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Wed
13
Jul

Congratulations to Mr. Matthew

Congratulations to Mr. Matthew

Congratulations to Mr. Matthew Harrell for gaining his Fire Fighter One certification. Prior to attaining this cert Mr. Harrell had to also receive certifications in Hazardous material Awareness and Hazardous Materials Operations. Each of these certs requires practical testing as well as written testing. Mr. Harrell then had to complete a practical exam prior to completing a written exam for Fire Fighter one.

Wed
13
Jul

UTV Crash Claims Life Of Winn Parish Man; Another Charged With Vehicular Homicide

(Ashland)-A UTV crash near Ashland has claimed the life of a Winn Parish man and led to the arrest of another on vehicular homicide charges according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Saturday evening, July 9, 2022 at approximately 7:25pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau, Ashland Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #8 responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) crash involving serious injuries on the Louisiana Trails off of the Bumgardner Road between Ashland and Chestnut, La.

Responding units arrived on scene finding several individuals applying first aid to a single person suffering from serious injuries.

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS arrived and requested assistance from Life Air helicopter.

NPSO Deputies and Natchitoches Parish Fire District #8 set-up a landing zone near the Ashland Community Center.

Thu
07
Jul

Two Juveniles to be tried as adults

A motion filed by DA Chris Nevils was granted earlier today, June 7, in 8th Judicial Court requesting that the two juveniles who were allegedly involved in the May 2022 shooting on Elliott St. in Winnfield that resulted in a double homicide be tried as adults. The deceased were Jatarion Starks, 24, of Winnfield, and Gregtavioun Burks, 17, of Jonesboro.  According to officials with the Winn Police Department, around 23 rounds were fired into the house.  Investigators believe the motive was drug-related.

Wed
06
Jul

Police Jury Disposal Dates

The Winn Parish Police Jury accepts white goods (appliances) televisions, furniture, etc. (no tires) for disposal at the Winn Parish Road Barn located at 501 Thomas Mill Road, Winnfield every first Thursday of each month between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bins are provided and this service is free of charge. Someone will be there to assist you.

Calendar dates for the remainder of 2022: July 7, August 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1.

Wed
06
Jul

OJJ Addresses Use of Interventions inside Secure Care Facilities

On Friday, June 19, 2022, Gov. John Bel Edwards directed Louisiana State Police and The Department of Corrections to provide additional personnel to assist The Office of Juvenile Justice with its staffing shortage at all secure care facilities.

On Friday, June 19, 2022, at approximately 5:00 pm, Correctional and Probation and Parole Officers from DOC began supporting OJJ staff, and State Police Troopers began securing the perimeter of the facilities. This policy update comes in direct response to the recent disturbances, multiple escapes, and 24 staff assaults combined at OJJ’s secure care facilities. OJJ reviews and updates policies on a continual basis to streamline internal processes.

Department of Corrections staff have been temporarily authorized to use interventions within OJJ’s Safe Crisis Management, however, DOC will not intervene unless requested by OJJ’s frontline staff.

Wed
06
Jul

Protective Security Advisor Visits Winn Parish Schools

Protective Security Advisor Visits Winn Parish Schools

Pictured L-R: Jessie Phillips, Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Cheif of Police Johnny Ray Carpenter, Josh Velasquez, WSHS Principal Dr. Jane Griffin, Asst. WSHS Principal Chase Bartlett, WPSO Deputy Edward Harrell, Aaron Durbing, WPD Deputy Russell Jones

Josh Velasquez, the Northern Louisiana Protective Security Advisor with the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) spent several days in Winn Parish recently working with law enforcement and the parish schools preforming a walk through and security assessment. Velasquez stated that he has been working with all schools in the district and “Winn Parish is leading North Louisiana so far.” He also stated that Sheriff Jordan has “been a role model to other parishes.” Once he connected with the sheriff he immediately had him locked in and scattered throughout the parish. Sheriff Jordan responded by saying that he is thankful for the good working relationship he has with other agencies and officials in the city and parish. He also added that during these times of tragedies in our schools, prevention is his goal.

Wed
06
Jul

City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony

City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony
City of Winnfield Holds Inaugural Ceremony

An Inaugural Ceremony was held on July 1 at the Winnfield Civic Center to swear in the elected council members, chief of police, and mayor. District Judge Anastasia Wiley opened the ceremony by introducing guest pastors and speakers. Pictured are from (L-R) City Judge Keith Gates, Mayor Gerald “Scooter” Hamms, Councilwoman Teresa Phillips, Councilman Matt Miller, Councilwoman Chiquita Caldwell, Councilwoman Ada Hall, Councilwoman Erikia Breda, and Chief of Police Johnny Ray Carpenter. Mayor Hamms spoke of the importance of letting God lead him and his council. He was emotional and thankful for everyone in attendance, including his family and friends. Mayor Hamms also stated that he felt “gradification” in his new position as mayor. There was a room full of citizens of Winnfield there to congratulate and show their support for all of the elected officials. See more photos on page 12.

Tue
05
Jul

WPD Officer Arrested

WPD Officer Dustin Davis was booked into custody on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance in office.  According to arrests records, Davis was booked in at 9:25am on warrants signed by Judge Peters.  He was released on a $15,000 bond.

Wed
29
Jun

New Councilwoman Retires From Bank of Winnfield

New Councilwoman Retires
New Councilwoman Retires

Mrs. Chiquita Linecum Caldwell has been part of Bank of Winnfield for 34 years. She has now officially retired. Her Bank of Winnfield family, as well as her own family and friends celebrated her retirement on June 24 with a reception. She will be enjoying her retirement and assume her position as Winnfield City Councilwoman. Pictured above is Mrs. Caldwell with her cake made by Angie Johnson. Pictured below is Mrs. Caldwell with Mr. Buddy Heard, bank President.

Wed
29
Jun

Dorian LaChance Performing at Winn Parish Library

Dorian LaChance

Dorian LaChance will be performing at the Winn Parish Library as the wrap-up performer of the 2022 Summer Reading Program. Magician Dorian LaChance presents 20,000 Laughs Under the Sea, a magic show that features amazing magic, hilarious comedy, and some really funny puppet friends. There will be lots of surprises as Dorian and Finn the Shark tell you about life and adventure under the ocean! Come visit the library and participate in a show that is fun, encouraging and inspirational. The times and dates of the performances are: July 6 th , 2022 – Calvin Branch Library at 10:00 and the Dodson Branch at 2:00, July 7 th , 2022 – Atlanta Branch Library at 10:00 and the Main Branch Library at 2:00.

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