being prepared and executed at the home of Bryant and Preston.

The execution of the search warrant led to the discovery of guns, jewelry, electronic items, and ammunition. Detectives were able to identify these items as the same property that was taken in the burglaries. The items were recovered and logged in as evidence.

During the course of the investigation information was obtained that indicated that Preston and Bryant were also responsible for a residential burglary in Beauregard Parish as well as a residential burglary in Allen Parish.

Thomas Bryant and Avery Preston have been charged with two counts of Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Theft, Theft of Firearms, Criminal Damage to Property, and Criminal Trespass. Both are currently incarcerated in the Vernon Parish Jail. A total bond for each subject has been set at $ 106,000.00.

Sheriff Craft would like to express his gratitude to the concerned citizens who contacted the Sheriff’s Office with the information and commend the vigilance of the off duty Deputy. This information led to apprehension and arrest of these subjects. This is a great example of the Community and Law Enforcement working together.




NOVEMBER 18, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the November 14, 2014 arrests of Stephen West, age 24, and Chase Campbell, age 24, both of Leesville.

The arrests are the result of an investigation into an armed robbery that took place on the evening of November 11, 2014 at a convenience store located on Highway 10 in Vernon Parish.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain surveillance video from numerous sources to include the convenience store.

Upon releasing surveillance photographs to the media and during the course of the investigation information was received identifying West and Campbell as the persons responsible for the robbery.

Deputies and Detectives were able to take Campbell into custody on outstanding warrants from the Leesville Police Department.

Stephen West did travel to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office to meet with Detectives. At the time of his interview he was found to be in possession of marijuana.

Upon further investigation information was obtained which did confirm the participation of both Campbell and West in the armed robbery.

Chase Campbell was arrested and charged with one Count of Armed Robbery, one Count of Criminal Conspiracy, one count of Criminal Trespassing, and one count of Cyberstalking. Bond was set at $ 201,000.00.

Stephen West was arrested and charged with one Count of Armed Robbery, one Count of Criminal Conspiracy, and one count of Possession of Marijuana. Bond was set at $ 201,000.00. The Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole has placed a hold on West.

Both remain in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Sheriff Craft would like to express his gratitude to all of the citizens who contacted the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers regarding this incident. The assistance provided by the public was vital in the identification of the two suspects.



November 11, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance regarding an armed robbery that took place November 11, 2014 at approximately 6:40 p.m. at Speedy Bee’s on Highway 10 in Leesville.

Surveillance images show a white male approximately 6’0” tall and a black male approximately 5’10” tall arrive at the location on foot.

Both subjects were dressed in dark clothing, shoes, skull caps, gloves, and dark bandanas covering the lower part of their faces.

The subjects were each armed with handguns which they brandished in plain view.

The subjects came into contact with the store clerk and forced the clerk to the area behind the counter where they ultimately removed money from the register.

The subjects fled on foot in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the subjects can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-1311 / 337-238-7248 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233. You do not have to give your name a code number will be assigned to you.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $ 1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and the conviction of these suspects.



October 24, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the October 22, 2014 arrests of Paul Nash, age 51, Hartson “Bubba” Nash, age 36, and Lori L. Nash, age 44, all of Rosepine, Louisiana.

The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force.

Agents working the case received information which led to the issuance of a search warrant for a residence located in the area of Bailey Road.

Vernon Parish Deputies, VPSO Special Response Team Officers, Detectives, and Task Force Agents arrived at the residence and observed Hartson Nash attempting to leave the location in a vehicle.

Nash attempted to flee the area in the vehicle and ultimately climbed over a female in the vehicle and fled through the window of the vehicle in an effort to elude officers. Children were also located within the vehicle.

After exiting the vehicle Nash was confronted by a member of the SRT Team. The team Member issued a command for Nash to get on the ground. Nash turned to flee but was then confronted by an additional SRT Team Member. Nash was taken into custody without incident by members of the VPSO SRT team.

While taking Hartson Nash into custody approximately 50 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 2 ounces, was recovered. The approximate street value of the Methamphetamine is $ 5000.00.

Paul Nash and Lori Nash were located at the residence and taken into custody.

Hartson “Bubba” Nash was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule II (Meth) with the Intent to Distribute, one count of Cruelty to Juveniles, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one count of Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, one count of Resisting an Officer, and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine in Excess of 28 grams (felony). Bond is pending at the time of this release and Hartson Nash remains in the VPSO jail.

Lori Nash was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 1000.00. Lori Nash posted bond and was released.

