Category Archives: From the Sheriff

Lawn Equipment Theft Prevention

A common type of theft this time of year is that of lawn maintenance equipment.  Thefts of this type are often “crimes of opportunity”, according to Sheriff Jay Russell.  Homeowners often leave lawn mowers, blowers, weed eaters and related equipment in open carports, on equipment trailers or just in plain...
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Sheriff’s Office Mourns Loss of Retired Deputy

    Sheriff Jay Russell sadly announced the passing of retired Deputy Sheriff Edit “Nan” Ritter.  Deputy Ritter began her career at the Ouachita Sheriff’s Office in 1996 in the Investigative Division.  During her career, she later worked at the Ouachita Correctional Center and Work Release Center prior to her...
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Back to School Saftey Tips

With summer break coming to an end, Sheriff Jay Russell wants to remind parents and drivers to help keep our kids safe. Back to School Safety Tips Safety tips for drivers: • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones • Take extra time to...
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PRESS RELEASE – TRUANCY ENFORCEMENT

  Ouachita Parish schools are scheduled to open soon.  State law mandates students attend regularly assigned classes during regular school hours.  Students that do not attend or that are tardy will receive disciplinary action.  Parents that allow this behavior by their children can be charged with the crime of truancy. ...
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Sheriff Russell Issues Warning on Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become a major factor in the cause of automobile crashes on our nation’s highways.  In 2012, over 3,300 people were killed in crashes that were attributed to distracted driving.  The leading cause of teenage deaths in our country is automobile crashes. At least 11% of drivers under...
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