Sheriff’s Office Makes Second Arrest in Fastpak Foods Shooting

(Jamarcus Terrell Abbott)

Bienville Parish Chief Investigator Darrell Mills reported that a second person has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Damarion Richardson.  The shooting around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night in the parking lot of Fastpak Foods on Second Street in Arcadia.  The shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between Shamichael Murphy and Damarion Richardson.

A little over two hours after the shooting in Arcadia, at least one or more armed men fired multiple times at a home on Plum Street in Minden.   A Minden Police detective said at least 25 shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon were recovered at the residence in the 700 block of Plum Street in Minden.  Three-year-old Aldravion Lewis was struck once and was pronounced dead at Minden Medical Center. 

Chief Investigator Mills said the Minden homicide resulted from the Arcadia shooting.  

Yesterday morning, police located the car the Abbotts and Richardson were in during the Arcadia shooting in an apartment complex parking lot in Minden.  Witnesses reported seeing bullet holes and blood on the car.  

Later that day, police arrested 24-year-old Shamichael Damohn Murphy of Arcadia, who is accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Damarion Richardson, also of Arcadia.  Murphy was charged with second-degree murder.

Last night, police arrested 23-year-old Jamarcus Terrell Abbott of Arcadia and charged him with Simple Battery and Obstruction of Justice.  Chief Investigator Mills said there may be more charges filed against Jamarcus as the investigation continues.  

Police are still searching for 25-year-old David Abbott of Arcadia for questioning in the Arcadia shooting, and in connection with the Minden shooting which resulted in the death of the child.  David Abbott has an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. 


LDWF Accepting Applications for 2021-22 Deer and Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer and waterfowl lottery hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2021-2022 hunting season. The deadline to apply for the lottery hunts is Aug. 31.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for people with disabilities, including veterans, on select WMAs; see the application for selections. A general waterfowl lottery hunt will be held on Sherburne WMA.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for youth, those hunters between the ages of 10-17, on select WMAs. Note that a youth under the age of 10 may apply provided he or she will be 10 on or before the date of the hunt for which they apply.

Additionally, general deer lottery hunts will be held on select Louisiana Office of State Parks Property; see the application for selections.

These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience. Details of qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are set forth in the application instructions for each lottery.

All lottery applications are only available on the LDWF website. To apply click on the link below.  You will need to update or create a customer record similar to purchasing a license and then submit an application. There is a $5 application fee and a $2 transaction fee per application. Paper applications are no longer be accepted.

For more information, contact David Hayden at dhayden@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5353.


LA 507 Bridge Construction Update

Construction on the LA 507 bridge, which is just west of Castor is progressing, but they still have work to do.

Yesterday afternoon (July 29), Erin Buchanan, Public Information Officer of the Louisiana Department of Transportation, said workers still have to do the final striping, signage, and asphalt work.  

Ms. Buchanan said she hopes the bridge will be reopened “within a month or so.”


District Attorney’s Disposition of Cases

Daniel W. Newell, District Attorney for the Second Judicial District in and for the Parish of Bienville, makes the following announcement relative to disposition of cases in Bienville Parish on the dates indicated:

7-19-21

  • Kendrick D. Brown of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Demarcus Burns of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Simple Escape and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Resisting an Officer and was sentenced to 3 months in the parish jail. These sentences will run consecutively. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Shawn Anthony Chance of Independence, LA—Pled guilty to Theft of a Firearm and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Demontae Tyray Collins of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule I CDS (Synthetic Cannabinoid) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation. He also pled guilty to Theft less than $1,000 and Simple Criminal Damage to Property and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail on each, which will run concurrently. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Ethan M. Durr of Castor, LA—Pled guilty to Theft Over $1,000 but less than $5,000 and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Violation of a Protective Order and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail. These sentences will run concurrently. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Jason Oregg Ford of Sibley, LA—Pled guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation.
  • Rodney D. Jenkins of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and Possession of Schedule II CDS (Cocaine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor on each count, which will run concurrently. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Bill Lance Odom of Gibsland, LA—Pled guilty to two counts of Simple Burglary and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on each count. He also pled guilty to two counts of Possession of Schedule II CDs (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor on each count. These sentences will all run concurrently. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Justin L. Rogers of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor to be served without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Derek Wesley Rutherford of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • Jared Casey Smith of Dubberly, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule I CDS (Marijuana) and Distribution of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on each, which will be run concurrently. He was given credit for any time served while awaiting sentencing.
  • James Nickalaus Wafer of Saline, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by Persons Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery and was sentenced to credit for time served.

Gov. Promotes COVID-19 Vaccines with National Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-garde

Yesterday, Gov. John Bel Edwards released two public service announcements encouraging young people to take the COVID-19 vaccines, featuring National Spelling Bee Champion and Guinness Book World Record Holder Zaila Avant-garde. Avant-garde is herself fully vaccinated and wants other young people to take their COVID-19 vaccine so everyone can get back to normal.

“As a Guinness Book World Record Holder and National Champion, Zaila knows a thing or two about winning, which is why I think we should listen to her when she gives us advice about how to win the fight against COVID,” Gov. Edwards said. “Zaila has made all of Louisiana proud with her numerous accomplishments, but I’m most proud that she’s using her voice to speak up and encourage young people to take the COVID vaccine.”

Avant-garde visited the Governor’s Mansion last week to meet Gov. Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards and to film the public service announcements for the COVID-19 vaccine.

HOW TO GET A COVID VACCINE IN LOUISIANA

Everyone age 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana. The FDA has only authorized one of the three COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer – for children ages 12 to 17. Parents should confirm with the vaccine provider that their child is under 18 to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available before making an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at 1,437 locations in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, including at pharmacies, hospitals, health care clinics and doctor’s offices.

For a list of locations, visit LDH’s vaccine directory or visit vaccines.gov, which is maintained by the federal government.
To get a list of vaccine locations near you text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.

If you have questions, would like to speak with a medical professional, or need help scheduling an appointment, call 211 or Louisiana’s vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774.


Drawdown for Black & Clear Lakes to Begin Monday

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Black and Clear Lake (in neighboring Natchitoches Parish) for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of giant salvinia as summer and early fall temperatures promote maximum growth.

The water control structure is scheduled to be opened on August 2, 2021, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 3-6 inches per day depending on the Red River Pool 3 water level. The lake will be lowered to a maximum drawdown water level of approximately 4 feet below normal pool stage (95 Mean Sea Level). The Black and Clear Lake control gates are scheduled to be closed on January 31, 2022, to allow the lake to refill for early spring recreational activities.

During the drawdown, an estimated 7,000-8,000 acres of water will remain open in areas of Black and Clear Lake. Boaters may still access the lake from either Black Lake Resort and Campground or Chandler’s Camp ramps located on the North side of the Hwy 9 bridge. Boaters are also advised to use caution when on the water, as numerous obstructions that are normally not seen will be present.

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects, similar to a natural overflow lake system.

The current LDWF Black and Clear Lake Vegetation Control Plan can be viewed below.


CASA to Host Christmas in July Bingo in Arcadia Today

CASA will host Christmas in July Bingo this evening, July 30, at 6 pm in the Homer Woodard Room in downtown Arcadia (next to Luigi’s).

$20 will get you an evening’s entertainment with 10 games of bingo, supper, and there have been rumors that a special guest will make an appearance.

See flyer below for more information.

CASA, the national Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.