Paul Nash was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 1000.00. Paul Nash posted bond and was released.




October 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on Tuesday, October 21st, Vernon Parish Deputies arrested Aubrey Blane Perkins, age 23, and Lathan Kyle Johnson, age 22, of Pitkin, La.


Both individuals were arrested for Possession of Schedule 1 (Synthetic Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Perkins and Johnson were booked into the Parish Jail with a bond set at $2,000.00 each.



October 22, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft would like to make area residents aware of a reported online scam.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an area resident who indicated that she was contacted by a person known to her on Facebook.

The individual indicated that a conversation was held via Facebook through private messenger.

The individual indicated that during the course of conversation they were told that there are Federal Government Grant Programs through the World Bank in which they may qualify to receive a grant.

During the course of the conversation the resident was encouraged by the other person, who represented themselves as being a United States Grant Agent, to apply for an online grant and instructed that money would be delivered via the UPS Company.

The resident was also asked to send a specific amount of money to receive the grant proceeds.

The resident contacted the known acquaintance by telephone and discovered that the acquaintance’s Facebook Account had in fact been compromised.

Sheriff Craft would like to remind residents to be cautious when contacted online regarding any type of financial transactions.



October 10, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, October 10, 2014, Vernon Parish Sheriff Deputies responded to a call in reference to a theft and property damage at a local church.

Upon arrival at the location Deputies were advised that some of the outside air conditioning units had been stolen and others had been damaged.

Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation into the crime.

During the course of the investigation evidence was obtained in relation to this theft along with a theft that occurred earlier in the week.

The information obtained led to the arrest of Darian Chaney, age 39, of Leesville, La.

Chaney was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Theft of Copper, two counts of Criminal Damage to Property, and two counts of Criminal Trespassing. Bond was set at $ 53,100.00.

Chaney remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.




October 8, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department received a call for assistance from the Rosepine Police Department.


The request was in reference to an incident in which a white male subject had confronted a female resident of Rosepine, and forced her at knife point to give him money and food.

The subject then left the residence on foot. The subject was described as a white male wearing a trench coat or duster, a Stetson type hat, and glasses.

VPSO Deputies, Detectives, and the VCF K9 Chase Team were immediately dispatched to the area and an intense search began. A short time later a subject matching the description of the suspect was seen in the area.

The subject fled into a wooded area where he was apprehended by the VCF K9 Chase Team.

The subject was identified as Bobby Ray Best, age 34, of DeQuincy, La. He was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and interviewed concerning the incident.

Best admitted that he forced his way into the residence in question and did take money and food.
Bobby Ray Best was charged with one count of Home Invasion, and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000.00.
Sheriff Craft commends the quick response and dedicated efforts of the Rosepine Police Department, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives and the Vernon Correctional K9 Chase Team. With the combined efforts of each department a dangerous individual was taken off the streets of our parish.



October 8, 2014
. Press Release

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested Jasper Polite, age 24, of Leesville.

He was charged with one count of Distribution of Crack Cocaine and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. He is being held on a $20,000.00 bond and has a Probation Hold.

Also on Tuesday, October 7th, the Narcotics Task Force arrested Maurice Blandon, age 31, of Leesville. Blandon was charged with two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamines and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. The subject is being held on a $20,000.00 bond and has a Hold for the Department of Probation and Parole.

Both arrests were the result of the continued investigations into the distribution and use of illegal narcotics in Vernon Parish.



OCTOBER 6, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on October 3, 2014 at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a theft of goods from a vehicle.

Deputies responded to the scene and the complainant stated that he had driven to a local convenience store and exited his vehicle and entered the store.

While the complainant was in the store someone entered his vehicle and took several items from the car to include a phone and an access card.

Deputies viewed the store surveillance video and were able to obtain evidence that led to the arrests of Brian Salazar, age 38, and William Urbany, age 20, both of Leesville, La.

Brian Salazar has been charged with one count of Theft from a motor vehicle, one count of Criminal Mischief, one count of Theft over $ 500.00, and six counts of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card. Salazar was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail and bond has been set at $ 10, 550.00.

William Urbany has been arrested and charged with one count of Theft over $ 500.00, Accessory after the Fact, one count of Criminal Mischief, and six counts of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card. Urbany was booked into the VPSO Jail and bond has been set at $ 8,550.00.

Salazar and Urbany remain in the VPSO jail at the time of this release.



SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Press Release

Sheriff Craft also reports the arrest of Bobby Wayne Bush, age 21, of Leesville. The arrest occurred on the evening of September 19, 2014 after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle being seen near the intersection of West Hawthorne Road and Bybee Road.

Upon arrival at the scene the responding deputy approached the vehicle and did observe the operator of the vehicle, Bobby Bush, spraying the contents of an aerosol can into his mouth. The deputy attempted to speak with the subject at which time he sped off in the vehicle.

A chase ensued that led back into Leesville. Multiple units from VPSO, as well as the Louisiana State Police and the Leesville Police Department were involved in the chase. During the chase, the subject drove his vehicle into a VPSO unit causing moderate damage to the unit.

The chase ended in the Leesville city limits when Bush struck a utility pole and disabled the vehicle he was driving.

Bush has been charged with Aggravated Flight from a Police Officer, Obstructing a public passage, Reckless Operation of a motor vehicle, Violation of General Speed law, Driving the wrong way on a one way, Failure to use required signals, and Aggravated Assault with a motor vehicle upon a police officer.

Bush was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. Bond is pending at this time.


Press Release

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on Friday, September 19, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at 802 West Union Street, Leesville, La.

The execution of the search warrant occurred after the Task Force received information that illegal narcotics were being distributed from that location.

Shawn Burns, age 44, the resident, was arrested on charges of three counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine, one count of Possession of Crack Cocaine, one count of Possession of Marijuana, and one count of Drug Paraphernalia.

A second person at the home was Benjamin Hickman, age 39, of Leesville. He was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
** UPDATE ~ARRESTED 9-22-2014 **

PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the September 18th , 2014 arrest of Casey A. Brown, age 32, of Sulphur, La.

At approximately 11:38 a.m. the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a suspicious person / vehicle in the Rosepine area. The caller was able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle as well as license plate information for the vehicle.

The caller indicated that their three year old daughter had been playing within a fenced yard at the residence when the caller observed a blue car stopped by the fence. The caller indicated that as they stepped onto the porch of the residence to call to the child, the driver of the car observed them and rolled up the window of the vehicle and drove away from the residence.

The Rosepine Police Department and the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s responded to the area and located Casey Brown in a vehicle matching the description provided by the complainant.

Upon further investigation it was determined that Casey Brown was wanted on outstanding warrants through the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. Brown was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Rosepine Police Department made contact with the complainant regarding the matter. While the officer was speaking with the complainant the three year old female disclosed to the officer that the man wanted to take her somewhere.

The Rosepine Police Department immediately contacted Detectives with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

A forensic interview was conducted with the child who again disclosed that the man wanted to take her somewhere.

Casey A. Brown was interviewed by Detectives and admitted to using Methamphetamine.

Casey A. Brown was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on the following charges from Calcasieu Parish. One count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, One count of Unlawful Use of Social Media, One count of Improper Use of Registration and License, and One count of Driving Under Suspension.

Brown was also charged with one count of Attempted Simple Kidnapping regarding the allegations in Vernon Parish in that he is alleged to have attempted to entice a child away from their residence.

No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing.


VERNON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

PROJECT LOVED ONE

FALL 2014 REGISTRATION

OCTOBER 21ST – 23RD 2014


Project Loved One has been established by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide services to persons who suffer from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any mental impairment.

The service is free of charge to the public and will not only assist local law enforcement, but any law enforcement agency that may come into contact, with a person who has previously registered for the program. This service is available to all age groups.

The program was designed to assist any person or family with a loved one who for any reason may become lost or wonder away from where they are supposed to be. A family member of the person, or a concerned adult, can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-7248 to schedule an appointment to register their loved one. All registrations will be conducted by appointment.

Once an appointment is scheduled the individual will be fingerprinted, photographed, and a detailed summary of their medical history, and emergency contact information will be obtained.

This information will be kept on file with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in case the person becomes lost while traveling or wonders away from their residence.


September 15, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday night, September, 12, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Agents with the Vernon Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol were monitoring traffic near the intersection of Highway 111 South and Highway 464 in Southwest Vernon Parish.

The Deputy observed a white pick-up truck traveling South on Hwy 111. Agents observed the vehicle cross the yellow center line on two separate occasions. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle.

The vehicle was being operated by Shandi Cole, age 28, and the passenger in the vehicle was identified as Joshua Trotti, age 29, both of Evans, La.

During the stop Deputies asked for permission to search the vehicle which was refused. A Vernon Parish K-9 was deployed on the vehicle and the K-9 did alert on the vehicle.

The occupants were notified that the K-9 had alerted and that a search was going to be conducted on the truck.

During the search of the truck an item containing a quantity, (approximately 3 grams), of a crystal like substance was discovered in the vehicle.

At this time both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Shandi Cole was arrested and charged with Improper Lane Usage, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (Meth), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joshua Trotti was arrested and charged with Open Container, Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (Meth.), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. Bond is pending at the time of this release.




September 12, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office the arrest of Jeffery Felton, age 44, of Evans.

The arrest is the result of information received regarding the possible cultivation of marijuana.

Detectives from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Agents with the Vernon Narcotics Task Force, and Officers from the Louisiana State Police did travel to a residence located in the area of Burrell Harvey Road in Evans.

During the course of the investigation officers were given permission to search the area.

Five marijuana plants were located as well as various smoking devices.

Jeffrey Felton was arrested on September 4, 2014 and charged with one count of Cultivation of Marijuana and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 8,500.00. Felton did post bond and was released.

The plants were collected and destroyed.

Bradley Thomas White, age 22, of Leesville, was arrested on September 9. 2014.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task force and Officers from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole made contact with White.

White was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

White was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Schedule I Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 7500.00 and a probation hold was placed on White. White remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

Alicia Coker, age 54, of Leesville was arrested on September 10, 2014.

Agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force received information that Coker was selling her prescription medication.

During the course of the investigation Coker did sell prescription medication to an undercover agent.

Coker was arrested and charged with one count of Distribution of Schedule IV Narcotics. Bond was set at $ 7500.00. Coker posted bond and was released.



September 12th, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the September 11, 2014 arrest of Shah Minhas, age 35, of DeRidder.

The arrest is the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task force with assistance from the Louisiana Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

Sheriff Craft states that after receiving information that synthetic marijuana was being sold from a local convenience store an investigation was initiated.

Agents continually monitored the store and during the course of the investigation Minhas, an employee of Speedy Bee Discounts, sold the illegal substances to an undercover agent on four separate occasions while at the store.

Minhas was charged with four counts of Distribution of a Schedule I Substance, Synthetic Marijuana, and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail with a $ 17,500.00 bond.

Minhas posted bond and was released.



Press Releases
March 28th, 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to warn residents of an IRS Scam which tends to target immigrants and elderly persons.

This scam begins when a fake IRS agent telephones a taxpayer and indicates that the taxpayer owes back taxes. The caller will then pressure and coerce the resident for a debit card or a monetary wire transfer.

The caller may in fact provide the resident with the last four digits of their social security number and in doing so may be able to coerce the resident into thinking this is a legitimate call.

The caller may also use threats of arrest or suspension of driver’s license as a means to intimidate the resident into sending them money.

The resident’s caller ID may display that the phone number calling belongs to the IRS but in reality scam artists manipulate the phone system and the calling number is in no way affiliated with the IRS. Scammers may also make additional calls to residents and manipulate the phone number so that the number appears to belong to local law enforcement or the department of motor vehicle office.

The IRS DOES NOT contact residents by telephone or email and make demands for debit or credit card payments nor do they use license suspension or deportation as a threat for payment.

In many cases the telephone calls from scammers are followed up with threatening emails.

The IRS utilizes written correspondence as a means to contact taxpayers.

Anyone who has been contacted in this manner can contact the Internal Revenue Service in Alexandria, Louisiana at 318-445-8028 to confirm that the IRS has in fact been contacting you.

Sheriff Craft asks that family members advise their elderly loved ones of the scam and caution their loved ones not to provide any personal or bank information to unknown calling parties.
March 11th, 2014
Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on March 11th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by Robert L West, Age 35, of Hornbeck, Louisiana for Improper Lane Usage and Obstruction of the Driver's View. Also in the vehicle was Brandie Fontenot, Age 27, of Hornbeck, Louisiana. During the stop the individuals were observed to be in possession of illegal narcotics and a firearm. The subjects were detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Office where they were interviewed and arrested.

Robert L West was arrested on charges of Improper Lane Usage, Obstruction of the Driver's View, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Brandie Fontenot was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm While In Possessions of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.




March 9, 2014
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of James Aubery Moses, age 32, of Anacoco.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Domestic Disturbance in the Anacoco area at approximately 03:50 a.m. on March 9, 2014.

Upon arrival at the residence Deputies observed a residence within a mobile home park on fire.

Deputies and members of the fire department were able to extinguish the blaze.

Witnesses at the scene advised Deputies that James Moses and his spouse had been engaged in an argument earlier and Moses had made some verbal threats toward the residents inside the home.

VPSO Detectives, Deputies, and members of the Vernon Correctional K-9 Search team canvassed the area and located Moses inside his residence.

It is believed that upon setting the fire Moses fled into a wooded area before returning to his home where he was ultimately located.

Moses was transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was arrested on one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Aggravated Arson, and seven counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder. No bond has been set at the time of this release.

The residents of the home, to include four adults and three minor children, were not injured.

The Louisiana Fire Marshall’s Office is also investigating the case.





March 3rd, 2014
Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on March 3rd, 2014, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint on Dunn Road. The detective on scene noticed the odor of marijuana within the residence. The Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force was contacted and arrived on scene. After further investigation illegal narcotics were located belonging to Tracie Green, Age 33 of Hornbeck, Louisiana. The subject was detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where she was arrested.

Tracie Green was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.




Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on March 3rd, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested Ryan Melder, Age 28 of Colfax, Louisiana, after they discovered a large quantity of illegal narcotics in his possession. The subject was detained and transported to the Task Force office where he was interviewed and subsequently arrested.

Ryan Melder was arrested on charges of 1 Count Distribution of Methamphetamine.




February 28th, 2014
Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 28th, 2014 the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance at Johnsonville Bar involving Clancy Buxton, Age 23 of Leesville, Louisiana. After investigation deputies concluded that Mr Buxton had been involved in a fight with a female and would not leave the premises after being ejected from the establishment. The subject was detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where he was arrested.

Clancy Buxton was arrested on charges of Domestic Abuse, Criminal Damage to Property, Disturbing the Peace - Public Intoxication, and Remaining after Forbidden.




February 26th, 2014
Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 26th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol observed two individuals trespassing and loading up a truck with various objects. While investigating the incident, William C Schenk, Age 39 of Leesville, Louisiana, admitted to being the driver of the vehicle. Robyn C Owens, Age 29 of Leesville, Louisiana was the passenger. Mr. Schenk was observed to be in possession of illegal narcotics. The individuals were detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where they were then arrested.

William C Schenk was arrested on charges of Theft Under $500, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Drivers License, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Robyn C Owens was arrested on charges of Theft Under $500 and Criminal Trespass.



Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 26th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol observed a vehicle being operated by Anthony D Crow, Age 35 of Leesville, Louisiana. As the patrol unit turned around the driver was observed throwing an object out of the window. The vehicle was stopped and after further investigation the item was found to be illegal narcotics. The subject was then detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where he was arrested.

Anthony D Crow was arrested on charges of Littering, Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense.




February 24th, 2014
Narcotics Task Force Arrests Four
Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 24th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by Theda I Guidry, age 29 of Pitkin, Louisiana. Also in the vehicle were Shannon L Martin, age 37 of Pitkin, Louisiana, Tina M Ingalls, age 37 of Pitkin, Louisiana, and Earl J Guidry, age 27 of Pitkin, Louisiana. Also in the vehicle were four minors. During the stop the individuals were observed to be in possession of illegal narcotics. The subjects were detained and transported to the Narcotics Task Force Office where they were interviewed and subsequently arrested.

Theda I Guidry was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Driving Under Suspension, When Lighted Lamps are Required, Open Container, Public Bribery, and Four counts of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under 17.

Shannon L Martin was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Two counts Bench Warrant, Open Container, and Four counts of Controlled Dangerous Substance in Presence of a Person under 17.

Tina M Ingalls was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Open Container, and Four counts of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under 17.

Earl J Guidry was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Open Container, and Four counts of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under 17.

The minors that were in the vehicle were released into the care of a relative.




Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 24th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by Sanders Coker, age 48 of Pitkin, Louisiana. During the stop the individual was observed to be in possession of an open container and drug paraphernalia. The subject was detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's office where he was arrested.

Sanders Coker was arrested on charges of Improper Lane Usage, Driving Under Suspension, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container.




Sheriff Sam Craft reports that on February 24th, 2014, the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by Leisha Spriggs, age 47 of Pitkin, Louisiana. Also in the vehicle was Ryan Cardinal, age 33 of Moss Bluff, Louisiana. During the stop the individuals were observed to be in possession of an open container and drug paraphernalia. The subjects were detained and transported to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office where they were arrested.

Leisha Spriggs was arrested on charges of Head Lamps Required and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ryan Cardinal was arrested on charges of Open Container and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


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